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Wright State ripped by Penn State in Cancun Challenge

Lamar Stevens equaled his season high with 25 points and Penn State defeated Wright State 77-59 on Tuesday night to advance to the championship game of the Cancun Challenge’s Riviera bracket. The Nittany Lions (3-1) will play Bradley on Wednesday while the Raiders take on SMU for third place. Stevens was 10 of 15 from the floor and has reached 20 points in all four games this season. He scored...
Raiders all business at Cancun Challenge: ‘It’s not like it’s a vacation’

Raiders all business at Cancun Challenge: ‘It’s not like it’s a vacation’

Before coming to Wright State, coach Scott Nagy took South Dakota State to the Cancun Challenge in 2015, and current Raiders point guard Cole Gentry, who played for Nagy then, also made the trip. But while going to a sunny locale with an ocean nearby is a perk for the program, don’t expect either of them to be tour guides for the rest of the team this week. They plan to have a single-minded...
Wright State vs. Penn State: What to know about Tuesday’s game in Mexico

Wright State vs. Penn State: What to know about Tuesday’s game in Mexico

Who: Wright State (3-1) vs. Penn State (2-1) When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday TV: CBS Sports Network Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Penn State leads 1-0 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 48-23 in his third year at Wright State and 458-263 in 24 years overall. Patrick Chambers is 115-123 in his eighth year at Penn State and 157-151 overall. Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 9.0 Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 14.8 Loudon Love, 6-9, So.,...
Wright State rolls to easy win over North Florida

Wright State rolls to easy win over North Florida

North Florida knew the scouting report said it had to do everything possible to stop Loudon Love, but the Ospreys had no one who could match up with the 6-foot-8, 270-pound center. Their frontcourt players were all 6-8 or shorter and weighed 223 pounds or less, and they were moved around inside like chess pieces. Love scored 13 of his season-high 20 points in the first half and corralled nine rebounds...
Love giving Wright State strong play inside

Love giving Wright State strong play inside

As Loudon Love was finishing his post-game interview after a 14-point, 12-rebound effort against Toledo, coach Scott Nagy walked by him in the media room and, without looking up, said loud enough for his center to hear: “Fourteen and 12. I’ll take that every time.” That’s the kind of output the Raiders can usually expect from the preseason first-team All-Horizon League pick...
Wright State vs. North Florida: What to know about Saturday’s game

Wright State vs. North Florida: What to know about Saturday’s game

Who: North Florida (1-2) at Wright State (2-1) When: 3 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Tied 1-1 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 47-23 in his third year at Wright State and 457-263 in 24 years overall. Matthew Driscoll is 148-152 in his 10th year at North Florida. Probable Wright State starters Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 8.7 Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G, 16.3 Loudon Love, 6-9, So., F, 15.3 Bill...
Archdeacon: With Gentry running the show, Wright State has no worries

Archdeacon: With Gentry running the show, Wright State has no worries

Scott Nagy ended the preseason with two new things. He had a stylishly trimmed salt and pepper beard. He had a point guard who was coming into his fourth college season but never had played a November or early December game for him. Nagy ended up keeping one of his new additions and shaving the other. The beard, which he said was not favored by his wife, itched at times and bothered him. But the point...
Wright State back on the boards; 5 more takeaways from win over Toledo

Wright State back on the boards; 5 more takeaways from win over Toledo

When Wright State was bludgeoned on the boards in a 19-point loss at Murray State on Saturday, coach Scott Nagy didn’t blame his frontcourt or any of his players. He put the onus on himself. “What’s always been important to me is rebounding, because I think it’s a ‘heart’ stat. It’s an indication of how hard you’re playing and how tough you are. And...
Gentry’s career night helps WSU knock off Toledo

Gentry’s career night helps WSU knock off Toledo

Cole Gentry scored a career-high 30 points, and Louden Love had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Wright State to an 84-74 win over visiting Toledo on Wednesday. Bill Wampler chipped in 17 points and Skyelar Potter 13 as the team bounced back from a 19-point drubbing at Murray State. The Raiders (2-1) pulled away early in the second half, hiking their lead from five to 14. Parker...
Signing day: UC lands Xenia basketball standout

Signing day: UC lands Xenia basketball standout

Samari Curtis drew more attention than he was expecting following a breakout freshman season of basketball at Xenia High School. The following season, Curtis always drew an opponent’s most dogged defender. Double-teams and go-to pressure by other defenders became the defensive norm against the high flyer. “At first, I couldn’t handle it,” recalled Curtis, now a coveted Buccaneers...
Matters leads Raiders to conference tourney in first season as coach

