You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myDaytonDailyNews.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myDaytonDailyNews.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myDaytonDailyNews.com.

live video

Updates: Thunderbird F-16 jet flips, crashes at Dayton airport

High School Sports


Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Desperately needing a shooter who has been missing since their most recent championship season, the Detroit Pistons christened Franklin High School graduate Luke Kennard that go-to guy Thursday night, taking him with the 12th pick in the first round of the NBA draft. Detroit was the team that appeared to be most enticed by Kennard prior to the draft. Although he did his best to prove to teams in pre-draft...
Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

A select group of 39 men from the area have played in the NBA with Franklin’s Luke Kennard expected to join this fall. But who is the best to lace ‘em up for pay so far? We count down from five to one: 5. Jim Paxson After starring at Alter, Paxson followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim Sr., as a standout at Dayton. He averaged 18 points per game for the Flyers before being taken...
7 more great Franklin High School athletes

7 more great Franklin High School athletes

Franklin High School’s Luke Kennard, after two seasons at Duke University, is expected to be drafted tonight in the first round of the NBA draft. MORE: Franklin’s Luke Kennard likely a first-round NBA draft choice Here are 7 other great Franklin High School athletes, all members of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, in alphabetical order: STEVE BRADLEY Bradley, a 1982 Franklin graduate...
Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

There’s no telling when Luke Kennard, Franklin’s favorite son, will go in the NBA draft Thursday night. The only sure thing is the impact it’ll have on his family. “It’s unreal,” said Mark Kennard, Luke’s father, from New York earlier this week. “I’m sure if I hear his name called it’ll be emotional.” The draft will be held at the Barclays...
Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar senior running back Tavion Thomas announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday, just two hours before Darran Powell, his high school coach, was not retained. Thomas said on Twitter he selected the Sooners after narrowing his choices to seven programs earlier this month. He thanked his family, coaches, teammates, teachers and God. “It’s been a rocky road,&rdquo...
NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

The NBA draft is scheduled for Thursday night, and Luke Kennard is expected to be selected in the first round. Here is what you need to know about the basketball star: • Born in Middletown, Kennard was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Franklin High School, where he scored 2,977 points. That’s No. 2 in Ohio prep history, more than LeBron...
Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports. The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School. He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season...
Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

What’s wrong with all the young starters for the Cincinnati Reds?  Their struggles this season are kind of bizarre.  That is the takeaway from last night’s 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.  Amir Garrett got a couple of early runs, but he was gone by the end of the fourth inning.  His final line: six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed...
Recruiting: Dunbar football standout commits to Big 12 power

Recruiting: Dunbar football standout commits to Big 12 power

Oklahoma is the college choice of Tavion Thomas, a four-star running back from Dunbar. He tweeted his choice late Tuesday afternoon. After thanking his aunt, coaches, teammates, teachers and God, Thomas wrote, “It’s been a rocky road but couldn’t have done it without y’all support and love.”  Scout ranks Thomas the No. 2 running back in the Midwest and No. 256 prospect...
Athlete of the Week: Keaira Youngblood, Beavercreek

Athlete of the Week: Keaira Youngblood, Beavercreek

Name: Keaira Youngblood School: Beavercreek Sport: Basketball Class: 2017 Age: 18 Claim to fame: Seven 3-pointers on my senior night Bet you didn’t know: I was born in Guam Toughest opponent/why? Alter because they are very disciplined Favorite book: Where the Red Fern Grows Favorite movie: Avatar Favorite TV show: Scandal Favorite musical artist: Kehiani Favorite pro athlete/why? Michael Jordan...
Athlete of the Week: Kaity Stocker, Tippecanoe High School

Athlete of the Week: Kaity Stocker, Tippecanoe High School

Name: Kaity Stocker School: Tippecanoe Grade: 2017 graduate Age: 18 Sport: Softball Claim to fame/honors: Four-year varsity player; owns single-season school records for triples (10), homers (13), RBIs (52) and batting average (.697); established career records for hits (178), doubles (37), triples (20), homers (36) and RBIs (166); senior year earned first team GWOC, player of year for GWOC North...
Athlete of the Week: Thomas Muhlecke, Pontiz Career Technology Center

Athlete of the Week: Thomas Muhlecke, Pontiz Career Technology Center

Name: Thomas Muhlecke School: Pontiz Grade: 2017 graduate Age: 18 Sports: Track and field Claim to fame/honors: Competes in long jump and relays; headed to University of Nebraska to study electrical engineering Bet you didn’t know … I play saxophone Words you live by: Keep moving forward Toughest opponent: Myself because you’ve always got to compete to get better Biggest influence...
Athlete of the Week: Josh Kimbrell, Centerville High School

Athlete of the Week: Josh Kimbrell, Centerville High School

Name: Josh Kimbrell School: Centerville Grade: 2017 graduate Age: 18 Sport: Volleyball Claim to fame/honors: Senior captain and middle hitter; team earned back-to-back state appearances; semifinals last year; DECA (marketing competition) tied for fifth place in nation this year; Scholar-Athlete Award for Centerville and Ohio High School Volleyball Association; will study marketing at University of...
Athlete of the Week: Chloe Miller, Franklin

