High School Sports


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 football: New Miami taking positive approach with small roster

Prep football: New Miami taking positive approach with small roster

Pessimism is not dominating New Miami High School’s football program. Certainly there will be challenges in 2017. The Division VII Vikings have less than two dozen players, are coming off a 1-8 season and have been voted last in the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division coaches poll. Yet veteran coach John Singleton said New Miami is taking a positive, energetic approach to the campaign. &ldquo...

HS Results 8/20: ‘Boro nabs another win in Tennessee

Springboro followed up Saturday’s win with a 4-0 victory over Farragut (TN) at the Bearden High School Girls Soccer Tournament in Tennessee on Sunday. Alex Garver, Bridie Herman, Peighton Banks and Paige Obrecht all had goals for ‘Boro. Springboro returns to the Buckeye state to face Springfield on Wednesday. SCORES LIST Boys Soccer Saturday’s Results Alter 3, Monroe 0 Badin 1, Northwest...
Prep football: Despite newcomers, Lebanon seeks playoff return

Prep football: Despite newcomers, Lebanon seeks playoff return

Coming off its first playoff appearance in 15 years, the Lebanon High School football program is riding a wave of enthusiasm. An increase in numbers with 120 players — 50 of them freshmen — has coach Shawn Lamb excited, especially as he faces the task of replacing 17 starters from last year. The senior-laden Warriors went 7-4 with a loss to Sycamore in the first round of the Division I...

HS Results 8/19: Springboro opens season with shutout win

The Springboro girls soccer team started the season on a winning note with a 1-0 win over Bearden (TN) at the Bearden High School Invitational on Saturday. Liv Page tallied the game-winner off an Alex Garver assist with 28 minutes to play in the second half. Keeper Kristy Catrine posted the shutout with five saves. Boro continues play in the tournament Sunday against Farragut (TN) at noon. Boys Soccer...

H.S. football: New coach, new conference for Greenon

After he was hired to coach the Greenon High School football team in February, one of the first things Josh Wooten did was find his “yes” men. Well, in a manner of speaking. Wooten presented potential coaching hires with four questions: Can I trust you? Do you love Greenon? Do you love our community? Do you love our kids? “If your answer is yes then we want you a part of our staff...

H.S. football: Experience a plus for win-starved Cedarville

The Cedarville Indians football roster is down about three players from last season. For most schools that’s inconsequential. For schools like Cedarville it’s an obstacle. The Indians have 19 players. Coach Jason Christian is hopeful those numbers will rebound to the mid-20s next season with a larger eighth-grade class coming up. “Last year was tough,” Christian said. &ldquo...
What to know to kick off high school football season

What to know to kick off high school football season

The high school football season begins with three area games Thursday, the bulk of the Week 1 games on Friday and a few others on Saturday and next Sunday. Here’s a rundown of teams to watch and things to know. Changes: Most important, this season marks the debut of the Ohio High School Athletic Association competitive balance initiative. The good news? It has doused a hot-button topic and possible...

HS Results 8/18: Fairmont girls soccer downs Fairborn

In a GWOC girls’ soccer matchup, Fairmont emerged victorious, beating rival Fairborn 3-0. Lexie Aukerman opened the scoring for Fairmont, assisted by freshman Sophia Grossman. Olivia Frank netted an unassisted goal to put Fairmont up 2-0. Jaden Mahle rounded out the scoring for Fairmont with a third goal, assisted by Maddie Seamean. Goalkeepers Emma Martcheva and Iyerlan Alberts split the matchup...
College decision is ‘done’ for Wayne’s ‘Blue’ Smith, who will announce choice Aug. 27

College decision is ‘done’ for Wayne’s ‘Blue’ Smith, who will announce choice Aug. 27

Wayne High School senior L’Christian “Blue” Smith has made up his mind, he’s just not ready to tell everybody yet. Smith will go public with his college choice in front of a national TV audience on ESPN on Aug. 27 when Wayne opens the season at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wide receiver is the fourth-ranked recruit in Ohio in...
Prep football: ‘So far, so good’ for inexperienced Thunderhawks

Prep football: ‘So far, so good’ for inexperienced Thunderhawks

Rick Haynes has always been a believer in putting as many of his best athletes on defense as possible. That has been an especially big challenge for the Lakota East High School football coach this summer after losing nine of 11 starters on that side of the ball. RELATED: Colerain heavy favorite to continue GMC streak A veteran defense was the highlight of a 5-5 finish last year as the Thunderhawks...
High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

High School Football: New coach, same expectations for Greeneview

The Greeneview Rams have had much to cheer about the past three seasons by earning the program’s first playoff appearance and first postseason victory. But you wouldn’t know it by watching them, especially on the practice field. The Rams have quietly gone about their business after reaching the postseason the past three seasons. “We call them a lunch-pail group,” first-year...
Football coach who came under fire for prayer finds home at new school

Football coach who came under fire for prayer finds home at new school

Chris Wells, wearing camouflage shorts and a blue T-shirt, certainly didn’t look like a high school football coach as he sat in his Middletown living room. As Wells comforted his 18-month-old son, Gideon, who was fighting a cold, an open Bible, a football playbook and scribbled notes sat on his lap. Woody Hayes never was portrayed this way. But the more you know about Wells, the more you realize...

