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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.
Milton-Union senior makes a final push to state track

Milton-Union senior makes a final push to state track

It was a given Milton-Union senior Beyonce Bobbitt would punch another ticket to the state track and field meet. Qualifying a combined seven times in the shot put and discus the previous three seasons makes her an annual favorite in those events. “It’s rewarding to see all the hard work I’ve put into this to finally pay off,” said Bobbitt, who won the girls Division II regional...
No joke: Northwestern takes two of top three spots in D-II regional discus

No joke: Northwestern takes two of top three spots in D-II regional discus

Korbin Spencer wasn’t himself. Things like that happen to unsuspecting sophomores in track and field meets the magnitude of a regional. And as always, Northwestern High School junior teammate Adam Riedinger was there to offer comforting words. How did that go? “He said, don’t be nervous and he started telling me jokes,” Spencer admitted after they went first and third in the...

HS Scores 5/24: Baseball, boys volleyball regionals continue

PREP RESULTS Baseball Thursday’s Results Regional Semifinals Division I Mason 3, Centerville 2 Moeller 3, Elder 2 Division II Chaminade Julienne 3, Bishop Hartley 2 CHCA 8, Ross 1 Division III Blanchester 13, Bethel-Tate 3 Madeira 5, Madison 1 Division IV Cin. Christian 6, Russia 1 Fort Loramie 7, Minster 5 Softball Wednesday’s Results Regional Semifinals Division I Lakota West 9, Mason...

HS Roundup 5/24: Fort Loramie knocks off Minster in regional semis

Fort Loramie edged out Minster, 7-5, in the Division IV regional semifinals matchup. Fort Loramie got off to a quick start, putting up five runs courtesy of RBIs by Devin Wehrman, Carter Mescher, Dillon Albers and C.J. Billing in the top of the second. A four-run inning for Minster brought the game within one, tying it in the bottom of the fifth. Shane Higlefort hit for an RBI double and Dillon Albers...

Centerville falls to Mason in D-I baseball regional semifinal

Centerville was defeated 3-2 by Mason in a Division I regional baseball semifinal at the University of Cincinnati’s Marge Schott Stadium on Thursday night. »CJ ADVANCES: Eagles beat Hartley in D-II regional semi Will Pfennig (9-0) tossed a complete-game, three-hitter and struck out nine to earn the win for the Comets. Mason (25-5) will take a nine-game win streak into the D-I regional...
Prep baseball: Madison’s bats quiet in Division III regional loss to Madeira

Prep baseball: Madison’s bats quiet in Division III regional loss to Madeira

Madison High School’s bats were mostly quiet Thursday evening as the Mohawks’ baseball season came to a close. Tyler Sullivan fired a four-hitter for Madeira, which overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat Madison 5-1 in a Division III regional semifinal at the Athletes in Action complex. “Sullivan threw the heck out of the ball today,” Mohawks coach Matt Morrison said. “Hats...
Chaminade Julienne beats Hartley on walk-off single

Chaminade Julienne beats Hartley on walk-off single

Chaminade Julienne beat Columbus Bishop Hartley 3-2 in walk-off fashion Thursday in a Division II regional baseball semifinal at Mason High School. Sebastian Gongora’s two-out single, just over the outstretched glove of the Hartley second baseman, scored Ryan Peltier from third base in the bottom of the seventh. “I knew I had to do something big,” Gongora said. “I knew...
Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Here’s how Ohio State wants youth football coaches to teach tackling

Alex Grinch had two big selling points as he laid out the tackling method Ohio State football has adopted in recent years.  Not only is the Buckeyes’ system safer, it is effective.  The latter is important, he noted to an audience of roughly 170 youth and high school coaches, because otherwise it won’t be used.  The former – safety – is key at a time when youth...
‘Oh man, it’s fantastic’ … CCS earns historic Division IV regional baseball victory

‘Oh man, it’s fantastic’ … CCS earns historic Division IV regional baseball victory

The Division IV postseason has turned into a magical journey for Cincinnati Christian School’s baseball team. The Cougars found themselves on an emotional high Thursday after making history with the program’s first-ever regional victory, leaving them one win away from the state tournament. “Oh man, it’s fantastic,” junior pitcher Mitchell Smith said after he showed the...
Ross falls to Cincinnati Hills Christian in regional baseball

Ross falls to Cincinnati Hills Christian in regional baseball

There are always hugs after the last game of the season, especially when it comes deep in the tournament. There might have been a few more hugs for the Ross baseball team Thursday after the players and coaches huddled in the outfield at Mason High School following an 8-1 loss to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. The defeat in the Division II regional semifinals was hard enough. They also were saying...
Archdeacon: Kelsi Hoops — A champion like no other

Archdeacon: Kelsi Hoops — A champion like no other

As love lessons go, the boy shot Cupid’s arrow straight into his own foot. “A couple of years ago my boyfriend at the time told me I wasn’t making enough time for him,” Kelsi Hoops said with a faint smile and a definite shrug as she took a break during a workout at Pacifico Power on Wednesday evening. “He said I was going to the gym too much. He said, ‘It&rsquo...
Gressly’s two home runs super-charge Lebanon in regional semifinal win

