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High School Sports


H.S. Results for 4/29: Milton Union wins doubles tournament

Milton Union edged out Bellbrook to win the Chaminade Julienne Doubles Invitational in boys tennis on Saturday. Milton Union and Bellbrook both finished with seven points. Vandalia and Chaminade Julienne had two points apiece. Boys Volleyball Beavercreek 3, Centerville 2: ‘Creek rallied from a two-set deficit to earn the win against Centerville. Parker Mikesch led the way with 16 kills and 23...
Successful Kenton Ridge girls coach calls it a career

Successful Kenton Ridge girls coach calls it a career

In the 33 years that Ed Foulk has coached girls basketball at Kenton Ridge, the program has been one of the most consistently successful in the state. The Cougars set dozens of state and national records and advanced to the district finals 20 times. But if the success will continue, it will be under new leadership. Foulk told the team Monday night that he is retiring, and assistant coaches Stephanie...

H.S. Results for 4/28: Valentino perfect in win for Badin

Devon Valentino threw five innings of perfect baseball in Badin’s 14-0 win over Carroll on Friday. Valentino struck out three to earn the win. Offensively Badin racked up 14 hits, with Gavin Matthews and Zac Wilson each hitting a triple and Daunte DeCello doubling twice. Badin, at 10-11 overall, sits atop the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed Central standings with a 7-3 record. Carroll fell to...
Lawrence, Smith impressive before rain shuts down Wayne

Lawrence, Smith impressive before rain shuts down Wayne

The only thing that could slow Wayne from winning its own high-end track and field invitational was unrelenting rain that drenched Heidkamp Stadium on Friday night. Fifteen minutes into an early finals start, the gloomy inevitable overtook the entire region. After waiting nearly 90 minutes, multiple lightning count-down restarts and no letup of the worsening weather in sight, Wayne coach and meet...
OHSFCA North-South football games Saturday at Massillon

OHSFCA North-South football games Saturday at Massillon

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Games will be held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon on Saturday. A combined Divisions IV-VII game is at noon, followed by the combined Divisions I-III game at 4 p.m. The North head coaches are Mike Franklin of Sandusky (Divisions I-III) and Warren JFK’s Jeff Bayuk (Divisions IV-VII). The South head coaches...

H.S. Results for 4/27: Monroe tallies two grand slams in win

Faith Hensley and Alexis Arnold each had a grand slam in leading Monroe to a 16-1 win over Valley View in softball on Thursday. Hensley went 2-for-3 and Arnold 3-for-4 on the day. Sam Schwab added two hits and three RBI and Alyssa Wagner notched her 11th win. Hannah Powers drove in Valley View’s lone run. It marked the 12th consecutive victory for Monroe, which improved to 18-1 overall and 8-0...
Beavercreek boys post two wins, claim first-day lead at Wayne

Beavercreek boys post two wins, claim first-day lead at Wayne

Beavercreek made the most of a meet-opening statement by winning the boys distance medley to kick off the 19th annual Wayne track and field invitational at Heidkamp Stadium on Thursday. With senior standout Ben Ewert unloading a 1,600-meter anchor of 4:22, the Beavers pulled away from Hilliard Davidson and set a school record in the rarely run high school event (10:32.13). Joining Ewert on the relay...
Lakota East’s Horter on the fast track to success

Lakota East’s Horter on the fast track to success

The high school track and field season started last month, but for talented Lakota East distance runner Dustin Horter, racing turned for real just last week. That’s because the junior burned an 8:56.52 in the 3,200 meters in the Eastern Relays at the University of Louisville. He followed that up 12 hours later with a 1:54.96 in the 800. Those times immediately vaulted him among the nation&rsquo...
Springfield’s Smith on cruise control at Wayne’s midseason showdown

Springfield’s Smith on cruise control at Wayne’s midseason showdown

It’s known as the 19th annual Wayne track and field invitational. But to Springfield High School junior hurdler Dyier Smith, it’s a preview of the season-ending state meet. “This is an important meet because this is known as a mini state,” Smith said Thursday after posting the second-best finals qualifying time in the 110-meter high hurdles at Heidkamp Stadium. “Everybody...
Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar four-star recruit reveals top 10 schools

