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High School Sports


Beavercreek boys post two wins, claim first-day lead at Wayne

Beavercreek made the most of a meet-opening statement by winning the boys distance medley to kick off the 19th annual Wayne track and field invitational at Heidkamp Stadium on Thursday. With senior standout Ben Ewert unloading a 1,600-meter anchor of 4:22, the Beavers pulled away from Hilliard Davidson and set a school record in the rarely run high school event (10:32.13). Joining Ewert on the relay...
Softball: Badin delights in topping tradition-rich Ross

Softball: Badin delights in topping tradition-rich Ross

For a fast-pitch softball game involving two teams that hadn’t met since 2011, the intensity was as thick as the wind was brisk when Ross played Badin at Joyce Park on Thursday afternoon. Even though Badin went into the game 18-1 and ranked eighth in the Ohio High School Softball Coaches Association Division III state poll while Ross was just 8-8, Badin still enjoyed an extra measure of satisfaction...
Recruiting: Top 10 for Dunbar’s Tavion Thomas includes OSU, Alabama, USC, Texas

Recruiting: Top 10 for Dunbar’s Tavion Thomas includes OSU, Alabama, USC, Texas

Dunbar junior running back Tavion Thomas has been one of the hottest college football recruits in the country since early February, and he released his top 10 schools Thursday night. In no order, the Scout.com four-star power back tweeted he is considering Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, LSU, USC and Oregon. “I appreciate all the love from every school...
Recruiting: Wayne’s L’Christian ‘Blue’ Smith has Ohio State, Cincinnati, Alabama in top 10

Recruiting: Wayne’s L’Christian ‘Blue’ Smith has Ohio State, Cincinnati, Alabama in top 10

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith has named a top 10 list of potential destinations that contains some of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history. In what appears to be no particular order, Smith listed Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State as the schools he is currently considering...
Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten

Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten

Centerville High School graduate Jake Replogle has been named Purdue University’s male winner of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2017. Replogle was a stalwart on the Boilermakers defensive line during his football career, playing 39 games and registering 158 tackles, including 35 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last season and was voted by teammates...
Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t

Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t

Xenia and Southeastern both were staring at openings in their high school baseball schedules this week when Xenia coach Barry Claus sent Southeastern coach Craig Isaac a text. “When Alter decided they didn’t want to play us Saturday, I got in touch with Craig and asked him if we wanted to play,” Claus said after his team claimed a 5-3 win over Southeastern at home Wednesday night...
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.  Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the...
Young pole vaulter’s career path looks like his soaring vault

Young pole vaulter’s career path looks like his soaring vault

A pole-vaulting runway extends about 125 feet from the side of the Duplantis family’s Acadian-style home, under a gate and into the backyard, where it ends at a foam landing pit, floodlit by a light made for an oil rig. It was, until recently, the training site for the family’s youngest son, Armand. On April 1, at the Texas Relays, he vaulted 19 feet 4 1/4 inches, a national high school...

H.S. Results for 4/26: Kenton Ridge clinches share of title

The Kenton Ridge baseball team secured at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail title with a 13-2 win over Springfield Shawnee on Wednesday. Kaleb Meeks led the way, clobbering a three-run home run and adding a double. Noah Schleinitz picked up the win on the mound, his fourth. Ben Ross and Bryce Cox both doubled for Shawnee. Kenton Ridge improved to 15-4 overall and 9-1 in...
Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five girls high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. This week’s remaining key meets: Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships...
Vikings fight past Seven Hills, clinch fifth MVC title in six years

Vikings fight past Seven Hills, clinch fifth MVC title in six years

Christian Acus got the job done before the Ohio High School Athletic Association could get him off the mound Wednesday. New Miami’s senior pitcher tossed a nine-hitter on 122 pitches and led the visiting Vikings past Seven Hills 7-4, clinching their fifth Miami Valley Conference Gray Division baseball title in the last six years. “It’s like nothing I’ve felt throughout my whole...
Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five boys high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships, 10 a.m. at Northeastern; Kenny...
Edgewood in firm control of SWOC race after topping Little Miami 3-2

Edgewood in firm control of SWOC race after topping Little Miami 3-2

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a tie game, Ally Williams knew all she needed to do was put the ball in play and her Edgewood High School softball team would have a chance to win it right there. The senior did just that, looping a single to left field that allowed Jenna Evans to score from first when Little Miami’s outfielder dropped the ball on the throw in. The Cougars walked...
Wayne’s Isaiah Trice signs with Sinclair CC

Wayne’s Isaiah Trice signs with Sinclair CC

Wayne High School senior Isaiah Trice, the younger brother of former Warriors standouts Travis and D’Mitrik Trice, has signed to played basketball at Sinclair Community College. He’s the latest Trice to take his game to the next level. Travis (Michigan State) was reclaimed by the Westchester Knicks of the NBA’s Developmental League in February. D’Mitrik was a key sub at Wisconsin...
Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State

