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High School Sports


Girls high school basketball sectional schedule

The girls high school basketball Southwest District sectional final and district final tournaments continue this week at various locations. District final winners advance to next week’s regional semifinals. Ursuline vs. Walnut Hills, 6 p.m. Princeton vs. McAuley, 7:30 p.m. Mason vs. Turpin, 6 p.m. Tippecanoe (20-3) vs. Bellbrook (20-3), 5 p.m. Alter (21-2) vs. Goshen (17-5), 7 p.m. Carroll (20-3)...
Boys high school basketball sectional schedule

Boys high school basketball sectional schedule

The boys high school basketball Southwest District sectional tournaments continue this week with semifinal and finals at various locations. SECTIONAL BASKETBALL Thurgood Marshall vs. CJ, 6 p.m. Dunbar vs. Clinton-Massie, 7:30 p.m. West Carrollton vs. Springfield, 6 p.m. Xenia vs. Fairborn, 7:30 p.m. Wayne vs. Miamisburg, 6 p.m. Beavercreek vs. Centerville, 7:30 p.m. Northwest vs. Elder, 6 p.m. Walnut...

H.S. Results for 2/25: Kenton Ridge stuns Indian Lake in sectional

Kenton Ridge went the entire regular season without winning and entered the postseason 0-21. Maybe the Cougars were just waiting for the lights to be brighter. What better way to explain a 64-56 sectional tournament win over Indian Lake on Saturday. Ahead 56-54 with two minutes remaining, KR outscored Indian Lake 8-2 the rest of the way. Jameel Cosby led the Cougars with 22 points and Michael Baker...

Northeastern holds off Northwestern to advance

Northeastern’s Casey Hayes said he and his fellow seniors sensed no deja vu Saturday as Northwestern tried frantically to come back. “We were just focused on winning,” he said. “We don’t care what they did in the past. It’s all about tonight.” In December, Northwestern used full-court pressure to rally from seven down in the fourth quarter to beat the Jets...

Carroll girls oust turnover-prone Kenton Ridge

Kenton Ridge struggled with turnovers through much of the regular season and had several costly ones late in a sectional final Saturday. Carroll capitalized on five turnovers in the fourth quarter and earned a 61-51 win at Tecumseh. The Cougars committed 17 turnovers in all. “We made those mistakes and let them get ahead, and we couldn’t come back,” Kenton Ridge coach Ed Foulk said...

Wrestling: Graham builds comfortable lead at home

In its first season hosting the Division II sectional wrestling tournament, Graham was right at home. The Falcons advanced all 14 wrestlers to today’s semifinals Friday night in the Graham 1 sectional to sit atop the team race with 77.5 points, 34.5 more than closest challenger Valley View. Graham recorded six pins, a technical fall and received seven byes in the quarterfinals. Kenton Ridge...

H.S. Results for 2/24: Brooks hits buzzer-beater for Greeneview

After West Liberty-Salem took its first lead with 10 seconds to play, Kollyn Brooks went the length of the court and scored with .6 seconds left to give Greeneview a 57-56 win in a Division III boys basketball sectional opener on Friday at Northmont. Mason Schneider tallied 18 points and Brooks 13 for Greeneview. Trevor Burden led WLS with 15 points and Kannon Stillings chipped in 13. Greeneview moves...

Shawnee’s Seibert 6th at state swim

Shawnee senior Grace Seibert capped her high school career with a sixth-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday night in the Division II state swim championships. Seibert, a runner-up in the event last year, clocked a time of 1 minute, 5.69 seconds at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Catholic Central freshman Bridget Engel finished one spot behind in seventh (1:06.04).
Springfield overwhelms Tecumseh to advance

Springfield overwhelms Tecumseh to advance

After Tecumseh took an early lead against Springfield on Friday night, Leonard Taylor knew he had to do something quick. A couple of trips to the rim did the trick. Springfield ran away to an 85-42 win over the Arrows at Trotwood and advances to face West Carrollton in a second-round game Tuesday. It was the 100th career victory for Springfield coach Isaiah Carson, who took control of the program...
Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

Recruiting roundup: Lakota West prospects see Louisville, UK visits planned, Dunbar football making its mark

This week in our recruiting roundup we start – where else? – but Dunbar High School. The Wolverines have been dominating the early 2018 recruiting cycle, producing the area’s first commit and now the hottest. We talked to Dunbar coach Darran Powell after he took his team to the Best of the Midwest camp in Indianapolis, and he sounded understandably proud of the continued growth of...
Tecumseh looking to prove itself vs. Beavercreek

Tecumseh looking to prove itself vs. Beavercreek

There’s no lack of incentive for the streaking Tecumseh girls basketball team. Not with a tag of “they don’t belong” clinging to the Arrows like a tenacious defender. That’s what had emerging sophomore Presley Griffitts bristling following Wednesday night’s 54-45 defeat of Fairmont in a Division I girls high school sectional semifinal at Butler. “This means...