Dunbar junior running back Tavion Thomas has been one of the hottest college football recruits in the country since early February, and he released his top 10 schools Thursday night. In no order, the Scout.com four-star power back tweeted he is considering Wisconsin, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, LSU, USC and Oregon. “I appreciate all the love from every school...
Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne four-star recruit names his top 10 college suitors

Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith has named a top 10 list of potential destinations that contains some of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history. In what appears to be no particular order, Smith listed Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State as the schools he is currently considering...
Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten

Jake Replogle of Centerville honored by Purdue, Big Ten

Centerville High School graduate Jake Replogle has been named Purdue University’s male winner of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2017. Replogle was a stalwart on the Boilermakers defensive line during his football career, playing 39 games and registering 158 tackles, including 35 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick last season and was voted by teammates...
Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t

Baseball: Xenia tops Southeastern in game that almost wasn’t

Xenia and Southeastern both were staring at openings in their high school baseball schedules this week when Xenia coach Barry Claus sent Southeastern coach Craig Isaac a text. “When Alter decided they didn’t want to play us Saturday, I got in touch with Craig and asked him if we wanted to play,” Claus said after his team claimed a 5-3 win over Southeastern at home Wednesday night...
Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Sports Today: NFL draft day thoughts on the Bengals, Browns and Buckeyes 

Welcome to NFL draft day!  The league’s nefarious plot to make us care about football year round continues to be a success, and no, I’m not complaining.  The first draft item to run across my feed this morning was about the Cleveland Browns considering taking second-round talent Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick.  Will Less-Experienced Andy Dalton pan out for the...

H.S. Results for 4/26: Kenton Ridge clinches share of title

The Kenton Ridge baseball team secured at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail title with a 13-2 win over Springfield Shawnee on Wednesday. Kaleb Meeks led the way, clobbering a three-run home run and adding a double. Noah Schleinitz picked up the win on the mound, his fourth. Ben Ross and Bryce Cox both doubled for Shawnee. Kenton Ridge improved to 15-4 overall and 9-1 in...
Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Girls honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five girls high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. This week’s remaining key meets: Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships...
Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

Boys honor roll: Top 5 track and field leaders

The following are the top five boys high school track and field performances for all standard events through Wednesday, April 26. Results were compiled by FinishTiming.com. Thu.-Friday: Wayne Inv., 3:30 p.m. each day; running finals 6:30 p.m. Friday. Friday: Mechanicsburg Relays, 5:30 p.m.; Ben Logan Inv. at Bellefontaine, 5:30 p.m. Saturday: Clark County Championships, 10 a.m. at Northeastern; Kenny...

H.S. Results for 4/25: Munchel’s clutch hit carries Tri-Village

Christian Ricker was outstanding on the mound and Camren Munchel’s RBI hit helped Tri-Village come away with a 1-0 win over Franklin Monroe in baseball action Tuesday. In the bottom of the sixth inning Camren Munchel doubled in Luke Wheeler from second base to plate the lone run. Wheeler went 2-for-2 on the night and Mason Sullenbarger was also 2-for-2. Ricker scattered six hits over seven innings...
KR’s McDavid honored as Miss Clark County Basketball

KR’s McDavid honored as Miss Clark County Basketball

Jamari McDavid scored a lot of points in Kenton Ridge’s gym, but what she did practically every minute she was in the gym was sweat. That was due to the running coach Ed Foulk made McDavid and her teammates do over the last four years. The tough practices helped turn McDavid into one of the area’s most prolific scorers, and she was honored for success on the court Tuesday night when she...
Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Tri-Village names Hamilton grad Burk football coach

Former Cincinnati Mount Healthy co-defensive coordinator Robert Burk has been approved by the Tri-Village Local School District as the Patriots football coach. It’ll be the first head coach position for Burk, a 2002 Hamilton High School graduate. Prior to coaching at Mount Healthy the Hamilton native also was an assistant at Hamilton for former Big Blue coaches Jim Place and Bob Jacoby and at...
Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Malik Zaire may finally be entering the homestretch in his search for a new school, and a former Ohio State assistant might end up making the difference when it’s over.  Rivals.com reported Tuesday the former Alter High School star is down to four schools after deciding not to return to Notre Dame:  Zaire, who will be eligible to play this fall, is set to announce his decision next...
New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