Athlete of the Week: Chloe Miller, Franklin

Name: Chloe Miller School: Franklin Sport: Softball Class: Freshman Age: 14 Claim to fame: As a freshman, I have one of the highest batting averages on the team Bet you didn’t know: I’m very involved with choir in our school Toughest opponent/why? Monroe because they are a very good team and it is always a good game with them because we all have to work really hard and be invested in the...
Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Believe it or not, the Cincinnati Reds won a baseball game last night. An interleague game, no less!  Their 7-3 victory in Tampa Bay is another reminder this team is worth waiting around to see what it can do with competent starting pitching, too.  They took a 3-0 lead, lost it, then went right back to work offensively.  Joey Votto went 3 for 5 and drove in the winning run while Jesse...
Coaches disagree on student F-1 visa plan

Coaches disagree on student F-1 visa plan

Ohio lawmakers may allow students on F-1 visas to compete in school sports if they are recruited by a private boarding school. That possibility has some local coaches at odds. Julie Raiff and Scott Molfenter are well-versed in international students. Both are area boys high school soccer coaches, Raiff at Belmont the last two seasons and Molfenter at Carroll, where the Patriots have won multiple Division...
Darran Powell out as Dunbar football coach

Darran Powell out as Dunbar football coach

Darran Powell is out as the Dunbar High School football coach. On Tuesday, the Dayton Public Schools board was to vote on 97 personnel items at once, but board member Joe Lacey asked that the vote on Powell be handled separately. The other 96 items were approved unanimously. May 11: NAACP says OHSAA decision on Dunbar unfair  When the board voted on Powell’s contract, Robert Walker...
WR Johnson tweets he’s at Springfield after leaving Trotwood-Madison

WR Johnson tweets he’s at Springfield after leaving Trotwood-Madison

Senior receiver Caleb Johnson has withdrawn from Trotwood-Madison and apparently is in the process of transferring to Springfield High School. Johnson announced on twitter last weekend that “I’m officially at Springfield #Wildcats.” Trotwood athletic director Guy Fogle confirmed that Johnson has withdrawn from there. Springfield AD Mike Dellapina indicated he was unaware if Johnson...
Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

The Cincinnati Reds nearly didn’t lose their ninth game in a row. Then they did.  That is about as creative as I can be about this losing streak that now spans more than a week. Consecutive lost weekends with five winless weekdays in between.  Yeah….  Bronson Arroyo took his second loss of the losing streak yesterday, and it sounds like it might be the last one...
Tom Archdeacon: In troubled times, a ‘perfect dad’ emerges

Tom Archdeacon: In troubled times, a ‘perfect dad’ emerges

She was back in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center the other evening – an hour and a half away from her husband, her two young children and the life she longs to live again – but Melissa Johnson still shared a story that made her laugh. “We have a joke with our daughter’s teacher,” said the former women’s basketball coach at Earlham College. “She&rsquo...
Recruiting roundup: Kentucky claims another while Akron invading for basketball?

Recruiting roundup: Kentucky claims another while Akron invading for basketball?

A trio of commitments lead off this recruiting roundup.  Shawnee senior Jack McCrory got it all started last weekend when the Braves running back announced he is going to be an Ohio Bobcat.  Before the weekend was over, Lakota West defensive lineman Tyler Bentley let it be known he is joining Big Blue Nation and Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger as a Kentucky Wildcat. ...
Recruiting: Lakota West’s Xavier Peters names top 10 college choices

Recruiting: Lakota West’s Xavier Peters names top 10 college choices

Xavier Peters, a four-star linebacker at Lakota West, has named his top 10 schools as summer begins. There’s a heavy SEC flavor to the group, including Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. Peters also lists Cincinnati, USC, Texas, Oregon and Penn State. “It kills me that I have to narrow down to 10 schools but that’s just part of this process,” he wrote in a message...
Recruiting: Belmont’s Jadon Rucker-Furlow makes his college choice

Recruiting: Belmont’s Jadon Rucker-Furlow makes his college choice

Belmont defensive back Jadon Rucker-Furlow has verbally committed to be a Miami RedHawk. A three-star defensive back, Rucker-Furlow announced his decision on Twitter.  He also has offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Toledo. He is the third area player to commit recently. Lakota West defensive lineman Tyler Bentley committed to Kentucky on Sunday...
High school football: Coaching changes for 2016 season

High school football: Coaching changes for 2016 season

There were at least 16 new high school head football coaches throughout the area in 2016. Here’s a look back at who landed where. Bellbrook: Assistant and grad Jeff Jenkins was promoted to succeed Kevin Basinger, who resigned after 19 seasons. 2016 record: 7-3 overall, 3-3 SWBL Southwestern Division. Bradford: Nathan Hyatt resigned to succeed Greg Bush at Vandalia-Butler; succeeded by Dave McFeely...
Prep football: Fenwick picking interim coach after Snively steps down

Prep football: Fenwick picking interim coach after Snively steps down

Fenwick High School’s football program is undergoing some late changes heading into the 2017 campaign. Joe Snively resigned in May after four seasons and a 31-13 record at the helm, citing family reasons. His son Conner will be a freshman at Fairfield in the upcoming school year. “I have no animosity with Fenwick,” said Snively, who will remain at FHS as a physical education teacher...
Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight is officially happening.  I once thought this would be a great idea, but I have since realized it probably isn’t.  If it were going to involve MMA, then there would be a reason to watch. Mixing disciplines could be fascinating (indeed, that was part of the draw of MMA in the first place, not to mention the void left by the idiots who run...
CBC realignment, new football coaches at Graham, Northwestern, Urbana

