High School Sports


Pirates name Tecumseh grad Brubaker their minor league pitcher of the year

The Pittsburgh Pirates named Tecumseh High School graduate and Springfield native J.T. Brubaker their Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Friday, honoring him at a ceremony at PNC Park. Brubaker, 24, started the season with the Double-A Altoona Curve and was 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts before being promoted. With the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, he was 8-4 with a 3.10 ERA in 22 starts. This...
Kentucky Wildcats receive second commitment from Springfield senior

Kentucky Wildcats receive second commitment from Springfield senior

Springfield High School senior defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson announced his verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky on Wednesday night. Gibson, a three-star prospect who ranks 19th among Ohio recruits in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports.com, joins fellow Springfield senior, Moses Douglass, in the Kentucky Wildcats recruiting class. The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Gibson narrowed his choices...
Cross Country: Swollen creek, Mulch Hill, sloppy conditions bring Greenon junior to tears

Cross Country: Swollen creek, Mulch Hill, sloppy conditions bring Greenon junior to tears

The Mason Invitational offers unique obstacles than most high school cross country courses. There’s a series of hay bales to hurdle. There are two creek crossings, though one had to be closed and runners rerouted with Saturday’s persistent rain. And then there’s Mulch Hill, a steep incline that can bring runners to their knees. Literally. Add in wet, slippery and muddy conditions...
Trotwood falls to Pickerington Central in matchup of state champs

Trotwood falls to Pickerington Central in matchup of state champs

Pickerington Central pulled away from host Trotwood-Madison to avenge a 2017 loss and win 42-19 Friday in one of the top early-season matchups in the state this season. The game matched the defending state champions in Division I (Pickerington Central) and Division III (Trotwood-Madison). » OTHER RESULTS: Hoban beats Wayne | CJ blitzes Greenville The Tigers (3-0) took control...
High School Football Roundup: Weather, Wayne, Bellbrook, Tipp, Miamisburg big winners in Week 2

High School Football Roundup: Weather, Wayne, Bellbrook, Tipp, Miamisburg big winners in Week 2

Mother Nature was the big winner in Week 2. Several games across Southwest Ohio were postponed to today because of lightning. Below is a wrap-up of the games that did finish Friday night/early Saturday morning. Coldwater 31, Clinton-Massie 28: Jake Hemmelgarn threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns as Coldwater came away with a win in a game that finished after midnight due to weather delays. ...
High School Football: Some Friday games postponed due to weather

High School Football: Some Friday games postponed due to weather

10:35 p.m.: Weather forced many teams to postpone Week 2 games on Friday night, especially in southern counties in the Miami Valley, which experienced lightning delays. Here’s an updated list of postponed games. Centerville vs. Lakota West Chaminade Julienne vs. Woodward East Clinton vs. Cedarville Fairmont vs. Northmont Fort Loramie vs. Cin. Madeira Franklin vs. Edgewood Hamilton vs. Anderson...
High School Football: Five can’t-miss games in Week 2

High School Football: Five can’t-miss games in Week 2

One week down and nine more to go in the 2018 high school football season. Once again there are some really good matchups on the schedule in Week 2. Here are five games to watch:  Clinton-Massie (1-0) at Coldwater (1-0) It’s the second year of a two-year contract between the Falcons and the Cavaliers. Clinton-Massie won 24-14 on their turf a year ago and now Coldwater gets the home field...
Report: Springfield loses two key boys basketball players to transfer

Report: Springfield loses two key boys basketball players to transfer

JuJuan Rodgers and Sam Towns, both of whom figured to be Springfield High School senior starters in basketball this coming season, have transferred to Pickerington Central. Both Rodgers and Towns are Columbus natives. The Pickerington Local School District on Tuesday confirmed the pair was enrolled at Central High School. The district also includes Pickerington North High School. Springfield athletic...
It will cost you more to watch a GMC football, basketball game this season

It will cost you more to watch a GMC football, basketball game this season

Fans will pay more this season to watch Greater Miami Conference sports, but Steve Shuck, league commissioner, said the games are still a bargain. The price for an adult ticket is rising from $7 to $8 for football games and from $6 to $7 for basketball games, he said. The increase is needed to offset the pay raises for game officials, according to Shuck. Referees and others who officiate GMC sports...
Waynesville looking to win again

Waynesville looking to win again

19 losses in 20 games.  That’s the drought that football fans in Waynesville have sat through the last two seasons, but head coach Scott Jordan believes the worst is behind his team heading into the 2918 season. “We’ve had a couple of seasons that aren’t up to our expectations,” Jordan said before practice this week.  “These guys have a bit of a chip...
Hartsock: What do Firebirds do for encore?

