High School Sports


DPS hires Taylor over Pullen as Dunbar boys hoop coach

The Dayton Public Schools parted ways with one of its most successful coaches in the history of the multiple-school urban district on Tuesday by not rehiring Pete Pullen as the Dunbar High School boys basketball coach. DPS instead voted 4-2 to approve newcomer Charles Taylor as the Wolverines new coach during Tuesday’s school board meeting. “I have to live with that,” said Pullen...
Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 5 football on Facebook Live

Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 5 football on Facebook Live

The boys are back, talking high school football. »WEEK 4 FB LIVE: Hartsock and Pendleton Follow Mike Hartsock, Sports Director for WHIO News Center 7, and Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News) staff sports writer Marc Pendleton, on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Wednesday. We’ll address Week 4 results and Week 5 games. Join us and post your questions at Mike’s Facebook...
Five area teams No. 1 in first football computer ratings

Five area teams No. 1 in first football computer ratings

Centerville (Division I), Trotwood-Madison (D-II), Valley View (D-IV), Anna (D-V) and Marion Local (D-VI) all were ranked No. 1 in their respective regions of the first high school football computer ratings. The weekly ratings will be released on Tuesdays for the remainder of the regular season. It was an impressive first-time showing by area teams and included four more that were No. 2. • D-I...
High School Football computer ratings: Is your team in playoff position?

High School Football computer ratings: Is your team in playoff position?

Below are the first Ohio High School Athletic Association Football Computer Ratings (entering Week 5). The top eight teams from each region will qualify for the state playoffs. Region 1 - 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (4-0) 12.775, 2. Stow-Munroe Falls (4-0) 10.825, 3. Canton McKinley (4-0) 10.0587, 4. Lakewood St. Edward (4-0) 9.6629, 5. Massillon Jackson (3-1) 9.0, 6. Mentor (3-1) 8.0, 7. Solon (3-1) 6.8...

HS Results 9/18: CJ girls blank Mercy

Katie Baird drove in the lone goal off an Erin McGraw assist to propel Chaminade Julienne to a 1-0 victory on the road against Mercy on Monday. Baird’s shot found the net in the 60th minute. Keeper Alexis Nelson had a solid performance to preserve the shutout. CJ, which improved to 5-3-1, will face state-ranked Alter on Wednesday. Boys Soccer Bellefontaine 5, Graham 2: Brad Hughes scored twice...
High School Football state poll: Is your team ranked?

High School Football state poll: Is your team ranked?

The following are the second weekly high school football state polls, released by the Associated Press on Monday. Teams were voted on by media throughout the state. Teams are listed by division, record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (8), 4-0, 236 2. Cin. St. Xavier (15), 4-0, 229 3. Stow-Munroe Falls, 4-0, 159 4. Lakewood St. Edward (1), 4-0, 150 5. Canton...
West-Milton, Northridge football united in response to 9/11

West-Milton, Northridge football united in response to 9/11

The football teams from Milton-Union and Northridge high schools were united in honoring the U.S. spirit of response to 9/11. The teams aligned together for the playing of the national anthem and Taps prior to last Friday’s game at West Milton. Milton-Union won the Week 4 Southwestern Buckeye League contest, 69-35. The Bulldogs won their second straight game behind the running of Zac Shields...
High School Football: Week 5 Schedule

High School Football: Week 5 Schedule

Springboro at Centerville, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com Alter at Fenwick, OhioSportsline.net/ Arcanum at Covington, 7:30 p.m. Bellefontaine at Ben Logan Belmont vs. Cin. Woodward at Welcome Stadium Carlisle at Northridge Catholic Central at West Jefferson Cedarville at Triad Chaminade Julienne at Carroll Cin. Colerain at Hamilton Cin. Mount Healthy at Ross...

HS Results 9/16: Oakwood wins Coaches Cup Tournament

Lily McCloskey, Natalie Connelly and the doubles duo of Sophia Davis/Agatha Shafer helped lead the Oakwood girls tennis team to a win in the Coaches Cup Tournament on Saturday. McCloskey defeated Andrea Szep of Bellbrook in first singles and Connelly bested Shea Foster of Bellbrook in second singles. Lanie Sorg from CJ won in third singles and the duo of Esther Hu/Vania Jiao of Beavercreek took first...
Carroll cross-country team wins Friendship, wants more

Carroll cross-country team wins Friendship, wants more

Karl Grossman and his Carroll cross country teammates aren’t worried that they’re running with the big boys this year. The Patriots have moved up from Division II — where they were fourth in the state last year — to Division I. All they want is to run, push each other to run faster and prove that they can make a run at another strong showing at state. “It’s 10 times...
Wayne makes defining statement in taking out Miamisburg

Wayne makes defining statement in taking out Miamisburg

So much for Wayne being vulnerable compared to recent Warriors seasons. There wasn’t much to accurately compare Wayne to after games against Pittsburgh’s Pine-Richland, Olentangy Liberty of suburban Columbus and an Ontario, Canada, prep school. That all changed with an impressive 56-28 defeat of previously unbeaten Miamisburg in a Week 4 game on Friday. &ldquo...
Late field goal lifts Rams past Indians, ending Mechanicsburg streak

Late field goal lifts Rams past Indians, ending Mechanicsburg streak

Long before its season began, the Greeneview High School football team circled Sept. 15 on its calendar — a Week 4 trip to Mechanicsburg. No player inside the Rams’ locker room had ever beaten the perennial Ohio Heritage Conference powerhouse. No other team had beaten the Indians in a regular season game since 2014 — until Friday night. »RELATED: Grandin leads unbeaten Centerville...
Week 4: Guess who’s 4-0?; Who ran for over 400 yards and 6 TDs? Who had a 99-yard TD run?