HS Results for 8/17: Oakwood girls tennis tops Centerville

In a close match, Oakwood’s girls tennis team edged out Centerville, three sets to two. Oakwood swept the singles matchups, while Centerville took both doubles. At 1st Singles, Lily McCloskey took home the win, defeating Ariel Aloppott 6-0, 6-3. Natalie Connelly dominated at 2nd Singles, besting Anu Pddereddi 6-0, 6-0. The 3rd Singles matchup became a little more competive as Agatha Shafer topped...
Prep football: New faces abound, but Edgewood eyeing more success

Prep football: New faces abound, but Edgewood eyeing more success

A strong senior class has departed, but the goals haven’t changed for Edgewood High School’s football team. The Cougars won their first Southwest Ohio Conference championship and had a near-upset of La Salle in the Division II, Region 8 playoffs before finishing 8-3 in Scott Clemmons’ fifth season at the helm. Clemmons is looking for more success in 2017, despite returning zero starters...
High school football games on radio, TV, internet

High school football games on radio, TV, internet

The following are area high school football games that will be aired on radio, TV and/or the internet. If your station or webcast isn’t listed, email your information and schedule to sports@coxohio.com. Thu. Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont Thu. Aug. 31: Xenia at Troy Thu. Sept. 7: Bellbrook at Tecumseh Thu. Sept. 14: Lebanon at Beavercreek Thu. Sept. 21: Springboro at Centerville Thu. Sept. 28: Stebbins...
Prep football: Experienced Big Blue looking to take next step

Prep football: Experienced Big Blue looking to take next step

Hamilton High School’s football progression is ongoing. Big Blue haven’t had a winning record since 2010, but they were 5-5 last season, and fifth-year coach Chad Murphy said the program as a whole has a bright outlook. “I think we’re as athletic and as strong as we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Murphy said. “I’ve put the extra time in with the...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...

HS Results 8/16: Green leads Southeastern in tri-match

Avery Green’s 34 helped carry Southeastern in a boys golf tri-match at Locust Hills on Wednesday. Southeastern shot a 162, Cedarville 182 and Catholic Central 197. Green was the medalist, with Adam Wood of Cedarville getting runner-up at 40. Noah Myers (Cedarville) and Tray Thompson (Southeastern) each added a 41 for their teams. Boys Golf Fairmont 160, Northmont 172: Luke Van Leeuwen carried...
Springfield North football: Top 7 players in Panthers history

Springfield North football: Top 7 players in Panthers history

As rivalries go, Springfield North and South had it going on as good as any in the state for its time in the spotlight. Football games at Evans Stadium on Clifton Avenue were a must-see event. Growing up to be a celebrated Panther or Wildcat was a handed-down and expected tradition. North always seemed to be in catch-up mode to South in football, especially during the Panthers’ early years....
Versatile Woeber leads Catholic Central golf team

Versatile Woeber leads Catholic Central golf team

Jacob Woeber plays four sports at Catholic Central, including two in the fall. And he enjoys each one so much that you might have trouble pinning him down if you ask him to name his favorite. He’s a goalkeeper on the soccer team and a top-notch golfer. He also plays basketball and tennis. So, which does he like best? “Honestly, it’s probably soccer. Or basketball. I really like having...
High School Football: First-year Urbana coach excited to lead Climbers

High School Football: First-year Urbana coach excited to lead Climbers

What drew Carlton Cotner to become the new football coach at Urbana? The chance to put the winning back in the Hillclimbers’ tradition. “The pride people have in this place is something that just attracts you to it,” Cotner said. MORE FOOTBALL PREVIEWS »Catholic Central short on players, but not expectations »Wildcats open practice with great expectations »Tecumseh...
Prep football: Depth a concern, but Carlisle a factor in SWBL Buckeye

Prep football: Depth a concern, but Carlisle a factor in SWBL Buckeye

A team can’t just replace a running back like Ridge Reed. Carlisle High School football coach Mike Brown said the Indians will just look for some different ways to make up for the production lost in Reed’s graduation. Reed rushed for 1,528 yards and 16 touchdowns last year to lead Carlisle to an 8-3 finish and the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division title. »RELATED: Madison...
Prep football: Colerain heavy favorite to extend GMC title streak

Prep football: Colerain heavy favorite to extend GMC title streak

The Greater Miami Conference has been Colerain High School’s football playground for quite some time. More of the same could be on the way this year. The Cardinals, winners of 17 straight GMC championships, have been voted heavy favorites to extend their title streak. “A lot of that is a testament to the foundation that was laid by all those previous teams,” said 11th-year Colerain...
Prep football: Alter unanimous choice to rule GCLC North Division

Prep football: Alter unanimous choice to rule GCLC North Division

Alter High School’s football team is back in a familiar place. The Knights, defending Greater Catholic League Coed North Division champions and divisional winners 14 times in the last 15 seasons, have been unanimously voted No. 1 in the North’s preseason coaches poll. “Every year is a different kind of challenge,” Alter coach Ed Domsitz said. “I think there are a lot...
Hartsock: Optimism, expectations sky high at Valley View

Hartsock: Optimism, expectations sky high at Valley View

A 9-1 regular season helped the Valley View Spartans get two games deep in the playoffs in 2016. This season Bob Skidmore’s team is ready to make a deeper push into the postseason. “We’ve got a lot of seniors back,” Skidmore said. “We have a lot of optimism, but right now we are 0-0 and we keep telling them we haven’t proved anything yet.” The Spartans have...
Hartsock: Brookville eyeing deeper postseason run