Darnell Hoskins Jr. signs with Saginaw Valley State

DAYTON – Darnell Hoskins Jr., a 2016 Thurgood Marshall High School graduate who spent this past season in prep school, signed to play basketball at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan on Tuesday. He was at least the third area product to sign during this regular signing period, which extends through mid-May. Earlier Tuesday morning Trotwood-Madison standout Torrey Patton signed with...
Oakwood’s Lane Stadium reopens to public Thursday

Oakwood’s Lane Stadium reopens to public Thursday

Oakwood High School’s Lane Stadium will reopen to the public Thursday, as striping for the regulation-sized track is completed today, according to Oakwood Schools Communications Director Traci Hale. RELATED: Must see: Photos of new Oakwood Lane Stadium While the stadium will be used primarily for sporting events, it’s also regarded as a feature to the community, with the facility being...
Dayton teachers rally outside School Board meeting as contract negotiations continue

Dayton teachers rally outside School Board meeting as contract negotiations continue

Hundreds of teachers attended the Dayton school board meeting Wednesday, then rallied on the street corner outside, as contract negotiations between Dayton’s teachers union and the district drag on. Teachers union President David Romick acknowledged the many challenges of succeeding in a large urban school district. “It’s going to take … a deliberate decision on the part of...
Athlete of the Week: Alex Harman, Fairmont High School

Athlete of the Week: Alex Harman, Fairmont High School

Name: Alex Harman School: Fairmont High School Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sport: Soccer Claim to fame/honors: Four-year starting goalkeeper for Fairmont soccer. Team captain and MVP earned first-team GWOC National League, second-team All-Miami Valley as a senior; recognized as a GWOC Scholar Athlete and OHSAA Scholar Athlete; team earned GWOC Central title junior year Bet you didn’t know &hellip...
Athlete of the Week: My’Love Taylor, Dunbar High School

Athlete of the Week: My’Love Taylor, Dunbar High School

Name: My’Love Taylor School: Dunbar Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sports: Track, volleyball, cheerleading Claim to fame/honors: Two-year varsity volleyball, second-varsity track; runs 800; 4x400, shuttle relays; personal best 2:27 Bet you didn’t know … I’m one of 11 kids Words you live by: Never give up no matter what the predicament Toughest opponent: I don’t think I have one...
Athlete of the Week: Drew Sacks, Vandalia-Butler High School

Athlete of the Week: Drew Sacks, Vandalia-Butler High School

Name: Drew Sacks School: Vandalia-Butler Grade: Sophomore Age: 15 Sports: Bowling Claim to fame/honors: Earned second-team All-Ohio honors with a 672 series for sixth place at state tournament; earned first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference honors Bet you didn’t know … I play soccer Words you live by: One day at a time Toughest opponent: Sidney Biggest influence: Ron Hatfield and...
Athlete of the Week: Carrina Butler, Miamisburg High School

Athlete of the Week: Carrina Butler, Miamisburg High School

Name: Carrina Butler School: Miamisburg High School Sport: Softball Class: Senior Age: 17 Claim to fame: Hitting two home runs in the same game last year Bet you didn’t know: I have never broken a bone Toughest opponent/why? Lebanon, because they are a skilled team offensively and defensively and once they get into a hitting groove it is hard to stop their momentum. Favorite book: Before I Fall...
Athlete of the Week: Kylee Parker, Bellbrook High School

Athlete of the Week: Kylee Parker, Bellbrook High School

Name: Kylee Parker School: Bellbrook High School Sports: Track, basketball, cross-country Class: Senior Age: 18 Claim to fame: Talking too fast Bet you didn’t know: I have a twin Toughest opponent/why? Oakwood, because they’re kind of fast Favorite book: Into Thin Air Favorite movie: The Proposal Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill Favorite song? Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy, or any country Favorite...

H.S. Results for 4/25: Munchel’s clutch hit carries Tri-Village

Christian Ricker was outstanding on the mound and Camren Munchel’s RBI hit helped Tri-Village come away with a 1-0 win over Franklin Monroe in baseball action Tuesday. In the bottom of the sixth inning Camren Munchel doubled in Luke Wheeler from second base to plate the lone run. Wheeler went 2-for-2 on the night and Mason Sullenbarger was also 2-for-2. Ricker scattered six hits over seven innings...
Fairfield softball bounces back to run-rule Mount Notre Dame

Fairfield softball bounces back to run-rule Mount Notre Dame

On Monday, the Fairfield High School softball team suffered a heartbreaking extra-inning defeat at the hands of Greater Miami Conference rival Oak Hills. On a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, the Indians took out their frustrations on visiting Mount Notre Dame. Fairfield struck early and often, smashing 16 hits in a 15-2 run-rule effort over the Cougars in front of a big crowd at Fairfield Middle School...
Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Former Cincinnati Mount Healthy co-defensive coordinator Robert Burk has been approved by the Tri-Village Local School District as the Patriots football coach. It’ll be the first head coach position for Burk, a 2002 Hamilton High School graduate. Prior to coaching at Mount Healthy the Hamilton native also was an assistant at Hamilton for former Big Blue coaches Jim Place and Bob Jacoby and at...
Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Malik Zaire may finally be entering the homestretch in his search for a new school, and a former Ohio State assistant might end up making the difference when it’s over.  Rivals.com reported Tuesday the former Alter High School star is down to four schools after deciding not to return to Notre Dame:  Zaire, who will be eligible to play this fall, is set to announce his decision next...
New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

