Milestones and More: Fabulous Firebirds

Blake Darland set a school record for Lakota West with 2,595 passing yards in 2014.

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Sitting at 4-5 heading into the regular season finale it seemed like the only thing that was going to salvage what had been a disappointing campaign for Lakota West to that point was beating rival Lakota East and earning bragging rights for the rest of the 2014-15 school year. The Firebirds rose to the occasion, knocking off a hobbled East squad that had already qu ... (MORE)

Senior Salute: Cole Jones

In a league loaded with defensive studs Cole Jones let it be known that he was amongst the GCL South’s upper echelon in 2014. The St. Xavier senior amassed 99 total tackles (62 solo) with 11 sacks and two takeaways this past season. The Bombers finished the year at 10-3 with a stingy defense that allowed just 15.7 points per contest. Jones’ work did not go unnoticed b ... (MORE)

St. Xavier LB Cole Jones finished 2014 with 99 tackles and 11 sacks.

Senior Salute: Maurice Thomas

He was the phoenix that helped Talawanda rise from the ashes. Maurice Thomas had a senior season that most kids only dream about as he helped the 7-4 Braves to the programs third playoff appearance and first since 2001. Thomas ran for 2,780 yards, tallied 38 total touchdowns (31 rushing, five receiving, two kickoff returns) and 3,526 all-purpose yards on his way t ... (MORE)

Talawanda RB Maurice Thomas ran for 2,780 yards and found the endzone 38 times in 2014.
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Senior Salute: Logan Winkler

A model of consistency, that’s what Simon Kenton wide receiver Logan Winkler was for the Pioneers over the past two seasons. Winkler was no stranger to the endzone with 26 total touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons. In 2014, the Simon Kenton wide out hauled in 65 receptions for 848 yards and 13 scores. He also amassed 578 yards on returns averaging 24.2 on  ... (MORE)

Simon Kenton receiver Logan Winkler had 25 touchdown receptions for the Pioneers over the past two seasons.

Senior Salute: Shane O’Connor

The Lakota East Class of 2015 football players will leave the school as the most successful group of seniors in program history. They were part of the Thunderhawks first two playoff appearances and two post-season victories. A large reason for East’s success was their tenacity on defense. In the middle of the fracas was linebacker Shane O’Connor. The 6-foot-2, 225  ... (MORE)

Shane O'Connor was a leader on the Lakota East defense for the past three seasons.
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