CBC realignment, new football coaches at Graham, Northwestern, Urbana

Three new high school football coaches are just part of the changes that will reshape the Central Buckeye Conference this fall. CBC realignment: Greenon has left for the Ohio Heritage Conference. Smaller divisional-wise, that’s a better fit athletically for the Knights, who have struggled mightily to remain relevant in the CBC Mad River Division. Replacing Greenon in the CBC is Jonathan Alder...
MLB Draft: Celina grad, top Ohio State recruit taken by Reds in MLB draft

MLB Draft: Celina grad, top Ohio State recruit taken by Reds in MLB draft

Seth Lonsway, one of the top recruits in Ohio State’s 2018 baseball recruiting class, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round Wednesday. He was the 557th overall pick. Baseball America and other outlets had Lonsway projected as high as the third round, possibly falling lower to ninth. He was expected to weigh his position in the draft with whether he would opt for Ohio State. While...
OHSAA associate commissioner Bob Goldring chosen by NFHS

OHSAA associate commissioner Bob Goldring chosen by NFHS

A well-deserved shout-out to Ohio High School Athletic Association associate commissioner for operations Bob Goldring. He was among 15 citation winners who were chosen by the National Federation of State High School Associations and announced on Wednesday. These are the highest honors by the NFHS, which oversees all the similar state associations, including the OHSAA. Goldring is in his 22nd year...
New Centerville football helmets to help detect concussive hits

New Centerville football helmets to help detect concussive hits

Centerville High School’s football team is on the verge of purchasing new helmet technology that would make it easier to detect potential concussions earlier. The helmets, produced by Riddell, are equipped with impact monitoring technology called Insite, designed to alert when significant single or multiple impacts are sustained during a game or practice. RELATED: Rodney Roberts out as Centerville...
Remembering Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie: Five things to know about his career

Remembering Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie: Five things to know about his career

The death of Kent Massie on Tuesday shocked football fans around Clark County. He was 48 years old and left behind a wife, Mary, and two young sons, Dalton and Louis. Autopsy results are pending. Massie, 48, took the Tecumseh High School football programs to new heights during an 11-year tenure as head coach (2005-15). Here’s a look back at his career: 1. New coach: Tecumseh named Massie...
Athlete of the Week: Mya Duaso, Meadowdale High School

Athlete of the Week: Mya Duaso, Meadowdale High School

Name: Mya Duaso School: Meadowdale Grade: Sophomore Age: 15 Sport: Softball Claim to fame/honors: Pitcher; first-year; all-city first team; 4.0 grade-point average Bet you didn’t know … I play piano Words I live by: Never give up Toughest opponent: Tipp City Biggest influence: My mom and dad Game-day rituals: Listen to music What’s on your bedroom walls: My drawings When I&rsquo...
Athlete of the Week: Cooper Denney, Fairmont High School

Athlete of the Week: Cooper Denney, Fairmont High School

Name: Cooper Denney School: Fairmont High School Grade: 2017 graduate Age: 18 Sport: Baseball Claim to fame/honors: Catcher, will be playing at Edison State Community College Bet you didn’t know … my second passion is shooting pool Words you live by: Stay humble Toughest opponent: Northmont Biggest influence: My mother and father Game-day rituals: Have a slushee or a Red Bull What&rsquo...
Athlete of the Week: Mason Callahan, Waynesville High School

Athlete of the Week: Mason Callahan, Waynesville High School

Name: Mason Callahan School: Waynesville Sport: Baseball Class: 2017 Age: 18 Claim to fame: Pitching and winning the district game my sophomore year Bet you didn’t know: I can wiggle my nose Toughest opponent/why: Carlisle — it is always a tough game between us Favorite book: Tuesdays With Morrie Favorite movie: The Bench Warmers Favorite TV show: Quick Pitch Favorite musical artist: The...
Athlete of the Week: Jayla Tarver, Northmont High School

Athlete of the Week: Jayla Tarver, Northmont High School

Name: Jayla Tarver School: Northmont Grade: 2017 graduate Age: 18 Sport: Track and field Claim to fame/honors: A top sprinter and team leader; ran 100, 200 and 4x200 relay and 4x100; scholar-athlete all four years; member of National Honor Society; Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award in eighth grade; fourth place in DECA competition sophomore year; most outstanding sprinter sophomore year; most outstanding...
Athlete of the Week: Donnie Crouch, Bellbrook High School

Athlete of the Week: Donnie Crouch, Bellbrook High School

Name: Donnie Crouch School: Bellbrook Sport: Basketball Class: 2018 Age: 17 Claim to fame: I am a good leader and role model Bet you didn’t know: I didn’t pick up a basketball until middle school Toughest opponent/why? Oakwood because they always bring a tough student section Favorite book: Relentless Favorite movie: The Other Guy Favorite pro athlete/why: Kyrie Irving because he is fun...
Former Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie dies at 48

Former Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie dies at 48

Former Tecumseh High School head football coach Kent Massie, 48, died Tuesday at Springfield Regional Medical Center six days after collapsing at his home. An autopsy is pending, said Massie’s longtime friend, Shawnee head football coach Rick Meeks. “I know people are speculating,” Meeks said. “They don’t know why he passed.” Tecumseh Athletic Director Craig Eier...
New GWOC football coaches: Centerville, Stebbins, W. Carrollton, Xenia