Week 4: Guess who’s 4-0?; Who ran for over 400 yards and 6 TDs? Who had a 99-yard TD run?

Battle of Unbeatens: Centerville is 4-0 after beating Springfield 24-12. Alec Grandin threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns, and the Elks appear to be returning to their traditional GWOC powerhouse perch. Springfield fell to 3-1, still its best start since 2010. Week 4: High School Football Scores 4-0 Firebirds: Fairmont has its best start since 2004 after beating Springboro 40-38 in...
Greenon pays tribute to student athletes at football home opener

Greenon pays tribute to student athletes at football home opener

When Greenon High School student-athletes David Waag and Connor Williams died following a car crash in August, a community came together. Given the athletic field was where both boys spent many days, Greenon’s football home opener Friday night against Triad proved an appropriate place to honor Waag, Williams and their families before the game. Waag was a senior and three-year varsity soccer...
High School Football: McCrory, Glass lead Shawnee past Indian Lake

High School Football: McCrory, Glass lead Shawnee past Indian Lake

Rick Meeks expected good things from his Shawnee football team this season. The team finished last season on a roll, had experienced linemen and two-way star Jack McCrory. But a difficult final scrimmage and three difficult opponents to start the season left the Braves with one victory. “We’ve been playing so many good opponents I just didn’t know what we had,” Meeks said....
Grandin leads unbeaten Centerville to win at Springfield

Grandin leads unbeaten Centerville to win at Springfield

Brent Ullery remains perfect as Centerville High School's head football coach. He insists he doesn't deserve the credit. "Nobody believes me," Ullery said. "I'm telling you. I don't do much. I really don't. I have figured out the secret to being successful, though. It's just surrounding yourself with good people. I've got great coaches. I've got great players. And most importantly,...
High School Football: McKee powers Wayne past Miamisburg

High School Football: McKee powers Wayne past Miamisburg

Rashad McKee has transformed from unknown to veteran statesman as Wayne’s next top-shelf quarterback. If 2016, his first as a rare sophomore starter, was a breakout season, even more was expected in this, his junior season. “It’s real fun spinning the ball around,” said McKee following a 56-28 defeat of previously unbeaten and visiting Miamisburg in a Week 4 Greater Western...
Cox Media’s Week 4 Prep Football Coverage Schedule

Cox Media’s Week 4 Prep Football Coverage Schedule

Week 4 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Friday and Saturday. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): • Lakota East at Fairfield, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @rickcassano • Hamilton at Mason, 7 p.m., Eric Hickey...
Grace Norman wins second straight world paratriathlon championship

Grace Norman wins second straight world paratriathlon championship

Grace Norman won her second straight world paratriahlon championship today in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Norman, a 19-year-old Jamestown resident, edged Lauren Steadman of Great Britain by four seconds in the PT5 class competition in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. Norman, who competes with a prosthetic left leg due to a birth defect, led after the swim but was passed by Steadman on the bike...

HS Results 9/14: Beavercreek football wins in double OT stunner

In one of the most anticipated GWOC matchups of Week 4, the Beavercreek Beavers emerged victorious, besting Lebanon 41-35 in double overtime. Beavercreek opened the scoring a little over a minute into the 1st quarter off an 80-yard run by Kaden Wegner. Lebanon would remain scoreless the rest of the 1st quarter, but an early tally in the second tied the game. Throughout much of the second half, Beavercreek...
Johnson, Kenerly lead streaking Northmont over Butler, 48-13

Johnson, Kenerly lead streaking Northmont over Butler, 48-13

Miles Johnson didn’t know much about the Northmont football program other than the Thunderbolts were loaded with an experienced offensive line. It doesn’t get any better than that for a junior transfer quarterback. “It’s a real blessing,” gushed Johnson, a former backup at Fairmont, after directing an impressive 48-13 knockout of visiting Vandalia-Butler in one of four...
High School Football: Centerville, Springfield in battle of unbeatens

High School Football: Centerville, Springfield in battle of unbeatens

It’s not Centerville vs. Springfield South, but it’s the next best thing. A Week 4 matchup of Greater Western Ohio Conference National East contenders Centerville at Springfield has everything on the line. Both are unbeaten (3-0) headed into the division opener. Both are in early Division I, Region 3 playoff contention. Besides, this series resonates back when Springfield was split with...
High School Football: Mechanicsburg making doubters do double-take

High School Football: Mechanicsburg making doubters do double-take

The general talk surrounding the Mechanicsburg High School football team during the preseason was that it didn’t meet the eye test after heavy graduation losses. A .500 season would be good for a program that had won (or shared) the Ohio Heritage Conference the past three seasons and reached the playoffs four straight years. Through three games, Mechanicsburg coach Kurt Forrest likes what he...

