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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.
Prep basketball: Flor, Carlisle hoping to make D-III postseason push

Prep basketball: Flor, Carlisle hoping to make D-III postseason push

Carlisle High School’s boys basketball team has stepped up its play heading into the postseason. The Indians (11-11) have won four of their last five games and will begin Division III sectional play against National Trail (14-8) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Vandalia Butler. “About two-thirds of the way through the season, I talked to the kids and said, ‘Hey, let’s make the last...
High School Wrestling: What to know about the postseason

High School Wrestling: What to know about the postseason

The journey starts in earnest this weekend. After four months of battling through the regular season, wrestlers will see who can grind their way to the pinnacle at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament March 8-10. Sectional tournaments started last night and continue today at several sites with the top four in each weight class advancing to the district tournament next weekend...
Prep girls basketball: CCS falters down the stretch, ousted from sectional

Prep girls basketball: CCS falters down the stretch, ousted from sectional

In the end, Cincinnati Christian School’s girls basketball team simply fizzled out Thursday night. The Cougars rallied from a 10-point deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but South Charleston Southeastern responded and collected a 45-39 victory in a Division IV sectional semifinal at Monroe. “We ran out of steam,” said CCS coach Paul Owens, whose crew finished 7-16. &ldquo...
Prep bowling: Badin’s Berger, O’Neil roll their way to state tournament

Prep bowling: Badin’s Berger, O’Neil roll their way to state tournament

Jared Berger needed a strong finish to make Badin High School boys bowling history Thursday. Of course, it was time to break out the socks. The senior rolled a 258 in his final game at the Division II district tournament at Beaver-Vu Bowl, and it was good enough to earn a spot in next week’s state tourney. “I was looking back (heading into the third game) and seeing guys dropping some...

HS Scores 2/22: Tipp’s Frederick nets 23, Kenton Ridge girls advance

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Thursday’s Games At Lakota West Princeton 68, Kings 31 Sycamore 64, West Clermont 54 At Hamilton Milford 58, Western Brown 57 La Salle 60, Lakota West 40 Girls Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Tuesday’s Games At Lakota East Lakota West 66, Colerain 13 Little Miami 52, Middletown 36 At Troy Tecumseh 64, Lebanon 58: Thomas...
Final boys high school basketball power rankings

Final boys high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the final top boys high school basketball area teams. Division I 1. Wayne (20-1): d. Centerville 52-49. 2. Springfield (18-4): lost 79-72 at Trotwood-Madison, d. Middletown 70-57. 3. Butler (19-3): d. Tippecanoe 86-55. 4. Miamisburg (18-4): d. Northmont 68-61. 5. Sidney (16-6): d. Greenville 71-45. Others: Beavercreek, Belmont, Centerville, Fairborn, Fairmont, Franklin...
Prep basketball: Badin taking burst of momentum into D-II sectional

Prep basketball: Badin taking burst of momentum into D-II sectional

The pendulum has swung back in the winning direction for Badin High School’s boys basketball team this season. The Rams started the season 7-2, then went 2-7 to fall back to .500. Now they’re on a four-game winning streak heading into the Division II tournament. “I haven’t really been around a winning program on the varsity level, so it’s definitely good,” senior...
Prep girls basketball: Warriors oust Carlisle with strong fourth quarter

Prep girls basketball: Warriors oust Carlisle with strong fourth quarter

Crunch time did not belong to Carlisle High School’s girls basketball team Wednesday night, and that’s how its season ended. Dayton Christian grabbed control of the Division III sectional semifinal in the fourth quarter, pulling away from a 24-all tie at the third stop to post a 44-37 victory at Covington. It was the sixth straight tournament-opening defeat for the Indians (10-13), who...

HS Roundup 2/21: Vine leads Bellbrook past CJ

Bekah Vine scored 19 points to help Bellbrook hold off a Chaminade Julienne rally for a 68-64 win in a girls Division II sectional basketball game on Wednesday. Vine led four players in double-digit scoring for Bellbrook. Maren Freudenchuss and Cassidy Hofacker each had 11 and Siera Ferguson tallied 10. Dallas Jones paced CJ with 15 points. Girls Basketball Newton 47, Troy Christian 42: Tatum McBride...

HS Scores 2/21: Wayne wins big, McBride scores 29 for Newton

Boys Basketball Tuesday’s Results Catholic Central 61, Fairbanks 54 Ponitz 92, West Carrollton 46: Smith (P) 20. Girls Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Tuesday’s Games At Lakota East Lakota West 66, Colerain 13 Little Miami 52, Middletown 36 At Troy Tecumseh 64, Lebanon 58: Thomas (T) 29; White (L) 16. Fairmont 45, Butler 31 Wednesday’s Games At Lakota East Ursuline 74...
Tecumseh girls hold off Lebanon in up-tempo upset

Tecumseh girls hold off Lebanon in up-tempo upset

The Tecumseh Arrows don’t take the court again until Monday. They’ll gladly take that break to rest up from Tuesday’s Division I sectional tournament victory, a 64-58 upset over Lebanon that resembled a track meet in high tops. Fittingly, the fourth quarter was a sprint to the finish. Seventh-seeded Tecumseh and No. 3 Lebanon combined for 37 points, nearly matching the offensive...
Centerville diver aims for top-three finish at state meet

Centerville diver aims for top-three finish at state meet

In the sport of diving, where many of his competitors at this weekend’s state meet have been training through gymnastics since they were 6, Centerville senior Austin Flaute has made a name for himself in four short years. And perhaps nowhere did that sink in more for Flaute than at the Division I swimming and diving state championships his sophomore season, just his second year of diving. As...
Prep girls basketball: Ferrell leads ‘inspired’ Wildcats past Badin