The Wright State Raiders are in pursuit of a 7-foot-1 high school center with a famous last name. Jake Walter, a junior 2018 prospect from Covington (Ky.) Catholic, tweeted Monday night he received a slew of scholarship offers, including one from WSU.  Walter is the son of Joe Walter, who played offensive line for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1985-97.  The younger Walter also reported receiving...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Trotwood’s Torrey Patton signs with Akron

Trotwood’s Torrey Patton signs with Akron

Torrey Patton, the Trotwood-Madison senior basketball player whose recruitment soared after one game in this past season’s final four, signed to play at the University of Akron on Tuesday morning. Patton, a 6-foot-4 guard, chose the Zips over Wright State, Miami, Duquesne and Robert Morris. Also, Trotwood senior guard Amir Foster signed with Tennessee State. Later Tuesday, Darnell Hoskins Jr...

H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests ‘Creek at Fifth-Third

H.S. Results for 4/24: Fairborn baseball bests Beavercreek at Fifth-Third Fairborn took on their backyard rival at Fifth-Third field, defeating Beavercreek 5-3. Ryan Proffitt was not only the winning pitcher for Fairborn, but also scored three runs on the night. Will Coleman had a two out, two run double in the top of the fifth inning to put Fairborn ahead 4-2 and the Skyhawks never looked back from...
Springfield senior Davis wins county’s top basketball honor

Springfield senior Davis wins county’s top basketball honor

Danny Davis was a star for Springfield’s basketball team from his first game as a freshman in 2013 to his final game last month. Though Davis is Springfield’s all-time leading scorer with 1,774 points, it was made clear at the 40th annual Clark County coaches’ basketball banquet on Monday night at Wittenberg University that what most of his teammates and friends will remember him...
High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online. A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was...
High School Softball State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

High School Softball State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

Below is the second weekly state poll from the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Association, with total voting points and first-place votes in parenthesis: DIVISION I 1. Lebanon 100 (4) 2. Gahanna Lincoln 77 (3) 3. Anthony Wayne 62 (2) 4. Teays Valley 58 5. Milford 56 6. Lakota East 55 7. Walsh Jesuit 54 (4) 8. Pickerington Central 52 9. Louisville 45 10. Hilliard Davidson 32 DIVISION II 1. Hebron...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Jalin Marshall on hosting camp for kids in Middletown: ‘It warms my heart up’

Jalin Marshall on hosting camp for kids in Middletown: ‘It warms my heart up’

Since joining the New York Jets last year, former Middletown star Jalin Marshall has read more letters than he anticipated. That’s because his former coach Troy Everhart prefers to write instead of calling or texting. “I guess he’s getting too old for cell phones, but I won’t tell him that,” Marshall said. Marshall will not need to read a letter to know what went on in...

H.S. Results for 4/22: St. Henry coach gets 500th win

John Dorner, in his 28th season as head baseball coach of St. Henry, won his 500th career game in a 12-2 contest over Fort Jennings on Saturday. Ryan Luttmer was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBI and Rylee Deitsch was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead St. Henry at the plate. On the mound Daylon Lange scattered four hits over four innings, striking out five and earning the win. St. Henry...
Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch

Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch

Kenton Ridge’s chances of a No. 1 seed in the Division II sectional tournament draw are likely gone due to a 9-0 loss to Tippecanoe on Saturday at Tom Randall Field. That didn’t upset Kenton Ridge coach Aaron Shaffer, though. Instead, Shaffer is confident his team will learn from Saturday’s mistakes and be ready for a rematch against the Red Devils in the postseason. Tippecanoe (15-3)...
New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’

New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’

A familiar name has returned to Ohio Heritage Conference football. But instead of continuing a successful run at Triad, Payton Printz will be hoping to do the same at Southeastern High School. Printz recently was approved by the Southeastern Local School District to be its football coach. He succeeds Greg Bonifay, who resigned earlier this spring to accept a similar position at Greater Western Ohio...
Powell looking to “move forward” as Dunbar coach

Powell looking to “move forward” as Dunbar coach

Darran Powell has been renewed as the Dunbar High School football coach. His status as coach had been under scrutiny since a series of events last season ultimately led to one of the harshest penalties in Ohio High School Athletic Association history. Powell, a Dunbar graduate, told his returning players on Thursday he would be back as coach. As of Monday, Powell’s coaching contract for the...
Saturday’s high school baseball games at Fifth Third Field postponed

Saturday’s high school baseball games at Fifth Third Field postponed

Saturday’s high school baseball games scheduled to be played at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field have been postponed to a later date. Saturday’s Greater Western Ohio Conference doubleheader featuring Beavercreek vs. Fairborn and Greenville vs. West Carrollton will be played at Field Third Field on a date to be determined. On Sunday, Covington will play St. Henry at 4 p.m. at Fifth Third...

