• Follow us on Twitter @buckeyeplanet and @bp_recruiting, like us on Facebook! Enjoy a post or article, recommend it to others! BP is only as strong as its community, and we only promote by word of mouth, so share away!
  • Consider registering! Fewer and higher quality ads, no emails you don't want, access to all the forums, download game torrents, private messages, polls, Sportsbook, etc. Even if you just want to lurk, there are a lot of good reasons to register!

Lakota West Firebirds (West Chester, OH)


Never Forget 31-0



Lakota West - Casper 5 2 15, Chichester 5 1 11, Cook 8 0 16, Mayberry 3 4 11, Haberman 1 1 4, Gschwind 0 9 9. Totals: 24 20 73.

Aiken - Howell 0 1 3, Armstead 1 1 3, Phillips 10 0 24, Reese 7 7 23, Chambers 2 1 5, McCray 1 0 3, Stevens 2 0 4. Totals: 23 12 65.
Lakota West15182218-73Aiken13171520-65
3-pointers: L 5 (Casper 3, Mayberry, Haberman); A 7 (Phillips 4, Reese 2, McCray).
Upvote 0


Never Forget 31-0


Chichester was selected to the First Team Southwest Ohio All-district basketball for Division I.

Division I

First team James Dews, Liberty Twp. Lakota E., 6-foot-4, senior, 27.9 points per game; Josh Chichester, W. Chester Lakota W., 6-8, sr., 10.8; Lamar Skeeter, Kettering Fairmont, 5-10, jr., 19.9; Chris Wright, Trotwood-Madison, 6-7, jr., 16.5; Adrion Graves, Cin. Hughes, 6-4, sr., 20.9; Steve Pogue, Cin. Oak Hills, 6-5, sr., 14.5.

Player of the Year James Dews, Liberty Twp. Lakota E..
Coach of the Year Bill Brewer, Cin. Princeton.
Upvote 0


Never Forget 31-0


West at its best on defensive end

No. 1 team rolls to sectional title

After Lakota West turned in what coach Mike Mueller considered sluggish performances in its first two tournament wins, he decided to get his team back to basics.

For the Firebirds, that means defense, and the approach paid undreamed-of dividends.

Lakota West, the top-seeded team in its Division I district tournament and The Enquirer's area coaches'poll champion, put a stranglehold on Glen Este in their sectional championship game at Xavier University's Cintas Center Sunday afternoon.

The Trojans could manage just two points in the first quarter and two more in the third as the Firebirds rolled to a 59-22 win.

"We went back to our way - smart pressure," Mueller said. "Solid, fundamental man-to-man defense. We felt like they weren't great ballhandlers and we could get some pressure on them."

Lakota West (21-2), which finished the regular season ranked eighth in the Associated Press Division I state poll, advanced to a district championship game against Fairborn next Saturday at University of Dayton Arena.

Senior center Vince Cook scored 13 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Firebirds. His classmate, 6-foot-8 Josh Chichester, sparked the defense with four of Lakota West's eight blocked shots. The Firebirds had four blocked shots before the Trojans (15-7) finally scored on senior guard Kyle McCalla's acrobatic layup with 1:50 left in the first quarter.

Lakota West already had scored 10 points by then. The Firebirds ended up forcing 18 turnovers and outrebounded the Trojans 46-22.

"We just couldn't score," Glen Este coach Tom Jutze said. "We couldn't put the ball in the basket. It's a credit to their defense."

Said Cook: "We've been focusing on defense in practice. If we just play offense with anybody, we're neck-and-neck."
Upvote 0


Never Forget 31-0



The Firebirds outrebounded the Skyhawks 47-25 and limited Fairborn to 28.8 percent shooting to earn the school first district championship since Lakota won a 1992 state title.

"It's huge," coach Mike Mueller said. "There is a proud tradition of success in Lakota basketball. We always win more than we lose. Lately, we've always run into the proverbial brick wall up here."

Lakota West won its first district championship on its third try since the district split into two high schools in 1997.

