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Beyond the Classroom – Withrow Athletics


by Jonas L. Smith, CAA, Withrow Athletic Director

The Withrow Athletic Department’s culture and mindset have changed drastically over the past few years. We have revamped our coaching staff with highly qualified individuals in all our sports. Our coaches truly understand the meaning of a student-athlete. That means school sports are an extension of a classroom, and they teach responsibilities of time management, working with others, and paying attention to detail. Withrow’s coaching staff understands academics come first and athletics second.

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Withrow Football’s New Era

The 1st annual Tiger Classic is another innovation of Head Coach Kali Jones’s new football era. Nothing’s been the same since Coach Jones took over in 2019. Last year’s football team accomplishments include:

  • The highest GPA in recent years.
  • More wins, more points scored, fewer points allowed.
  • Increased player attendance at practices and games.
  • Better nutrition, better training, fewer injuries and fewer behavioral issues.
  • Increased moral and support by the school, parents and local community. Attendance rose with each game during the season.

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2020 Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

An induction ceremony on February 14, 2020 celebrated the 2020 Class of the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame.  To view the members of the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame, click HERE. Note that  biographies of members can be viewed by clicking on their names.

The inductees in this ninth class of the Withrow Athltic Hall of Fame are, viewing photos left to right:

Christopher Hicks ’72 – Football; Michael Turner ’87 – Baseball, Football; Chris Knight ’05 – Basketball; D’Monami Gardner ’12 – Track and Field

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2020 Class of Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame

Mark your calendars for the Centennial edition of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday evening, February 14, 2020 at half-time of the Withrow–Walnut Hills varsity boys’ basketball game. Game time is 7:00 P.M. The following four athletes comprise the ninth class to be inducted:

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Withrow vs. Woodward in a Centennial Crosstown Alumni Basketball Showdown – September 7, 2019

Withrow  and Woodward alumni met in a packed Withrow gym for a classic rivalry.  Check it out in the photos below. The photos are courtesy of Michael McCray ’73, who owns Coast2Coast Images Photography Studio. If you’d like copies of any photos, please contact Michael McCray

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