New GWOC football coaches: Centerville, Stebbins, W. Carrollton, Xenia

There are at least 14 new high school head football coaches throughout the area for this coming season. Among those are four in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. That extends a coaching switch tend in the 20-team mega conference. GWOC coaches who made their debuts with new teams this last season were Chris Roark (Fairborn), Dave Miller (Fairmont) and Nathan Hyatt (Vandalia-Butler). Eight of the...
Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is going back to the Golden State Warriors, who vanquished LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night.  Here are five takeaways:  After a good performance in which they came up short in Game 3 and a historically great show in Game 4, the Cavaliers just couldn't keep up in Game 5 (much like the first two in Oakland)...
Senior standout transfers from Dunbar to Wayne

Senior standout transfers from Dunbar to Wayne

Standout senior linebacker Antwuan Johnson has transferred from Dunbar to Wayne High School. Wayne athletic director and football coach Jay Minton confirmed on Monday that Johnson enrolled in the Huber Heights City School District last Friday and attended a Warriors’ summer workout on Monday. Minton said the Johnson family has a Huber Heights residence. The school district does not have open...
Major leagues one phone call away for Badin’s McKinney

Major leagues one phone call away for Badin’s McKinney

Five seasons in the minor leagues have brought Brett McKinney to this place, the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians’ dugout, into a conversation about possibly fulfilling a dream. It could happen today. Perhaps next month. Or maybe never. That’s how the system works. Keep plugging away and one day you might pick up your phone and major league baseball will be on the other end of the line. &ldquo...
Jack McCrory of Shawnee verbally commits to Ohio University

Jack McCrory of Shawnee verbally commits to Ohio University

Shawnee senior Jack McCrory has made his college decision. He will continue his football career in Athens at Ohio University.  McCrory ran for 667 yards on 103 carries last season for the Braves, who went 6-4 overall and finished second in the CBC Kenton Trail division. He also caught 12 passes for 198 yards. McCrory ran for nine touchdowns and caught two more. He also made 73 tackles. He was...
Recruiting: Lakota West’s Tyler Bentley makes his college choice

Recruiting: Lakota West’s Tyler Bentley makes his college choice

Tyler Bentley, a defensive lineman from Lakota West, verbally committed to Kentucky on Sunday. “First off I just want to thank God for all the blessing he has put on my life,” Bentley wrote on Twitter. “I also want to thank my parents for taking time out of their day to help me make my dreams come true. “Last but not least, I want to thank my coaches for pushing daily to be...
Sports Today: NBA continues, NHL concludes and MLB draft arrives

Sports Today: NBA continues, NHL concludes and MLB draft arrives

The weekend is over, and surprisingly enough the NBA Finals are not.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors continue their series tonight because the Cavs played out of their minds Friday night.  The Warriors could have probably been sharper defensively, but until garbage time Cleveland shot the ball better than might be expected if they were by themselves in a gym.  Will...
Hinkle takes bronze medal at USRowing Youth National Championships

Hinkle takes bronze medal at USRowing Youth National Championships

Megan Hinkle of the Greater Dayton Rowing Association took the bronze medal in the women’s Class A singles at the USRowing Youth National Championships on Sunday. The Troy Christian product finished the 2,000-meter race in 7 minutes, 59.8 seconds, about nine seconds behind the winner. Hinkle, who will be a scholarship rower for the University of Michigan this fall, finished fourth last year...
Lewis, Rawlings, Kindell headline Journal-News All-Area Softball Team

Lewis, Rawlings, Kindell headline Journal-News All-Area Softball Team

Rachel Lewis and Nicole Rawlings are the top honorees on the 2017 Journal-News All-Area Softball Team after leading their respective prep squads to a combined 50 wins. Lewis, a senior shortstop from Lakota East, is the Position Player of the Year after an incredible campaign that followed a mostly lost 2016 due to an ankle injury. The Northwestern University signee hit .604 with eight doubles, five...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Softball Team

2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Softball Team

Brian Kindell, Lebanon — Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division Coach of the Year Nicole Rawlings, Badin, junior — Division III All-Ohio first team, Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division first team Rachel Lewis, Lakota East, senior, shortstop — Division I All-Ohio first team, Greater Miami Conference Co-Athlete of the Year First Base: Annabelle Thomas, Fenwick...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Softball Statistics

2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Softball Statistics

Jenna Monk, CC—50—35—.700 Rachel Lewis, LE—91—55—.604 Arianna Layne, MID—51—29—.569 Annabelle Thomas, FEN—72—40—.556 Jenna O’Hair, MAD—96—53—.552 Faith Hensley, MON—93—51—.548 Chloe Allen, LEB—118—63—.534 Ally Ivey, ROS—80—42—.525 Sydney Larson, LE&mdash...
All-Stars: One last shot under the Friday night lights

All-Stars: One last shot under the Friday night lights

Kobe Hughlett didn’t end his Xenia football career the way he wanted. Though Hughlett had 576 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns last season, the Buccaneers lost their first six games in what was a 3-7 campaign. So when Hughlett got the chance to finish his football career as a winner in the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on Friday night, he wanted to make...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Baseball Statistics