Prep girls basketball: Ferrell leads ‘inspired’ Wildcats past Badin

Layne Ferrell didn’t have the time or the mind-set for pain Tuesday night. The Franklin High School junior guard may have suffered a significant wrist injury in the regular-season finale against Valley View nearly two weeks ago, but she performed just fine in a Division II sectional semifinal against Badin. Ferrell totaled 20 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and three steals as the Wildcats...
Prep girls basketball: Surging Monroe will play for sectional title

Prep girls basketball: Surging Monroe will play for sectional title

There wasn’t much suspense involved in Monroe High School’s latest girls basketball victory. The Hornets’ pressure defense dominated Southwestern Buckeye League rival Oakwood in a Division II sectional semifinal Tuesday night and powered Monroe to a 55-33 victory at Lebanon. “We knew what we needed to do and got it done,” said sophomore guard Olivia Wells-Daniels, who...
Athlete of the Week: Rylee Nisewonder, Franklin High School

Athlete of the Week: Rylee Nisewonder, Franklin High School

Name: Rylee Nisewonder School: Franklin Sport: Bowling Class: 2018 Age: 17 Bet you didn’t know: I’ve been bowling since I was in diapers Toughest opponent/why: Myself because I get in my own head Favorite movie: Pitch Perfect Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy Favorite musical artist: I love Kane Brown Favorite pro athlete/why: Danielle McEwan because she’s very good at bowling...
Athlete of the Week: Aaron Stone, Troy High School

Athlete of the Week: Aaron Stone, Troy High School

Name: Aaron Stone School: Troy Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sport: Bowling Claim to fame/honors: Posted third-highest series out of 124 bowlers at Holiday Tournament at Eastern Lanes in Middletown with a 710 (202-290-216); helped Troy finished fifth out of 22 schools; 290 game started with spare and followed with 11 strikes; 217 average this year; rolled 300 game this season against Butler, the third of...
Athlete of the Week: Damonte Bailey, Ponitz Career Technology School

Athlete of the Week: Damonte Bailey, Ponitz Career Technology School

Name: Damonte Bailey School: Ponitz Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sports: Basketball, football Claim to fame/honors: Team’s leading scorer (18) and rebounder (12); forward leads City League in rebounding and field goal percentage Bet you didn’t know … I like to sing Words you live by: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard Toughest opponent: Myself because I can hold...
Athlete of the Week: Brendan Talarczyk, Oakwood High School

Athlete of the Week: Brendan Talarczyk, Oakwood High School

Name: Brendan Talarczyk School: Oakwood Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sports: Basketball, football Claim to fame/honors: Basketball co-captain; will play football and major in business at Brown University; cornerback received first-team all-district honors in football; earned Academic All-Ohio honors for football; member of National Honor Society Bet you didn’t know … I have lived in Texas and...
Athlete of the Week: Diana Benigno, Beavercreek

Athlete of the Week: Diana Benigno, Beavercreek

Name: Diana Benigno School: Beavercreek Sport: Soccer Class: Sophomore Age: 16 Claim to fame: Soccer Bet you didn’t know: I used to play basketball Toughest opponent/why: Springboro because it’s always a big, intense game Favorite book: Hunger Games series Favorite movie: Moana Favorite TV show: Stranger Things Favorite musical artist/song: Any song by Post Malone Favorite pro athlete/why...

HS Scores 2/20: Tecumseh, Fairmont girls earn sectionals wins

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Monday’s Results Regular Season Shekinah Christian 69, Mechanicsburg 52: Hershberger (SC) 17; Young (M) 23. Tuesday’s Results Catholic Central 61, Fairbanks 54 Ponitz 92, West Carrollton 46: Smith (P) 20. Girls Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Tuesday’s Games At Lakota East Lakota West 66, Colerain 13 Little Miami 52, Middletown 36 At Troy Tecumseh...

HS Roundup 2/20: Ponitz boys knock off West Carrollton

The Ponitz boys basketball team knocked off West Carrollton in an dominant 92-46 regular season victory. Jaron Smith led Ponitz with 20 points in the win, tacking on five assists. Damonte Bailey (16 points, 15 rebounds), Eric Sealey (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Malik Pooler (10 points, 10 rebounds) all recorded double-doubles on the night. Derrick Henderson rounded out the scoring with 18 points,...
Wayne, Trotwood finish top 5 in final state polls

Wayne, Trotwood finish top 5 in final state polls

GWOC reps Wayne and Trotwood-Madison finished among the top 10 in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press boys state basketball polls that were released on Tuesday. No. 1 most of the season, Wayne (20-1) finished No. 3 in D-I. Trotwood (19-3) was No. 5 in D-II. Both are top seeds in their sectionals. Two Midwest Athletic Conference teams matched also were among the top 10, No. 6 Versailles...
7 things to know about Urbana University football

7 things to know about Urbana University football

The Miami Valley offers no shortage of options when it comes to furthering a football career after high school.  Tyler Haines wants to make sure area players know Urbana University is one.  Here are seven things to know about the Blue Knights: After winning two games his first season and three in his second, Haines led the Blue Knights to a 5-6 record in 2017.  The Piqua native spent...
State swimming: Fairmont’s Berning confident heading to Canton

State swimming: Fairmont’s Berning confident heading to Canton

Margaret Berning’s swimming career has taken her to places like Mesa, Ariz., San Antonio, Minneapolis and Orlando. The next destination? The Fairmont High School senior hopes to visit the top of the podium at the Division I swimming and diving state championships Saturday in Canton. Berning makes her fourth state appearance at the C.T. Branin Natatorium, competing in the 200-yard freestyle and...
College Insider: East’s Emrick leading shooter for Fairmont State

College Insider: East’s Emrick leading shooter for Fairmont State

Andrew Emrick is the top shooter for Fairmont State University’s men’s basketball team this season. The sophomore forward and Lakota East High School graduate has a team-best 56.9 field-goal percentage for the Falcons, who are 19-7 overall and 15-5 in the Mountain East Conference Emrick has made 15 starts and is averaging 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. FSU, based in...

