High School Sports


Who are the best football players ever from the Dayton area?

We’ve tried to answer, in a series of stories, the question of which are the best players in the history of area high schools. View those lists, vote and comment.
Athlete of the Week: Emsley Spees, Chaminade Julienne High School

Athlete of the Week: Emsley Spees, Chaminade Julienne High School

Name: Emsley Spees School: Chaminade Julienne Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Soccer Claim to fame/honors: Team captain, first-team Greater Catholic League; member of National Honors Society Bet you didn’t know … I can tie a cherry stem in my mouth Words you live by: I have no fear, I have only love Toughest opponent: McNick Biggest influence: My younger sister because she is my BFF and the...
Athlete of the Week: Julie Trouten, Centerville High School

Athlete of the Week: Julie Trouten, Centerville High School

Name: Julie Trouten School: Centerville Grade: Senior Age: 17 Sport: Soccer Claim to fame/honors: Team MVP as senior; named Most Improved Player as junior; 2017 Zappe Scholarship Award winner; named second-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference the past two seasons and second-team All-Miami Valley this year. Bet you didn’t know: I have only received a single yellow card in my 13 years of playing...
Athlete of the Week: Avery Collins, Waynesville High School

Athlete of the Week: Avery Collins, Waynesville High School

Name: Avery Collins School: Waynesville High School Sport: Wrestling Class: 2018 Age: 17 Claim to fame: You would never beat me in FIFA Toughest opponent/why: Gage Johnson — he kept the tempo of the match high Favorite book: The Martian, Andy Weir Favorite movie: Thor Ragnarok Favorite musical artist/song: Wiz Khalifa/All for You Favorite pro athlete/why: Le’Veon Bell — the man is...
Athlete of the Week: Ashton Burke, Legacy Christian Academy

Athlete of the Week: Ashton Burke, Legacy Christian Academy

Name: Ashton Burke School: Legacy Christian Academy Sport: Basketball Class: Senior Age: 18 Bet you didn’t know: I’m afraid of heights Favorite book: The Bible Favorite movie: Cars 3 Favorite TV show: Friday Night Lights Favorite musical artist/song: I like all kinds of music Favorite pro athlete: Drew Brees Favorite smell: Food on the grill Favorite home-cooked meal: Hamburgers Game-day...
Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Evans, Troy High School

Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Evans, Troy High School

Name: Mackenzie Evans School: Troy Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sport: Soccer Claim to fame/honors: Team captain; earned first-team All-Greater Western Ohio Conference honors; one of top scorers in conference with 20 goals and 11 assists; member of National Honor Society; second-team All-Ohio; play for Ohio Galaxies FC Bet you didn’t know … I fell out of a window when I was 6 Words you live...
Boys basketball: No beating these driven senior brothers

Boys basketball: No beating these driven senior brothers

At Versailles, it’s always good to have an Ahrens in the lineup. Or two. These are the best of times for Versailles senior brothers Justin and A.J. Ahrens. They are the final family link to an outstanding run of Versailles High School boys basketball that began with older brother Kyle Ahrens, now a hard-luck junior at Michigan State University. Unbeaten Versailles ventured into dreaded Greater...

HS Scores 12/12: Stebbins, Wayne, Monroe boys win it in OT

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Monday’s Results Stebbins 75, Greenon 47: Mpanzu (S) 17; Downing (G) 12. Tuesday’s Results Bellbrook 67, Valley View 51: Crouch, Greene (B) 10. Brookville 47, Oakwood 46 Centerville 42, Fairmont 35 Fort Loramie, 49, Franklin Monroe 39: Braun (FL) 17; Cable (FM) 13. Franklin County 47, Ross 39: Nichols (FC) 12; Angel (R) 12. Goshen 63, Talawanda 49: Moore (G)...

HS Results 12/12: Legacy Christian boys net two double doubles

In a 74-51 win over Yellow Springs, the Legacy Christian boys basketball team had two players in particular with outstanding offensive nights. Erik Uszynski led Legacy Christian with 20 points, tacking on 15 rebounds for the double double. Following closely behind was Keano Hammerstrom with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both Uszynski and Hammerstrom shot for 100% from the foul line. Tony Marinelli led...
Lineup changes shift GWOC girls basketball power

Lineup changes shift GWOC girls basketball power

Greater Western Ohio Conference girls basketball has undergone a major shakeup since last season. Shaiquel McGruder, an All-Ohioan at Wayne High School, transferred to Trotwood-Madison for her senior season, as did two other new Rams. And McGruder wasn’t the only former Warriors starter to land elsewhere. Mali Morgan-Elliott also left Huber Heights and is now entrenched in Fairmont’s lineup...
Sidney’s Isaiah Bowser named Ohio Player of the Year by Touchdown Club of Columbus

Sidney’s Isaiah Bowser named Ohio Player of the Year by Touchdown Club of Columbus

The Touchdown Club of Columbus has named Isaiah Bowser its Ohio High School Football Player of the Year.  A senior running back from Sidney, Bowser will receive the James A. Rhodes Award from the TCC in February.  He was a major part of a banner year for the Yellow Jackets, who went 10-2 and won a first-round playoff game over Belmont.  Bowser, a Northwestern commit, led the GWOC with...

HS Results 12/11: Stebbins gets first win

The Stebbins boys basketball team picked up its first victory of the season with a 75-47 win versus Greenon on Monday. Jonathan Mpanzu led four players in double-digit scoring for Stebbins with 17 points. Murad Ilyasov added 15, Mickael Mayo 11 and Jamie Bullock 10. Luke Downing led Greenon with 12 points and Logan Coppock tacked on 10. Girls Basketball Beavercreek 53, Alter 14: Carmen Williams scored...