HS Results 9/13: Thomas leads Fairborn over Greenville

Lauren Thomas tallied 3 goals in helping propel Fairborn to a 8-0 win over Greenville in girls soccer action Wednesday. Thomas also had 2 assists on the night. Abby Knaub and Mikayla Boughman each chipped in a goal and an assist and keeper Abbi Newell recorded the shutout. Girls Soccer Lebanon 1, Centerville 1: Julie Trouten put Centerville on the board but Maeve Maloney netted the equalizer for Lebanon...
Game schedule: Week 4 high school football

Game schedule: Week 4 high school football

Beavercreek 41, Lebanon 35; 2 OTs Dunbar 60, Cin. Shroder 21 Northmont 48, Vandalia Butler 13 Ponitz 32, Riverview East Academy 0 Ansonia at Bethel, 7:30 p.m. Bellbrook at Brookville Belmont vs. Meadowdale at Welcome Stadium Ben Logan at Jonathan Alder Blanchester at Wilmington Bradford at Arcanum, 7:30 p.m. Carroll vs. Alter at Centerville, OhioSportsline.net/ Centerville at Springfield, HANK-FM...
Week 4 high school football power rankings

Week 4 high school football power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top high school football area teams. All games on Friday unless otherwise noted. 1. Wayne (2-1): d. Clarkson (Ottawa, Canada) North 34-21; hosts Miamisburg (3-0). 2. Springfield (3-0): d. Lima Senior 19-17; hosts Centerville (3-0). 3. Miamisburg (3-0): d. Loveland 41-6; at Wayne (2-1). 4. Centerville (3-0): d. Pickerington North 27-26; at Springfield (3-0). 5. Fairmont...
Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 4 football on Facebook Live

Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 4 football on Facebook Live

The boys are back, talking high school football. Follow Mike Hartsock, Sports Director for WHIO News Center 7, and Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News) staff sports writer Marc Pendleton, on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Wednesday. We’ll address Week 3 results and Week 4 games. Join us and post your questions at Mike’s FB page.

HS Results 9/12: Monroe boys blank Franklin

In a spectacular freshman debut, Ben Griffis netted a hat trick for Monroe as they bested Franklin, 4-0. Griffis is a freshman and the three goals served as the first three tallies of his high school career. The assists came from Austin Thompson, Matt Gray and Hunter Graves. Thompson also tacked on the fourth and final goal. Nolan Caudil made four saves to preserve the shutout and earn the &ldquo...
Braxton Miller’s greatest hits from Wayne to Ohio State to the NFL

Braxton Miller’s greatest hits from Wayne to Ohio State to the NFL

The Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans this week, meaning a homecoming for Braxton Miller.  A second-year receiver for the Texans, Miller starred as a quarterback at Wayne High School and Ohio State before being taken in last year’s draft by Houston.  He hasn’t carved out much of a niche yet in the NFL as a receiver, but anyone who watched him play over the past...
Sports Today: Anthony Grant hits it big with newest Dayton Flyers verbal commit

Sports Today: Anthony Grant hits it big with newest Dayton Flyers verbal commit

Dayton Flyers basketball fans got a shot of great news yesterday evening with the verbal commitment of Dwayne Cohill.  The senior point guard from Cleveland Holy Name is a top 100 prospect in the country according to Rivals and 247Sports.  Needless to say, this is a huge get for Anthony Grant, who hasn’t coached a Flyers game yet but already has matched predecessor Archie Miller&rsquo...
High School Results for Monday, Sept. 11

High School Results for Monday, Sept. 11

Dayton Christian defeated Bethel 3-2 in an intense boys soccer matchup on Monday. Noah Alexander and Josh Erlandson scored to help DC stake a 2-0 lead. Tyler Brueckman cut the deficit with a goal for Bethel but Mikey Smith’s goal with 6:30 to play sealed the win for DC. Dayton Christian improved to 5-1; Bethel fell to 5-1-1. Yellow Springs 1, Greeneview 0: Fisher Lewis scored the lone goal and...
High School Football state poll: Is your team ranked?

High School Football state poll: Is your team ranked?

The following are the first Ohio high school football polls, released by the Associated Press on Monday. Teams are listed by ranking, first-place votes, record and total points. First-place votes in parentheses: DIVISION I 1, Cincinnati St. Xavier (7), 3-0, 187 2, Cleveland St. Ignatius (11), 3-0, 183 3, Stow-Munroe Falls (1), 3-0, 96 4, Lakewood St. Edward, 3-0, 87 5, Canton McKinley, 3-0, 81 6,...
Trotwood, Marion Local, Minster all No. 1 in 1st state football polls

Trotwood, Marion Local, Minster all No. 1 in 1st state football polls

Unbeaten Trotwood-Madison (Division III), Marion Local (D-VI) and Minster (D-VII) all were ranked No. 1 in the respective divisions of the first weekly Associated press high school state football polls that were released on Monday afternoon. As usual when the state polls make their debut there were a few surprises. Most notably were unbeaten Fairmont and Centerville of the Greater Western Ohio Conference...
Springfield schools debut $1M new field turf

Springfield schools debut $1M new field turf

The Springfield City School District invested more than $1 million dollars on field turf and district leaders say it has improved the playing surfaces and puts it in position to host regional playoff games. The school put in new field turf at Evan’s Stadium on the south side of the city where the high school football teams play and also installed turf at the field at the high school on the city&rsquo...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 4

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 4

There is no shortage of big games to end the first month of the high school football season, and some of the biggest involve the big schools in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. »RELATED: Week 3 recap Here are five games to watch: Miamisburg at Wayne It’s the Touchdown 7 Game of the Week and a matchup that could have an encore in the playoffs. The Warriors walloped the Vikings 45-12...