HS Roundup 2/19: Flor, Kinzer and Crouch highlight SWBL awards

Justin Flor of Carlisle, Jared Kinzer of Franklin and Donnie Crouch of Bellbrook were each named players of the year in the Southwestern Buckeye League All-League awards announced on Monday. Coaches Brian Bales of Franklin, Donnie Tate of Bellbrook and Jeff Smith of Madison were picked as coaches of the year. Jack Campbell (Bellbrook), Jake Gudorf (Brookville), Wade Turner (Brookville), Grant Sullender...
Funeral services set for area basketball icon

Funeral services set for area basketball icon

Services are set for an area basketball icon who died earlier this month. A gathering is set for Friday and a Mass for Feb. 26 for Dan Gerhard, who spent decades in the Dayton area as both a decorated player and a coach. Gerhard died Feb. 13 at age 66. As a high school athlete, he was Player of the Year in Ohio in 1970 when Dayton Chaminade won the state title with a 27-0 record. RELATED: Former Trotwood...

Wrestling: OHC outlook not as clear for Mechanicsburg

A year ago, Mechanicsburg walked into the Ohio Heritage Conference meet as the clear-cut favorite. The squad brought six returning state placers into a meet that became a large first step toward the state title in Columbus. This year, the picture is a little cloudier heading into the OHC at 10 a.m. today at Northeastern. “I am not sure how the team race will shake out,” Mechanicsburg coach...
Springfield boys beat Middletown for fifth straight 18-win season

Springfield boys beat Middletown for fifth straight 18-win season

Springfield closed its boys high school basketball regular season with a 70-57 defeat of visiting Middletown on Saturday night. It was the fifth consecutive season the Wildcats (18-4) have won at least 18 games. Springfield led Middletown just 49-44 after the end of three quarters and pulled away in the final period. The Middies (6-16) are guided by former Wildcats coach Darnell Hoskins. EJ Williams...

HS Scores 2/17: Springfield gets 1st tourney win, ‘Boro hockey advances

Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Alter 63, Fenwick 54: Bazelak, Smith (A) 13; Luers (F) 20. Anna 61, Fairlawn 50 Arcanum 68, Tri-County North 61, OT: Gray (A) 21; Larson (TCN) 23. Badin 56, Roger Bacon 39: Meyer (B) 13; Bibbs, Flowers, Munson (RB) 7. Bellbrook 60, Eaton 41: Scott (B) 17; Sullender (E) 28. Bellefontaine 79, Graham 61 Brookville 55, Monroe 36: Gudorf (B) 16; Backas (M) 13. Butler...

HS Roundup 2/17: Northmont boys down Beavercreek

Dawson Walker hit a shot as time expired to ensure the win for Northmont, as they bested Beavercreek 57-55. Jabari Perkins netted 13 points on the night, including the game-tying three-pointer with eight seconds to go. Jon Alessandro led all scorers with 14 points in the ‘Creek loss. Northmont goes on to face Fairborn on Friday, February 23 at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Division I sectionals...
Photo gallery: Springfield boys basketball at Trotwood-Madison

Photo gallery: Springfield boys basketball at Trotwood-Madison

Myles Belyeu and Amari Davis each scored 23 points and Trotwood-Madison went on a game-ending 14-7 run to defeat visiting Springfield 79-72 in a high-end GWOC crossover boys high school basketball showdown on Friday night. Trotwood (19-3) ends the regular season with a 12-game win streak. Top-seeded in the upcoming D-II sectional at Springfield, the Rams open tourney play on Friday, Feb. 23,...
Prep girls basketball: Icy touch dooms Falcons in loss to Oakwood

Prep girls basketball: Icy touch dooms Falcons in loss to Oakwood

Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 first-round loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like this,” said Fenwick coach Scott Dalton, whose squad finished...
Prep girls basketball: CJ too strong for Ross in 57-27 sectional rout

Prep girls basketball: CJ too strong for Ross in 57-27 sectional rout

The lead lasted for 20 seconds. And then it was gone … long gone. Ross High School’s girls basketball team was overmatched in its Division II sectional opener against Chaminade Julienne on Saturday afternoon at Lebanon, and the 57-27 score reflected that. “You dig a hole in the first eight minutes that you cannot dig out of, and then your heads are down. It’s been our nemesis...
Prep girls basketball: Dunbar fights off Mohawks 50-46 in sectional

Prep girls basketball: Dunbar fights off Mohawks 50-46 in sectional

Madison High School’s bid for a piece of girls basketball history came up a little short Saturday afternoon. The Mohawks were involved in their first-ever Division II sectional game and rallied from an 11-point deficit to take the lead against Dunbar, but Madison couldn’t hold on and got ousted 50-46 at Lebanon. “I was wanting to win that game so bad,” said Mohawks coach Brian...
Springfield quickly rebounds from loss at Trotwood-Madison

Springfield quickly rebounds from loss at Trotwood-Madison

It didn’t take long for Springfield senior guard Michael Wallace to rebound from Friday’s stinging 79-72 loss at mighty Trotwood-Madison. Not with the end of the regular season in sight and the postseason on deck. “We can’t wait,” Wallace said. “We’ve got to get this last game over with and then get ready for the tournament.” Wallace matched his season...