H.S. Results for 4/21: Northmont bests Centerville in extra innings

Will Ludington brought in Logan Jewsikow for the game-winning run in the eighth inning as Northmont topped Centerville 2-1 in baseball Friday. Jewsikow reached on an error and Dylan Guth moved him into scoring position with a sac-bunt to set up Ludington’s heroics. Jewsikow finished 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored and Cole Stephens picked up the win in relief. Thomas Jenkins was 2-for-3...

H.S. Results for 4/20: Centerville knocks off Vandalia in extras

Jake Whisman’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth inning helped Centerville pull off a thrilling 7-5 win over Vandalia in baseball action Thursday. Alex Firsdon notched the save and Tyler Rahe the win in relief for Centerville. Jared Lieberman added a 3-for-3 night at the plate. Damon Dues paced Vandalia, the No. 3 ranked team in the state, with three basehits. Centerville improved to...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...

H.S. Results for 4/19: Pennington paces Hamilton in win

The Hamilton baseball team pounded out 16 hits en route to a 10-4 win over host Sycamore on Wednesday. Jake Pennington led Hamilton, going the distance on the mound and adding a 3-for-5 night at the plate. He drove in three runs to help his cause. Zach Andrews was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Zach Bell went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, Payton Pennington 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI and Matt Myers...
One more high school game for Southeastern’s Erwin, other All-Stars

One more high school game for Southeastern’s Erwin, other All-Stars

Jessica Erwin is looking forward to her final month at Southeastern, and though she didn’t expect a basketball game to be a part of that, she will be on the court one last time as a high school player Friday. Erwin will play in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Division III and IV girls all-star game at 8 p.m. at Denison University. The 5-foot-11 forward averaged 18.4 points...
Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Ohio State assistant wants to see OHSAA allow spring football in Ohio

Some states allow high schools to have football practices in the spring. Ohio does not. Count Kerry Coombs among those who would like to see that change. A University of Dayton grad, Coombs is in his sixth season coaching defensive backs at Ohio State. Before that, he spent five seasons as an assistant at the University of Cincinnati, but more than half of his professional career has been spent in...
Recruiting: Trotwood-Madison’s Torrey Patton sets signing date

Recruiting: Trotwood-Madison’s Torrey Patton sets signing date

Wright State and Miami University are among the finalists for Trotwood-Madison star guard Torrey Patton. The 6-foot-4 senior listed his top five yesterday on Twitter and set a commitment date of April 25. That is the day the Ohio Division II Co-Player of the Year will choose between WSU, Miami, Duquesne, Akron and Robert Morris. Those schools all offered in the past couple of weeks after he starred...
Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

Sports Today: Aaron Hernandez, Blue Jackets win, Hawk retires, Reds win

This morning the sports world woke up to the news Aaron Hernandez apparently committed suicide overnight.  The former New England Patriots tight end, who starred for coach Urban Meyer at Florida, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell in a Massachusetts prison where he was serving a life sentence for murdering a man four years ago.  This comes less than a week after he was acquitted...

H.S Results for 4/18: West Liberty-Salem softball tops Fairbanks

It was a standout night for West Liberty-Salem pitcher Kelsey Day on Tuesday. West Liberty-Salem topped Fairbanks 7-1, moving the Tigers to 9-4 on the season. Kelsey Day was 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs on the night, coupled with securing the overall win. Grace Woodruff went 2-for-4 with a double, while Kenedie Cox and Olivia Ames were both 2-for-3 with a stolen base for each. A. Smith went...
Tecumseh tennis standout grows into new player — literally

Tecumseh tennis standout grows into new player — literally

They used to call him “Little Mitch.” But not anymore. Tecumseh junior tennis player Mitch Foland has outgrown that moniker by four inches since last spring. And while his new height of 5-foot-8 isn’t towering, he is a stronger, more offensive player who has become one of the best in the area. “Now I have a better chance,” he said. Foland is playing No. 1 singles for...
Fairfield’s Malik Vann verbally commits to the Cincinnati Bearcats

