High School Sports


Emerging technology: football teams benefit from on-field replays

There’s been a significant change in how high school football coaches adjust to an opponent. For many teams, gone are the days when a sharp-eyed assistant from a booth in the press box relays instructions to other coaches who are anchored on the sideline. Now, sideline video replays on a wide-screen television are favored. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see offenses and defenses...
High School Football: West Liberty-Salem, West Jefferson to face off in marquee matchup

High School Football: West Liberty-Salem, West Jefferson to face off in marquee matchup

West Liberty-Salem coach Dan McGill doesn’t stay up at night trying to figure out the various scenarios that could play out in the Division VI, Region 24. He prefers a wait-and-see approach. “There’s nothing we can really do other than take care of the opponent in front of us,” McGill said. “If we do what we need to win this week we’ve put ourselves in good position...
In rural Ohio, rivals take a knee -- for an after-game prayer

In rural Ohio, rivals take a knee -- for an after-game prayer

Before the Friday night lights dimmed last week on the latest installation of their fabled football rivalry, the St. Marys Memorial Roughriders invited the Celina Bulldogs to take a knee — for an after-game prayer. For more than a year, the Roughriders have invited every opponent to join them after the game in prayer. Each team, including the Trotwood-Madison Rams, who beat St. Marys in the...
Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 9 coverage schedule

Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 9 coverage schedule

Week 9 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. 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): Eaton at Carlisle, 7:06 p.m., Rick Cassano @RickCassano Edgewood at Little Miami, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @RickCassano...

HS Results 10/18: ‘Boro, Oakwood highlight final tennis poll

Springboro and Oakwood were tabbed as the top area teams in the final MVTCA girls tennis rankings released on Wednesday. ‘Boro led Division I with Centerville and Bellbrook finishing tied for second. Oakwood headlined D-II, followed by Chaminade Julienne and Miami Valley. Girls Volleyball Northmont 3, Sidney 2: Taking the final set 15-12, Northmont rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win its sectional...
Playoff points up for grabs as Wayne gets set to host Springfield

Playoff points up for grabs as Wayne gets set to host Springfield

One of the marquee games in Week 9 of high school football in the Miami Valley pits Wayne against Springfield on Friday night in Huber Heights.  Both teams are 6-2 on the season, and both would be in the playoffs in Division I, Region 3, if they started today.  Coach Jay Minton’s Warriors are fourth in the region with a chance to pick up a huge allotment of computer points if they...
Week 9 high school football power rankings

Week 9 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. Centerville (7-1): lost 21-14 at Northmont; hosts Fairmont (6-2). 2. Wayne (6-2): d. Fairmont 35-28; hosts Springfield (6-2). 3. Northmont (6-2): d. Centerville 21-14; at Springboro (4-4). 4. Fairmont (6-2): lost 35-28 to Wayne; hosts Centerville (7-1). 5. Springfield (6-2): d. Beavercreek...
Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 9 football on Facebook Live

Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 9 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 8 results and Week 9 games. Join us and post your questions at Mike’s Facebook page.

HS Results 10/17: Alter boys soccer top Dunbar in SW sectionals

The GCL North champions Alter came out strong Tuesday night, besting Dunbar 13-1. Ty Borton and Aidan Petrello led the team offensively with four points each. Borton had two goals and two assist, while Petrello tallied one goal and three assists. Sean Koeller also had a notable night, earning one goal and one assist, while Kofi Darkwa netted two goals. Nick Schmidt, Dominic Ruffolo, David Switala...
High School Football: Is your team in playoff position with two weeks left in regular season?

High School Football: Is your team in playoff position with two weeks left in regular season?