HS Scores 12/11: ‘Creek downs Alter, Franklin edges Edgewood

Boys Basketball Monday’s Results Stebbins 75, Greenon 47: Mpanzu (S) 17; Downing (G) 12. Girls Basketball Monday’s Results Beavercreek 53, Alter 14: Williams (B) 16. Butler 56, Greenville 38 Eaton 57, Tri-County North 37 Fenwick 56, Ross 33 Franklin 49, Edgewood 45: Ferrell (F) 22; Stephens (E) 19. Legacy Christian 62, Yellow Springs 14: Combs (LC) 17. Miamisburg 55, Stebbins 30: Kepple...
Football recruiting: Which area players are planning to sign early?

Football recruiting: Which area players are planning to sign early?

The first college football early signing period is set to begin later this month.  Not everyone in the large group of Division I prospects in the area’s class of 2018 has made his college choice, but some who have will take advantage of the change in rules.  Here is who we know so far plans to sign during the early period, which begins Dec. 20:  Isaiah Bowser, RB, Sidney...
Prep boys basketball: Lima runs roughshod over Middies in arena debut

Prep boys basketball: Lima runs roughshod over Middies in arena debut

The excitement and pageantry that came with opening Wade E. Miller Arena lasted until about game time Saturday night. Middletown High School’s new athletic facility hosted a decisive girls basketball win in the afternoon as the Middies buried Colerain 71-19. But the first boys game in the arena went the other way for the purple-and-white. Lima Senior rode into town and crushed Middletown 75-32...

HS Scores 12/9: Trotwood falls to SVSM, Franklin beats Tecumseh

Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Badin 61, Alter 45: Bazelak (A) 19; Walsh (B) 13. Bellbrook 38, Eaton 28: Greene (B) 9. Bethel 70, Mississinawa Valley 45: Bowman (MV) 21. Butler 64, Piqua 43 Centerville 51, Springboro 44: Tabor (S) 16; Pearce (C) 11. Dayton Christian 70, Legacy Christian 53: Welker (DC) 30; Uszynski (LC) 19. Hamilton 64, Middletown 58: Howard (H) 28; Jones (M) 19. Fort Loramie...

HS Results 12/9: Tecumseh’s Thomas sets school record

Tecumseh’s Corinne Thomas set a school record for most points scored in a single game, shooting for 48 on the night. The Tecumseh girls basketball team bested CBC rival Jonathan Alder, 82-46. Presley Griffitts tacked on 19 points for Tecumseh, earning a double double with 10 assists. Macy Berner tacked on three points and 14 rebounds to round out the Arrow’s offense. McKenna Huff and Melissa...
Prep girls basketball: Price lifts Mohawks past Carlisle in double-overtime thriller

Prep girls basketball: Price lifts Mohawks past Carlisle in double-overtime thriller

Tara Price didn’t have much time to ponder the game-winning shot, which proved to be a good thing. The Madison High School junior guard didn’t exactly have a hot hand Saturday afternoon, but she was true when it counted, hitting a jumper with 8.8 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Mohawks girls basketball team past visiting Carlisle 64-63. Kenzi Saunders misfired on a drive...

High school wrestling: 5 can’t-miss matches

Here are five of the area’s top high school wrestling events: 1. GMVWA Holiday Tournament: The annual event returns to the Butler Student Activity Center in Vandalia on Dec. 27-28. Draws many of the top teams from Springfield, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. A great sectional and district preview. 2. OHSAA state team tournament: The path to the team state title starts on Jan. 24 at eight regional...
Graham going for 18th straight title and shot at St. Edward

Graham going for 18th straight title and shot at St. Edward

Here are five storylines to watch for this high school wrestling season. 1. Graham’s 18th straight Division II state team title to finish the season in early March at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center is a given. The Falcons are loaded with five returning state champions: Jordan Crace, Mitch Moore, J.D. Stickley, Ryan Thomas and Rocky Jordan. A senior, Moore could join the elite...
Best yet? Graham wrestling lineup loaded with NCAA D-I talent

Best yet? Graham wrestling lineup loaded with NCAA D-I talent

All indications are Graham is fielding its deepest and best wrestling team in rich program history. That’s like saying which of the many Steelers’ Super Bowl champions was the best team. But there’s merit in the Falcons’ lofty expectations. Five of Graham’s returnees are defending state champions and two own multiple titles. Another four Falcons placed at state last season...
Wrestling participation takes different directions for boys, girls

Wrestling participation takes different directions for boys, girls

Gary Wise was like a lot of area youth while attending Fairmont East High School in the early 1970s. He was undersized in an era when there were few athletic alternatives - no soccer and the Girls Athletic Association was on its way out. And then it happened. Falcons football and wrestling coach Larry McVey introduced Wise to the skill of taking down and overcoming an opponent in a sport that traces...
Graham going for 18th straight title and shot at Lakewood St. Edward

Graham going for 18th straight title and shot at Lakewood St. Edward

Here are six storylines to watch for this high school wrestling season. 1. Graham’s 18th straight Division II state team title to finish the season in early March at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center is a given. The Falcons are loaded with five returning state champions: Jordan Crace, Mitch Moore, J.D. Stickley, Ryan Thomas and Rocky Jordan. A senior, Moore could join the elite...
High school wrestling: 5 can’t-miss matches

High school wrestling: 5 can’t-miss matches

Here are five of the area’s top high school wrestling events: 1. GMVWA Holiday Tournament: The annual event returns to the Butler Student Activity Center in Vandalia on Dec. 27-28. Draws many of the top teams from Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. A great sectional and district preview. 2. OHSAA state team tournament: The path to the team state title starts on Jan. 24 at eight regional sites...
Prep boys basketball: Badin overpowers Alter to push record to 3-0