The Wright State Raiders are in pursuit of a 7-foot-1 high school center with a famous last name. Jake Walter, a junior 2018 prospect from Covington (Ky.) Catholic, tweeted Monday night he received a slew of scholarship offers, including one from WSU.  Walter is the son of Joe Walter, who played offensive line for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1985-97.  The younger Walter also reported receiving...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Trotwood’s Torrey Patton signs with Akron

Trotwood’s Torrey Patton signs with Akron

Torrey Patton, the Trotwood-Madison senior basketball player whose recruitment soared after one game in this past season’s final four, signed to play at the University of Akron on Tuesday morning. Patton, a 6-foot-4 guard, chose the Zips over Wright State, Miami, Duquesne and Robert Morris. Also, Trotwood senior guard Amir Foster signed with Tennessee State. Later Tuesday, Darnell Hoskins Jr...

H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests ‘Creek at Fifth-Third

H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests Beavercreek at Fifth-Third Fairborn took on their backyard rival at Fifth-Third field, defeating Beavercreek 5-3. Ryan Proffitt was not only the winning pitcher for Fairborn, but also scored three runs on the night. Will Coleman had a two out, two run double in the top of the fifth inning to put Fairborn ahead 4-2 and the Skyhawks never looked back from...
Northmont baseball reaches milestone; Harlow closing in on another

Northmont baseball reaches milestone; Harlow closing in on another

Chuck Harlow always figured he’d never coach a sport more than 10 seasons. When he first came to Northmont High School back in 1985 he was worried about making it through just first one. “I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t mess this thing up,’” Harlow said of taking over a successful baseball program that had just seven losses in 25 seasons. “We kept...
Softball: CCS fights off New Miami to remain unbeaten in MVC

Softball: CCS fights off New Miami to remain unbeaten in MVC

The first two losses of the season didn’t linger with Cincinnati Christian School’s softball team. The Division IV Cougars stepped up in size over the weekend and took 24-2 and 12-2 drubbings from Piqua and Valley View, respectively, before rebounding with a 22-14 triumph at New Miami on Monday. “Those were D-I and D-II schools, and we haven’t seen that,” CCS coach Stephanie...
Cardinals edge Hamilton 2-1 in GMC baseball pitchers’ duel

Cardinals edge Hamilton 2-1 in GMC baseball pitchers’ duel

Hamilton High School baseball coach Joey Lewis and his Colerain counterpart, Justin Yeary, agree that the two teams seem to be developing a nice little rivalry. Though the Big Blue won five of the six games the two teams played over the past two seasons, including both Division I sectional meetings, two of the games went to extra innings and four were decided by three or fewer runs. “You know...
DPS says no fall coaching contracts have been approved

DPS says no fall coaching contracts have been approved

Dayton Public Schools on Monday confirmed that no coaching contracts for the 2017-18 school year have been approved. That was in response to a Sunday story in the Dayton Daily News that Darran Powell had been renewed as the Dunbar High School football coach. All high school coaching contracts in Ohio are annually renewable. DPS communication specialist Jill Drury said boys and girls coaches for...
Success of Warner, Ashworth and Martin at Beavercreek unmatched

Success of Warner, Ashworth and Martin at Beavercreek unmatched

The arrival of Rex Warner, Norm Ashworth and Paul Martin within one year of each other coincided with an unmatched run of athletic success at Beavercreek High School. Warner and Ashworth both left Bradford at the same time and landed at Beavercreek in 1959. Martin would join them a year later from New Lexington in Perry County. The impact those three had on Beavercreek football, wrestling and boys...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
Oakwood moves today’s high school track meet to old stadium

Oakwood moves today’s high school track meet to old stadium

Oakwood High School’s track meet scheduled for today at Lane Stadium has been moved to Mack Hummon Stadium, due to delays in finishing lane striping at the district’s new athletic complex, according to Oakwood schools Community Relations Director Traci Hale. RELATED: New Oakwood stadium to be dedicated While the track has been surfaced, it still hasn’t been striped for completion...
High School Softball State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

High School Softball State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

Below is the second weekly state poll from the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Association, with total voting points and first-place votes in parenthesis: DIVISION I 1. Lebanon 100 (4) 2. Gahanna Lincoln 77 (3) 3. Anthony Wayne 62 (2) 4. Teays Valley 58 5. Milford 56 6. Lakota East 55 7. Walsh Jesuit 54 (4) 8. Pickerington Central 52 9. Louisville 45 10. Hilliard Davidson 32 DIVISION II 1. Hebron...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Jalin Marshall on hosting camp for kids in Middletown: ‘It warms my heart up’

Jalin Marshall on hosting camp for kids in Middletown: ‘It warms my heart up’