Matters leads Raiders to conference tourney in first season as coach

First-year Wright State women’s volleyball coach Allie Matters set ambitious goals this season, the biggest of which was qualifying for the six-team Horizon League tournament for the first time. Having taken over a downtrodden program that hadn’t produced a winning season overall since 2001, she didn’t expect an easy path. “The highs have been so high, and the lows have been...
Wright State loses one of its top players to likely season-ending shoulder injury

Wright State loses one of its top players to likely season-ending shoulder injury

Storming to the Horizon League title and reaching the NCAA tournament last season was a memorable experience for Wright State, but coach Scott Nagy believes his players need some reminders on what it took to reach those heights. He didn’t like what he saw during a 73-54 setback Saturday at Murray State, and he hopes they’re ready to dig a little deeper when Toledo visits on Wednesday...
Wright State vs. Toledo: What you should know about Wednesday’s game

Wright State vs. Toledo: What you should know about Wednesday’s game

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Nutter Center TV: ESPN+ Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Tied 6-6 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 46-23 in his third year at Wright State and 456-263 in 24 years overall. Tod Kowalczyk is in his ninth year Toledo and has a 280-233 overall record, including a 136-112 mark in eight years at Green Bay. Probable Wright State starters Mark Hughes, 6-4, Sr., G, 3.0 Cole Gentry, 5-10, Jr., G...
Wright State falls short in bid to reach NCAA tourney

Wright State falls short in bid to reach NCAA tourney

The Wright State men’s soccer team had hoped it did enough to make the field of 48 in the NCAA tournament for the first time. The Raiders have an RPI rating of 35 and were ranked all season in the national polls until falling to UIC in the Horizon League championship. But despite a banner year under first-year coach Jake Slemker, they weren’t awarded an at-large berth when the bracket...
Wright State soccer upset by UIC in Horizon League title game

Wright State soccer upset by UIC in Horizon League title game

Having an historic season often loses some of its luster if a team doesn’t capture a title. That’s been a familiar story for the Wright State men’s soccer team. The Raiders have reached the Horizon League championship match four of the last five seasons only to be denied a championship and NCAA berth. Saturday night, UIC won its fourth straight league tournament crown with a 3-1...
Wright State falls in first road game of the season

Wright State falls in first road game of the season

Wright State’s first road game of the season Saturday night did not go well. The Raiders had a cold shooting night and got battered on the boards in a 73-54 loss at Murray State. Wright State shot 38.2 percent (21 of 55) from the field, including a frigid 3 of 18 from 3-point range. The Racers outrebounded the Raiders 41-25. “Murray State was prepared for the game,” Wright State...
Archdeacon: How Honor Flights brought ‘a sense of closure’ to longtime Wright State coaches, Vietnam vets

Archdeacon: How Honor Flights brought ‘a sense of closure’ to longtime Wright State coaches, Vietnam vets

After his return from Vietnam – where he flew 136 combat missions as a radio operator on an intelligence plane – he said he “put away” his war experience and didn’t talk about it for a good while. And when the Vietnam Veterans Memorial opened in Washington, D.C. in 1982, he said he “avoided” it for a long time. But just 20 days ago Dave Brittingham found himself...

Wright State vs. Murray State: What to know about Saturday’s game

Who: Wright State at Murray State When: 8 p.m. Saturday TV: ESPN+ Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 4-1 Coaches: Scott Nagy is 1-0 in his third season at Wright State and is 456-262 in his 24th year overall. Matt McMahon begins his fourth season at Murray State and is 59-37 in his career. »RELATED: Raiders face tough road test at Murray State Probable Wright State starters Mark Hughes...
Wright State basketball: Raiders face tough road test at Murray State

Wright State basketball: Raiders face tough road test at Murray State

As Wright State’s Bill Wampler and Skyelar Potter answered questions after Wednesday night’s season-opening victory over Western Carolina, they already knew who they would hear a lot about on the scouting report for Saturday night’s game at Murray State. Ja Morant. Both of them talked about how they’ve heard Morant could be a future NBA lottery draft pick. Morant averaged 12...
Wright State: ‘Game-changer’ Patten earns top honor in Horizon League

