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Prep boys basketball: McMonigle’s debut a success, Madison tops Arrows
 Levi McMonigle started his Madison High School basketball career slowly, then shifted into beast mode. Unable to play in the first 11 games after transferring from Valley View, the 6-foot-6 junior center showed some early rust against visiting Preble Shawnee on Saturday night. That rust eventually turned into dominance as McMonigle collected...

Posted: 15 days ago

Levi McMonigle started his Madison High School basketball career slowly, then shifted into beast mode. Unable to play in the first 11 games after transferring from Valley View, the 6-foot-6 junior center showed some early rust against visiting Preble Shawnee on Saturday night. That rust eventually turned into dominance as McMonigle collected...
Prep girls basketball: Shawnee loses big lead, then conquers Hornets
 The Preble Shawnee High School girls basketball team has showed its coach a few things. Kevin Schaeffer knew his Arrows were a solid unit, but he felt Saturday afternoon’s 55-51 victory over visiting Monroe might be a sign of something more. “I told them before the game that this would be a great measuring stick to see where we&rsquo...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Preble Shawnee High School girls basketball team has showed its coach a few things. Kevin Schaeffer knew his Arrows were a solid unit, but he felt Saturday afternoon’s 55-51 victory over visiting Monroe might be a sign of something more. “I told them before the game that this would be a great measuring stick to see where we&rsquo...
Prep basketball: Unbeaten Rockets outlast Badin 52-50 in GCLC thriller
 Gerry Weisgerber preferred the silver-lining viewpoint Friday night. The Badin High School boys basketball coach didn’t see much he liked in Wednesday’s loss at Bellbrook, but he had no problem with the effort his players put forth at McNicholas. That effort fell short of a victory, though, when Ryan Belmont blocked Kyle Young&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Gerry Weisgerber preferred the silver-lining viewpoint Friday night. The Badin High School boys basketball coach didn’t see much he liked in Wednesday’s loss at Bellbrook, but he had no problem with the effort his players put forth at McNicholas. That effort fell short of a victory, though, when Ryan Belmont blocked Kyle Young&rsquo...
Prep girls basketball: Ferrell makes history as Wildcats make progress
 The moment of history is stuck in Layne Ferrell’s head. The Franklin High School guard delivered from long distance to reach the 1,000-point plateau Dec. 18 at Stebbins. She needed 21 points to get there and scored exactly 21. And, yes, she’s only a junior. “I was coming down with my left hand and then Kaylee Harris set...

Posted: 19 days ago

The moment of history is stuck in Layne Ferrell’s head. The Franklin High School guard delivered from long distance to reach the 1,000-point plateau Dec. 18 at Stebbins. She needed 21 points to get there and scored exactly 21. And, yes, she’s only a junior. “I was coming down with my left hand and then Kaylee Harris set...
Prep boys basketball: Wildcats whip Carlisle with 3-pointers, defense
 Payton Knott drove the Franklin High School party bus Tuesday night. The senior guard/floor general had a rollicking good time with 20 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals against visiting Carlisle, which got run over 88-47 in a Warren County boys basketball rivalry rout at Darrell Hedric Gym. “I love it,” Knott...

Posted: 19 days ago

Payton Knott drove the Franklin High School party bus Tuesday night. The senior guard/floor general had a rollicking good time with 20 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals against visiting Carlisle, which got run over 88-47 in a Warren County boys basketball rivalry rout at Darrell Hedric Gym. “I love it,” Knott...
College Insider: West’s Cannatelli among top scorers for Dayton women
 Lauren Cannatelli is the third-leading scorer for the University of Dayton women’s basketball team this season. The junior guard and Lakota West High School graduate is averaging 11.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game for the Flyers, who are 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Cannatelli is shooting...

Posted: 20 days ago

Lauren Cannatelli is the third-leading scorer for the University of Dayton women’s basketball team this season. The junior guard and Lakota West High School graduate is averaging 11.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game for the Flyers, who are 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Cannatelli is shooting...
Prep basketball: Lebanon remains strong in turnaround, tops HHS 63-55
 Efficiency has become the buzzword for Lebanon High School’s boys basketball team. The Warriors started 1-8 last year and made a significant turnaround by switching to the Princeton offense, finishing 8-15. That trend is continuing in a big way this season. Harrison Hookfin (19), Drew Sekerak (14) and Brendan Lamb (12) topped the scoring...