Senior Vince Cook had 18 points and classmate Josh Chichester totaled 15 points and 16 rebounds for Lakota West, the state's No. 8-ranked team.

Fairborn (15-8) - Williams 2 2 6, Harcheck 6 1 16, Houser 4 1 10, Copeland 3 0 9, Smith 2 0 4. Totals: 17 4 45.
Lakota West (22-2) - Casper 4 1 12, Chichester 7 1 15, Cook 9 0 18, Mayberry 6 0 12, Haberman 1 1 3, Goschwind 1 0 2, Straus 1 0 2, Hicks 0 1 1, Black 0 1 1, Schloemer 1 1 3. Totals: 30 6 69.
Fairborn1313109-45Lakota West21131520-69
3-pointers: F 7 (Harcheck 3, Copeland 3, Houser), LW 3 (Casper 3).
Upvote 0


Never Forget 31-0


'Big' win for West

Division I regional semifinals


Lakota West star Josh Chichester is long and lean at 6 feet 8 and 210 pounds. Thursday night, Chichester and his teammates were just a tad too tall for St. Xavier.

Chichester, a senior center, had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Lakota West to a thrilling 58-53 Division I regional semifinal basketball win, before about 4,000 fans at Xavier University's Cintas Center.

Chichester made two free throws with 8.8 seconds left, giving West a decisive 58-53 lead. In a game of big momentum swings and physical, above-the-rim play, the Firebirds rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit (44-37) to win.

Chichester led Lakota West to a 37-24 rebounding edge. Senior forward Vince Cook (6-5, 200 pounds) had 16 points and nine rebounds, and senior forward Todd Mayberry (6-5, 190) had 14 points and four rebounds.

St. X started a frontline that went 6-6, 6-6 and 6-5, but the lanky Chichester and the brawny Cook were too much.

"Their rebounding was the difference," St. X coach Scott Martin said. "I think Chichester has an extra two inches on his arms that we couldn't match. We did a good job boxing him out, but he had too much leaping ability."

St. X got a magnificent 27-point effort from senior guard David Gedeon, who was the only Bomber to score more than six points.

Lakota West will play Trotwood-Madison in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cintas, with a state semifinal berth at stake.

St. X fell behind 17-8 early, then rallied behind Gedeon to forge ahead 44-37 early in the fourth period.

From there, West outscored the Bombers 21-9.

"There were a lot of ups and downs, but we kept our poise when we got down," Chichester said. "Coach always tells us to keep our cool, and it paid off."

The game had several momentum swings, and the lead changed hands three times in the fourth period.

"I said this game would be decided by whoever got the momentum late, and fortunately that was us," Lakota West coach Mike Mueller said. "We got a great effort from all our players. I also want to say that David Gedeon had one of the best individual games I've seen in 34 years of coaching."

Gedeon, a 6-4 left-hander, is being scouted by several Division II colleges with some Division I feelers.

"I knew it was crunch time, one and out, so I was trying to keep us alive," Gedeon said. "We wanted to make this year as special as last year, but we came up short."

St. X was state runner-up last season.

Lakota West (23-2) - Casper 1 0 2, Chichester 8 4 20, Cook 6 4 16, Mayberry 6 0 14, Haberman 0 1 1, Schloemer 2 1 5. Totals: 23 10 58.
St. Xavier (20-5) - Gedeon 10 4 27, Ries 1 0 3, Gibler 2 1 5, Veith 2 0 4, Wolf 2 1 5, Budde 1 1 3, Albright 1 4 6. Totals: 19 11 53.
Lakota West1315921-58St. Xavier8181611-53
3-pointers: LW 2 (Mayberry 2), SX 4 (Gedeon 3, Ries).
Upvote 0


Never Forget 31-0


Preview of today's boys Division I, II and III regional finals

By the Dayton Daily News


What: D-I final

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Cintas Center, Xavier U.

