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Father of Springfield High School player, former South standout help Ohio State team advance in $2M event

Leon Rodgers and Nate Miller met on the basketball court nearly a decade ago and have spent many hours practicing together. The pair are hoping their time together on the court will soon include claiming a share of a multi-million dollar prize. Rodgers and Miller are playing with a team mostly comprised of Ohio State alumni that is participating in The Basketball Tournament, which has a winner-take-all...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
Miamisburg football: Top 7 players in Vikings history

Miamisburg football: Top 7 players in Vikings history

Miamisburg football has it going with Holland Field, a new 6,000-seat signature stadium on campus and a current streak of four straight postseasons. All that coincides with a throwback wing-T offense and a knockout defense since Steve Channell became the Vikings’ head coach. But the boys in blue have a ways to go match win streak amassed by the 1932-36 Miamisburg High School teams. Playing at...
Two new schools ‘a good match’ for Central Buckeye Conference

Two new schools ‘a good match’ for Central Buckeye Conference

The Central Buckeye Conference will soon have 12 members again after a rocky three-year period in which three schools left. London and North Union high schools will join the CBC in an upcoming season, though the exact year is still being determined. The school boards of both districts approved the moves earlier this week. »RELATED: CBC realignment, new football coaches at Graham, Northwestern...
Fairmont East football: Top 7 players in Falcons history

Fairmont East football: Top 7 players in Falcons history

When you played football at Fairmont East, only one thing mattered: beating Fairmont West. East is long gone, having since merged with West to reform Fairmont High School. What remains are scrapbook memories from those who performed so well in the Columbia blue and red as Falcons. Opened in 1963 and tucked in the eastern corner of Kettering next to Beavercreek, Fairmont East initially struggled athletically...
WATCH: Trotwood-Madison visits Chaminade Julienne for 7 on 7 football

WATCH: Trotwood-Madison visits Chaminade Julienne for 7 on 7 football

How good is Ra’veion Hargrove?  The Trotwood-Madison running back can preoccupy the opposition even during a seven on seven.  You know, a passing drill.  Forget play action. Just finding the Bowling Green commit (and 3,000-yard rusher) out of the backfield had Chaminade Julienne out of sorts on one play during their 7 on 7 against the Rams on Tuesday at Roger Glass Stadium in...
Ohio State back in the game for Versailles’ Justin Ahrens?

Ohio State back in the game for Versailles’ Justin Ahrens?

Versailles basketball star Justin Ahrens is one of the three verbal commitments Ohio State lost since the end of last season.  Could he still end up playing for the Buckeyes?  The four-star senior tweeted Monday night he has received a scholarship offer from new OSU coach Chris Holtmann.  Ahrens is the No. 6-ranked player in the state of Ohio and the second-highest-rated player who...
Piqua football: Top 7 players in Indians history

Piqua football: Top 7 players in Indians history

If you’re a boy growing up in Piqua more often than not your destiny involves a helmet, shoulder pads and annual clashes against rivals Troy to the south and Sidney to the north. Located in the cross hairs of Interstate 75 and U.S. Route 36 in Miami County, there hasn’t been a lot of turnover among Piqua High School football coaches of late. Those are good reasons for the program&rsquo...
5 things to know about Urbana Hillclimbers football

5 things to know about Urbana Hillclimbers football

On a hot, humid day last week I traveled northeast from Dayton to Urbana, where the high school looks like an imposing fortress sitting up high on a hill in the middle of a neighborhood. With the Hillclimbers breaking in their third new coach in five seasons, here are five things to know about Urbana football: He spoke eagerly about the chance to provided some stability for the Hillclimbers, who have...
Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

This may be July, but it’s never too early to start talking football around here.  To help pass the time before baseball finally returns to our lives, here are seven random football things to know for a Friday:  Are you ready for some football?  Stupid question, I know.  This is shaping up to be a make-or-break season in Cincinnati, where coach Marvin Lewis is on the last...
Xenia football: Top 7 players in Buccaneers history

Xenia football: Top 7 players in Buccaneers history

Xenia’s championship football glory days are long past, but like all other area cities and towns its relative size, the Windy City has kept up a steady string of outstanding individual talents. Xenia High School was especially dominant in the mid-1960s as an out-going member of the Miami Valley League. With Tom Stephenson, Jack Harbaugh (Jim and John’s father) and Earl Knight guiding the...
Fairfield’s Jackson Carman to announce college choice in December

Fairfield’s Jackson Carman to announce college choice in December

Fairfield High School senior Jackson Carman will announce his college decision after the 2017 season, Indians coach Jason Krause told WCPO.com. Carman, a 6-foot-7, 345-pound offensive tackle, is expected to name a top five in August, then make a final decision in December. The top-rated offensive tackle in the nation according to 247sports , Carman has offers...
Sports Today: Something like a happy ending to high school scandal

Sports Today: Something like a happy ending to high school scandal

So, the All-Star game was last night.  Zack Cozart got a hit (and donkey shoes?).  Joey Votto did not, but he avoided making some dubious history by walking in the ninth inning.  The American League won.  Anything else going on?  As far as dog days of summer go, this is pretty much the doggiest for this sports fan.  (And there still won’t be baseball tomorrow, either...
Long saga ends with Powell retaining position as Dunbar football coach

