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Houston Athletics
Home of the Wildcats
Craig Knouff,  Athletic Director
5300 Houston Road
Houston, Ohio 45333
PH: (937) 295-3010 Ext. 3013
FX: (937) 295-3737

From the Athletic Director

Welcome my fellow Wildcats to the 2017-18 school year. I am looking forward to getting back into school as well as beginning a new athletic year. I hope that everyone enjoyed their summer and got a well-deserved break, which will allow each of us to enter this year refreshed and capable of giving maximum effort in the academic realm and in sports.

As we enter into this year, each of us should be looking at improving on our performance from last year. To accomplish this, self-reflection must be undertaken and self-evaluations done. From this information, goals should be set. I know that looking at my performance from last year, improvements can be made and I have set goals for myself to ensure that this happens.

Being an Ohioan I am naturally a fan of The Ohio State. If you are not, then you most certainly need to complete another self-reflection and evaluation. Once you commence on that journey a true and magnificent path will be shown to you. Do not be afraid of the light. I know that after being in the abyss for so long this could be intimidating. Take the first step and begin walking down the correct path to true college sports recovery. Good, now that were are all on a proper path I can impart some wisdom that has been conveyed to us from a couple of the greatest Buckeyes ever.

Jerry Lucas teaches us that it is immensely important to stay focused on our goals and that we have to have an inner drive to excel. Whether we are looking to shine in academics or sports, obstacles will always arise from the depths to impede our progress. (These obstacles probably permeate out of an unholy area known as the Southeastern Conference. Be sure to wear either Houston Wildcat or Ohio State gear as a talisman against these evil forces.) To overcome any type of complications that are placed in our path, we need to remain steadfast and fixed on the goals we have set for ourselves. If we can remain focused on the goals, then the road to our ultimate objective will remain visible. No one can accomplish this for us. That drive has to be from within. Listen to part of Jerry Lucas’ amazing story on the following link

Another incredible Buckeye is Archie Griffin. He is the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in college football history. This accomplishment did not come easy. He had limitations that would have affected most young players. Archie, however, never let this be a crutch to hold him back. Through dedication, hard work and perseverance, when he was given his opportunity, he excelled. Because of Archie’s devotion to the game, he went on to become a college icon. Use the following link to learn more  (FYI – did you know that The Ohio State has seven Heisman Trophy winners. The dirty team up North, who will not be named, only has three.)

With a new school year arriving, it is a clean slate for each one of us. Whether you accomplished great things last year or struggled, you will have the opportunity to do amazing things in the days to come. Do not make excuses when the obstacles appear. Push through, remain focused and stroll our halls with Wildcat Pride!

Team Schedules can be found on the school website ( or at With the change to, the schedules are automatically generated using the school's contracts. This complicates coed schedules such as cross country and track so the schedules for those two sports will be linked to the varsity boy's schedules for their respective sports. Please check schedules frequently on the websites to stay updated throughout the season. Schedules change frequently.

Please make sure all student athletes are up to date on physical examinations and other required paperwork. Attendance at conditioning and practice is very important. Students without physicals on file will not be allowed to participate. Keep this in mind if you have a child planning on playing winter or spring sports.

Once more welcome to the new school year, and if you ever have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.


Engraved Brick Pavers

Hardin-Houston Local School is currently selling personalized engraved paver bricks to residents, alumni and local businesses. The 4" X 8" pavers will be placed at the front entrance of the new building. The personalization may include your name, company name, recognition of military service, or in memory of loved ones. There will be approximately thirteen hundred pavers available, sold on first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the information below and attach your check of $50.00 payable to “Houston Athletic Fund.” For more information and the order form, click here.


Admission Prices

SCAL adopted athletic prices for 15-16 school year:

HS Volleyball and Basketball

Students:  $4.00

Adults:      $6.00


JH Volleyball and Basketball

Students:  $2.00

Adults:      $3.00


Adult and Student Activity Passes

For those of you who will be attending several contests during the school year, it may be wise to purchase an activities pass that guarantees you admission to all home sporting events (that does not include SCAL tournaments held at Houston). Activity passes are $85 for adults and $30 for students. There will be approximately 55 home contests throughout the school year at Houston. These passes can be a great bargain for many of you. Please note that the passes are not transferable. They can be purchased in the high school principal’s office or at the games.

Citizens who are at least 65 years of age and live in the Hardin-Houston School District are eligible for a Golden Wildcat pass. The Golden Wildcat Passes will be free once again this year. You will be asked to verify your age and address. Please call or stop by the high school office to inquire about the passes.

Mandatory Preseason Meetings

The Ohio High School Athletic Association requires the Houston High School Athletic Department to hold preseason informational meetings for parents and athletes in grades 7-12. A parent and athlete are only required to attend one of these meetings per school year. If a parent and athlete attend the fall meeting, the parent and athlete do not have to attend the winter or spring meetings. Please mark your calendars and plan accordingly. Again, this is a mandatory meeting and your child’s participation will be declined until the requirement is met.

Below is the list of meeting dates for the upcoming school years.
2017-2018 Mandatory Preseason Parent Meeting Dates
Fall Meeting - Monday, July 31, 2017 - 6:00 pm - Commons Area
Winter Meeting - Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:00 pm - Commons Area
Spring Meeting - Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:00 pm - Commons Area

Sports Schedules

Athletic Handbook and Eligibility Forms
Every athlete must meet our eligibility requirements and  comply with our athletic code of conduct. The links below provide more information:


Helpful Links for Wildcat Fans
Get tournament and other valuable information for our part of the state
Rules, OHSAA bylaws, tournament information, etc


Coaching Staff
        HS Cross Country
Ron Boeke, Bill McKinney,
Tyler Roeth
        Varsity Girls Basketball
Brad Allen
Zack Freeling, Assistant
        HS Girls Track & Field
Sharon Roeth
Glenn Brown, Assistant
        JH Cross Country
Ron Boeke, Bill McKinney,
Tyler Roeth
        Varsity Boys Basketball
Mark Platfoot
Matt Beaver, Assistant
        HS Boys Track & Field
Ron Boeke
Bill McKinney, Assistant
        HS Golf
Nate Fridley
        JV Girls Basketball
Haley Slonkosky
        Varsity Softball
Brent New
Tammy Vondenhuevel, Assistant
        Varsity Volleyball
Misty Gibson
TBA, Assistant
        JV Boys Basketball
Zach Barlage
       JV Volleyball
Haley Slonkosky
        Freshman Boys Basketball
Kyle Brandewie
        Varsity Baseball
Brad Allen
Daniel Barker, Assistant
        JH Volleyball
Gina Maier, Eighth Grade
Sara Mowery, Seventh Grade
        JH Girls Basketball
Tammy Vondenhuevel
Carie New, Assistant
     JV Baseball
        JH Boys Basketball
Lance Collum, Eighth Grade
Brian Helman, Seventh Grade
        JH Girls Track & Field
Lisa and Robert Earl
Kim Voisard, High School
Tiffany Kemp, Junior High
        JH Boys Track & Field
Lisa and Robert Earl


Staff Links

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