Wright State: ‘Game-changer’ Patten earns top honor in Horizon League

Wright State soccer star Aaliyah Patten didn’t really have a set position this season because her skill set was needed all over the field. But no matter where the senior from Fairborn roamed, opponents knew they had to shadow her with defenders or risk paying the price. »RELATED: WSU’s Wampler opens up about his struggles with depression »RELATED: WSU runner undaunted on and...
Five takeaways from Wright State’s season-opening win over Western Carolina

Five takeaways from Wright State’s season-opening win over Western Carolina

As debuts go, this one was a hit. And Bill Wampler was the star. The junior transfer from Drake had been struggling with his shot recently, but Wright State coach Scott Nagy knew that wouldn’t last. Wampler gave a strong opening-night performance with 26 points to lead the Raiders to a 96-73 victory over Western Carolina at the Nutter Center. Wampler made 9 of 15 shots including 5 of 9...
Wampler-led Wright State rolls in season opener

Wampler-led Wright State rolls in season opener

Junior transfer Bill Wampler scored 26 points and made five 3-pointers in his Wright State debut to lead the Raiders to a 96-73 victory over Western Carolina on Wednesday night at the Nutter Center in the season opener for both teams. Wampler scored 18 points in the first half as the Raiders rolled to a 52-26 lead. While Wampler and Loudon Love were leading the offense, the defensive end was strong...
Archdeacon: Raiders senior center on a rewarding journey

Archdeacon: Raiders senior center on a rewarding journey

Last Wednesday night – as he was crouched in front of the scorer’s table, waiting to go back into Wright State’s exhibition game against Notre Dame College at the Nutter Center – he said the guy keeping the official score book teasingly told him: “Hey, you’re gonna have to talk to Coach. An old man can’t play this many minutes.” And a week earlier, when...
Wright State vs. Western Carolina: What you need to know about tonight’s season opener

Wright State vs. Western Carolina: What you need to know about tonight’s season opener

Who: Western Carolina at Wright State When: 7 p.m. Wednesday TV: ESPN+ Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 2-0 Coaches: Scott Nagy begins his third season at Wright State and is 455-262 in 23 years overall. Mark Prosser begins his first season at Western Carolina. Mark Hughes; 6-4; Sr.; G; 9.9 Louden Love; 6-9; So.; C; 12.9 Cole Gentry; 5-10; Jr.; G; 9.2 Bill Wampler; 6-6; Jr.; F; 0.0 Jaylon...
Favored Raiders begin a new challenge

Favored Raiders begin a new challenge

Championship rings were given to the Wright State men’s basketball team two weeks ago. They like to look at the big green stone, the “Horizon League Champion” stamp and the engraved #believe reminder of Ryan Custer’s recovery. Wednesday night, just before they begin their season, they will look up as the NCAA Tournament banner takes its place in the Nutter Center rafters. The...
Wright State’s Wampler opens up about his struggle with depression: ‘It was just day by day, getting through’

Wright State’s Wampler opens up about his struggle with depression: ‘It was just day by day, getting through’

Nobody would have guessed Bill Wampler was struggling internally while leading Eau Claire Regis High School in Wisconsin to the state title game. How could he be? He was a high-scoring basketball star with college-scholarship offers and looked as if he had it all together. But he was going through the dark tunnel of depression and, except for his mother and maybe a few others, he hid what he was feeling...
Archdeacon: Skyelar — not Brad — taking flight for Wright State Raiders

Archdeacon: Skyelar — not Brad — taking flight for Wright State Raiders

Mom knew best. When he was born, he said his dad wanted to call him Brad: “He was going to name me a Junior. His name is Brad, so I was going to be Brad. Jr. “But my mom was like ‘Oh no! No way. We’re not naming him Brad.’ And then it just popped into her head: Skyelar. They were going to call me Skyelar.” And with that, Skyelar Potter ended up with the perfect...
Wright State pulls away from Notre Dame College in exhibition win

Wright State pulls away from Notre Dame College in exhibition win

Wright State may be the defending Horizon League champs with four returning starters, but that doesn’t mean the team won’t experience some dips along the way. That was evident in an 86-51 win Wednesday over Notre Dame College. The Division-II squad from South Euclid, Ohio, trailed only 41-32 at halftime and had a 22-20 rebounding edge. »RELATED: Getting defensive has served Raiders...
Getting defensive has served Raiders well