Fairfield’s Malik Vann verbally commits to the Cincinnati Bearcats

The Cincinnati Bearcats can celebrate a major recruiting pickup with the verbal commitment of four-star defensive end Malik Vann. A senior-to-be at Fairfield High School, Vann announced his decision Tuesday afternoon. “First off I want to thank God for blessing me with the talent and ability to play the game that I love at a high level and to thank my parents, my family, the Gooslin family and...
Belmont-Dunbar announcer on controversial game: ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like that’

Belmont-Dunbar announcer on controversial game: ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like that’

Alex Mikos had been an announcer for scores of high school basketball and football games and other athletic contests throughout the area for most of the last decade. But what transpired during a Week 10 football game between Dunbar and Belmont last season at Welcome Stadium was a first. “In my time covering high schools sports I’ve never seen anything quite like that,” reflected...

H.S. Results for 4/17: Kenton Ridge softball shuts out Urbana

In a Central Buckeye Conference showdown, Kenton Ridge emerged victorious, shutting out Urbana 11-0. Carly Turner was the winning pitcher for Kenton Ridge and is now 10-1 on the season. She struck out 12 batters in the Kenton Ridge victory. Peyton Fleming went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a double, while Jordan Rucker went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. Carly Turner also had a double and a triple...
Back in the circle, Robbins pitches Northwestern past Graham

Back in the circle, Robbins pitches Northwestern past Graham

Opposing batters could barely get a hit against Northwestern’s Jenna Robbins through the first few weeks of the season. But Robbins, a junior, felt her power fade when she pulled a muscle in the back upper part of a leg in a game against Indian Lake last week. The pain was so much that after facing one batter on Thursday against Shawnee, she took herself out of the circle. After playing third...
Mikesch grows into leadership role for Beavers

Mikesch grows into leadership role for Beavers

Volleyball has been a part of Parker Mikesch’s life for as long as he can remember. When your mom is a college volleyball coach – she was coaching at Michigan Tech at the time – you spend quite a few hours in the gym. “Sports have always been a big part of our family,” Mikesch said. “I would go to the gym all the time and watch or just play around.” When his...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
State high school softball coaches poll: Is your team ranked?

State high school softball coaches poll: Is your team ranked?

Below is the first of six weekly polls by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association with total voting points (first-place votes in parenthesis) DIVISION I 1. Gahanna Lincoln 124 (9) 2. Lebanon 97 (3) 3. Elyria 65 4. Hilliard Davidson 60 5. Louisville 53 T6. Pickerington Central 45 T6. Lakota East 45 8. McAuley 33 9. Perrysburg 32 (1) 10. Teays Valley 31 DIVISION II 1. Hebron Lakewood...
WATCH: Luke Kennard hoops it up with Adam Sandler

WATCH: Luke Kennard hoops it up with Adam Sandler

Luke Kennard will soon know what it feels like to be rich and famous, but a few days ago the former Franklin High School star was hanging out with a guy who already is. Kennard played a pick-up game with actor and comedian Adam Sandler at Duke. Sandler was in Durham, N.C. for a performance and made his way to the Blue Devils’ campus to blow off some steam with fellow comedians David Spade, Nick...

H.S. Results for 4/15: Catholic Central snaps long losing skid

The Catholic Central softball team is on a two-game win streak. Quite a monumental feat for a team that had a 28-game losing streak going into Saturday. Central defeated Stivers 13-11 in the first game of a doubleheader and 5-4 in game two. Adelaide Taylor and Laura Williams each earned wins on the mound, marking the first of their varsity career. It marks the first win for Central since 2015. Baseball...
Timeline of OHSAA ruling to fine DPS, put all City League teams on probation

Timeline of OHSAA ruling to fine DPS, put all City League teams on probation

Citing a “serious lack of administrative responsibility and institutional control,” the Ohio High School Athletic Association on April 6 rocked Dayton Public Schools with what’s believed to be an unparalleled penalty in the 100-plus year history of the state association: An immediate three-year probation for all boys and girls sports for all six high schools and a $10,000 fine. There...
For Catholic Central track team, it’s all about the numbers

