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Published: July 9, 2015

In the heat of the summer, baseball camps are a catch.

Elite Baseball and Cincinnati Baseball Schools are two organizations that are encouraging kids to improve their baseball skills and stay active. They are doing so through summer camps hosted at Elite Baseball/Explosion Fitness Solutions in Maineville, OH.

The camps draw students from Mason and its neighboring communities, and according to Marty Crow, a professional baseball instructor, Elite Baseball aims to provide an all-around improvement in a child’s baseball discipline.

Monday, we started hitting,” Crow said. “Tuesday, we do fielding; (Wednesday), we do pitching; (Thursday), we do outfield and base-running. Then Friday we put it all together and do all kinds of games. We show the guys physically what we’re supposed to do with every kind of the baseball experience, then we practice and practice to make them better.”

Crow said that by teaching the kids from their own perspective, they will understand with better results.

“Just by explaining to the guys how to do it, and what they’re supposed to do with their body makes them better right away,” Crow said. “They get immediate results.”

Along with teaching kids basic skills, James Singleton of Cincinnati Baseball School said that by putting terms in a simpler way, it is easier for kids to remember, and by having team competitions, they can increase both baseball and group-work skills.

“We do a lot of team things and a lot of competition,” Singleton said. “That way, they are not only competing against themselves but against other people.”

According to Crow, baseball camps are great for kids as well as for parents who want their children to receive a plentiful amount of baseball instruction.

“It’s a great baseball camp, and the kids have a blast,” Crow said. “Usually when they go home they’re sweating, and they’re tired, and they don’t even know they worked that hard– they’re having too much fun.”



Published: September 11, 2014

The boys water polo team splashed their way to victory, beating rival team Sycamore 17-10.

Beating Sycamore last year, head coach Mark Sullivan says that it is nice to be able to win again.

“I used to teach and coach at Sycamore, and they have always been a good rival of us,” Sullivan said.

Senior Adam Manguiat said that Sycamore has been Mason’s rival for the past couple years and it feels great to beat them.

“I think we did pretty well; we didn’t really make that many mistakes,” Manguiat said. “The ones we did, we fixed later in the game.”

Winning against Sycamore isn’t the only thing on the team’s mind. Taking home sixth last year at state, Manguiat feels like boys water polo can win state this October.

“We have beat every team in the state so far, so I think we can do it,” Manguiat said. “Last year there was a lot of just ‘get the ball to Greg (Gruseck) and he will score’. I think we are a lot more of a team this year.”

According to senior Mark Iannuzzi, the team still has a lot of work to do for state.

“We need to keep working, but we are getting better,” Iannuzzi said. “The way we played, we should do a great job, but it just depends on who will step up and play as a team.”

With Tuesday’s win pushing the team in the right direction, Sullivan thinks that they are in really good shape for state.

“We have potential to get to state finals, and that’s our overall objective,” Sullivan said.

Iannuzzi said his favorite parts of playing are the team bonding, the competitiveness, and working hard as a team in whole.

“The team played well; a lot of people stepped off the bench,” Iannuzzi said. “We just played well as a cohesive unit.”



Written: June 23, 2014

Three strikes isn’t an out in the world of bowling.

Every Monday from noon to 2 p.m., Mason Bowl holds a clinic taught by Joe Riestenberg, the Mason bowling team’s head coach. 35 kids attended the clinic last year, with this year being only the second.

“The teaching part of [today is my favorite] because I think if I wasn’t even teaching I’d be coaching,” said Riestenberg. “I love the teaching and seeing somebody improve. There is always room for improvement. ”

The clinics are held to help kids improve their techniques, and introduce them to the sport of bowling. All children, from third grade to 12th, are welcome to come participate.

“The biggest impact [from the event] is if [the kids] have not been coached before in certain things [they still] see an improvement,” said Riestenberg. “The improvement is the big part.”

In August, a fundraiser will be held to raise funds for the Mason bowling team boosters.

“From a kid who has never thrown a ball before, to one who has been bowling for ten years, I want to see the improvement [from the child],” said Riestenberg.

Senior Kelsey Mitchell, a member of the Mason girls bowling team who has been bowling for eight years, said that she loves to bowl for the feeling of improvement.

“I like to be able to see how I improve with scores,” Mitchell said. “With other sports you can’t have a line to say, ‘this is where you have improved’; [with bowling you can].”