Prep boys basketball: Badin overpowers Alter to push record to 3-0

Alter High School boys basketball coach Eric Coulter called his school’s rivalry with Badin “a war,” but even he had to admit that Friday night’s game looked more like a bludgeoning. The Rams beat Alter 61-46 in Greater Catholic League Coed Division crossover play in front of another raucous home crowd at Mulcahey Gym. Badin got out front early and kept the Knights at a distance...
Big Blue remain unbeaten, top Middletown in Wade E. Miller Gym finale

Big Blue remain unbeaten, top Middletown in Wade E. Miller Gym finale

Wade E. Miller Gym faded into history Friday night as D’Marco Howard created some of his own. The Hamilton High School junior guard poured in a career-high 28 points as Big Blue outlasted Middletown 64-58 in the last varsity boys basketball game at the Middies’ storied gym. “It was definitely fun,” said Howard, who added seven rebounds and three steals. “The crowd was...
Depth pays big dividends as Springfield tops Beavercreek

Depth pays big dividends as Springfield tops Beavercreek

Isaiah Carson didn’t expect his starting backcourt to be injured and on the bench when his Springfield Wildcats opened conference play this basketball season. But with Greater Western Ohio Conference National East rival Beavercreek in town for the second game of the season, that’s what Carson faced. He’s eager for senior Michael Wallace and junior Jay Rodgers to return to the lineup...

HS Scores 12/8: Xenia, Miamisburg boys win big

SCORES LIST Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Badin 61, Alter 45: Bazelak (A) 19; Walsh (B) 13. Bellbrook 38, Eaton 28: Greene (B) 9. Bethel 70, Mississinawa Valley 45: Bowman (MV) 21. Butler 64, Piqua 43 Centerville 51, Springboro 44: Tabor (S) 16; Pearce (C) 11. Dayton Christian 70, Legacy Christian 53: Welker (DC) 30; Uszynski (LC) 19. Hamilton 64, Middletown 58: Howard (H) 28; Jones (M) 19...

Friday Basketball: Curtis, Evans combo big for Xenia

Samari Curtis and Jay Evans combined for 65 points in leading Xenia in a 90-65 win over Stebbins in boys basketball action on Friday.  Curtis finished with 36 points and Evans had 29.  Mickael Mayo scored 19 for Stebbins with Jonathan Mpanzu adding 17.  Xenia improved to 2-0 in conference play and 2-2 overall. Stebbins fell to 0-3 and 0-1 in conference.   Centerville 51, Springboro...
Losing a safety kept it close in Trotwood’s title game

Losing a safety kept it close in Trotwood’s title game

How close was Trotwood-Madison to piling on Dresden Tri-Valley in last Saturday’s Division III high school football state championship? That’s a judgment call. It’s midway through the second quarter in the last of seven divisional state finals at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium at Canton. Trotwood leads 7-0 on a signature 41-yard dip-wiggle-and-dash by Rams senior running...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Football Team

2017 Journal-News All-Area Football Team

Steve Poff, Madison: Led the Mohawks to an 11-3 record, the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship and the school’s first-ever playoff berth. Madison captured the Division V, Region 20 championship and advanced to the state semifinals, where the Mohawks lost to eventual state champion Wheelersburg 15-10. The 1992 Madison graduate has a 30-14 record in four seasons as the Mohawks&rsquo...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Football Statistics

2017 Journal-News All-Area Football Statistics

Nick Osterman, MON—238—119—1665—10 Kyle Short, LEB—229—112—1453—18 Adam Crank, TAL—285—140—1339—7 Braden Woods, FRA—165—100—1309—12 Trey Robinette, NM—187—80—1075—9 Jeff Tyus, FF—177—91—1067—8 MyJaden Horton, LW—190—95—989—5 Zach Maloney...
Prep wrestling: Fairfield’s Shupp returns among the state’s best

Prep wrestling: Fairfield’s Shupp returns among the state’s best

Senior Zach Shupp said it was a little weird walking into the Fairfield High School wrestling room when the season began. The returning Division I 106-pound state runner-up is used to being in the spotlight, but the past three years, it has been a bit shaded by teammates like Andrew Sams and Sam Meddings. “The first day, it felt real empty without them there,” said Shupp, who finished...
Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

Sports Today: Stars not aligning for a Bengals bounce back against Bears

It’s been some week in Bengaldom, eh?  Everyone seems to be having a hard time turning the page from the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.  If you weren’t aware, Cincinnati hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  Although the erstwhile Monsters of the Midway are just 3-9, it’s pretty easy to see them winning this weekend.  While the mental...
Six Oakwood soccer players punished for substance abuse

Six Oakwood soccer players punished for substance abuse

Six Oakwood boys soccer players were disciplined for part of the 2017 season because of substance abuse violations, according to letters obtained by the Dayton Daily News. The letters — sent Oct. 3 from Oakwood Athletics Director Laura Connor to the players’ parents — do not specify which substance the players are believed to have abused. “We take all violations of the Code...

HS Results 12/7: Mechanicsburg girls top Northeastern

It was a night of sisterly love as Mechanicsburg took on Northeastern, besting them 79-45. The duo of Kacey and Elly Schipfer combined for 46 points, 14 rebounds, 13 steals and 11 assists. Mechanicsburg also managed a 44-7 run to turn a two point deficit at halftime into a 34 point lead by the game’s end. Kacey Schipfer recorded a career high with 31 points, tacking on eight rebound, eight assists...
Prep boys basketball: Badin growing, adapting and off to 2-0 start

Prep boys basketball: Badin growing, adapting and off to 2-0 start

Badin High School boys basketball coach Gerry Weisgerber has been stressing the importance of seeing “just a little improvement” from his team each day. To this point, the Rams have answered that challenge through a successful preseason and 2-0 start, despite missing their top returning scorer from last year because of injury. But now the first big test comes. Badin hosts Alter on Friday...
Prep boys basketball: Hamilton, Lima will help Middies make history

