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Blair Albright is expected to leave Columbus DeSales to become Fairmont High School’s new boys varsity basketball coach.

Albright, DeSales’ head coach since 2004, is expected to be approved at this month’s school board meeting, Firebirds athletic director Chris Weaver announced on Monday.

That would end some drama that has accompanied the position since Hank Bias resigned soon after last season ended. Fairfield AD Mark Harden initially landed the coaching/teaching position, but backed out several days later to return to Fairfield.

Albright took DeSales to the Division II state semifinals in 2006, ’07 and ’09. His 2007 team lost to eventual champion Dunbar.

“Our community is very passionate about our schools and its sports sports program and I believe Blair’s vision and leadership will blend very well,” said Weaver.

Albright will teach English at the high school.

Fairmont grad Lacy Romine was named the Firebirds’ head girls coach last month following the resignation of Tim Cogan, who accepted the boys head coach position at Carroll.

It’s a record: Mason won a record 15 of 24 team sports titles to run away with its sixth consecutive Greater Miami Conference all-sports title. No GMC school since Princeton in the 1970s and ’80s has been as dominant in the 47-year history of the conference.

And it’s not just the GMC that Mason has ruled. The Comets swept the boys and girls Division I regional track and field titles last week, they had two singles and a doubles team in the boys state tennis tourney and the softball team qualified for the state final four.

In the Greater Western Ohio Conference, Centerville has won eight straight Central Division titles, Springboro six straight South titles and Troy three in the North. Carroll (North) and Badin (Central) each won Greater Catholic League all-sports titles, as did Alter in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League.

Wave loaded for more: The legend of hotshot Annie Oakley reigns supreme at Greenville. But a close second is high school softball.

Greenville missed another trip to the D-II state final four by falling to Kenton Ridge 6-2 in a regional final. But the Green Wave should be a state contender next season.

Greenville (25-7) started four freshmen, two sophomores and two juniors most of the season. Right fielder Rachel Class was the only full-time senior starter.

Also, Greenville’s eighth-grade team went 17-1 and the seventh graders 15-2 against GWOC competition.

West/East roles: Former Princeton and Wyoming athletic director Scott Kaufman is the newest administrator to join Lakota schools, but not as originally planned.

Kaufman will be the AD and assistant principal at West High School instead of East. Rich Bryant shifts from being the AD for both schools to the same dual position at East.


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