Since joining the New York Jets last year, former Middletown star Jalin Marshall has read more letters than he anticipated. That’s because his former coach Troy Everhart prefers to write instead of calling or texting. “I guess he’s getting too old for cell phones, but I won’t tell him that,” Marshall said. Marshall will not need to read a letter to know what went on in...
Fairfield’s Carman, other high-level recruits still shopping

Fairfield’s Carman, other high-level recruits still shopping

One of the area’s top high school football recruits unofficially took himself off the market this week, but things are just starting to heat up for some of the others. Fairfield High School junior Malik Vann verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati on Tuesday, leading to even more questions about whether teammate and five-star offensive tackle prospect Jackson Carman will stay &ldquo...
Fairfield still rolling on diamond, blanks Badin 8-0

Fairfield still rolling on diamond, blanks Badin 8-0

Fairfield High School’s baseball team took a break from the Greater Miami Conference title chase Saturday night, but its strong play continued. Senior right-handers Matt Scowden and Lucas Sheriff combined on a six-hitter for the Indians, who thumped Badin 8-0 at Foundation Field. “The Badin vs. Fairfield game, every year it’s packed,” Scowden said. “It’s a big game...

H.S. Results for 4/22: St. Henry coach gets 500th win

John Dorner, in his 28th season as head baseball coach of St. Henry, won his 500th career game in a 12-2 contest over Fort Jennings on Saturday. Ryan Luttmer was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBI and Rylee Deitsch was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead St. Henry at the plate. On the mound Daylon Lange scattered four hits over four innings, striking out five and earning the win. St. Henry...
New football coach Brent Ullery: ‘Centerville is a very special place’

New football coach Brent Ullery: ‘Centerville is a very special place’

Centerville football has been among the area’s most successful big-school programs since the mid-1970s. That’s a 40-year run of multiple high school conference titles and playoff appearances. Its celebrated alumni range from ESPN College GameDay commentator Kirk Herbstreit to former Bengals A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent, all of whom played at Ohio State. That’s why it’s big news...
New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’

New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’

A familiar name has returned to Ohio Heritage Conference football. But instead of continuing a successful run at Triad, Payton Printz will be hoping to do the same at Southeastern High School. Printz recently was approved by the Southeastern Local School District to be its football coach. He succeeds Greg Bonifay, who resigned earlier this spring to accept a similar position at Greater Western Ohio...
Powell looking to “move forward” as Dunbar coach

Powell looking to “move forward” as Dunbar coach

Darran Powell has been renewed as the Dunbar High School football coach. His status as coach had been under scrutiny since a series of events last season ultimately led to one of the harshest penalties in Ohio High School Athletic Association history. Powell, a Dunbar graduate, told his returning players on Thursday he would be back as coach. As of Monday, Powell’s coaching contract for the...
Saturday’s high school baseball games at Fifth Third Field postponed

Saturday’s high school baseball games at Fifth Third Field postponed

Saturday’s high school baseball games scheduled to be played at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field have been postponed to a later date. Saturday’s Greater Western Ohio Conference doubleheader featuring Beavercreek vs. Fairborn and Greenville vs. West Carrollton will be played at Field Third Field on a date to be determined. On Sunday, Covington will play St. Henry at 4 p.m. at Fifth Third...
Vaulting: It’s a mental thing for Wayne’s Simmons

Vaulting: It’s a mental thing for Wayne’s Simmons

Graysen Simmons has all the physical qualities of being a great vaulter. The Wayne High School senior is strong, has sprinter speed and a can-do attitude, all things needed to stick a pole in the ground and launch yourself skyward upside down. She also has something else going for her this spring. “It’s super mental and me, I’m also a super mental person,” Graysen explained...

H.S. Results for 4/21: Northmont bests Centerville in extra innings

Will Ludington brought in Logan Jewsikow for the game-winning run in the eighth inning as Northmont topped Centerville 2-1 in baseball Friday. Jewsikow reached on an error and Dylan Guth moved him into scoring position with a sac-bunt to set up Ludington’s heroics. Jewsikow finished 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored and Cole Stephens picked up the win in relief. Thomas Jenkins was 2-for-3...
Powell to return as Dunbar football coach following allegations of thrown game

Powell to return as Dunbar football coach following allegations of thrown game

Darran Powell will be back as the Dunbar High School football coach. Powell confirmed on Friday that he had retained the position. As of Monday, Powell’s coaching contract for the fall had not been approved by the Dayton school board. His return is not official until that happens Powell was among multiple Dunbar coaches and DPS administrators who were involved in a series of Week 10 events in...
Softball: Edgewood on the rise, cruises to 13-1 win over Braves

Softball: Edgewood on the rise, cruises to 13-1 win over Braves

Wayne Asher is ready for his Edgewood High School softball team to make the jump from solid to strong. He believes the Cougars are starting to come together as they’ve won five of their last six games, including Friday’s 13-1, six-inning overpowering of host Talawanda. “I think we’ve been playing at about 70 percent,” said Asher, who briefly retired after his 16th season...
Fenwick falls to McNick, despite mound gem from Nix

Fenwick falls to McNick, despite mound gem from Nix

Fenwick High School baseball coach Chris Stratton wouldn’t have expected to come out on the losing end the way Alan Nix pitched Friday. Nix scattered five hits and gave up two unearned runs but the Falcons dropped a 2-1 decision to Cincinnati McNicholas in a home game that took 75 minutes to complete. Fenwick had beaten the Rockets 9-5 on the road Wednesday. “Nix had a heck of a game,&rdquo...