Gressly’s two home runs super-charge Lebanon in regional semifinal win

With one swing, junior Grace Gressly jump-started Lebanon’s tourney journey on Wednesday afternoon. With another, she sealed the deal. Gressly’s two home runs and five RBI’s provided the bulk of Lebanon’s fireworks in a 6-3 defeat of Lakota East in a Division I high school softball regional semifinal on Wednesday. Lebanon (26-3) will take a six-game win streak into Saturday&rsquo...
Butler senior matches regional track record set in 1971

Butler senior matches regional track record set in 1971

Butler’s Daiton Sharp took a giant leap into regional track and field history on Wednesday night at Wayne High School. A senior, Sharp unloaded a long jump of 23 feet, 11 inches on his final attempt to win the Division I meet. That puts him in rarefied air, matching the 23-11 that Jeff Parks of Dayton Roosevelt initially set way back in 1971 (Class AAA), a quantum span of 46 years. “I...
Springfield standout: ‘It’s all about getting to state’

Springfield standout: ‘It’s all about getting to state’

Other than not getting off a legal jump in the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet two weeks ago, Springfield High School senior Quincy Scott had been unbeatable in the long jump. That changed in the first day of the Division I regional track and field meet at Wayne on Wednesday. The defending D-I state runner-up, Scott sank to third, the first time he hadn’t won this season other than the...
CCS seeking breakthrough Division IV regional baseball win against Russia

CCS seeking breakthrough Division IV regional baseball win against Russia

It’s been a special run that Cincinnati Christian School’s baseball team would love to extend. The Cougars (15-8) earned a Division IV district championship by beating Franklin Monroe 7-6 on a walkoff bunt last Saturday. Now they’re bracing for a 2 p.m. regional semifinal Thursday against Russia (19-9) at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield. For CCS, it will be the first regional...
East sophomore betters D-I regional 100 record that stood since 1990

East sophomore betters D-I regional 100 record that stood since 1990

Lakota East sprinter Serena Clark eclipsed a regional record that had stood since 1990 during the first day of the Division I track and field meet at Wayne High School on Wednesday. Just a sophomore, Clark’s clocking of 11.79 in 100 meters qualifying bested the previous record of 11.81 that D’Andre Hill of Cincinnati Mt. Healthy established in 1990. Hill was an All-American at LSU and...

HS Scores 5/23: Softball regionals continue, finals matchups set

PREP RESULTS Softball Wednesday’s Results Regional Semifinals Division I Lakota West 9, Mason 3 Lebanon 6, Lakota East 3 Division II Clinton-Massie 11, Greenville 4 Jonathan Alder 14, Kenton Ridge 5 Division III North Union 5, West Liberty-Salem 1 Williamsburg 10, Indian Lake 2 Division IV Bradford 2, Mechanicsburg 0 Parkway 12, Newton 2 Boys Volleyball Tuesday’s Results Regional Semifinals...

HS Roundup 5/23: Bradford tops ‘Burg, advances to regional finals

Bradford softball edged out Mechanicsburg, 2-0, to advance to the Division IV regional finals. Skipp Miller had a strong night all around, pitching her way out of bases-loaded with one out in the bottom of the third inning with two strikeouts. A one-out double by Miller, followed by a RBI from Bailey Wysong and a run scored by Eliza Martinez gave Bradford their two-run lead. Bradford will face Parkway...
Late eruption pushes West past Mason, into Division I softball regional final

Late eruption pushes West past Mason, into Division I softball regional final

Keith Castner saw a calmness in his players Wednesday that he admittedly doesn’t always see in himself. “Sometimes the football coach in me doesn’t let me do that,” said Castner, Lakota West High School’s softball coach. “But these girls were really relaxed. They responded the way we needed them to respond.” The Firebirds, trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom...
Gressly provides firepower, Lebanon tops East in Division I softball regional

Gressly provides firepower, Lebanon tops East in Division I softball regional

There were big hits and big plays and big pitches from numerous Lebanon High School softball players Wednesday afternoon. But Grace Gressly was the terminator. The junior cracked a pair of home runs and totaled five RBIs for the top-ranked Warriors, who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to conquer Lakota East 6-3 in a Division I regional semifinal at Centerville. “It’s my role,”...
Kenton Ridge falls to Jonathan Alder in regional softball semifinals

Kenton Ridge falls to Jonathan Alder in regional softball semifinals

Kenton Ridge was one out away from losing by the run rule Wednesday against Jonathan Alder when senior Carly Turner launched a pitch over the fence in left. She had put a ball on the football field — hard hit but well foul — earlier in the at-bat, so this home run didn't surprise everyone. The two-run blast in the fifth showed what kind of fight the Cougars had in them, but it only delayed...
Clinton-Massie ousts Greenville in regional semifinals

Clinton-Massie ousts Greenville in regional semifinals

The first two innings cost the third-ranked Greenville softball team Wednesday in a Division II regional semifinal at Mason High School. No. 6 Clinton-Massie (27-5) scored five runs in the first inning and three in the second and rode that early lead to an 11-4 victory, avenging a 14-4 loss to Greenville in the same round a year ago. “The better team won today,” Greenville coach Jerrod...
Division II baseball: Ross takes aim at CHCA, first regional win in program history