Hartsock: Brookville eyeing deeper postseason run

A 5-5 record was good enough to get Brookville into the playoffs last season, but the Blue Devils are well aware that might not be good enough in 2017. One thing going in their favor is the Southwestern Buckeye League is loaded, which can help pile up some playoff points. “We’re not going to apologize for getting into the playoffs at 5-5,” Blue Devils head coach Mike Hetrick said...
Athlete of the Week: Ashley West, Lebanon High School

Athlete of the Week: Ashley West, Lebanon High School

Name: Ashley West School: Lebanon High School Sport: Softball Class: 2019 Age: 16 Claim to fame: I am a 3-sport varsity athlete (soccer, basketball, softball) Bet you didn’t know: I like to do puzzles and play cards Toughest opponent/why: Mason because they are good year in and year out. Favorite book: 13 Reasons Why Favorite TV show: Last Man Standing Favorite song: I’m Gonna Love You...
Athlete of the Week: Katie Taylor, Tippecanoe High School

Athlete of the Week: Katie Taylor, Tippecanoe High School

Name: Katie Taylor School: Tippecanoe Grade: Junior Sports: Track, cross-country Claim to fame/honors: In cross-country, two-time Division II individual state qualifier, All-Ohio honors with 16th place finish, team state runner-up (2015) and third-place finish (2016); in track, two-time 4x800 state qualifier, 3,200 meter district champion, regional runner-up, 13th at state, 1,600 meter district champion...
Athlete of the Week: Keira Teserovitch, Fairmont High School

Athlete of the Week: Keira Teserovitch, Fairmont High School

Name: Keira Teserovitch School: Fairmont Grade: Senior Age: 17 Sport: Softball Claim to fame/honors: GWOC special mention, Sportsmanship Award and Coaches Award Bet you didn’t know … I played basketball for 10 years Words you live by: Always give 110 percent Toughest opponent: Centerville Biggest influence: My grandma What’s on your bedroom walls? Pictures and trophies When I&rsquo...
Athlete of the Week: Joseph Scales, Ponitz Career Technology Center

Athlete of the Week: Joseph Scales, Ponitz Career Technology Center

Name: Joseph Scales School: Ponitz Grade: Sophomore Age: 16 Sports: Track and field, cross-country, football, boxing Claim to fame/honors: Has competed in 100, 200, 400, 4x100 relay, Swedish medley (100, 200, 300, 400), sprint medley and shot put Bet you didn’t know … I’m a lazy person Toughest opponent: Myself because I keep running from the 400 event. My coach puts me in it. I...

8/15: Fort Loramie bests Greenville and Fort Recovery in tri-match

Three teams entered Turtle Creek Golf Course Tuesday morning, but only one team emerged victorious. Fort Loramie took the tri-match with a 175, Greenville trailing with a 203 and Fort Recovery rounding out the matchup with a 208. Zach Pleiman medaled for Fort Loramie shooting a 40, while teammates Shea Swick had a 43 and Craig Eilerman and Eli Rosengarten each chipped in a 46. Bryan Day led Greenville...
Soccer: Kenton Ridge boys see better record ahead

Soccer: Kenton Ridge boys see better record ahead

The Kenton Ridge boys soccer team had a streak of six straight winning seasons snapped last year. Scoring whiz Colin Foley missed all but a handful of games with a hamstring injury, and the Cougars finished fourth out of five teams in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail division. They returned to form in the postseason, avenging a loss to Greenon to win a sectional title and advancing to the...
Prep football: Fairfield expecting to compete at high level this year

Prep football: Fairfield expecting to compete at high level this year

Expectations are soaring in 2017 for a Fairfield High School football team that’s been a Division I playoff qualifier three of the last four years. “Potentially, it’s the best team I’ve had since I’ve been here,” seventh-year Indians coach Jason Krause said. “But it’s yet to be determined on Friday nights. We’ve got to perform on the field.&rdquo...
Xenia hosts Beavercreek in Backyard Battle season football opener

Xenia hosts Beavercreek in Backyard Battle season football opener

Xenia will host Beavercreek in the 16th annual Backyard Battle to open the high school football season. The game will be played at Xenia’s Doug Adams Stadium / Veterans Field at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. An awards ceremony will be held after the game, featuring the Walter G. Sellers Memorial Leadership Award (two senior players who are outstanding on the field, the classroom and their communities)...
Covington to add 3 in athletic hall of fame during Week 2 game

Covington to add 3 in athletic hall of fame during Week 2 game

Covington High School will honor its 35th athletic hall of fame class during a Week 2 football game against visiting Minster. An induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Sept. 1, at halftime at Smith Field. Covington will host Minster in a non-league game the starts at 7:30 p.m. New inductees will be Meredith Tobias and Gene Studebaker, both of the Class of 2007, and honorary inductee coach Jack...
Prep football: Franklin favored to repeat in SWBL Southwestern

Prep football: Franklin favored to repeat in SWBL Southwestern

The spotlight is on Franklin High School’s football team this season in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division, and that’s OK with the Wildcats. Franklin earned the Southwestern championship last year and is favored to do it again in 2017. “We wouldn’t want it any other way,” Wildcats coach Brad Childers said of his squad being voted No. 1 in the preseason...