Long saga ends with Powell retaining position as Dunbar football coach

A prolonged series of unprecedented events that left Dunbar High School without a head football coach since last season came to an emotionally charged end Tuesday night when the Dayton Public Schools board of education voted 6-1 to reinstate Darran Powell. Although he wasn’t at the board meeting, many Powell supporters were, including much of his coaching staff from last season who have been...
Coldwater football: Top 7 players in Cavaliers history

Coldwater football: Top 7 players in Cavaliers history

What John Reed started for Coldwater High School football, Chip Otten has upgraded. Both Cavaliers head football coaches are integral parts for an unprecedented run through the Midwest Athletic Conference and the playoffs. A journeyman coach, Reed found his place at Coldwater. The Cavs were already highly regarded in football and baseball, but under Reed the football program rocketed to a perennial...
Tom Archdeacon: How Grace Norman went from gold medalist to the red carpet

Tom Archdeacon: How Grace Norman went from gold medalist to the red carpet

How’s this for a wardrobe upgrade? She’s gone from a self-described “huge,” above-the elbow sugar-tong splint, then a short arm cast and finally a protective brace to a dazzling floor-length white dress with a gold top and fancy new shoes with gold heels that will be sure to glimmer on the red carpet. After seven intoxicating months of accomplishment and glory were dashed by...
Former North boys basketball, baseball coach Henderson: “Don saw the good in people”

Former North boys basketball, baseball coach Henderson: “Don saw the good in people”

Don Henderson, the yin to Wayne Wiseman’s yang for Springfield boys basketball for an indelible span of nearly three decades, died Saturday afternoon following a long illness. He was 87. Longtime Springfield North High School athletic director Jim Rolfes confirmed Henderson’s passing. He succumbed to cancer after being released from medical care last month and had been living with a daughter...
Payne looking to give back with basketball camp, celebrity game

Payne looking to give back with basketball camp, celebrity game

Adreian Payne had bounced around the NBA and its development league so much the last three seasons he couldn’t be blamed for having a suitcase permanently packed. But that all came to a sudden and screeching halt last February. That’s when the Jefferson High School graduate was informed by the Minnesota Timberwolves he was suffering from a rare blood disorder. His blood platelet count...
Beavercreek football: Top 7 players in Beavers history

Beavercreek football: Top 7 players in Beavers history

Beavercreek High School football is mostly known for a long run of revolving head coaches and teams that couldn’t contend for titles. But it wasn’t always that way. Just as the University of Dayton men’s basketball glory years are often defined as its 1967 (NCAA runner-up) and ’68 (NIT champ) teams, so it is with Beavercreek football. Beavercreek was a Western Ohio League titan...
DPS likely to settle on Dunbar football coach at Tuesday’s board meeting

DPS likely to settle on Dunbar football coach at Tuesday’s board meeting

Dunbar High School could have a head football coach in place by the next Dayton Public Schools board meeting Tuesday. Superintendent Rhonda Corr wouldn’t commit at last Friday’s mostly executive-session board meeting to who she’ll recommend, citing additional human resources steps that needed to be fulfilled. Board member Joe Lacey asked Corr last Friday if she were planning on recommending...
College coaches shouldn’t need GPS to find the way to Springfield

College coaches shouldn’t need GPS to find the way to Springfield

There is no shortage of Division I college prospects at Springfield this season. Leonard Taylor has named his top 10, and fellow senior Cameron Hoelscher is looking to make his decision before the first game in August. A pair of receivers are hoping strong starts to the season expand their options. Caleb Johnson, a senior who transferred from Trotwood-Madison, said Western Michigan and Toledo...
Alter football: Top 7 players in Knights history

Alter football: Top 7 players in Knights history

Alter doesn’t have a home football field, which explains why every game day begins with a bus trip. But that hasn’t prevented the Knights from being the area’s most dominant high school football team since 2000. That would coincide with the run of head coach Ed Domsitz, the dean of area coaches who’ll enter his 43rd season as a head coach later this month. Most of those seasons...
Warner eager to guide Graham basketball back to prominence

Warner eager to guide Graham basketball back to prominence

Graham’s boys basketball team hasn’t finished above .500 in the last four seasons, but new head coach Nathan Warner believes the program can be one of the area’s best again in a short time. Warner was introduced as the team’s new coach during a meeting on Monday morning at the school. He succeeds Julian Grasso, who resigned late last spring. The school district also announced...
BGSU makes offer that Trotwood RB Ra'veion Hargrove can't refuse

BGSU makes offer that Trotwood RB Ra'veion Hargrove can't refuse

Undersized but loaded with game-changing impact, Trotwood-Madison running back Ra’veion “Shocka” Hargrove had the recurring recruiting pitch memorized. It was equal parts skilled slot back, return guy and a third-down situational sub. None of that resonated with the high school senior. But at 5 feet 6 and 175 pounds, that’s how most teams at the next level envisioned him. The...
Recruiting roundup: 1 of area’s best headed to MAC, locals stand out at The Opening and more