2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Baseball Statistics

Alex Page, MON—62—33—.532 Logan Becraft, MON—58—28—.483 Christian Acus, NM—81—39—.481 Reid Davis, MAD—76—36—.474 Andrew Sams, FF—89—42—.472 Austin Gilbert, FRA—95—43—.453 Drew Reckart, EDG—84—38—.452 Ethan McCarty, EDG—72—32—.444 Caleb Boy, CAR—90&mdash...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Baseball Team

2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Baseball Team

Greg Leurck, Lakota West — Greater Miami Conference Coach of the Year Jacob Kates, Lakota West, senior — Division I All-Ohio first team, Greater Miami Conference Athlete of the Year Christian Acus, New Miami, senior, shortstop — Division IV All-Ohio first team, Miami Valley Conference Gray Division Athlete of the Year First Base: Drew Huffman, Ross, senior — Southwest Ohio...
Kates, Acus, Leurck headline Journal-News All-Area baseball squad

Kates, Acus, Leurck headline Journal-News All-Area baseball squad

All-Ohio seniors Jacob Kates and Christian Acus are the marquee players on the 2017 Journal-News All-Area prep baseball team. Kates, a pitcher and third baseman for Lakota West, is the Pitcher of the Year after leading the Firebirds to the Greater Miami Conference title and the Division I state tournament. Acus, a shortstop and pitcher for New Miami, is the Position Player of the Year after powering...
Middies’ Thomas scores TD as East rolls over West in All-Star clash

Middies’ Thomas scores TD as East rolls over West in All-Star clash

The East dominance continued Thursday night with a serious approach that included a lot of laughs and good tunes. It was a perfect recipe for a victory in the 42nd Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association Ron Woyan East-West All-Star Game, with the East celebrating a 23-7 triumph at Kings High School. “For a summer night in June when everybody’s got all kinds of other things to do...
New competitive balance factor affects boys, girls basketball

New competitive balance factor affects boys, girls basketball

Franklin finally made its way out of the ultra-competitive Southwest District in Division II of boys basketball. But that might not be much of a break, because the Wildcats are now lumped in D-I. The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Thursday afternoon announced its realigned divisions for boys and girls basketball for this coming season. For the first time, the new competitive balance factor...
Boys basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

Boys basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

The following area boys basketball teams have switched divisions from this past season. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced boys and girls divisional alignment for postseason play on Thursday following last week’s June board of directors monthly meeting. It’s the first time the new competitive balance factor has been included to determine basketball divisions and is the...
Girls basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

Girls basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

The following area girls basketball teams have switched divisions from this past season. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced boys and girls divisional alignment for postseason play on Thursday following last week’s June board of directors monthly meeting. It’s the first time the new competitive balance factor has been included to determine basketball divisions and is the...
Ohio State great Braxton Miller set to host football camp at Wayne HS

Ohio State great Braxton Miller set to host football camp at Wayne HS

Braxton Miller plans to pay it forward next month with a football camp at his high school alma mater. The Charging 1Way Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8 at Wayne High School in Huber Heights. A press release for the event says “a slew of special guests” including “other decorated players from Ohio State and the NFL” are also set to participate. “It always meant...
Shawnee state champ embraces tutoring by veteran Braves coach

Shawnee state champ embraces tutoring by veteran Braves coach

Shawnee freshman Robie Glass immediately sought out the main difference-maker in his brief high jump career after stunning a loaded field and winning the Division II state championship in the event last Saturday: veteran Braves assistant coach Joe Vanuch. Their long and heartfelt embrace represented the best of different eras. The common denominator was a deep appreciation for a sport that has long...
Football in June: Locals enjoying East-West All-Star experience

Football in June: Locals enjoying East-West All-Star experience

Will Thomas would love to go out with a win. The recent Middletown High School graduate will soon turn his focus to playing football at Georgetown (Ky.) College, but first things first. He will play for the East in the 42nd Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association Ron Woyan East-West All-Star Game on Thursday night at Kings. “It’s more fun, but we want to win,” said Thomas...
Athlete of the Week: Joia Allen, Stivers School for the Arts

Athlete of the Week: Joia Allen, Stivers School for the Arts

Name: Joia Allen School: Stivers Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sport: Track and field Claim to fame/honors: Runs 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles for school team; in summer track with Dayton Wolverines runs 100 and 400 hurdles, 4x400 and open 400; ran on 4x400 relay that won first place at Hershey’s Nationals in 2015; competed at nationals three times Words you live by: I can do all things through Christ...
Athlete of the Week: Emily Kepple, Miamisburg High School

Athlete of the Week: Emily Kepple, Miamisburg High School

Name: Emily Kepple School: Miamisburg High School Sport: Softball Class: Junior Age: 17 Claim to fame: Ending games by picking people off (as a catcher). Bet you didn’t know: I’m going to Oakland University to play softball. Toughest opponent/why: Lebanon — they are a great hitting team with a strong defense as well. They are tough to beat. Favorite book: The Fault in Our Stars Favorite...
Athlete of the Week: Shane Essick, Troy High School

Athlete of the Week: Shane Essick, Troy High School

Name: Shane Essick School: Troy High School Grade: junior Age: 17 Sport: Tennis Claim to fame/honors: Three-year varsity player competes at first singles; two-time sectional champion in singles and three-time district qualifier; GWOC North athlete of the year sophomore and junior years Bet you didn’t know … I started tennis when I was 5 and hated it until I won my first tournament about...
Athlete of the Week: Troy Brewer, Centerville High School