HS Results 8/14: Anderson leads Greenon at county tournament

Ian Anderson posted an 80, finishing third and helping propel Greenon to a win at the Clark County Boys Golf Tournament on Monday at Springfield Elks. Springfield Shawnee’s Grant Engle and Southeastern’s Avery Green tied for medalist honors at 76. Cullen Rogan of Springfield was second with a 79, Jacob Woeber of Catholic Central had an 81 and Ivan Mardovin of Northwestern tallied an 83...
Prep football: Middletown buoyed by return of 16 starters

Prep football: Middletown buoyed by return of 16 starters

Middletown High School football coach Lance Engleka hasn’t heard one mention among his players of last season. He prefers it stay that way. Last year’s 0-10 finish, Engleka believes, was more of a bi-product of an inexperienced team transitioning to a new coach — nothing that couldn’t be fixed with time. He’s already seen progress in practice and is anxious to see it...
Prep football: Dayton Christian first, New Miami last in MVC Gray poll

Prep football: Dayton Christian first, New Miami last in MVC Gray poll

New Miami High School’s football team looks to have an uphill challenge this season in the Miami Valley Conference Gray Division. The Vikings, coming off a 1-8 campaign, have been voted last in the preseason coaches poll. “I do understand that,” New Miami coach John Singleton said. “We lost a lot of seniors and nobody knows what we’ve got coming back, and a lot of people...
Hartsock: New faces, but same expectations for Marion Local Flyers

Hartsock: New faces, but same expectations for Marion Local Flyers

Another year, another state title up in Maria Stein. That’s five in the last six seasons for Marion Local, but 2017 could be as young a team as the Flyers have put on the field in quite some time. “It’s definitely a different feel this year,” long-time head coach Tim Goodwin said. “We only have two starters back on both sides of the ball. We have high expectations as...
Prep football: Badin hoping to make strides under new coach

Prep football: Badin hoping to make strides under new coach

Badin High School’s football team is looking for a return to success this season. The Rams stumbled to a 2-8 record last year in Bill Tenore’s eighth season at the helm. Former Badin running back Nick Yordy has taken over in 2017, and he’s determined to get things moving in the right direction. “The message would just be that we have goals of what we want to accomplish,&rdquo...
Springfield’s Hoelscher finds home, and future, at Army

Springfield’s Hoelscher finds home, and future, at Army

Springfield coach Maurice Douglass has heard many players discuss their post-football careers, and it is easier for some than others. “Some guys really don’t know what they want to do,” Douglass said. »RELATED: Wildcats open practice with great expectations That’s not a problem for Cameron Hoelscher. Hoelscher, a linebacker who’s entering his senior season at Springfield...
Prep football: Fenwick has ‘chance to have a really strong team’

Prep football: Fenwick has ‘chance to have a really strong team’

John Aregood felt like he was taking over a program in good condition when he accepted the position as Fenwick High School’s interim football coach. The offense needed a little work, but that’s what he was brought in to help bolster when he originally joined Joe Snively’s staff as an assistant. »RELATED: Aregood plans to keep Fenwick on winning path Snively ended up resigning...
High School Football: Cougars looking to rekindle winning ways

High School Football: Cougars looking to rekindle winning ways

Kenton Ridge coach Joel Marratta is counting on a sophomore at quarterback and has to find replacements for his top four rushers and leading receiver from a year ago. While all coaches deal with graduation losses, the number of neophytes in key roles this season may be an all-time high for Marratta during his 15-year run. But he sees plenty of promise from his newcomers and expects them to produce...
Prep football: First-year head coach aims to turn Ross around

Prep football: First-year head coach aims to turn Ross around

First-year head coach Kenyon Commins has two main goals for his Ross High School football team: Raise the intensity and become a better reflection of the community it represents. After spending four years as an assistant for the Rams, Commins was promoted to replace Brian Butts, who resigned this offseason. Commins has the task of trying to turn around a team that finished 2-8 last year, ending on...

HS Results 8/11: CJ wins Ridge Classic

Chaminade Julienne shot a 333, edging Brookville by five strokes to win the Ridge Classic at Kittyhawk in boys golf on Friday. Andrew Detmer paced CJ with a 78. Sarah Willis of Eaton was the medalist at 74 and Jackson Ottke of Middletown Christian the runner-up at 76. Eaton placed third overall, Madison fourth and Milton Union fifth. See a full list of team results below. Boys Golf Celina Invitational...
High school football preview: Alter Knights

High school football preview: Alter Knights

High school: Alter Knights Division: III; Region: 12 (D-IV, Region 16 last season) Affiliation: Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North Division Head coach: Ed Domsitz is in his second stint as Alter’s coach, spanning 26 years. His overall record with the Knights is 243-62. Including other stops at Trotwood-Madison and Northmont, his combined career record is 318-145. Assistant coaches: Tom...
High school football: Thursday night lights

High school football: Thursday night lights

The following are a listing of area Thursday night high school football games. All begin at 7 p.m. If your team plays on a Thursday and isn’t listed, email us your contest at sports@coxohio.com. Week 1, Thu. Aug. 24: Alter at Fairmont; Beavercreek at Xenia; Dunbar vs. Belmont at Welcome Stadium Week 2, Thu. Aug. 31: Xenia at Troy Week 3, Thu. Sept. 7: Bellbrook at Tecumseh; Dayton Christian...
Hartsock: Troy Trojans seek second straight postseason trip

Hartsock: Troy Trojans seek second straight postseason trip

The rebirth of football at Troy has been a rather quick process. The Trojans went two games deep into the playoffs a year ago, and even though they lost some talented seniors, this group is ready to take the next step. “The nice thing we have with our program right now is we don’t have to rebuild, we’re just reloading,” coach Matt Burgbacher said. “We’ve got young...