Recruiting roundup: 1 of area’s best headed to MAC, locals stand out at The Opening and more

Since our last recruiting update, two more running backs are off the board.  That includes Raveion Hargrove, who announced Tuesday he plans to play college football at Bowling Green.  The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Trotwood-Madison senior has already rushed for over 4,000 yards in his career, including 3,039 as a sophomore in 2015.  He is the fourth area player to commit to a MAC...
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...
High School Basketball: Graham announce new boys, girls coaches

High School Basketball: Graham announce new boys, girls coaches

Graham High School has new coaches leading its boys and girls basketball programs. Nathan Warner will take over the boys program and Randy Tyler is the new girls coach, the school announced. RELATED: Kenton Ridge grad to make PGA Tour debut Warner has coached the previous two seasons at Northeastern. He took over a program that went 17-73 the previous three seasons and went 25-23 in his two years...
Sports Today: Reds’ starters trending up after strong outing by Homer Bailey

Sports Today: Reds’ starters trending up after strong outing by Homer Bailey

The Cincinnati Reds celebrated America’s independence by pounding the Colorado Rockies yesterday 8-1.  Not to jinx it, but the Reds have managed to go five straight days without getting a terrible appearance from a starting pitcher.  (And they’ve won three of those give games, hmm…)  Homer Bailey was The Man last night, pitching around eight hits (all singles)...
Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Just like Jay Niswonger at Valley View, this was the high school football program that Bob Gregg built. A wiry figure with a stinging - and colorful - bark, Gregg already had established himself at Jefferson, initiating the Broncos’ 49-game win streak from 1970-75. He would continue that domination at Centerville for 26 seasons and 301 career wins. The Elks’ transformation wasn’t...
Springfield’s Cameron Hoelscher has favorites, waiting for more offers

Springfield’s Cameron Hoelscher has favorites, waiting for more offers

Springfield senior Cameron Hoelscher is looking forward to picking a college and leading the Wildcats back to the playoffs. In that order. A three-star prospect who led 7-4 Springfield with 88 tackles last season, Hoelscher has 10 scholarship offers as June winds down. Hoelscher said Kentucky, Air Force, Army and Bowling Green top his list, but he remains in contact with some other schools. That includes...
St. Henry football: Top 7 players in Redskins history

St. Henry football: Top 7 players in Redskins history

St. Henry is a wee village tucked on the western edge of Mercer County by the Indiana border. But it’s a big-time producer of several of Ohio’s best-known athletes. The locals favor Fish Mo’s Bar & Grill. That’s where you’ll find remnants, photos and laminated newspaper clippings of six high school football, seven girls volleyball, four boys basketball and three baseball...
Tecumseh grad makes big move in Pirates’ system

Tecumseh grad makes big move in Pirates’ system

J. T. Brubaker stood in the green grass at Prince George’s Stadium here Thursday morning, surrounded by 12 other minor league pitchers with the Double-A Altoona (PA) Curve. With game time about 90 minutes away in a special 11:05 a.m. start time for camp day, Brubaker and other prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system did stretching exercises before grabbing a pitching partner and throwing...
High School Football: What is the latest on Springfield Leonard Taylor's college plans?

High School Football: What is the latest on Springfield Leonard Taylor's college plans?

Leonard Taylor has seen a lot of colleges on the recruiting trail, and he has been seen in several different positions on the football field. The Springfield senior is looking at narrowing down both of those areas this fall. The four-star 2018 prospect’s positions included quarterback, tight end and defensive end last season, but coach Maurice Douglass expects someone else to take the snaps...
Board member says Lacking not pursuing Dunbar football position

Board member says Lacking not pursuing Dunbar football position

After initially indicating he would pursue the Dunbar High School head football coach position, James Lacking has decided otherwise. According to Dayton Public Schools board member Joe Lacey on Thursday, Lacking will submit his “non-acceptance” of the position to the board. Lacey also indicated Lacking believes former coach Darran Powell deserves the position and supports his appointment...
High School Football: 5 things to know about the Springfield Wildcats

High School Football: 5 things to know about the Springfield Wildcats

Springfield football made it to Week 11 last season. The Wildcats want to go deeper into the playoffs this fall, but first they have to put in the work this summer. Here are five things to know about coach Maurice Douglass’ team after we visited the Wildcats during a summer practice session: Douglass hoped making the playoffs in his third season at the helm would pay off with more kids...
Wayne lands on ESPN in football season opener

Wayne lands on ESPN in football season opener

Wayne football is stepping into the national spotlight to begin the upcoming season. On Wednesday the Warriors head coach Jay Minton was informed Wayne will be part of the seven-game GEICO ESPN High School Football Kickoff that will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU from Aug. 25-27. Wayne landed the only Sunday game on Aug. 27 at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. The season-opening...
Former Flyers coach Kevin Kuwik to succeed Trice as Wayne boys coach