Oakwood bumps Fenwick girls from tournament trail

Fenwick High School’s girls basketball team made a quiet exit from the Division II sectional tournament Saturday, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. The Falcons shot 21 percent from the floor and misfired on all 17 of their 3-point attempts in a 52-33 loss to Oakwood at Lebanon. “We’ve had games like this,” said Fenwick coach Scott Dalton, whose squad finished 13-10...
Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

A transgender wrestler from Texas will be defending the Class 6A girls championship at next week’s state tournament, WFAA reported. On Saturday, Mack Beggs, 18, of Euless Trinity will compete for a 6A Region II tournament title, which will determine bracket seeding for the state tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class advance. Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to...
Seven in a row: Franklin tops Spartans, celebrates another SWBL title

Seven in a row: Franklin tops Spartans, celebrates another SWBL title

The universal symbol of basketball success came out Friday night at Franklin High School’s Darrell Hedric Gym. A ladder. The Wildcats used it to do some climbing and net cutting after securing a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division boys championship — their seventh straight title — with a 61-42 victory over Valley View. “Just an unbelievable feeling...

HS Scores 2/16: Greeneview’s Schneider tallies 1,000th career point

PREP RESULTS Friday’s Results Boys Basketball Alter 63, Fenwick 54: Bazelak, Smith (A) 13; Luers (F) 20. Anna 61, Fairlawn 50 Arcanum 68, Tri-County North 61, OT: Gray (A) 21; Larson (TCN) 23. Badin 56, Roger Bacon 39: Meyer (B) 13; Bibbs, Flowers, Munson (RB) 7. Bellbrook 60, Eaton 41: Scott (B) 17; Sullender (E) 28. Bellefontaine 79, Graham 61 Brookville 55, Monroe 36: Gudorf (B) 16; Backas...

HS Roundup 2/16: Several area teams wrap up conference titles

Wayne, Sidney, Butler, Franklin, Bellbrook, Troy Christian, Catholic Central, West Liberty-Salem, Fort Loramie, Anna and Russia were among the area boys basketball teams to celebrate winning conference titles on Friday. Boys Basketball Sidney 71, Greenville 45: Andre Gordon and Ratez Roberts scored 16 points apiece and Darren Taborn added 11 for Sidney, which secured a share of the Greater Western...
Trotwood-Madison ends regular season by defeating visiting Springfield

Trotwood-Madison ends regular season by defeating visiting Springfield

Streaking Trotwood-Madison passed its final high-end, regular-season test against visiting Springfield 79-72 on Friday night. Now, the one-and-done boys high school basketball season begins. “It gets real from here,” assured Trotwood’s Amari Davis, who matched teammate Myles Belyeu for a game-high 23 points. “No more losses. We’ve got to win out. Like (teammate) Hezikiah...
Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

In my view, Mina Kimes did an excellent job examining a topic that has become rather tortured over the past two years.  It doesn’t gloss over problems nor overemphasize any of them, either, which puts her in the minority of people who have tried to tackle this topic.  At this point, I have come to the conclusion just about everything that has been cited as a possible reason for declining...
Prep girls basketball: Badin ousts three-time defending state champs

Prep girls basketball: Badin ousts three-time defending state champs

Years of futility against Alter High School’s girls basketball team have suddenly given way to a winning streak for Badin. The Rams knocked off the Knights for the second time in three weeks Thursday night in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon, having endured a string of 22 straight losses in the series before that. And this 43-32 victory had some extra sweetness for Badin, which gave...
Prep girls basketball: Hornets overpower Clinton-Massie in sectional

Prep girls basketball: Hornets overpower Clinton-Massie in sectional

Monroe High School’s girls basketball team has the look of a squad that wants to keep playing for a while. Clinton-Massie was no match for the Hornets in a Division II sectional opener Thursday night as Monroe won for the 13th time in its last 15 games by recording a 53-31 victory at Lebanon. “At the beginning of the season, we were not clicking as well,” said senior forward Erica...

HS Scores 2/15: Twin Valley South bests Middletown Christian

PREP RESULTS Girls Basketball Wednesday’s Results Lockland 49, New Miami 25: Goins (L) 21; Scalf (NM) 9. Thursday’s Results Defiance 36, St. Marys 30: Poling (D) 12; Mele (SM) 19. Marion Local 44, New Knoxville 40 New Bremen 55, Delphos St. Johns 31: Homan (NB) 14; Zuber (DSJ) 12. Riverside 31, Bradford 26: Miller (B) 17. Twin Valley South 63, Middletown Christian 23: Crews (TVS) 14; Veal...

HS Roundup 2/15: Girls sectional basketball tournament continues

Four area teams won big Thursday night in the OHSAA Division II girls basketball sectional tournament. Trotwood-Madison knocked off Graham, winning 76-28. Shai McGruder tallied 34 in the win. Led by Kendall Clodfelter and Ashleigh Mader with 12 points each, Tippecanoe routed Belmont, 70-5. Badin eliminated three-time and defending state champions Alter by a score of 43-32. Monroe advanced to the second...
Boys high school basketball power rankings

Boys high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top boys high school basketball area teams. Division I 1. Wayne (19-1): lost 54-47 at Springfield, d. Indianapolis Northwest 77-60; hosts Centerville on Fri. 2. Springfield (17-3): d. Wayne 54-47, d. Fairmont 76-61; at Trotwood-Madison on Fri., hosts Middletown on Sat. 3. Butler (18-3): d. Troy 65-29, lost 36-34 to Sidney; at Tippecanoe on Fri. 4. Miamisburg (17-4)...
Swimming: Oakwood girls like their chances at district