Division II baseball: Ross takes aim at CHCA, first regional win in program history

The road to a milestone victory is not an easy one for Ross High School’s baseball team. The Rams are hoping to make history Thursday at 2 p.m. when they meet Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in a Division II regional semifinal at Mason. Ross has never registered a regional win, dropping semifinal decisions to St. Paris Graham in 1995, Kettering Alter in 2001 and Columbus DeSales in 2017....
Beavercreek sophomore first boys state tennis qualifier in 25 years

Beavercreek sophomore first boys state tennis qualifier in 25 years

Austin Staiger didn’t set out to make history, just qualify to state but the Beavercreek sophomore did both. With his fourth-place Division I district finish, Staiger became the Beavers first boys tennis state qualifier in 25 years. He will face off against top-seeded Tim Cianciola, of Canfield, in the first round of singles play at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason on Friday. »...
Division III regional baseball: Madison feeling strong in preparation for Mustangs

Division III regional baseball: Madison feeling strong in preparation for Mustangs

There is a feeling of looseness and confidence as Madison High School’s baseball team strives to make history this spring. Sound familiar? It should. The Mohawks had this kind of experience last fall by advancing to the Division V state football semifinals, and some of those players are now on the diamond. “It really just reminds me of the football season how the community’s coming...
Division I regional softball: West hoping to take center stage in GMC vs. Lebanon showdown

Division I regional softball: West hoping to take center stage in GMC vs. Lebanon showdown

Lakota West High School’s softball opponents have discovered that it doesn’t always pay to intentionally walk Allie Cummins. Nobody will dispute that Cummins, a senior shortstop and University of Akron signee, is among the best players in West history. She’s hitting .592 with eight home runs, 26 extra-base hits and 39 RBIs this season. Cummins bats third for the 23-3 Firebirds, so...
Athlete of the Week: Nick Wissman, Chaminade Julienne

Athlete of the Week: Nick Wissman, Chaminade Julienne

Name: Nick Wissman School: Chaminade Julienne Grade: 11, Junior Age: 17 Sports: Baseball Claim to fame/honors: Vandalia resident helped Eagles reach state championship game last year; earned second-team All-Greater Catholic League honors Bet you didn’t know … our team has carried an African stick with us to every game since last year’s season Words you live by: Isaiah 60:22 &ldquo...
Athlete of the Week: Savannah Lowe, Centerville

Athlete of the Week: Savannah Lowe, Centerville

Name: Savannah Lowe School: Centerville Grade: Junior Age: 17 Sports: Track and field, cross country Claim to fame/honors: Earned all-state honors for indoor and outdoor track in the 3,200, 1,600, 800 and 4x800 relay; carries 4.4 grade-point average; part of state championship cross country team for three years; team placed 11th at Nike Cross Country Nationals freshman year; member of National Honor...
Athlete of the Week, Adam Valenti, Valley View

Athlete of the Week, Adam Valenti, Valley View

Name: Adam Valenti School: Valley View High School Sport: Track Class: Senior Age: 18 Claim to fame: Greatest Jeopardy player of all time Bet you didn’t know: I have seven brothers and one sister Toughest opponent/why: Franklin because they’re always good Favorite book: The Martian Favorite movie: The Dark Knight Favorite TV show: Parks and Recreation Favorite musical artist: Hall & Oates...
Athlete of the Week: Joshua Rutan, Legacy Christian Academy

Athlete of the Week: Joshua Rutan, Legacy Christian Academy

Name: Joshua Rutan School: Legacy Christian Academy Sport: Baseball Class: Senior Age: 18 Claim to fame: Had the highest batting average throughout the entire season. Finally ending with .571 AVG and .667 OBP Bet you didn’t know: The witness protection program has the highest suicide rate out of any government program Toughest opponent/why: Dayton Christian. They’re a good team with some...

HS Scores 5/22: Boys volleyball state tournament continues

PREP RESULTS Baseball Monday’s Results District Finals Division I Centerville 4, Loveland 1 Division II Ross 6, Tippecanoe 3 Softball Monday’s Results District Finals Division I Mason 6, Centerville 0 Division III Indian Lake 11, Deer Park 1 Division IV Newton 9, Fayetteville Perry 1 Boys Volleyball Tuesday’s Results Regional Semifinals Division I Centerville 3, Hamilton 0 District...

HS Roundup 5/22: Carroll volleyball wins district finals match

Carroll’s boys volleyball team swept Chaminade Julienne, 3-0, to clinch the Division II district title. Each of the three sets were close and Carroll won 28-26, 25-22 and 28-26 to take the win. Spencer Bethel paved the way with 43 assists and 14 digs, while John Brun tacked on 24 kills and 13 digs. Cameron Provonsil and Braedon Shelek rounded out the effort, combining for 13 kills. REPORTING...

HS Roundup 5/21: Centerville, Ross baseball win district titles

Baseball District Tournament Division I Centerville 4, Loveland 1: Jared Lieberman drove in two runs and notched the win on the mound and Shea Hendrixson had the save as Centerville completed a suspended game from Sunday to move on to a regional semifinal game vs. Mason on Thursday. Division II Ross 6, Tippecanoe 3: Ross rallied from a three-run deficit, taking the lead with four runs in the fifth...