Former Flyers coach Kevin Kuwik to succeed Trice as Wayne boys coach

Former University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Kevin Kuwik will be the next Wayne High School boys basketball coach. Wayne athletic director Jay Minton confirmed that Kuwik is expected to approved by the school board during their Wednesday night meeting. It’ll be the first high school position for Kuwik in 18 years of coaching, all at the collegiate level. He joined Archie Miller&rsquo...
Valley View football: Top 7 players in Spartans history

Valley View football: Top 7 players in Spartans history

This was the program that Jay Niswonger built. The scores were lopsided and the tailgating legendary, culminating with a sweep of Division IV state championships in 1994 and 1996-97. Barker Field was the place to be on Friday nights and anywhere else the Spartans lured the Germantown and Farmersville faithful. Here’s why: Beginning in 1984, Niswonger was the Spartans’ main man for 28 seasons...
Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Wayne football: Top 7 players in Warriors high school program history

Anchored near the crossroads of Interstate 75 and I-70, Huber Heights is easy access. Good thing, because a long-established path for college football recruiters leads to the Warriors celebrated program. Many Wayne alums have excelled collegiately and in the NFL.  Has separated from Centerville, surging to the top of area Division I programs and establishing itself as a state power. Since coach...
High school football: 7 on 7s offer another way for teams to improve

High school football: 7 on 7s offer another way for teams to improve

Missing football? Of course you are! It might not be the real thing, but three area schools got together at Stebbins for a 7 on 7 on Monday night in Riverside.  It might not be quite football, but it is at least a football-like substance. In late June, beggars can’t be choosers, right? At any rate, these events also give coaches a chance to see some of their players in action, and it gives...
High School Football: Class of 2018 area college commitments

High School Football: Class of 2018 area college commitments

Tyler Bentley, DL, Lakota West / Kentucky Isaiah Bowser, RB, Sidney / Northwestern John Dirksen, OL, Marion Local / Notre Dame Ra’veion Hargrove, RB, Trotwood-Madison / Bowling Green Jack McCrory, RB, Spg. Shawnee / Ohio Xavier Peters, LB, Lakota West / Kentucky Alex Reigelsperger, DE, Wayne / Kentucky Devan Rogers, DT, Sidney / Toledo Jadon Rucker-Furlow, DB, Belmont / Miami Tavion Thomas,...
Rogers, Bowser provide Sidney football a recruiting surge

Rogers, Bowser provide Sidney football a recruiting surge

Sidney High School football continues to assert itself as an emerging Greater Western Ohio Conference presence with the verbal commitment of two highly regarded seniors. Running back Isaiah Bowser committed to Northwestern University on Friday and was followed the next day by defensive tackle Devan Rogers, who pledged to the University of Toledo. They are two great reasons – along with a healthy...
Recruiting roundup: 2 more area players pick Big Ten schools

Recruiting roundup: 2 more area players pick Big Ten schools

Two more pairs of teammates have announced where they are going to play their college football since our last recruiting roundup.  Mason offensive lineman Eric Miller got it started June 17 when he announced he will play in the Big Ten at Purdue.  New Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm has 14 commits already, including three players from Ohio. The class is ranked 10th in the Big Ten but 43rd...
Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

The heroes yesterday were exactly who we all would have expected before the season began: Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett.  Feldman pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to the best offense in baseball.  He improved to 6-5 overall and lowered his ERA to 4.07.  Feldman has the only two wins for a Reds starter in the last 17 games if you want to know how things...
Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Franklin’s Luke Kennard drafted by Detroit Pistons in first round

Desperately needing a shooter who has been missing since their most recent championship season, the Detroit Pistons christened Franklin High School graduate Luke Kennard that go-to guy Thursday night, taking him with the 12th pick in the first round of the NBA draft. Detroit was the team that appeared to be most enticed by Kennard prior to the draft. Although he did his best to prove to teams in pre-draft...
Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

Who are the 5 best NBA players born in the Dayton area?

A select group of 39 men from the area have played in the NBA with Franklin’s Luke Kennard expected to join this fall. But who is the best to lace ‘em up for pay so far? We count down from five to one: 5. Jim Paxson After starring at Alter, Paxson followed in the footsteps of his father, Jim Sr., as a standout at Dayton. He averaged 18 points per game for the Flyers before being taken...
Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

Franklin’s Kennard takes his best shot at NBA draft

There’s no telling when Luke Kennard, Franklin’s favorite son, will go in the NBA draft Thursday night. The only sure thing is the impact it’ll have on his family. “It’s unreal,” said Mark Kennard, Luke’s father, from New York earlier this week. “I’m sure if I hear his name called it’ll be emotional.” The draft will be held at the Barclays...
Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar RB Thomas commits to Oklahoma

Dunbar senior running back Tavion Thomas announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday, just two hours before Darran Powell, his high school coach, was not retained. Thomas said on Twitter he selected the Sooners after narrowing his choices to seven programs earlier this month. He thanked his family, coaches, teammates, teachers and God. “It’s been a rocky road,&rdquo...
NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