Hartsock: What do Firebirds do for encore?

Beating Alter and going to the playoffs in the same season is pretty heady stuff out at Fairmont High School. Varsity football coach Dave Miller’s Firebirds pulled off that double last season and Fairmont seems to have the talent to make some noise again in 2018. “Hopefully what I saw is they are not satisfied with what they did last year,” Miller said during a break this week. &ldquo...
Xenia’s Samari Curtis makes college decision

Xenia’s Samari Curtis makes college decision

Xenia High School senior Samari Curtis announced his verbal commitment to the Cincinnati Bearcats on Wednesday. Curtis committed to Xavier in February but reopened his recruitment in May. In May, he said Xavier had stayed in touch while Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, Missouri and Indiana are also recruiting him.  Curtis, a four-star recruit, is a 6-foot-4 guard. He ranks 114th in the...
Recruiting: Area golf standout commits to North Carolina

Recruiting: Area golf standout commits to North Carolina

Vandalia-Butler golf standout Austin Greaser is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Greaser, a senior this fall at Butler, will play collegiately at the University of North Carolina. Greaser made the announcement on Wednesday via Twitter. The Tarheels have reached the NCAA Championships the last two years, including a 15th-place finish in 2018. Greaser, a two-time, first-team all-Greater Western...
Recruiting: Springfield’s Isaiah Gibson down to final 5 schools

Recruiting: Springfield’s Isaiah Gibson down to final 5 schools

Isaiah Gibson celebrated the birthday of the United States by eliminating a few schools from his recruitment.  The highly recruited defensive tackle prospect from Springfield is down to Kentucky, Wisconsin, Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan State.  Gibson, who plans to announce his commitment Sept. 19, previously was also considering Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers...
Lakota West lacrosse player dies weeks after collapse and hospitalization

Lakota West lacrosse player dies weeks after collapse and hospitalization

An effort has been made tonight, Saturday, June 30, to remember and honor Matt Stratman, the Lakota West lacrosse player who died this morning. The memorial is set for 8 p.m. Matt Stratman had a community rally around him after he was hospitalized following a collapse during a lacrosse match earlier this month. He died Saturday morning, according to Lakota West. He was 15. Stratman was diagnosed with...
High School Football: Fairfield standout makes college decision

High School Football: Fairfield standout makes college decision

Fairfield High School standout Erick All is headed to the Big Ten. All on Sunday announced a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan. A 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end, All caught 26 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. The senior-to-be is the 19th ranked player in Ohio and the 22nd-ranked tight end nationally, according to 247Sports. All and the Indians open the 2018 season...
Former Dayton Flyers to coach in state baseball final four

Former Dayton Flyers to coach in state baseball final four

Two alums of the Dayton Flyers baseball program, Coldwater’s Brian Harlamert and Fort Loramie’s Jeff Sanders, will coach in the state final four this week at Huntington Park in Columbus, and a year ago, another UD alum, Mike Wiss, coached Minster to a state baseball championship. All three head coaches played together at Dayton in the early 1990s. Sanders graduated in 1993. Harlamert and...
Greenon sophomore on track event she’s the favorite to win state in: ‘The 400 is basically a death mission for your body’

Greenon sophomore on track event she’s the favorite to win state in: ‘The 400 is basically a death mission for your body’

Last season when Greenon High School sophomore Delaney Benedict first tried the 400-meter run at her coaches’ request, she said “the 400 is basically a death mission for your body.” These days, Benedict likely prefers a minute of pain – or 55 seconds in her case – compared to assistant coach Eric Brickson’s exhausting workouts. “Turn your body on and turn...
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,”...
GCL Coed turns focus to scheduling, likely football alliance with Columbus league

GCL Coed turns focus to scheduling, likely football alliance with Columbus league

The Greater Catholic League Coed Division finally has a clear view of its future … at least its near future. Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon high schools have been voted into the Miami Valley Conference for football starting in 2019-20, but both schools are remaining in the GCL Coed for all other sports. The GCL Coed schools unanimously voted May 2 to permit Purcell and Bacon to play MVC football...
Purcell Marian, Roger Bacon unanimously voted into MVC for football

Purcell Marian, Roger Bacon unanimously voted into MVC for football

The Miami Valley Conference finalized its football plans Tuesday by voting to accept Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon high schools as associate members starting in 2019-2020. MVC president Brian Phelps said the vote was unanimous and the conference will use unbalanced divisions, six schools in the Scarlet and eight schools in the Gray. Bacon, Purcell, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Summit Country...
Sports rivals helping Monroe deal with the tragic death of a student

Sports rivals helping Monroe deal with the tragic death of a student

The Southwestern Buckeye League is showing its support for grief-stricken Monroe High School. Monroe is reeling from the death of senior Kaylie Jackson, who was involved in a car crash on her way to prom last Friday and passed away Monday, and league schools have reacted with a wave of compassion. On the softball field, the Hornets have felt that love all week. “Every single game we&rsquo...