Posted: 23 days ago

Efficiency has become the buzzword for Lebanon High School’s boys basketball team. The Warriors started 1-8 last year and made a significant turnaround by switching to the Princeton offense, finishing 8-15. That trend is continuing in a big way this season. Harrison Hookfin (19), Drew Sekerak (14) and Brendan Lamb (12) topped the scoring...
College Insider: Fairfield’s Sams among top wrestlers at Bellarmine
 Freshman Andrew Sams is making an immediate impact with the Bellarmine University wrestling program. The Fairfield High School graduate is tied for second among the Knights with 13 wins at 174 pounds. Sams ranks third in falls (three), team points (51) and takedowns (34). Bellarmine, which is 1-5 in dual competition, will compete in Manchester&rsquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

Freshman Andrew Sams is making an immediate impact with the Bellarmine University wrestling program. The Fairfield High School graduate is tied for second among the Knights with 13 wins at 174 pounds. Sams ranks third in falls (three), team points (51) and takedowns (34). Bellarmine, which is 1-5 in dual competition, will compete in Manchester&rsquo...
Prep boys basketball: Mohawks, Braves advance to Cook Classic title game
 The Brian Cook Classic boys basketball tournament won’t be held next season, which gives it a little more meaning right now. It’s already special to Madison High School coach Jeff Smith, who coached Cook and renamed the Madison Classic after his death in 2000 at the age of 16. “It hit me again when I was hanging up the Brian...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Brian Cook Classic boys basketball tournament won’t be held next season, which gives it a little more meaning right now. It’s already special to Madison High School coach Jeff Smith, who coached Cook and renamed the Madison Classic after his death in 2000 at the age of 16. “It hit me again when I was hanging up the Brian...
Prep basketball: Badin comes out hot, continues mastery of Cougars
 The improvement continues for Badin High School’s boys basketball team. So does the domination of the Edgewood Cougars. Feeling strong after winning the Clinton-Massie Holiday Tournament championship last week, the Rams returned home Wednesday night and thrashed Edgewood 78-44 at Mulcahey Gym, extending their winning streak in the Butler...

Posted: 25 days ago

The improvement continues for Badin High School’s boys basketball team. So does the domination of the Edgewood Cougars. Feeling strong after winning the Clinton-Massie Holiday Tournament championship last week, the Rams returned home Wednesday night and thrashed Edgewood 78-44 at Mulcahey Gym, extending their winning streak in the Butler...
PERFECTION: Remembering Badin’s 28-0 boys basketball season of 1987-88
 Gerry Weisgerber remembers a whole lot about Badin High School’s perfect boys basketball season in 1987-88. But some things are admittedly a bit fuzzy. The Rams went 28-0 that year and won the Division III state championship under Weisgerber’s direction. On Friday night, Badin will honor that team between the junior varsity and...

Posted: 26 days ago

Gerry Weisgerber remembers a whole lot about Badin High School’s perfect boys basketball season in 1987-88. But some things are admittedly a bit fuzzy. The Rams went 28-0 that year and won the Division III state championship under Weisgerber’s direction. On Friday night, Badin will honor that team between the junior varsity and...
Prep boys basketball: Stunning comeback lifts Ross past Cougars in OT
 Perhaps Ross High School boys basketball fans will look back on Friday night as a turning point for a program that hasn’t had a winning record since 2012-13. Time will tell, of course, but the Rams left Edgewood with a full load of excitement and confidence after an emotional Southwest Ohio Conference victory. First-year head coach...

Posted: 30 days ago

Perhaps Ross High School boys basketball fans will look back on Friday night as a turning point for a program that hasn’t had a winning record since 2012-13. Time will tell, of course, but the Rams left Edgewood with a full load of excitement and confidence after an emotional Southwest Ohio Conference victory. First-year head coach...
Prep basketball: Badin boys, girls earn spots in C-M Holiday finals
 Badin High School’s boys basketball team was in need of some holiday cheer Thursday night, and it came in the form of a somewhat improbable victory. The Rams rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit and blanked Dayton Christian 12-0 in the second overtime period, securing a 61-49 triumph in the first round of the Clinton-Massie Holiday...

6:19 AM Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Badin High School’s boys basketball team was in need of some holiday cheer Thursday night, and it came in the form of a somewhat improbable victory. The Rams rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit and blanked Dayton Christian 12-0 in the second overtime period, securing a 61-49 triumph in the first round of the Clinton-Massie Holiday...
College Insider: East’s Evans finishes All-America career at Purdue
 Ashley Evans has concluded her Purdue University volleyball career as one of the top players in the nation. The 6-foot-1 redshirt senior setter and Lakota East High School graduate earned Academic All-America first-team and All-America honorable-mention honors for the Boilermakers, who finished 23-10 and advanced to the second round of the...

