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notes from men's team meeting
by posted 07/21/2018

Men’s soccer meeting notes

 Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Mason High School Harvard Room


August 6th is Meet the Team night at 6:30 in the auditorium


Tryouts will run August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, with morning and afternoon sessions on the first two days, then just morning  on the third day

Coach Combs would like a 1-on-1 with each player candidate to discuss areas of success and improvement; these sessions can start on the first day as the player has been seen during open fields, the preseason showcase and tryouts

Team picture day is August 13 at 9:30 on the soccer field

The staff will identify the right players; this needs to consider fielding the best teams right now, as well as looking toward the future; the large sizes of the senior and sophomore classes were mentioned, followed by a statement that they are not looking to keep a certain number from each class

Varsity is varsity; that is, the team will be made up of 20 field players and 2 goalies; there will not be swing players, but players may be brought up due to discipline or injury issues

The JV teams will be focused on the opportunity to play and develop the 18-20 players per team; these players would be the best now and show the most potential for the future; these are the teams to choose for Varsity later

There were 92 boys playing in the preseason classic and 58-60 will be selected

There will be no club preference given, as players are judged based on their performance for Mason, at open fields, tryouts and the showcase, as well as how the coaches have seen the candidates conduct themselves

Preference is given to players showing technical skills, toughness on the ball, multi-dimensional play (use both sides of body/play multiple positions), understanding the game, and having the ability to make good decisions on the field

Coaches want to see fitness on the field

Mental toughness refers to respectful dialog with others involved in the game (referees, coaches, people in the stands and players for both sides)

Coaches  want to be sure candidates can handle adverse situations

There should be evidence of social aptitude (how do you get along with training staff and other players?)

Communication should be shown on the field-players need to be talking, the goal is to move the ball well, not play kickball

The team formation will be decided based on the positional skills; Coach likes a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3

Schedules are updated on the website, and a scrimmage with Anderson and the Dutch Lions may be some time in August

Varsity will have new uniforms this year; old kits get passed down

Coach said he was surprised at the initiative, maturity, responsibility, and urgency to challenge candidates and the level of support for others

Coach Combs described how conditioning would be evaluated, describing a combination of information from Patrick, open fields, and the showcase; he wants to see fitness during play and institute a program next summer

All kids regardless of grade will be judged the same way

Parents may watch tryouts from the stands but should not approach any staff at the field.  Questions may be addressed to Coach Combs through email if necessary

Once decisions are made, they are final! Parents may request information from Coach Combs about their child’s performance

If a player spot is not offered, it is recommended to stay involved

Coach Combs reiterated his preference for multidimensional, flexible players

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Combs Selected to Lead Mason Boys Soccer Program
by Master Admin posted 03/29/2018

Welcome, Coach Combs!

Michael Combs has recently been selected as the next head coach to lead the Mason Boys Soccer Program, pending school board approval.  He will succeed Paul Reedy who announced his coaching retirement at the end of last season.  The former Mariemont HS and Northern KY University soccer standout brings a high level of experience and coaching accolades to Mason Soccer. 

Combs coached at the high school level for seven years before becoming an assistant coach at Cincinnati State in 2000. He accepted a full-time position at Earlham College (NCAA Div. III) in Richmond, IN. as an assistant men’s soccer coach during the 2001 season.

In the fall of 2002, Combs returned to Cincinnati State as the head coach of the Cincinnati State men’s team. In his 14 seasons as head coach at Cincinnati State, his teams posted a record of 223 wins, 50 losses, and 13 ties. Combs led the Surge to 12 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships, three regional titles, two district titles and NJCAA National Tournament appearances in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

In those 14 seasons, the Cincinnati State program was ranked in the top fifteen nationally and produced 16 All-Americans. Combs was named OCCAC “Coach of the Year” in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Combs also earned NJCAA Region XII "Coach of the Year" in 2010, 2012 & 2013. Since joining the (OCSA) Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association in 2012, Combs earned "OCSA Coach of the Year" in 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and 2016. The NSCAA named Combs as the 2013 "NJCAA - East Coach of the Year." Combs holds a USSF “C” National Coaching License, and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Combs also directs Playmakers Soccer Academy, which provides youth soccer camps in Cincinnati.  Combs is also the President of the (CHSS) Cincinnati Hills SAY Soccer league. 

Combs is the current Kings Hammer YDA Director and he coaches a U9 boys team and a U11 girls for Kings Hammer.  He currently teaches Physical Education at St. Gertrude School in Cincinnati Ohio. 

**Press Release from Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen

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College Signing Day
by Master Admin posted 02/06/2018

CONGRATULATIONS to the many Mason Comets who signed to continue their academic and athletic pursuits at the next level!

We are so proud of all of our Mason Soccer student-athletes who choose to continue their education after high school. And we salute those who will continue their soccer careers in college. Way to go!

(Photos from Signing Day can be found on the home page slideshow and in the 2018 College Signing Day album under "Pictures" on the left-hand menu.)

McKenna Egan, Miami University (OH)

Crystal Gluchowski, Oberlin College

Annie Metzger, University of Cincinnati

Jade Myers, Anderson University (SC)

Olivia Popovich, Xavier University

Jordan Reddington, Xavier University

Emma Schewe, Wittenberg University

Madison Spiker, University of Southern Indiana

Phiilip Springsteen, Wheaton College

Ben Wendell, University of Cincinnati

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Comets Named Enquirer D1 Fall Sports All Stars
by Master Admin posted 01/19/2018

Congrats to seniors Annie Metzger, Olivia Popovich, Jordi Reddington, and Ben Wendell, and junior Nick Krueger on being named Enquirer D1 Fall Sports All Stars! Way to represent the Comets!