HS Scores 4/23: Dayton Christian defeats Legacy Christian

Baseball Sunday’s Results Bethel 4, National Trail 3 Middletown 7, Winton Woods 3 St. Henry 18, Covington 1 St. Xavier 12, Edgewood 6 Monday’s Results Coldwater 9, Elida 2 Dayton Christian 7, Legacy Christian 2 Softball Monday’s Results Fort Loramie 12, Botkins 0 Boys Tennis Monday’s Results Valley View 5, Legacy Christian 0 OTCA State Poll Division I Mason (7) 115; New Albany...
The town that’s chasing a legend

The town that’s chasing a legend

Dan Howell became Dayton’s first Ohio state high school wrestling champion in 1973. He died tragically soon after, but his legend refuses to fade.   Wrestling for Oakwood High School, Howell’s 4–0 shutout victory in the 132-pound state finals was the grand finale of a flawless senior season.  At 37–0, he remains the only wrestler in Oakwood history to go undefeated...
Prep basketball: Alter coach moved by support since his father’s death

Prep basketball: Alter coach moved by support since his father’s death

Eric Coulter wiped the tears from his face Tuesday night and admitted it’s been a rough couple days. The Alter High School boys basketball coach watched his team advance to the Division II sectional finals with a 60-51 victory over Badin at Fairmont’s Trent Arena, then reflected on the death of his father Charles, who passed away Saturday morning. “Saturday was a tough day, no question...
Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

Stoneman Douglas hockey team wins state championship

The ice hockey team at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School won a state title Sunday, 11 days after a gunman killed 14 students and three teachers at the school. Stoneman Douglas senior Joey Zenobi told WBBH-TV that the team was playing for the victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting. “We came into the game knowing we had to give it our all to get the win, and that&rsquo...
Mechanicsburg grad ‘doing much better’ after collapsing during college wrestling match

Mechanicsburg grad ‘doing much better’ after collapsing during college wrestling match

Ohio University wrestler Austin Reese was doing much better Monday, according to his family, after suffering what the university described as a “medical complication” while wrestling Sunday against Old Dominion University in Athens. According to an eyewitness, the Mechanicsburg High School graduate Reese, a redshirt junior wrestling at 174 pounds, collapsed during his match. He was not...
Fairmont’s Hendricks sizzling with program-record 52 points: ‘I was gunnin’ for it’

Fairmont’s Hendricks sizzling with program-record 52 points: ‘I was gunnin’ for it’

Ninety seconds into Fairmont’s boys high school basketball game against Indianapolis Washington on Saturday afternoon, Firebirds senior Jack Hendricks already had hit a pair of 3-pointers and accounted for eight of the team’s 10-0 lead. Teammate Cade Morgan shot him a message. “He looked at me and said you need to try and get the record today,” recalled Hendricks. “From...
Touted freshman makes instant impact for Springfield girls

Touted freshman makes instant impact for Springfield girls

Mickayla Perdue’s ultimate wish was finally granted and Springfield High School girls basketball hasn’t been the same since. Perdue is the Wildcats’ most anticipated incoming athlete since two-sport standout Danny Davis was a middle school phenom. Here’s why: • A highly touted, 5-foot-8 freshman guard, she put a school-record 40 points on Yellow Springs in the season opener...
Five area teams No. 1 in football computer ratings

Five area teams No. 1 in football computer ratings

Centerville (Division I, Region 3), Trotwood-Madison (D-III, Region 12), Valley View (D-IV, Region 16), Anna (D-V, Region 20) and Marion Local (D-VI, Region 24) all were ranked No. 1 in this week’s high school football computer rankings that were released by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. All those teams are undefeated through the season’s midway point. The top eight...
High School Football: Five games to watch in Week 6

High School Football: Five games to watch in Week 6

We’re at the halfway point of the high school football regular season. Here are five games to watch in Week 6: Centerville at Wayne You always circle this one on the calendar, but this year could be really special. »RELATED: Who are the best players ever from Dayton area? »RELATED: Week 5 recap »RELATED: Last week’s power rankings The undefeated Elks have answered every...
High School Football: Unbeaten Franklin braces for showdown at Piqua

