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Wesley Christian (Ky.) edges CJ in OT at Flyin’

Jacquel Freeman-Parks hit a late 3 to force overtime but Chaminade Julienne couldn’t convert enough in the extra session and fell 51-49 in OT to Wesley Christian (Ky.) in Day 4 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Monday. Benson Lin led Wesley with 14 points. P’Hariz Watkins paced CJ with 19 points and Christian Montague added 18 for the Eagles. “I think...
GCL Central power Roger Bacon stops Bethel at Flyin’

GCL Central power Roger Bacon stops Bethel at Flyin’

Alec Pfriem hit 12 of 14 combined shots and free throws for 22 points to lead Cincinnati Roger Bacon to a 74-54 defeat of Bethel in Day 4 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Sunday. Craig McGee added 17 points for the Greater Catholic League Central Division power and D-III state ranked Spartans (11-2). Caleb South paced Bethel with 23 points and Ryan Rose added 15. The...
Future Buckeye evokes one of the greats from past describing his game

Future Buckeye evokes one of the greats from past describing his game

Darius Bazley, the second Ohio State commit to take the floor Monday during the last day of Flyin’ to the Hoop, shook off a slow start to finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds as his Princeton team was crushed 77-48 by Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler. Bazley had just two point in the first half but contributed nine in the second.  He was making his season debut after having to sit out the first...
Wheeler completes Flyin’ sweep by beating Princeton

Wheeler completes Flyin’ sweep by beating Princeton

Darweshi Hunter scored 12 points in leading Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) to a 77-48 defeat of out-manned Princeton in Day 4 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Monday. That completed a two-game Flyin’ sweep for the Georgia state power, which also defeated Pickerington Central 64-51 on Saturday. E.J. Montgomery led Princeton with 18 points. Darius Bazley, a 6-7 junior...
Trent Jr. hits 33 as Prolific Prep snaps Trotwood win streak in Flyin’

Trent Jr. hits 33 as Prolific Prep snaps Trotwood win streak in Flyin’

Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) senior guard Gary Trent Jr. scored 33 points and house-favorite Trotwood-Madison couldn’t overcome first-half foul trouble and suffered its first loss, 100-83 in Day 4 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Monday. A Duke signee, Trent is the son of former Ohio University standout Gary Trent, affectionately known as the “Shaq of the...
Buckeye-bound Justin Ahrens talks junior season, OSU win and more

Buckeye-bound Justin Ahrens talks junior season, OSU win and more

Justin Ahrens scored 26 points as Versailles beat Tri-Village 61-56 on Monday afternoon. The Ohio State-bound junior guard also grabbed nine rebounds as the Tigers outlasted the Patriots to improve to 12-1.  Wearing a Block ‘O’ sweater as he spoke with reporters after the game, Ahrens talked about what he is working on this season, seeing the Buckeyes pick up their first Big...
OSU recruit Ahrens’ 26 carries Versailles over Tri-Village at Flyin’

OSU recruit Ahrens’ 26 carries Versailles over Tri-Village at Flyin’

Ohio State University commit and Versailles High School junior Justin Ahrens had 26 points and nine rebounds in a 61-56 defeat of Tri-Village to open Day 4 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Monday. It was a high-end matchup of the best of the Midwest Athletic Conference (Tigers) and the Cross County Conference (Patriots). Keaton McEldowney added 13 points for Versailles...
Swimming: Shawnee’s Seibert reaches top of podium at Classic

Swimming: Shawnee’s Seibert reaches top of podium at Classic

Grace Seibert may have saved her best for last. The Shawnee senior has had solid performances at the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming & Diving Classic but had never made it to the top of the podium until Saturday. Seibert, 17, won the girls 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:22.83 in the finals at Keating Natatorium. She edged out a trio of local rivals as Centerville’s Nora Fullenkamp (2:23...
OSU commit, son of UD hall of famer Goodwin scores 34 at Flyin’

OSU commit, son of UD hall of famer Goodwin scores 34 at Flyin’

Damon Goodwin, the University of Dayton basketball hall of famer, has always had a great shot and he delivered one for son Dane on Sunday night. “Oh, I am,” assured Damon when asked if he or Dane were the better shooter. “But when we play H-O-R-S-E he’s not allowed to shoot left-handed. He’s unreal with that hand.” An outstanding 6-foot-6 junior at Upper Arlington...
Dunbar falls at Flyin’; Elks’ Saben surpasses 1,000 career points