NBA Draft: What to know about Franklin's Luke Kennard

The NBA draft is scheduled for Thursday night, and Luke Kennard is expected to be selected in the first round. Here is what you need to know about the basketball star: • Born in Middletown, Kennard was a member of the National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Franklin High School, where he scored 2,977 points. That’s No. 2 in Ohio prep history, more than LeBron...
Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Dayton called ‘sleeper team’ for Dane Goodwin after OSU decommitment

Ohio State basketball has lost another verbal commitment for 2018 as Dane Goodwin has re-opened his recruitment according to multiple reports. The son of Dayton Flyers Hall of Famer Damon Goodwin, Dane is a four-star guard prospect at Upper Arlington High School. He scored 34 points for the Golden Bears in a 62-34 win over Garfield Heights at the Flyin’ To The Hoop event in Kettering last season...
Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

Sports Today: Reds rookies walking into oblivion

What’s wrong with all the young starters for the Cincinnati Reds?  Their struggles this season are kind of bizarre.  That is the takeaway from last night’s 6-5 loss to Tampa Bay.  Amir Garrett got a couple of early runs, but he was gone by the end of the fourth inning.  His final line: six runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed...
Recruiting: Dunbar football standout commits to Big 12 power

Recruiting: Dunbar football standout commits to Big 12 power

Oklahoma is the college choice of Tavion Thomas, a four-star running back from Dunbar. He tweeted his choice late Tuesday afternoon. After thanking his aunt, coaches, teammates, teachers and God, Thomas wrote, “It’s been a rocky road but couldn’t have done it without y’all support and love.”  Scout ranks Thomas the No. 2 running back in the Midwest and No. 256 prospect...
College choice eases burden for Shawnee’s McCrory

College choice eases burden for Shawnee’s McCrory

Jack McCrory’s high school football season got a little easier June 9. That’s when the Shawnee standout accepted a scholarship offer to play his college football at Ohio University . McCrory said he could have waited and fielded a few more offers, mostly from fellow Mid-American Conference programs, but having the decision out of the way helps him focus on his...
Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Sports Today: Reds renew hope, Ohio State gets big boost and what’s going on in Cleveland?

Believe it or not, the Cincinnati Reds won a baseball game last night. An interleague game, no less!  Their 7-3 victory in Tampa Bay is another reminder this team is worth waiting around to see what it can do with competent starting pitching, too.  They took a 3-0 lead, lost it, then went right back to work offensively.  Joey Votto went 3 for 5 and drove in the winning run while Jesse...
Coaches disagree on student F-1 visa plan

Coaches disagree on student F-1 visa plan

Ohio lawmakers may allow students on F-1 visas to compete in school sports if they are recruited by a private boarding school. That possibility has some local coaches at odds. Julie Raiff and Scott Molfenter are well-versed in international students. Both are area boys high school soccer coaches, Raiff at Belmont the last two seasons and Molfenter at Carroll, where the Patriots have won multiple Division...
Darran Powell out as Dunbar football coach

Darran Powell out as Dunbar football coach

Darran Powell is out as the Dunbar High School football coach. On Tuesday, the Dayton Public Schools board was to vote on 97 personnel items at once, but board member Joe Lacey asked that the vote on Powell be handled separately. The other 96 items were approved unanimously. May 11: NAACP says OHSAA decision on Dunbar unfair  When the board voted on Powell’s contract, Robert Walker...
WR Johnson tweets he’s at Springfield after leaving Trotwood-Madison

WR Johnson tweets he’s at Springfield after leaving Trotwood-Madison

Senior receiver Caleb Johnson has withdrawn from Trotwood-Madison and apparently is in the process of transferring to Springfield High School. Johnson announced on twitter last weekend that “I’m officially at Springfield #Wildcats.” Trotwood athletic director Guy Fogle confirmed that Johnson has withdrawn from there. Springfield AD Mike Dellapina indicated he was unaware if Johnson...
Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

Sports Today: Reds lose, Dragons clinch, Arroyo’s future and Ohio State recruiting

The Cincinnati Reds nearly didn’t lose their ninth game in a row. Then they did.  That is about as creative as I can be about this losing streak that now spans more than a week. Consecutive lost weekends with five winless weekdays in between.  Yeah….  Bronson Arroyo took his second loss of the losing streak yesterday, and it sounds like it might be the last one...
Tom Archdeacon: In troubled times, a ‘perfect dad’ emerges

Tom Archdeacon: In troubled times, a ‘perfect dad’ emerges

She was back in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center the other evening – an hour and a half away from her husband, her two young children and the life she longs to live again – but Melissa Johnson still shared a story that made her laugh. “We have a joke with our daughter’s teacher,” said the former women’s basketball coach at Earlham College. “She&rsquo...
Recruiting roundup: Kentucky claims another while Akron invading for basketball?

Recruiting roundup: Kentucky claims another while Akron invading for basketball?