Athlete of the Week: Troy Brewer, Centerville High School

Name: Troy Brewer School: Centerville High School Grade: 2017 graduate Age: 18 Sport: Volleyball Claim to fame/honors: Two-year varsity; honorable mention GWOC as a junior; will attend University of Cincinnati to study engineering Bet you didn’t know … I played volleyball since sixth grade Words you live by: Don’t take yourself too seriously Toughest opponent: Alter Biggest influence...
South All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

South All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

The following are the South coaches and players for this week’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South Game. When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Centerville High School South head coach: Butch Snider (Oakwood) South assistant coaches: Dion Black, Trotwood-Madison; Scott Clodfelter, Bethel; Heath Feldman, Springboro; Bob Franz, Oakwood; Jeff Jenkins, Bellbrook; Kevin Tritschler, Oakwood...
North All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

North All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

The following are the North coaches and players for this week’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South Game. When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Centerville High School North head coach: Tyler Cates (Covington) North assistant coaches: James Harless, Lehman Catholic; Mike Griffin, Mississinawa Valley, Adam Doenges, Sidney; Chris Stanley, Northmont, John Brands, Northmont, Aaron Fister...
North all-star football coach Cates playing hurt

North all-star football coach Cates playing hurt

Tyler Cates is putting a new spin on playing hurt. As coach of the North team for this week’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game, it’s on Cates (Covington High School’s coach) and South coach Butch Snider (Oakwood) to manufacture high-end functional units that have been hard-pressed to practice because of a multitude of other player commitments. Cates...
OHSAA assigns football teams to regions

OHSAA assigns football teams to regions

The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday announced the regional placement of all football teams and also released this coming season’s football state championships schedule. In addition, the OHSAA confirmed all football playoff games would be anchored on Fridays only through the state semifinals. Region placement and the playoffs format were approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors...
Recruiting roundup: Dunbar pair narrows choices; Wayne WR waiting?

Recruiting roundup: Dunbar pair narrows choices; Wayne WR waiting?

Since our last area recruiting roundup, two of the top player have both narrowed their lists. Dunbar teammates Tavion Thomas and Joseph Scates recently released a top seven and six, respectively, and the groups have a lot in common. Thomas and Scates both have Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Louisville, West Virginia and Alabama on their lists of finalists. Thomas, a four-star running back, is also still...
Luke Kennard pays a visit to the Indiana Pacers

Luke Kennard pays a visit to the Indiana Pacers

Luke Kennard’s latest stop on his NBA pre-draft tour took him to Indiana on Monday. The Franklin High School product and former Duke star worked out for the Pacers, who have the 18th pick in the first round. Asked if Indy felt like home, he said, “A little bit.” “The drive was like two hours – not far at all,” Kennard told the team website afterward. “I&rsquo...
High School Sports: 5 highlights from state championship weekend

High School Sports: 5 highlights from state championship weekend

Here’s five highlights from the final weekend of high school spring sports: Dunbar boys track: The Wolverines won just one event and didn’t place higher than fourth in any other. But that added up to their 10th team title, 33-30 over runner-up Warrensville Heights in the Division II state track and field meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Those 33 points...
‘Un-four-gettable’ finish as Alter Knights win state volleyball title

‘Un-four-gettable’ finish as Alter Knights win state volleyball title

COLUMBUS — Two sets apiece, a state title on the line, the battle was intense for the top-ranked Division II boys volleyball teams — Alter and Hoban. The Knights, after winning the first two sets, had dropped two straight and it was anybody’s match. It was time for a change. “We went from a ‘don’t lose’ mindset to ‘let’s win,’” Alter...
Former Alter standout transferring to Florida

Former Alter standout transferring to Florida

Alter High School graduate and former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire has told multiple media outlets he plans to join the University of Florida as a graduate transfer. According to a report from ESPN , Zaire plans to visit Florida on Wednesday to finalize the process. “The visit Wednesday is just making sure we dot our I’s and cross our T’s, so it’s just everything...
Minster claims third state baseball title in seven years

Minster claims third state baseball title in seven years

Minster coaches told the players all day to hit to the opposite field because Russia had shifted its outfield. “If you try to pull it, you’re not going to get good wood,” coach Mike Wiss told them. “Just trust it.” The strategy paid off in the fourth inning when Adam Knapke drove in Minster’s first run with a single to right, and it paid off again in the bottom...
No star power no problem for D-II boys state track champ Dunbar

No star power no problem for D-II boys state track champ Dunbar

There have been many great Dunbar boys track and field teams through the years, but this season’s edition wasn’t one of them. But there is something in common they all share: state championships. Winning just one event and not placing higher than fourth in seven others, Dunbar pulled off the unlikely on Saturday, out-pointing Division II runner-up Warrensville Heights 33-30 at Ohio State...