Prep boys basketball: Hamilton, Lima will help Middies make history

It’s a home weekend with two very different homes for Middletown High School’s boys basketball team. History will be made Friday night when the Middies face Hamilton in the final varsity game at Wade E. Miller Gym, and more history will be made Saturday night when Middletown hosts Lima Senior at brand-new Wade E. Miller Arena. “It will definitely be a roller coaster in terms of measuring...
Girls high school basketball power rankings

Girls high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top girls high school basketball area teams. 1. Tecumseh (3-2): lost 69-67 to Conner (Ky.), d. Fairborn 61-28, d. Indian Lake 94-16; hosts Jonathan Alder on Sat., at Graham on Wed. 2. Springboro (4-0): d. Fairborn 47-31, d. Centerville 52-29; hosts Northmont on Sat., hosts CJ on Mon., hosts Fairmont on Wed. 3. Wayne (2-1): d. Fairmont 48-41; at Beavercreek on Sat....
Boys high school basketball power rankings

Boys high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top boys high school basketball area teams. 1. Springfield (1-0): d. Tecumseh 88-35; hosts Beavercreek on Fri., at Miamisburg on Tue. 2. Wayne (1-0): d. Pickerington North 65-60; hosts Fairmont on Fri., at Beavercreek on Tue. 3. Centerville (0-1): lost 50-35 to Fairland; at Springboro on Fri., at Fairmont on Tue. 4. Miamisburg (2-0): d. Tecumseh 47-27, d. Carroll 55-46...
Prep girls basketball: Indians plagued by turnovers in loss to Mason

Prep girls basketball: Indians plagued by turnovers in loss to Mason

How one-sided was Mason High School’s 52-29 girls basketball win at Fairfield on Wednesday night? The coaches, Mason’s Rob Matula and the Indians’ Dave Loper, indulged in a friendly joint commentary about the officiating after a play right in front of Fairfield’s bench ended up going Mason’s way. “You didn’t think you were going to get that one, did you?&rdquo...

HS Results 12/6: Jones leads CJ in rally win

Dallas Jones finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in leading Chaminade Julienne to a 65-52 rally victory over Roger Bacon in Wednesday girls basketball action. Five players scored in double digits for CJ, led by Jones. Staci Green had 11 and Annie Weckesser, Eve Monaghan and Jordan Varise chipped in 10 apiece. Chaminade trailed by 14 points in the third quarter before beginning the rally effort...
Middletown AD on new football coach Don Simpson: ‘He just blew us away’

Middletown AD on new football coach Don Simpson: ‘He just blew us away’

Middletown High School has selected a head football coach from inside the Greater Miami Conference. The school announced Wednesday that Princeton defensive coordinator Don Simpson is the Middies’ new coach, pending school-board approval Dec. 18. This is the first head coaching job for Simpson after stops at Norw ood (four years, 2006-09), Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (six years, 2010-15)...
Middletown names new varsity football coach

Middletown names new varsity football coach

Middletown High School has selected a head football coach from inside the Greater Miami Conference. The school announced Wednesday that Princeton defensive coordinator Don Simpson is the Middies’ new coach, pending school-board approval Dec. 18. “Coach Simpson brings a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm with him to Middletown,” Middletown athletic director Aaron Zupka said...
Trotwood LB Nelloms saves his best for last with title-clinching INT

Trotwood LB Nelloms saves his best for last with title-clinching INT

Its offense humming and the defense in lights-out mode, undefeated Trotwood-Madison was a heavy favorite to win out and capture a Division III high school state football championship. And it would be on the Rams’ defense to make that happen. That overwhelming cruise control was off by a state semifinal 16-7 defeat of playoff nemesis Toledo Central Catholic at Piqua. It took a goal-line interception...
Prep boys basketball: Hamilton rallies again, conquers Owls to go 2-0

Prep boys basketball: Hamilton rallies again, conquers Owls to go 2-0

Hamilton High School’s boys basketball team won’t start learning until Friday whether it can compete in the Greater Miami Conference, but at least the Big Blue knows they would be a Southwest Ohio Conference front-runner this season. For the second time in four days, HHS came from behind in the second half on Tuesday to knock off a SWOC challenger. Junior guard Jaylen Robinson scored 16...
Prep boys basketball: Fenwick spoils EHS opener with 59-36 domination

Prep boys basketball: Fenwick spoils EHS opener with 59-36 domination

Fenwick High School senior guard David Luers scored 23 points Tuesday night, leading the host Falcons as they spoiled Edgewood’s boys basketball season opener with a 59-36 victory. Luers scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, in the first half. He outscored EHS during that time as the Cougars were held to just 15 points. “We had a little slump in the second quarter with our scoring...
Stats add up to the best for Trotwood-Madison RB Ra’veion Hargrove

Stats add up to the best for Trotwood-Madison RB Ra’veion Hargrove

You can call him 3K-Ray. Or maybe Shocka. Big-Play Ray also fits. We’ll call Trotwood-Madison High School senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove the most productive best. Even better than Tony Cospy, the original Trotwood standout? No comparison. How about the great Keith Byars, the mountainous pride of Nettie Lee Roth? Nope. Surely Curtis Enis of wee Mississinawa Valley and Mr. Football...
Athlete of the Week: Elise Kemper, Bellbrook High School

Athlete of the Week: Elise Kemper, Bellbrook High School

Name: Elise Kemper School: Bellbrook High School Sport: Cross-country Class: Junior Age: 16 Claim to fame: Two-time state qualifier in Division II cross country, recipient of the Academic All-Ohio Award Bet you didn’t’ know: I’m a big fan of Broadway musicals. Toughest opponent/why: Myself because the mental component of running is as significant as the physical one. Favorite book...
Athlete of the Week: Lindsey Coffin, Springboro High School