H.S. Results for 4/20: Centerville knocks off Vandalia in extras

Jake Whisman’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth inning helped Centerville pull off a thrilling 7-5 win over Vandalia in baseball action Thursday. Alex Firsdon notched the save and Tyler Rahe the win in relief for Centerville. Jared Lieberman added a 3-for-3 night at the plate. Damon Dues paced Vandalia, the No. 3 ranked team in the state, with three basehits. Centerville improved to...
GMC-leading Thunderhawks top Mason with tweaked lineup

GMC-leading Thunderhawks top Mason with tweaked lineup

After earning nine of its first 10 wins by sweep, the Lakota East High School boys volleyball team didn’t like dropping a game to a young Mason squad. The defending Greater Miami Conference champion Thunderhawks took the first two games, then lost a close third set and bounced back with a dominant performance in the fourth to seal a 25-10, 25-23, 24-26, 25-13 win Thursday at Mason Middle School...
Four Ross baseball players commit to playing in college

Four Ross baseball players commit to playing in college

Four Ross High School baseball players recently committed to play at the collegiate level. Michael Carroll will play at Mount St. Joseph, Tyler Flick and Zach Evans at Heidelberg, and Logan Brofft at Wilmington. Carroll is hitting .300 with an RBI and four stolen bases. Flick is hitting .340 with five doubles, 14 RBIs and eight steals. Evans has a .333 average with a triple, six RBIs and a team-high...
Hamilton set to honor 1997 state baseball champions Saturday

Hamilton set to honor 1997 state baseball champions Saturday

Hamilton High School will honor its 1997 state championship baseball team at Saturday’s home game against Talawanda. That Big Blue squad went 30-2 and pulling off a stunning 8-7 victory in the Division I state title game at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton, scoring five times in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Toledo Start. “I’m not the most religious person in...
A perfect season for New Miami junior high boys hoops

A perfect season for New Miami junior high boys hoops

New Miami High School’s boys basketball program could be on the rise in the next couple seasons. There’s talent in the pipeline, as evidenced by the Vikings’ junior high “A” team going 18-0 during the 2016-17 campaign Under the direction of Ralph Lunsford, New Miami captured the Miami Valley Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The Vikings finished...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...

H.S. Results for 4/19: Pennington paces Hamilton in win

The Hamilton baseball team pounded out 16 hits en route to a 10-4 win over host Sycamore on Wednesday. Jake Pennington led Hamilton, going the distance on the mound and adding a 3-for-5 night at the plate. He drove in three runs to help his cause. Zach Andrews was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Zach Bell went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, Payton Pennington 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI and Matt Myers...
Softball: Key’s walkoff hit lifts Monroe past previously unbeaten Badin

Softball: Key’s walkoff hit lifts Monroe past previously unbeaten Badin

Sam Key expected somebody to get the job done. But she was more than happy to do it herself. Monroe High School’s senior third baseman experienced some walkoff joy Wednesday against previously unbeaten Badin, lining a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Hornets an 8-7 softball victory. “When I hit that, the stands just erupted,” Key said. “It...
Fairfield’s Vann on committing to UC: ‘It just felt right’

Fairfield’s Vann on committing to UC: ‘It just felt right’

Malik Vann’s lengthy recruiting road has stopped in Clifton. The Fairfield High School junior defensive end is excited and relieved after verbally committing to the University of Cincinnati football program and new head coach Luke Fickell. “It’s a huge weight off my back,” Vann said Wednesday afternoon after taking the ACT. “It was a hard decision, but at the end of the...

Elks name Brent Ullery to succeed Roberts as football coach

Centerville High School reached back to its past in naming Brent Ullery interim football coach Wednesday. A 2003 Centerville graduate, Ullery is the son of former Elks coach Ron Ullery. Brent Ullery succeeds Rodney Roberts, who unexpectedly resigned earlier this spring after three seasons. Ullery’s promotion from assistant coach is pending next week’s school board approval. Centerville...
Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Some states allow high schools to have football practices in the spring. Ohio does not. Count Kerry Coombs among those who would like to see that change. A University of Dayton grad, Coombs is in his sixth season coaching defensive backs at Ohio State. Before that, he spent five seasons as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, but more than half of his professional career has been spent in...
New coach with familiar name to take over Centerville football program