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Annie Metzger Named United Soccer Coaches All Central Region
by Master Admin posted 01/14/2018

Congratulations to Senior Annie Metzger on her selection to the United Soccer Coaches All Central Region team!

A great player and tremendous talent, and an even better person! We are proud of you, Annie!

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Coach Reedy Wraps Up a Great Career
by Master Admin posted 11/15/2017

Paul Reedy has announced that the 2017 season will be his last as the Mason High School boys head soccer coach. Reedy leaves his position as one of the most successful coaches in the GMC, City and State.  He has had the opportunity to influence hundreds of young men and women that went on to produce many outstanding achievements.  During his 24-year coaching span, Reedy’s teams have won 316 games, making him the GMC’s all-time win leader for boys soccer.  Since taking the Mason boys helm in 2007, Ready has amassed a league record of 171-27-21.  Last season Coach Reedy became one of 19 other coaches in the State of Ohio to attain the 300 win plateau.  
“As I end my long coaching career, I realize there are so many people to thank but too numerous to mention,” said Reedy. “However, I would not have been nearly as successful without the support of coaches past and present who made me a better coach, but more importantly a better person.”
Reedy coached boys and girls soccer at three different high schools during his coaching tenure. The Loveland High School product started his head coaching career with the Sycamore girls team in 1994. He took over the Colerain boys team in 1998.  In seven seasons there he led the Cardinals to their only two Greater Miami Conference soccer championships. 
Paul coached the Mason girls when the Comets were still apart of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in 2005 and 2006 before moving over to the Comet boys team in 2007 when Mason entered the GMC. In 11 seasons as the Mason boys head coach, his teams have won 6 GMC titles, 7 district championships, 3 regional titles and the school’s only Division I State Soccer Championship in 2013, going undefeated (22-0-1) and ranked #1 in the country.  
Reedy was named the Enquirer Coach of the Year in 2015 and has earned the Greater Miami Conference Coach of the Year honor 7 times.  In 2009 he was the recipient of the Division 1 Ohio Co-Coach of the Year by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.  During his career, a great number of his former players have earned college scholarships and gone on to successful collegiate careers.  Reedy’s influence has propelled several former players on to coaching careers of their own. 
“I have been extremely blessed to coach hundreds of players who possessed not only great talent, but even greater character,” said Reedy.  “My wife Stefany has been my greatest supporter and we cherish the memories we have shared in my coaching journey.”
Paul continues to be a member of the Mason faculty where he teaches AP Psychology.  
Thank you Coach Reedy from everyone in the Mason community, for your sacrificial time and effort, making the Mason Soccer program one of the best in the state!
You will be greatly missed!
(Source: Dan Hilen, Mason Sports Information)
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OSSCA Names All-Ohio Teams
by Master Admin posted 11/14/2017

The quality of Greater Miami Conference soccer was evident when the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association selected the following GMC athletes to the All-Ohio boys and girls soccer teams. Congratulations Annie, Olivia, and Ben!

Girls Soccer Honorees:

Alexis Goins - Fairfield - First Team

Mackenzie Kandil - Sycamore - Second Team

Annie Metzger - Mason - Second Team

Olivia Popovich - Mason - Second Team

Morgan White - Fairfield - Second Team


Boys Soccer Honorees:

Linden Eberle - Lakota West - First Team

Ian Keil - Fairfield - Second Team

Zach Powell - Fairfiled - Second Team

Michael Samways - Sycamore - Second Team

Ben Wendell - Mason - Second Team


2017 OSSA Special Awards

Kim Mahoney Award - Patrick O'Leary Girls Head Soccer Coach - Fairfield


(Source: Greater Miami Conference)

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All Southwest Ohio Honorees
by Master Admin posted 11/13/2017

Congratulations to all of our players who were recognized as Divison I All Southwest Ohio and represented Mason in the Senior All-Star Games on November 12. We applaud your efforts and root for your continued success!

Annie Metzger

Olivia Popovich

Jordi Reddington

Ben Wendell

Philip Springsteen



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Congratulations Seniors!
by Master Admin posted 11/02/2017

Congratulations to our Seniors on their Soccer and Academic Accomplishments!


Seniors -- Girls Varsity

Ellee Allison

Nickie Baehre

McKenna Egan

Lexie Lucius

Annie Metzger

Kenzie Miller

Jade Myers

Olivia Popovich

Jordi Reddington

Emma Schewe

Maddie Spiker

Mgr. Sheradyn Sagle

Student Coach Bradley Tripp


Seniors -- Boys Varsity

Max Anderson

Justin Gorski

Tyler Heckler

Matthew Kienzler

Kyle Rojek

Philip Springsteen

Yash Srivastava

Brandon Toot

Ben Wendell

Ryan Winterhalter

Mgr. Garrett Clifford          







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Congratulations Varsity Girls -- District Champs!
by Master Admin posted 10/27/2017

Mason Varsity Girls beat Beavercreek 1 to 0 to win their District Final Oct. 26! Congratulations on a great season!



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