Bowling: Tecumseh boys use extra frames to advance

He wasn’t exactly carrying the weight of the world, but it was the weight of the Tecumseh Arrows boys bowling team. After three regular games and six Baker games at the boys Division I sectional tournament, Tecumseh and Springfield were knotted at 3,761, forcing a two-frame roll-off to secure the ninth and final district team berth. Senior Dylan Terrell was tapped by Tecumseh coach A.J. Malloris...
Boys Basketball: Springfield gets another shot at Tecumseh

Boys Basketball: Springfield gets another shot at Tecumseh

Though Springfield has compiled at least 18 wins in each of the last four seasons, there have been several losses each year. The loss that sticks out most in Danny Davis’ mind, though, ended his freshman season. Springfield was the No. 4 seed in the Dayton Division I sectional in 2014 and was the favorite to get to the districts after No. 3 Beavercreek lost an early game. But after pummeling...
Girls high school basketball sectional games through Sat.

Girls high school basketball sectional games through Sat.

The following are girls high school basketball Southwest District sectional games through Saturday. Sectional final winners advance to next week’s district finals at Princeton (D-I), Mason (D-II), Springfield (D-III) and Troy (D-IV). Mason vs. Amelia, 6 p.m. Turpin vs. Fairfield, 7:30 p.m. Alter vs. Monroe, 6 p.m. Bellbrook vs. Wilmington, 7:30 p.m. Northwestern vs. Arcanum, 6 p.m. Preble Shawnee...
Beavercreek, Tecumseh D-I rematch set

Beavercreek, Tecumseh D-I rematch set

Surrounded by an outstanding group of untested underclassmen, it was senior Keaira Youngblood’s challenge to be the leader of the Beavercreek girls basketball team. “You kind of have to take on that mother role,” admitted Youngblood, who tallied a game-high 16 points in a 41-27 defeat of Greater Western Ohio Conference rival Centerville in a Division I sectional semifinal at Butler...

H.S. Results for 2/22: Southeastern advances to sectional final

Jessica Erwin scored 24 points for Southeastern in a 55-45 win over Yellow Springs in a Division IV girls basketball sectional semifinal at Brookville on Wednesday. Maddy McKee added 17 points for SE, including five three-point baskets. Liz Smith paced Yellow Springs with 21 points and Morgan Minnich added 13. Southeastern advances to a Saturday sectional final against Covington, which knocked off...

Bowling: Springfield senior wins for great-grandmother

Springfield senior Courtney Kaffenbarger had all the motivation she needed Wednesday. In addition to being in her final season bowling for the Wildcats, Kaffenbarger found inspiration in her great-grandmother. “She passed away mid-season, so I really wanted to do this for her,” the lone Springfield senior said. Kaffenbarger translated that motivation into a district berth as her 199-182-162&ndash...
Springfield wrestling navigates hectic layoff

Springfield wrestling navigates hectic layoff

It has been a hectic three weeks for Springfield High School wrestling coach Joe Cochran. Hectic in trying to keep everyone reined in during a layoff while keeping the focus on the sectional tournament. Add in the fact the wrestling season ends 14 days before the first pitch of the high school baseball season, and it has been interesting. “I have wrestlers trying to go to baseball tryouts,&rdquo...
Stebbins lures Bonifay from Southeastern as football coach

Stebbins lures Bonifay from Southeastern as football coach

Greg Bonifay has resigned at Southeastern to become the head football coach at Stebbins High School. Bonifay’s new position was announced Wednesday by Stebbins superintendent Chad Wyen, pending school board approval. Bonifay was Southeastern’s coach for 10 seasons. He succeeds Trace Smitherman at Stebbins. “It’s like a homecoming for me,” said Bonifay, who previously...