Dunbar falls at Flyin’; Elks’ Saben surpasses 1,000 career points

Dunbar missed a layup at the buzzer and dropped a 70-68 decision to Covington Catholic (Ky.) in the Day 3 finale of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena. Dunbar senior Chris Jackson hit four 3-pointers and led the Wolverines (10-2) with 21 points. He was award the first Flyin’ scholarship, courtesy of River Valley Credit Union, at halftime. A.J. Mayer led Cov Cath with...
Goodwin’s 34 fuels Upper Arlington at Flyin’

Goodwin’s 34 fuels Upper Arlington at Flyin’

Dane Goodwin, the son of University of Dayton hall of famer Damon Goodwin, had game highs of 34 points and 13 rebounds in an impressive 62-34 defeat of Garfield Heights on Day 3 of the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena. The 6-6 junior, who’s verbally committed to Ohio State, also hit four 3’s. Max Martz added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Golden...
Akron SVSM recovers from Trotwood thumping to stop Pickerington North

Akron SVSM recovers from Trotwood thumping to stop Pickerington North

Six-time state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary rebounded from a thumping at unbeaten Trotwood-Madison Sunday night to overcome a monster effort by Pickerington North’s Jerome Hunter and post a 64-56 victory in Day 3 of the 15th annual Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Sunday. Akron SVSM lost 100-61 at Trotwood. Jayvon Graves had 27 points and 13 rebounds to spark height-challenged...
Centerville’s Saben surpasses 1,000 career points at Flyin’

Centerville’s Saben surpasses 1,000 career points at Flyin’

Centerville Senior Keegan Saben scored 21 points to go with five assists and surpassed 1,000 career points in a 77-66 defeat of Cleveland Heights in Day 3 of the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Sunday. Sam Lash added 17 points and Alec Grandin hit 6 of 7 shots for 14 points as the Elks (6-4) posted their second straight win. A 6-3 guard, Saben began his career at Alter, scoring...
Thurgood Marshall falls to Gahanna Lincoln at Flyin’

Thurgood Marshall falls to Gahanna Lincoln at Flyin’

The recruitment of Gahanna Lincoln 6-7 sophomore forward Jordan Mitchell has spiked. He listed Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana and Michigan among the many programs that have hiked their interest. Ohio State and Xavier already had offered him. “There’s been more pressure on me,” Mitchell said after scoring a game-high 18 points in a 86-42 hammering of Thurgood Marshall in Day 3’s...

H.S. Results for 1/14: Lilley hits buzzer-beater for Fairborn boys

Branden Lilley put in the game-winning layup as time expired to lead Fairborn to a 54-52 thriller over Springfield Shawnee in boys basketball Saturday. Lilley carried Fairborn with 15 points, Brandon Easterling added 14 and Shaunn Monroe 12. The win evened Fairborn’s record at 6-6. Shawnee dropped to 4-8. Lebanon 49, Finneytown 38: Dakota Allen recorded 16 points and Parker Smith added 12 points...
Wayne blown out by Huntington at Flyin’

Wayne blown out by Huntington at Flyin’

It’s not as if the mighty Wayne boys high school basketball team has been knocked out, but the Warriors surely have been buckled. Wayne lost its second straight game by a 91-60 blowout to Huntington Prep (W.Va.) in Day 2 of the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Saturday. On Friday Wayne fell 67-55 at Springfield. “We gotta get better,” Wayne coach...
It’s an adventure for IMG, including Flyin’

It’s an adventure for IMG, including Flyin’

Emmitt Williams of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) is like a lot of highly recruited high-risers. He’s 6-foot-8, has a wingspan from here to Columbus and a potential upside that has enticed many college basketball programs. A junior, he’s counting on the emerging athletic complex that’s anchored at Bradenton, Fla., to help take him to the next level. Besides, the academy’s website...
Flyin’ to the Hoop results, schedule

Flyin’ to the Hoop results, schedule

PREMIER HEALTH FLYIN’ TO THE HOOP At Fairmont’s Trent Arena, Kettering Friday’s games Fairmont 60, Sidney 51 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 70, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 57 Saturday’s games Alter girls 54, Cleveland St. Joseph 36 Springfield 64, Col. Eastmoor Academy 61 Hilliard Bradley 43, Beavercreek 25 Wheeler (Marietta...
Wheeler (Ga.) hands Pickerington Central its first loss at Flyin’