HS Results 9/9: Alter places 8th at LIVT

Alter finished 8th out of 24 teams at the Louisville Invitational Tournament in Kentucky on Saturday, the second highest finish for the Knights at the annual girls volleyball tournament. On Friday Alter defeated Dunbar (KY) and Lambert (GA) and on Saturday the Knights fell to Toledo Notre Dame, Sacred Heart (KY) and Notre Dame (KY). Audrey Binzer tallied 74 assists with 21 digs and 5 blocks, Marie...
Coldwater, Marion Local might not be done this season

Coldwater, Marion Local might not be done this season

The initial hint that things are done differently at Coldwater is long before kickoff. Scattered outside Cavalier Stadium are at least a dozen bicycles, most leaning against the brick facade and none locked. That’s the way it is in this Mercer County hotbed for high school football. Always has been. We’re told hundreds of bikes are parked in front of the school during weekdays, even mopeds...
Week 3: Centerville, Fairmont go 3-0; Northmont rolls Tipp; Wayne puts on an air show

Week 3: Centerville, Fairmont go 3-0; Northmont rolls Tipp; Wayne puts on an air show

Brandon Walters 24-yard field goal as time expired gave the Centerville High School football team a 27-26 win against Pickerington North on Friday, moving the Elks to 3-0 this season. The field goal was the finishing touch of an epic comeback after being down nine points with three minutes left. The road to 3-0 was smoother for Fairmont, who crushed Milford 42-0. The Firebirds out-gained the Eagles...
High School Football: Mechanicsburg too much for Southeastern

High School Football: Mechanicsburg too much for Southeastern

Joey Mascadri and his Mechanicsburg teammates weren’t in a hurry to get to the locker room at halftime Friday night. They knew what was coming. “We got a little bit of a butt-kicking,” Mascadri said. The encouragement they heard was to get their heads in the game. Coach Kurt Forrest was not happy with what he considered a lackluster mental approach in the first half against Southeastern...
Springfield beats Lima Senior; 3-0 for first time since merger

Springfield beats Lima Senior; 3-0 for first time since merger

The Springfield High School football team accomplished something it hadn’t done since North and South merged back in 2008 — start the season with three straight victories. RELATED: High School Football: 5 things to know about the Springfield Wildcats Springfield survived six turnovers to improve to 3-0, beating Lima Senior 19-17 at Evans Stadium on Friday night. The Wildcats’ victory...
Lemen leads Kenton Ridge to rout of Stebbins

Lemen leads Kenton Ridge to rout of Stebbins

Kenton Ridge didn't have the greatest week of practice, coach Joel Marratta said, but that changed on Thursday when the Cougars found their focus. He believes it had something to do with a decision he made Wednesday night to simplify the defensive game plan. "We kept it simple, so we could play fast and not play dumb," Marratta said. The approach worked. The Cougars routed Stebbins 56-6...
Marion Local edges Coldwater in MAC showdown

Marion Local edges Coldwater in MAC showdown

Count Nolan Habodasz as one of the fortunate newcomers to break into Marion Local’s formidable starting lineup. When your seasons are based on small-school state championships, waiting your turn to become a significant Flyer takes on extra significance. A slashing junior running back and lights-out defender, Habodasz is among the many who are first-year starters. And he proved he belonged with...
Springfield 8-year-old fighting cancer ‘like a warrior’

Springfield 8-year-old fighting cancer ‘like a warrior’

Barrett Fitzsimmons will step on a football field for the first time as a player at 12:30 p.m. Sunday when his Northwestern Warriors host the Rolling Hills Bears. That’s a big deal for any 8-year-old. It’s a bigger deal for this second grader. Fitzsimmons has battled cancer since May of 2016. Since last December, he has undergone four surgeries, including one on Aug. 3 to remove three...
Here’s where Cox Media will be for Week 3 prep football coverage

Here’s where Cox Media will be for Week 3 prep football coverage

Week 3 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): FRIDAY NIGHT • Fenwick at Lebanon, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @rickcassano • Oak Hills at Hamilton, 7 p.m., Eric Hickey, @ehick13...

HS Results 9/7: Centerville volleyball breaks ‘Creek streak

In a battle of two undefeated GWOC National East teams, the Centerville girls’ volleyball team emerged victorious, shutting down Beavercreek’s streak. Centerville took the first set 25-15, but fell to Beavercreek in the second, 18-25. The Elks didn’t let this discourage them, however, and rallied back in the final two sets, besting the Beavers 25-16 and 25-19. The win continues Centerville&rsquo...
Bellbrook shines again on Thursday night stage, tops Tecumseh

Bellbrook shines again on Thursday night stage, tops Tecumseh

If the Bellbrook Golden Eagles had a scoring problem, a little Thursday Night football proved to be the remedy. Entering Week 3 having scored just 26 points in its first two games, Bellbrook’s offense erupted during a 35-19 win against Tecumseh at Spitzer Stadium. RELATED: Week 3 Power Rankings Trailing by six in the first quarter, Bellbrook turned the tables on the Arrows in the form of a an...
High School Football: Unbeaten Franklin braces for showdown at Piqua

High School Football: Unbeaten Franklin braces for showdown at Piqua

The offensive fireworks have been impressive as Franklin has extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 12 games over the last two high school football seasons. Launching more of the same in Friday’s Week 3 game at Piqua will be a major challenge. “It’ll be a tough matchup,” Franklin coach Brad Childers said. “It’ll be a great atmosphere and they’ve got...
High School Football: Backfield duo fueling Graham

High School Football: Backfield duo fueling Graham

Optimism is running strong these days on the Graham High School football field. And so are seniors Gage Braun and Austin Brayton. The Falcons’ backfield duo — Braun at quarterback and Brayton at running back — leads Graham into a Week 3 clash Saturday night with Sidney Lehman. It’s another good test for the Falcons, who are experiencing an offensive surge under first-year coach...

