Marc F. Pendleton

Used to be embarrassed at all the Dayton-area high school knowledge I harbored. Now I get paid to know that stuff. How cool is that? Long time former Greene County resident. Attended five schools in three states by the time I became a Buckeye as a high school freshman; don't ask. Was on Wright State University's 16-year undergrad program, graduating with a Communications degree in 1988. Started at the Beavercreek News, morphed to the Fairborn Daily Herald, then Springfield News-Sun and have been at the DDN since 1989. The last 10 years I've spent mostly coordinating our high school sports coverage and dodging your barbs and arrows. I live by four words: thank gawd for spellcheck. Family once had subscriptions to the DDN, Journal Herald, Xenia Daily Gazette and Beavercreek News ... at the same time. Got hopelessly hooked on newspapers at that time. I could have done worse. High school sports coverage is a great way for teens to embrace newspapers for life and more importantly, reading. I'm proof of that.

Latest from Marc F. Pendleton

11 times area high schools have been busted for breaking rules
 Earlier this month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association slapped Dayton Public Schools with what’s possibly the harshest penalty ever in the body’s 110-year history of policing members. A $10,000 fine and a three-year probation — for all sports, boys and girls, in all six schools — was the punitive fallout of ...

1:23 PM Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Earlier this month, the Ohio High School Athletic Association slapped Dayton Public Schools with what’s possibly the harshest penalty ever in the body’s 110-year history of policing members. A $10,000 fine and a three-year probation — for all sports, boys and girls, in all six schools — was the punitive fallout of ...
OHSAA to host first middle school track and field meet
 The Ohio High School Athletic Association will host the first middle school state track and field meet this coming spring. Announced in a release on Wednesday afternoon, the meet will be for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls and will be held at Lancaster High School on Saturday, May 13. Participants must achieve a qualifying standard...

9:03 PM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

The Ohio High School Athletic Association will host the first middle school state track and field meet this coming spring. Announced in a release on Wednesday afternoon, the meet will be for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls and will be held at Lancaster High School on Saturday, May 13. Participants must achieve a qualifying standard...
DPS approves basketball coaching contracts for Pullen, Powell
 Dunbar head coach Pete Pullen and assistant Darran Powell were belatedly approved coaching contracts for the boys high school basketball season during a Dayton Public Schools school board meeting Tuesday night. They were added late Tuesday to an agenda to address 42 DPS employees who faced layoff, demotion or transfer, all of which were postponed...

12:59 AM Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2016

Dunbar head coach Pete Pullen and assistant Darran Powell were belatedly approved coaching contracts for the boys high school basketball season during a Dayton Public Schools school board meeting Tuesday night. They were added late Tuesday to an agenda to address 42 DPS employees who faced layoff, demotion or transfer, all of which were postponed...
4 area players on D-VII All-Ohio football teams
 Three Catholic Central football players and another from Southeastern were named to the All-Ohio Division VII high school football teams announced by the Associated Press last week. Chosen to the first team was Catholic Central junior Dominic Catanzaro as a punter. Selected to the second team as a running back was senior teammate Thomas Kavanagh...

9:30 PM Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016

Three Catholic Central football players and another from Southeastern were named to the All-Ohio Division VII high school football teams announced by the Associated Press last week. Chosen to the first team was Catholic Central junior Dominic Catanzaro as a punter. Selected to the second team as a running back was senior teammate Thomas Kavanagh...
DeLong resigns as Xenia football coach
 Beset by a “myriad of odd things,” Bob DeLong has resigned as the head football coach at Xenia High School. DeLong, 53, submitted his resignation last week. He had coached the Buccaneers for eight years, going 3-7 this past season after a 0-6 start. “It was a miserable year, the toughest one I’ve ever had,” DeLong...