New coach with familiar name to take over Centerville football program

Centerville High School has a new football coach with a familiar name. Brent Ullery, the son of former longtime Elks coach Ron Ullery, on Wednesday was named to take over the program as the interim head coach, pending school board approval April 24. RELATED: Roberts resigns at Centerville coach Brent Ullery, a 2003 Centerville graduate, succeeds Rodney Roberts, who unexpectantly resigned in March...
Sagester resigns as Tri-Village boys basketball coach

Sagester resigns as Tri-Village boys basketball coach

Josh Sagester, an ultra-successful boys high school basketball coach at Tri-Village, announced his resignation from that position on Wednesday. That’s the second major head coaching hit for the Cross County Conference member that’s located in New Madison near the Indiana border. Earlier this spring Jason Schondelmyer resigned as the head football coach to return to Arcanum as the Trojans&rsquo...
Recruiting: Trotwood-Madison’s Torrey Patton sets signing date

Recruiting: Trotwood-Madison’s Torrey Patton sets signing date

Wright State and Miami University are among the finalists for Trotwood-Madison star guard Torrey Patton. The 6-foot-4 senior listed his top five yesterday on Twitter and set a commitment date of April 25. That is the day the Ohio Division II Co-Player of the Year will choose between WSU, Miami, Duquesne, Akron and Robert Morris. Those schools all offered in the past couple of weeks after he starred...
Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

This morning the sports world woke up to the news Aaron Hernandez apparently committed suicide overnight.  The former New England Patriots tight end, who starred for coach Urban Meyer at Florida, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell in a Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence for murdering a man four years ago.  This comes less than a week after he was acquitted...
Athlete of the Week: Taran McMillan, Centerville High School

Athlete of the Week: Taran McMillan, Centerville High School

Name: Taran McMillan School: Centerville Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sport: Soccer Claim to fame/honors: Team captain was leading scorer and offensive player of the year for Elks as a senior; earned first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference as a senior and second team as a junior; as three-year varsity player, helped Centerville win two district titles and one runner-up finish; also plays select soccer...
Athlete of the Week: Lauren Redfern, Bellbrook High School

Athlete of the Week: Lauren Redfern, Bellbrook High School

Name: Lauren Redfern School: Bellbrook High School Sport: Lacrosse Age: 17 Claim to Fame: Three-sport varsity athlete with narcolepsy Bet you didn’t know: I am a military kid and Bellbrook is my 8th school Toughest opponent/why?: Myself, because I am my toughest critic, especially when getting scored on while playing goalie. Favorite book: “They Call Me Coach” by John Wooden Favorite...
Athlete of the Week: Alexis Strother, Lebanon High School

Athlete of the Week: Alexis Strother, Lebanon High School

Name: Alexis Strother School: Lebanon Sport: Softball Class: Senior Age: 17 Claim to fame: I can quote lines from One Tree Hill Bet you didn’t know: I can sing like Shakira Toughest opponent/why? Mason because they’re extremely fast and they always have high energy Favorite book: The Fault in Our Stars Favorite movie: The Heat Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill Favorite song: “Yours&rdquo...
Athlete of the Week: Sammy Shockey, Twin Valley South High School

Athlete of the Week: Sammy Shockey, Twin Valley South High School

Name: Sammy Shockey School: Twin Valley South Grade: Senior Age: 19 Sports: Track, football Claim to fame/honors: Junior season in track was state qualifier in 4x800 relay, county champion in four events (4x800, 400, 200 and 4x400), regional champ in 4x800, most valuable runner on team; all-county and all-league in football the past three years as running back and linebacker; member of student council...
Athlete of the Week: Willow Knight, Vandalia-Butler High School

Athlete of the Week: Willow Knight, Vandalia-Butler High School

Name: Willow Knight School: Vndalia-Butler Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sports: Basketball, volleyball Claim to fame/honors: Third-year varsity guard broke single-season record for 3-pointers (50); named first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference; two-year varsity outside hitter in volleyball; plays for Dayton Lady Hoopstars Bet you didn’t know … when I first started playing basketball I...

H.S Results for 4/18: West Liberty-Salem softball tops Fairbanks

It was a standout night for West Liberty-Salem pitcher Kelsey Day on Tuesday. West Liberty-Salem topped Fairbanks 7-1, moving the Tigers to 9-4 on the season. Kelsey Day was 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs on the night, coupled with securing the overall win. Grace Woodruff went 2-for-4 with a double, while Kenedie Cox and Olivia Ames were both 2-for-3 with a stolen base for each. A. Smith went...
Hornets lose focus in 6-5 SWBL defeat at Eaton

Hornets lose focus in 6-5 SWBL defeat at Eaton

A span of 24 hours was long enough to show Monroe High School’s baseball team at both ends of the emotional spectrum. The Hornets whipped Eaton 11-1 on Monday, but went on the road Tuesday and had Monroe coach Bob Hunt counting up the mental errors in a 6-5 loss to the Eagles at Brower Field. “If you don’t take advantage of opportunities, baseball is going to humble you,” Hunt...
Tecumseh tennis standout grows into new player — literally

