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Playoff chip-in sends Centerville native to U.S. Am at Pebble Beach

Centerville native Austin Sipe saved his best for last at Moraine Country Club on Monday. The former Wright State golfer chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to earn a spot in in the U.S. Amateur Championship next month at Pebble Beach Golf Club in California. »RELATED: Wenzler fires 62, set to make PGA Tour debut Sipe battled into a three-way playoff for the second and final spot...
Former Centerville, Wright State golfer goes low; PGA Tour debut next

Former Centerville, Wright State golfer goes low; PGA Tour debut next

Former Wright State golfer Ryan Wenzler knew he was in good shape to earn a spot in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship this week after the front nine of the Monday qualifier. He distanced himself from the other 47 players vying for four berths in the field by carding a scorching 29. At the point, he just needed to avoid disaster on his way to the clubhouse. But the Centerville grad wasn&rsquo...
Wright State newcomer to represent Team USA in Brazil

Wright State newcomer to represent Team USA in Brazil

Bill Wampler will make his debut with the Wright State University men’s basketball team this coming season after transferring from Drake and sitting out. But before he plays for the Raiders, he’ll represent the United States in the upcoming FISU America Games at Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound redshirt junior was among 10 players chosen for Team USA by Athletes in Action. Basketball...
Archdeacon: Civil unrest in Haiti alters Wright State basketball team’s humanitarian trip

Archdeacon: Civil unrest in Haiti alters Wright State basketball team’s humanitarian trip

For Scott Nagy, it’s proving easier to get his Wright State basketball team into the NCAA Tournament than to get it to Haiti for an offseason, good-deeds trips. Last summer – following his first season as the Raiders head coach – Nagy planned to take the WSU team to Haiti for a week to work with people in need. He had done the same thing two years earlier when he was coaching at...
Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

Here are some more potential changes coming to college basketball recruiting, the draft and more

More than two months after an independent commission issued numerous recommendations for reforms to NCAA basketball, the efforts to reshape the recruiting calendar are continuing.  National basketball reporter Jeff Goodman shared some of the changes being considered Friday.  A common theme is creating new recruiting evaluation periods and events that would be more closely associated with...
WSU promotes assistant to succeed Mercer as baseball coach

WSU promotes assistant to succeed Mercer as baseball coach

Wright State University has stayed with its proven baseball formula, promoting Alex Sogard to head coach. Previously a Raiders assistant, he succeeds former WSU head coach Jeff Mercer, who was named Indiana’s head coach earlier this week. Wright State announced Sogard’s promotion on Friday. “I look forward to continuing the legacy that was passed on to me,” Sogard said in a...
Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about the Raiders’ program

Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about the Raiders’ program

So what happens to Wright State University baseball now? If its recent trend continues, more good things. The Raiders are going on their fourth head coach since 2013 following Jeff Mercer’s jump to Indiana on Monday. That’s a lot of main-man turnover, following Rob Cooper (2005-13), Greg Lovelady (2014-16) and Mercer (2017-18). All shared in making WSU baseball a Horizon League power and...
Wright State baseball coach Mercer leaves for Indiana

Wright State baseball coach Mercer leaves for Indiana

Jeff Mercer, the head baseball coach at Wright State University the past two seasons and the Horizon League coach of the year in 2018, has been named Indiana’s head coach. An Indiana native, his hiring was announced by IU on Monday. WSU promoted Mercer to its head coach in 2016 after three seasons as an assistant to Greg Lovelady, who resigned to become the head coach at Central Florida. &ldquo...
Shawnee grad, Wright State standout Gray starring in Cape Cod league

Shawnee grad, Wright State standout Gray starring in Cape Cod league

Shawnee High School graduate and Wright State University baseball player Seth Gray may be spending his time at the beach this summer, but he hasn’t had much time to work on his tan. The Cape Cod League, a prestigious summer collegiate baseball league in Massachusetts, is all baseball, all the time, he said. “It’s an opportunity not a lot of people get,” Gray said. “I...
Wright State women’s basketball: Adams, former player Jump join staff

Wright State women’s basketball: Adams, former player Jump join staff

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather has been able to skip the “getting to know you” period with the two new assistants she hired this summer. Abby Jump is a WSU grad who helped lead the Raiders to their only NCAA tournament appearance in 2014, and Merriweather was an assistant to Mike Bradbury during all four seasons Jump spent on campus. Tennille Adams&rsquo...
Wright State basketball: Hendricks sees walk-on chance as first step toward scholarship

