Cardinals represented well on all Southwest District team
November 13, 2012By Chris Himonidis of Colerain High School/WeAreColerain.com
The first of many post-season recognition lists was released on November 12th with the announcement of the All Southwest District 1st and 2nd teams, as well as honorable mentions.
Our very own Cardinals were WELL represented with 6 players being recognized. Top honors went to QB Alfred "LA" Ramsby who was named 1st team and Offensive Player of the Year. LA was joined on the first team by his teammate SR OL Dylan Wiseman. The complete list and Enquirer article below.
All Southwest District 1st Team:
QB - Alfred "LA" Ramsby (Sr.)
OL - Dylan Wiseman (Sr.)
All Southwest District 2nd Team:
DL - Aric Johnson (Jr.)
All Southwest District Honorable Mention:
RB - Chris Davis (Sr.)
LB - Casey Lozier (Sr.)
DB - Ryan Williamson (Jr.)
Seven local players and two coaches were named to the top of their division teams Monday when the Associated Press All-Southwest District teams were announced.
Colerain senior quarterback Alfred Ramsby and Moeller senior linebacker Shane Jones were named the Division I Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, while Mount Healthy junior running back Tyree Elliott won the Offensive Player of the Year honor in Division II.
Area athletes swept the Division IV honors; Fenwick junior wide receiver Frank Catrine was named Offensive Player of the Year, while senior lineman Trent Smart of Clinton-Massie was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Summit Country Day junior lineman Michael Barwick was named the Division V Defensive Player of the Year, the same honor won by Cincinnati Country Day senior linebacker Zach Higginbotham in Division VI.
Chad Murphy of Northwest was named the Division II Coach of the Year, while Chris Majors of Norwood is the Division IV Coach of the Year after leading their teams to postseason berths.
The all-district teams were determined based on regular season stats.
“I just think the biggest thing is having a vision and getting people to believe in something,” said Murphy, who in his third season guided Northwest to an 8-2 regular season record and first playoff berth since 1990. “Some buddies told me you couldn’t win here for different reasons but there are too many good football players in this area. I knew when I was coaching at Mount Healthy the year before I took this job that this place can win.”
Norwood had been to the playoffs just twice in its history and hadn’t won a playoff game since 1991. In his second season, Majors led the Indians to a 9-1 regular season record, the Southern Buckeye Conference American division championship and a win against Fenwick in the first round of the playoffs. It was Norwood’s first 10-win season.
Majors was an assistant coach at Moeller for 11 seasons before taking the Norwood job.
“There are some good football players in Norwood and I knew this was a place that had potential,” said Majors. “I tried to learn from every coach at Moeller because there were some great coaches there. The biggest thing is to build relationships with the kids, the coaches and their families.”
Moeller led Division I with four first-team selections: Jones, senior running back Keith Watkins, offensive lineman Alex Gall and punter Sam Geraci.
“It talks to how hard they work,” said Moeller coach John Rodenberg. “We require a lot of our kids and they have a tremendous commitment to the team and the program.”
Ramsby was joined on the first team by teammate Dylan Weisman, a senior offensive lineman. The quarterback has returned from an ACL tear that cost him the majority of last season and led the Cardinals to a 12-0 season heading into Saturday night’s regional championship against Moeller.
Ramsby led the Greater Miami Conference in passing with 1,284 yards and threw for 13 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He rushed for 1103 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per carry, and 15 touchdowns.
“To be able to come back from what he suffered from the physical and mental standpoint has meant a lot to us,” said Colerain coach Tom Bolden. “He’s made us much more dynamic. That’s a huge reason why we’re where we are.”
Elliott suffered his own torn ACL on Oct. 12 against Wilmington but had 17 rushing touchdowns and 1,145 yards on the ground in seven games. It helped the Owls capture the first Southwest Ohio Conference title.