HS Scores 5/21: Lakota West, Indian Lake softball advance to regionals

Elder 5, St. Xavier 4 Mason 13, Northmont 3 Moeller 6, Butler 2 CHCA 9, Kenton Ridge 5 Chaminade Julienne 4, New Richmond 1 Bethel-Tate 6, Dayton Christian 5 Blanchester 9, Carlisle 6 Madeira 4, Waynesville 3 Ross 2, Taylor 1 Centerville 4, Loveland 1 Ross 6, Tippecanoe 3 Lakota West 4, Springboro 0 Kenton Ridge 6, Monroe 2 Bradford 2, Cin. Christian 1 Mason 6, Centerville 0 Indian Lake 11, Deer Park...
Prep baseball: Ross rallies past Tippecanoe, repeats as Division II district champion

Prep baseball: Ross rallies past Tippecanoe, repeats as Division II district champion

Winning has become a contagious, delightful thing for Ross High School’s baseball team. The Rams have discovered some postseason magic again this year and captured their second straight Division II district championship Monday, erasing a 3-0 deficit to knock off Tippecanoe 6-3 at Mason. “Just keep winning. That’s what you do,” said senior Montana Allgaier, who pitched 3.1 scoreless...
Staten’s huddle with LeBron recaptured by ESPN

Staten’s huddle with LeBron recaptured by ESPN

Overcome with grief after having lost a state championship basketball game, former Thurgood Marshall High School standout Juwan Staten was consoled by the best: LeBron James. »RELATED: Area teams advance on the tourney trails »PHOTO GALLERY: D-I district track at Wayne Staten’s well-documented brush with the NBA trend-setter received added mileage on espn.com on Monday. Staten was...
Multiple regional qualifiers boost district-champ WL-Salem girls

Multiple regional qualifiers boost district-champ WL-Salem girls

Then a seventh grader, Lydia Moell couldn’t have picked a better day for her first pole vault lesson three years ago. Well, except for that winter blast Lydia and her father drove through to get to Columbus. “I remember because it was on Valentine’s Day and my husband drove her over in a snowstorm,” said Becky Moell, Lydia’s mother and West Liberty-Salem’s pole...
Area teams advance in spring sports seasons

Area teams advance in spring sports seasons

How does Centerville top junior pitcher Nick Hoffmann’s perfect game to win a sectional baseball championship? Easy, add a delayed district title. All the high school spring sports are deep into their respective postseasons. And the foul weather that has been in play all spring continues to make a make-up mess of tournament schedules. Here’s how the tournament trails look as of Monday...
Miami Valley boys tennis sends singles, doubles team to state

Miami Valley boys tennis sends singles, doubles team to state

To say it was a good weekend on the courts for the Rams would be an understatement. The Miami Valley tennis team qualified four boys – two singles players and a doubles team – to this week’s Division II high school state tennis tournament – a feat the Rams have not accomplished in at least 15 years. Rams senior Colton Morehart – who qualified to state as a sophomore &ndash...
Prep softball: CCS on the rise, but Bradford takes Division IV district title

Prep softball: CCS on the rise, but Bradford takes Division IV district title

Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for a Division IV district softball championship continues. The Cougars came up short in the district finals for the fourth time in program history Sunday afternoon, losing to Bradford 2-1 in eight innings at Mason. “I really wish we could’ve won that, but anything can happen. It was done for a reason,” said CCS freshman Briahna Bush, who...
Prep baseball: Seventh-inning rally sparks Cincinnati Christian to D-IV district title

Prep baseball: Seventh-inning rally sparks Cincinnati Christian to D-IV district title

The Cincinnati Christian School baseball team is headed to the Division IV regionals. The Cougars stunned Franklin Monroe with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday and captured a district championship as Connor Ploetz had a walkoff RBI bunt in a 7-6 triumph at Springboro. Alex Johnson had two hits and an RBI for CCS (15-8), and Mitchell Smith pitched an eight-hitter with four strikeouts...

HS Scores 5/19: District semifinals and finals scores

Baseball Friday’s Results District Finals Division III Madison 1, Versailles 0 Division IV Fort Loramie 11, Tri County North 7 District Semifinals Division II Chaminade Julienne 7, Oakwood 4 CHCA 4, Fenwick 2 Division IV Cin. Christian 8, New Miami 1 Saturday’s Results District Finals Division II CHCA 9, Kenton Ridge 5 Division III Coldwater 8, Fort Recovery 1 Division IV Cin. Christian...