HS Results 8/10: Wilson shoots hole-in-one

Emily Wilson notched a hole-in-one to help propel the Fairbanks girls golf team to a win at the Ben Logan Invitational at Cherokee Hills Golf Course on Thursday. Wilson hit her shot on the 227-yard par-4 18th hole. Audrey Brackenridge tied Wilson with the low score of 78. Girls Golf Locust Hills Tournament: Springfield Shawnee, paced by Elly Deerwester’s low score of 40, won the tournament....
OHSAA extends ice hockey, softball state tournament contracts

OHSAA extends ice hockey, softball state tournament contracts

The following are highlights of the monthly Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors meeting that was held on Thursday morning at Columbus. The OHSAA contributed this report. • The Board approved 10-year contract extensions with Nationwide Arena in Columbus and Firestone Stadium in Akron to host the OHSAA’s state tournaments in ice hockey and softball, respectively, through...
Madison voted team to beat in SWBL Buckeye football chase

Madison voted team to beat in SWBL Buckeye football chase

Madison High School’s football team is getting noticed in the preseason. Already touted as one of the top Division V squads in Region 20, the Mohawks have also been voted No. 1 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division coaches poll. “It’s kind of a different spot for Mohawk football to be thought of as No. 1 in our league,” Madison coach Steve Poff said. “It&rsquo...
Prep football: Hornets ‘committed’ to getting back to postseason

Prep football: Hornets ‘committed’ to getting back to postseason

The Monroe High School football team borrowed the “I’m in” motto Pete Carroll used with his Seattle Seahawks last year as a recommitment to the Hornets’ goal of making the playoffs. Fifth-year Hornets coach Bill Leach said he believes last year’s 3-7 finish was “a fluke thing” after making the playoffs in 2014 and just missing out by one spot in 2015. He looks...
Beavercreek, Northmont bowlers recipients of Kurt Gostel Scholarship

Beavercreek, Northmont bowlers recipients of Kurt Gostel Scholarship

Bowling has taught Brittany-Ann O’Connell and Steven Kocher to do more than throw strikes and pick up spares, the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress scholarship recipients have learned valuable life lessons on the lanes. “Bowling has made me more strong willed, but it’s also taught me how to be humble,” Kocher said. “It has taught me to never give up and always...
High school football preview: Springfield Wildcats

High school football preview: Springfield Wildcats

High school: Springfield Wildcats Division: I, Region: 3 (no change from last season). Affiliation: Greater Western Ohio Conference, National East Division. Head coach: Maurice Douglass, fourth season as the Wildcats’ coach, 12-18 overall record. Also was head coach at Trotwood-Madison from 2000-13 with an overall record of 101-54. His last four Rams teams all played for state championships...
Hartsock: Piqua starts season with extra motivation

Hartsock: Piqua starts season with extra motivation

Talk about your frustrating finish to last season. Nobody had it worse than the Piqua Indians. Bill Nees thought his team had earned a spot in the Division III playoffs, only to have it taken away when Dunbar forfeited its final two games of the season to jumble the playoff field. “We had a 7-3 year and it was a season we felt we qualified for the playoffs,” Nees said. “We were playing...

HS Results 8/9: Graham, Jonathan Alder top divisions in CBC tourney

The Graham boys golf team won a fifth man tie-breaker over Urbana to take the Central Buckeye Conference Pre-Season Tournament Mad River Division while Jonathan Alder shot a 330 to win the Kenton Trail Division on Wednesday at Urbana Country Club. Josh Lewis and Jim Stickley each shot an 87 and Chasen Poole and Matt Goddard both had 89 to pace Graham, which finished with a 352. Nicklaus Lyons of Bellefontaine...
Prep football: Firebirds seek bounce back after disappointing season

Prep football: Firebirds seek bounce back after disappointing season

Lakota West High School football coach Larry Cox looked back at the 2016 campaign and knew some big changes needed to be made across the board in order to bounce back this season. The Firebirds went from a 7-3 record in 2015 to 2-8 last year. “The focus coming in was getting the right guys on the bus,” Cox said. “We were 2-8. We felt like we wanted to step up everybody’s commitment...
Strike would sideline City League coaches who are full-time teachers

Strike would sideline City League coaches who are full-time teachers

Belmont High School head football coach Earl White and his counterpart at Meadowdale, Len Hampton Jr., are expected to honor a strike and cease coaching should Dayton Public Schools and its teachers union not agree on a new contract. They are the only two of five Dayton City League head football coaches who are represented by the union. The sixth DPS high school – Stivers – does not have...
Any given Friday not in national high school association’s best interest

Any given Friday not in national high school association’s best interest

Bob Gardner is my new best friend. I don’t know Bob and neither do you, but he won me over with his first RESOLVED. Gardner is the executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. That’s ground zero for all similar state organizations, including the Ohio High School Athletic Association. There is no law prohibiting college and NFL football to play games...
SWOC football: Edgewood edges Owls for top spot in preseason poll

SWOC football: Edgewood edges Owls for top spot in preseason poll

Edgewood High School’s football team captured its first Southwest Ohio Conference title last season, ending Mt. Healthy’s four-year reign as champion. The Cougars are favored to rule the SWOC again this year in tight voting by the conference coaches, who picked Edgewood to take the top spot by one voting point. “We told the boys early on that we’ve got a target on our back...
HS Football: First-year coach Carter sees ‘potential’ at Northwestern

HS Football: First-year coach Carter sees ‘potential’ at Northwestern

Shane Carter has seen football success from the middle of the football field and from the sidelines. Carter, who took over as Northwestern’s head coach in late May, was a standout defensive back at Troy early last decade before rejoining the program as a freshman coach last year. The Trojans rank in the top 20 in the state for all-time wins and made the playoffs Carter’s senior season...
Hartsock: Springboro football looking for playmakers