Swimming: Oakwood girls like their chances at district

Prior to the Division II girls sectional swimming meet, Oakwood High School coach Audrey Martin was optimistic. After the D-II sectionals? She was ecstatic. Oakwood qualified 11 to the D-II district championships Friday at Miami University’s Corwin. M. Nixon Aquatic Center. The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for next week’s state meet and the 16 fastest times from...
Here are 11 candidates to be the next Ohio State recruit from the area

Here are 11 candidates to be the next Ohio State recruit from the area

Ohio State has signed at least one player from Cox Media Group Ohio’s coverage area in six of the last eight years, including Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith for 2018.  While coach Urban Meyer and his staff are still putting together their plans for the 2019 cycle, Land of 10 has identified 11 area players who are at least on the Buckeyes’ radar at this...
Final girls high school basketball power rankings

Final girls high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top girls high school basketball area teams in the final power rankings. Division I 1. Beavercreek (18-4): lost 44-39 to Fairmont, d. CJ 70-43. 2. Springboro (19-3): d. Northmont 77-49, d. Alter 54-34, d. Lebanon 58-47. 3. Lebanon (18-4): lost 58-47 at Springboro, d. St. Ursula 62-39. 4. Centerville (15-7): lost 47-32 at Beavercreek, d. Wayne 56-52. 5. Tecumseh (17-5)...
Sit-out period for high school transfers could change

Sit-out period for high school transfers could change

The mandatory sit-out period for high school student transfers will change if an amendment is approved by a majority of the Ohio High School Athletic Association members in a vote this spring. If approved, transfers would sit out the second half of the regular season and all of the postseason in all sports the student participated in the previous 12 months. However, a transfer would be eligible in...
To lead and serve: Talawanda’s Brown has a passion for hoops, ministry

To lead and serve: Talawanda’s Brown has a passion for hoops, ministry

She’s not exactly sure when basketball became a part of her life. But Addie Brown can take a pretty good guess. “Probably when I started walking,” she said. “I remember this picture of me when I was like 2 or 3 holding a basketball. It was probably then.” It was a long time ago regardless. Brown is a senior at Talawanda High School — a young senior who won&rsquo...
Greeneview rallies late to top Brookville in tourney opener

Greeneview rallies late to top Brookville in tourney opener

Several Brookville fans paced along the upper level bleacher of Trotwood-Madison High School’s gym looking down at the Division III sectional tournament game on Wednesday. One paused to say aloud, “I didn’t think we’d still be in this.” Greeneview’s fans likely shared the same thought. »RELATED: Wednesday prep scoreboard »RELATED: Catholic Central girls...
GWOC swimmers look to make their mark at district

GWOC swimmers look to make their mark at district

Getting to the Division I district swimming championship is the easy part. Getting out? Well, that’s the X factor. As if battling nine-time defending state champion St. Xavier (38 state titles overall) isn’t enough, some area teams are also fighting the flu entering Saturday’s meet at Miami University’s Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center. »RELATED: Wednesday’s prep...
Florida school shooting: Football coach shot, killed while protecting students hailed as hero

Florida school shooting: Football coach shot, killed while protecting students hailed as hero

UPDATE, 5:19 a.m. EST Thursday: Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has died after being wounded in a deadly mass shooting Wednesday, the team tweeted early Thursday. “It is with great sadness that our football family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the team wrote. “He was our assistant...
Prep girls basketball: New Miami still winless as regular season ends

Prep girls basketball: New Miami still winless as regular season ends

It was a competitive affair for two quarters. New Miami High School’s winless girls basketball team earned a halftime tie with visiting Lockland on Wednesday night, but got steamrolled the rest of the way in Miami Valley Conference Gray Division play. Erin Goins tallied 10 of her 21 points in the third period and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Panthers, who recorded just their third win of the...

HS Scores 2/14: Girls sectional tournament starts

Boys Basketball Tuesday’s Results Alter 72, Springboro 60: Willits (A) 16; Tabor (S) 21. Arcanum 54, Milton Union 45: Atchley (A) 15; Wintrow (MU) 18. Badin 41, Sum. Country Day 32 Beavercreek 42, Centerville 41 Carlisle 63, Twin Valley South 60: Flor (C) 21; Bowman (TVS) 20. Carroll 56, Valley View 50: Cogan (C) 18; Erbaugh (VV) 15. Catholic Central 39, Spg. Shawnee 34 Colerain 72, Lakota West...
WATCH: Students rush the court after a last-second shot keeps Ross rolling 

WATCH: Students rush the court after a last-second shot keeps Ross rolling 

Landen Angel had the golden touch once again Tuesday night, hitting a last-second shot to ignite a Ross High School boys basketball celebration. On the other side, the Monroe Hornets didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. That’s how it went for two teams navigating in opposite directions this season. Ross is 14-7 after the 44-42 victory on its home court, winning for the 10th time in its...
Athlete of the Week: Eric Boykin Jr., Thurgood Marshall High School

Athlete of the Week: Eric Boykin Jr., Thurgood Marshall High School

Name: Eric Boykin Jr. School: Thurgood Marshall Grade: Senior Age: 19 Sport: Basketball Claim to fame/honors: Three-year varsity starter at point guard; played with Chaminade Julienne team that played in state tournament his freshman year Bet you didn’t know … I like to sleep all day Words you live by: Only the strong survive Toughest opponent: Moeller Biggest influence: My dad because...
Athlete of the Week: Daniel Donohue, Beavercreek High School

Athlete of the Week: Daniel Donohue, Beavercreek High School

Name: Daniel Donohue School: Beavercreek Sport: Soccer Class: 2018 Age: 18 Claim to fame: Scoring the game-winning penalty kick against Mason in regional semis my junior year. Bet you didn’t know: I used to have really long hair when I was younger Toughest opponent/why: Anderson because they have a really big team and they were hard to break down defensively Favorite book: Monster Favorite movie...
Athlete of the Week: Nicola Lane, Centerville High School

