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Withrow Tiger Pride for I am CPS

Represent your Tiger Pride for the first I am CPS night at Withrow High School, Friday, February 17th, 2017, as the Tigers take on the Milford Eagles in the Paw Pavilion!

The Freshman game begins at 4:30 pm, J.V. at 6:00 pm, and Varsity at 7:30 pm. There will be half time games, prizes and the school that brings in the most students and pride wins a surprise gift.

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Withrow Building Momentum

By , sspringer@communitypress.com

HYDE PARK – Though they’ve already surpassed last year’s win total, the Withrow High School boys basketball team has much higher goals. An 0-7 start was difficult, but several of the losses were to solid Eastern Cincinnati Conference teams. Withrow lost to Milford by five, Kings by three and Turpin by eight in a span of 10 days. Eventually, they were able to right the ship after Christmas with a pair of wins in the Motor City Roundball Classic and a Jan. 5 win over Glen Este to start the second half of the season. That was followed by a one-point loss at home to Anderson, then a three-point victory at Loveland Jan. 15.

“Slowly but surely we’re turning the corner,” Withrow coach Sean O’Connell said. “I have absolutely zero complaints. The kids are playing as hard as they can possibly play for me. We’re just behind in lack of experience and maybe lack of experience with me.” O’Connell is in his first year at Withrow after previously coaching Dayton Ponitz. He’s looking forward to his second go-round in the ECC. “I wasn’t as familiar with the league coming from Dayton down to Cincinnati,” O’Connell said. “It’s so balanced. I don’t think there’s one bad team. There may not be one great team, but there’s no bad team.”

Out of conference, the Tigers have scrapped with some of the city’s best with road games at La Salle and Elder. Their first wins came during the holidays in Michigan where they won two of three. Outside of a Dec. 22 loss to Walnut Hills, the Tigers have played most of the ECC close. Parity is a common word shared among league coaches. O’Connell recalled one night early in the season when everything went to the wire. “We lost to Milford by five and that was the biggest spread in the league,” O’Connell said. “There were two overtime games and I think Anderson beat Kings in overtime. It’s really even.

Juniors Elijah Willis and Devon Jorden have led the Tigers in scoring with averages in the 12-13 points per game range. Two more juniors are the rebounding leaders in Albert Kalala and Brandon Powell. Kalala is a 6-foot-5 leaping center from the Congo who has only been playing the game for a year. He’s made a name for himself in prep track and field circles as a state meet caliber high jumper. “He’s starting to get it figured out,” O’Connell said. “He’s as fun a kid to coach as anyone. He may not know something the first time we do it, but he comes in the next day and he’s got it. He’s a competitive kid.” Helping Kalala and Powell clean the glass is 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide body senior Calvin English. Fellow seniors Simieon Joash and Jordan Thompson are also in the rotation, while junior Frank Robinson runs the point. With the plethora of juniors leading the team, the Tigers should return with a deep, veteran squad next season ready to make their mark. “That’s the hope,” O’Connell said smiling.“We have a really good freshman class also.” Withrow has a rematch with Walnut Hills at the Eagles gym Jan. 29.

Withrow Sports News – Spring 2015

The following is a summary of Withrow Sports news during the Winter and Spring of 2015…the latest news on the Withrow Lady Tiger Track triumphs, Withrow Ball Fields progress, the new basketball coach and more.

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Shaun O’Connell is New Withrow Basketball Coach

By Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, May 20, 2015

The man picked to refuel Withrow basketball will save some big money on gas in the coming months. Shaun O’Connell, who had most recently coached Ponitz Career Tech in Dayton, will now make a leisurely drive from Pleasant Ridge to Withrow’s spacious gymnasium to direct the Tigers on the hardwood. At age 32, he already has 14 years of experience. He inherits a team that had just three seniors and suffered through a 2-21 record. Just two seasons ago, Withrow won 20 games and was co-champion of the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference.

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Fred Willis & Dashia Grigsby in CPS Hall of Fame

In a ceremony on April 16, Coach Fred Willis and Dashia Grigsby, Class of 1989, will be inducted into the 2015 Class of the Cincinnati Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame. Three Coaches and eight living athletics will be inducted, and four athletes are Posthumous Honorees.
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