Hartsock: Springboro football looking for playmakers

The Springboro Panthers have dealt with some turnover at quarterback in recent seasons. Ryan Wilhite’s teams have had three different quarterbacks in the last three years, but his Panthers haven’t missed the playoffs because of it. “Cameron Roundtree played a lot of quarterback for us at the JV level,” Wilhite said during a break in summer camp. “He played defense for...
Athlete of the Week: Gavin Bell, Beavercreek High School

Athlete of the Week: Gavin Bell, Beavercreek High School

Name: Gavin Bell School: Beavercreek Sport: Wrestling Class: 2020 Age: 15 Claim to fame: Second freshman state qualifier in school history Bet you didn’t know: I love to watch all kinds of sports on TV. Toughest opponent/why: Miamisburg’s Elijah Perkins because I couldn’t get in on a shot on him Favorite book: Peak Favorite movie: Indiana Jones Favorite TV show: Anything on ESPN...
Athlete of the Week: Jordan Campbell, Lebanon High School

Athlete of the Week: Jordan Campbell, Lebanon High School

Name: Jordan Campbell School: Lebanon High School Sport: Track and field Class: 2017 Age: 18 Claim to fame: Going to state back-to-back years my junior and senior year Toughest opponent/why: Quincy Scott — our times are always really close. Favorite book: Lord of The Flies Favorite movie: The Blind Side Favorite TV show: Friday Night Lights Favorite musical artist: Kendrick Lamar Favorite pro...
Athlete of the Week: Aaron Dobbins, Ponitz Career Technology Center

Athlete of the Week: Aaron Dobbins, Ponitz Career Technology Center

Name: Aaron Dobbins School: Ponitz Grade: Incoming junior Age: 16 Sports: Track and field Claim to fame/honors: Qualified for Junior Olympic Nationals in 800 and 4x400 relay with Dayton Wolverines Track Club; member of National Honor Society Bet you didn’t know … Batman is my favorite superhero Words you live by: Greatness takes time Toughest opponent: Myself because you have to have...
Athlete of the Week: Dasia Cole, Troy High School

Athlete of the Week: Dasia Cole, Troy High School

Name: Dasia Cole School: Troy Grade: 2017 graduate Age: 18 Sports: Track and field Claim to fame/honors: Three-year varsity performer; GWOC North high jump champion as sophomore and runner-up this year; posted straight A’s and named senior of the year at Upper Valley Career Center; will attend Sinclair Community College. Bet you didn’t know … I was a gymnast for 10 years Words you...
Athlete of the Week: Kennedy Coker, Centerville High School

Athlete of the Week: Kennedy Coker, Centerville High School

Name: Kennedy Coker School: Centerville Grade: Incoming senior Age: 16 Sport: Track and field Claim to fame/honors: Qualified for Junior Olympic Nationals in 400 hurdles, 100 hurdles, triple jump and 4x400 with Dayton Wolverines Track Club; freshman year placed second at New Balance Nationals in distance medley relay; finished third at state in 300 hurdles sophomore year; took third at Junior Olympics...
Sidney football: Top 7 players in Yellow Jackets history

Sidney football: Top 7 players in Yellow Jackets history

There have been longer win streaks, but few more celebrated than Sidney’s 30-0 run during the 1968-70 high school football seasons. It began with a 42-0 blanking of Saint Marys in September of 1968 and concluded with a 27-0 number on Lima Bath in November of 1970. Sidney’s Julia Lamb Stadium was the place to be on fall Friday nights during those seasons. Anchored in a natural bowl setting...
Prep football: Madison working toward elusive playoff goal

Prep football: Madison working toward elusive playoff goal

There is no doubt about this: Madison High School’s football team is aiming to make history this season. The Mohawks are coming off back-to-back 7-3 campaigns, but they’ve never been to the playoffs. And they’ve dropped down to Division V in 2017. “The kids think about it and I think the community talks about it a lot, and that’s the easy part,” fourth-year coach...
Ohio State Buckeyes: Miamisburg’s Josh Myers making ‘strong’ impression

Ohio State Buckeyes: Miamisburg’s Josh Myers making ‘strong’ impression

A dozen days into preseason practice, Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa doesn’t sound close to picking a new starter at right guard, but he likes what he has seen from Josh Myers. “Really good — He’s learning things,” Studrawa said Monday of the freshman from Miamisburg who was one of the top-rated players in Urban Meyer’s 2017 recruiting class. &ldquo...
High school football preview: Franklin Wildcats

High school football preview: Franklin Wildcats

High school: Franklin Wildcats Division: III, Region: 12 (no change from last season). Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division. Head coach: Brad Childers, fourth season, 21-11 overall record, all at Franklin. Assistant coaches/positions: Jimmy Goforth, OC; Frankie Russell, DC; Mark Mullins, OL; Ryan Roberts, WR; Rick Thompson, RB; Steve Woods, QB/special teams; Tom Parker...
High school football preview: Fairmont Firebirds

High school football preview: Fairmont Firebirds

High school: Fairmont Firebirds Division: D-I, Region: 3 (no change from last season). Affiliation: Greater Western Ohio Conference, National East. Head coach: Dave Miller, beginning second year at Fairmont; 126-45 overall record also as a head coach at Cross Country Conference teams Covington and Twin Valley South. Had most of that success at Covington, where the Buccs appeared in the postseason...
Prep football: Talawanda hoping youth movement brings more wins