Wheeler (Ga.) hands Pickerington Central its first loss at Flyin’

KETTERING — Jordan Tucker, a 6-8 senior who has an offer from the University of Dayton, scored 21 points and USC signee Jordan Usher added 16 points as Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) handed Pickerington Central its first loss this season 64-51 in Day 2 of the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Saturday. Wheeler (13-4) entered the final quarter trailing. Sterling Manley...
Springfield caps perfect week with Flyin’ win

Springfield caps perfect week with Flyin’ win

Less than 24 hours after defeating Wayne for its biggest win of the season, Springfield was cruising toward a double-digit victory Saturday afternoon at the Flyin’ to the Hoop showcase. Then the Wildcats almost let a perfect ending to a perfect week fly out the Trent Arena doors. Columbus Eastmoor sliced a 14-point deficit to three with a 12-1 run. But senior Danny Davis made three free throws...
Who’s up next after Flyin’? Who knows?

Who’s up next after Flyin’? Who knows?

KETTERING — Emmitt Williams of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) is like a lot of highly recruited high-risers. He’s 6 feet 8, has a wingspan from here to Columbus and a potential upside that has enticed many men’s college basketball powers. A junior, he’s counting on the emerging athletic complex that’s anchored in Bradenton, Fla., to help take him to the next level. Besides...
Beavercreek falls to Hilliard Bradley at Flyin’

Beavercreek falls to Hilliard Bradley at Flyin’

KETTERING — Isaiah Speelman had a game-high 20 points and 15 rebounds and Hilliard Bradley throttled Beavercreek 43-25 in Day 2 of the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena on Saturday. Jon Alessandro led Beavercreek with eight points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. The Beavers (6-6) have lost three of their last four games, but own the only defeat of Springfield (11-1)...
Bazelak, Miller lead Alter to historic Flyin’ win

Bazelak, Miller lead Alter to historic Flyin’ win

KETTERING — Libby Bazelak hit 8 of 11 shots and tallied a game-high 22 points as Alter made Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop history by winning the first girls game in the 15-year history of the event in Saturday’s Day 2 opener, defeating Cleveland St. Joseph Academy 54-36. Bazelak, a Duquesne University signee, hit three 3’s and also had eight rebounds and three assists....
Davis, McKay lead Springfield over Eastmoor

Davis, McKay lead Springfield over Eastmoor

KETTERING — Danny Davis had a game-high 20 points and Michael McKay tallied 19, including 17 in the first half, to power surging Springfield to a 64-61 defeat of Columbus Eastmoor Academy in Saturday’s Day 2 of the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena. Springfield (10-1) has won nine straight games and was coming off a season-defining 67-55 defeat of visiting...

Greeneview dominates West Liberty-Salem

Mason Schneider’s high school basketball career was off to a great start. He started as a freshman on varsity, played the AAU circuit the following summer and as a sophomore was going to be teammates with Ethan Bradds, who had sat out the year before. “I’ve looked up to him since I was seventh grade and he was in eighth,” Schneider said. “I’ve always wanted to play...

H.S. Results for 1/13/17: Second-half jump start earns Northmont win

Northmont trailed, 8-2, after one quarter Friday, but came back to outdistance Beavercreek, 51-44, in a key Greater Western Ohio Conference boys basketball game. The Thunderbolts (11-2) rallied to win behind Vinson Walker, who scored 13 of his 17 points after halftime. DaLonte Capers scored 9 of his 11 in the second half. Northmont scored 22 points in the third quarter, 16 in the fourth. Jon Allesandro...
Fairmont regroups to stop streaking Sidney

Fairmont regroups to stop streaking Sidney

Fairmont sank to a new low earlier this week in falling to win-starved Lebanon. That didn’t sit well with the Firebirds boys basketball team. “It was huge for us,” Fairmont senior Kamron Drollet admitted following an impressive 60-51 dismantling of Sidney to open Friday’s night 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena. “We’ve been...
High School Basketball: Defense powers Springfield past Wayne

High School Basketball: Defense powers Springfield past Wayne

Springfield beat league rival Wayne for the first time in three seasons Friday night, but the biggest thing on Leonard Taylor’s mind was getting to bed. Springfield pulled away in the second half to earn a 67-55 win, which keeps the Wildcats tied for first place in the GWOC National East with Centerville. There was little time for celebration after the game because the Wildcats (9-1, 4-1 GWOC)...

