Jeff Starkey is returning home. That means St. Henry High School is the second Midwest Athletic Conference team that will have a new football coach this fall.
Starkey will resign as the Redskins head coach this morning. He announced last week that he’ll be the high school principal at LaBrae, just a few miles from his home town of Warren. He’ll finish this school year teaching social studies at St. Henry.
“It’s been a tough week,” Starkey, 38, said on Monday. “With a community like St. Henry, it’s tough to say goodbye. … It was a good fit.”
He’s not alone. Longtime assistants Frank Griesdorn and Don Post both have announced they will not be back. In addition, another veteran assistant, Dennis Wendel, has succeeded Tim Boeckman as athletic director. According to board policy, he will not be allowed to coach.
Starkey succeeded Boeckman and guided the Redskins for 10 seasons, winning state titles in 2004 and ’06. St. Henry recovered after a couple of lean seasons to go 9-4 last season, falling 28-21 in the Division VI, Region 24 final to eventual state champ Marion Local.
“I wanted to get the ship righted before I left the program,” he said. “It’s on good footing now.”
Nate Moore resigned from Minster last month to become La Salle’s head coach.
Cupp to MUM: Summer Cupp of Little Miami has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Miami University-Middletown.
A 5-foot-8 forward, Cupp transferred to Little Miami from Landmark Christian. The senior averaged 8.1 points and 5.0 rebounds. Cupp also was honorable mention All-Southwestern Ohio Conference. She intends to study criminal justice.
Skyhawks sign: Fairborn seniors Kyle Roseborough and Matt Cline have signed to play college football.
Roseborough, 6-1, 255 pounds, has signed with Morehead State (Ky.). He led the Skyhawks with 23 solo tackles and 41 assists last season. He was second team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference South Division. Cline, a 6-1, 190 fullback/linebacker, is headed to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.).
Janus Brine All-American: Mason goalie Alexa Janus has been selected to play in the Brine National High School All-American Lacrosse Classic at Boyds, Md., from June 30-July 3.
The junior will be part of a regional team that will compete against other regional teams. The Classic is a key recruiting event for college coaches.
Circle to Capital: Northwestern soccer standout Cody Circle will take his game to Capital.
The senior amassed 42 career goals and 25 assists for the Warriors. He twice was named first team All-Central Buckeye Conference and also was named to the All-Clark County team.
It’s an honor: Beavercreek’s Nick Corba will be among a group of individual state wrestling champions who will be recognized by Senator Chris Wiedner on the Ohio Senate chambers floor on Wednesday.
Corba (37-2) won the 170-pound Division I title this past season.