A trio of commitments lead off this recruiting roundup.  Shawnee senior Jack McCrory got it all started last weekend when the Braves running back announced he is going to be an Ohio Bobcat.  Before the weekend was over, Lakota West defensive lineman Tyler Bentley let it be known he is joining Big Blue Nation and Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger as a Kentucky Wildcat. ...
Recruiting: Lakota West’s Xavier Peters names top 10 college choices

Recruiting: Lakota West’s Xavier Peters names top 10 college choices

Xavier Peters, a four-star linebacker at Lakota West, has named his top 10 schools as summer begins. There’s a heavy SEC flavor to the group, including Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. Peters also lists Cincinnati, USC, Texas, Oregon and Penn State. “It kills me that I have to narrow down to 10 schools but that’s just part of this process,” he wrote in a message...
Recruiting: Belmont’s Jadon Rucker-Furlow makes his college choice

Recruiting: Belmont’s Jadon Rucker-Furlow makes his college choice

Belmont defensive back Jadon Rucker-Furlow has verbally committed to be a Miami RedHawk. A three-star defensive back, Rucker-Furlow announced his decision on Twitter.  He also has offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Toledo. He is the third area player to commit recently. Lakota West defensive lineman Tyler Bentley committed to Kentucky on Sunday...
High school football: Coaching changes for 2016 season

High school football: Coaching changes for 2016 season

There were at least 16 new high school head football coaches throughout the area in 2016. Here’s a look back at who landed where. Bellbrook: Assistant and grad Jeff Jenkins was promoted to succeed Kevin Basinger, who resigned after 19 seasons. 2016 record: 7-3 overall, 3-3 SWBL Southwestern Division. Bradford: Nathan Hyatt resigned to succeed Greg Bush at Vandalia-Butler; succeeded by Dave McFeely...
Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

Sports Today: Mayweather-McGregor is on, Bailey impresses in Dayton, Flyers working for NBA teams, etc.

The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight is officially happening.  I once thought this would be a great idea, but I have since realized it probably isn’t.  If it were going to involve MMA, then there would be a reason to watch. Mixing disciplines could be fascinating (indeed, that was part of the draw of MMA in the first place, not to mention the void left by the idiots who run...
CBC realignment, new football coaches at Graham, Northwestern, Urbana

CBC realignment, new football coaches at Graham, Northwestern, Urbana

Three new high school football coaches are just part of the changes that will reshape the Central Buckeye Conference this fall. CBC realignment: Greenon has left for the Ohio Heritage Conference. Smaller divisional-wise, that’s a better fit athletically for the Knights, who have struggled mightily to remain relevant in the CBC Mad River Division. Replacing Greenon in the CBC is Jonathan Alder...
MLB Draft: Celina grad, top Ohio State recruit taken by Reds in MLB draft

MLB Draft: Celina grad, top Ohio State recruit taken by Reds in MLB draft

Seth Lonsway, one of the top recruits in Ohio State’s 2018 baseball recruiting class, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 19th round Wednesday. He was the 557th overall pick. Baseball America and other outlets had Lonsway projected as high as the third round, possibly falling lower to ninth. He was expected to weigh his position in the draft with whether he would opt for Ohio State. While...
OHSAA associate commissioner Bob Goldring chosen by NFHS

OHSAA associate commissioner Bob Goldring chosen by NFHS

A well-deserved shout-out to Ohio High School Athletic Association associate commissioner for operations Bob Goldring. He was among 15 citation winners who were chosen by the National Federation of State High School Associations and announced on Wednesday. These are the highest honors by the NFHS, which oversees all the similar state associations, including the OHSAA. Goldring is in his 22nd year...
New Centerville football helmets to help detect concussive hits

New Centerville football helmets to help detect concussive hits

Centerville High School’s football team is on the verge of purchasing new helmet technology that would make it easier to detect potential concussions earlier. The helmets, produced by Riddell, are equipped with impact monitoring technology called Insite, designed to alert when significant single or multiple impacts are sustained during a game or practice, according to Riddell Product Manager...
Remembering Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie: Five things to know about his career

Remembering Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie: Five things to know about his career

The death of Kent Massie on Tuesday shocked football fans around Clark County. He was 48 years old and left behind a wife, Mary, and two young sons, Dalton and Louis. Autopsy results are pending. Massie, 48, took the Tecumseh High School football programs to new heights during an 11-year tenure as head coach (2005-15). Here’s a look back at his career: 1. New coach: Tecumseh named Massie...
Former Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie dies at 48

Former Tecumseh football coach Kent Massie dies at 48

Former Tecumseh High School head football coach Kent Massie, 48, died Tuesday at Springfield Regional Medical Center six days after collapsing at his home. An autopsy is pending, said Massie’s longtime friend, Shawnee head football coach Rick Meeks. “I know people are speculating,” Meeks said. “They don’t know why he passed.” Tecumseh Athletic Director Craig Eier...
New GWOC football coaches: Centerville, Stebbins, W. Carrollton, Xenia

New GWOC football coaches: Centerville, Stebbins, W. Carrollton, Xenia

There are at least 14 new high school head football coaches throughout the area for this coming season. Among those are four in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. That extends a coaching switch tend in the 20-team mega conference. GWOC coaches who made their debuts with new teams this last season were Chris Roark (Fairborn), Dave Miller (Fairmont) and Nathan Hyatt (Vandalia-Butler). Eight of the...
Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

Sports Today: Breaking down the NBA Finals, Reds take high school phenom, OSU coach introduced