H.S. Results for 2/21: CBC, CCC, MAC announce all-conference teams

Caleb South was tabbed as the player of the year and Brett Kopp the coach of the year in the Cross County Conference boys basketball all-conference team announced Tuesday. South and Kopp guided CCC champion Bethel to a 19-3 record in the regular season and a 12-0 mark in the conference. Hunter Muir (Ansonia), Logan West (Miami East), Ryan Rose (Bethel), Ethan Bowman (Mississinawa Valley), Trace Couch...
Springfield-area state swimming and diving qualifiers

Springfield-area state swimming and diving qualifiers

The boys and girls high school state swimming and diving championships are Wednesday through Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. The following is a schedule and Springfield-area qualifiers. STATE SWIMMING & DIVING Where: C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton Wednesday: D-II girls diving prelims, semis, finals, 9 a.m.; D-II boys diving prelims, semis, finals, 2 p.m. Thursday: D-I girls diving prelims...
Balanced scoring a key to Springfield’s chances

Balanced scoring a key to Springfield’s chances

The word on Danny Davis has long been out to opposing coaches. They know that Davis, a senior guard for Springfield, can score from several feet behind the 3-point line or drive inside and hit shots in the post. And while opposing teams have tried and sometimes succeeded in containing or stopping Davis, Springfield nonetheless racked up a 19-3 regular-season record and secured the top seed in the...
Urbana approves Cotner as football coach

Urbana approves Cotner as football coach

With its history and tradition, the Urbana High School football program always seemed like a good destination to Carleton Cotner. Now Cotner hopes it’s his final stop. “Being in the league with them and knowing the football tradition they have there, the way the town is passionate about football, I’ve always been attracted to the program,” said Cotner, who was approved as head...

H.S. Results for 2/20: Troy Christian wraps up regular season with win

James Anderson recorded 21 points with 12 rebounds for the Troy Christian boys basketball team in a 54-21 win over Northeastern to close out the regular season for both teams. Alex Lockwood and Aaron Phillips had 10 points apiece for Northeastern. Troy Christian, which finished in second place in the Metro Buckeye Conference, moved to 15-7. Northeastern fell to 13-9. SCORES LIST Boys Basketball Saturday&rsquo...
Girls Basketball: Kenton Ridge runs away from Eaton in tourney opener

Girls Basketball: Kenton Ridge runs away from Eaton in tourney opener

The Kenton Ridge High School girls basketball team looked masterful in the second half of a sectional tournament game against Eaton on Monday night. And the Cougars will have to play like that — and not like the first half — in order to have a long tournament run. Kenton Ridge ran away in the second half to beat Eaton 78-31 in a Division II sectional opener at Tecumseh’s Reynolds...
Springfield, Southeastern among top 10 in final polls

Springfield, Southeastern among top 10 in final polls

Springfield (Division I) and Southeastern (D-IV) high schools both ranked among the top 10 in the final Associated Press boys high school basketball polls that were released on Monday. Springfield (19-3) finished No. 10 among D-I teams. The Wildcats finally cracked the top 10 last week and stayed there. Springfield had a seven-game win streak...
Final high school boys basketball state poll

Final high school boys basketball state poll

Trotwood-Madison (Division II) and Versailles (D-III) both were ranked runner-up in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press boys high school state basketball polls that were released on Monday. The final girls state polls were released last week. Voting is done by a panel of state-wide media who subscribe to AP. In order: final rank, team, first-place votes (in parenthesis), record...
More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

More than 50 area players have signed with Ohio State since 1987

Upon the occasion of Ohio State coach Urban Meyer offering Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas a scholarship, we thought it would be appropriate to look back on the Buckeyes to come from the Miami Valley over the past three decades. Starting with Alter standout Jeff Graham in 1987 up through Miamisburg five-star prospect Josh Myers this year, Ohio State has signed 60 players from the Dayton-Middletown-Springfield...
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...
Middletown’s Edwards reaches 1,000 points at Purdue: Five things to know

Middletown’s Edwards reaches 1,000 points at Purdue: Five things to know

Vince Edwards became the 50th player in Purdue history to reach 1,000 points Saturday during an 80-63 victory against Michigan State. Edwards, a junior from Middletown High School, reached the milestone on a three-point play early in the second half. He is averaging 11.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Boilermakers, who are 22-5 and in first place in the Big Ten at 11-3. Here are five...
Boys high school basketball sectional schedule