Below is this week’s high school football computer rankings from the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 29 will qualify for the playoffs. Region 1 - 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (7-1) 27.2797, 2. Lakewood St. Edward (8-0) 26.5528, 3. Mentor (7-1) 23.4, 4. Canton McKinley (8-0) 22.4027, 5. Euclid (7-1) 20.9875, 6. Stow-Munroe Falls (7-1)...
Trotwood, Valley View, Marion Local secure football playoff spots

Trotwood, Valley View, Marion Local secure football playoff spots

Trotwood-Madison, Valley View and Marion Local have undefeated high school football seasons going, and all three have trumped that special status. With two regular-season games remaining, those high-end teams have secured playoff spots, which became official following Tuesday’s release of the weekly Ohio High School Athletic Association computer rankings. There are seven divisions, each comprised...
Alter enters volleyball postseason with momentum

Alter enters volleyball postseason with momentum

The Alter girls volleyball team has already won more matches than last year’s Division II regional semifinalist team. The Knights (14-3) won the always competitive Greater Catholic League North division title for the first time since 2014 and claimed the No. 2 spot in the final D-II state rankings. But Alter was still looking for a boost of confidence heading into the sectional. Coach Tina Jasinowski...
New Greenon volleyball coach achieves desired results

New Greenon volleyball coach achieves desired results

John Herzer had some lofty standards when interviewing for the Greenon High School volleyball job. He had previously coached at Wayne High School, where he was named GWOC coach of the year in his final season. Herzer, who works as a Dayton firefighter-paramedic, took a year off, and then the Knights job opened up. The position struck his curiosity, and he interviewed, although he didn’t have...
Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Sports Today: Buy or sell a fifth-place finish for the Dayton Flyers?

Today is media day in the Atlantic 10, and the Dayton Flyers have been picked to finish fifth in the league’s men’s basketball standings.  Rhode Island is the preseason favorite as the Rams return two of their top three scorers from last season, when they won 25 games.  As far as expectations go, fifth might be a pretty good place for Anthony Grant’s first team to...

HS Results 10/16: Thomas sets Fairborn record

Lauren Thomas set a school record with six goals in Fairborn’s 7-2 sectional win versus Piqua in girls soccer on Monday. Karen Floyd added the other goal for Fairborn and Aubree Duncan recorded three assists. Fairborn moves on to play at Springboro on Thursday. Girls Soccer Northmont 2, Fairmont 1: Avianna Ewing and Jillian Naas both scored for Northmont in this sectional opener. Beavercreek...
High School Football State Poll: Where is your team ranked?

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

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2017, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. St. Xavier (20) 8-0 243 2. Lakewood St. Edward (4) 8-0 227 3. Toledo Whitmer (1) 8-0 178 4. Canton Mckinley 8-0 145 5. Hilliard Bradley 8-0 132 6. Cleveland St. Ignatius...
Football recruiting: Xenia speedster going SEC

Football recruiting: Xenia speedster going SEC

Xenia receiver Meechi Harris has committed to play football at Kentucky.  The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder announced his decision on Twitter.  He is the No. 22 prospect in the state of Ohio according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and had a large offer list coming out of spring. Harris is one of three area players currently committed to the Wildcats, joining Lakota West teammates Xavier Peters...
Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame among colleges with commits from local players

Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame among colleges with commits from local players

A large group of Division I college football recruits reside in the area this year.  Ohio State, Oklahoma and Notre Dame have already picked up local commitments from the class of 2018, not to mention prospects who have announced their intentions to stay closer to home to play for Cincinnati or Miami.  Here is a look at the players who have committed so far:  Tyler Bentley, DL, Lakota...
Another Wayne standout is headed to the Big Ten for football

Another Wayne standout is headed to the Big Ten for football

Alex Reigelsperger did not need much time to find a new college destination.  The Wayne defensive end verbally committed to Minnesota over the weekend, less than a week after decommitting from Kentucky.  “I want to start by thanking my friends, family and everyone who coaches at Wayne for getting me to this point in my life,” Reigelsperger wrote on Twitter.  Reigelsperger...
Game schedule: Week 9 high school football

Game schedule: Week 9 high school football

Eaton at Carlisle, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com Alter vs. Cin. McNicholas at Fairmont, OhioSportsline.net/ Anna at Coldwater, 7:30 p.m. Badin at Chaminade Julienne Bradford at Bethel, 7:30 p.m. Brookville at Valley View Cin. Northwest at Talawanda Cin. Oak Hills at Middletown Cin. Princeton at Hamilton Cin. Purcell Marian at Carroll Cin. Roger Bacon at Fenwick...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 9

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 9

Eight weeks down and two to go for area high school football teams. We lost three more unbeaten teams last week, leaving five with perfect records heading into Week 9. Trotwood, Greeneview and Belmont shouldn’t have a problem getting to 9-0, but Valley View and Marion Local will have some work to do. Here are five games to watch in Week 9: It’s the Flyers’ final test in the regular...