For Catholic Central track team, it’s all about the numbers

The Catholic Central track team never goes to a meet or an invitational thinking about winning the overall title — not with just 12 girls and 10 boys on the roster. “I keep telling them it’s all about PRs, personal records,” coach Mike McKenna said. “I want them to do the best they can, improve what they’ve done previously. “There’s not a chance to get...
Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Fairfield’s Jackson Carman, Springfield’s Leonard Taylor at Ohio State spring game

Ohio State rolled out the scarlet and gray carpet for some of the top recruits in the country Saturday, a group that included some of the top seniors-to-be from the area. Fairfield offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the 247sports composite No. 1 player in the state for 2018, was on hand in an Ohio State jacket and signed autographs for some young fans in the stands. Springfield defensive lineman/tight...

High School results for April 14

In a Friday night thriller of a softball game, Northmont emerged victorious in dramatic fashion. Northmont was down by one run going into the seventh inning and with only one out left, things didn’t look good. But Erin Mangen came out swinging, hitting a grand slam to push Northmont over Springfield, 8-5. Both Mangen and teammate Ryanne Stoffel contributed a double in the Northmont victory....
Miamisburg softball stays perfect

Miamisburg softball stays perfect

They are one of only two unbeaten softball teams in the Dayton area this spring, and right now the Miamisburg Vikings are making it look easy. Kathleen McGaha’s team ran their record to 10-0 with a 10-3 win at Fairmont on Friday night. Aubrey Azbill went the distance on the mound, running her record to 8-0 on the season. The Vikings are putting up some impressive numbers this season. They&rsquo...
Toal’s death hits home with schools, wrestling communities

Toal’s death hits home with schools, wrestling communities

Former Troy Christian High School wrestling coach Ty Morgan took an immediate liking to B.J. Toal. That was back in 2010 when then-Eagles coach Steve Goudy was hoping to entice Morgan into succeeding him. Morgan accompanied Goudy for a tour of the campus facilities, including the multi-purpose fieldhouse. That’s where Morgan first encountered Toal, who was drilling with future teammate Jordan...
Printz expected to be Southeastern coach; Woods resigns at Graham

Printz expected to be Southeastern coach; Woods resigns at Graham

Southeastern has unexpectedly landed a longtime rival in Payton Printz as its next football coach. Athletic director Tim Bell confirmed Friday that Printz will be the next Trojans’ coach, pending school board approval Tuesday night. The position opened when Greg Bonifay resigned earlier this year to succeed Trace Smitherman as coach at Stebbins, a new Greater Western Ohio Conference member....
Shawnee track a staple for other sports, too

Shawnee track a staple for other sports, too

Shawnee has roughly 100 boys and girls on the track team this spring, which makes for an imposing sight when they show up for meets on multiple buses. But while he’s happy to have such a sizable turnout, coach Mike Garberich knows most of his athletes are competing only to get better in their primary sports — and he’s OK with that. “We tell them, ‘No matter what other...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
High School results for April 13

High School results for April 13

The Springboro baseball team rallied for a 10-4 win against Leesville Road (NC) in the Forest Acres Classic in South Carolina on Thursday. ‘Boro took a one run lead after pushing across two runs in the fifth inning, then padded that with a four-run frame in the sixth and one in the seventh. Jacob Beachy homered, doubled and drove in three to lead the way. Tre Poster tripled and scored two runs...
Shawnee resumes baseball season with loss as investigation continues

Shawnee resumes baseball season with loss as investigation continues

Shawnee’s baseball team took the field for the first time this month Thursday night against Northwestern and looked ready to pull off a win through the early innings. But Northwestern tied it late in the sixth inning and came up with big hits in the 10th inning to earn a 4-1 win in a Central Buckeye Conference crossover game. It was the first game Shawnee had played since a March 31 contest...
Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Pittsburgh competing for some of area’s best

Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Pittsburgh competing for some of area’s best

Since we last checked in on the many area prospects getting a lot of attention of top schools from around the country…. many area prospects have continued getting a lot of attention from some of the top schools in the country.  Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas officially joined the ranks of four-star prospects earlier this month, moving into the national top 300 per 247sports...
Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Trying not to get carried away with the Cincinnati Reds’ hot start?  I say, “Why bother?”  DRINK IT UP! Enjoy the ride!  Print out the story with the headline, “Young Reds enjoying best start since 1990” and roll around in it if you want.  It could end at any moment.  For now take their sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at face value. It was a thorough...
Holweger resigns as Springboro boys basketball coach