Wright State basketball: Hendricks sees walk-on chance as first step toward scholarship

Time was running out on Jack Hendricks, but as he so often did on the court at Fairmont High School, he patiently waited for the right shot and nailed it. Hendricks accepted a preferred walk-on spot on the Wright State basketball team earlier this week, just two months before the start of the fall semester. “I had a couple of Division II scholarship offers, but I wasn’t as close to signing...
Fairmont grad who scored 52 points in game last season joins Wright State basketball team

Fairmont grad who scored 52 points in game last season joins Wright State basketball team

Fairmont graduate Jack Hendricks has accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the Wright State basketball team. A 5-foot-11 guard, Hendricks averaged 16.8 points while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season. He scored a school-record 52 points in a 117-64 victory at Indianapolis Washington, hitting 14 of 22 3-pointers. “I’m excited to announce that i have accept the preferred...
College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

College basketball: Oddsmakers like UC Bearcats best among Ohio colleges

Remember when the state of Ohio was on top of the college basketball world last season?  That week was pretty magical!  The 2018 season didn’t really turn out great with Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati all losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament after Wright State was routed in the round of 64, but it was fun while it lasted!  And we have it on good authority all those...
What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

What to know about the Dayton area’s best basketball prospects

To find out what most of the area’s best basketball players are up to this spring and summer, one needn’t make many phone calls.  Quincy Simpson has the scoop.  Fans in northwest Ohio know Simpson as the head coach at Lima Senior, but he’s pulling double duty as the director of the C2K Elite AAU program.  That roster happens to include a handful of the top senior-to-be...
Wright State freshmen jumping into fray during summer workouts

Wright State freshmen jumping into fray during summer workouts

On the bus ride to play two of the biggest games of his life, Malachi Smith had his mind – and his eyes – on another team. It was Thursday afternoon, March 15, and Smith and his Belleville West (Ill.) High School teammates were on the bus heading to Peoria for the state tournament. At the same time, Wright State was playing Tennesseein the NCAA tournament, and Smith was glued to the...
Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

The biggest weakness for the Wright State basketball team during a successful, championship season was depth, and it’s something that could be in play again in 2018-19. The Raiders have two open scholarships after releasing incoming freshman Jeremiah Davenport from his letter of intent and allowing redshirt sophomore Everett Winchester a transfer to Florida Atlantic. Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter...
Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State

Archdeacon: ‘Billy Buckets’ eager to make name for himself at Wright State

This could be the season of full return for Wright State’s Bill Wampler. First his game. Then his name: “Billy Buckets.” That’s the tag the coach at Drake gave the 6-foot-6 Wampler when he played for the Bulldogs two years ago and had a span of seven games where he averaged 19.6 points per game. “It was after we played Fresno State, I think, that Coach (Jeff) Rutter came...
NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

NCAA announces big change to transfer rules

The NCAA announced a potentially huge change to the transfer procedure that is set to take effect later this year.  Beginning in October, student-athletes will no longer be required to receive permission to transfer and go on scholarship at a new school.  This prevents the controversial process of coaches setting limits on where players can take their talents after deciding their current...
Wright State standout slugs 3 HRs in Cape Cod League

Wright State standout slugs 3 HRs in Cape Cod League

Wright State outfielder Peyton Burdick had a night to remember Tuesday in the Cape Cod League.  He slammed not one nor two but three home runs for the Cotuit Kettleers, who won their season opener 10-1 over Brewster.  Burdick, a Glen Este High graduate, started all 56 games for the Raiders this season, hitting .347 with nine homers and 65 RBIs.  He also stole 15 bases en route to a...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
Reports: Wright State Hall of Famer finds a new home in the NBA

Reports: Wright State Hall of Famer finds a new home in the NBA

Former Wright State star Vitaly Potapenko is moving on and moving up in the NBA.  Multiple reports indicate he is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a new position with the Memphis Grizzlies.  He had been with the Cavs since 2013 as a member of the player development staff.  He’ll be on the coaching staff at Memphis.  Potapenko was Wright State’s MVP in 1995 and...
NCAA appearance makes scheduling difficult for Wright State

