You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Witt seeks to end struggles at Hiram

Wittenberg has lost four straight games at Hiram. Last year’s senior class, one of the strongest in many years, never beat the Terriers on the road.

That’s not a good sign for the Tigers, who need a win at Hiram at 4 p.m. today to finish third or fourth and claim a first-round home game in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament on Tuesday. A loss could drop the Tigers to fifth place.

Of course, maybe playing on the road isn’t such a bad thing for this team. Wittenberg is 4-4 at home in NCAC play after losing 70-62 to DePauw at Pam Evans Smith Arena on Wednesday and 4-3 on the road.

“We’ve lost four league games at home,” Wittenberg coach Bill Brown said. “That’s just abominable. We had a real chance to seal third place (Wednesday). Now we’ve got to go to a place where we haven’t won in many years. Even then Wooster has to win at DePauw.”

The Tigers (15-9 overall) are tied with DePauw and Kenyon for third place at 8-7. If all three teams lose or all three teams win, then DePauw will get the third seed, and Wittenberg will get the fourth seed because DePauw swept Wittenberg and Wittenberg beat Kenyon in their lone matchup.

If DePauw loses at Wooster and Wittenberg loses and Kenyon beats last-place Allegheny, then Kenyon gets the third seed, and Wittenberg ends up with the fifth seed and would play at fourth-seeded DePauw in the first round.

There’s nothing the Tigers can do except worry about Hiram. The Terriers rallied in the final 10 minutes to beat Wittenberg 62-57 on Jan. 19. It was Hiram’s first win at Wittenberg in four years.

“You’ve got to guard their two wings, their leading scorers (Alan Sheppard and Aaron Stefanov),” Brown said. “One of them took it to us the whole game down there. The other one, who we did a great job on in the first half, took it to us in the second half. We just have to find a way to get some decent shots and make some of those shots.”

Wittenberg is also trying to avoid finishing with its worst ever record in NCAC play. It has never finished .500 or below in 23 seasons. If it wins today, it would equal its worst mark (9-7 in 2008-09).

“There’s no reason to dwell on it and just run people into the ground,” Brown said. “That’s not me, and that’s not the best tact. We just have to get rested up, prepare like we always do. Everyone knows what’s on the line.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

H.S. Results for 1/19/17: Versailles girls rally to claim MAC lead

A furious fourth-quarter rally by Versailles earned the Tigers a 51-43 high school girls basketball victory over Fort Recovery in Thursday night’s battle for sole possession of first place in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Fort Recovery (9-2 overall, 3-1 MAC) led by as many as 11 in the third quarter, and 41-40 with 3:04 remaining in the game...
Perfect streak continues for Wright State junior forward Smith
Perfect streak continues for Wright State junior forward Smith

One of the most valuable types of players a basketball coach can have is one who doesn’t miss. And Katrina Merriweather feels fortunate to have such a player in her first year at the helm of the Wright State program. Sure, Lexi Smith misses some shots. Almost half of them to be exact. But it’s not her team-leading field goal percentage...
Football title games move to new Canton stadium for 2017-18
Football title games move to new Canton stadium for 2017-18

A three-year run of the high school football state championships at Ohio Stadium in Columbus officially ended on Thursday when the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the games would be played at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton in 2017-18. The OHSAA board of directors unanimously voted 9-0 during its January meeting to...
Kyle Davis won’t play Thursday for Dayton Flyers
Kyle Davis won’t play Thursday for Dayton Flyers

Dayton Flyers senior guard Kyle Davis won’t play Thursday against Richmond at UD Arena. He sprained his ankle and bruised his foot Saturday in the second half of a victory at Duquesne, and Archie Miller said Tuesday he would be a game-time decision. Davis has played in Dayton’s last 93 games. He hasn’t missed a game since his freshman...
Shawnee bounces back after slow start
Shawnee bounces back after slow start

What may have depressed Shawnee’s boys basketball team a month ago now serves as motivation. The Braves struggled to a 1-7 start and had a couple of close losses. Shawnee coach Chris McGuire saw his players look dejected a number of times during that stretch, but after a two-point loss to Fairborn last Saturday, he saw something different. &ldquo...
More Stories