Boys high school basketball sectional schedule

The following are Southwest District first-round pairings for this week’s boys high school basketball sectional tournaments. Thu., Feb. 23 D-I at Hamilton LaSalle vs. Winton Woods, 6 p.m. Turpin vs. Princeton, 8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 24 D-I at Trotwood-Madison Springfield vs. Tecumseh, 5 p.m. Xenia vs. Fairmont, 6:30 p.m. Troy vs. Fairborn, 8 p.m. D-I at Vandalia-Butler Miamisburg vs. Lebanon, 5 p...
Girls high school basketball sectional schedule

Girls high school basketball sectional schedule

The following are the Southwest District girls high school basketball sectional matchups this week. Sectional finals will be Thursday through Monday, Feb. 27 at various sites. Boys sectional play begins Thursday and most area teams play on Friday and Saturday. Mon., Feb. 20 D-I at Troy Northmont vs. Stebbins, 6 p.m. Fairborn vs. Franklin, 7:30 p.m. D-II at Tecumseh Ben Logan vs. Bellefontaine, 6 p...
Davis steals the show as Springfield honors its seniors

Davis steals the show as Springfield honors its seniors

Springfield’s 88-73 loss to Trotwood-Madison on Friday was already largely forgotten by Saturday night. That’s because this was a night of celebration for the seniors, who were honored before a game against Miamisburg. And though the Wildcats have six seniors who have played this year, the loudest applause of the ceremony was reserved for Danny Davis, who had 1,706 career points (the most...

H.S. Results for 2/18: McBride breaks Newton scoring record

Tatum McBride poured in 27 points, surpassing a huge milestone and leading Newton to a 72-23 win over Tri-County North in a Division IV girls basketball sectional on Saturday. With 1,081 career points McBride broke the all-time scoring record for Newton, previously held by Maddie Mollette. Newton (16-7) will face Franklin Monroe in a sectional semifinal on Thursday at Brookville. Girls Basketball...
Southeastern 1,000-point scorers surprised — by design

Southeastern 1,000-point scorers surprised — by design

Southeastern loves to stop a game and celebrate its 1,000-point scorers, but boys basketball coach Brian Hecker likes to make the moment a surprise party. The first surprise came this past Tuesday for senior Andrew Lyons. He entered the Trojans’ home game against Legacy Christian with 995 points. “I had no idea,” Lyons said. “Everyone was asking me and I was saying, &lsquo...
High School results for Feb. 17: Northmont closes regular season with win

High School results for Feb. 17: Northmont closes regular season with win

Christian Wilson scored 20 points in leading Greater Western Ohio Conference West champion Northmont to a 71-54 win over Miamisburg in Friday boys basketball action. Rodney Richardson added 13 points and Vinson Walker 11 for the T-Bolts, who improved to 18-4. Lathan Hartman had 19 points and Duncan Hall 14 for Miamisburg (10-11). Sidney 62, Greenville 60: Andre Gordon put up 19 points and Ratez Roberts...

Northwestern wraps up CBC Mad River title

With one minute left, the chant began: C-B-C, C-B-C. That hadn’t been heard at a Northwestern boys basketball game since 2006. When it ended Friday night, the Warriors were 68-55 victors over Indian Lake and owners of the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division title. “I’ve never felt so good,” senior point guard Ryan Cleland said. “To come out and win a CBC title...
Trotwood pulls away from Springfield in showdown of state-ranked teams

Trotwood pulls away from Springfield in showdown of state-ranked teams

Springfield and Trotwood-Madison’s showdown Friday night met all expectations from fans in the stands. There were plenty of dunks, behind-the-back passes, steals and solid dribbling by both teams. But when the game was close in the second half, Trotwood pulled away and claimed bragging rights as the best team in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. Trotwood pulled ahead in the third quarter...