HS Results 9/6: Alter girls earn close win in tri-match

Alter defeated Fairmont and Miamisburg in a girls golf tri-match on Wednesday. Maggie Pascual recorded a 42 and Colleen Werbrich and Megan Vosler each had 43 to lead Alter, which shot a 176. Fairmont finished with a 180. Taylor Smith had a 42 and Lauren Hullinger 44. Grace Anspach paced Miamisburg with a 43. ‘Burg tallied a 193 overall. Boys Soccer Bellefontaine 5, Indian Lake 0: Jacob Shell...
CBC rushing leaders: Graham’s Bryton, Braun 1-2

CBC rushing leaders: Graham’s Bryton, Braun 1-2

Graham High School seniors Austin Brayton and Gage Braun are 1-2 among Central Buckeye Conference rushing leaders. Both have 300-plus yards rushing and both have tallied four touchdowns apiece. They’re two productive reasons for the initial success of first-year Graham coach Shane Cahill. He previously was the offensive coordinator the past three seasons at Mechanicsburg. Graham hasn’t...
GWOC rushing leaders: Sidney’s Bowser No. 1

GWOC rushing leaders: Sidney’s Bowser No. 1

Sidney High School senior running back Isaiah Bowser has separated himself from the rest of the running backs in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. After just two games, the 6-1, 205-pounder has 526 yards rushing and has scored five touchdowns. No surprise in that. Last season the RB/LB Northwestern University commit was tops in the GWOC during the regular season with 1,877 yards rushing and 28...

HS Results 9/5: Emmanuel Christian boys soccer wins first in two years

In the past two seasons, Emmanuel Christian Academy lost every game, but that streak finally came to a halt tonight. The Emmanuel Christian boys’ soccer team pulled off an impressive win, shutting out rivals Southeastern 7-0. Senior Captain Caleb Wellmann netted two goals to start the Lions off right. Sophomore Will Penrose kept the ball rolling, finding the back of the net three times to earn...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Week 3 high school football power rankings

Week 3 high school football power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top high school football area teams. All games on Friday unless otherwise noted. 1. Wayne (1-1): d. Olentangy Liberty 17-0; hosts Clarkson (Ottawa, Canada) North (0-3). 2. Springfield (2-0): d. Cin. Princeton 27-24; hosts Lima Senior (2-0). 3. Miamisburg (2-0): d. Chaminade Julienne 48-25; hosts Loveland (0-2). 4. Centerville (2-0): d. Lakota West 42-21; hosts Pickerington...
High School Football: Week 3 schedule

High School Football: Week 3 schedule

Bellbrook at Tecumseh, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com Dayton Christian vs. Ponitz at Welcome Stadium, 7 p.m. Anna at Versailles, 7:30 p.m., WTGR-FM (97.5) Arcanum at Ansonia, 7:30 p.m., wtgr.com Bellefontaine at Troy Ben Logan at Upper Scioto Valley Bethel at Tri-Village, 7:30 p.m. Brookville at Dixie Carroll at Sidney, ScoresBroadcast.com Catholic Central at...
It’s Hartsock and Pendleton on Facebook Live

It’s Hartsock and Pendleton on Facebook Live

The boys are back, talking high school football. Follow Mike Hartsock, Sports Director for WHIO News Center 7, and Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News) staff sports writer Marc Pendleton, on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Wednesday. We’ll address Week 2 results and Week 3 games. Join us and post your questions at https://www.facebook.com/MikeHartsockWHIO/
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 3

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 3

Most teams don’t jump into league play until next week, but that’s not the case in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Teams in the “Mighty MAC” play an eight-game conference schedule and they certainly didn’t save the best for last. A MAC showdown headlines our five games to watch in Week 3: The Flyers and the Cavaliers are in the same division this season. If you&rsquo...

HS Results 9/2: St. Henry wins Versailles Invitational

Kyle Naumann of St. Henry shot a 75, earning medalist honors and leading his team in a close win at the Versailles Boys Golf Invitational on Saturday. St. Henry and Anna tied at 341 but SH won on a fifth-man score by two strokes. Minster was third at 342, Delphos SJ’s fourth at 344 and Lehman Catholic fifth at 348. Chasen Poole of Graham was the runner-up with a 77, Nash Koffer of Franklin Monroe...