Holweger resigns as Springboro boys basketball coach

Mike Holweger’s four-season run as Springboro High School boys varsity basketball coach has ended. Athletic director Austin Rhoads announced Holweger’s resignation Wednesday, citing “personal reasons.” Springboro was 13-12 overall and 4-7 in the reconfigured debut of the Greater Western Ohio Conference National West. Holweger compiled a combined record of 56-39 at Springboro...

Woods out as Graham’s head football coach

A.J. Woods apparently has resigned as the Graham High School head football coach. The open Falcons position was posted online. Neither Woods nor Graham athletic director Jay Lewis were available to confirm the departure. Woods’ leaving the Graham position is at least the third head football coaching change in the Central Buckeye Conference for this coming season. Previously, longtime Bellefontaine...
High School Baseball: Springfield blanks Kenton Ridge

High School Baseball: Springfield blanks Kenton Ridge

Springfield has struggled at the plate in some games this season and did again Wednesday against Kenton Ridge at Carleton Davidson Stadium. But unlike other games when the Wildcats haven’t hit well, they clamped down on defense and got on base enough to put themselves in a position to win. Springfield got three of its four hits in the sixth inning and scored the game’s only runs in a 2-0...
High School results for April 12

High School results for April 12

In a Greater Catholic League Co-Ed showdown, Badin emerged victorious, beating Chaminade Julienne 13-4. During the game, Badin had 13 hits, 13 runs and three errors while Chaminade Julienne had three hits, four runs and only one error. Nicole Rawling was the winning pitcher for Badin with eight strikeouts, moving her to 11-0 on the season. In addition to the strikeouts, Rawlings went 3-for-4 with...
Wright State, Miami University both offer Trotwood’s Torrey Patton

Wright State, Miami University both offer Trotwood’s Torrey Patton

Less than three weeks ago, Trotwood-Madison guard Torrey Patton was without a Division I basketball offer. Now the senior has multiple options for continuing his hoops career, including two close to home. Patton tweeted Wednesday afternoon he has received an offer from Wright State. That comes on the heels of offers from Miami University and Youngstown State.  After scoring 34 points in the Rams&rsquo...
Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

Sports Today: Scooter driving Reds, Browns consider wasting top pick, Dayton Flyers recruiting news

That’s three wins in a row for the first-place Cincinnati Reds, who took a one-run lead three times in Pittsburgh last night then pulled away late en route to a 6-2 win over the Pirates.  Scooter Gennett’s three-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Reds some breathing room, but Bryan Price left nothing to chance.  He lifted Blake Wood with one out in the eighth and called...

H.S. Results for 4/11: Madison holds off Carlisle rally

Madison plated all five of its runs in the first inning then held on for a 5-2 win over Carlisle in baseball on Tuesday. Reid Davis led the way, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Ethan Limon and Cam Svarda also drove in two runs apiece for Madison. Adam Goodpaster was 2-for-3 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot for Carlisle, with Reece Human going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Baseball Vandalia...
Shawnee may resume baseball games Thursday amid ongoing investigation

Shawnee may resume baseball games Thursday amid ongoing investigation

Clark-Shawnee Local School leaders continue to investigate allegations surrounding the baseball program and reportedly told parents that games would resume on Thursday but without three players. A meeting was held for parents of baseball players only on Tuesday night. Members of the media weren’t allowed to attend or be on the district’s property during it. RELATED: Clark-Shawnee investigating...
Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Poll: Is your team ranked?

Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Poll: Is your team ranked?

Below is the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Assocation poll for Week 2: DIVISION I 1. Butler 2. Springboro 3. Centerville 4. Fairmont 5. Fairborn 5. Beavercreek DIVISION II 1. Tippecanoe 2. Fenwick 3. Alter 4. Indian Lake 5. Kenton Ridge DIVISION III 1. Versailles 2. Anna 3. Northwestern 4. Milton-Union 5. Northeastern DIVISION IV 1. Triad 1. Lehman Catholic 3. Russia 4. Tri-County North 5. Fort Loramie
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...