H.S. Results for 2/16: ‘Burg boys win sectional

The Mechanicsburg boys bowling team won a Division II sectional title on Thursday at Poelking Marian. Mechanicsburg, led by Caleb Westfall with a 727 series, beat out Kenton Ridge by 139 pins for the title. Jacob Schoening of Carroll rolled a 647 series, Jake Calhoun of Northeastern had a 646 and Cole Hunter of Kenton Ridge bowled a 625. Boys Bowling Middletown 2771, Sycamore 2669: James Prater had...
Springfield celebrates 40th anniversary of girls state title

Springfield celebrates 40th anniversary of girls state title

Forty years ago, Rollie Schultz sat in St. John Arena watching the second annual high school girls basketball state championships. His undefeated North Panthers had earned a state semifinal appearance, but Schultz couldn’t help but wonder one thing: “What are we doing here?” Making history, as it turned out. Friday night, Schultz and many of those Panthers players return to Springfield...
Plenty at stake in Springfield-Trotwood Madison showdown

Plenty at stake in Springfield-Trotwood Madison showdown

Springfield’s game on Friday night won’t impact conference standings or tournament seeds. But as far as bragging rights go, it’s the biggest matchup of the season. Springfield (18-2) hosts Trotwood-Madison in a matchup between two of the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s best. The Wildcats and Rams (19-2) already have GWOC divisional titles and No. 1 seeds in the tournament...
Trotwood at Springfield: The best of times

Trotwood at Springfield: The best of times

These are the best of times for Trotwood-Madison and Springfield boys high school basketball. Despite a series of coaches over the last 15 years, Trotwood has become a perennial Southwest District and state factor, at least dating back to the Chris Wright era. That includes a 2006 appearance in the Division I state championship (blown out by Canton McKinley) with then-coach Ike Thornton. Larry Ham...
Alabama offers Dunbar FB Tavion Thomas

Alabama offers Dunbar FB Tavion Thomas

Dunbar High School football coach Darran Powell confirmed on Thursday that junior fullback Tavion Thomas has received an offer from the University of Alabama. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound bruising runner also excels at linebacker. Michigan State and Wisconsin of the Big Ten are among his many other offers. Thomas rushed for 1,606 yards and scored 17 touchdowns last season. He was named All-Ohio D-IV first...
Recruiting roundup: Alabama offers another area star on the rise

Recruiting roundup: Alabama offers another area star on the rise

The past week was a good one for Tavion Thomas. The Dunbar running back moved up to a four-star prospect (via 247sports rankings) and received an offer from Alabama.  Per 247, Thomas is planning to visit Ohio State and Cincinnati this weekend. He already had offers from Wisconsin, UC, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan State and West Virginia, among others. Teammate Joseph Scates has already committed...
Thursday thoughts: OHSAA competitive blance, first-place Flyers; Reds’ Arroyo experiment

Thursday thoughts: OHSAA competitive blance, first-place Flyers; Reds’ Arroyo experiment

In case you missed it, our Marc Pendleton had an interesting look at the potential unintended consequences of new competitive balance measures being implemented by the OHSAA this fall. There are two takeaways for me: The new formula is very complicated, and this still all might be more trouble than it’s worth. I also came to the second conclusion while watching previous attempts to...

H.S. Results for 2/15: Versailles girls take sectional bowling title

Versailles, led by Morgan Heitkamp with a 531 series and Brigette Holsapple with a 506, won a girls bowling Division II sectional title on Wednesday. Jessica Pitt of Kenton Ridge, which finished second, had the high series of 545. Miranda Keene was the runner-up with a 538 for Mechanicsburg, which finished third. Northwestern, Graham, Alter, Mississinawa Valley, Greenon, Southeastern and Russia teams...
KR girls rolling, but tourney road could be tough

KR girls rolling, but tourney road could be tough

Kenton Ridge has been a staple in the Division II district finals this decade. But if the Cougars want to keep their long streak going, they’ll have to cut down on turnovers. Tournament play starts for most area teams this weekend, though the No. 4 seed Cougars will have to wait until Monday night for their postseason opener against No. 11 Eaton at Tecumseh’s Reynolds Gymnasium. Kenton...
Chaminade Julienne grad gets HS hall of fame nod, college bobblehead in same week

Chaminade Julienne grad gets HS hall of fame nod, college bobblehead in same week

It’s been a big week for Lindsey Goldsberry Sweeney. The former basketball star was inducted into the Chaminade Julienne Athletics Hall of Fame last Friday, and this week she is being immortalized in a more 2017 kind of way: With a bobblehead doll from her college alma mater. Bowling Green is hosting Lindsey Goldsberry Sweeney Bobblehead Day on Wednesday when the Falcons play host to Western...
Mechanicsburg looks to turn the page after state dual disappointment

Mechanicsburg looks to turn the page after state dual disappointment

It has been a long week for the Mechanicsburg High School wrestling team. The top-ranked Division III team in the state left the Ohio High School Athletic Association state team tournament a round – and two wins – earlier than planned on after getting knocked off by eventual champ Edison 32-31 in the semifinals. “The kids are anxious to be in the mat...