Wilmington College opens season by snapping 19-game losing streak

The Wilmington College football team opened is season with a win, and the end of a 19-game losing streak. The Fightin’ Quakers were too much for the Earlham Quakers with a 49-20 win Saturday. Wilmington came out firing and led at halftime 28-6. P.J. Meyer’s 80-yard touchdown catch at the end of the half put the game out of reach. Quarterback Luke Creditt passed for 167 yards and ran for...
Centerville grad Ifeadi Odenigbo released by Minnesota Vikings

Centerville grad Ifeadi Odenigbo released by Minnesota Vikings

Ifeadi Odenigbo, the Centerville High School grad who played college football at Northwestern and taken this year in he NFL draft, was cut Saturday by the Minnesota Vikings, according to the St.  Pioneer Press. Odenigbo was a highly-touted defensive out of high school and had a stellar career at Northwestern, finishing second all-time in sacks and named first-team All-Big Ten as a senior. Considered...
GWOC teams sweep five GMC matchups, go 13-3 overall

GWOC teams sweep five GMC matchups, go 13-3 overall

Greater Western Ohio Conference teams had an outstanding collective effort during Friday’s Week 2 high school football games. The 20-team mega conference went a combined 13-3 in non-conference or non-crossover matchups. That included a five-game sweep of Greater Miami Conference opponents by Fairmont, Centerville, Springboro, Northmont and Springfield. Eight GWOC teams are 2-0, including all...
High School Football: Northwestern holds off Northeastern

High School Football: Northwestern holds off Northeastern

The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey couldn’t keep the Northwestern faithful from turning out to see their hometown Warriors play the Northeastern Jets on Friday night. The loyal fans were rewarded with a 21-18 win, as the Warriors staved off a late comeback attempt to improve to 2-0. »»Braun stars as Cahill wins first game at Graham »»Tipp runs over Shawnee Three missed...
High School Football: Braun stars as Cahill earns first win at Graham

High School Football: Braun stars as Cahill earns first win at Graham

Graham High School quarterback Gage Braun’s career night gave his new coach his first victory in just his second game with the Falcons. Braun accounted for six first-half touchdowns as Graham gained more than 550 yards of total offense in a 54-20 non-league victory over Catholic Central – the first for new Falcons head coach Shane Cahill. »»Northwestern tops Northeastern »...
HS Football Week 2: Fairmont, Centerville move to 2-0; Tipp rolls; Trotwood hangs on

HS Football Week 2: Fairmont, Centerville move to 2-0; Tipp rolls; Trotwood hangs on

Two weeks in, the Fairmont High School football team has topped last year’s win total with a 22-6 win over Hamilton on a frigid, damp Friday. The Firebirds are 2-0 after going 1-9 in 2016, the first season for coach Dave Miller. Northmont held off Fairfield, thanks to the Thunderbolts getting a late turnover.  Franklin poured on the points and notched its second win with a 49-21...
High School Football: Springfield holds off Princeton

High School Football: Springfield holds off Princeton

For the second week in a row, Springfield overcame an ugly beginning to pick up a win. Unlike the 55-21 laugher at Lancaster in Week 1, however, this time the Wildcats (2-0) and their fans at Evans Stadium had to sweat out the final seconds. Leonard Taylor iced the 27-24 win over Princeton with a quarterback sneak to convert a fourth-and-short with just over a minute to go. “That’s what...
Prep football: Northmont rallies in second half to beat Fairfield

Prep football: Northmont rallies in second half to beat Fairfield

Fearing Fairfield might overcome Northmont yet again, Thunderbolts coach Tony Broering knew just what to do — entice defensive end Bryan Heyward to make a big play. “The funny thing was I was just encouraging him to get a sack,” said Broering after Hayward instead recovered a Fairfield fumble inside the red zone with one minute left to preserve host Northmont’s 28-21 Week 2...
High School Football: Tipp runs over Shawnee

High School Football: Tipp runs over Shawnee

The Shawnee-Tippecanoe rivalry isn’t a conference game anymore. But after years of battling for supremacy in the Central Buckeye Conference, it doesn’t mean any less. “Every year they’re circled on our calendar and we’re circled on their calendar,” said Tipp coach Joel Derge, whose team now plays in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. “And they want what...
Cox Media Group Ohio’s Week 2 Prep Football Coverage Schedule

Cox Media Group Ohio’s Week 2 Prep Football Coverage Schedule

Week 2 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): FRIDAY NIGHT • Springboro at Middletown, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @rickcassano • Badin at Talawanda, 7 p.m., Eric Hickey...

HS Results 8/31: Mechanicsburg girls blank Southeastern

In an OHC girls’ soccer showdown, Mechanicsburg started off strong and never looked back, shutting out Southeastern 6-0. Senior captain Tori Jacobs paved the way to victory for Mechanicsburg, finding the back of the net four times. Senior Ellie Blanton and Kasey Schipfer tacked on the additional goals. Schipfer also tallied two assists. The rest of the assists came courtesy of Gabby Terry (2)...
First win a relief for new Greeneview head coach

First win a relief for new Greeneview head coach

Greeneview High School’s 31-0 win last week against Arcanum ended with a running clock. And to Rams first-year coach Ryan Haines it felt like the longest game of his life. Haines spent the past three seasons sitting in the press box watching over the field as the Rams’ defensive coordinator. His view changed last Friday as he coached from the sidelines, which presented a new set of challenges...
High School Football: Encore call for Belmont, Fairmont

High School Football: Encore call for Belmont, Fairmont

Belmont and Fairmont have earned the Week 2 high school football spotlight for landing unexpected season-opening wins last week. Belmont blitzed Dunbar 42-0 and Fairmont edged Alter, 13-12. Now, the goal is to build on that success. Belmont steps out of its City League comfort zone at Fenwick (1-0) today and Fairmont hosts Hamilton (0-1). »RELATED: Week 2 Power Rankings Longtime former Franklin...