High School Football: Unbeaten Franklin braces for showdown at Piqua

The offensive fireworks have been impressive as Franklin has extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 12 games over the last two high school football seasons. Launching more of the same in Friday’s Week 3 game at Piqua will be a major challenge. “It’ll be a tough matchup,” Franklin coach Brad Childers said. “It’ll be a great atmosphere and they’ve got...
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...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Still under construction, Xenia football shows off what its learning under Trace Smitherman

Still under construction, Xenia football shows off what its learning under Trace Smitherman

A new era of Xenia High School football unofficially began Tuesday night as the Buccaneers hosted Miami Trace for a scrimmage at Doug Adams Stadium.  It was not quite “football weather,” but sunny and 77 degrees with the occasional breeze is hard to beat in early August in southwest Ohio.  That there’s a new sheriff in town was evident well before the Buccaneers’...
Playing in a professional event at Pebble Beach ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for Hamilton golfer

Playing in a professional event at Pebble Beach ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for Hamilton golfer

Trace Thomas turned on the Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” show, anxious to find out if he would be one of the 81 junior golfers selected to compete with the pros at the PURE Insurance Championship this fall. The Hamilton High School senior only had to wait about 10 minutes to see his name listed among the Great Lakes Region invitees, as the juniors field from The First Tee program...
Baseball coaching move: Lunsford leaves New Miami, takes Edgewood job

Baseball coaching move: Lunsford leaves New Miami, takes Edgewood job

Ralph Lunsford made a difficult decision, but he’s confident it’s the right one. Lunsford is the new head baseball coach at Edgewood High School after directing New Miami for the last five seasons. He led the Vikings to their first sectional championship in more than 30 years this spring. “I’ve made such great friends at New Miami. It was beyond hard, but I thought the timing...
Springfield North coaching legend Henderson dies at 87

Springfield North coaching legend Henderson dies at 87

Don Henderson, one of the most successful high school basketball and baseball coaches in Springfield history, died at 87 on Saturday after a long illness. Henderson is a member of the Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Honor, the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Henderson was one of the founders...
Portz thanks Springfield for helping him reach first PGA Tour event

Portz thanks Springfield for helping him reach first PGA Tour event

One day before the Greenbrier Classic, Clayton Portz looked back on the long road that took him from Kenton Ridge High School to Northern Kentucky University to his PGA Tour debut. Portz, 22, will tee off at 9 a.m. Thursday with two veteran golfers: Steven Alker, 45, and Jonathan Byrd, 39. Older golfers in Springfield played a big part in Portz getting to this point. “Springfield’s been...
Kenton Ridge grad to make PGA Tour debut

Kenton Ridge grad to make PGA Tour debut

Kenton Ridge graduate Clayton Portz will make his PGA Tour debut at the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. Portz earned a spot in the event by shooting a 69 in the qualifier Monday at Glade Springs Golf Course in Daniels, W.V. That was one shot behind Y.E. Yang, the 2009 PGA Championship winner. “This is what I have worked towards for as long as I remember,”...
What’s next for Dunbar football after non-renewal of coach?

What’s next for Dunbar football after non-renewal of coach?

Darran Powell sensed this would happen. Coaches are like that. They envision things before they happen. It’s what they learn to do. And they’re good at it. It was March. Mark Baker, in his first school year as the Dayton Public Schools director of athletics, had been approved for a two-year contract extension by the DPS school board. “When Mark got approved, I said it might mean...
A gesture to remember: Russia player gives ball to Minster hero

A gesture to remember: Russia player gives ball to Minster hero

Thirteen miles separate Russia High School and Minster High School in northwest Ohio. State routes 66, 47 and 112 connect them — and now so does one baseball. On June 3 at Huntington Park in Columbus, Russia and Minster played in the Division IV state championship final. Minster won 2-1 when senior Jon Niemeyer laced a single down the line in left. Russia left fielder Trenton Monnin fielded...
Funeral for former Tecumseh coach Kent Massie to be held Monday

Funeral for former Tecumseh coach Kent Massie to be held Monday

The funeral for Tecumseh High School teacher and former head football coach Kent Massie will be held Monday at Tecumseh High School, the school announced. There will be a visitation from 2-6 p.m. and a service at 6 p.m. There will not be a graveside service. Massie, 48, died Tuesday at Springfield Regional Medical Center. Autopsy results are pending. He is survived by his wife Mary and sons Dalton...
Major leagues one phone call away for Badin’s McKinney

Major leagues one phone call away for Badin’s McKinney

Five seasons in the minor leagues have brought Brett McKinney to this place, the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians’ dugout, into a conversation about possibly fulfilling a dream. It could happen today. Perhaps next month. Or maybe never. That’s how the system works. Keep plugging away and one day you might pick up your phone and major league baseball will be on the other end of the line. &ldquo...
All-Stars: One last shot under the Friday night lights