Athlete of the Week: Lindsey Coffin, Springboro High School

Name: Lindsey Coffin School: Springboro Sport: Cross-country Class: Senior Age: 17 Claim to fame: Personal record of 17:34 in cross-country Bet you didn’t know: That I will have completed 16 AP courses Toughest opponent/why: Troy and Morgan Gigandot because she is very fast. Favorite book: Flowers for Algernon Favorite movie: Interstellar Favorite TV show: The Office Favorite musical artist...
Athlete of the Week: Dominic Ruffolo, Alter High School

Athlete of the Week: Dominic Ruffolo, Alter High School

Name: Dominic Ruffolo School: Alter Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sports: Soccer, basketball Claim to fame/honors: Captain, first-team All-Ohio in soccer; center midfielder named GCL player of the year; helped Knights to state semifinals this year and state championship last year; plays select soccer for Metro Rapids SC Bet you didn’t know … I used to play the drums Words you live by: You miss...
Athlete of the Week: Molly Buxton, Dixie High School

Athlete of the Week: Molly Buxton, Dixie High School

Name: Molly Buxton School: Dixie Grade: Senior Age: 17 Sports: Volleyball, tennis Claim to fame/honors: Team captain; earned second-team All-Southwestern Buckeye League honors; named Scholar-Athlete the past two years; plans to attend college for nursing Bet you didn’t know … I’m going vegetarian Words you live by: Wherever you are, be all there — Jim Elliot Toughest opponent...
Athlete of the Week: Logan Flatt, Butler High School

Athlete of the Week: Logan Flatt, Butler High School

Name: Logan Flatt School: Butler Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sports: Football, baseball Claim to fame/honors: Team captain; running back ran for about 1,200 yards scored 21 touchdowns this year; named to All-Greater Western Ohio Conference second team; second team outfielder for Aviators; carries 3.1 grade-point average Bet you didn’t know … I’ve been playing football for 12 years and...
Prep boys basketball: Knights dominate late to sink Fairfield 58-44

Prep boys basketball: Knights dominate late to sink Fairfield 58-44

Fairfield High School’s boys basketball team took the simplest path to defeat Tuesday night. When crunch time came, the Indians just got outworked. Sophomore guard Steven Grau fired in 19 points as Northwest produced a game-ending 20-2 run over the last 10 minutes and handed visiting Fairfield a 58-44 setback in nonconference play. “When they took the lead in the fourth quarter, I thought...

HS Results 12/5: Xenia, Sidney boys combine for 17 3-pointers

In an offensively dominated GWOC game, the Xenia and Sidney boys basketball team combined for 17 three point shots on the night. Xenia ultimately took the win, besting Sidney 73-67. Xenia went 12-for-21 on free throws and combined for seven 3-pointers. Samari Curtis led the effort for Xenia, amassing 31 points, including nine off of 3-pointers. Jay Evans tacked on 11 points, with nine of his coming...
Football state photo gallery: Marion Local second in all-time championships

Football state photo gallery: Marion Local second in all-time championships

Marion Local is No. 2 and closing. The Flyers (15-0) won their 10th overall state football championship this past Saturday, defeating Kirtland 34-11 for the Division VI title at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Stark County. That breaks and tie with Cincinnati Moeller and elevates Marion Local to No. 2 for most all-time state football championships. Just ahead of Marion Local is No. 1 Cleveland...
Carroll grad/Sinclair freshman Amanda Schroeder player of week again

Carroll grad/Sinclair freshman Amanda Schroeder player of week again

Former Carroll High School and Sinclair Community College freshman Amanda Schroeder has been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for the second straight week. A 6-foot forward, Schroeder averaged 32.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals in defeats of Hocking College and Columbus State. She’s the leading scorer (26.2) for...

HS Results 12/4: Stivers, Ellis continue hot start

Trevon Ellis hit a floater in the lane with two seconds to play to give Stivers a 44-42 win versus Miami Valley in a Monday boys basketball game. Ellis finished with 16 points to lead Stivers, which improved to 3-0. Marc Williams had 16 for Miami Valley. Boys Basketball Emmanuel Christian 56, Northeastern 44: Fred Shropshire turned in 21 points with eight rebounds and Adonis Davis added 12 points...
Prep boys basketball: Madison has high hopes following grid success

Prep boys basketball: Madison has high hopes following grid success

Madison High School’s state semifinal run in football meant a fourth of the boys basketball roster just began practicing last week, but the Mohawks had such a productive summer, the late start shouldn’t set them too far back. The Mohawks attended three team camps this summer, which was two more than usual, and they are starting in a much better place than a year ago when they were replacing...
Prep boys basketball: HHS holds off Northwest to win season opener

Prep boys basketball: HHS holds off Northwest to win season opener

Hamilton High School coach Sean Van Winkle had mixed emotions after his Big Blue boys basketball squad came from behind to beat Northwest on Saturday night in the opener for both schools. Van Winkle said it was a game the Blue might have lost in past seasons, but junior guards D’Marco Howard and Jaylen Robinson showed leadership down the stretch in leading Hamilton to a 51-49 win at the Hamilton...

