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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.

HS Results 10/18: ‘Boro, Oakwood highlight final tennis poll

Springboro and Oakwood were tabbed as the top area teams in the final MVTCA girls tennis rankings released on Wednesday. ‘Boro led Division I with Centerville and Bellbrook finishing tied for second. Oakwood headlined D-II, followed by Chaminade Julienne and Miami Valley. Girls Volleyball Northmont 3, Sidney 2: Taking the final set 15-12, Northmont rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win its sectional...
Playoff points up for grabs as Wayne gets set to host Springfield

Playoff points up for grabs as Wayne gets set to host Springfield

One of the marquee games in Week 9 of high school football in the Miami Valley pits Wayne against Springfield on Friday night in Huber Heights.  Both teams are 6-2 on the season, and both would be in the playoffs in Division I, Region 3, if they started today.  Coach Jay Minton’s Warriors are fourth in the region with a chance to pick up a huge allotment of computer points if they...
Week 9 high school football power rankings

Week 9 high school football power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top high school football area teams. All games on Friday unless otherwise noted. 1. Centerville (7-1): lost 21-14 at Northmont; hosts Fairmont (6-2). 2. Wayne (6-2): d. Fairmont 35-28; hosts Springfield (6-2). 3. Northmont (6-2): d. Centerville 21-14; at Springboro (4-4). 4. Fairmont (6-2): lost 35-28 to Wayne; hosts Centerville (7-1). 5. Springfield (6-2): d. Beavercreek...
Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 9 football on Facebook Live

Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 9 football on Facebook Live

The boys are back, talking high school football. Follow Mike Hartsock, Sports Director for WHIO News Center 7, and Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News) staff sports writer Marc Pendleton, on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Wednesday. We’ll address Week 8 results and Week 9 games. Join us and post your questions at Mike’s Facebook page.
Prep girls golf: Near miss in 2016 pushes East to first state berth

Prep girls golf: Near miss in 2016 pushes East to first state berth

The Lakota East High School girls golf team played most of the 2017 season with two numbers in mind — one and 320. One was fuel, the other a goal. The first served the Thunderhawks well, and while they didn’t reach the second, it turned out to not matter. East missed qualifying for Ohio’s 2016 Division I state tournament by one stroke, finishing fourth behind Centerville, Ursuline...
Prep football: Eaton next as Carlisle tries to stay alive for playoffs

Prep football: Eaton next as Carlisle tries to stay alive for playoffs

Carlisle High School’s football team suddenly finds itself in a win-and-need-help position when it comes to the Division V, Region 20 playoffs. The Indians took a 35-28 loss at Milton-Union last Friday, one week after getting handled by Madison 31-14, and they’ve slid to 12th in the Harbin computer ratings. The top eight make the playoffs. “With all the access to information that...
Athlete of the Week: Mason Dreischarf, Tri-County North High School

Athlete of the Week: Mason Dreischarf, Tri-County North High School

Name: Mason Dreischarf School: Tri-County North Grade: Junior Sport: Football Claim to fame/honors: Gained 99 yards rushing and 63 yards receiving with two touchdowns along with two interceptions for touchdowns in a win over National Trail; has carried 4.0 grade-point average throughout high school career and is currently enrolled in college classes. Bet you didn’t know … that my uncle...
Athlete of the Week: Marissa Wenzler, Centerville High School

Athlete of the Week: Marissa Wenzler, Centerville High School

Name: Marissa Wenzler School: Centerville Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sport: Golf Claim to fame/honors: School record for lowest average (75.5), lowest score in a high school event (68), program record at sectionals (69), lowest two-day total at state in program history as a freshman (77, 78). Bet you didn’t know … I used to dance and play soccer Words you live by: Everything happens for a...
Athlete of the Week: Holden Scribner, Troy High School

Athlete of the Week: Holden Scribner, Troy High School

Name: Holden Scribner School: Troy Grade: Junior Age: 16 Sport: Golf Claim to fame/honors: Varsity golfer since freshman season; medalist at Christoff Memorial in field of 95 golfers; tied for first at Greenville Invitational, 3rd overall GWOC average. Words you live by: Never stop Toughest opponent: Probably Butler. They’ve been our rival for the last 3 years for the GWOC North title. Biggest...
Athlete of the Week: Taylor Senters, Franklin High School

Athlete of the Week: Taylor Senters, Franklin High School

Name: Taylor Senters School: Franklin Sport: Soccer Class: Junior Age: 15 Claim to fame: 19 goals this season Bet you didn’t know: I’ve been rock climbing in Bermuda Toughest opponent/why? Bellbrook because they always play really well and are very tough to beat Favorite book: Hunger Games Favorite movie: Star Wars Favorite TV show: Walking Dead Favorite musical artist: Ed Green Favorite...
Athlete of the Week: Trey Boedicker, Fairborn High School

Athlete of the Week: Trey Boedicker, Fairborn High School

Name: Trey Boedicker School: Fairborn Sport: Golf Class: 2018 Age: 17 Claim to fame: Unique fashion sense Bet you didn’t know: I plan on attending college and snowboarding every day Toughest opponent/why? Myself because golf is such a mental game and you have to stay relaxed and focused Favorite book: The Great Gatsby Favorite movie: Jobs Favorite TV show: Dexter Favorite musical artist/song...
Prep football: New Miami is 2-6 and trying to finish strong

Prep football: New Miami is 2-6 and trying to finish strong

The 2017 campaign is winding down for New Miami High School’s football team, but the Vikings are trying to find a late groove. New Miami improved to 2-6 with a dramatic 30-28 win over visiting Cincinnati College Prep Academy last Friday, preserving the triumph with a sack on a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds at Mara Field. “Attitude hasn’t been a problem at all...