All-Stars: One last shot under the Friday night lights

Kobe Hughlett didn’t end his Xenia football career the way he wanted. Though Hughlett had 576 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns last season, the Buccaneers lost their first six games in what was a 3-7 campaign. So when Hughlett got the chance to finish his football career as a winner in the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game on Friday night, he wanted to make...
Baseball: Chaminade Julienne advances to state final

Baseball: Chaminade Julienne advances to state final

Chaminade Julienne will play for the Division II state baseball championship, advancing with a 3-0 victory over Steubenville in the semifinal Thursday at Huntington Park. Garrett Wissman pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout. Steubenville broke up his no-hit bid with an infield single with two outs in the fifth. He struck out seven and walked one. The Eagles will play Tallmadge in the state championship...
Son of Miami University legend Coles named Talawanda basketball coach

Son of Miami University legend Coles named Talawanda basketball coach

Talawanda High School has announced the hiring of Chris Coles as the school’s new head boys basketball coach. Coles received school-board approval last Thursday to replace Eddie Glaser at the Braves’ helm. Glaser was 12-34 in two seasons as head coach. Coles is the son of the late Charlie Coles, the longtime basketball coach at Miami University. Chris Coles has coached at multiple schools...
Walk-off home run beats Greenville in regional final

Walk-off home run beats Greenville in regional final

Jonathan Alder senior catcher Kayla Fredendall hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Greenville 5-3 in a Division II regional final at Mason High School on Saturday. The third-ranked Lady Wave lost in the regional final for the third straight season. They finished the season 28-4. No. 9 Alder (23-4) will make it second state semifinal appearance and its first since...
Lebanon beats Lakota West in five-homer game; one bat didn’t survive

Lebanon beats Lakota West in five-homer game; one bat didn’t survive

Fast pitch softball - especially in the postseason - belongs to the pitchers. Lebanon and Lakota West were taking those pitchers over the fence.  The Warriors and the Firebirds combined to hit five home runs in the Division I regional semifinal showdown at Centerville on Wednesday. Four of those were three-run home runs, the other was a grand slam, and Lebanon advanced with a 14-13 win....
Greenville advances to regional final for third straight season

Greenville advances to regional final for third straight season

The third-ranked Greenville Lady Wave will play for a spot in the state final four for the third straight season, advancing with a 14-4, six-inning victory in a Division II regional semifinal against No. 6 Clinton-Massie on Wednesday at Mason High School. Greenville last reached the state final four in 2012. Last season, the Lady Wave lost 4-0 to Hamilton Ross in the regional final. In 2015, they...
Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith has named a top 10 list of potential destinations that contains some of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history. In what appears to be no particular order, Smith listed Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State as the schools he is currently considering...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Fairfield’s Malik Vann verbally commits to the Cincinnati Bearcats

Fairfield’s Malik Vann verbally commits to the Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats can celebrate a major recruiting pickup with the verbal commitment of four-star defensive end Malik Vann. A senior-to-be at Fairfield High School, Vann announced his decision Tuesday afternoon. “First off I want to thank God for blessing me with the talent and ability to play the game that I love at a high level and to thank my parents, my family, the Gooslin family and...
Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Recruiting: Fairfield’s Jackson Carman planning to visit Ohio State for spring game

Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman is among the most-coveted recruits in the country for 2018, and he will be at Ohio Stadium for Ohio State’s spring game Saturday.  The five-star prospect announced that plan Thursday night on Twitter.  Carman recently told LandOf10.com he views Ohio State and Clemson as his top two schools.  At the same time, he expressed some interest...
Sports Today: Marvin Lewis doesn’t see extension before season; Kennard; Reds and more

Sports Today: Marvin Lewis doesn’t see extension before season; Kennard; Reds and more

Remember how Marvin Lewis said he wanted to have his contract with the Bengals extended before the season?  Apparently he’s over that.  The veteran coach told ESPN he doesn't see it happening (as it did last spring).  ESPN also reported the Bengals had Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in for a visit.  While Leonard Fournette is a power back with big-play potential...
Sports Today: Reds win, Cleveland celebrates, Dragons starting, CBJ, OHSAA, etc. 

Sports Today: Reds win, Cleveland celebrates, Dragons starting, CBJ, OHSAA, etc. 