3:58 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Ashley Evans has concluded her Purdue University volleyball career as one of the top players in the nation. The 6-foot-1 redshirt senior setter and Lakota East High School graduate earned Academic All-America first-team and All-America honorable-mention honors for the Boilermakers, who finished 23-10 and advanced to the second round of the...
Prep boys basketball: Lima runs roughshod over Middies in arena debut
 The excitement and pageantry that came with opening Wade E. Miller Arena lasted until about game time Saturday night. Middletown High School’s new athletic facility hosted a decisive girls basketball win in the afternoon as the Middies buried Colerain 71-19. But the first boys game in the arena went the other way for the purple-and-white...

6:12 AM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

The excitement and pageantry that came with opening Wade E. Miller Arena lasted until about game time Saturday night. Middletown High School’s new athletic facility hosted a decisive girls basketball win in the afternoon as the Middies buried Colerain 71-19. But the first boys game in the arena went the other way for the purple-and-white...
Prep girls basketball: Price lifts Mohawks past Carlisle in double-overtime thriller
 Tara Price didn’t have much time to ponder the game-winning shot, which proved to be a good thing. The Madison High School junior guard didn’t exactly have a hot hand Saturday afternoon, but she was true when it counted, hitting a jumper with 8.8 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Mohawks girls basketball team past...

12:09 AM Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Tara Price didn’t have much time to ponder the game-winning shot, which proved to be a good thing. The Madison High School junior guard didn’t exactly have a hot hand Saturday afternoon, but she was true when it counted, hitting a jumper with 8.8 seconds left in the second overtime to lift the Mohawks girls basketball team past...
Big Blue remain unbeaten, top Middletown in Wade E. Miller Gym finale
 Wade E. Miller Gym faded into history Friday night as D’Marco Howard created some of his own. The Hamilton High School junior guard poured in a career-high 28 points as Big Blue outlasted Middletown 64-58 in the last varsity boys basketball game at the Middies’ storied gym. “It was definitely fun,” said Howard, who...

6:25 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Wade E. Miller Gym faded into history Friday night as D’Marco Howard created some of his own. The Hamilton High School junior guard poured in a career-high 28 points as Big Blue outlasted Middletown 64-58 in the last varsity boys basketball game at the Middies’ storied gym. “It was definitely fun,” said Howard, who...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Football Team
 Steve Poff, Madison: Led the Mohawks to an 11-3 record, the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship and the school’s first-ever playoff berth. Madison captured the Division V, Region 20 championship and advanced to the state semifinals, where the Mohawks lost to eventual state champion Wheelersburg 15-10. The 1992...

6:01 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Steve Poff, Madison: Led the Mohawks to an 11-3 record, the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division championship and the school’s first-ever playoff berth. Madison captured the Division V, Region 20 championship and advanced to the state semifinals, where the Mohawks lost to eventual state champion Wheelersburg 15-10. The 1992...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Football Statistics
 Nick Osterman, MON—238—119—1665—10 Kyle Short, LEB—229—112—1453—18 Adam Crank, TAL—285—140—1339—7 Braden Woods, FRA—165—100—1309—12 Trey Robinette, NM—187—80—1075—9 Jeff Tyus, FF—177—91—1067—8 MyJaden...

5:59 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Nick Osterman, MON—238—119—1665—10 Kyle Short, LEB—229—112—1453—18 Adam Crank, TAL—285—140—1339—7 Braden Woods, FRA—165—100—1309—12 Trey Robinette, NM—187—80—1075—9 Jeff Tyus, FF—177—91—1067—8 MyJaden...
Prep boys basketball: Hamilton, Lima will help Middies make history
 It’s a home weekend with two very different homes for Middletown High School’s boys basketball team. History will be made Friday night when the Middies face Hamilton in the final varsity game at Wade E. Miller Gym, and more history will be made Saturday night when Middletown hosts Lima Senior at brand-new Wade E. Miller Arena...

6:50 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

It’s a home weekend with two very different homes for Middletown High School’s boys basketball team. History will be made Friday night when the Middies face Hamilton in the final varsity game at Wade E. Miller Gym, and more history will be made Saturday night when Middletown hosts Lima Senior at brand-new Wade E. Miller Arena...
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