HS Results 10/17: Alter boys soccer top Dunbar in SW sectionals

The GCL North champions Alter came out strong Tuesday night, besting Dunbar 13-1. Ty Borton and Aidan Petrello led the team offensively with four points each. Borton had two goals and two assist, while Petrello tallied one goal and three assists. Sean Koeller also had a notable night, earning one goal and one assist, while Kofi Darkwa netted two goals. Nick Schmidt, Dominic Ruffolo, David Switala...
Prep volleyball: Fairfield sweeps Edgewood in D-I sectional opener

Prep volleyball: Fairfield sweeps Edgewood in D-I sectional opener

Nicole Sicking normally does her best work on the front line, but it was her late-match serving that helped Fairfield High School’s volleyball team close out Edgewood in their Division I sectional opener Tuesday evening at Lakota West. The Indians senior middle blocker-outside hitter served eight straight points, including three consecutive aces and four overall, as they turned an 11-10 edge...
High School Football: Is your team in playoff position with two weeks left in regular season?

High School Football: Is your team in playoff position with two weeks left in regular season?

Below is this week’s high school football computer rankings from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 29 will qualify for the playoffs. Region 1 - 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (7-1) 27.2797, 2. Lakewood St. Edward (8-0) 26.5528, 3. Mentor (7-1) 23.4, 4. Canton McKinley (8-0) 22.4027, 5. Euclid (7-1) 20.9875, 6. Stow-Munroe Falls (7-1)...
Trotwood, Valley View, Marion Local secure football playoff spots

Trotwood, Valley View, Marion Local secure football playoff spots

Trotwood-Madison, Valley View and Marion Local have undefeated high school football seasons going, and all three have trumped that special status. With two regular-season games remaining, those high-end teams have secured playoff spots, which became official following Tuesday’s release of the weekly Ohio High School Athletic Association computer rankings. There are seven divisions, each comprised...
Alter enters volleyball postseason with momentum

Alter enters volleyball postseason with momentum

The Alter girls volleyball team has already won more matches than last year’s Division II regional semifinalist team. The Knights (14-3) won the always competitive Greater Catholic League North division title for the first time since 2014 and claimed the No. 2 spot in the final D-II state rankings. But Alter was still looking for a boost of confidence heading into the sectional. Coach Tina Jasinowski...
New Greenon volleyball coach achieves desired results

New Greenon volleyball coach achieves desired results

John Herzer had some lofty standards when interviewing for the Greenon High School volleyball job. He had previously coached at Wayne High School, where he was named GWOC coach of the year in his final season. Herzer, who works as a Dayton firefighter-paramedic, took a year off, and then the Knights job opened up. The position struck his curiosity, and he interviewed, although he didn’t have...
Fairmont earns respect following “Blue’s” heroics for Wayne

Fairmont earns respect following “Blue’s” heroics for Wayne

Fairmont’s record won’t show a win against Wayne on Friday, but the Firebirds did earn something – respect. That happens when you a take a program that’s played in three of the last five Division I state finals to the brink. “Fairmont has gotten a lot better,” Wayne junior quarterback Rashad McKee said. “Much credit to them.” Said Ohio State-bound Wayne...
Prep football: Cougars focused on SWOC as they head to Little Miami

Prep football: Cougars focused on SWOC as they head to Little Miami

The Division II, Region 8 playoff race is ongoing. It’s also not the focus of Edgewood High School’s football team. The Cougars have placed their sights on repeating as Southwest Ohio Conference champions, and they’ve got huge games in that quest in Weeks 9 and 10. “We always tell the boys that’s what we’ve got to do anyway,” Edgewood coach Scott Clemmons...
Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Today is media day in the Atlantic 10, and the Dayton Flyers have been picked to finish fifth in the league’s men’s basketball standings.  Rhode Island is the preseason favorite as the Rams return two of their top three scorers from last season, when they won 25 games.  As far as expectations go, fifth might be a pretty good place for Anthony Grant’s first team to...
Prep girls soccer: Freshman sparks HHS in sectional win over Knights

Prep girls soccer: Freshman sparks HHS in sectional win over Knights

Hamilton High School girls soccer coach Josh Sams finds a lot of ways to describe freshman striker Hannah Sawyer. “She can be wild and reckless, but the seniors are helping her with that.” Sams said Monday night. “We’ve had some goal scorers here, but she’s one of the best I’ve seen. She’s dynamic and plays at one speed every minute.” Then Sams paused...

HS Results 10/16: Thomas sets Fairborn record

Lauren Thomas set a school record with six goals in Fairborn’s 7-2 sectional win versus Piqua in girls soccer on Monday. Karen Floyd added the other goal for Fairborn and Aubree Duncan recorded three assists. Fairborn moves on to play at Springboro on Thursday. Girls Soccer Northmont 2, Fairmont 1: Avianna Ewing and Jillian Naas both scored for Northmont in this sectional opener. Beavercreek...
High School Football State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

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

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2017, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. St. Xavier (20) 8-0 243 2. Lakewood St. Edward (4) 8-0 227 3. Toledo Whitmer (1) 8-0 178 4. Canton Mckinley 8-0 145 5. Hilliard Bradley 8-0 132 6. Cleveland St. Ignatius...
Football recruiting: Xenia speedster going SEC

Football recruiting: Xenia speedster going SEC

Xenia receiver Meechi Harris has committed to play football at Kentucky.  The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder announced his decision on Twitter.  He is the No. 22 prospect in the state of Ohio according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and had a large offer list coming out of spring. Harris is one of three area players currently committed to the Wildcats, joining Lakota West teammates Xavier Peters...
Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame among colleges with commits from local players

Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame among colleges with commits from local players

A large group of Division I college football recruits reside in the area this year.  Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame have already picked up local commitments from the class of 2018, not to mention prospects who have announced their intentions to stay closer to home to play for Cincinnati or Miami.  Here is a look at the players who have committed so far:  Tyler Bentley, DL, Lakota...
Another Wayne standout is headed to the Big Ten for football

Another Wayne standout is headed to the Big Ten for football

Alex Reigelsperger did not need much time to find a new college destination.  The Wayne defensive end verbally committed to Minnesota over the weekend, less than a week after decommitting from Kentucky.  “I want to start by thanking my friends, family and everyone who coaches at Wayne for getting me to this point in my life,” Reigelsperger wrote on Twitter.  Reigelsperger...
Game schedule: Week 9 high school football

Game schedule: Week 9 high school football

Eaton at Carlisle, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com Alter vs. Cin. McNicholas at Fairmont, OhioSportsline.net/ Anna at Coldwater, 7:30 p.m. Badin at Chaminade Julienne Bradford at Bethel, 7:30 p.m. Brookville at Valley View Cin. Northwest at Talawanda Cin. Oak Hills at Middletown Cin. Princeton at Hamilton Cin. Purcell Marian at Carroll Cin. Roger Bacon at Fenwick...
Boys soccer: Memorable season for Milton-Union, on and off field

Boys soccer: Memorable season for Milton-Union, on and off field

The Milton-Union High School boys soccer team has produced some memorable moments this season. The Bulldogs recorded their first season of double-digit wins since 2006 with 13 and counting. They beat league champion Waynesville for the first time in school history and topped Middletown Madison for the first time in six seasons. The ‘Dogs have the Southwestern Buckeye League’s top scorer...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 9

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 9

Eight weeks down and two to go for area high school football teams. We lost three more unbeaten teams last week, leaving five with perfect records heading into Week 9. Trotwood, Greeneview and Belmont shouldn’t have a problem getting to 9-0, but Valley View and Marion Local will have some work to do. Here are five games to watch in Week 9: It’s the Flyers’ final test in the regular...

HS Results 10/14: CJ keeps playoff hopes alive

A late touchdown from Ryan Peltier helped Chaminade Julienne hold on for a 24-21 win over McNicholas in a Saturday high school football game. KeShaun Owens returned an interception 30 yards for a score and Jonathan Bell had a 14-yard TD run as CJ jumped out to a 17-0 lead. McNicholas would cut the deficit to three with a pair scoring runs from Ryan Belmont, but Peltier’s eight-yard TD scamper...
Eaton’s Sarah Willis pockets second straight state golf title

Eaton’s Sarah Willis pockets second straight state golf title

Sarah Willis needed a strong finish Saturday to do what few have done — win a second straight state golf tournament. How about birdies on the final three holes? That turned out to be more than enough as the Eaton High School senior rallied to a 1-under par, three-stroke victory at the Division II girls golf tournament on the OSU Gray Course. “It was incredible to watch,” Eaton coach...
State Golf: Southeastern senior, Greeneview freshman runners-up

State Golf: Southeastern senior, Greeneview freshman runners-up

Runner-up was a great feeling for Southeastern senior Avery Green and Greeneview freshman Mason Witt at the state golf tournaments Saturday. Green shot a final round 73 at the OSU Scarlet Course to finish the Division III tournament at 2-over par for his best finish in his third state appearance. Witt shot 72 to finish 3-under par at Northstar Golf Club. Shawnee senior Grant Engle, who said he came...

District Tennis: Springboro sister act falls just short of title

After three sets, 34 games, four hard-fought hours and countless high fives, the Springboro sister team of Anke and Reka Patel fell just short of the title. Ursuline’s Nina Dhaliwal and Gabriella O’Connor battled to a 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 win over Springboro for the Division I Southwest District high school doubles title at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on Saturday. It was the second top-seeded...
Fab Five remains after area’s unbeaten football club loses 3 members

Fab Five remains after area’s unbeaten football club loses 3 members

The area’s undefeated high school football club lost three members this past Friday night: Centerville, Sidney and Clinton-Massie. That leaves a fabulous five in Belmont, Trotwood-Madison, Valley View, Greeneview and Marion Local. All those teams are 8-0. Sidney’s exit was the most profound, losing 48-21 to visiting Troy in a Greater Western Ohio Conference American North matchup. Centerville...
Prep football: Depleted Thunderhawks fight off Hamilton 30-21

Prep football: Depleted Thunderhawks fight off Hamilton 30-21

Through eight games, the Lakota East High School football team’s hopes for a Division I playoff berth remain intact. The Thunderhawks scored the game-winning points on a safety Friday night to earn a 30-21 victory over visiting Hamilton, setting up critical showdowns with fellow Region 4 playoff hopefuls Sycamore and Mason to finish the regular season. Friday’s contest was set to feature...
Week 8: Northmont hands Centerville its first loss; ‘Hail Mary’ lifts Wayne; Belmont, Trotwood, Valley View still perfect

Week 8: Northmont hands Centerville its first loss; ‘Hail Mary’ lifts Wayne; Belmont, Trotwood, Valley View still perfect

Week 8 produced a wild night of high school football. Expect anything less on Friday the 13th? A goal-line stand in the final three minutes allowed Northmont to hand visiting Centerville its first loss of the season. Sidney also lost its first game of the season, dropping a 48-21 decision to Troy. In two games with huge Division I, Region 3 playoff implications, Wayne stunned Fairmont...
Prep football: Colerain too much for Fairfield in GMC showdown rout