HS Roundup 5/19: Centerville’s Hoffman leads in district semis win

Nick Hoffman threw a perfect game with 13 strikeouts as Centerville slipped past Beavercreek, 2-0. Morgan Colopy singled in the top of the third inning to score Ryan Stahl, opening the scoring for the Elks. A hit from Stahl, followed by a bunt from Hoffman, an error by Beavercreek and an additional walk by ‘Creek gave Centerville its 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Centerville advances...
A milestone for DeGennaro, a district softball title for No. 1 Lebanon

A milestone for DeGennaro, a district softball title for No. 1 Lebanon

Lebanon High School’s softball team is once again on the prowl for a Division I state championship. The Warriors are ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll and striving for their fifth trip to the Final Four, having lost in the state finals in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Last year’s loss to Elyria was particularly brutal for Lebanon. Warriors coach Brian Kindell said it’s not part of team...
Kenton Ridge suffers another heartbreaking loss in baseball district title game

Kenton Ridge suffers another heartbreaking loss in baseball district title game

Kenton Ridge’s disappointment in the Division II district championship game continued Saturday with a 9-5 loss to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy at Miamisburg High School. Since winning five straight district championships from 2004-08, the Cougars have lost the game five times in the last 10 years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2017 and 2018). “‘We’ll keep trying,” said Kenton...
Wildcats take their place in boys district track championship history

Wildcats take their place in boys district track championship history

Springfield High School already had resurrected its football and boys basketball programs since the North/South merger. Add its boys track and field program to that progress. Springfield hadn’t won a boys district track team title since South did it in 1991. Wildcats coach Mike Davis was a standout on North’s team when the Panthers last did the same in 1990. Anyone up for some history...
Trotwood senior basketball standout a one-season hit in track, too

Trotwood senior basketball standout a one-season hit in track, too

Already an established basketball standout with a scholarship to play at the next level, Shai McGruder of Trotwood-Madison High School was game for another challenge. That would be track and field. And becoming a fast learner doesn’t come close to describing her progress. “I don’t know why it took so long,” said McGruder, a senior who won the 400 meters (59.48) in the Division...
Prep baseball: CHCA takes advantage of Fenwick’s mistakes in 4-2 win

Prep baseball: CHCA takes advantage of Fenwick’s mistakes in 4-2 win

Fenwick High School’s baseball season ended with a flurry of errors Friday evening. The Falcons totaled four errors, three in a four-run fourth inning for Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, and dropped a 4-2 decision in a Division II district semifinal at Princeton. “That one defensive letdown and one inning have bit us a couple times this year,” Fenwick coach Chris Stratton said...

HS Scores 5/18: Greenville, Clinton Massie, W-LS win district titles

PREP RESULTS Baseball Thursday’s Results District Semifinals Division I Beavercreek vs. Centerville, ppd. Butler 4, Springboro 3 Elder 2, West Clermont 1 Loveland 5, Lakota East 4 Mason 4, Oak Hills 1 Moeller vs. Kings, ppd. St. Xavier 5, Badin 0 Troy vs. Northmont, ppd. Division II Chaminade Julienne vs. Oakwood, ppd. Fenwick vs. CHCA, ppd. Kenton Ridge 9, Ben Logan 2 New Richmond 6, McNicholas...

HS Roundup 5/18: Madison, Fort Loramie baseball win district titles

Baseball District Finals Division III Carlisle vs. Blanchester: This game was suspended with Blanchester leading 8-6 in the top of the seventh inning. Madison 1, Versailles 0: Madison broke a scoreless tie to win a district title in walkoff fashion. Division IV Fort Loramie 11, Tri-County North 7: C.J. Billing drove in seven runs in an outstanding performance to lead Fort Loramie in a district final...
Prep softball: Freshman Bush among leaders as CCS eyes first district championship

Prep softball: Freshman Bush among leaders as CCS eyes first district championship

Cincinnati Christian School’s quest for an elusive district softball championship began with a scramble for players. Athletic director Steve Gillens returned to the head coaching position this year after Stephanie Grossmann was unable to continue because of a work conflict, and the Cougars found themselves with barely enough players to field a team. “I was trying to recruit a little bit...
Trotwood-Madison approves new athletic director

Trotwood-Madison approves new athletic director

Chuck Richardson, currently the athletic director at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, has been named the new AD at Trotwood-Madison. »RELATED: Butler making unlikely D-I tourney run The Trotwood-Madison Board of Education approved Richardson’s hire during Thursday night’s meeting. He succeeds Guy Fogle at Trotwood. »OHSAA...
Hall of Famer Huismann approved as Talawanda’s head girls hoop coach

Hall of Famer Huismann approved as Talawanda’s head girls hoop coach

Talawanda High School named Mary Jo Huismann as its next varsity girls basketball coach Thursday night. The Talawanda Board of Education approved the hiring of the Ohio Basketball Hall-of-Famer and former longtime Mother of Mercy High School coach during its work session. “She is not only a proven winner, but she also has knowledge of building a program and also has great leadership,”...
Butler making surprise D-I postseason baseball run

Butler making surprise D-I postseason baseball run

Quinton Hall and Boston Smith were easy targets of their Butler High School baseball teammates. That’s what happens when cracking the lineup on one of the area’s best Division I programs as freshmen. “Oh, yeah,” said Hall, the younger brother of former University of Dayton basketball standout Brooks Hall. “It was crazy.” The pair won over their Aviators teammates...
Prep baseball: Three innings, a unique experience for CCS, New Miami

Prep baseball: Three innings, a unique experience for CCS, New Miami

Here’s what kind of Thursday it was for the Cincinnati Christian and New Miami prep baseball teams: The biggest influences were Mother Nature, a defective base and darkness. Their Division IV district semifinal at the Midland complex was rained out Wednesday and rescheduled for Thursday. It was announced during the day that the contest would move to Indian Hill, which has a turf infield. Inclement...