HS Results 12/2: National Trail wins TVS Tip-Off Tourney

Dalton Mason scored 18 points to lead the National Trail boys basketball team in a 55-48 win versus host Twin Valley South at the TVS Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday. Travis Hunt tacked on 16 points and Zach Woodall added 11 for Trail. In the consolation game Eaton defeated Dixie 59-44. Grant Sullender led the way with 16 points. A.J. Shockey scored 13 for Dixie. Boys Basketball Tippecanoe 78, Oakwood...
Trotwood-Madison caps 15-0 season with Division III state title

Trotwood-Madison caps 15-0 season with Division III state title

With time running out, Trotwood-Madison linebacker Jayvanare Nelloms got a little help from his friend. The end result is a spot in Rams football history. “James Parker, he told me to help out with the receiver,” said Nelloms, whose goal-line interception and long return in the final seconds secured a Division III high school football state-title clinching 27-19 defeat of Dresden Tri-Valley...
Clinton-Massie no match for unbeaten Steubenville in D-IV state final

Clinton-Massie no match for unbeaten Steubenville in D-IV state final

Already hurting with its backfield depleted by injuries, Clinton-Massie coach Dan McSurley feared the worse as the Falcons prepared for a high school football state championship. “It was a matchup issue,” said McSurley following a 50-36 shootout loss to Steubenville in Saturday’s Division IV state championship game at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. “I’ve done...
Boys Basketball: Miamisburg tops Tecumseh in season opener

Boys Basketball: Miamisburg tops Tecumseh in season opener

A month of practice is never enough for a coach to know how his team will perform on opening night. For Miamisburg’s Tim Fries and Tecumseh’s Roger Culbertson, both coaches liked some things they saw Friday night. Of course, there is just as much, maybe more, to work on. Fries found his team can win even when the flow of the game isn’t what the players prefer. Tecumseh played a matchup...
Marion Local follows Minster’s lead, KOs Kirtland for D-VI state title

Marion Local follows Minster’s lead, KOs Kirtland for D-VI state title

Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin was so unimpressed with the current Flyers seniors that he threatened to take a hike. It was two seasons ago and Goodwin was livid those then-sophomores “cannot even run isolation play right,” Goodwin recalled. He targeted emerging lineman John Dirksen “because I like picking on someone who can do something about it. “I said, I’m going to...
Prep football: Leach steps down after five seasons at Monroe

Prep football: Leach steps down after five seasons at Monroe

Monroe High School is searching for a new head football coach. Athletic director Eric Silverman confirmed that Bill Leach has resigned after five seasons and an 18-33 record at the helm. “It was his decision to step down,” Silverman said. “We appreciate greatly all that he’s done for us. Bill Leach is a great man, and our kids are better for having been coached by him. Now...
Prep boys basketball: East setting high bar coming off 16-win season

Prep boys basketball: East setting high bar coming off 16-win season

Clint Adkins describes last season as a good one for his Lakota East High School boys basketball team, but not satisfying enough. This season, the Thunderhawks want to be great again. East finished 16-8 overall and 11-5 in the Greater Miami Conference last year and has every reason to believe this season will be better as it gets under way Dec. 5 at Wilmington. The conference’s leading scorer...
Prep boys basketball: Boisterous crowd helps Badin top CCS in opener

Prep boys basketball: Boisterous crowd helps Badin top CCS in opener

Opening-night jitters seemed to doom the Cincinnati Christian School boys basketball team Friday night as a loud home crowd at Badin got into the Cougars’ heads early and never let up. The Rams won it 50-36 after running away from the Cougars late in the fourth period at Mulcahey Gym. “We got rattled early in the game,” CCS coach Carl Woods said. “The crowd got to them. I kind...
Prep boys basketball: Balanced Middies hold off Kings in season opener

Prep boys basketball: Balanced Middies hold off Kings in season opener

Middletown High School’s boys basketball team held on for a 56-47 season-opening win over Kings on Friday night at Wade E. Miller Gym. The Middies dominated the court for most of the first half, but the Knights went on a 14-8 run in the third quarter to narrow the deficit to 42-39 going into the final eight minutes. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the fourth period, but freshman Johrdon...

HS Results 12/1: Franklin, Legacy Christian win at AIA Showcase

Will Emrick led four players in double-digit scoring for Franklin in an 84-48 season-opening win against Miami Valley at the Athletes In Action Showcase on Friday. Emrick tallied 13 points, Cole Bundren 12, Jared Kinser 11 and Braden Hall 10. Payton Knott added six assists and Jayden Fitts hauled in eight boards. Marc Williams paced Miami Valley with 19. In the second game Legacy Christian defeated...
Prep boys basketball: Fenwick too strong for Braves in Reed’s THS debut

Prep boys basketball: Fenwick too strong for Braves in Reed’s THS debut

Tim Reed’s first victory as Talawanda High School’s head boys basketball coach will have to wait. Fenwick came to town and punished the Braves 64-40 in season-opening play Friday night, leading from wire to wire after jumping out to a 7-0 advantage. “We had a lot of energy coming in,” said junior forward C.J. Napier, who put up 14 points, eight rebounds and two steals for the...
Trotwood-Madison looking to ‘Finish’ unbeaten season with state title

Trotwood-Madison looking to ‘Finish’ unbeaten season with state title

A date with high school football history awaits Trotwood-Madison. It did, too, this time last year. Now, that’s a sore reminder of what might have been. Top-ranked Trotwood (14-0) will look to fulfill its season-long “Finish” goal in the Division III state championship. All the Rams have to do is pass a final test against upstart Dresden Tri-Valley (13-1) at Canton’s Tom Benson...
High School Football: Minster rolls to Division VII state championship

High School Football: Minster rolls to Division VII state championship

Minster coach Geron Stokes couldn’t recollect the Wildcats’ two long second-quarter scoring drives Friday. The Division VII state championship trophy might remind him. Tied 7-7 after one quarter, Minster dominated the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a 19-7 lead en route to a 32-7 victory over Cuyahoga Heights in Ohio’s small school state final at Tom Benson Hall of Fame...
Prep girls basketball: Stidham, Spartans rally to edge Franklin 47-46

Prep girls basketball: Stidham, Spartans rally to edge Franklin 47-46

As painful as it was to swallow Thursday night, the defeat may help Franklin High School’s girls basketball team in the long run. The Wildcats squandered a 13-point lead in the last 10 minutes and fell to visiting Valley View 47-46 in a thriller that marked the beginning of Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division play for both squads. “It was gut-wrenching and I think the kids...