H.S. Results for 1/12: Rogan leads Urbana girls in milestone win

Hunter Rogan turned in another outstanding performance and head coach Bill Moss reached a milestone in Urbana’s 67-45 win over Northeastern 67-45 in girls basketball Thursday. Rogan poured in 31 points with 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead Urbana. Alaina Lyons tacked on 24 points with five steals and Bridget Ofori hauled in 11 rebounds. It marked the 400th career win for Moss, who coached...
H.S. basketball: Springfield tries to extend streak

H.S. basketball: Springfield tries to extend streak

Springfield has won seven games in a row but will have to beat two tough opponents in an 18-hour span this weekend to keep the streak going. The Wildcats (8-1) host league rival Wayne at 7:30 on Friday night and play Columbus Eastmoor in Flyin’ to the Hoop at 1:15 on Saturday afternoon at Fairmont’s Trent Arena. Wayne (9-2) lost to Northmont last Friday but has rolled since with blowout...
Flyin’ signees, verbally committed players

Flyin’ signees, verbally committed players

There are no shortage of players who have signed or verbally committed to the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop . The four-day, 20-game midseason boys basketball production that will feature 37 teams will play out at Fairmont’s Trent Arena on Friday through Monday over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. First up...
Recruiting: Ohio State, Cincinnati and Miami classes taking shape

Recruiting: Ohio State, Cincinnati and Miami classes taking shape

With 2017’s National Signing Day less than three weeks away, we thought it was a good time to check in on the football recruiting efforts of three squads with heavy local interest.  You can bet there will be changes between now and Feb. 1, but here is how things look right now for coaches Urban Meyer, Luke Fickell and Chuck Martin:  National rank (247Sports composite): 2  Conference...
Nation’s biggest swimming, diving meet — the Classic — set for this weekend

Nation’s biggest swimming, diving meet — the Classic — set for this weekend

For more than three decades, the Southwest Ohio High School Swimming & Diving Classic has brought together some of the best swimmers and divers, not only in the district, but also the state. The 34th annual event gets underway Saturday with swimming preliminaries at nine sites across southwest Ohio and finals held at St. Xavier High School’s Keating Natatorium. Diving prelims will be held at...

H.S. Results for 1/11: Straw leads Lebanon girls in win over Fairmont

Alexis Straw scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the final quarter to help Lebanon maintain a late lead in a 46-41 win over Fairmont in girls basketball action Wednesday. Straw connected on all eight of her foul shots in the fourth quarter, shooting 14 of 15 from the line in the game. Madeline Westbeld led Fairmont with 10 points. Tippecanoe 61, Fairborn 21: Tipp’ had runs of 15-3 and 18-4...
High School Basketball: Late surge lifts Greeneview girls past Greenon

High School Basketball: Late surge lifts Greeneview girls past Greenon

Greeneview’s girls basketball team is young and prone to long scoring droughts. That happened in the second half of a nonconference game against Greenon on Wednesday night, but the Rams came up big late in the fourth quarter. Greeneview fought back from a one-point deficit early and earned a 60-51 win to improve to 7-4 overall. The Rams scored four points over a five-minute period in the third...
Tecumseh wins Clark County Clash for fallen teammate

Tecumseh wins Clark County Clash for fallen teammate

There is a new king of Clark County. Tecumseh claimed four titles Saturday to win the Clark County Clash at Springfield High School with 177 points. “I thought the team as a whole wrestled really well,” Tecumseh coach Scott Herbert said. “The kids were very excited to win the tournament for Caleb.” The Arrows have dedicated the season to Caleb Young , who would...
Flyin’ to the Hoop: 7 players to watch

Flyin’ to the Hoop: 7 players to watch

Here are seven of the top out-of-state players who will show why they’re among the nation’s most sough-after recruits in the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop . The four-day, 20-game midseason boys basketball production that will feature 37 teams will play out at Fairmont’s Trent Arena on Friday through Monday over the Martin Luther King...
Football prospects could be able to sign early per new rule proposal