HS Roundup 5/17: Butler, Kenton Ridge headed to district finals

Baseball Tournament Division I Butler 4, Springboro 3: Butler broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning to win a district semifinal. Jacob DeMoss drove in two runs and Boston Smith scored three times off of two hits for Butler, which will face the winner of Kings and Moeller on Saturday. Ben Barber, Spencer Virtue and Cameron Rountree each had one RBI for ‘Boro. Division II Kenton Ridge...

HS Scores 5/17: Alter volleyball wins GCLC title

Baseball Wednesday’s Results District Semifinals Division III Bethel-Tate 6, Cin. Country Day 0 Blanchester 7, Clermont Northeastern 3 Carlisle 9, Brookville 5 Dayton Christian 13, Anna 10 Madeira 11, Williamsburg 1 Madison 4, Greenon 3 Versailles 10, Arcanum 4 Waynesville 3, West Liberty-Salem 2 Division IV Cin. Christian vs. New Miami, ppd. Deer Park vs. Seven Hills, ppd. Fort Loramie 6, Triad...
Concussion discussion: Area football coaches talk changes, challenges in preserving the game 

Concussion discussion: Area football coaches talk changes, challenges in preserving the game 

When a half dozen high school coaches convened recently to talk football, some consensus about what is probably the game’s biggest long-term issue emerged.  With concern about the effects of head injuries growing, there is no choice but to embrace changes to the game because the consequences are not acceptable.  “If we let this game go, I’ll tell you what: Society&rsquo...
Elks vaulters push each other to the limit

Elks vaulters push each other to the limit

Centerville teammates Collin Jasin and Yariel Soto have brought out the best in each other. Outstanding pole vaulters, it’s their mission each week to place 1-2, set personal bests and go one-up on the other, at least for the time being. “We had a plan to get 1-2 and qualify for regional because it’s all about state,” said Soto after winning the vault with a leap of 15 feet...
Springboro native Gilkison headed to NCAA Golf Championships

Springboro native Gilkison headed to NCAA Golf Championships

What’s the best way to cap your freshman season in college golf? Play in the NCAA Championships of course. RELATED: Gilkison wins second straight Met golf title Springboro native Josh Gilkison will do just that as a member of the Kent State Golden Flashes. Gilkison and his teammates qualified with a fifth-place finish Wednesday at the Kissimmee (Fla.) Regional. The Golden Flashes, ranked 29th...
Spartans edge Tigers in extra innings

Spartans edge Tigers in extra innings

Fairborn — A wet baseball might have made the difference between Waynesville and West Liberty Salem on Wednesday. The Spartans and Tigers battled for nine innings in a Division III District semi-final game before Waynesville walked off with a 3-2 win. The two teams were locked in a pitchers duel for most of the game as West Liberty senior Thomas Allen and Waynesville junior Brady Stone were...

HS Roundup 5/16: Three SWBL teams advance to district finals

Waynesville, Carlisle and Madison each advanced, marking three Southwestern Buckeye League teams to make it to district finals in Division III tournament baseball action on Wednesday. Versailles and Dayton Christian also moved on in Division III. Fort Loramie, Franklin Monroe, Minster, Russia and Tri-County North won their district semifinals in Division IV play. Baseball Tournament Division III Waynesville...

HS Scores 5/16: Hawk sets state RBI record for Parkway softball

Baseball Tuesday’s Results Regular Season Coldwater 4, Lincolnview 3 Wednesday’s Results District Semifinals Division III Bethel-Tate 6, Cin. Country Day 0 Blanchester 7, Clermont Northeastern 3 Carlisle 9, Brookville 5 Dayton Christian 13, Anna 10 Madeira 11, Williamsburg 1 Madison 4, Greenon 3 Versailles 10, Arcanum 4 Waynesville 3, West Liberty-Salem 2 Division IV Cin. Christian vs...
Prep softball: Monroe blanks Franklin to secure berth in Division II district finals

Prep softball: Monroe blanks Franklin to secure berth in Division II district finals

Monroe High School’s softball team is once again on the verge of making history. The Hornets have never won a Division II district championship, but they’ve earned a shot at that feat and will meet Springfield Kenton Ridge at 5 p.m. on Friday at Brookville. “I’m just so happy for these kids with where they started and all they went through,” Monroe coach Tim Kellis said...
Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

The Dayton Agonis Club honored five area athletes and one coach during its 65th annual awards banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering on Wednesday night. Receiving various athlete awards were Trotwood-Madison High School senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove, University of Dayton senior women’s basketball player Jenna Burdette, Wright State senior men’s basketball...
No more ‘stacking teams’: State approves change to high school transfer rule

No more ‘stacking teams’: State approves change to high school transfer rule

As expected, the required mandatory sit-out period for high school transfers has been switched from what it had been. That was one of seven referendum items that were all approved by the Ohio High School Athletic Association members and announced on Wednesday. The sit-out period – effective immediately – requires transfer student athletes who don’t meet exemptions to sit out the...

