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High School Sports


Thuney becomes first Alter grad to reach Super Bowl

Alter High School athletics are not lacking for accomplishments over the years, but here’s a new one: Joe Thuney is set to become the first Knight to play in the Super Bowl. A rookie offensive lineman for the New England Patriots, Thuney has been on quite a roll. USA Today named him an All-American during his senior season at North Carolina State, the first member of the Wolfpack to earn such...
8 photos of Super Bowl-bound Alter High School grad Joe Thuney through the years

8 photos of Super Bowl-bound Alter High School grad Joe Thuney through the years

Girls Basketball: McDavid scores 37 in Kenton Ridge win

Girls Basketball: McDavid scores 37 in Kenton Ridge win

Kenton Ridge’s girls basketball team is on the upswing as the regular season winds down and hopes to carry the momentum in the tournament. The Cougars ran away in the second half on Monday night to an 94-55 win over Greeneview in a nonconference game. It’s their fourth win in the last five games, and all of the victories have come by 20 or more points. “It gives us a little bit more...

H.S. Results for 1/23/17: Fairborn girls win at the buzzer

Fairborn’s Evelyn Oktavec hit a shot from near midcourt as the final buzzer sounded Monday, giving the Skyhawks a 57-56 high school girls basketball victory over Chaminade Julienne. Oktavec scored a career-high 23 points for Fairborn, which has won four of its last six. Khala Powell added 16 for the Skyhawks, Kaylie Cook 9. Girls Basketball Badin 61, Harrison 16: Shelby Nusbaum scored 14 points...
Schroeder helps Carroll rebound against Tipp

Schroeder helps Carroll rebound against Tipp

Carroll High School’s girls basketball team hasn’t been the same after losing at rival Alter two weeks ago. Good thing, too. Regrouped and redirected, the Patriots appear geared up and poised to make a season-ending run they hope to carry into the postseason. “We did a lot of refocusing and re-evaluating,” Patriots senior Amanda Schroeder said following a surprising 52-33...
High School Boys Basketball Poll: Is your team ranked?

High School Boys Basketball Poll: Is your team ranked?

The top 10 teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right: DIVISION I 1, Cin. Moeller (20) 15-0 200 2, Newark 14-0 162 3, Pickerington Cent. 13-1 140 4, Tol. St. Francis 13-1 128 5, Massillon Jackson 12-1 111 6, Wooster 13-0 85 7, Lorain 10-2 45 8, N. Can. Hoover 12-2 34 9, Tol....
Schools show orange support for West Liberty-Salem

Schools show orange support for West Liberty-Salem

Orange is the new color for area high schools this week. That’s how many schools have expressed their support for a grieving West Liberty community following last week’s school shooting at the rural Champaign County and Ohio Heritage Conference member WL-Salem. OHC rivals Triad, Cedarville and Springfield Catholic Central all displayed orange apparel during school hours and recent athletic...
Badin selects Yordy as new head football coach

Badin selects Yordy as new head football coach

Nick Yordy is returning to his alma mater for his first head coaching job. Badin High School introduced Yordy as the Rams’ new football coach Monday afternoon, and the 1997 graduate said he’s ready to lead his own program. “This is one of the few places that I would make this switch for,” said Yordy, who spent the last seven seasons as offensive coordinator at Mount Healthy...
Pair of Dunbar juniors heating up on recruiting trail

Pair of Dunbar juniors heating up on recruiting trail

Looks like it was a good weekend for Dunbar High School’s Antwuan Johnson and Tavion Thomas. The Wolverine juniors both received scholarship offers from West Virginia. Cincinnati and Bowling Green also offered Thomas over the weekend after he received offers from Michigan State and Wisconsin last week. Thomas made the All-Ohio first team in Division IV last fall and is a Scout.com three-star...
Smitherman leaves Stebbins for Xenia

Smitherman leaves Stebbins for Xenia

Trace Smitherman has resigned at Stebbins to accept the head football coaching position at Xenia High School. He was approved by the board of education on Monday night. He succeeds Bob DeLong , who resigned after last season following an eight-year run. In eight seasons Smitherman essentially revived the Stebbins program, which had languished in the bottom half of the Central...
Huber Heights turns 36: 5 athletes to know from Wayne High School

Huber Heights turns 36: 5 athletes to know from Wayne High School

Huber Heights turns 36 today. Here are five athletes from Huber Heights/Wayne High School who went on to make Warriors everywhere proud: 1. Marcus Freeman A multi-year starter at Ohio State, Freeman’s NFL career was cut short by a heart issue. He went into coaching nearly immediately as a result and was recently named the defensive coordinator at...
Springfield lets double-digit lead slip away vs. No. 1 Moeller

Springfield lets double-digit lead slip away vs. No. 1 Moeller

Springfield nearly knocked off the state’s top Division I team on Saturday night but couldn’t hold on to a double-digit lead. The Wildcats built an 11-point lead in the third quarter only to see Moeller rally and capture a 54-51 win. Moeller went on a 19-8 run in the third and fourth quarters to tie the game and then pulled ahead for good. Springfield (11-2) had chances to recapture the...