Joey Votto and Brandon Finnegan made sure the Cincinnati Reds did not start the season 0-2.  Finnegan pitched seven shutout innings, and Votto homered to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning.  We’ll have to wait another day to know more about how manager Bryan Price will handle his bullpen.  Finnegan made it easy on him against the Phillies by going seven innings. ...
Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Revisiting a couple of past themes this morning: Big Ten Friday night football and Connecticut’s impact on the popularity of women’s basketball.  The ratings are in for South Carolina’s national championship win over Mississippi State.  ESPN sent out a glowing press release muddling TV viewers with streaming numbers, but Sports Media Watch has better perspective: ...
Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

Ken Griffey Jr. says he probably would have picked Michigan over Ohio State, but not for baseball

What if Ken Griffey Jr. had pursued a football career instead of baseball?  He might be less popular in the state of Ohio.  The recently inducted Baseball Hall of Famer told Dan Patrick he had more scholarship offers to play football than baseball when he was a high school star at Cincinnati Moeller.  Doesn’t sound like he would have been a Buckeye, though.  Instead he might...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

A Virginia high school baseball team in desperate need of equipment finally got the help they needed. John Marshall High School coach Brent Butler told local TV station WTVR that his team needed essential equipment, like gloves, cleats and bats.  He said he’s seen his team make big strides in recent weeks, but now they need equipment. The committed coach got so desperate he said that he...
Franklin’s Luke Kennard facing big decision 

Franklin’s Luke Kennard facing big decision 

Luke Kennard’s season is over following Duke’s 88-81 loss to South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday. Now the question is whether his Blue Devils career is over. The Franklin High School graduate averaged 19.5 points during his sophomore season at Duke and is listed as the No. 20 prospect for the NBA Draft in June. University of Louisville and former...
Sports Today: March Madness picks, mascot supremacy, Reds make cuts and some college football

Sports Today: March Madness picks, mascot supremacy, Reds make cuts and some college football

Have you got your bracket in yet?   Better hurry...   For anyone wondering, I picked UCLA as my national champion.   I know as everyone reveals their choices today they love to be self-deprecating and say that means it is the kiss of death, but it really does feel like I am getting worse at this every year.   For example: Last year I finally bought into the...
7 things you missed from the weekend in high school tournament basketball

7 things you missed from the weekend in high school tournament basketball

Another busy March weekend of high school basketball tournament action has come and gone. Here’s a look back at the biggest developments from across the area:  1. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Alter is going to the girls’ basketball OHSAA final four. Libby Bazelak and Braxtin Miller combined for 37 points as the Knights earned a trip to Columbus for the fourth...
Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

I am not the only one of the opinion the NCAA basketball committee got it wrong with Wichita State.  Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called the Shockers’ No. 10 seed the worst decision of all time.  That, of course, is terrible for the Dayton Flyers.  While there were fears UD dropping its last two games could cause the Flyers to end up in a dreaded 8-9 game, their ultimate...
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Slow morning in the sports world, but that’s fine because it gives us a chance to round up some things we missed from a busy weekend.  Sports Illustrated had an interesting look around the college basketball world, identifying several local connections to what Pete Thamel expects to be a chaotic coaching carousel.  No surprise: Archie Miller’s name appears multiple times. ...
Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with news from sports world local and beyond.  We start off with the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost their first three games of spring training.  Of course wins and losses don’t matter at this point, but how certain players perform does.  To that end, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman all allowed runs in their spring debuts...
Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

This week in our recruiting roundup we start – where else? – but Dunbar High School. The Wolverines have been dominating the early 2018 recruiting cycle, producing the area’s first commit and now the hottest. We talked to Dunbar coach Darran Powell after he took his team to the Best of the Midwest camp in Indianapolis, and he sounded understandably proud of the continued growth of...
Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

Sports today: NBA trades, Reds bullpen, OSU offers Dunbar star and the biggest game in college basketball

The NBA All-Star Game was last night, but it was overshadowed by the reported trade of DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, where he can team with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis as the Pelicans miss the playoffs or earn the right to get knocked out by the Warriors in the first round.  In all seriousness, this could be a fascinating pairing as Cousins is that rarest of birds in the NBA these days...
Competitive Balance: ‘The right step? We’ll find out’

Competitive Balance: ‘The right step? We’ll find out’

Adjusting to a myriad of new Competitive Balance rules and regulations are on the to-do lists for Ohio high schools. This is the effort by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to “level the playing field” between private and public schools’ postseason athletic successes. What isn’t on multiple pages of guidelines that are posted on the OHSAA website is another subject...
High Schools: Competitive Balance timeline

High Schools: Competitive Balance timeline

Key dates leading to the start of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance initiative for the 2017-18 school year. 1979: This was the first time OHSAA members were asked to vote on a separation of public and private schools for playoffs in all sports. That had been a brewing subject and gained momentum when a football postseason was added in 1972. A proposed separate championships...
High Schools: 7 things to know about Competitive Balance plan

