Posted: 4:44 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012

Oakwood girls dedicate season to former classmate



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The 2012 Oakwood High School girls tennis team

By Debbie Juniewicz

For the Oakwood High School girl tennis team, it’s not about being No. 1 – it’s about paying tribute to No. 1.

The team that has been ranked near the top of the Division II state poll is dedicating its season to 2010 Oakwood graduate Scott Harman, an Ohio State University junior who unexpectedly died on Sept. 10. Harman was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when he was in the sixth grade and, although the cause of death has not yet been determined, those with this heart condition are at higher risk for sudden death than the general population.

“He was friends with everyone and he touched the lives of so many people,” Oakwood tennis coach Kim Gilbert said.

That was especially true for Jills third singles player Melissa Frydman.

“I have known Scott my entire life,” Frydman said. “He went out of his way to be friends with everyone, he was so sweet.”

When the Jills heard about Harman’s death, they wanted to do something to honor his memory. They had T-shirts designed that read “This one’s for you Scotty” on the front with his soccer number – No. 1 – emblazoned on the back. The original order was for 15 shirts but the demand was so great that they have since ordered 250. Money raised from the T-shirt sales will benefit a scholarship fund in Harman’s name.

The Jills also recently dedicated their Southwestern Buckeye League title to Harman. The Oakwood girls have won the league title for 11 consecutive years and have only lost the SWBL title twice since 1975.

While the sectional gets underway today, Oakwood still has a few critical regular-season matches to play.

“We want to finish the season as No. 1 in the area and dedicate that to Scotty,” Gilbert said. “It’s been such an emotional season but that would really mean a lot to the girls.”

Many of the Jills also have district tennis aspirations. Senior Jackie White is the No. 2 seed in the D-II sectional singles bracket. Megan Connelly and Annie Lutz are seeded second in doubles. The top four sectionals placers will advance to next week’s district.

With their long history of tennis success, the Jills frequently deal with high expectations. Playing in Harman’s memory has relieved some of that stress.

“It definitely took some of the pressure off,” Frydman said. “We feel like Scotty would be proud of us no matter what.”


OAKWOOD TENNIS

Jackie White, sr., 9-3

Chelsea Reeder, sr., 8-2

Melissa Frydman, jr., 12-0

Kenzie Lahmon, jr., 9-1

Annie Lutz (sr.)/Megan Connelly (so.) 13-0

Shannon Greer (jr.)/Courtney Bachmann (sr.) 7-1

1st team all-SWBL: Jackie White and Chelsea Reeder

2nd team all-SWBL: Megan Connelly, Annie Lutz, Kenzie Lahmon, and Shannon Greer/Courtney Bachmann

Honorable Mention: Melissa Frydman

DAYTON SECTIONAL

Where: Centerville H.S.

When: Thursday-Saturday

Schedule: Division II – Thursday 9 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. (semifinals/finals); Division I – Friday 9 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. (semifinals/finals).

District qualifiers: Top four singles players and doubles teams advance.

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