Summary: A formidable task awaits T-M. Lakota West ranks No. 9 in the state and No. 1 in Cincinnati. The Firebirds boast the dynamic duo of 6-5, 200-pound Vince Cook (11.3 points and 7 rebounds) and 6-8 Josh Chichester (10.8 and 7.4). They are a defensive-minded team under savvy coach Mike Mueller. Can they handle the Rams' frenetic pressure? The spirited battle down low could be an instant classic with T-M countering with the brawn and skill of Chris Wright, Ibrahim Marone and British Alexander. Armond Darby is a backcourt catalyst. T-M beat West in the district final last year, 54-51. Tickets are available at the high school from 9 a.m. to noon today. Cost is $6 in advance, $8 at the game.
Upvote 0


Never Forget 31-0


Speedy opponent undoes West

Division I boys' regional final


After watching Trotwood-Madison whack Princeton in Thursday's Division I regional semifinals, Lakota West coach Mike Mueller had this observation regarding the Rams.
"They are fast and athletic," Mueller said. "They make you play faster than you want to."
The Firebirds were able to avoid succumbing to Trotwood's pressure for most of their regional championship Saturday night at Xavier's Cintas Center, but it caught up to Lakota West in the end. The Firebirds committed 10 turnovers in the second half, allowing the Rams to come from behind for a 71-68 overtime win.
"We tell the kids you have to play defense at seven, eight, ninth speed and offense at six, seven, eighth speed," Mueller said. "Occasionally, you have to play at that 10th speed.
"(Trotwood) made Princeton look like a bad team the other night, and Princeton's a good team. They took advantage of our mistakes and made some big plays."
Junior Patric Hill scored his only points of the game on a 3-pointer with 23.5 seconds left in overtime to give Trotwood (21-5) a 69-68 lead. Senior British Alexander added two free throws, also his only points of the game, with 3.7 seconds left.
Lakota West (23-3) had a chance to tie the game when Alexander fouled senior Todd Mayberry as he attempted a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Mayberry missed the first of three free throws.
"You tell him if it wasn't for everything he contributed during the game, those free throws wouldn't have mattered," Mueller said. "He can't blame himself."
Senior Vince Cook missed just one of his 11 field-goal attempts and was 8-for-11 on free throws for a game-high 28 points. Senior Josh Chichester added 10 points, including the first four in overtime.
Lakota West was playing in the regional championship game for the first time since the Lakota district split into two high schools in 1997. The last time a Lakota school reached the regional championship game was when the single Lakota High School won the 1992 state championship.
Trotwood-Madison also ended Lakota West's season last year in the district championship game.
"The only thing I'm sad about is I don't get to go to practice Monday," Mueller said.
Trotwood-Madison (21-5) - Leak 2 0 4, Darby 5 2 14, Marone 4 6 14, Wright 4 4 12, Hill 1 0 3, Alexander 0 2 2, Morgan 3 5 12, Lakes 1 0 2, Jones 1 2 4, Britt 1 2 4. Totals: 22 23 71.
Lakota West (23-3) - Casper 2 0 6, Chichester 4 2 10, Cook 10 8 28, Mayberry 3 0 9, Haberman 0 2 2, Gschwind 1 0 3, Glass 1 0 2, Schloemer 4 0 8. Totals: 25 12 68.
Trotwood-Madison1313191610-71Lakota West161615147-68
3-pointers: T 4 (Darby 2, Hill, Morgan), L 6 (Mayberry 3, Casper 2, Gschwind).
Upvote 0


Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats
Staff member
BP Recruiting Team
Previews of top games in Southwest Ohio | cincinnati.com | Cincinnati.Com

Lakota West vs. La Salle

WHEN/WHERE: Noon Saturday at Nippert Stadium

The Lancers are eager to prove they belong among the area's upper-tier teams this year. A lot rests on the shoulders of senior quarterback Andrew Kummer, a Miami recruit who is the only returning starting quarterback in the GCL-South. Lakota West returns standout offensive lineman Ryan Kelly, who has verbally committed to Alabama.

BOTTOM LINE: La Salle is a slight favorite.
Upvote 0