Prep football: Colerain too much for Fairfield in GMC showdown rout

Colerain High School football coach Tom Bolden joked he might need to ice Saturday. The veteran coach had just completed a dance with a joyous band and cheerleaders Friday night after watching his Cardinals crush the Fairfield Indians 38-12 before a standing-room-only crowd at Fairfield Stadium. “This is big for us,” Bolden said after the Cardinals snagged their 65th straight Greater Miami...
Culp-Bishop, stingy defense key Troy upset of Sidney

Culp-Bishop, stingy defense key Troy upset of Sidney

Troy junior running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop didn’t need any extra motivation heading into Friday night’s game against Sidney. Yes, Sidney entered 7-0. And, sure another back – Sidney’s Isaiah Bowser – was getting all the love. But … »RELATED: Week 8 Scoreboard »RELATED: Week 8 roundup “This is the grudge match,” Culp-Bishop said after rushing...
Kenton Ridge blows out Northwestern with big 2nd half

Kenton Ridge blows out Northwestern with big 2nd half

Halftime adjustments don’t have to be many. They just have to be the right ones to put players in the right place to make plays. And a whole lot went right for Kenton Ridge in the second half Friday night against visiting Northwestern. »RELATED: Week 8 Scoreboard »RELATED: Springfield routs Beavercreek »RELATED: Shawnee blanked by Bellefontaine Kenton Ridge senior Zach Schneider...
Blue Smith’s late Hail Mary reception lifts Wayne past Fairmont

Blue Smith’s late Hail Mary reception lifts Wayne past Fairmont

Rashad McKee called it a Hail Mary. Jay Minton said it was divine intervention. L’Christian ‘Blue’ Smith said it was the first time he’d puked after a touchdown catch. Fairmont fans likely puked, too. Catching a 39-yard deflected pass from McKee in the end zone with 14.6 seconds left, Smith’s heroics lifted visiting Wayne to a stunning 35-28 victory at Roush Stadium in...
Springfield takes advantage of Beavercreek turnovers in win

Springfield takes advantage of Beavercreek turnovers in win

Springfield’s seniors posed for one last photo together in the west end zone at Evans Stadium after a 64-28 victory Friday against Beavercreek. “This is the greatest experience ever,” senior quarterback Leonard Taylor. “Thanks to the fans, coaches, everybody having our back and coming out and supporting us.” The biggest victory of the season so far for the Wildcats...
Shawnee blanked by Bellefontaine; Chieftains claim share of title

Shawnee blanked by Bellefontaine; Chieftains claim share of title

After his team fell to Bellefontaine 35-0 on Friday night, Shawnee High School football coach Rick Meeks told his team just how difficult it can to win if you can’t take care of the football. “I once read a statistic about turnovers: If you have four or more turnovers in a game, your team is likely to win about five percent of the time,” he said. “You can’t do it, especially...
Prep football: Bivens powers Alter in 35-0 shutout of Badin

Prep football: Bivens powers Alter in 35-0 shutout of Badin

Friday was Milestone Night for two rushing standouts in the Greater Catholic League Coed Division … and another big ‘W’ for Alter High School’s football team. John Bivens roared to 260 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, while Connor Bazelak’s only two completions went for TDs to Luke Ewald, as the visiting Knights handled Badin 35-0 at Hamilton’s Virgil Schwarm...
Buoyed by late goal-line stand, Northmont stuns unbeaten Centerville

Buoyed by late goal-line stand, Northmont stuns unbeaten Centerville

Unlike most of Northmont’s veteran high school football lineup, junior Jason Kohr is a rare new guy. But he knows all about the Thunderbolts’ determined quest for a return to respectability. “We had a bunch of people playing as sophomores in 2015 and now they’re seniors,” said the rangy defensive back. “We had special players like Danny (Lewis) coming up when they...
Cross Country: With Page leading the way, Brookville eyes state berth

Cross Country: With Page leading the way, Brookville eyes state berth

He’s won a national championship with his Drum Corps Associates team. He has better than a 4.0 grade-point average. And he’s been the team captain for the Brookville High School cross country team the past three seasons. But senior Jeremy Page’s best performance may be yet to come. It’s been seven seasons since the Blue Devils have qualified for the state cross country championships...
Cross Country: GWOC a ‘pre-state meet’ for Division II Tipp

Cross Country: GWOC a ‘pre-state meet’ for Division II Tipp

Qualifying for the Division II state cross country meet is Tippecanoe High School’s biggest challenge this season. Winning the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet? That by far is the Red Devils’ greatest test. Tipp – the lone D-II team running in the 20-team conference – enters Saturday’s meet at Centerville High School ranked No. 3 in the state. Normally that turns...
Girls Tennis: Oakwood freshman, ‘Boro doubles team headed to state

Girls Tennis: Oakwood freshman, ‘Boro doubles team headed to state

Dropping her first two games was a wake-up call for Lily McCloskey. The Oakwood freshman was understandably a bit awestruck playing at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason for the first time – on the same courts where the best players in the world compete each summer. But while she has come to watch the pros many times, it was her time to take the court at Southwest District Tennis Tournament...
Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 8 coverage schedule

Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 8 coverage schedule

Week 8 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): Vandalia Butler at Piqua, 7 p.m., Nick Dudukovich @DukeofNick Alter at Badin, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @rickcassano...
Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

On paper, Nebraska represents exactly the challenge Ohio State needs next.  Advanced stats (via FootballStudyHall.com) show a defense that is great at limiting big plays (20th in the country) but bad at preventing solid gains (112th in opponents’ success rate).  That’s consistent with what Urban Meyer described this week when he described the Cornhuskers’ base 3-4...
Prep Football: Piqua holds off Butler to keep playoff hopes alive