Tecumseh tennis standout grows into new player — literally

They used to call him “Little Mitch.” But not anymore. Tecumseh junior tennis player Mitch Foland has outgrown that moniker by four inches since last spring. And while his new height of 5-foot-8 isn’t towering, he is a stronger, more offensive player who has become one of the best in the area. “Now I have a better chance,” he said. Foland is playing No. 1 singles for...
Fairfield’s Malik Vann verbally commits to the Cincinnati Bearcats

Fairfield’s Malik Vann verbally commits to the Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats can celebrate a major recruiting pickup with the verbal commitment of four-star defensive end Malik Vann. A senior-to-be at Fairfield High School, Vann announced his decision Tuesday afternoon. “First off I want to thank God for blessing me with the talent and ability to play the game that I love at a high level and to thank my parents, my family, the Gooslin family and...
Belmont-Dunbar announcer on controversial game: ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like that’

Belmont-Dunbar announcer on controversial game: ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like that’

Alex Mikos had been an announcer for scores of high school basketball and football games and other athletic contests throughout the area for most of the last decade. But what transpired during a Week 10 football game between Dunbar and Belmont last season at Welcome Stadium was a first. “In my time covering high schools sports I’ve never seen anything quite like that,” reflected...
Watch: Video emerges of controversial Dunbar-Belmont football game with plays even odder than described

Watch: Video emerges of controversial Dunbar-Belmont football game with plays even odder than described

The OHSAA punished Dayton Public Schools’ athletic department with fines and three years of probation this month.  The issues stem from Dunbar’s Oct. 28, 2016 football game against Belmont. In the third quarter, there was a brief stretch where Dunbar started intentionally trying to lose the game.  The game video above picks up just before a Dunbar sideline huddle in which players...
11 times area high schools have been busted for breaking rules

11 times area high schools have been busted for breaking rules

Earlier this month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association slapped Dayton Public Schools with what’s possibly the harshest penalty ever in the body’s 110-year history of policing members. A $10,000 fine and a three-year probation — for all sports, boys and girls, in all six schools — was the punitive fallout of an alleged game-fixing scheme orchestrated by DPS Director...

Entrepreneur changing shoulder pad industry

What you are about to watch is literally painful, making you wince and turn away in horror. Yet there is something metaphorically beautiful in it too. And that's sort of the point. Here stands Bob Broderick, right hand sandwiched between two small slices of foam and set flush against the work bench inside this East Hanover, N.J., warehouse. His left hand, raised high above his head, holds a football...

H.S. Results for 4/17: Kenton Ridge softball shuts out Urbana

In a Central Buckeye Conference showdown, Kenton Ridge emerged victorious, shutting out Urbana 11-0. Carly Turner was the winning pitcher for Kenton Ridge and is now 10-1 on the season. She struck out 12 batters in the Kenton Ridge victory. Peyton Fleming went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a double, while Jordan Rucker went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. Carly Turner also had a double and a triple...
Bush shines in his CCS mound debut as Cougars edge New Miami

Bush shines in his CCS mound debut as Cougars edge New Miami

Zach Bush was pretty pumped up for his Cincinnati Christian School baseball debut Monday afternoon. The senior transfer from Lakota West had to sit out his first 13 games with the Cougars, so the left-hander was teeming with adrenaline when he took the mound against New Miami. Bush struck out 11 in 5.2 innings and combined with Mitchell Smith on a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts as host CCS earned a...
Prep Insider: OHSBCA award Gabbard as D-III girls coach of the year

Prep Insider: OHSBCA award Gabbard as D-III girls coach of the year

Longtime Waynesville girls high school basketball coach Tim Gabbard has been named the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Division III coach of the year. Gabbard will be honored along with the rest of the girls and boys coaches of the year during the annual OHSBCA North-South All-Star games on Friday. The girls will play at Denison University in Granville and the boys will play at Otterbein...
Talawanda’s Green a multi-sport standout

Talawanda’s Green a multi-sport standout

Valerie Green is willing to try pretty much any event Talawanda High School track and field coach Paul Stiver asks her to do, and she’s apparently capable of just about anything. Admittedly a more serious volleyball player, the junior also has become quite the track and field star. Just a few meets into the season, Green leads the Southwest Ohio Conference in the high jump and discus events...
Mikesch grows into leadership role for Beavers

Mikesch grows into leadership role for Beavers

Volleyball has been a part of Parker Mikesch’s life for as long as he can remember. When your mom is a college volleyball coach – she was coaching at Michigan Tech at the time – you spend quite a few hours in the gym. “Sports have always been a big part of our family,” Mikesch said. “I would go to the gym all the time and watch or just play around.” When his...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
State high school softball coaches poll: Is your team ranked?

State high school softball coaches poll: Is your team ranked?