H.S. Results for 1/21/17: Dunbar’s McConnell stars in road victory

Dunbar’s Caleb McConnell had a night to remember Saturday during a 73-52 boys basketball victory at Toledo Scott. The 6-foot-5 junior scored 28 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and handed out 7 assists for Dunbar (12-2). McConnell also dropped in five 3-point goals. Devon Baker added 14 points, Chris Jackson 12 for the Wolverines, who led, 25-10, after one quarter and 44-22 at halftime. Boys...
Hot-handed Trotwood rebounds against Northmont

Hot-handed Trotwood rebounds against Northmont

There’s likely more to it, but junior Myles Belyeu has a condensed explanation for the offensive fireworks that have become the trademark of Trotwood-Madison’s boys basketball season. “If somebody’s hot, give it to him,” he said after providing plenty of go-to spark in a 98-76 demolition of visiting Northmont on Saturday night. “That’s the plan.” Belyeu...
Tipp girls hustle past Trotwood-Madison

Tipp girls hustle past Trotwood-Madison

The burst of speed Taylor Prall used to chase down a game-clinching loose ball would have earned her the hustle award most nights. The only thing topping her speedy sprint to help close out Tippecanoe’s 35-32 victory over Trotwood-Madison on Saturday night? A handful of youngsters making a mad dash to the concession stand for free hot dogs and popcorn while supplies lasted. And while the kids...
Wrestling: Depleted Graham falls to St. Ed’s

Wrestling: Depleted Graham falls to St. Ed’s

Graham High School wrestling coach Jeff Jordan knew taking down Lakewood St. Edward for the sixth year in a row was going to be tough under normal circumstances. Saturday night at Graham High School, however, was not normal circumstances. Late-week injuries to defending state champs Mitch Moore (132) and Rocky Jordan (152) altered some matchups and the Falcons fell 30-26. “You think we could&rsquo...
Edgewood girls blank Ross in third quarter, remain unbeaten in SWOC

Edgewood girls blank Ross in third quarter, remain unbeaten in SWOC

The wins keep piling up for Edgewood High School’s girls basketball team, even if the style points don’t. The Southwest Ohio Conference’s best defensive unit won with ‘D’ again Saturday afternoon, shrugging off a ragged first half to blank visiting Ross in the third quarter en route to a 42-25 victory. “Our team is all about defense. That’s who we are,&rdquo...
Badin girls extend mastery of Fenwick with 55-23 rout

Badin girls extend mastery of Fenwick with 55-23 rout

Badin High School’s girls basketball team went into Saturday’s Greater Catholic League Coed Division matchup against Fenwick with 12 consecutive wins over the Falcons. Once the Rams started protecting the ball, they had no trouble extending the streak to 13. Senior guard Ally Stang and 6-foot freshman guard Shelby Nusbaum each scored 11 points, and Badin outscored visiting Fenwick 33-5...
Middies continue to show inconsistency in loss to Princeton

Middies continue to show inconsistency in loss to Princeton

Wade E. Miller Gymnasium has seen its fair share of magic during its historic lifetime. Since at least the mid-1970s, the eastern wall of the gym’s upper deck has borne the “Middie Magic” slogan. However, if you ask Middletown High School boys basketball coach Darnell Hoskins, it’s not magic his team is seeking, but just plain, old-fashioned chemistry. The Middies fell to 4-8...
High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime

High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime

The Stivers boys basketball team ended the game with five unanswered points to edge Belmont 54-51 in overtime on Friday night. Tony Boddie led the way with 23 points and Trevon Ellis added nine, including the tying basket and go-ahead free throw in OT. Miles Clark hit a pair of foul shots with two seconds to play that iced the game for Stivers (8-6). Zach Tech topped Belmont (6-8) with 13 points....