Football prospects could be able to sign early per new rule proposal

An early signing period for college football took a step toward reality Wednesday at the American Football Coaches Association convention. Per USA Today, AFCA members voted to recommend senior prospects be allowed to sign national letters of intent on the third Wednesday in December, when junior-college prospects are allowed to sign now. The new early signing date would be in addition to the current...
Springfield beats Centerville for 7th straight win

Springfield beats Centerville for 7th straight win

Already coming off three exceptional seasons, this was supposed to be even better times for the Springfield High School boys basketball program. Sure enough, the Wildcats continue to make good on that promise. “We’re not getting too big-headed,” said senior standout Danny Davis after leading Springfield to yet another season-highlight 46-40 win at nemesis Centerville on Tuesday night...
High School Basketball: Is your team ranked in first girls state poll?

High School Basketball: Is your team ranked in first girls state poll?

Carroll (Division II) and Minster (D-IV) were ranked No. 1 in their respective divisions for the first Associated Press state high school girls basketball polls that were released on Tuesday night. Carroll (11-1) drew five first-place votes to hold a slight edge over No. 2 Ottawa-Glandorf in a division that was loaded with area teams. Two-time defending D-II state champ Alter (9-2)...

H.S. Results for 1/10/17: Another record for Franklin’s Ferrell

Sophomore Layne Ferrell set her second school record in three days and Emma Bicknell gave Franklin the lead for good with two free throws early in overtime Monday as the Wildcats outlasted Miamisburg, 65-63, in high school girls basketball. Ferrell was 17-for-18 at the free-throw line, breaking the single-game record for free throws in a game set by Emily Noble in 2003. On Saturday, Ferrell had extended...

Fast start leads Southeastern past Greenon

Southeastern brought an experienced girls basketball team to Greenon on Monday night to face the Knights’ Four Freshmen. The freshmen learned a lesson on how important a fast start can be. The Trojans did what they came to do by jumping to a 13-point lead in the first quarter. The young Knights never accepted that fast start as a knockout punch and closed with a flurry of 3-pointers before falling...
Flyin’ to the Hoop preparing for takeoff

Flyin’ to the Hoop preparing for takeoff

Eric Horstman is still loaded with start-up energy and committed to anchoring one of the nation’s most sought-after boys basketball shootouts in the Miami Valley. That’s a good thing, because area basketball will get its annual midseason infusion of highlights, five-star players and celebrated college coaches of interest in the 15th Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop over the...
High School Boys Basketball: What area teams are ranked in state poll?

High School Boys Basketball: What area teams are ranked in state poll?

Unbeaten Fort Loramie was ranked No. 1 in the first Division IV boys high school basketball state poll that was released by the Associated Press on Monday. Trotwood-Madison (6-0) drew more D-II first-place votes than any team in the state but ranked second. The Rams had five first-place votes to just two for top-ranked Upper Sandusky, which edged Trotwood 87-84 in total points. No. 3 Ottawa-Glandorf...
Bowling Green early enrollees include former Wayne standout

Bowling Green early enrollees include former Wayne standout

Matt Wilcox is getting a jumpstart on his college career. The former Wayne standout is one of two Bowling Green early enrollees the school announced Monday. Wilcox logged 31 catches for 352 yards for the GWOC National East champions in the fall, helping the Warriors advance to the regional finals. For his career, Wilcox hauled in 188 passes for 2,525 yards. In 2016, there were three former Warriors...
WL-S girls thwart Southeastern with defense

WL-S girls thwart Southeastern with defense

Southeastern and West Liberty-Salem have won a lot of games with strong defense this season. When the two played in an Ohio Heritage Conference game Saturday night, a big defensive effort in the fourth quarter decided the issue. West Liberty-Salem held Southeastern to four points for all but the final 30 seconds of the fourth and held on for a 46-41 win. Both teams are in first place in their respective...

H.S. Results for 1/7/17: 43 consecutive made free throws for Ferrell

Franklin guard Layne Ferrell extended her school record free throw streak to 43 before finally missing Saturday as the Wildcats routed Brookville 53-21 in Southwestern Buckeye League high school girls basketball. The 6-foot-1 sophomore began her streak six games ago and did not miss until her third attempt Saturday. She took possession of the school record, formerly 17 by 2005 graduate Emily Noble...