Athlete of the Week: Nicola Lane, Centerville High School

Name: Nicola Lane School: Centerville Grade: Sophomore Age: 15 Sport: Swimming Claim to fame/honors: Won 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke at Greater Western Ohio Conference championships to help Centerville win the National East Division title; broke decade-old record in 100 back; swam backstroke to help Elks set league record in medley relay (with Lauren Lampe, Pruitt Walther and Liz Quarin)...
Athlete of the Week: Justin Flor, Carlisle High School

Athlete of the Week: Justin Flor, Carlisle High School

Name: Justin Flor School: Carlisle High School Sport: Basketball Class: 12th Age: 18 Claim to fame: I hold the school record for blocks in a game, season, and career. Bet you didn’t know: I want to be a police officer. Toughest opponent/why: Myself, because I’m always trying to get better. Favorite book: American Sniper Favorite movie: Fast and Furious Favorite TV show: Cops Favorite musical...
Athlete of the Week: James Anderson, Troy Christian High School

Athlete of the Week: James Anderson, Troy Christian High School

Name: James Anderson School: Troy Christian Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sport: Basketball Claim to fame/honors: Surpassed 1,000 career points in 44-42 win over Dayton Christian; averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds as a junior; first-team All-Southwest District and conference player of the year as a junior; averaging 19 points and 11 points this season; committed to play at University of St. Francis (Ft....
Sidney edges Butler to rekindle GWOC American North title hopes

Sidney edges Butler to rekindle GWOC American North title hopes

This would be Andre Gordon’s moment. Seconds ticking down, tie game, conference title on the line. Time to shine for the outstanding junior guard. And it was. But rather than taking the last shot, Gordon fed Ratez Roberts who was open for what held up as a game-winning layup with 2.5 seconds left. “I had my man sitting under the basket,” said Gordon following an offensively challenged...

HS Scores 2/13: Alter boys knock off ‘Boro, Oakwood wrestling wins

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Monday’s Results Delphos SJ’s 65, New Knoxville 44: Wurst (DSJ) 16; Lageman (NK) 18. Greenon 54, Fairbanks 44: Coppock (G) 18; Horn (F) 13. Preble Shawnee 60, Monroe 48: Bates (PS) 17; Badus (M) 19. Tuesday’s Results Alter 72, Springboro 60: Willits (A) 16; Tabor (S) 21. Arcanum 54, Milton Union 45: Atchley (A) 15; Wintrow (MU) 18. Badin 41, Sum. Country...

HS Roundup 2/13: Carlisle’s Flor notches 1,000th career point

In a 63-60 victory over Twin Valley South, Carlisle’s Justin Flor notched his 1,000th career point. Flor led the way for Carlisle with a game-high 21 points in the win. Jonathan Shepherd tacked on 14. Willie Bowman led Twin Valley South with 20 points in the losing effort. Boys Basketball Miamisburg 62, Fairborn 56: Jason Hubbard’s 29 points led Miamisburg in the win. Shaunn Monroe paced...

HS Roundup 2/12: Bates leads Preble Shawnee past Monroe

Joey Bates put up 17 points for Preble Shawnee in a 60-48 win versus Monroe in boys basketball on Monday. Chase Thompson tacked on 15 and Austin Moore 12 for Preble, which improved to 15-5 overall. Tristan Backas led Monroe with 19 points and nine boards. Boys Basketball Greenon 54, Fairbanks 44: Greenon, led by Logan Coppock with 18 points and Cade Rice with 12, got off to a hot start then held on...

HS Scores 2/12: Hess scores 30 in big win for Legacy Christian

Boys Basketball Sunday’s Results Chaminade Julienne 49, Carroll 48, OT: Ramsey (C) 16; Gage (CJ) 18. Monday’s Results Delphos SJ’s 65, New Knoxville 44: Wurst (DSJ) 16; Lageman (NK) 18. Greenon 54, Fairbanks 44: Coppock (G) 18; Horn (F) 13. Preble Shawnee 60, Monroe 48: Bates (PS) 17; Badus (M) 19. Girls Basketball Monday’s Results Legacy Christian 60, Xenia 30: Hess (LC) 30...
Versailles D-III girls basketball state poll champion

Versailles D-III girls basketball state poll champion

Versailles was crowned the Division III girls high school basketball state poll champion on Monday by the Associated Press. It was the fifth time the Midwest Athletic Conference power won a poll title. The Tigers (21-1), coached by Jacki Stonebraker, also won D-III state polls in 2008, ’01, 1994 and ’90. Versailles has been to six D-III state final fours since 2007 and won state titles...
What it takes to become an Army football player

What it takes to become an Army football player

When Cameron Hoelscher made his college football verbal commitment last summer, not much distinguished it from similar announcements on social media.  Along with a picture of the Springfield linebacker in his future uniform, there was a brief and heart-felt message thanking those who have helped him get to this point and expressing excitement about his next challenge.  That’s...
Waynesville school board to pick football coach tonight

Waynesville school board to pick football coach tonight

The Wayne Local Schools Board of Education is meeting in executive session at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss who to hire as the varsity football coach. Superintendent Patrick Dubbs is recommending the rehiring of Scott Jordan, the coach since Brandon Philpot was removed from the job in August 2016. Philpot is the other applicant up for the job. RELATED: Philpot replaced following traffic stop after bachelor...
Graham wrestling ‘king of the state’ after moving up division, winning D-I championship

Graham wrestling ‘king of the state’ after moving up division, winning D-I championship