Brookville grinds out win at Oakwood

Brookville senior Cody Cox didn’t even think about the shot. With the Blue Devils trailing Oakwood by two with less than 20 seconds remaining, Cox buried a 3-pointer from in front of the Brookville bench to gave his team the lead for good in a 39-36 win Friday night at Oakwood. “What a crazy game,” Cox said. “I heard coach (Jeff Davidson) in my ear telling me I was going to...
Fairmont’s upset bid falls short against Springfield

Fairmont’s upset bid falls short against Springfield

Fairmont beat the GWOC American North leader last week and nearly pulled off an upset over the National East leader on Friday. Though the Firebirds stayed close with Springfield throughout the night, they missed too many shots late in the game and didn’t get enough rebounds. The Wildcats overcame a two-point halftime deficit and survived a late rally attempt by Fairmont to earn a 70-64 victory...
Carlisle fights off Shawnee, forges tie atop SWBL Buckeye Division

Carlisle fights off Shawnee, forges tie atop SWBL Buckeye Division

There was nothing easy about Carlisle High School’s climb to the top of the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division on Friday night. The Indians went on the road and battled Preble Shawnee in what turned out to be a slowdown affair on both sides, and Carlisle emerged with a 36-33 boys basketball victory. “It doesn’t matter how pretty they are,” Indians coach Don Ridinger...
PHOTOS: Carlisle-Preble Shawnee Boys Basketball

PHOTOS: Carlisle-Preble Shawnee Boys Basketball

Oak Hills turns up the defense to conquer Big Blue

Oak Hills turns up the defense to conquer Big Blue

The Oak Hills High School boys basketball team entered Friday night’s game at Hamilton leading the Greater Miami Conference in defense. After a rough first half that found the Highlanders trailing by three, Oak Hills rode its stout defense to a 51-43 victory at the Hamilton Athletic Center. Oak Hills outscored HHS 35-24 in the second half, spurred by a 10-of-16 shooting effort from the field...
Lakota East continues recent mastery of West

Lakota East continues recent mastery of West

Lakota West leads the overall series with rival Lakota East in prep boys basketball, but East has dominated lately. That was the case once again in their matchup Friday night. The visiting Thunderhawks used an 11-0 run to extend a respectable halftime lead into a 20-point cushion and cruised to a 52-26 win in front of a packed house at West. The Firebirds lead the series 19-16 but East has now won...
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the net Catholic Central was shooting through might have been hot to the touch. Seven 3-pointers and 29 points created a lot of friction. When it was time to cool off at the quarter break the Irish had a 25-point lead on the way to a 68-41 Ohio Heritage Conference victory over Cedarville. “That’s something we don’t normally do,&rdquo...
Recruiting roundup: Nick Saban hits area, Danny Davis connects with Wisconsin, MSU moving on Dunbar, etc.

Recruiting roundup: Nick Saban hits area, Danny Davis connects with Wisconsin, MSU moving on Dunbar, etc.

When you play football as well as we do in the Miami Valley, colleges are bound to want some of your players.  Here’s a look at some of the latest developments on the recruiting front.    A 247Sports composite four-star, Davis is the top-rated senior in the area who has not verbally committed.  Earlier this week, he told Rivals.com he is essentially down to the Badgers, Cincinnati...
HS Basketball: Springfield will take a shot at top-ranked Moeller

HS Basketball: Springfield will take a shot at top-ranked Moeller

Springfield will be looking to do what Alter couldn’t last week, beat undefeated and top-ranked Cincinnati Moeller. Alter fell 60-46 to Moeller in the 8th Annual Kevin C. Barnhill Coaches Showcase at Little Miami High School in Morrow last Saturday. The matchup of Greater Catholic League boys high school basketball powers was part of a fund-raiser for a memorial scholarship and Community Outreach...

H.S. Results for 1/19/17: Versailles girls rally to claim MAC lead

A furious fourth-quarter rally by Versailles earned the Tigers a 51-43 high school girls basketball victory over Fort Recovery in Thursday night’s battle for sole possession of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Fort Recovery (9-2 overall, 3-1 MAC) led by as many as 11 in the third quarter, and 41-40 with 3:04 remaining in the game. That is when Versailles (13-1, 5-0) took over...
PHOTOS: Springboro-Fairfield Wrestling Dual