High Schools: 7 things to know about Competitive Balance plan

The first phase of implementing the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance initiative began Monday with member schools receiving their student enrollment counts. This coincides with a new two-year enrollment cycle that will be formalized this spring and be in place for 2017-19. Here’s seven things to know about Competitive Balance: Many parts. It’s an effort...
Tipp HS senior gets his ‘special night’ on basketball court

Tipp HS senior gets his ‘special night’ on basketball court

Tippecanoe High School recognized its senior athletes Friday during senior night at the boys’ basketball game against Greenville.  Head Coach Joel Visser said the basketball team has five seniors. One in particular, Seth Monnin, got to take to the court in uniform for his first game play. “One in particular, Seth Monnin who’s been our manager the last three years,&rdquo...
Recruiting roundup: Notre Dame offers Marion Local OL; updates on Ohio State, Wayne

Recruiting roundup: Notre Dame offers Marion Local OL; updates on Ohio State, Wayne

Signing day has come and gone, but recruiting never stops.  After the 2017 seniors signed their names to letters of intent, we shift fully to what is looking like a loaded class of football prospects for 2018 as well as some player from 2019 getting early looks.  Lakota West is in the spotlight this week as several Firebirds added offers and made visits this week.  Linebacker Xavier...
Signing Day: Miami Valley’s best players make college choices official

Signing Day: Miami Valley’s best players make college choices official

National Signing Day 2017 is here, and you can expect the college choices to come in fast and furious.  Springfield’s Danny Davis, a four-star receiver prospect, was the only area player scheduled to make an announcement Wednesday. He ended up going with Wisconsin, but he was far from the only player excited to share about the next chapter in his career.  Here’s a rundown...
Recruiting roundup: Cincinnati makes  play, Florida State offer in Fairfield, Xenia star heating up

Recruiting roundup: Cincinnati makes play, Florida State offer in Fairfield, Xenia star heating up

The last weekend before National Signing Day 2017 is nearly upon us, but it looks like Cincinnati got a jump on things for next year.  New head coach Luke Fickell used the Crosstown Shootout on his campus Thursday night to attract a large number of prospects, including several highly rated underclassmen from the Miami Valley.  MAP>>: Where 79 area athletes will attend college next...

Brookville grinds out win at Oakwood

Brookville senior Cody Cox didn’t even think about the shot. With the Blue Devils trailing Oakwood by two with less than 20 seconds remaining, Cox buried a 3-pointer from in front of the Brookville bench to gave his team the lead for good in a 39-36 win Friday night at Oakwood. “What a crazy game,” Cox said. “I heard coach (Jeff Davidson) in my ear telling me I was going to...
Ohio high school basketball brawl

Ohio high school basketball brawl

Adults and students were involved in a major brawl that erupted after an Ohio high school basketball game Friday night in Lexington, Ohio,  according to Mansfield News Journal reporter Connor Casey.  The Lexington Minutemen had just fallen to the Wooster Generals, 63-41, in a contest between undefeated teams, when adults and students in the stands stated to argue. Soon after fans can be...
Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Florida prep football team gives signed helmet to No. 1 fan

Members of a Florida high school football team surprised their No. 1 fan with a Christmas gift. Andrew Hayne is a special needs student at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The 18-year-old has been friends with Bulls quarterback Chris Faddoul since middle school, BayNews9 reported. Faddoul would let Hayne wear his No. 14 jersey on Fridays before Wesley Chapel games, and after...
Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

Ohio student with MD scores touchdown on senior night

An Ohio high school senior with muscular dystrophy scored a touchdown for the varsity football team Friday night while remaining in his wheelchair. Connor Williams has been a special captain with the Valley View High School varsity football team in Germantown since his freshman year. Being confined to a wheelchair has never stopped his love of Spartans football. Williams has served in several capacities...

Dunbar finishes regular season with a flourish

There is not much Dunbar High School senior Keyshawn Jones can’t do. Jones recorded an interception, caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score Friday night as the Wolverines claimed a 54-28 win over Belmont at Welcome Stadium. Now, chances are, Jones can cross one more thing off the list of things he can do — play in the playoffs. The Wolverines entered the final week of the regular...
Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Special needs student in Utah scores touchdown

Brian Herrera attends Cottonwood High School in Murray, located in suburban Salt Lake City. He is a special needs student and has known senior Alex Hart since the pair attended junior high school.

Dunbar football team continues to join in national anthem protest

Most of the Dunbar Wolverines on Thursday night continued their part in the national protest, started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, against the killing of black men by police. News Center 7 Sports Director Mike Hartsock was there to capture the protest, which occurred at Welcome Stadium before the game against Thurgood Marshall High. Kaepernick’s social injustice statement...