Prep Football: Piqua holds off Butler to keep playoff hopes alive

In a game dominated by offense, defense was responsible for the biggest play of Piqua’s 33-27 victory over Butler at home Thursday night. Indians linebacker Ben Schmiesing made sure of it. »RELATED: CJ’s Colvin: ‘You’re playing for your playoff life right now’ »RELATED: Week 8 High School Football schedule »RELATED: Is your team in playoff position?...
Clark County school to build $3.4M athletic complex

Clark County school to build $3.4M athletic complex

Northwestern Local Schools will move forward with plans to build a $3.4 million athletic complex on the district’s campus. The new, 16,000-square-foot building will be close to the current football stadium and include public restrooms, concession stands, a large multipurpose room that will fit a wrestling mat, batting cages, a weight room, storage area, a community room, locker rooms, a training...
Prep boys soccer: Braves blank Ross, claim second straight SWOC title

Prep boys soccer: Braves blank Ross, claim second straight SWOC title

Talawanda High School boys soccer senior Alex Pohlabel remembers when the Braves’ core group was freshmen. “I remember we were playing JV and we talked about how nice it’d be to be on varsity and win a title,” Pohlabel said. “We did it. We achieved our dream.” In fact, the Braves doubled up on it. The Braves claimed their second consecutive Southwest Ohio Conference...
CJ’s Colvin: ‘You’re playing for your playoff life right now’

CJ’s Colvin: ‘You’re playing for your playoff life right now’

Alter (6-1), Chaminade Julienne (5-2), Hamilton Badin (5-2) and Cincinnati McNicholas (5-2) all have something more in common than having great high school football seasons. All are in the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed Division in which crossover games count as divisional play. All will play each other in the final three weeks of the regular season. Most important, all are in Division III, Region...

HS Results 10/12: Lakota East boys golf finishes second at districts

The Division I Southwest Boys district golf tournament was held at Glenview Thursday morning. St. Xavier finished first overall with a team score of 292, with Oscar Zimmerman coming in first overall with a 70. Lakota East came in at second, nine behind the first place finisher. Kyle Schmidt had a 71 for Lakota East. Finishing third was Mason, netting a 308, led by Jack Soper with a 74. All three teams...
Prep girls soccer: Fairfield’s special season continues with GMC title

Prep girls soccer: Fairfield’s special season continues with GMC title

Fairfield High School’s girls soccer team was in the Greater Miami Conference driver’s seat going into the Indians’ title-deciding match with Mason on Thursday night. Fairfield was 7-0-1 in the conference while the Comets were 6-0-2, meaning the Indians needed only a tie to clinch their seventh outright GMC title and first since 2011, while Mason needed a win to grab its first outright...
Prep boys golf: Thunderhawks earn return trip to state tournament

Prep boys golf: Thunderhawks earn return trip to state tournament

Lakota East High School’s boys golf team is filled with talent, but veteran coach Jeff Combs sees something more. The Thunderhawks turned in a next-level performance Thursday at the Division I district tournament, finishing second at Glenview Golf Course to earn their second straight state berth. “They’re really good golfers, but no, that’s not what makes them a really good...
Fairmont’s Waterman readying for bigger role at Ohio State

Fairmont’s Waterman readying for bigger role at Ohio State

Makayla Waterman was one of Kevin McGuff's most important early recruits.  Four years later, she wants to remind Ohio State basketball fans why.  “I talk with my teammates all the time: I can finally show people the reason why they recruited me,” said Waterman, a fourth-year junior who was a four-year starter at Fairmont, where she was a four-star recruit and one of the catalysts...
Prep football: Hamilton looking for consistency against Thunderhawks

Prep football: Hamilton looking for consistency against Thunderhawks

If memories of missed opportunities — short- and long-term — aren’t uppermost in the minds of Hamilton High School’s football players this week as they prepare to play at Lakota East, they’re pretty close. The Big Blue believe they left a possible win on the field last Friday in a 24-13 Greater Miami Conference loss to Sycamore. From ill-timed penalties to coming up just...
Prep football: Fenwick starting to win, but turnovers continue to hurt

Prep football: Fenwick starting to win, but turnovers continue to hurt

In 19 years as a head football coach, Fenwick High School’s John Aregood can’t ever remember a season like the one his Falcons are having. It’s not wins and losses, though. It’s turnovers. Fenwick, 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the Greater Catholic League Coed North Division, have turned the ball over 25 times. Included in that total are games of seven, five and four turnovers. &ldquo...
Prep football: It’s GMC showdown time for Fairfield, Colerain

Prep football: It’s GMC showdown time for Fairfield, Colerain

Fairfield High School’s football team would like to make some history, even if history isn’t on its side. The Indians have reached Showdown Week in the Greater Miami Conference, hosting Colerain on Friday in a game that likely will decide the GMC championship and have a significant impact on the Division I, Region 4 playoff race. The Cardinals are riding a 64-game conference winning streak...
Prep football: Badin ignoring history, ready to take a shot at Alter

Prep football: Badin ignoring history, ready to take a shot at Alter

Bryan Henson is focusing on the here and now when it comes to Badin High School’s football team. The Rams last defeated Alter in 1999, which was quite literally before his time, and the junior linebacker doesn’t see a lot of value in reviewing the past. “I think that’s more of a spectator’s view of it,” Henson said. “We’ve got to come out and play. We...
Boys golf: Southeastern’s Green eyes Division III state championship

Boys golf: Southeastern’s Green eyes Division III state championship

Should he find himself in the state championship hunt on Saturday, don’t expect nerves to get the best of Southeastern High School senior Avery Green. The Division III district tournament prepared him for that. Green, a three-time state qualifier who missed last year’s tournament by one stroke, nearly met the same fate this season. He won a one-hole playoff at the district tournament,...
Prep football: Shawnee eager for test against ‘loaded’ Bellefontaine