H.S. Results for 6/3: State Tournament results

Baseball State Tournament At Huntington Park, Columbus Saturday’s Finals Division I Massillon Jackson 8, Strongsville 2 WP: Skeriotis CG 5 K. LP: Beechy 1 K. Stro: Shannon 1-3 RS, Frank 1-3 RS, Trizzino 3-3 2B RBI, Damm 1-3 3B. MJ: C. Mottice 2-3 2B 3 RS 2 RBI, Dingler 3-3 2B 2 RBI, J. Mottice 1-3 RBI, Nicolas 1-2 RBI, Graham 1-3 2 RS, Romans 2-3 2 RS, Harrison RS RBI. Division II Tallmadge...
Shawnee freshman Glass joins McDavid as state champ

Shawnee freshman Glass joins McDavid as state champ

Springfield’s tandem of Dyier Smith and Quincy Scott along with Jamari McDavid of Kenton Ridge have been dominant in their events all season. But there’s another area headliner who emerged from the high school state track and field meet Saturday. Robie Glass leaped into the Shawnee record book with a jump of 6 feet, 8 inches and won the Division II state high jump at Ohio State University&rsquo...
STATE TRACK: East’s Horter finishes strong to win 1,600 in D-I

STATE TRACK: East’s Horter finishes strong to win 1,600 in D-I

When another runner passed Dustin Horter on the final curve of the 1,600-meter run, the Lakota East High School junior wasn’t about to let someone overtake him down the stretch yet again at his third straight state track meet. This time, Horter regained the lead over Thomas Worthington’s Arjun Jha with about 25 meters to go and sprinted to a first-place finish at the Division I state track...
State track: Monroe’s Ploeger achieves goal with medal

State track: Monroe’s Ploeger achieves goal with medal

After missing the podium by one spot last year, Monroe High School distance runner Rachel Ploeger was determined to get a medal this time. The junior accomplished her goal, placing seventh in the 3,200-meter run at the Division II state track and field meet Saturday at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ploeger, who clocked a personal-record time of 11 minutes, 11.15 seconds...
Minster beats Russia in state baseball final on walkoff hit

Minster beats Russia in state baseball final on walkoff hit

Jon Niemeyer’s two-out single to left field scored Jared Huelsman to give Minster a 2-1 victory over Russia in the Division IV state baseball championship Saturday at Huntington Park. The game featured two high schools located 13 miles apart. Russia beat Minster 17-6 in the second game of the season. Minster (25-7) won its third state championship in the last seven seasons. It also won in 2011...
Dunbar boys win 10th state track championship

Dunbar boys win 10th state track championship

Dunbar captured its most unlikely of double-digit boys state track and field team championships on Saturday. The Wolverines won just one relay and didn’t place higher than fourth in seven other events. But that was enough to beat runner-up Warrensville Heights 33-30 at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It’s the 10th outdoor state title for the traditionally rich Dayton City League...
Chaminade Julienne shut out in state baseball final

Chaminade Julienne shut out in state baseball final

Chaminade Julienne fell short of its first state baseball title since 1970, losing 4-0 to Tallmadge in the Division II championship game Saturday at Huntington Park. Tallmadge took the lead on a two-out RBI single in the first and added two runs on three singles in the third. It added another run in the sixth on a two-out single. CJ had one hit in the first five innings. The Eagles led after the first...
Elyria’s stunning finish leaves top-ranked Lebanon without a title

Elyria’s stunning finish leaves top-ranked Lebanon without a title

The last time Lebanon High School’s softball team was denied in the Division I state championship game, the end came on a walk-off home run in 2015. That was gut-wrenching. Saturday was worse. One out from their first state title, the top-ranked Warriors gave up two unearned runs on a wild game-ending play as Elyria pulled off a stunning 4-3 victory at Firestone Stadium. Lebanon coach Brian...
Shawnee freshman Robie Glass wins D-II state high jump

Shawnee freshman Robie Glass wins D-II state high jump

Shawnee’s Robie Glass became a rare freshman champion when he won the boys Division II state track and field high jump on Saturday at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Glass easily cleared 6 feet, 8 inches on his first attempt and was the only jumper in the field to go that high. He missed three times at 6-9.
Kenton Ridge senior Jamari McDavid wins D-II state long jump

Kenton Ridge senior Jamari McDavid wins D-II state long jump

Kenton Ridge High School senior Jamari McDavid won the long jump in the girls Division II state track and field meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Saturday. McDavid unloaded a winning leap of 18 feet, 9.5 inches to win by just .25 of an inch. It was a clutch effort by the Cougar, who placed a disappointing second in the event each of the last two seasons after also winning the state...
Valley View senior makes most of state track return

Valley View senior makes most of state track return

There was no way Valley View senior Micah Matheson was going to fumble away another shot in the state track and field meet. Even if it meant overcoming a snapped tibia and fibula. “Everybody behind me — my therapist, my family, my school — everybody was behind me and I wanted to do something big.” Matheson did just that, soaring a season-best 14 feet, 10 inches to place runner-up...