H.S. Results for 2/14: Lyons hits milestone for Southeastern

Andrew Lyons crossed over the 1,000 career point mark in helping Southeastern defeat Xenia Legacy Christian 66-52 in boys basketball on Tuesday. Trevor King led Southeastern, which improved to 20-1, with 23 points. Lyons finished with 17. Josh Frueh had 19 points for Xenia Legacy Christian. Boys Basketball Piqua 64, Greenville 56: Nate Monnin recorded 18 points to lead five players in double-digit...
Springfield tops Fairmont in tournament tuneup

Springfield tops Fairmont in tournament tuneup

With a conference title and No. 1 seed in the Dayton Division I sectional already wrapped up, Springfield’s focus has turned to preparing for the tournament. The Wildcats tuned up for the postseason with a 69-51 win over Fairmont on Tuesday and can turn their attention to Friday’s game against Trotwood-Madison , which will be the...
West, Alter, Tri-Village 2nd in final girls polls

West, Alter, Tri-Village 2nd in final girls polls

Lakota West (Division I), Alter (D-II) and Tri-Village (D-IV) were No. 2 in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press girls high school basketball state polls that were released on Tuesday. West (20-2) couldn’t overcome all 23 first-place votes that top-ranked Newark (22-0) received and trailed by a final margin of 230-200. West won the D-I state title in 2015 and defeated then-top...
Boys Basketball: How to get tickets for Friday’s Trotwood at Springfield showdown

Boys Basketball: How to get tickets for Friday’s Trotwood at Springfield showdown

Due to limited seating and a high demand for tickets, there are several changes from normal game policies for Friday’s Trotwood-Madison at Springfield boys high school basketball game. There will be no tickets sold at the door on Friday. Tickets must be purchased in advance from either school’s athletic department. Trotwood has an allotment of 500 tickets and Springfield 1,000...

H.S. Results for 2/13: Day, Yoder lead WLS girls in win

The West Liberty-Salem girls basketball team held off a late rally from Mechanicsburg in a 51-47 win on Monday. Kelsey Day scored 18 points and Lily Yoder added 16 to lead WLS. Mikayla Dodane paced Mechanicsburg with 21 points and Kasey Schipfer added 12. West Lib moved to 21-1 overall and 13-0 in the Ohio Heritage Conference. Girls Basketball Miami Valley 48, Fenwick 37: Liz Bush scored 15 points...
Springfield (17-2) makes D-I state poll breakthrough

Springfield (17-2) makes D-I state poll breakthrough

The state’s most under-the-radar boys high school basketball program just made a breakthrough. Springfield has cracked the top 10 in the Associated Press Division I state poll. The weekly ratings were released Monday afternoon and Springfield (17-2) was ranked No. 10. Previously, the Wildcats were stuck in the “others” category, earning points but not enough to position themselves...
High School Boys Basketball State Poll: Is your team ranked?

High School Boys Basketball State Poll: Is your team ranked?

The Top 10 teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points at right: DIVISION I 1. Cin. Moeller (24), 21-0, 258 2. Massillon Jackson (1), 17-1, 216 3. Wooster (1), 19-0, 183 4. Pickerington Central, 19-2, 160 5. Newark, 20-1, 158 6. Toledo St. John’s, 17-2, 112 7. Upper Arlington, 18-2, 90 8. North Canton...
Greenon High School names new football coach

Greenon High School names new football coach

Josh Wooten is the new football coach at Greenon High School. Wooten, a third-grade teacher in the district, was recently approved by the Greenon Board of Education. “We are excited to welcome Josh as our head coach,” Superintendent Mr. Brad Silvus said in a release. “Josh not only has experience as a coach at other schools, but as a teacher at Indian Valley Intermediate School,...
High School Wrestling: Graham  wins fifth straight state team title