The Larry O’Brien Trophy is going back to the Golden State Warriors, who vanquished LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals last night.  Here are five takeaways:  After a good performance in which they came up short in Game 3 and a historically great show in Game 4, the Cavaliers just couldn't keep up in Game 5 (much like the first two in Oakland)...
Senior standout transfers from Dunbar to Wayne

Senior standout transfers from Dunbar to Wayne

Standout senior linebacker Antwuan Johnson has transferred from Dunbar to Wayne High School. Wayne athletic director and football coach Jay Minton confirmed on Monday that Johnson enrolled in the Huber Heights City School District last Friday and attended a Warriors’ summer workout on Monday. Minton said the Johnson family has a Huber Heights residence. The school district does not have open...
Jack McCrory of Shawnee verbally commits to Ohio University

Jack McCrory of Shawnee verbally commits to Ohio University

Shawnee senior Jack McCrory has made his college decision. He will continue his football career in Athens at Ohio University.  McCrory ran for 667 yards on 103 carries last season for the Braves, who went 6-4 overall and finished second in the CBC Kenton Trail division. He also caught 12 passes for 198 yards. McCrory ran for nine touchdowns and caught two more. He also made 73 tackles. He was...
Tecumseh’s Trimble handles challenge of All-Star Game

Tecumseh’s Trimble handles challenge of All-Star Game

The Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s All-Star Game served as a good primer for Tecumseh High School’s Isaiah Trimble before he heads off to college. At Tecumseh, Trimble knew all the players on his Arrows’ team and was familiar with the majority of the students in the high school. The MVFCA game for just-graduated seniors threw Trimble into a mix of players from the Miami...
Recruiting: Lakota West’s Tyler Bentley makes his college choice

Recruiting: Lakota West’s Tyler Bentley makes his college choice

Tyler Bentley, a defensive lineman from Lakota West, verbally committed to Kentucky on Sunday. “First off I just want to thank God for all the blessing he has put on my life,” Bentley wrote on Twitter. “I also want to thank my parents for taking time out of their day to help me make my dreams come true. “Last but not least, I want to thank my coaches for pushing daily to be...
Sports Today: NBA continues, NHL concludes and MLB draft arrives

Sports Today: NBA continues, NHL concludes and MLB draft arrives

The weekend is over, and surprisingly enough the NBA Finals are not.  The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors continue their series tonight because the Cavs played out of their minds Friday night.  The Warriors could have probably been sharper defensively, but until garbage time Cleveland shot the ball better than might be expected if they were by themselves in a gym.  Will...
Friday night lights shine on All-Stars one last time

Friday night lights shine on All-Stars one last time

When he transferred to Shawnee High School for his freshman year, one of the first people Josh Nelson met was Michael Guyer. The two became fast friends thanks to football. On Friday night, four years after that first meeting, the duo shared the high school field for the final time in the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association’s Pigskin Classic. Nelson and Guyer represented the Braves in...
New competitive balance factor affects boys, girls basketball

New competitive balance factor affects boys, girls basketball

Franklin finally made its way out of the ultra-competitive Southwest District in Division II of boys basketball. But that might not be much of a break, because the Wildcats are now lumped in D-I. The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Thursday afternoon announced its realigned divisions for boys and girls basketball for this coming season. For the first time, the new competitive balance factor...
Boys basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

Boys basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

The following area boys basketball teams have switched divisions from this past season. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced boys and girls divisional alignment for postseason play on Thursday following last week’s June board of directors monthly meeting. It’s the first time the new competitive balance factor has been included to determine basketball divisions and is the...
Girls basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

Girls basketball: Teams that switch divisions from last season

The following area girls basketball teams have switched divisions from this past season. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced boys and girls divisional alignment for postseason play on Thursday following last week’s June board of directors monthly meeting. It’s the first time the new competitive balance factor has been included to determine basketball divisions and is the...
Ohio State great Braxton Miller set to host football camp at Wayne HS

Ohio State great Braxton Miller set to host football camp at Wayne HS

Braxton Miller plans to pay it forward next month with a football camp at his high school alma mater. The Charging 1Way Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8 at Wayne High School in Huber Heights. A press release for the event says “a slew of special guests” including “other decorated players from Ohio State and the NFL” are also set to participate. “It always meant...
Shawnee state champ embraces tutoring by veteran Braves coach

Shawnee state champ embraces tutoring by veteran Braves coach

Shawnee freshman Robie Glass immediately sought out the main difference-maker in his brief high jump career after stunning a loaded field and winning the Division II state championship in the event last Saturday: veteran Braves assistant coach Joe Vanuch. Their long and heartfelt embrace represented the best of different eras. The common denominator was a deep appreciation for a sport that has long...
South All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

South All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

The following are the South coaches and players for this week’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South Game. When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Centerville High School South head coach: Butch Snider (Oakwood) South assistant coaches: Dion Black, Trotwood-Madison; Scott Clodfelter, Bethel; Heath Feldman, Springboro; Bob Franz, Oakwood; Jeff Jenkins, Bellbrook; Kevin Tritschler, Oakwood...
North All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