NCAA appearance makes scheduling difficult for Wright State

Wright State coach Scott Nagy is finding the task of scheduling quality nonleague opponents tougher than ever after leading the Raiders to their first NCAA tournament bid in 11 years , so he said accepting a bid to the Cancun Challenge made sense for the program on several levels. “If you do get one of them scheduled, usually you have to play those people at their...
WSU coach Mercer proud to watch so much talent leave for the pros

WSU coach Mercer proud to watch so much talent leave for the pros

The 2018 Horizon League champion Wright State baseball team lost a considerable amount of talent this week when three players from that roster and one incoming freshman were selected in the MLB Draft, and Raiders coach Jeff Mercer couldn’t be more excited about it. “A lot of these guys were in my first class as a recruiting coordinator, and at the time we didn’t have a lot of guys...
Wright State’s Weiss: ‘Surreal’ feeling getting drafted by Diamondbacks

Wright State’s Weiss: ‘Surreal’ feeling getting drafted by Diamondbacks

Ryan Weiss had one piece of Arizona Diamondbacks apparel as of Wednesday night. A family member drove all around his hometown of South Elgin, Ill., looking for anything Weiss could wear after the Diamondbacks drafted Weiss, a redshirt sophomore pitcher from Wright State, in the fourth round Tuesday “They could only find this one hat that was a couple years old,” Weiss said. Weiss...
MLB Draft: Wright State slugger selected by Minnesota Twins

MLB Draft: Wright State slugger selected by Minnesota Twins

Wright State’s Gabe Snyder, the Horizon League Player of the Year, was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 21st round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. »RELATED: Snyder most prolific power hitter in WSU history Snyder, who just completed his senior season, was the 634th overall pick. Snyder, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound native of Millersburg, Ohio, led Wright State and the Horizon League in average...
MLB Draft: Wright State pitcher selected by Los Angeles Dodgers

MLB Draft: Wright State pitcher selected by Los Angeles Dodgers

Wright State pitcher Caleb Sampen was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 20th round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday. Sampen, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound redshirt sophomore, was the 614th overall pick. »RELATED: Sampen gem lifts Raiders into Horizon League final Sampen, a Brownsburg, Ind. native, was 5-0 with a 3.26 ERA in 11 appearances (seven starts) this season for the Raiders. Teammate Ryan...
Wright State’s MLB draft streak reaches four years

Wright State’s MLB draft streak reaches four years

The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Wright State pitcher Ryan Weiss in the fourth round of the MLB draft on Tuesday.  Weiss, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from South Elgin, Ill., was 9-2 as a redshirt sophomore this past season with a 3.40 ERA. He struck out 92 and walked 18 in 98 innings.  He is the third Wright State player drafted by the D’Backs, joining Justin Parker (2008) and Greg Robinson...
Wright State baseball ousted from NCAA Tournament

Wright State baseball ousted from NCAA Tournament

Sometimes, it’s just baseball. The Wright State Raiders fought their way through two tough games at the Stanford Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament. After Friday night’s gut-punch loss in 13 innings to Stanford, Wright State came back on Saturday afternoon to battle Baylor in an elimination game. For seven innings, the teams fought to a draw. Then came the eighth. The Bears batted...
NCAA Tournament: Wright State’s upset bid falls short at Stanford

NCAA Tournament: Wright State’s upset bid falls short at Stanford

Christian Robinson doubled past first baseman Gabe Snyder to drive in Andrew Daschbach with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift Stanford to a 4-3 win over Wright State early Saturday morning in the first round of the Stanford Regional at Sunken Diamond. Robinson’s chopper went past Snyder into the right field corner. Daschbach scored from first base – a heartbreaking...
Basketball camps at Dayton, Wright State offer picture of Division I college experience

Basketball camps at Dayton, Wright State offer picture of Division I college experience

Young basketball players wanting an up-close look at how college basketball teams operate can get one without leaving the Miami Valley.   How?  The Dayton and Wright State basketball programs both tout their summer camps as just such an opportunity.  “Basically it’s an opportunity for kids in our community to get an inside look at what we do on a daily basis with our...
Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about Raiders’ ninth NCAA appearance