High School Wrestling: Graham wins fifth straight state team title

Graham’s domination of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state team tournament rolled on Sunday at St. John Arena. The Falcons, who are the lone team in the state to never lose a match in the series since it started in 2013, claimed their fifth consecutive title with a 48-9 win over second-seeded Wauseon in the Division II finals. “It is a testament to how hard our kids work,&rdquo...
No surprise: Springfield earns No. 1 seed in Division I sectional

No surprise: Springfield earns No. 1 seed in Division I sectional

Springfield earned the No. 1 seed in the Dayton Division I sectional on Sunday and is ready to back it up. The Wildcats (17-2) were unanimously voted the top seed in the 21-team sectional and will open tournament play against No. 20 Tecumseh on Feb. 24 at Trotwood-Madison. Springfield beat the Arrows (5-16) 78-31 in a nonconference game on Dec. 6. “I think our body...
Boys basketball sectional tournament pairings

Boys basketball sectional tournament pairings

The following are pairings of the upcoming boys high school basketball sectional tournaments. Seeds and pairings were announced on Sunday. Springfield vs. Tecumseh, 5 p.m. Xenia vs. Fairmont, 6:30 p.m. Troy vs. Fairborn at Trotwood, 8 p.m. West Carrollton vs. Springfield/Tecumseh winner, 6 p.m. Xenia/Fairmont vs. Troy/Fairborn winner, 7:30 p.m. Sectional final, 7 p.m. Vandalia-Butler vs. Stebbins...
Defense powers Springfield to another high-profile win

Defense powers Springfield to another high-profile win

One night after a signature win, the Springfield High School boys basketball team signed off on another high-profile victory, 75-56 at Columbus Northland. Springfield, which never trailed in the non-conference contest, outscored Northland 21-10 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Vikings (18-3) pulled to 38-31 before the Wildcats (17-2) responded with a 12-2 run. “We did this...

H.S. Results for 2/11/17: Mechanicsburg earns OHC bowling crown

Mechanicsburg rolled up 3,403 points to win the Ohio Heritage Conference girls high school bowling tournament Saturday at Madison Lanes in London. Fairbanks (2591) finished second, Southeastern (2554) third. Conference player of the year Ally Hosier of Mechanicsburg recorded games of 205, 196 and 184 for a 585 total. Teammates Amanda Coulter (203), Miranda Keene (199) and Skyler Herron (186) also...
Danny Davis stands alone among Springfield legends

Danny Davis stands alone among Springfield legends

There’s a wall behind Springfield High School’s gymnasium that features headshots of athletes who have earned all-conference and all-state honors. It’s lined with basketball players and is a testament to the talent that emerged off the hardwood at North and South. Springfield’s two high schools produced a wealth of college players for decades, from the likes of Jody Finney...
Competitive Balance: ‘The right step? We’ll find out’

Competitive Balance: ‘The right step? We’ll find out’

Adjusting to a myriad of new Competitive Balance rules and regulations are on the to-do lists for Ohio high schools. This is the effort by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to “level the playing field” between private and public schools’ postseason athletic successes. What isn’t on multiple pages of guidelines that are posted on the OHSAA website is another subject...
High Schools: Competitive Balance timeline

High Schools: Competitive Balance timeline

Key dates leading to the start of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance initiative for the 2017-18 school year. 1979: This was the first time OHSAA members were asked to vote on a separation of public and private schools for playoffs in all sports. That had been a brewing subject and gained momentum when a football postseason was added in 1972. A proposed separate championships...
High Schools: 7 things to know about Competitive Balance plan

High Schools: 7 things to know about Competitive Balance plan

The first phase of implementing the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance initiative began Monday with member schools receiving their student enrollment counts. This coincides with a new two-year enrollment cycle that will be formalized this spring and be in place for 2017-19. Here’s seven things to know about Competitive Balance: Many parts. It’s an effort...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘Never eaten food,’ daughter of basketball coach battles rare heart defect

Tom Archdeacon: ‘Never eaten food,’ daughter of basketball coach battles rare heart defect

As her parents sat in the family room of their home in the farmlands of Darke County southwest of Versailles and talked about one side of her life, Samie Swank suddenly decided she wanted to show another. “Come, I show,” she said in a tiny voice which sometimes needs a trained ear to decipher. “She wants to show you her bedroom,” Travis Swank said with bemusement as he watched...