Determination nets rare district berth for Northridge junior

Just three matches in the win column and a single team victory might not sound motivational, but it was just that for Northridge junior Josh Brown. “Honestly, it was a horrible season, but I fell in love with the sport,” the 17-year-old said. »RELATED: Greenville rallies to dodge Carroll in sectional final »RELATED: Tuesday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Tuesday&rsquo...
Springfield’s Moses Douglass ready to forge own path at Kentucky

Springfield’s Moses Douglass ready to forge own path at Kentucky

Maurice Douglass has sent a lot of football players to college.  The Springfield High School football coach knows all about the twists and turns in the sometimes wild world of recruiting.  But when it came to his own son, his intent was not to interfere.  “Me and his mom just stayed out of the way,” the coach said. “We wanted it to be his decision. We wanted it...
Prep softball: Bush powers CCS past Felicity in Division IV district semifinal

Prep softball: Bush powers CCS past Felicity in Division IV district semifinal

Briahna Bush fired a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts Tuesday as the Cincinnati Christian School softball team ran its winning streak to nine with a 7-0 victory over Felicity-Franklin in a Division IV district semifinal at Sycamore. A five-run sixth inning sparked the third-seeded Cougars (15-4), with Ashley Veldkamp and Merrick Heid plating runs in the frame. CCS played errorless softball and totaled...
Greenville rallies to dodge Carroll in D-II sectional final softball

Greenville rallies to dodge Carroll in D-II sectional final softball

There’s nothing wrong with the Greenville High School softball program, although the same can’t be said about Baylee Petry. Now a sophomore designated hitter, Petry was an All-Ohioan as a freshman pitcher last season for the Green Wave. She was destined to join a long line of outstanding pitchers who have helped vault Greenville to the best in the area and state since coach Jerrod Newland...
Athlete of the Week: Cailey McNinch, Dixie

Athlete of the Week: Cailey McNinch, Dixie

Name: Cailey McNinch School: Dixie Grade: Senior Age: 17 Sports: Softball Claim to fame/honors: Third-year varsity second baseman; class valedictorian carries 4.2 grade-point average; plans to attend Wright State University and major in education Bet you didn’t know … I have five brothers and I’m the only girl Words you live by: Why fit in when you’re born to stand out (Dr...

Athlete of the Week: Chloe Miller, Franklin

Name: Chloe Miller School: Franklin Sport: Softball Class: 2020 Age: 15 Bet you didn’t know: I have been involved in choir since eighth grade Favorite movie: The Greatest Showman Favorite TV show: The Fosters Favorite musical artist/song: Best Part by Daniel Ceasar Favorite smell: Freshly baked cookies Favorite home cooked meal: Mac and cheese with hamburgers Game day rituals: Blasting my game...
Athlete of the Week: Garrett McGough, Northmont

Athlete of the Week: Garrett McGough, Northmont

Name: Garett McGough School: Northmont Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sports: Baseball Claim to fame/honors: Second-year varsity outfielder; stole 16 stolen bases through first 20 games; has hit leadoff and third in lineup; plans to attend University of Cincinnati and major in sports management Bet you didn’t know … I’m an only child Words you live by: Don’t take anything for granted...
Athlete of the Week: Adam Skerl, Centerville

Athlete of the Week: Adam Skerl, Centerville

Name: Adam Skerl School: Centerville Grade: Senior Age: 18 Sports: Volleyball Claim to fame/honors: Outside hitter named second-team All-Region as a junior; helped lead Elks to fifth-place finish in state tournament last year; earned Scholar-Athlete Award past two years; member of National Honor Society; earned National Merit Commended Scholar status; plans to attend Case Western Reserve and major...
Athlete of the Week: Kaley Clark, Bellbrook

Athlete of the Week: Kaley Clark, Bellbrook

Name: Kaley Clark School: Bellbrook High School Sport: Softball Class: 2020 Age: 16 Claim to fame: Finishing the season with a .667 batting average and hitting six home runs Bet you didn’t know: I have played softball in 12 different states Toughest opponent/why: Monroe because they always have a competitive team Favorite book: Divergent Favorite movie: High School Musical Favorite TV show:...

HS Scores 5/15: Greenville, Clinton Massie softball advance

PREP RESULTS Baseball Monday’s Results Regular Season Anna 21, Brookville 9 Centerville 9, Butler 8 Fort Loramie 6, Kenton Ridge 3 St. Henry 4, Wapakoneta 2 Van Wert 4, Coldwater 3 Tuesday’s Results Regular Season Coldwater 4, Lincolnview 3 Softball Monday’s Results District Semifinals Division I Centerville 9, Springfield 3 Fairfield 2, Western Brown 0 Lakota East 14, Kings 4 Lakota...

HS Roundup 5/15: Eaton softball knocks of Tippecanoe in district semis

Eaton softball slipped past Tippecanoe, 6-3, to advance to the district finals to be held Saturday, May 19. Annika Gels reached her 400th career strikeout on her first strikeout of the game, striking out 10 batters in total. Gels tacked on one hit and one RBI, while running for a double in the win. Becca Mowen paved the way offensively, collecting two hits, two RBIs and two doubles for Eaton. Bailey...
Prep softball: Ross edges Badin 4-3 in 10-inning tournament classic

Prep softball: Ross edges Badin 4-3 in 10-inning tournament classic

Bailee Gunnell did a lot of watching Tuesday before grabbing a bat and heading into the spotlight. The Ross High School freshman was a pinch-hitter with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning during a Division II district softball semifinal against Badin at Kings. How did Gunnell get there? Well, senior pitcher Kenzie Meyer told Ross coach Pat Spurlock that her back was acting...