Wright State baseball: 5 things to know about Raiders’ ninth NCAA appearance

After Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer learned during Monday’s selection show that his team would be flying across the country to play Stanford in the NCAA tournament, he admitted he didn’t know anything about the Cardinal beyond the fact they were really good as the No. 2 overall seed. But Mercer also allowed that has a pretty big question regarding his own team, as in who...
Archdeacon: Wright State pitcher copes with loss of both parents

Archdeacon: Wright State pitcher copes with loss of both parents

Back in Illinois for the final days of Wright State’s Christmas break five months ago, Ryan Weiss was out with friends one night when he decided to contact his mom. “We were supposed to have family day the next day and I texted her to find out what time it would start,” he remembered. “It was about 11:30 and I didn’t get a response so I figured she was sleeping.&rdquo...
Wright State baseball headed west for NCAA Tournament

Wright State baseball headed west for NCAA Tournament

Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer admitted he knows nothing about Stanford, the team the Raiders will face first in the NCAA tournament, but he said he knows the Cardinal are equally in the dark. “I joked with my wife that when it said ‘Wright State,’ they probably pulled their phones out and Googled where Wright State is at,” WSU coach Jeff Mercer said following the...
Wright State rallies to win Horizon baseball title in historic fashion

Wright State rallies to win Horizon baseball title in historic fashion

It’s debatable what soared higher Saturday afternoon, the go-ahead home run Wright State junior Peyton Burdick launched in the bottom of the seventh inning, or the bat he flung in the air halfway down the first base line to celebrate the shot. Burdick’s two-run homer off UIC reliever Alex Padilla capped the comeback after a disastrous fourth inning as WSU won the Horizon League championship...
Sampen gem carries Wright State into Horizon League tournament final

Sampen gem carries Wright State into Horizon League tournament final

Wright State coach Jeff Mercer used an unusual, yet thoroughly accurate word to describe his slight-framed starting pitcher Friday afternoon. “That guy’s a monster,” Mercer said of Caleb Sampen after the lanky, 185-pound sophomore took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the winners bracket final of the Horizon League tournament. Sampen lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the...
Butler grad comes up huge as Raiders roll in HL tourney opener

Butler grad comes up huge as Raiders roll in HL tourney opener

Even after jumping out to a comfortable early lead, Wright State coach Jeff Mercer admitted he had some concerns about following his plan to pull staff ace Ryan Weiss early from Thursday’s Horizon League tournament opener in order to save him for Saturday’s finals. But Mitch Gremling dismissed all worries with five impressive innings of relief to enable the top-seeded Raiders to coast...
Wright State offense in high gear entering Horizon League tourney

Wright State offense in high gear entering Horizon League tourney

Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer knows his players won’t always be happy with him, and he’s OK with that. Like his predecessors in the program, Mercer believes in stockpiling as many good hitters as possible. And though having a loaded roster means some Raiders aren’t getting as many at-bats as they’d like, the top teams are usually the ones where the starters are being...
Wright State’s Gabe Snyder named Horizon League Player of the Year

Wright State’s Gabe Snyder named Horizon League Player of the Year

Wright State’s Gabe Snyder is one homer and four RBIs away from the tying the single-season program records in those categories. But even if he falls short, his place among the Raider greats is already secure. “Gabe Snyder will probably go down as the best player who’s ever played here, as far as being the most impactful over his career,” coach Jeff Mercer said. “His...
Wright State blanks NKU, 12-0, in wet night at Fifth Third Field

Wright State blanks NKU, 12-0, in wet night at Fifth Third Field

It was a wet night in downtown Dayton on Thursday, but it didn’t slow the Wright State Raiders. The Raiders and Northern Kentucky University waited out a two hour rain-delay at Fifth Third Field as the Raiders (34-15) rolled to a 12-0 win over the Norse. Wright State broke up a scoreless tie in the second inning when Zach Weatherford ripped a double into the left field corner, scoring Alex Alders...
Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

The ACC is proposing a change to the NCAA tournament that is dumb and unnecessary.  Per reports, members of the once-proud basketball conference that sold its soul for football several years back would like to see four more teams make the Big Dance each spring, bringing the total number to 72.  ACC commissioner John Swofford says this would create a second First Four, though it would not...
Wright State women’s basketball loses two assistant coaches