PHOTOS: Springboro-Fairfield Wrestling Dual

Wrestling: Fairfield outperforms Panthers on stage

Wrestling: Fairfield outperforms Panthers on stage

Andrew Sams wants to have some fun his senior year, and that means making a few more memories in a Fairfield High School singlet. The senior 170-pound wrestler did just that Thursday night at Fairfield’s Performing Arts Center. Sams drew “oohs” from the crowd as he built a 16-4 lead over Springboro’s Joe Froehlich before carrying him to the center of the mat, turning him in...
Football title games move to new Canton stadium for 2017-18

Football title games move to new Canton stadium for 2017-18

A three-year run of the high school football state championships at Ohio Stadium in Columbus officially ended on Thursday when the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the games would be played at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton in 2017-18. The OHSAA board of directors unanimously voted 9-0 during its January meeting to relocate the games back to Stark County. Title games...
Pitch counts approved for high school baseball in Ohio

Pitch counts approved for high school baseball in Ohio

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its maximum allowed pitch counts for baseball pitchers on Thursday. This was in response to a mandate by the National Federation of State High School Associations last year that each state do so prior to the upcoming spring season. “We have met that goal,” OHSAA assistant commissioner Jerry Snodgrass said...
Tipp City council support of new school stadium depends on location

Tipp City council support of new school stadium depends on location

TIPP CITY - Tipp City council Tuesday expressed support for proposed city participation in a schools’ stadium construction project, if the facility would remain in the City Park. The Tipp City Exempted Village Schools Board of Education said it would make a decision at its Monday, Jan. 23, meeting on where a stadium project would be built. The aging existing stadium is located in the park. The...

H.S. Results for 1/18/17: Centerville girls win a thriller

Centerville’s Meghan Mattingly calmly sank the front end of a double bonus free throw opportunity with 0.4 seconds remaining in the second overtime Wednesday night, lifting Centerville to a heart-stopping 51-50 victory over Lebanon in Greater Western Ohio Conference girls basketball. Mattingly’s free throw, the last of her 9 points, allowed the Elks (11-4) to win their sixth in a row....
Big first half powers New Miami to second win at Mt. Auburn

Big first half powers New Miami to second win at Mt. Auburn

Winning has been a rarity this season for New Miami High School’s boys basketball team, so Wednesday was a good night. Austin Howard (14) and Ronnie Bowman (13) topped the scoring as the Vikings improved to 2-11 with a 63-34 road victory over Mt. Auburn International Academy. “This was fun,” said Bowman, a sophomore forward. “This gives us a little bit of a stamina boost. Coming...
Prep wrestling: Lakota East seeded No. 1 for state duals

Prep wrestling: Lakota East seeded No. 1 for state duals

A year ago, Lakota East High School wrestling coach Jim Lehman opted to skip the Ohio High School Athletic Association state team tournament. His squad was going through a learning process as part of a youth movement, and Lehman figured it was better to sit out and learn than have something happen to set back the progress the team was making. This time around, Lakota East enters the Division I, Region...
Top-seeded Vandalia-Butler honored but wary

Top-seeded Vandalia-Butler honored but wary

Heading into the seeding for the Ohio High School Athletic Association state team tournament, Vandalia-Butler High School wrestling coach Mark Peck figured his squad could grab the top seed in the region. But while that did happen, he also knows there is a big step between voting and making it to the state tournament Feb. 12 at St. John Arena in Columbus. “We felt that based on what we have...
Michigan State snags commitment from Dayton prep standout

Michigan State snags commitment from Dayton prep standout

Dunbar four-star prospect Joseph Scates has gotten his recruiting decision out of the way early. The Wolverines junior announced Tuesday night he is going to Michigan State. “I just want to take this time to thank god for blessing me with the ability and talent to have a chance at the next level,” he wrote.  Per 247sports composite rankings, Scates is rated the No. 25 wide receiver...
Girls Basketball State Poll: Is your team ranked?

Girls Basketball State Poll: Is your team ranked?

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1. Newark (12) 14-0 190 2. Mason (6) 11-1 179 3. Lakota West (2) 13-1 171 4. Tol. Start 11-1 132 5. Solon 9-2 100 6. Brush 12-1 92 7. Eastlake North 9-1 56 (tie) Reynoldsburg...
Athlete of the Week: Jack Knipper, Beavercreek

Athlete of the Week: Jack Knipper, Beavercreek

Name: Jack Knipper School: Beavercreek High School Sport: Football Class: Senior Age: 18 Claim to fame: Football Bet you didn’t know: I like to write Toughest opponent/why? Miamisburg because of their physicality Favorite book: The Catcher in the Rye Favorite movie: The Godfather Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones Favorite musical artist/song? Tame Impala/New Person, Same Mistakes Favorite pro...