HS Results 10/14: CJ keeps playoff hopes alive

A late touchdown from Ryan Peltier helped Chaminade Julienne hold on for a 24-21 win over McNicholas in a Saturday high school football game. KeShaun Owens returned an interception 30 yards for a score and Jonathan Bell had a 14-yard TD run as CJ jumped out to a 17-0 lead. McNicholas would cut the deficit to three with a pair scoring runs from Ryan Belmont, but Peltier’s eight-yard TD scamper...
Eaton’s Sarah Willis pockets second straight state golf title

Eaton’s Sarah Willis pockets second straight state golf title

Sarah Willis needed a strong finish Saturday to do what few have done — win a second straight state golf tournament. How about birdies on the final three holes? That turned out to be more than enough as the Eaton High School senior rallied to a 1-under par, three-stroke victory at the Division II girls golf tournament on the OSU Gray Course. “It was incredible to watch,” Eaton coach...
State Golf: Southeastern senior, Greeneview freshman runners-up

State Golf: Southeastern senior, Greeneview freshman runners-up

Runner-up was a great feeling for Southeastern senior Avery Green and Greeneview freshman Mason Witt at the state golf tournaments Saturday. Green shot a final round 73 at the OSU Scarlet Course to finish the Division III tournament at 2-over par for his best finish in his third state appearance. Witt shot 72 to finish 3-under par at Northstar Golf Club. Shawnee senior Grant Engle, who said he came...

District Tennis: Springboro sister act falls just short of title

After three sets, 34 games, four hard-fought hours and countless high fives, the Springboro sister team of Anke and Reka Patel fell just short of the title. Ursuline’s Nina Dhaliwal and Gabriella O’Connor battled to a 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 win over Springboro for the Division I Southwest District high school doubles title at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on Saturday. It was the second top-seeded...
Fab Five remains after area’s unbeaten football club loses 3 members

Fab Five remains after area’s unbeaten football club loses 3 members

The area’s undefeated high school football club lost three members this past Friday night: Centerville, Sidney and Clinton-Massie. That leaves a fabulous five in Belmont, Trotwood-Madison, Valley View, Greeneview and Marion Local. All those teams are 8-0. Sidney’s exit was the most profound, losing 48-21 to visiting Troy in a Greater Western Ohio Conference American North matchup. Centerville...
Springfield girls soccer making strides despite record

Springfield girls soccer making strides despite record

The Springfield girls soccer team can’t control what division they’re in. They can’t control their schedule. And they can’t control the struggles of seasons past. But there is one thing the Wildcats can decide, and they’ve been successful at it. “They stay positive. That’s the biggest thing I’ve tried to instill in them,” second-year coach Amy...
Week 8: Northmont hands Centerville its first loss; ‘Hail Mary’ lifts Wayne; Belmont, Trotwood, Valley View still perfect

Week 8: Northmont hands Centerville its first loss; ‘Hail Mary’ lifts Wayne; Belmont, Trotwood, Valley View still perfect

Week 8 produced a wild night of high school football. Expect anything less on Friday the 13th? A goal-line stand in the final three minutes allowed Northmont to hand visiting Centerville its first loss of the season. Sidney also lost its first game of the season, dropping a 48-21 decision to Troy. In two games with huge Division I, Region 3 playoff implications, Wayne stunned Fairmont...
Kenton Ridge blows out Northwestern with big 2nd half

Kenton Ridge blows out Northwestern with big 2nd half

Halftime adjustments don’t have to be many. They just have to be the right ones to put players in the right place to make plays. And a whole lot went right for Kenton Ridge in the second half Friday night against visiting Northwestern. »RELATED: Week 8 Scoreboard »RELATED: Springfield routs Beavercreek »RELATED: Shawnee blanked by Bellefontaine Kenton Ridge senior Zach Schneider...
Blue Smith’s late Hail Mary reception lifts Wayne past Fairmont