H.S. Results for 6/2: Baseball, Softball state semifinal results

Baseball State Tournament At Huntington Park, Columbus Thursday’s Semifinals Division II Chaminade Julienne 3, Steubenville 0 Tallmadge 4, Maumee 1 Division III Champion 2, Clear Fork 1 Berlin Hiland 2, CHCA 1, 8 innings Box Score Chaminade Julienne 3, Steubenville 0 WP: Wissman CG 7 K. LP: Zorne 10 K. CJ: Peltier 2-3 HR RBI RS, Thomas 1-3 RBI, Benoit 1-4 RS. Ste: Zorne 1-2. Friday’s Semifinals...
Badin boys miss D-II state relay title by a lean

Badin boys miss D-II state relay title by a lean

Like his teammates, Sam Krabacher envisioned Badin High School winning a Division II state track and field championship in the 3,200-meter relay. The Rams had the senior talent, experience and momentum heading into Friday’s opening day of the meet. More important, they had the will. Running anchor, Krabacher made a move with about 200 meters remaining to overtake the leaders. But with 100 left...
Early deficit too much for West to overcome in state loss to Jackson

Early deficit too much for West to overcome in state loss to Jackson

Lakota West High School’s baseball squad found ways to win close games throughout the Division I postseason, making its way to the Final Four for the third time in school history. But a 4-0 first-inning deficit against the No. 1 team in the state? That was simply a recipe for the end of the season. The Firebirds gave up four runs before they swung a bat Friday in a state semifinal against Massillon...
Baseball: Chaminade Julienne seeks state title Saturday

Baseball: Chaminade Julienne seeks state title Saturday

Senior Garrett Wissman sneaked a few glances at the state baseball championship trophy at Chaminade Julienne High School this season. That trophy is 47 years old, but it may soon have some company. The Eagles (23-4) will play Tallmadge (24-7) in the Division II state championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Huntington Park. CJ seeks its first state championship since 1970 when it beat Garfield Heights...
Hartsock: Minster-Russia to meet in D-IV state championship game

Hartsock: Minster-Russia to meet in D-IV state championship game

The Minster High School baseball team took advantage of a bases-loaded, two-out error in the first inning Friday to beat Toronto 3-0 in a Division IV state semifinal at Huntington Park. The Wildcats will face Russia, a 7-6 winner over Dalton in Friday’s second semifinal, in Saturday’s 4 p.m. title game. Minster opened the game with a single from Isaac Schmeising, followed by a double to...
Northwestern softball falls in Division III state semifinals

Northwestern softball falls in Division III state semifinals

Hitting wasn’t a problem for Northwestern during its run to the state softball tournament. The Warriors racked up 72 runs in six tournament games before facing Warren Champion in a Division III state semifinal Friday at Firestone Stadium. But against Champion pitcher Mckenzie Zigmont, Northwestern struggled to hit the ball anywhere other than to an infielder’s glove. The Warriors had two...
State softball: Elyria last hurdle for Lebanon in title quest

State softball: Elyria last hurdle for Lebanon in title quest

Another state championship opportunity awaits Lebanon High School’s softball team Saturday. The top-ranked Warriors, Division I state runners-up in 2012 and 2015, will go after their first title at 10 a.m. when they meet Elyria at Firestone Stadium. Lebanon coach Brian Kindell said he won’t be bringing up the past to his players. “Not at all,” Kindell said. “Every team&rsquo...

H.S. Results for 6/1: All-Ohio baseball teams

The All-Ohio baseball teams for all divisions were announced Thursday by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association, featuring many of the area’s top talent. Pitcher Jake Kates (Lakota West) and infielders Justin McConnell (Springboro) and Damon Dues (Vandalia) headlined the Division I first team. Matt Grossman (Vandalia), Tyler Burley (Vandalia), Bryce Johnson (Lakota West) and Brennen...
Chaminade Julienne pitcher inches from history in state semis

Chaminade Julienne pitcher inches from history in state semis

Page 59 of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state baseball program lists the no-hitters thrown in the final four. It’s not a long list. They have played this tournament since 1928. Twelve no-hitters have been thrown — only one in the last 30 years. Chaminade Julienne senior Garrett Wissman came inches away from joining that exclusive club in his final high school start Thursday...
Meadowdale’s Lawrence going for boys D-II state sprint triple

Meadowdale’s Lawrence going for boys D-II state sprint triple

Here’s five things to know about this weekend’s high school state track and field meets. Competition begins Friday and concludes on Saturday at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Best bet: There’s no beating the Dayton City League for boys sprinters, hurdlers or long jumpers, although Wayne might have something to say about that in special years...
Baseball: Chaminade Julienne advances to state final

Baseball: Chaminade Julienne advances to state final

Chaminade Julienne will play for the Division II state baseball championship, advancing with a 3-0 victory over Steubenville in the semifinal Thursday at Huntington Park. Garrett Wissman pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout. Steubenville broke up his no-hit bid with an infield single with two outs in the fifth. He struck out seven and walked one. The Eagles will play Tallmadge in the state championship...

Boys volleyball: Elks look to continue postseason march

On paper, the Centerville Elks didn’t appear intimidating as the opened the boys volleyball regional tournament with a 10-12 record, but they quickly proved that records mean little in the postseason and are now state-bound for a third consecutive year. “All 12 losses were to teams in the top 10 in the state,” Centerville coach Corey Burge said. And then there is the long-standing...
Top-ranked Lebanon rallies to beat Hoover, will play for state title

Top-ranked Lebanon rallies to beat Hoover, will play for state title

The latest roller-coaster ride had Lebanon High School’s softball team down, but most certainly not out. The Warriors rallied again on the state’s biggest stage Thursday afternoon and moved within one victory of the first Division I state championship in program history. Just over a week after its epic comeback triumph over Lakota West in the regional semifinals, top-ranked Lebanon overcame...
More High School Stories