Prep football: Talawanda hoping youth movement brings more wins

It’s been a trying two seasons for Talawanda High School’s football team, but sixth-year coach J.D. Vonderheide is confident that brighter days are looming. He sees a strong sophomore class as the foundation of a turnaround for the Braves, who were 0-10 in 2015 and 2-8 in 2016. “I think our inexperience will be a positive for us … with the kind of youth that we have on this...
Recruiting: Dunbar football standout Scates down to two finalists

Recruiting: Dunbar football standout Scates down to two finalists

A lot of high school athletes can’t wait for the recruiting process to end, but Joseph Scates isn’t one of those guys. Dunbar’s highly touted receiver admits he likes the attention. “It’s always been fun,” he said. “Ever since my sophomore year when I first started to get recruited I fell in love with the recruiting process.” What’s not to like...
Prep football: Franklin sets high bar after historic season

Prep football: Franklin sets high bar after historic season

History was made last season by Franklin High School’s football team. And more might be on the way in 2017. The Wildcats went 11-1 and set a single-season school record for victories last year, winning the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title and advancing to the second round of the Division III playoffs. “We’re a talented group. People know that, we know that...
Recruiting: Centerville standout commits to MAC school

Recruiting: Centerville standout commits to MAC school

Centerville High School standout Jevon Henderson gave a verbal commitment Saturday night to play college football at Bowling Green State University. He made the announcement on Twitter. Henderson, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle, had offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Central Florida and several other Mid-American Conference schools. According to the 247sports composite rankings, the three-star...
Springfield linebacker Hoelscher picks Army

Springfield linebacker Hoelscher picks Army

Springfield High School senior linebacker Cameron Hoelscher gave his verbal commitment to Army on Saturday. He announced his decision on Twitter. “First I want to thank God for putting me in the position I am in today,” Hoelscher wrote, “and blessing me with the abilities to play at the next level. I want to thank my family, friends, mentors and coaches for guiding me and pushing...
Prep football: McNicholas voted No. 1 team in GCLC Central

Prep football: McNicholas voted No. 1 team in GCLC Central

The McNicholas High School football program is favored to continue its recent dominance of the Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division. The Rockets have won five straight Central championships, and league coaches have unanimously voted them as the team to beat in 2017. “We do take pride in that,” said McNick coach Mike Orlando, starting his seventh year at the helm. “We appreciate...
HS Football: Catholic Central short on players, but not expectations

HS Football: Catholic Central short on players, but not expectations

Catholic Central football coach Mike McKenna gained a new appreciation for his predecessor, Steve DeWitt, after replacing him last year. Although he was an Irish assistant for 25 years, McKenna didn’t realize how much off-field duty the job required. There’s always mounds of paperwork, of course. And he’s the first person players call at Central about medical emergencies —...
Touchdown 7: Oakwood hopes to win as much as it scores

Touchdown 7: Oakwood hopes to win as much as it scores

It’s not often a team loses eight of ten games and still sets several offensive records, but that’s the curious case of last year’s Oakwood High School football team. After starting out 0-4 the first month, head coach Butch Snider scrapped the triple-option attack in favor of a wide-open aerial attack. “We have some really bright kids who can pick up things and adjust to new...
Prep football: Fairfield looking to take next step

Prep football: Fairfield looking to take next step

Four straight winning seasons and three Division I playoff appearances in the last four years have placed Fairfield High School among Southwest Ohio’s better football programs. It’s not enough for seventh-year coach Jason Krause, though. The Indians are 0-3 in the postseason during his tenure and have yet to win a Greater Miami Conference title, so there’s plenty of work to be done...
Kenton Ridge football: Top 7 players in Cougars history

Kenton Ridge football: Top 7 players in Cougars history

Northridge turned from farmland and forest into a large collection of brick homes in the 1960s and ’70s as people left Springfield for the new suburb in Moorefield Township. Northeastern High School was overflowing by the 1970s due to the new district’s population surge and didn’t have enough room to house its students. The school board decided in the mid-’70s to build a high...
Prep football: Aregood plans to keep Fenwick on winning path

Prep football: Aregood plans to keep Fenwick on winning path

John Aregood sees himself as the new captain of a ship that’s been running smoothly for quite some time. He expected to be a first-year assistant coach in Fenwick High School’s football program this season. Now, after Joe Snively’s sudden resignation in May, Aregood is the interim head coach for the 2017 campaign. “Coach Snively left this program in good shape,” Aregood...
Athlete of the Week: Elijah Sadler, Troy High School

Athlete of the Week: Elijah Sadler, Troy High School

Name: Elijah Sadler School: Troy Grade: Incoming senior Age: 17 Sports: Tennis, soccer Claim to fame/honors: Three-year varsity tennis player; two-year varsity soccer; Scholar-Athlete Award for both sports each year Bet you didn’t know … I constantly have to fight through asthma and severe allergies Words you live by: Never give up, always give as much as you can and try to give a little...
Athlete of the Week: Jamiyah Walton, Poniza Career Technology Center

Athlete of the Week: Jamiyah Walton, Poniza Career Technology Center

Name: Jamiyah Walton School: Ponitz Grade: Incoming senior Age: 16 Sports: Track and field, cross-country, basketball, soccer Claim to fame/honors: Triple jumper qualified for National Junior Olympics Bet you didn’t know … I can play the piano Words you live by: I regret nothing in my past for it made me the person I am today Toughest opponent: Myself because I always try to push myself...
Athlete of the Week: Madison DeGennaro, Lebanon High School