Prep football: Shawnee eager for test against ‘loaded’ Bellefontaine

The roller coaster that is the Shawnee Braves football season, as coach Rick Meeks calls it, is on the upswing. The Braves were siting at 2-3 three weeks ago following a 7-6 loss to Northwestern on a fourth-quarter touchdown. Shawnee, behind its run-stopping defense, responded with consecutive wins against Urbana (34-7) and Kenton Ridge (21-3). That pushed Shawnee to No. 9 in the Division IV, Region...
Boys golf: Alter breaks four-year drought, returns to state tourney

Boys golf: Alter breaks four-year drought, returns to state tourney

In its bid to return to the Division II state golf tournament for the first time since 2012, Alter High School senior Adam White became the Knights’ poster child. “That was actually the motto,” White said of his teammates’ pledge to get the senior to state. “We’ve been close but never made it out. It was looking for awhile it might not happen. This team came together...
Prep girls soccer: Rockets continue mastery of Badin, win GCLC title

Prep girls soccer: Rockets continue mastery of Badin, win GCLC title

Once again, Badin High School’s girls soccer team missed an opportunity to be the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division champion. And once again, the Rams would be happy to grab some postseason hardware instead. Badin is a perennial tournament contender and three-time state champion, but the search for its first league title since 2006 continues after host McNicholas clinched its 10th...

HS Results 10/11: Springboro wins GWOC West

The Springboro girls soccer team wrapped up a GWOC National West title with a 4-1 win versus Lebanon on Wednesday. Alex Garver led the way with two goals and Kam Davis tacked on two assists. ‘Boro, ranked No. 6 in the OSSCA State Poll, improved to 7-0-1 in conference play and 13-1-2 overall. Boys Soccer Kenton Ridge 2, Tecumseh 1: Quinton Roach scored to put KR on the board and assisted on Alex...
Girls Golf: CJ, Alter continue friendly rivalry at state; Eaton’s Willis seeks second title

Girls Golf: CJ, Alter continue friendly rivalry at state; Eaton’s Willis seeks second title

When it made the turn after nine holes at the Division II district golf tournament last week, the chances of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles girls golf team would qualify for its ninth straight trip were sitting, well, a little in the rough. With nine holes still to play the Eagles were tied for third. Three teams advanced. “I kind of talked to the other girls and told them we weren’t done...
Prep football: Middletown, West seeking positives in rough seasons

Prep football: Middletown, West seeking positives in rough seasons

Lance Engleka looks at Lakota West, his Middletown prep football team’s Friday opponent, and sees a team victimized as much by its schedule as anything. The Firebirds are 1-6 overall and 1-4 in the Greater Miami Conference, but Engleka points out that their schedule includes one loss to an undefeated Centerville team that leads the Division I, Region 3 computer ratings and another by just a...
Week 8 high school football power rankings

Week 8 high school football power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top high school football area teams. All games on Friday unless otherwise noted. 1. Centerville (7-0): d. Lebanon 42-21; at Northmont (5-2). 2. Wayne (5-2): d. Beavercreek 42-14; at Fairmont (6-1). 3. Northmont (5-2): d. Springfield 22-10; hosts Centerville (7-0). 4. Fairmont (6-1): hosts Wayne (5-2). 5. Springfield (5-2): lost 22-10 to Northmont; hosts Beavercreek...
Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 8 football on Facebook Live

Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 8 football on Facebook Live

The boys are back, talking high school football. Follow Mike Hartsock, Sports Director for WHIO News Center 7, and Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News) staff sports writer Marc Pendleton, on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Wednesday. We’ll address Week 7 results and Week 8 games. Join us and post your questions at Mike’s FB page.
Game schedule: Week 8 high school football

Game schedule: Week 8 high school football

Butler at Piqua, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com Ponitz vs. Meadowdale, 7 p.m. at Welcome Stadium Alter at Badin, OhioSportsline.net/ Ansonia at Twin Valley South, 7:30 p.m. Beavercreek at Springfield, WIZE-AM (1340) Bellbrook at Northridge Bellefontaine at Spg. Shawnee Ben Logan at Graham Carlisle at Milton-Union Carroll at Cin. Roger Bacon Cedarville at Greeneview...
An appeal to play: Hamilton’s Thomas gets to chase dreams on the links

An appeal to play: Hamilton’s Thomas gets to chase dreams on the links

Trace Thomas will be playing in the Division I district boys golf tournament Thursday at Glenview Golf Course. That may seem like a simple statement of fact, but it’s much more than that for Thomas, a Hamilton High School senior. Thomas and his Big Blue teammates finished fourth at last week’s sectional tournament, earning a trip to the district for the third straight year and remaining...
Athlete of the Week: Parker Jensen, Butler High School

Athlete of the Week: Parker Jensen, Butler High School

Name: Parker Jensen School: Butler Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sports: Soccer Claim to fame/honors: Captain of soccer team; carries 4.2 grade-point average; president of astronomy club; member of National Honor Society; plans to major in astrophysics in college. Bet you didn’t know … I spend most of my time outside looking up Words you live by: Don’t take everything so seriously Toughest...
Athlete of the Week: Isaac Erlandson, Legacy Christian Academy

Athlete of the Week: Isaac Erlandson, Legacy Christian Academy

Name: Isaac Erlandson School: Legacy Christian Academy Sport: Cross-country Class: 2018 Age: 17 Claim to fame: Running fast Bet you didn’t know: I’ve been to Nicaragua twice Toughest opponent/why: Myself…enough said. Favorite book: Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis Favorite movie: Forrest Gump Favorite TV show: Pysch Favorite musical artist: Simon and Garfunkel Favorite pro athlete...