Powerful Washington high school football team strikes fear in opponents

In the world of Friday night lights and high school football, is it possible for one team to be too good? In Everett, Washington, one powerhouse team outscored its opponents 170-0 in its first three football games this season. Now other conference opponents would rather forfeit than get pummeled by Archbishop Murphy High School’s team.  "There's still unknowns. … We don't know...
Signing Day: Where are the Miami Valley’s high school football prospects headed?

Signing Day: Where are the Miami Valley’s high school football prospects headed?

As it is every year, the Miami Valley is home to some of the top football players in the state.  Wednesday they make official where they will be continuing their careers.  More than a dozen of the Ohio’s top 100 prospects in the 247Sports composite rankings call our region home, a group headlined by Ohio State-bound offensive lineman Josh Myers.  Many more are headed to colleges...
Flood damage moves C-J, Badin games against Roger Bacon

Flood damage moves C-J, Badin games against Roger Bacon

Two upcoming high school football games for local teams scheduled at Roger Bacon High School are moved to other schools in the wake of flood damage that hit the St. Bernard area last weekend. The Week 5 football game on Sept. 23 against visiting Stephen T. Badin High School in Hamilton will be played at the University of Cincinnati’s Sheakley Athletics Center, Roger Bacon Athletic Director Steve...
Miamisburg delays opening of new stadium

Miamisburg delays opening of new stadium

Miamisburg football fans will have to wait a couple of weeks for the opening of their new stadium on campus. Unexpected delays to Eudon Holland Stadium will force the Vikings to play another game at Harmon Field in week two of the season. In a statement posted on the school’s website Athletic Director Jason Osborne said: “While construction continues towards completion, the installation...
Wayne Warriors chasing elusive state football title

Wayne Warriors chasing elusive state football title

It’s probably too much to expect Wayne High School to make another run at an elusive state football championship, but that’s the Warriors’ goal. There will be new stadiums at Chaminade Julienne and Miamisburg. Tippecanoe and Stebbins have been added into a robust Greater Western Ohio Conference. There’s also the usual high-profile area player watch, led by Ohio State University...
Longtime Carroll girls basketball coach Rob Berry dies at 64

Longtime Carroll girls basketball coach Rob Berry dies at 64

Carroll High School is mourning the death of longtime girls basketball coach Rob Berry. Berry, who led the Patriots to 260 wins in the last 14 seasons, lost his battle with cancer Thursday morning. He was 64. Berry’s teams won four Mid-Miami League titles, three Greater Catholic League championships and seven district crowns. He led the Patriots to the Division II state championship game in...

Bob Ross Classic a showcase for incoming seniors

All-star games are normally reserved for outgoing seniors, but the guys playing at Fifth Third Field on Saturday night haven’t pick up a diploma just yet. The Bob Ross Classic is in its 16th season showcasing incoming seniors from high schools around the Miami Valley. Pitchers grabbed the spotlight in the early innings on a warm night downtown. Blue starter Ryan Proffitt from Fairborn kept the...
South grad Cassandra Lloyd qualifies for Olympic Trials

South grad Cassandra Lloyd qualifies for Olympic Trials

Springfield South High School graduate Cassandra Lloyd qualified for the Olympic Trials with a time of 12.96 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Star Athletics Pro Meet at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla. Lloyd, 26, wrote on her Facebook page she “didn’t make it four years ago, so this is a big accomplishment for me.” She had the third-best time in the race. The...
Triad baseball coach Nichols steps down after 19 seasons

Triad baseball coach Nichols steps down after 19 seasons

Triad High School baseball coach Will Nichols told his team at the sports awards banquet Sunday night he will not return as coach next season. Nichols, a Northeastern High School graduate, coached for 19 seasons. His team finished as state runner-up in 2004 and 20016. He was 377-164 in his career. Nichols started in 1998. His last game was Saturday. The Cardinals lost 5-4 to Newark Catholic in the...

Saturday’s high school track & field championship results

Boys Team Results (Top 10 and area): 1. St. Ignatius 52; 2. Reynoldsburg 31; 3. Northwest 28; 4. Withrow 26; 5. Centerville 22, Sandusky 22, Dublin Coffman 22; 8. Fremont Ross 21; 9. Pick. Central 20; 10. Solon 18, Lorain 18, Wadsworth 18; 27. Tippecanoe 8, Northmont 8; 35. Troy 6; 40. Lakota East 5; 53. Trotwood Madison 3, Middletown 3; 61. Piqua 2, Springfield 2; 65. Wayne 1, Fairmont 1. 3200MR...
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