Athlete of the Week: Madison DeGennaro, Lebanon High School

Name: Madison DeGennaro School: Lebanon High School Sport: Softball Class: 2018 Age: 17 Claim to fame: Personality Bet you didn’t know: I was born in Germany on a U.S. military base Toughest opponent/why: Mason — it is a close rivalry and I know a lot of the players Favorite book: A Child Called It Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting Favorite TV show: Friends Favorite musical artist: Travis...
Athlete of the Week: Rebecca Johnson, Fairmont High School

Athlete of the Week: Rebecca Johnson, Fairmont High School

Name: Rebecca Johnson School: Fairmont Grade: Incoming senior Age: 16 Sports: Softball, competitive cheerleading Claim to fame/honors: Leadoff hitter is three-year varsity catcher; honorable mention Greater Western Ohio Conference Bet you didn’t know … I’m obsessed with ice cream Words I live by: You only live once Toughest opponent: Centerville in softball Biggest influence: My...
Athlete of the Week: Carmen Williams, Beavercreek High School

Athlete of the Week: Carmen Williams, Beavercreek High School

Name: Carmen Williams School: Beavercreek Sport: Basketball Class: 2018 Age: 16 Claim to fame: Intense defense and shooting right-handed even though I am left-handed Bet you didn’t know: I can play the piano and ukulele Toughest opponent/why? Anybody I play because I can’t play down to any opponent or underperform against tough opponents. Favorite movie: Shrek and Like Mike Favorite TV...
Southeastern volleyball in reload mode

Southeastern volleyball in reload mode

Southeastern volleyball coach Katie Holder is replacing seven seniors who were the core of a team that won back-to-back Ohio Heritage Conference titles and made two straight jaunts to the Division IV district finals. She’s going into the season with no seniors and just two juniors and pair of sophomores to go along with several freshmen, which means the Trojans probably can’t be expected...
Prep football: Yordy begins rebuilding process at Badin

Prep football: Yordy begins rebuilding process at Badin

The Badin High School football program is important to Nick Yordy, so he’d like to start turning it in a more positive direction. But don’t look for the first-year head coach to make any predictions with the Rams coming off a 2-8 season. “Everything takes time,” Yordy said. “We understand 2-8 isn’t really where we want to be, but you’ve got to do the little...
Former UD coach Kuwik resigns at Wayne to accept Davidson position

Former UD coach Kuwik resigns at Wayne to accept Davidson position

Kevin Kuwik, the former University of men’s assistant basketball coach who succeeded Travis Trice as the boys basketball coach at Wayne High School five weeks ago, has resigned as the Warriors coach to accept a position on the Davidson College men’s basketball team. Wayne athletic director Jay Minton confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Kuwik had taken a Davidson position, reportedly as...
Teen accused of hitting deputy, underage drinking at Clark County Fair

Teen accused of hitting deputy, underage drinking at Clark County Fair

A Kenton Ridge football player was arrested on underage drinking charges at the Clark County Fair and accused of elbowing a deputy. Jaden Jenkins, 18, pleaded not guilty to charges of offenses/underage persons and resisting arrest in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. His bond was set at $1,500. MORE: Three women, juvenile accused of drug abuse at Clark County Fair He allegedly was found passed...
Former Buckeyes headline Sonny Unger Foundation Banquet

Former Buckeyes headline Sonny Unger Foundation Banquet

The same day high school football practice kicked off across Ohio, Centerville held the 51st annual Sonny Unger Foundation Award Banquet. The featured speakers were former Ohio State linebackers A.J. Hawk, Anthony Schlegel and Bobby Carpenter and new Centerville football coach Brent Ullery. Former Elk Ryan Hawk (A.J.’s older brother) served as host, and they made his job easy as they spent more...
Prep football: Middies eager to move forward after 0-10 season

Prep football: Middies eager to move forward after 0-10 season

The Ohio prep football season became official Monday with the start of practice, and the Middletown Middies were understandably thrilled with the fresh start. Middletown, coming off an 0-10 campaign, worked out at Barnitz Stadium under second-year head coach Lance Engleka. “Taking an 0-10 season, that’s a tough pill to swallow. Not only for the kids, but the coaches, the community, everybody...
CJ braces for bump up to D-III football

CJ braces for bump up to D-III football

His team colors are unique and the location is a sprawling refurbished athletic complex that’s tucked between the Great Miami River and State Route 35. But in many other ways, Chaminade Julienne football coach Marcus Colvin shares a kindred spirit. “I’m just like the kids,” said Colvin during Monday’s first day of high school football preseason practice. “I was...
HS Football: Springfield opens practice with great expectations

HS Football: Springfield opens practice with great expectations

Moses Douglass had fun as Springfield pulled off several dramatic wins last season, but he didn’t plan to enjoy them as a spectator. An ankle injury in a Week 2 game at Princeton kept him on the sidelines for the rest of what could have been a breakout year. After months of anticipation, Douglass started what he hopes will be a breakout season Monday in Springfield’s first practice. It...
Springboro’s Donaghy named MVP of Bob Ross Classic

Springboro’s Donaghy named MVP of Bob Ross Classic

Most players who participate in the Bob Ross Classic each summer are among the best in their high school programs. In Saturday’s edition of the all-star game, there were eight players who were first team all-conference and seven who were on second team. The game’s most valued player, though, has never played varsity baseball. Springboro’s Luke Donaghy was named MVP after going 3-for-3...
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