With Graham clinging to a 25-23 lead over Lakewood St. Edward in the Division I finals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state team tournament, coach Jeff Jordan disappeared for a minute. Heading into a winner-take-all match, Jordan slipped up the ramp and into the bathroom to splash some water on his face. “I had to throw some cold water on my face to get calmed back down,&rdquo...
5 local storylines to watch in the upcoming boys basketball state tournament

5 local storylines to watch in the upcoming boys basketball state tournament

The prep boys basketball tournament draw was held Sunday afternoon, and 18 Journal-News-area schools found out what their postseason paths look like. Here are five things to know about the upcoming event: 1. An interesting rematch: Fairfield (7-13), the No. 18 seed, and Northwest (12-8), the No. 16 seed, will meet in a Division I opener at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Lakota West. Yes, these two...
Lots of hope in D-I Cincinnati boys sectional after Moeller, Princeton

Lots of hope in D-I Cincinnati boys sectional after Moeller, Princeton

The Division I Cincinnati sectional tournament has a lot of teams that believe they can make a bit of a run in the prep boys basketball postseason. Top-seeded Moeller (18-3) and No. 2 Princeton (17-3) are the clear front-runners. After that, well, who knows? “There’s so much parity this year compared to years past,” said Hamilton coach Sean Van Winkle, whose 12-8 squad earned the...
Girls Basketball: Greeneview tops Cedarville to win OHC South title

Girls Basketball: Greeneview tops Cedarville to win OHC South title

Ten minutes after Saturday night’s net-cutting ceremony, Frankie Fife and some of her Greeneview teammates were posing with the net, hanging it around their necks and taking pictures. On the last night of the regular season, this was a victory the Rams wanted to savor. »RELATED: Prep roundup for Feb. 10 »RELATED: Prep scoreboard for Feb. 10 They had just blown out rival Cedarville...
Favorite Butler runs away with GWOC wrestling title

Favorite Butler runs away with GWOC wrestling title

Butler High School wrestling coach Mark Peck knows the view from the top is nice, but can be fleeting. The Aviators entered the Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament as the favorite and left as the top team, claiming six titles to win the event with 276.5 points. “It is easier to get on top than stay on top,” Peck said. “You get everyone’s best shot, but it has been constant...
Springboro celebrates Senior Day with GWOC National West title

Springboro celebrates Senior Day with GWOC National West title

Tears were shed. Hugs were given. White flowers were passed out and balloons full of helium hovered over Springboro High School’s bench. The scene was set for Senior Day as the Panthers honored nine future graduates. There was also a basketball game to play and the stakes were high. »RELATED: Prep roundup for Feb. 10 »RELATED: Prep scoreboard for Feb. 10 By defeating rival Lebanon...

HS Roundup 2/10: Fairmont girls edge out Beavercreek, Westbeld nets 15

The Fairmont girls basketball team edged out GWOC foe Beavercreek, 44-39. Led by Madeline Westbeld with 15 points and Mali Morgan-Elliott with 14, Fairmont shutout Beavercreek in the second quarter to help secure the win. Carmen Williams sunk 11 points for Beavercreek. Alyssa Hall and Michaela Rhoades tacked on nine each in the loss. Boys Basketball Fairborn 72, Tippecanoe 70: K.J. Redmon netted 30...

HS Scores 2/10: Trotwood beats Springfield, Suchland scores 41 for NE

Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Alter 57, Carroll 39: Harker (A) 13; Ramsey (C) 11. Anna 66, Botkins 45: Platfoot (A) 16; Heuker (B) 15. Arcanum 66, Twin Valley South 54: Gray (A) 18; Bowman (TVS) 18. Badin 52, McNicholas 44: Mathews, Giesting (B) 8; Burdick (M) 20. Beavercreek 69, Stebbins 54: Alessandro (B) 15; Mpanzu (S) 15. Bellbrook 56, Brookville 51: Painter (Be) 14. Butler 65, Troy 29...
Miamisburg nails down title with second-half surge

Miamisburg nails down title with second-half surge

Tim Fries looked around the Miamisburg locker room at halftime Friday night and saw a squad wondering what was going on. The Vikings, playing for the Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division title, had scored just 15 points in the first half at home against Lebanon. “They knew they were playing for the championship,” Fries said after the Vikings improved to 16-4 overall and...
Wayne coach after 1st loss: ‘We’re not ready to burn the house down yet’

Wayne coach after 1st loss: ‘We’re not ready to burn the house down yet’

Wayne’s undefeated run through the boys high school basketball regular season was good while it lasted. And, according to standout senior guard Darius Quisenberry, just fine that it ended. “It’s good that we took a (loss) before tournament,” Quisenberry said following a 54-47 ambush at Springfield on Friday night. “It’s OK to take an L, as long as we bounce back...
California prep basketball player with Down syndrome scores first basket

California prep basketball player with Down syndrome scores first basket

A California teenager with Down syndrome had a memorable senior night, scoring his first career basket in his first appearance in a game, KMPH reported. Jack Welsh was introduced last on Feb. 8 as Reedley High School honored its seniors. “The heart and soul of Reedley,” Pirates football coach Brandon Nagle said. "That would explain Jack right there." When the game began...

Bellbrook edges Brookville, needs one win to share SWBL title

Year 1 under coach Donnie Tate produced nine Southwestern Buckeye League losses for the Bellbrook boys basketball team. Year 2? Nine wins. In a meeting of teams peaking at tournament time, Bellbrook edged visiting Brookville 56-51 in a pivotal Southwestern Buckeye League game with title implications Friday. The Eagles ran their win streak to five and improved to 12-7 overall and 9-2 in the Southwestern...
Madison was 9-14 last year, but the Mohawks roared back for a league title. Here’s how they’re doing it.

