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February 25, 2015

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Vol. 24, No. 8 February 25, 2015 www.oakwoodregister.com Jills win District, Jacks place third as Oakwood swimmers, divers qualify for state In typical fashion, the Oakwood High School girls swim team and divers once again won the Division II Southwest Ohio District Championship, extending their win- ning streak to five years. For the boys, there is a changing of the guard after the Lumberjacks had won in each of the last three years. Cincinnati Seven Hills, a private school whose team is mostly under- classmen, finished well ahead of Cincinnati Wyoming and the third- place Lumberjacks and positioned themselves as the team to beat at the state championships. For the boys, senior Jackson Higgins won District championships in both the 200 freestyle and 500 free events, and he is the top seed at this week's state championships in Canton. Also qualifying for the state meet are Liam Halpin (3rd 100 fly, 8th 200 IM) and Dutch Kipp (6th 200 IM, 7th 100 back). These three swimmers teamed with Connor Hart in the 200-medley relay (4th) and 400-free relay (4th) to qualify both relay teams for the state meet. Scoring the only other points at Districts for the Lumberjacks was the 200-free relay team of Ryan Kugel, Ian O'Connor, Peyton Sawyer, Ryan Wood, who placed 13th. Senior Ryan Kugel, in his fourth District appearance, placed 18th in the 100 backstroke and 24th in the 50 freestyle. Connor Hart placed 13th in the 100 fly and 25th in the 100 breaststroke. Ryan Wood fin- ished 26th in the 100 freestyle and Danny Johnsen placed 30th in the 500 freestyle event. The victorious girls were led by the team's three senior swimmers. Anna Lynch (2nd 500 free, 4th 200 free), Noelle Kipp (2nd 200 IM, 9th 100 breast), and Katie Sickinger (5th 100 back, 5th 200 IM) are all on their way to Canton for the fourth time. Joining them at state will be Cassidy Fry (6th 100 fly, 7th 200 IM), Juliana Chen (7th 50 free, 8th 100 breast), Isabella All (10th 100 back, 13th 200 IM), Mira Rhodes (11th 500 free, 12th 100 fly), and Madeline Kenyon (13th 100 back). All three relay teams also qualified for the state meet. Earning points for the team with Top 16 finishes was Anna McCarty (15th 100 back, 16th 100 fly). Also competing at Districts were Clare Intili (23rd 100 breast, 32nd 50 free), Katherine Reymann (27th 100 breast, 30th 200 free), and Mary Kate Vaughn (31st 500 free). Alexi All was also a District qualifier as an alternate, but did not get the chance to compete. In the district diving competi- tion, Riley Parker was the top fin- isher coming in third place for the girls and is seeded 11th at the state meet as the Jills' lone qualifier. She was joined at Districts by Liza Lutz (12th) , Carrie Bartlett (15th), and Abby Eifert (17th). For the boys' diving team, Peter Venema finished fourth at districts and qualified for his second consecutive state cham- pionship as the 10th seed. He was followed by Dylan Benedetto (17th) and Jack Eifert (18th) who conclud- ed their seasons at the District meet. Fast friends Olivia Kawai took advantage of Saturday's snowfall to create a backyard playmate and cook up some 'snow pies' at her home on Wiltshire Boulevard in Oakwood. She named her new friend Frosty, or was it Olaf? As schools, city face budget cuts, officials blame Columbus The common chord struck when Oakwood City Council, the school board and library board convened for a joint public meeting Monday at the City Building was a shared conviction that state lawmakers in Columbus are to blame for the fiscal and administrative challenges facing the city and its public institutions. Speaking on the financial status of the school district, treasurer Kevin Philo said "Oakwood schools are financially stable, thanks to the vot- ers who approved our last operating levy," but he noted that budget pro- posals under discussion at the state- house will likely have an adverse impact on the district's fiscal health. "Right now we're on target to prob- ably seek additional operating funds in 2016," Philo told the gathering of city officials. "That being said, the state budget will have an impact on the millage that we will look at. Right now, the first iteration shows a loss for us, but it's early in the process." Philo said state lawmakers are looking at factoring a community's median income into the tradition- al school funding formula, which relied on real estate property valua- tion. "They're messing with formulas a bit, in terms of categorizing on ability to pay," Philo added. "Now they're throwing in a mix of median income." Under some of those propos- als Oakwood schools could lose $400,000 over a two-year period, Philo said. "Columbus thinks we have a higher ability to pay taxes. Nothing really good has come out of Columbus in years. I'm always hopeful that will change, but I'm not holding my breath." The deadline for lawmakers to approve a state budget is June 30. Echoing similar complaints that saw state repeal of the estate tax cut Oakwood municipal revenues by 20 percent in recent years and with passage of House Bill 5 last year promising to further erode city reve- nues, Mayor Bill Duncan said bluntly "absolutely horrible things come out of Columbus." On an up note, Duncan said the city has no long-term debt and noted that city infrastructure "will last See Budget on page 2 u

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