H.S. Results for 4/10: Erbe, Kollars carry Oakwood

Brian Erbe had a 4-for-4 game with two doubles and Jake Kollars doubled and drove in two runs to lead Oakwood to a 7-4 win over Valley View in Monday baseball action. Alec Barhorst picked up the win on the mound. Mark Lauterbach and Kollars both finished 2-for-4 at the plate. Oakwood improved to 9-1. Baseball Vandalia 10, Greenville 0: Braedon Norman punched out eight and improved to 4-0 with a one-hit...
Pendleton: Support for OHSAA initiative divided among public, private schools

Pendleton: Support for OHSAA initiative divided among public, private schools

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Competitive Balance initiative announced last week for the fall sports football, boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball seems to have sustained statewide prior sentiment: private-school coaches are against it and public-school coaches favor it. No breaking news in that. Students who reside outside a designated school district take more of...
Boys Tennis: Springfield Wildcats seek eighth straight winning season

Boys Tennis: Springfield Wildcats seek eighth straight winning season

Andrea Whitacre coached boys varsity tennis at Springfield North for seven years before giving it up when the school merged with South in 2008 — not that she hasn’t been busy. She teaches full time at Keifer Alternative School and has two children, ages 3 and 7, who require plenty of attention. But she returned to coach the varsity girls in the fall and agreed to take the boys this spring...
Wittenberg pitcher delivers inspiration

Wittenberg pitcher delivers inspiration

Luke Campbell immediately separated himself from his Wittenberg University baseball teammates. His assortment of off-speed and breaking pitches secured a middle-reliever role. Besides, the freshman astonished the Tigers during workouts by declaring himself a “jump rope king.” New Witt coach Brian McGee labels the Middletown Madison High School 2016 graduatean inspirational hit for...
WATCH: Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber featured in new Gatorade ad

WATCH: Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber featured in new Gatorade ad

Kyle Schwarber, the Middletown High School star who helped the Chicago Cubs end a 108-year World Series drought last year, is part of a new ad campaign from Gatorade. Given his unusual 2016 season – he played an integral role in the World Series despite missing most of the regular season with a knee injury – Schwarber does seem like the perfect candidate for endorsing the power of perseverance...
Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds are 4-2 after taking two of three games from the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend.  How about that?  As Tucker Barnhart predicted, Scott Feldman was much better in his second start than his first. The veteran struck out six, walked on and allowed four hits in six shutout innings yesterday. Adam Duvall and Joey Votto homered as the Reds romped 8-0.  Friday...

H.S. Results for 4/8: Vandalia blanks Northmont at WSU

Unbeaten Vandalia shutout Northmont 6-0 in a Saturday baseball game played at Wright State. Matt Grossman led the way, going 2-for-3 and driving in five runs. Damon Dues was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Gavin Kohler earned the win on the mound. Dylan Guth had a 3-for-3 day in a losing effort for Northmont. Vandalia improved to 10-0, 3-0 in conference play. Northmont fell to 5-2. Baseball Springfield...

Softball players bolster young Southeastern track team

Southeastern track coach Tracy Lau would prefer not having to share her athletes with other spring sports, but she knows it’s become a common occurrence at smaller schools, and she’s happy to have the help. Senior Maddy McKee and sophomore Leslie Flores are primarily softball players and join the track team when they can. That’s not a problem with practice. Lau has given them drills...

H.S. Results for 4/7: Peltier, Wissman power CJ past Fenwick

Both Ryan Peltier and Will Maier turned in strong pitching performances, but Chaminade Julienne came away with a 2-0 win over Fenwick in baseball Friday. Peltier struck out nine for CJ to pick up his second win. Garrett Wissman came in relief to pick up the save. Wissman also doubled and Nick Wissman and Ben Thomas each had an RBI. Maier took a tough loss for Fenwick, striking out eight and allowing...
Kenton Ridge shooting for elusive CBC track title

Kenton Ridge shooting for elusive CBC track title

The Kenton Ridge track program is producing some standout individuals. Senior Jamari McDavid is a state long jump champion, senior Cal Phillips placed fifth in the state last year in that event, and senior Nik Wonder advanced to the regionals in the shot put and discus. But coach Melissa Sherrock wants to claim a Central Buckeye Conference team title that’s eluded her in 11 years on staff, and...