Madison was 9-14 last year, but the Mohawks roared back for a league title. Here’s how they’re doing it.

There will be no title sharing in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division this season. Madison High School’s boys basketball team went on the road and fought off Preble Shawnee 50-45 on Friday night, capturing the outright Buckeye championship after clinching at least a share with Tuesday’s 40-38 win at Northridge. “It’s really rewarding and very meaningful,&rdquo...

HS Roundup 2/9: Alter upsets Carroll, Fenwick wins GCLC North

Alter upset Carroll 57-39 and Fenwick defeated Chaminade Julienne 58-47 to lead to Fenwick clinching the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North title outright in Friday night boys hoops action. Stephen Harker scored 13 points and Derek Willits and Connor Bazelak added 12 apiece to lead Alter in the upset win. Eli Ramsey scored 11 for Carroll. Fenwick improved to 7-2 in conference play with the win. Carroll...

HS Scores 2/9: Troy Chr., Cath. Central clinch conference title shares

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Alter 57, Carroll 39: Harker (A) 13; Ramsey (C) 11. Anna 66, Botkins 45: Platfoot (A) 16; Heuker (B) 15. Arcanum 66, Twin Valley South 54: Gray (A) 18; Bowman (TVS) 18. Badin 52, McNicholas 44: Mathews, Giesting (B) 8; Burdick (M) 20. Beavercreek 69, Stebbins 54: Alessandro (B) 15; Mpanzu (S) 15. Bellbrook 56, Brookville 51: Painter (Be) 14. Butler...
Springfield hands top-ranked Wayne first loss

Springfield hands top-ranked Wayne first loss

Like the rest of his teammates, JaJuan Rodgers felt Springfield gave away a sure win at Wayne just two weeks ago. But then the unthinkable followed soon after; consecutive boys high school basketball losses to Centerville and Moeller. What had been a special 13-0 run to start the season had melted into midseason uncertainty. There would be no better way to jump-start the end of the regular season...
Prep basketball: Madison tops Arrows, wraps up outright SWBL title

Prep basketball: Madison tops Arrows, wraps up outright SWBL title

There will be no title sharing in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division this season. Madison High School’s boys basketball team went on the road and fought off Preble Shawnee 50-45 on Friday night, capturing the outright Buckeye championship after clinching at least a share with Tuesday’s 40-38 win at Northridge. Grant Whisman tallied 22 points and eight rebounds for the Mohawks...

Prep wrestling: Graham eager to meet up with St. Ed’s again

Graham coach Jeff Jordan has made one thing abundantly clear to his wrestlers as they prepare to go for the Division I title in the Ohio High School Athletic Association team tournament Sunday at St. John’s Arena. Be prepared to battle. The Falcons open the tournament at 11 a.m. as the top seed against eighth-seeded Marysville. Semifinals are 3:30 p.m., finals 7:30. Graham is moving up to Division...
Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Let’s see how much ground we can cover today after a busy week for sports in the Miami Valley.  Going by the Facebook comments on my Dayton Flyers basketball column yesterday, fans are far from panicking about the struggles of Anthony Grant’s first season as coach at his alma mater.  One pointed out the loss of four starters from last season and the continuing effect of the sad...
Trotwood superintendent seeks answers about impending GWOC breakup

Trotwood superintendent seeks answers about impending GWOC breakup

Answers. That’s all anyone interested in the impending breakup of the Greater Western Ohio Conference wants to hear. That would include Kevin Bell, the superintendent of Trotwood-Madison City Schools. That’s the school district and GWOC member identified as key in 10 member schools likely leaving and starting a league of their own. News of that isn’t yet 48 hours old, but it continues...
Prep girls basketball: MCS remains upbeat after sixth straight loss

Prep girls basketball: MCS remains upbeat after sixth straight loss

The mood within Middletown Christian School’s girls basketball program remains buoyant, even as the pile of defeats continues to grow. Sophomore guard Ellie Veal tossed in four 3-pointers and a career-high 16 points for the Eagles on Thursday night, but they took their sixth straight defeat with a 37-29 road loss to Miami Valley at Lane Gymnasium. “We gave all the glory to God. I just...

HS Scores 2/8: Trotwood bests Northmont; Tecumseh beats Kenton Ridge

PREP RESULTS Girls Basketball Wednesday’s Results Beavercreek 47, Centerville 32: Williams (B) 20; Chabel (C) 9. Butler 62, Sidney 35 Ben Logan 81, Graham 45: Johannes (G) 19. Fairfield 61, Middletown 47: Burks (M) 17; Bailey (F) 14. Greenville 42, Piqua 28: Magoteaux (P) 10. Jonathan Alder 75, Urbana 27: Lyons (U) 14. Lakota West 47, Princeton 27: Prohaska (LW) 15; White (P) 11. Mason 69, Lakota...

HS Roundup 2/8: Valley View girls knock off Franklin

The Valley View girls basketball team successfully clinched the SWBL Southwestern division title in its 56-48 rout of Franklin. Hunter Stidham netted 22 points in the win, while Lauren Legate tacked on 14. Layne Ferrell scored 22 points of her own in the losing effort. Emily Newton, Skylar Weir and Brooke Stoker each tacked on six for Franklin. The win moves Valley View to 18-1 on the season and drops...
High School Football: Dunbar honors five players at signing ceremony

High School Football: Dunbar honors five players at signing ceremony

Mother Nature held things up for a day, but two of Dunbar high school’s elite athletes made their college choices official Thursday. Wide receiver Joseph Scates and running back Tavion Thomas both ended the long recruiting trail by accepting full-ride scholarships to Division I schools. Thomas, who had originally made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma, will end up instead making a short trip down...
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