Wright State women’s basketball loses two assistant coaches

The Wright State women’s basketball team’s coaching staff will looking different in 2018-19 after two assistants recently took jobs elsewhere. Former associate head coach Keith Freeman joined the staff at Old Dominion, while assistant Semeka Randall took at job at Cincinnati. ›› RELATED: WSU baseball to play at Fifth Third, then host HL tournament Freeman worked six seasons...
Wright State women’s track team fourth at Horizon League championships

Wright State women’s track team fourth at Horizon League championships

Wright State women’s track coach Rick Williamson could hardly believe his stopwatch at the Horizon League championships last weekend. Qualifying for the finals in most events required considerably faster times than previous seasons. “The conference was much, much better,” he said. “Just quality and depth wise, it was a much stronger field this year.” »RELATED: WSU...
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...
Champion WSU opens big week of baseball with game at Fifth Third Field

Champion WSU opens big week of baseball with game at Fifth Third Field

For the second time in three games, Wright State team will play at the home of a professional baseball team when the Raiders face Northern Kentucky at Fifth Third Field at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The landmark game marks the first time WSU will play at the home of the Dayton Dragons, and it comes a few days after the Raiders beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Miller Field. The 4-3 victory in 10 innings at the...
Wright State baseball clinches HL title, will host tournament

Wright State baseball clinches HL title, will host tournament

Due to weather related cancellations last weekend, Wright State’s victory against Milwaukee on Saturday at Miller Park enabled the Raiders to clinch the Horizon League regular season title, which means they will host the conference tournament at Nischwitz Stadium. It’s the ninth time WSU has won a regular-season championship, and sixth time as a member of the Horizon League. ›&rsaquo...
Wright State’s Haney named top freshman golfer in Horizon League

Wright State’s Haney named top freshman golfer in Horizon League

Bryce Haney didn’t look like a future Division I college golfer while playing at Wayne High School. He didn’t pick up the game until his sophomore year and averaged just under 40 strokes for nine holes his last two seasons. But Haney was driven to get to the next level and determined to find a school that would give him a shot. »RELATED: Raiders have two open scholarships after Davenport...
Former WSU star putting new twist on summer basketball camps

Former WSU star putting new twist on summer basketball camps

When Matt Vest comes home following an exhausting, nine-month basketball season in Germany, the former Wright State star is ready for … More basketball. Vest, who recently completed his fourth season in the professional ranks after graduating from WSU with a degree in business management in 2014, is starting his own youth basketball camp and putting a fresh twist on the summer staple. &ldquo...
Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

As promised, the college basketball season has been eventful for Dayton and Wright State.  The Flyers added another player Monday with a commitment from Rodney Chatman III.  He is a transfer from Chattanooga, and yet another small guard who is joining coach Anthony Grant’s program.  The 6-foot-1 Chatman, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a college sophomore last season, joins...
Former Centerville, Wright State golfer to make PGA Tour debut

Former Centerville, Wright State golfer to make PGA Tour debut

Ryan Wenzler picked a good day to go low. Wenzler, a Centerville High School and Wright State University product, fired a blistering 10-under-par 62 on Monday to earn a spot in this week’s PGA Tour Barbasol Championship in Lexington, Ky. Wenzler, who will be making his PGA Tour debut, was one of four qualifiers at Boone Trace National Golf Club in Richmond, Ky. Another Wright State product,...
Archdeacon: Benzinger goes all out — as always — in final game for Raiders

Archdeacon: Benzinger goes all out — as always — in final game for Raiders

Grant Benzinger has been especially known for two things in his college career: • The Wright State senior guard can shoot the lights out from long range. • He dives on the floor for loose balls with absolutely no regard for his body or his well-being. One of the two happened Thursday as the Raiders were overwhelmed by Tennessee, 73-47, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the American...
Wright State vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Monday’s game

Wright State vs. Cleveland State: What you need to know about Monday’s game

Who: Cleveland State (8-21, 5-11) vs Wright State (20-8, 12-3) When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Where: Nutter Center TV/Radio: ESPN3/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.3 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.0 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.5 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.6 Kenny Carpenter, 6-5, Sr., G, 12.6 Tyree Appleby, 6-1, Fr., G, 10.9 Bobby Word, 6-4, Sr., G, 10.6...
College Basketball: Raiders moving forward without Justin Mitchell