Athlete of the Week: Matt Sanford, Oakwood High School

Name: Matt Sanford School: Oakwood Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sports: Soccer Claim to fame/honors: Two-time team captain and four-year varsity soccer player; second-team All-Southwestern Buckeye League and third-team all-area last year. Bet you didn’t know … I kick for the football team too Words you live by: If you don’t shoot, you can’t score Toughest opponent: Bellbrook Biggest...
Athlete of the Week: Arthur Lawson, Trotwood-Madison High School

Athlete of the Week: Arthur Lawson, Trotwood-Madison High School

Name: Arthur Lawson School: Trotwood-Madison Grade: Senior Age: 17 Sports: Football, track Claim to fame/honors: Defensive end for Rams; member of National Honor Society; ranks third in class academically; Questbridge Scholar; alternate on 4x100 relay team that qualified for state last year Bet you didn’t know … I hope to live until I’m 119 so I can live in two centuries and be...
Athlete of the Week: Dora Vrettos, Waynesville High School

Athlete of the Week: Dora Vrettos, Waynesville High School

Name: Dora Vrettos School: Waynesville High School Sports: Volleyball, track & field Class: Senior Age: 17 Claim to fame: Back-to-back SWBL Buckeye Division outright champions (shared 2015) Bet you didn’t know: I lived in Jamaica for 3 years Toughest opponent/why: Milton-Union. We are always competing with them for the league title. This year we got them twice. Favorite book: Divergent series...

HS Results 10/10: Butler girls volleyball bests Sidney

Despite the closeness of two sets, Butler’s girls volleyball team came out on top, beating Sidney in three sets. Butler took a close first and third set, each 25-21, but the second set was less competitive, with Butler winning by a 25-13 margin. Grace Cope led the night offensively, earning 18 kills and three aces, while having the high kill percentage of 0.567%. Grace Swarts added on 31 assists...
High School Football Computer Ratings: Is your team in playoff position?

High School Football Computer Ratings: Is your team in playoff position?

Below are this week’s high school football computer ratings. The top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 29 will qualify for the playoffs. Region 1 - 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (7-0) 25.5491, 2. Lakewood St. Edward (7-0) 22.8983, 3. Canton McKinley (7-0) 19.4021, 4. Mentor (6-1) 17.7071, 5. Euclid (6-1) 16.1357, 6. Stow-Munroe Falls (6-1) 15.6643, 7. Massillon Jackson (5-2) 15...
Five area teams remain No. 1 in football computer ratings

Five area teams remain No. 1 in football computer ratings

Centerville (Division I, Region 3), Trotwood-Madison (D-III, Region 12), Valley View (D-IV, Region 16), Anna (D-V, Region 20) and Marion Local (D-VI, Region 24) all retained their status as the No. 1 teams in their respective regions following the release of the Ohio High School football computer ratings Tuesday. Anna is the only one of those five leaders to have lost, 32-7 to Marion Local in Week...
2018 Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop schedule

2018 Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop schedule

When: Jan. 12-15, 2018 Where: Fairmont High School, Trent Arena Ticket info: flyintothehoop.com Spire Academy (Ohio) vs. Fairmont, 6:30 p.m. Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. Huntington Prep (W.Va.), 8:15 p.m. Springboro girls vs. Tippecanoe, 11:30 a.m. Olentangy Liberty vs. Xenia, 1:15 p.m. Orlando Christian Prep (Fla.) vs. Hilliard Bradley, 3 p.m. Pickerington North vs. Princeton, 4:45 p.m. McEachern (Ga...
Area coach on Flyin’ to the Hoop: ‘This is the top event in the country’

Area coach on Flyin’ to the Hoop: ‘This is the top event in the country’

Xenia boys basketball coach Kent Anderson demands laser-sharp focus from the Buccaneers. But all that unravels when the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop nears. That’s why Xenia rescheduled a home game. Better to have a break before Flyin’ or risk a mental lapse. “It’s what our kids look forward to,” admitted Anderson during Tuesday’s revealing of the 2018...
Prep girls golf: Fenwick’s Utterdyke striving to make impact at state

Prep girls golf: Fenwick’s Utterdyke striving to make impact at state

It was a long, nervous wait for Meghan Utterdyke. But it ended with a smile. The Fenwick High School junior was one of the first players finished in last week’s Division II district girls golf tournament at PipeStone Golf Course, so it took several hours to find out if she had qualified for state. “Relief I wasn’t having to sit around anymore and excitement that I was going to state...
Family: Mental illness led to Tecumseh football coach’s overdose death

Family: Mental illness led to Tecumseh football coach’s overdose death

A former Tecumseh High School football coach died from a drug overdose after suffering from anxiety, depression and frequent panic attacks, his family said. Kent Massie, 48, died June 13 at Springfield Regional Medical Center, six days after collapsing at his home. The cause of death was drug intoxication involving fentanyl, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. “Kent did...

HS Results 10/9: Alter, Oakwood earn state tourney bid

The Alter, Oakwood and Summit Country Day boys golf teams moved on to the state tournament after Monday’s Division II district tournament at Beavercreek. Nick Kreusch paced Alter with an 80 and Adam White added an 82. Alter finished second overall with a 341. Oakwood was one stroke behind Alter, finishing third. Sam Lahmon led the way with a 77. Springfield Shawnee’s Grant Engle was the...
Oakwood to offer school-sponsored Jr. high boys, girls high school lacrosse 

Oakwood to offer school-sponsored Jr. high boys, girls high school lacrosse 

The Oakwood School District is adding girls high school and boys junior high lacrosse as school-sponsored sports in the 2017-18 school year.  The school board on Monday night voted 5-0 to add the school-sponsored sports, Traci Hale, district community relations director, said in a prepared statement.  State high school football poll: Is your team ranked?  Groups must participate in...
High School Football State Poll: Is your team ranked?

