Warden takes over at Northridge


“Order on the court” will have a new meaning at Northridge High School next basketball season.

That’s because Jeff Lisath, a warden at the Dayton Correctional Institute, is the new boys varsity head coach.

Polar Bears athletic director Nathan Farmer confirmed the hiring. Lisath comes to the Southwestern Buckeye League member by way of Piketon, which is located south of Chillicothe.

Lisath succeeds John Tollefson, who landed the boys varsity position at Lehman Catholic following Isaiah Williams’ resignation.

Butler coaching change: Jeff Kreill also has resigned as Vandalia Butler’s boys varsity basketball coach. Pending school board approval next month, he’ll be succeeded by former Columbus State University head coach Pat Carlisle.

Kreill was 46-40 overall in his four seasons with the Aviators. A physical education teacher, he lost his teaching position at Butler schools in the spring of 2012 due to budget cuts, then regained his job.

Since then he landed the position of recreation supervisor at the Vandalia Recreation Center. He indicated that maintaining a coaching position wasn’t compatible with the rec position.

Carlisle started at Columbus State in 2006 and turned the program into a Division II National Junior College Athletic Association power.

Oakes out at Oakwood: Aaron Oakes also has resigned as Oakwood’s girls varsity basketball coach.

Oakes guided the Jills for eight seasons, compiling a 109-46 record. Oakwood won a Southwestern Buckeye League title in 2008.

Oakes didn’t rule out a return to coaching. A social studies teacher at the high school, he’s pursuing a career in administration. He’s coached girls basketball at various levels for 15 years.

“It probably is something that I could return to,” he said.

It’s an honor: Ally Russell of Greenville was one of 16 players from Ohio, Indiana and Illinois to be named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association first team all-region squad.

Russell (25-6) collected 200 strikeouts in 186.2 innings last season, had 12 shutouts and posted a 1.05 ERA. She also was first team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference.

Eighty players from throughout the country were named to the NFCA squads.

Hamilton events: The Hamilton football camp for grades K-6 will be held July 15-17 from 6-8 p.m. each day at the football facility. A camp for grades 7-8 will be held on July 23-24 from noon-5:30 p.m.

Also, the fifth annual Hamilton football golf outing is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start on Aug. 4 at Twin Run Golf Course.

Contact Big Blue head coach Chad Murphy for camp information and the golf scramble at (513) 265-6849.

MC hoop opening: Middletown Christian has an opening for its boys varsity basketball coach following the resignation of Luke Gibson.

Contact athletic director Ray Cox by July 19 at mcseagles@yahoo.com for more information.


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