HS Roundup 5/14: Area softball teams advance to district finals

Centerville, Lebanon, Springboro, Lakota East, Lakota West and Fairfield each advanced to Division I district finals in tournament softball action on Monday. The Division I teams will return to tournament action on Saturday. Madison, Indian Lake and West Liberty-Salem also moved on in Division III tournament play. Softball Tournament Springboro 2, Middletown 0: Molly Pfiffner tossed eleven innings...

HS Scores 5/14: Centerville baseball rallies to beat Butler

Baseball Monday’s Results Regular Season Anna 21, Brookville 9 Centerville 9, Butler 8 Fort Loramie 6, Kenton Ridge 3 St. Henry 4, Wapakoneta 2 Van Wert 4, Coldwater 3 Softball Monday’s Results District Semifinals Division I Centerville 9, Springfield 3 Fairfield 2, Western Brown 0 Lakota East 14, Kings 4 Lakota West 11, Anderson 1 Lebanon 14, Tecumseh 4 Mason 10, Edgewood 0 Milford 2...
CJ coach earns 500th win, continues to make an impact

CJ coach earns 500th win, continues to make an impact

Ask Chaminade Julienne tennis coach Jim Brooks how he’s doing and you’ll likely hear a familiar response: “It’s a great day for tennis.” The longtime Eagles high school coach took the helm of the CJ boys team in 1998. In the 20 years that followed, many of those great days of tennis ended up as wins. Brooks recently tallied his 500th coaching victory. “It&rsquo...
High School Tennis: Northeastern’s Calhoun reaches district tourney

High School Tennis: Northeastern’s Calhoun reaches district tourney

The Northeastern High School tennis program had won 10 straight Ohio Heritage Conference championships entering the season. Senior Jake Calhoun wasn’t ready to see that come to an end. He felt the same about his own high school career entering this week. »RELATED: Saturday’s high school scores »RELATED: Saturday’s high school scoreboard Calhoun – coming off that...
Archdeacon: A mother’s love — ‘We just kept on moving forward’

Archdeacon: A mother’s love — ‘We just kept on moving forward’

It was the family’s first trip to Myrtle Beach – a get-away everyone had long anticipated – and they left around midnight so they could get to South Carolina by late morning. But 4 ½ hours later – driving through the darkness on the West Virginia Turnpike outside Beckley – Damien Paul was at the wheel of the crowded white Dodge Neon and he was getting weary. The...

HS Results 5/12: Oakwood, Milton Union win SWBL track meet

Baseball Friday’s Results Sectional Tournament Division III Coldwater 5, Paulding 1 Fort Recovery 10, Fostoria 0 Regular Season Anna 7, Arcanum 2 Saturday’s Results Regular Season Coldwater 1, Fort Loramie 0 Minster 11, West Liberty-Salem 0 Ross 11, Loveland 9 St. Henry 15, Russia 2 Softball Saturday’s Results Regular Season Kenton Ridge 11, West Liberty-Salem 1 Russia 9, Fort Loramie...

HS Roundup 5/12: Kenton Ridge tops WL-S in six innings

Kenton Ridge softball defeated West Liberty-Salem, 11-1, in regular season play. Carly Turner picked up the win, striking out 10 batters and collecting three hits, two RBIs and a double. Lexee Trainer led the offense with four hits and three runs scored. Jade Espinosa tacked on three RBIs, two hits and a triple. Peyton Fleming tacked on an additional two hits and triple. Madison Hall rounded out the...
Revival of Miami Valley League a nod to history, tradition

Revival of Miami Valley League a nod to history, tradition

The 10 teams that had already announced their intent to leave the Greater Western Ohio Conference reached back into a storied past to form a new beginning with the revival of the Miami Valley League.The rebirth of the 10-team affiliation was announced on Friday by GWOC commissioner Eric Spahr, who also will oversee the newly formed MVL. “There is a lot of history in the Miami Valley League and...
High School Track: Springfield flash makes up for wayward jump

High School Track: Springfield flash makes up for wayward jump

A monumental failure was the inspiration Quincy Scott used to unload some major payback. An outstanding sprinter, the Springfield High School senior also is top shelf in his specialty, the long jump. He missed the 24-foot barrier by a half inch last year to place second in the Division I state meet. That made him a marked long jumper this season. And all went according to plan until Wednesday&rsquo...
Roger Bacon principal: ‘Local competition against teams our size is really what we’re looking for’

Roger Bacon principal: ‘Local competition against teams our size is really what we’re looking for’

Roger Bacon High School’s changing athletic landscape is getting mostly positive reviews, according to principal Steve Schad. Bacon and Purcell Marian have been accepted by the Miami Valley Conference as associate members in football starting in 2019-20, and they’ll remain in the Greater Catholic League Coed Division for all other sports. “We’ve had minimal kickback. I&rsquo...
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