HS Results 8/30: ‘Boro shuts out Fairmont

Springboro defeated Fairmont 7-0 in a Wednesday girls soccer match. Liv Page poured in 3 goals and Emily Conklin and Alex Garver tacked on 2 apiece to pace ‘Boro. Keeper Kristy Catrine recorded the shutout. Springboro moved to 5-0; Fairmont fell to 1-1-1. Girls Tennis Tecumseh 4, Xenia 1: Ashley Fite won her first singles match in straight sets for Tecumseh. Grace McClelland had a singles win...
Week 2 high school football power rankings

Week 2 high school football power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top high school football area teams. All games on Friday unless otherwise noted. 1. Wayne (0-1): lost 41-0 at Pine-Richland (Pa.); at Olentangy Liberty (1-0). 2. Springfield (1-0): d. Lancaster 55-21; hosts Cin. Princeton (0-1). 3. Miamisburg (1-0): d. Cin. Northwest 54-24; at Chaminade Julienne (0-1). 4. Centerville (1-0): d. Fairfield 30-23; at Lakota West (0-1)...
It’s Hartsock and Pendleton on Facebook Live

It’s Hartsock and Pendleton on Facebook Live

The boys are back, talking high school football. Follow Mike Hartsock, Sports Director for WHIO News Center 7, and Cox Media Group Ohio (Dayton Daily News) staff sports writer Marc Pendleton, on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. Wednesday. We’ll address Week 1 results and Week 2 games. Join us and post your questions at Facebook Live.

High School Results for Aug. 29: ‘Creek soccer bests Miamisburg

In a GWOC boys’ soccer matchup, Beavercreek came out on top, besting foe Miamisburg 4-1. Ryan Bernt opened the scoring for Beavercreek on an unassisted goal. Evan Williams netted one on an assist from Jonah Ackerson, who tallied another assist on a goal from Daniel Donohue. Ryan Wightmight tallied the final Beavercreek goal with a little bit of aid from Caleb Russell. Ben Sundermann was the...

HS Results 8/28: Centerville places 2nd at Elk Invite

Boys Golf Elk Invitational: Jack Wents shot a 69 and Dhaivat Pandya a 70 as Centerville finished in second place at the invite. Lakota East was sixth and Springboro seventh. Troy 152, Northmont 165: Holden Scribner tallied a 32 and Nate Uhlenbrock 36 to pace Troy. Jackson Trottier had a 39 for Northmont. Carlisle 189, Northridge 241: Justin Flor and A.J. Keeton of Carlisle tied for the low score of...
Wildcats hope to ‘handle success’ after rousing season-opening win

Wildcats hope to ‘handle success’ after rousing season-opening win

For the second year in a row, Springfield football started the season with a rousing win over a traditionally strong program from central Ohio. This time, coach Maurice Douglass is hoping for a better encore. “We went and won a game last year and then went to Princeton in Week 2 and lost, so we’ll definitely be focused this week,” Douglass said after the Wildcats...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 2

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 2

One week into the season is a small sample size to try and figure a team out, but these five games should be worth the price of admission this Friday night for Week 2 of the high school football season. »RELATED: Week 2 game schedule Trotwood at Piqua: The Rams ripped Troy in their opener and now take on a Piqua team that didn’t get much of a test last week at Meadowdale....
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
High School Football: Week 2 schedule

High School Football: Week 2 schedule

Xenia at Troy, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com, WTJN (107.1), tcrtroycommunityradio.com Anna at Brookville Ansonia at Tri-County North, 7:30 p.m. Badin at Talawanda Beavercreek at Carroll Belmont at Fenwick Bethel at Dayton Christian Carlisle at Miami Trace Catholic Central at Graham Centerville at Lakota West Chillicothe Southeastern at Southeastern Cin. Walnut...
Wayne hammered by Pennsylvania school in season opener

Wayne hammered by Pennsylvania school in season opener

Quarterback Phil Jurkovec accounted for all six touchdowns in leading Pine-Richland (Pa.) to a 41-0 defeat of visiting Wayne in the GEICO ESPN Football Kickoff on Sunday. The game was shown live on ESPN and was played at Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh. »RELATED: Wayne’s Smith commits to OSU »RELATED: Top 7 all-time Wayne Warriors »RELATED: Top 7 all-time,...
It’s Ohio State football for Wayne’s L’Christian “Blue” Smith

It’s Ohio State football for Wayne’s L’Christian “Blue” Smith

Likening Ohio State football to “home,” Wayne High School receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith verbally committed to play football at OSU on Sunday. The senior announced his decision to join the Buckeyes’ recruiting Class of 2018 prior to Sunday’s nationally televised Week 1 game against Pine-Richland in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh. Wayne...
West Liberty-Salem runs down area’s best at Schul Invitational

West Liberty-Salem runs down area’s best at Schul Invitational

The Bob Schul Invitational seemed the appropriate place for the West Liberty-Salem girls cross-country team to run Saturday. The Tigers wanted to know where they stood against the best. And they got a pretty good idea — the podium. With Schul, the 5,000-meter gold medalist at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games signing autographs nearby, the Tigers went head-to-head with the gold standard in Division...
Shawnee rallies in 4th quarter to top Thurgood Marshall

Shawnee rallies in 4th quarter to top Thurgood Marshall

Shawnee expected to play strong defense and struggle on offense in its opener Saturday night against Thurgood Marshall at Welcome Stadium. But when the defense needed a lift, the offense produced. Late in the third quarter, the Braves gave up the big play when Marshall quarterback Ayyoub Muhammed threw a 59-yard strike down the middle of the field to Jaylen Zachery to take the lead. Suddenly it was...