HS Results 11/30: Centerville girls hit school record

In an 86-30 victory over Sidney, the Centerville girls basketball team hit a school record: 16 3-pointers in a single game. Amy Velasco led Centerville, tallying 22 points on the night. Teammate Kelsey George was close behind, tacking on 21 points. Emma Stanley rounded out the double digit scoring, netting 11 points. Sidney Kindle scored half of Sidney’s points in the team’s losing effort...
Prep boys basketball: New coach wants young Vikings to play fast

Prep boys basketball: New coach wants young Vikings to play fast

A new coach always brings a certain amount of mystery into a program, but New Miami High School’s Jared Lee doesn’t mind adding to the question marks. Call it “Go big or go home.” The first-year Vikings coach and former New Miami girls basketball assistant plans to open the season with three freshmen starting in the backcourt for his boys team. Brothers Jordan and Trey Robinette...
HS Football: Minster set to play for Division VII state championship

HS Football: Minster set to play for Division VII state championship

Reeling with four straight midseason losses, Minster football coach Geron Stokes had fingers crossed for a familiar recovery. Twice since 2014 Minster had absorbed similar multiple setbacks. Both times the Wildcats regrouped and advanced to state title games. Sure enough, that’s where Minster has landed yet again. In Friday’s tripleheader opener, Minster (10-4) will play Cuyahoga Heights...
Prep boys basketball: Edgewood trying to build on last year’s success

Prep boys basketball: Edgewood trying to build on last year’s success

Edgewood High School’s boys basketball team crafted a pretty good season in 2016-17 and hopes to keep things moving in the right direction this year. The Cougars were 15-9 last season, ending a six-year streak of losing records, and placed fourth in the Southwest Ohio Conference with a 6-6 mark. They also beat Loveland in the Division I sectional, their first tournament win since 2007-08. &ldquo...
Prep boys basketball: New coach Crider likes what he’s seeing at MCS

Prep boys basketball: New coach Crider likes what he’s seeing at MCS

New Middletown Christian School boys basketball coach Jason Crider can probably recite a good bit about a season he didn’t see. The first-year coach spent the majority of the offseason studying up on the group that he welcomed as preseason practices opened up. “I certainly watched a lot of film,” Crider said. What he saw was a combination of good and bad as Middletown Christian went...
Prep boys basketball: Monroe optimistic about moving forward this year

Prep boys basketball: Monroe optimistic about moving forward this year

Kenny Molz is ready to kick the training wheels off. The Monroe High School boys basketball coach believes his players are also ready to take the lessons learned in 2016-17 and ride on their own toward a more competitive 2017-18. “We went through some growing pains last year with no varsity experience,” Molz said. “ We grew and improved as the season progressed, reaching .500 late...
High School Boys Basketball: Storylines to follow for 2017-18 season

High School Boys Basketball: Storylines to follow for 2017-18 season

Unexpected head coaching changes with two of the area’s most high-profile basketball programs are at the forefront of the boys high school season. The regular season begins Friday, one week after the girls basketball season started. Wayne and Dunbar, unquestionably the area’s best boys programs going  back at least the last decade, both are under new guidance. And both have new coaches...
Boys Basketball: Coaching changes for 2017-18

Boys Basketball: Coaching changes for 2017-18

The following boys high school basketball head coaching changes have been made since last season. Ben Logan: All-time Raiders leading scorer Cam Saylor succeeded Matt McCurdy. Saylor was an assistant at Bluffton University the last four seasons. RELATED »Top players to watch »Preseason power rankings Bradford: Mackenzie Perry resigned after two seasons to succeed Josh Sagester...
Fairmont coach, Wayne senior receiver earn All-Ohio D-I top honors

Fairmont coach, Wayne senior receiver earn All-Ohio D-I top honors

Fairmont’s Dave Miller was selected the state’s Division I high school football coach of the year and Wayne senior L’Christian “Blue” Smith a first team All-Ohioan by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association on Wednesday. The D-I All-Ohio teams were the last of seven divisions distributed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Miller oversaw a remarkable turnaround...
Top returning boys basketball players to watch

Top returning boys basketball players to watch

Here’s the top returning seven boys high school basketball players in the area and some other things to know. The boys season starts on Friday night. Justin Ahrens, sr., Versailles: A four-year starter, the 6-6 versatile guard/forward will be a Mr. Basketball candidate. Averaged 25.6 points last season when the Tigers were 25-2. Won multiple awards, including the state’s D-III player of...
Boys high school basketball power rankings

Boys high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top boys high school basketball area teams. Division I 1. Springfield (23-4 last season): at Tecumseh Tue. 2. Centerville (17-9): vs. Fairland on Sat. 3. Xenia (17-8): vs. Princeton on Fri., vs. Col. Africentric on Sat., hosts Sidney on Tue. 4. Sidney (18-6): at Xenia on Tue. 5. Wayne (15-9): vs. Pickerington North on Sat. Others: Beavercreek, Belmont, Butler, Fairborn...
Girls high school basketball power rankings

Girls high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top girls high school basketball area teams. Division I 1. Tecumseh (1-1): lost 56-53 to Cin. SCD; d. Butler 56-26; vs. Conner (Ky.) at Dixie Heights (Ky.) on Sat., at Fairborn on Mon. 2. Wayne (1-1): d. Gilmour Aca. 54-42; lost 62-29 to Hamilton Heights Aca. (Tenn.); at Fairmont on Wed. 3. Fairmont (1-1): d. Berlin Hiland 44-37; lost 44-41 to Pickerington Central...
Prep girls basketball: Badin handles Braves 54-32 to remain unbeaten

Prep girls basketball: Badin handles Braves 54-32 to remain unbeaten

There were plenty of close-range shots that wouldn’t fall for Badin High School’s girls basketball team Wednesday night, but the Rams’ defense was in fine form. Badin’s pressure led to 27.3-percent shooting by host Talawanda as the Rams rolled to a 54-32 victory, ending a six-game losing streak in the Butler County rivalry series. “Our coaches let us know that before...