H.S. Results for 2/10: Davis, Patton lead Trotwood in win

Xenia hung around early but Trotwood’s relentless attack proved too much and the Rams pulled away for a 97-76 win in Friday night boys basketball action. Amari Davis and Torrey Patton put up 23 points apiece and Myles Belyeu added 22 to lead Trotwood (17-2). Xenia (13-7), which had won eight of its last nine games entering Friday’s contest, was paced by Samari Curtis with 20 points and...
Catholic Central slips past Northeastern

Catholic Central slips past Northeastern

Northeastern made the big run it needed at the end with a physical defense that forced turnovers. The Jets were testing Catholic Central’s mental toughness. Could the Irish hang on and not lose all of a 10-point lead? Somehow, some way the Irish made the plays it needed to make in the final 45 seconds to escape with a 49-48 Ohio Heritage Conference victory. Northeastern (10-8, 5-6) forced a...
Springfield clinches first outright title since 2005

Springfield clinches first outright title since 2005

Isaiah Carson was beaming as if he had just played 32 grueling minutes. And why not? Anytime the Springfield High School boys basketball team can post a win at rival Wayne, it’s a great night. “We’re proud to be one of the top in the area,” admitted Springfield’s coach following a 56-54 win at Wayne on Friday night. “Our goal is to get to one of the top in the state...
Southeastern completes Greeneview sweep

Southeastern completes Greeneview sweep

There may still be a week left to the regular season, but it wasn’t too early for Southeastern to celebrate Friday night at Greeneview. The Trojans clinched the Ohio Heritage Conference South Division title earlier this week and completed a season sweep of league rival Greeneview on Friday night with a 51-42 win. The good times will likely continue to roll this weekend for Southeastern. The...
High School results for Feb. 9: Miami Valley girls take MBC title

High School results for Feb. 9: Miami Valley girls take MBC title

The Miami Valley girls basketball team captured a fourth consecutive Metro Buckeye Conference title with a 58-36 win over Troy Christian on Thursday. Liz Bush tallied 22 points with five assists, Tia Karras added 16 points and Alyssa Clements tacked on eight points with 13 rebounds for Miami Valley (16-4). Haley Peters paced Troy Christian (14-5) with 11 points. Bellbrook 56, Eaton 21: Cassidy Hofacker...
Boys Basketball: Big weekend ahead for Springfield

Boys Basketball: Big weekend ahead for Springfield

Springfield High School’s boys basketball team has a pair of road games against tough opponents this weekend, and wins could launch the Wildcats into the top 10 in the Associated Press state poll. Springfield (15-2, 8-1 GWOC National East) travels to Wayne on Friday and Columbus Northland on Saturday. Wayne (14-6, 7-3) sits in second place in the National East and needs a win to boost its tournament...
Girls basketball programs celebrate 1,000-point scorers

Girls basketball programs celebrate 1,000-point scorers

The Southeastern and Northeastern girls basketball teams may be on opposite ends of the Ohio Heritage Conference South Division standings, but the programs had something in common this week. Northeastern’s Hayley Suchland surpassed 1,000 career points Monday in a loss to Greeneview. On Thursday night, Southeastern’s Maddy McKee also hit 1,000 career points in a matchup against the Jets...
Recruiting roundup: Big Ten offer for Sidney standout

Recruiting roundup: Big Ten offer for Sidney standout

Welcome back to another edition of the Miami Valley high school football recruiting roundup. The class of 2018 continues to introduce itself as colleges hold junior days and hand out offers. This week we lead off with Devan Rogers, a junior defensive lineman from Sidney who can now brag about having a Big Ten offer to his name thanks to Rutgers, where former Ohio State assistant Chris Ash is entering...
H.S. Results for 2/8: Tecumseh finishes undefeated CBC run

H.S. Results for 2/8: Tecumseh finishes undefeated CBC run

Tecumseh wrapped up an unbeaten season in Central Buckeye Conference play with a 79-24 rout of Bellefontaine in Wednesday night girls basketball. Presley Griffitts led the charge with 20 points, 14 assists and 10 steals. Corinne Thomas added 23 points and Allison Berner 15. Tecumseh (20-2) will face Miamisburg on Feb. 18 at Troy in the first round of Division I sectional tournament play. Northmont...
Girls Basketball: Banner season for Cedarville continues