HS Results 8/26: Haines leads Alter over Fairmont

Alter defeated Fairmont 2-1 in a boys soccer match on Saturday. Jake Haines punched in the game-winning goal for Alter. Brett Bernecker also had a goal. Caden Danner scored the lone goal for Fairmont. Boys Soccer Beavercreek 2, Sycamore 2: Evan Williams and Ryan Bernt each had a goal to help ‘Creek pull off the tie. Carroll 1, Indian Hill 0: Chris Moon had the lone goal to lead Carroll. Kenton...
Mole crickets prompt officials to move Florida high school football game

Mole crickets prompt officials to move Florida high school football game

A bug problem has ruined the football field at a Florida high school, prompting this week’s game to be played elsewhere. Friday's game at Satellite High School in Brevard County against Eau Gallie High School was moved to Melbourne High School. Officials said the problems were caused by mole crickets, a common turf grass pest. The school district said it saw signs of the mole crickets in the...
Resilience bonds Shawnee cross country coach, daughter

Resilience bonds Shawnee cross country coach, daughter

Brian DeSantis has built a powerhouse program as the Springfield Shawnee cross country coach. The boys have made seven consecutive trips to the state championships, the girls three. And while he’s had a few elite runners through the years, his teams primarily have succeeded because they’ve been stocked with workout warriors. “I always say I can tell quickly who has the potential...
KR’s Lemen shines as Cougars beat Northeastern in season opener

KR’s Lemen shines as Cougars beat Northeastern in season opener

A storied Clark County intra-district rivalry may have ended on Friday night — and Kenton Ridge High School sophomore quarterback Dylan Lemen wanted his team to go out with a bang. Lemen — in his first career start — rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another two scores as the Cougars beat Northeastern High School 48-13 at the Jets’ Conover Field in the season opener....
High School Football: Northwestern rides fast start past Southeastern

High School Football: Northwestern rides fast start past Southeastern

The new kids made big plays for Northwestern on Friday night. And Shane Carter, the new coach, won his first game. After a 1-9 season, a 47-22 opening victory over Southeastern was a new feeling for a lot of the returning players, too. They lost to the Trojans in last year’s opener. RELATED: Springfield rolls in season opener RELATED: KR’s Lemen shines as Cougars top Northeastern But junior...
Springfield romps past Lancaster in opener

Springfield romps past Lancaster in opener

Springfield opened the football season with a 55-21 road romp in Lancaster on Friday night. The Golden Gales struck first, then it was all Wildcats, who scored 34 straight points from late in the first quarter to early in the third to take control. Quarterback Leonard Taylor starred for Springfield, running for a touchdown and throwing for three more. The senior finished with 254 yards on 17-for-28...
No three-peat for Troy; Trotwood-Madison rolls in football season opener, 48-0

No three-peat for Troy; Trotwood-Madison rolls in football season opener, 48-0

The easy part of super-charging the Trotwood-Madison offense is giving the ball to running back Ra’veion Hargrove and watching him go. More challenging is finding other ways to get more play-makers involved. “We have other athletes who can catch the ball and run and do different things just as well as him,” assured Rams coach Jeff Graham. “We need to get them in open space...
Fairmont, Belmont land program-defining wins

Fairmont, Belmont land program-defining wins

Fairmont put the most recent definition on a program-defining win. How else to explain a 13-12 defeat of rival Alter in Thursday’s season-opening high school football game before a capacity crowd at Roush Stadium in Kettering. Fairmont was up against it in all aspects. The Firebirds limped into this season with everything to prove following a 1-9 campaign in Dave...
High School Football: Shawnee looking to return to postseason

High School Football: Shawnee looking to return to postseason

Loaded with proven talent, Shawnee is looking to do what its recent teams haven’t done: get back to the high school football playoffs. The first step on that 10-week, regular-season journey begins on Saturday night when Shawnee opens the season against Dayton City League member Thurgood Marshall at Welcome Stadium. It’s the second straight season the teams will open against each other...
Cox Media Group Ohio Week 1 Prep Football Coverage Schedule

Cox Media Group Ohio Week 1 Prep Football Coverage Schedule

Week 1 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games. Here’s our coverage schedule and where you can follow along for live updates on Twitter (photos and videos will be coming for selected games as well): FRIDAY NIGHT Ross vs. Badin at Hamilton in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @rickcassano Centerville...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Belmont senior Elijah Malcolm scores 4 touchdowns in 42-0 season-opening romp of Dunbar

Belmont senior Elijah Malcolm scores 4 touchdowns in 42-0 season-opening romp of Dunbar

Belmont senior running back Elijah Malcolm earns a pardon for mangling City League football history. “This is unbelievable,” Malcolm said following a stunning 42-0 defeat of Dunbar during Thursday night’s season-opening high school football showdown at Welcome Stadium. “We’ve never beat Dunbar, ever, in football history. We just made history.” To be certain, longtime...