HS Results 11/29: Boro beats Stebbins, Lingg reaches milestone

MacKenzie Lingg of Stebbins reached a career milestone, but Springboro prevailed 76-36 in a girls basketball game on Wednesday. Lily Browning paced ‘Boro with 23 points. Jordan Diehl added 14 and Rachel Gillum 12. Lingg led Stebbins with 15, including her 1,000th career point. Girls Basketball Beavercreek 95, Xenia 19: Alyssa Hall scored 17 points and Cori Dilsavor added 13 to lead six players...
Division I OPSWA All-Ohio football

Division I OPSWA All-Ohio football

The 2017 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Division I All-Ohio football teams, as selected by a statewide media panel: Offensive player of the Year: Jimmy Weirick, Pickerington North Defensive co-players of the year: Tyreke Smith, Cleveland Heights and Xavier Henderson, Pickerington Central Coach of the Year: Dave Miller, Fairmont First Team Offense Quarterbacks: Jimmy Weirick, Pickerington North...
Prep boys basketball: Big Blue could be ready to take another step

Prep boys basketball: Big Blue could be ready to take another step

Sean Van Winkle is beginning his fourth season as Hamilton High School’s boys basketball coach, and he sees a Big Blue program on the upswing. HHS was 11-12 overall and 8-8 in the Greater Miami Conference last season. Van Winkle is 31-40 overall and 20-28 in the GMC during his Hamilton tenure. “Honestly, I think the last couple years we have been an average varsity basketball team. You...
Trotwood-Madison earns top D-III All-Ohio football honors

Trotwood-Madison earns top D-III All-Ohio football honors

Trotwood-Madison football coach Jeff Graham and Rams running back Ra’veion Hargrove captured top All-Ohio high school football Division III honors from the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association on Tuesday. Graham was honored as the state’s D-III coach of the year and Hargrove the D-III co-offensive player of the year. Other D-III first-team picks were Dunbar teammates Tavion Thomas and Joseph...
Mr. Football runner-up, Hargrove carries Rams into D-III state final

Mr. Football runner-up, Hargrove carries Rams into D-III state final

The smallest incoming package gave the biggest impression when Jeff Graham inherited the role as Trotwood-Madison’s head football coach four years ago. The buzz around Trotwood since his peewee and middle school years was running back Ra’veion Hargrove. Always small, he also always came up big on the field. “We knew when we watched him in the seventh and eighth grade that he would...
Trotwood-Madison RB Ra’veion Hargrove Mr. Football runner-up

Trotwood-Madison RB Ra’veion Hargrove Mr. Football runner-up

Trotwood-Madison senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove finished runner-up to Wadsworth senior quarterback Joey Baughman as the Ohio high school Mr. Football. The award was released on Wednesday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. An unlikely preseason candidate, Baughman was outstanding, passing for 3,079 yards and adding 1,523 yards rushing for Division II Wadsworth, which went 10-0...
Prep boys basketball: Fairfield hopes to surprise in Year 2 under Sims

Prep boys basketball: Fairfield hopes to surprise in Year 2 under Sims

Jeff Sims believes his Fairfield High School boys basketball team will be competitive in the Greater Miami Conference this year. The Indians were 11-13 overall and 5-11 in the GMC, finishing in an eighth-place tie, in Sims’ first season at the helm. And they graduated six of their top seven scorers. Yet Sims likes what he’s been seeing in the preseason. “They’ve been a really...
Prep boys basketball: Flor-led Carlisle seeking another Buckeye title

Prep boys basketball: Flor-led Carlisle seeking another Buckeye title

After getting a piece of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship pie last year, the Carlisle High School boys basketball team now wants the whole thing. The Indians went 11-1 in SWBL Buckeye play to tie Preble Shawnee for the title en route to a 17-6 campaign last season. “They know what it looks like to win the league,” Carlisle coach Don Ridinger said. “They...
Prep boys basketball: Reed working to provide stability at Talawanda

Prep boys basketball: Reed working to provide stability at Talawanda

Tim Reed is realistic about expectations for his Talawanda High School boys basketball team. As the season sets to begin Dec. 1 at home against Fenwick, he isn’t talking about wins. He’s talking about competing. Talawanda hasn’t had a winning record since 2008-09, and Reed has the daunting task of beginning the turnaround despite a carousel of coaches coming in and out since the...
An all-time great area football career will finish this weekend — possibly with a state title

An all-time great area football career will finish this weekend — possibly with a state title

Ra’veion Hargrove is about to finish one of the area’s best high school football careers of all time with a Trotwood-Madison appearance in the Division III state final this weekend. During his career, the Trotwood running back has not only moved into the state’s top 10 all time in rushing yards and total touchdowns but he has helped Trotwood to a 49-8 record, four state semifinal...
New coach, same expectations for Wayne Warriors basketball

New coach, same expectations for Wayne Warriors basketball

One of the area’s best basketball programs of recent years has high expectations again — and a first-year varsity head coach.  Nathan Martindale was hired in September after the resignation of former Dayton Flyers assistant coach Kevin Kuwik, who was only in the position for a little over a month after being hired to replace the super-successful Travis Trice Sr.  (Trice ...
Athlete of the Week: Monet Allen, Dunbar High School

Athlete of the Week: Monet Allen, Dunbar High School

Name: Monet Allen School: Dunbar Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sports: Volleyball, basketball, softball Claim to fame/honors: Ranks top of class academically; earned all-city first team honors freshman and sophomore years in volleyball; active in band and choir; received scholastic award in her sports the past two years for maintaining 4.0 grade-point average. Bet you didn’t know … I have a twin...
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