12:36 AM Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016

Beset by a “myriad of odd things,” Bob DeLong has resigned as the head football coach at Xenia High School. DeLong, 53, submitted his resignation last week. He had coached the Buccaneers for eight years, going 3-7 this past season after a 0-6 start. “It was a miserable year, the toughest one I’ve ever had,” DeLong...
Prep Insider: Dunbar’s Pullen, Powell reclassified as volunteers
 Dunbar High School boys basketball coach Pete Pullen confirmed he and assistant Darran Powell have been reclassified as volunteers with the program. Both remain as Wolverines coaches, although that could change as soon as the Dayton Public Schools board meeting Tuesday night. Neither attended school nor practice on Monday. Both were key figures...

11:10 PM Monday, Dec. 05, 2016

Dunbar High School boys basketball coach Pete Pullen confirmed he and assistant Darran Powell have been reclassified as volunteers with the program. Both remain as Wolverines coaches, although that could change as soon as the Dayton Public Schools board meeting Tuesday night. Neither attended school nor practice on Monday. Both were key figures...
Central Catholic stuns Coldwater late
 Canton Central Catholic swept away two previous state championship disappointments by stunning Coldwater 16-13 to win the Division V high school football state championship on Saturday night. The Crusaders drove 95 yards and scored on a 55-yard pass play with 58 seconds remaining for the winning score. Coldwater had beaten Central Catholic...

4:05 AM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

Canton Central Catholic swept away two previous state championship disappointments by stunning Coldwater 16-13 to win the Division V high school football state championship on Saturday night. The Crusaders drove 95 yards and scored on a 55-yard pass play with 58 seconds remaining for the winning score. Coldwater had beaten Central Catholic...
Trotwood no match for Hoban in D-III state title game
 Trotwood-Madison quarterback Markell Stephens-Peppers ended the game with an arm in a sling. His Rams teammates were hurting as much. Trotwood’s impressive run to the Division III high school football state championship ended just as spectacularly with a thorough 30-0 loss to Akron Archbishop Hoban at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The Rams...

1:16 AM Sunday, Dec. 04, 2016

Trotwood-Madison quarterback Markell Stephens-Peppers ended the game with an arm in a sling. His Rams teammates were hurting as much. Trotwood’s impressive run to the Division III high school football state championship ended just as spectacularly with a thorough 30-0 loss to Akron Archbishop Hoban at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The Rams...
Loaded Rams in another title hunt
 Trotwood-Madison seems to have all the parts in place to produce a high school state football championship. The Rams are humming under the breakout season of junior quarterback Markell Stephens-Peppers. Junior running back Raveion Hargrove and junior receiver Caleb Johnson have been the perfect run-throw complement to each other behind an...

3:49 AM Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

Trotwood-Madison seems to have all the parts in place to produce a high school state football championship. The Rams are humming under the breakout season of junior quarterback Markell Stephens-Peppers. Junior running back Raveion Hargrove and junior receiver Caleb Johnson have been the perfect run-throw complement to each other behind an...
High School Basketball: Wayne looking to rebound after 25-1 season
 Wayne appeared to have everything in place to defend its Division I boys state basketball championship last season. There was a perfect 22-0 regular season and a lineup full of NCAA Division I-caliber players. But a stunning 60-57 upset by Lakota East nixed all that. “It was disappointing,” reflected Warriors coach Travis Trice...

3:42 AM Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

Wayne appeared to have everything in place to defend its Division I boys state basketball championship last season. There was a perfect 22-0 regular season and a lineup full of NCAA Division I-caliber players. But a stunning 60-57 upset by Lakota East nixed all that. “It was disappointing,” reflected Warriors coach Travis Trice...
Area boys basketball players to watch
 The following are the top returning area boys high school basketball players: • Danny Davis, Springfield, 6-3, sr., 19.5 points; the area’s best two-way threat (football and basketball). • Andre Gordon, Sidney, 6-1, so., 13.1; will be key is fully recovered from a season-ending football injury. • Darius Quisenberry, Wayne...

2:09 AM Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

The following are the top returning area boys high school basketball players: • Danny Davis, Springfield, 6-3, sr., 19.5 points; the area’s best two-way threat (football and basketball). • Andre Gordon, Sidney, 6-1, so., 13.1; will be key is fully recovered from a season-ending football injury. • Darius Quisenberry, Wayne...