Getting defensive has served Raiders well

One of the few questions surrounding the Wright State Raiders is how they’re going to replace Grant Benzinger — not his point production, though he was the team’s leading scorer last season, but his infectious energy. He’s maybe the only player ever implored by coach Scott Nagy NOT to dive on the floor so much because he was putting himself at risk of injury. Mark Hughes would...
Wright State basketball: Raiders not concerned with preseason hype

Wright State basketball: Raiders not concerned with preseason hype

When Wright State was picked to finish first in the Horizon League preseason poll , it wasn’t exactly a surprise. Five prominent college-basketball magazines and websites — Athlon, Lindy’s, Blue Ribbon, Midmajormadness.com and Three-man-weave.com — had already put the Raiders at the top of the heap in their projections. Ordinarily, third-year coach...
WSU cross country runner Dunn is undaunted on and off the course

WSU cross country runner Dunn is undaunted on and off the course

It has been quite a runat Wright State for junior Nathan Dunn . Dunn and his Raider teammates are in Kenosha, Wis. for the Horizon League Championship race Saturday morning. The top runner on the Raiders’ men’s team, Dunn finished eighth last year in the Horizon League on his way to second-team, all-league honors. Away from his battles on the race course, an often unseen hurdle has affected...
Wright State women’s soccer poised to make noise in league tournament

Wright State women’s soccer poised to make noise in league tournament

Wright State women’s soccer coach Pat Ferguson knew a treacherous non-conference schedule would pose problems, and he wasn’t sure if his players could handle some early struggles and keep a positive outlook. But with the help of a strong senior class and some team-wide mental toughness, the Raiders have emerged from that rough stretch with their confidence intact and appear poised to do...
Archdeacon: Freshman guard hopes to live up to his name at Wright State

Archdeacon: Freshman guard hopes to live up to his name at Wright State

He started living up to his name even before he was born. “I was stationed in Florida when I found out I was pregnant with him,” Connie Smith said. “We were attending a church service and every time the pastor said, ‘Turn to the Book of Malachi,’ my son just kicked in my stomach.” She said she got the message: “I knew then that was going to be his name.&rdquo...
Archdeacon: Dreams altered -- ‘I was a soccer player. I was a student. … And now I was a mom’

Archdeacon: Dreams altered -- ‘I was a soccer player. I was a student. … And now I was a mom’

Last year at this time Brooklyne Mason was in the midst of quite a memorable semester at Wright State. The Raiders senior soccer player – and team captain – from Middletown High School had taken a medical redshirt year, but still showed up for practice every day and went to games at home and on the road so she could help her teammates by doing manager’s duties. She also took a full...
Strength, agility make Wright State big man Love ‘hard to handle’

Strength, agility make Wright State big man Love ‘hard to handle’

Wright State coach Scott Nagy has had trouble finding players who can push Loudon Love in preseason workouts and give the sophomore center a challenge. But if the Raiders are having a hard time with that, almost every team they face will have that problem, too. “We really don’t have anybody in practice who can contain Loudon,” Nagy said, “but neither does anybody else. &ldquo...
Wright State women’s basketball picked to finish 3rd in Horizon League

Wright State women’s basketball picked to finish 3rd in Horizon League

The Wright State women’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the Horizon League preseason poll released Thursday. The Raiders totaled 226 points in the voting behind Green Bay (286) and IUPUI (245). »RELATED: WSU men picked to win Horizon League Wright State lost Horizon League Player of the Year Chelsea Welch to graduation, but returns three starters — Emily Vogelpohl...
Wright State on being picked to win Horizon League: ‘It’s a pressure we love’

Wright State on being picked to win Horizon League: ‘It’s a pressure we love’

The Wright State men’s basketball team may have surprised some Horizon League foes last season by emerging as the conference tourney champ after being picked fifth in the preseason poll. But star center Louden Love and his cohorts won’t be able to count on that underdog status as a source of motivation this year. The Raiders were selected as the league favorite in a vote of coaches...
Wright State men’s basketball picked to win Horizon League

Wright State men’s basketball picked to win Horizon League

The Wright State University Raiders are the team to beat in the Horizon League. The Raiders were picked to finish first in the league’s preseason poll released today. Defending regular-season champion Northern Kentucky was selected No. 2, followed by UIC, Oakland, Green Bay, IUPUI, Cleveland State, Milwaukee, Youngstown State and Detroit Mercy. Wright State was the league runner-up last season...
Wright State golf: Raiders hope fall experience pays off in spring