College Basketball: Raiders moving forward without Justin Mitchell

Wright State has not made a definitive declaration, but it certainly appears as if senior guard Justin Mitchell’s days on the basketball team are finished. “That would be my guess,” coach Scott Nagy said. “We’ve not had any contact. I don’t even spend a lot of time thinking about it anymore. It’s unfortunate. It certainly wasn’t my decision that it go...
Archdeacon: By any name, Wright State has a force in Love

Archdeacon: By any name, Wright State has a force in Love

Double Love. Double digits. Whether it’s his name or his game, 6-foot-9, 265-pound Loudon Love has become a double double. Just before he got to Wright State from Geneva, Illinois, he changed his last name from Vollbrecht to Love. That’s the maiden name of Laura, his mom. It’s also the name of his grandpa, who became a father figure and supporter of Loudon when his parents split...
Injured Wright State basketball player thanks supporters

Injured Wright State basketball player thanks supporters

For the first time since returning home Wednesday night from rehab in Colorado, we’re hearing from Wright State basketball player Ryan Custer. He spoke to a crowd during a prayer service Sunday afternoon at Elder High School, his alma mater in Cincinnati, to thank them for their support. Custer continues to recover from a traumatic spinal injury he suffered in April. He broke his C-5 vertebra...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

Tom Archdeacon: Ex-swimmer dives in to save WSU program

According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a “large donor” has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season. “Our goal was to raise $85,000 by June 30 to keep the program running and yesterday we had...
Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Mark Alstork narrows choices to six schools

Wright State grad transfer Mark Alstork is no longer considering the Dayton Flyers. Alstork announced a final list of six schools on Wednesday via Twitter: Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Illinois, South Carolina, LSU and Louisville. Alstork, a Thurgood Marshall graduate who started his career at Ball State, visited UD last month.
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...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

How’s your bracket?  I had a solid first day that would have been great if Providence hadn’t thrown its game against Northwestern and the kid from Princeton had made his potential game-winner.  All of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, and that’s the most important thing at this point.  This must have been a fairly predictable day as I am still only in the 31st percentile...
March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

OK, the NCAA tournament bracket is out and you’re ready to dive in.  Here are some general tips to follow for putting together a winning bracket.  Many people make the mistake of automatically writing in the team that's already written on the bracket (instead of the blank awaiting the First Four winner), but that can come back to haunt you.  Follow Lionel Cartwright’s advice...
Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

The Dayton Flyers lost their last two games of the season - the regular-season ender against George  Washington and their stunning loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament,  despite Dayton being the tournament’s top seed. As Flyer fans anxiously await their team’s tourney face, Mike Hartsock counts down to Sunday’s selections. 
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
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...
Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

If you’re like me and itching for the arrival of March Madness, last night was a pretty good appetizer in college basketball.  Franklin grad Luke Kennard scored 23 points, but Duke lost at Syracuse on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.   No. 6 Oregon fell behind bit at California but rallied to win – also on a buzzer beater – and No. 22 Butler went to No. 2 Villanova and beat...
Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Sports Today: Bob Huggins, Tebow Bills, surging Buckeyes and wacky grand slams

Glad that Bob Huggins is apparently doing OK after suffering a heart-related health episode last night during West Virginia’s win over Texas.  He's got to be one of the more interesting characters in the sports world around here in the past 20 years.  From high-scoring schoolboy legend to accomplished MAC coach to Cincinnati superstar/super villain depending on your allegiances, he's...
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...
Wright State baseball upsets No. 10 Clemson in season opener

Wright State baseball upsets No. 10 Clemson in season opener

New coach, five players selected in the 2016 MLB draft and gone, the high of a NCAA postseason appearance gone and back to earth - don’t tell the  Wright State Raiders. The Raiders scored three in the seventh inning and added another in the ninth to upset the No. 10 Clemson Tigers 6-4 to open the 2017 college baseball season. The Raiders used five pitchers with starter Trevor Swaney pitching...
Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

Friday Finds: Harbaugh vs. Paul Feinbaum, Saban’s recruiting pitch, Reds rebuild

College football offseason is officially underway now that we have a Jim Harbaugh tweet to talk about.  As a change of pace, the Michigan coach actually seems to be on the right track with this one – other than calling his most recent victim by the wrong name, of course.  If you’re confused, here’s the background (hat tip: College Football Talk): ESPN’s Paul Finebaum...
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