North All-Stars: MVFCA North-South football game

The following are the North coaches and players for this week’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South Game. When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Centerville High School North head coach: Tyler Cates (Covington) North assistant coaches: James Harless, Lehman Catholic; Mike Griffin, Mississinawa Valley, Adam Doenges, Sidney; Chris Stanley, Northmont, John Brands, Northmont, Aaron Fister...
North all-star football coach Cates playing hurt

North all-star football coach Cates playing hurt

Tyler Cates is putting a new spin on playing hurt. As coach of the North team for this week’s Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game, it’s on Cates (Covington High School’s coach) and South coach Butch Snider (Oakwood) to manufacture high-end functional units that have been hard-pressed to practice because of a multitude of other player commitments. Cates...
OHSAA assigns football teams to regions

OHSAA assigns football teams to regions

The Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday announced the regional placement of all football teams and also released this coming season’s football state championships schedule. In addition, the OHSAA confirmed all football playoff games would be anchored on Fridays only through the state semifinals. Region placement and the playoffs format were approved by the OHSAA Board of Directors...
Recruiting roundup: Dunbar pair narrows choices; Wayne WR waiting?

Recruiting roundup: Dunbar pair narrows choices; Wayne WR waiting?

Since our last area recruiting roundup, two of the top player have both narrowed their lists. Dunbar teammates Tavion Thomas and Joseph Scates recently released a top seven and six, respectively, and the groups have a lot in common. Thomas and Scates both have Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Louisville, West Virginia and Alabama on their lists of finalists. Thomas, a four-star running back, is also still...
Luke Kennard pays a visit to the Indiana Pacers

Luke Kennard pays a visit to the Indiana Pacers

Luke Kennard’s latest stop on his NBA pre-draft tour took him to Indiana on Monday. The Franklin High School product and former Duke star worked out for the Pacers, who have the 18th pick in the first round. Asked if Indy felt like home, he said, “A little bit.” “The drive was like two hours – not far at all,” Kennard told the team website afterward. “I&rsquo...
High School Sports: 5 highlights from state championship weekend

High School Sports: 5 highlights from state championship weekend

Here’s five highlights from the final weekend of high school spring sports: Dunbar boys track: The Wolverines won just one event and didn’t place higher than fourth in any other. But that added up to their 10th team title, 33-30 over runner-up Warrensville Heights in the Division II state track and field meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Those 33 points...
Former Alter standout transferring to Florida

Former Alter standout transferring to Florida

Alter High School graduate and former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire has told multiple media outlets he plans to join the University of Florida as a graduate transfer. According to a report from ESPN , Zaire plans to visit Florida on Wednesday to finalize the process. “The visit Wednesday is just making sure we dot our I’s and cross our T’s, so it’s just everything...
No star power no problem for D-II boys state track champ Dunbar

No star power no problem for D-II boys state track champ Dunbar

There have been many great Dunbar boys track and field teams through the years, but this season’s edition wasn’t one of them. But there is something in common they all share: state championships. Winning just one event and not placing higher than fourth in seven others, Dunbar pulled off the unlikely on Saturday, out-pointing Division II runner-up Warrensville Heights 33-30 at Ohio State...

H.S. Results for 6/3: State Tournament results

Baseball State Tournament At Huntington Park, Columbus Saturday’s Finals Division I Massillon Jackson 8, Strongsville 2 WP: Skeriotis CG 5 K. LP: Beechy 1 K. Stro: Shannon 1-3 RS, Frank 1-3 RS, Trizzino 3-3 2B RBI, Damm 1-3 3B. MJ: C. Mottice 2-3 2B 3 RS 2 RBI, Dingler 3-3 2B 2 RBI, J. Mottice 1-3 RBI, Nicolas 1-2 RBI, Graham 1-3 2 RS, Romans 2-3 2 RS, Harrison RS RBI. Division II Tallmadge...
Shawnee freshman Glass joins McDavid as state champ

Shawnee freshman Glass joins McDavid as state champ

Springfield’s tandem of Dyier Smith and Quincy Scott along with Jamari McDavid of Kenton Ridge have been dominant in their events all season. But there’s another area headliner who emerged from the high school state track and field meet Saturday. Robie Glass leaped into the Shawnee record book with a jump of 6 feet, 8 inches and won the Division II state high jump at Ohio State University&rsquo...
Dunbar boys win 10th state track championship

Dunbar boys win 10th state track championship

Dunbar captured its most unlikely of double-digit boys state track and field team championships on Saturday. The Wolverines won just one relay and didn’t place higher than fourth in seven other events. But that was enough to beat runner-up Warrensville Heights 33-30 at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. It’s the 10th outdoor state title for the traditionally rich Dayton City League...
Softball: Northwestern future bright despite tough ending

Softball: Northwestern future bright despite tough ending

Northwestern reached the regionals each of the last three years but didn’t advance to the state tournament. The Warriors finally broke through this season and won a regional championship, which coach Missy Johnson said is the result of a lot of hard work in practice and concentration in games. After a run-rule loss to Warren Champion in a Division III state semifinal ...
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