High School Football State Poll: Is your team ranked?

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2017, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Cincinnati St. Xavier (10) 7-0 237 2. Cleveland St. Ignatius (13) 7-0 232 3. Lakewood St. Edward (2) 7-0 202 4. Centerville 7-0 168 5. Toledo Whitmer (1) 7-0 154 6. Canton...
Wayne star announces change in college plans

Wayne star announces change in college plans

Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger is back in the market for a college football team.  The three-star prospect Tweeted Monday he is no longer committed to Kentucky.  “After long, long talks with my family, I have decided to re-open my recruitment,” Reigelsperger wrote.  He also thanked Kentucky fans and coach Mark Stoops, who has recruited Ohio heavily since becoming...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 8

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 8

Seven weeks down and three to go in the high school football regular season, and it’s not hard to find five games to keep an eye on around the Miami Valley. »RELATED: Week 7 recap Here are five games to watch in Week 8: Troy (5-2) at Sidney (7-0) The Yellow Jackets have dodged some bullets on the way to that perfect record, including last week’s homecoming shootout...

HS Results 10/7: Boro knocks off defending state champs

An early goal from Noah Scott was all Springboro needed in a 1-0 win over Summit Country Day in boys soccer on Saturday. Scott’s goal found the net at the 9:46 mark. Summit Country Day is the top-ranked Division III team in the state and two-time defending state champions. Springboro improved to 7-4-3. Boys Soccer West Liberty-Salem 5, Spg. Shawnee 0: Neil Markin tallied two goals and Ethan...
Prep boys soccer: Indians tune up for GMC title match by tying Moeller

Prep boys soccer: Indians tune up for GMC title match by tying Moeller

Just one season removed from a seventh-place finish, the Fairfield High School boys soccer team finds itself just one win away from a Greater Miami Conference championship. The Indians battled visiting Moeller to a scoreless draw Saturday afternoon in their final home match of the season, improving improve their GMC-best overall record to 10-1-4 against one of the top soccer teams in the Cincinnati...
Chaminade Julienne tennis duo nets sectional doubles title

Chaminade Julienne tennis duo nets sectional doubles title

From their first junior high matches together to sectional champions, Olivia Boch and Lydia Bice have come a long way. “We’ve been playing together forever, or at least it seems like it,” Bice said, smiling. Familiarity and friendship worked to their advantage as the Chaminade Julienne seniors won the Division II sectional doubles title Saturday at Centerville High School with a...
Northmont’s Springfield connection? ‘We might have mentioned it’

Northmont’s Springfield connection? ‘We might have mentioned it’

The Springfield connection to Northmont football runs deep. Northmont coach Tony Broering was a standout at Shawnee and was formerly the head coach at Springfield South High School. Northmont’s offensive coordinator is Tom Adams. He’s in his first season with the Clayton-based program, but 43rd year in coaching high school football. Longtime Springfield football fans recall Adams also...
Hamilton sports teams go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hamilton sports teams go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To show support for those battling breast cancer and to help raise awareness of the need for breast cancer screenings, Fort Hamilton Sports Medicine and local high schools are partnering to hold “Pink Games” at athletic events in October. MORE: 4 ways to support your loved one with breast cancer Athletic trainers will use pink towels at designated games in October. Pink footballs will...
Prep football: Strong second half carries DeSales past Edgewood 28-3

Prep football: Strong second half carries DeSales past Edgewood 28-3

The Edgewood High School football team saw its four-game winning streak snapped Friday night as the host Cougars dropped a 28-3 decision to Columbus DeSales at Kumler Field. Thirty minutes of a near-stalemate suddenly became a DeSales rout in the second half. The Stallions, with a more balanced offensive approach, outgained Edgewood 208-96 in total yards after the break. “We told our boys all...
Week 7: Centerville, Trotwood go 7-0; Northmont beats Springfield

Week 7: Centerville, Trotwood go 7-0; Northmont beats Springfield

Ross Harmon finished with 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Centerville High School in a 42-21 win over Lebanon on Friday. Harmon ran for two of Centerville’s four unanswered touchdowns to start the game. Alec Grandin finished 12-of-14 with 135 yards and two scores and Tyler King tossed a TD for Centerville. Kyle Short threw three touchdowns in a rally effort from Lebanon. ...
Prep football: Sycamore grinds out 24-13 victory over Big Blue

Prep football: Sycamore grinds out 24-13 victory over Big Blue

Sycamore High School coach Scott Dattilo is the first to admit his football team isn’t flashy. Led by an effective ground game and the top defense in the Greater Miami Conference, the Aviators pounded out a 24-13 win over Hamilton in front of a homecoming crowd at Virgil Schwarm Stadium on Friday night. Jackson Stewart and Iris Rodriguez were named homecoming king and queen at halftime. Jordan...
Springboro beats Miamisburg in 122-point shootout

Springboro beats Miamisburg in 122-point shootout

Springboro High School quarterback Cameron Rountree ran 50 yards for a touchdown with two minutes left to beat Miamisburg in a 66-56 football game that saw the teams combine for 1300 yards, 122 points and 55 first downs. Tyler Johnson of Miamisburg caught a 92-yard touchdown from Tate Vongsy to give the Vikings a 28-14 lead in the second quarter, but the scoring was just getting started. Springboro...
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