Wright State golf: Raiders hope fall experience pays off in spring

The Wright State golf team has finished in the top half of the field in three of four fall tournaments, including a runner-up showing in the Valparaiso Crusader Collegiate last month. Although coach Brian Arlinghaus isn’t content with just respectable results — he was definitely hoping for more at the 13-team Valpo tourney, where the Raiders were defending champs — he believes the...
Wright State: Merriweather expects to have strong, versatile team

Wright State: Merriweather expects to have strong, versatile team

The Wright State women’s basketball team has three senior stalwarts in Emily Vogelpohl, Mackenzie Taylor and Symone Simmons. And that trio has not only given the Raiders ample production on the court throughout their careers, but also a boost in recruiting. Third-year coach Katrina Merriweather hasn’t been afraid to aim high and go after some top prospects of late because the Raiders have...
Potent offense has Wright State Raiders climbing in national polls

Potent offense has Wright State Raiders climbing in national polls

Jake Slemker didn’t know as a first-year coach how the Wright State men’s soccer team would respond to him, and he probably figured he’d meet some resistance over changing the playing style to an attacking offensive-minded approach. But based on the results and the enthusiasm he’s encountering, it’s safe to say the transition has gone exceedingly well. “There&rsquo...
Wright State Raiders bowling ready for action

Wright State Raiders bowling ready for action

Young but talented, the Raiders are ready to get down to business – the business of winning. “Both teams are younger than we’ve had in quite a few years,” Wright State bowling coach Jeff Fleck said. “We have the talent, now we’re in the learning process. It’s kind of a new challenge for us – very invigorating.” Both the Raiders men’s and...
Springboro resident finds niche as college basketball analyst

Springboro resident finds niche as college basketball analyst

Mark Adams had a 17-year career as a college basketball coach, including a five-year stint at the Division-I level with Central Connecticut State. And while he had some success along the way, he mostly inherited rebuilding jobs that took their toll, and he figured there had to be a better way to make a living. “I hated losing — HATED it,” he said. “Psychologically, losing was...
Wright State Raiders: Five questions facing team entering new season

Wright State Raiders: Five questions facing team entering new season

A constant issue for Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy early last season was getting his players to believe they were as good as he thought they could be. They may have professed confidence, but the results conveyed something else. Nagy’s persistence finally paid off in a mid-December win at Toledo , which was also the debut of impactful point guard Cole Gentry...
Guard from Illinois commits to Wright State basketball

Guard from Illinois commits to Wright State basketball

The Wright State Raiders received a verbal commitment from Treyvon Calvin on Wednesday. Calvin is a 6-foot point guard from St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. He also had a scholarship offer from Illinois-Chicago and interest from Winthrop, he told Scouts Focus Illinois in September. Calvin joins Andre Harris, a 6-2 guard from Brush High School (Ohio), and Noah Freidel, a 6-4 guard...
Attacking mentality has Wright State men’s soccer off to unbeaten start

Attacking mentality has Wright State men’s soccer off to unbeaten start

Jake Slemker didn’t necessarily want to mess with success in his first season as the Wright State men’s soccer coach, but he also believed he could elevate the program by adopting a new style of play. He’s instilled in the Raiders an ultra-aggressive approach this fall where even defenders are expected to be involved in the offense. “We want guys to join the attack. If we&rsquo...
Archdeacon: At 3-foot-7, doctor stands tall at USAF Marathon

Archdeacon: At 3-foot-7, doctor stands tall at USAF Marathon

When you consider the total person, few people who took part in the Air Force Marathon on Saturday stood taller than Dr. Nadia Merchant. And she’s 3-foot-7. As she competed in the half marathon – wearing a black cap and Nike head covering to adhere to her Muslim faith and taking short steps because of her rare genetic recessive condition that limits her height – the 31-year-old runner...
ESPN platform adds four WSU men’s basketball games

ESPN platform adds four WSU men’s basketball games

Four more Wright State University men’s basketball games have been added to ESPN’s channels for the upcoming season. »RELATED: Former HL player of year goes pro WSU’s Horizon League opener against visiting UIC on Dec. 28 and Wright State’s game at Northern Kentucky on Jan. 11 both will be televised on ESPN2 (7 p.m.). The return matchups also will be televised on ESPNU...
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: ‘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...
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...
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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