Below is the first of six weekly polls by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association with total voting points (first-place votes in parenthesis) DIVISION I 1. Gahanna Lincoln 124 (9) 2. Lebanon 97 (3) 3. Elyria 65 4. Hilliard Davidson 60 5. Louisville 53 T6. Pickerington Central 45 T6. Lakota East 45 8. McAuley 33 9. Perrysburg 32 (1) 10. Teays Valley 31 DIVISION II 1. Hebron Lakewood...
WATCH: Luke Kennard hoops it up with Adam Sandler

WATCH: Luke Kennard hoops it up with Adam Sandler

Luke Kennard will soon know what it feels like to be rich and famous, but a few days ago the former Franklin High School star was hanging out with a guy who already is. Kennard played a pick-up game with actor and comedian Adam Sandler at Duke. Sandler was in Durham, N.C. for a performance and made his way to the Blue Devils’ campus to blow off some steam with fellow comedians David Spade, Nick...
Woods directs Red offense in Butler County All-Star triumph

Woods directs Red offense in Butler County All-Star triumph

The fireworks show was something to see Saturday night at the Hamilton Athletic Center. Cincinnati Christian’s Dylan Woods tallied 19 points to lead seven Red scorers in double digits as the Blue got overwhelmed 117-95 in the inaugural All-Butler County All-Star prep boys basketball game. “I caught fire, and then I guess our whole team caught fire,” said Woods, a senior guard who...

H.S. Results for 4/15: Catholic Central snaps long losing skid

The Catholic Central softball team is on a two-game win streak. Quite a monumental feat for a team that had a 28-game losing streak going into Saturday. Central defeated Stivers 13-11 in the first game of a doubleheader and 5-4 in game two. Adelaide Taylor and Laura Williams each earned wins on the mound, marking the first of their varsity career. It marks the first win for Central since 2015. Baseball...
Badin’s Nusbaum leads way in Blue’s All-Star victory

Badin’s Nusbaum leads way in Blue’s All-Star victory

One of the youngest players on the floor directed her team to victory Saturday in the inaugural All-Butler County All-Star prep girls basketball game. Not that it came as a great shock to anybody. Badin freshman guard Shelby Nusbaum continued her high-level play with 19 points and seven rebounds Saturday afternoon, earning Player of the Game honors for the Blue squad in an 80-77 win over the Red at...
Timeline of OHSAA ruling to fine DPS, put all City League teams on probation

Timeline of OHSAA ruling to fine DPS, put all City League teams on probation

Citing a “serious lack of administrative responsibility and institutional control,” the Ohio High School Athletic Association on April 6 rocked Dayton Public Schools with what’s believed to be an unparalleled penalty in the 100-plus year history of the state association: An immediate three-year probation for all boys and girls sports for all six high schools and a $10,000 fine. There...
Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Ohio State rolled out the scarlet and gray carpet for some of the top recruits in the country Saturday, a group that included some of the top seniors-to-be from the area. Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the 247sports composite No. 1 player in the state for 2018, was on hand in an Ohio State jacket and signed autographs for some young fans in the stands. Springfield defensive lineman/tight...
Carlisle remains unbeaten in SWBL, buries league rival Shawnee 16-7

Carlisle remains unbeaten in SWBL, buries league rival Shawnee 16-7

If there was any doubt about Carlisle High School’s status as the softball team to beat in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division, it got blown away Friday. The Indians didn’t get off to a great start at Preble Shawnee, but they obliterated a 5-2 deficit with 14 runs in the last three innings and romped to a 16-7 victory to remain unbeaten in SWBL play. “I thought it was...

High School results for April 14

In a Friday night thriller of a softball game, Northmont emerged victorious in dramatic fashion. Northmont was down by one run going into the seventh inning and with only one out left, things didn’t look good. But Erin Mangen came out swinging, hitting a grand slam to push Northmont over Springfield, 8-5. Both Mangen and teammate Ryanne Stoffel contributed a double in the Northmont victory....
Miamisburg softball stays perfect

Miamisburg softball stays perfect

They are one of only two unbeaten softball teams in the Dayton area this spring, and right now the Miamisburg Vikings are making it look easy. Kathleen McGaha’s team ran their record to 10-0 with a 10-3 win at Fairmont on Friday night. Aubrey Azbill went the distance on the mound, running her record to 8-0 on the season. The Vikings are putting up some impressive numbers this season. They&rsquo...
Softball: Cougars still rising after win over rival Ross

Softball: Cougars still rising after win over rival Ross

The Edgewood High School softball team is starting to click, but coach Wayne Asher said the Cougars still are only at about 70 percent where they need to be. That assessment came after Edgewood jumped out to a seven-run lead over Ross and had to work out of a sixth-inning jam to preserve an 8-4 win at home Friday. Edgewood (5-3 overall, 3-1 in the Southwest Ohio Conference) has won four of its last...
Toal’s death hits home with schools, wrestling communities

Toal’s death hits home with schools, wrestling communities

Former Troy Christian High School wrestling coach Ty Morgan took an immediate liking to B.J. Toal. That was back in 2010 when then-Eagles coach Steve Goudy was hoping to entice Morgan into succeeding him. Morgan accompanied Goudy for a tour of the campus facilities, including the multi-purpose fieldhouse. That’s where Morgan first encountered Toal, who was drilling with future teammate Jordan...
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