Blue Smith’s late Hail Mary reception lifts Wayne past Fairmont

Rashad McKee called it a Hail Mary. Jay Minton said it was divine intervention. L’Christian ‘Blue’ Smith said it was the first time he’d puked after a touchdown catch. Fairmont fans likely puked, too. Catching a 39-yard deflected pass from McKee in the end zone with 14.6 seconds left, Smith’s heroics lifted visiting Wayne to a stunning 35-28 victory at Roush Stadium in...
Springfield takes advantage of Beavercreek turnovers in win

Springfield takes advantage of Beavercreek turnovers in win

Springfield’s seniors posed for one last photo together in the west end zone at Evans Stadium after a 64-28 victory Friday against Beavercreek. “This is the greatest experience ever,” senior quarterback Leonard Taylor. “Thanks to the fans, coaches, everybody having our back and coming out and supporting us.” The biggest victory of the season so far for the Wildcats...
Shawnee blanked by Bellefontaine; Chieftains claim share of title

Shawnee blanked by Bellefontaine; Chieftains claim share of title

After his team fell to Bellefontaine 35-0 on Friday night, Shawnee High School football coach Rick Meeks told his team just how difficult it can to win if you can’t take care of the football. “I once read a statistic about turnovers: If you have four or more turnovers in a game, your team is likely to win about five percent of the time,” he said. “You can’t do it, especially...
Buoyed by late goal-line stand, Northmont stuns unbeaten Centerville

Buoyed by late goal-line stand, Northmont stuns unbeaten Centerville

Unlike most of Northmont’s veteran high school football lineup, junior Jason Kohr is a rare new guy. But he knows all about the Thunderbolts’ determined quest for a return to respectability. “We had a bunch of people playing as sophomores in 2015 and now they’re seniors,” said the rangy defensive back. “We had special players like Danny (Lewis) coming up when they...
Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 8 coverage schedule

Prep football: Cox Media’s Week 8 coverage schedule

Week 8 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. 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): Vandalia Butler at Piqua, 7 p.m., Nick Dudukovich @DukeofNick Alter at Badin, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @rickcassano...
Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

Sports Today: Nebraska could be the perfect next test for Ohio State

On paper, Nebraska represents exactly the challenge Ohio State needs next.  Advanced stats (via FootballStudyHall.com) show a defense that is great at limiting big plays (20th in the country) but bad at preventing solid gains (112th in opponents’ success rate).  That’s consistent with what Urban Meyer described this week when he described the Cornhuskers’ base 3-4...
Prep Football: Piqua holds off Butler to keep playoff hopes alive

Prep Football: Piqua holds off Butler to keep playoff hopes alive

In a game dominated by offense, defense was responsible for the biggest play of Piqua’s 33-27 victory over Butler at home Thursday night. Indians linebacker Ben Schmiesing made sure of it. »RELATED: CJ’s Colvin: ‘You’re playing for your playoff life right now’ »RELATED: Week 8 High School Football schedule »RELATED: Is your team in playoff position?...
Clark County school to build $3.4M athletic complex

Clark County school to build $3.4M athletic complex

Northwestern Local Schools will move forward with plans to build a $3.4 million athletic complex on the district’s campus. The new, 16,000-square-foot building will be close to the current football stadium and include public restrooms, concession stands, a large multipurpose room that will fit a wrestling mat, batting cages, a weight room, storage area, a community room, locker rooms, a training...
CJ’s Colvin: ‘You’re playing for your playoff life right now’

CJ’s Colvin: ‘You’re playing for your playoff life right now’

Alter (6-1), Chaminade Julienne (5-2), Hamilton Badin (5-2) and Cincinnati McNicholas (5-2) all have something more in common than having great high school football seasons. All are in the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed Division in which crossover games count as divisional play. All will play each other in the final three weeks of the regular season. Most important, all are in Division III, Region...

HS Results 10/12: Lakota East boys golf finishes second at districts

The Division I Southwest Boys district golf tournament was held at Glenview Thursday morning. St. Xavier finished first overall with a team score of 292, with Oscar Zimmerman coming in first overall with a 70. Lakota East came in at second, nine behind the first place finisher. Kyle Schmidt had a 71 for Lakota East. Finishing third was Mason, netting a 308, led by Jack Soper with a 74. All three teams...
Fairmont’s Waterman readying for bigger role at Ohio State

Fairmont’s Waterman readying for bigger role at Ohio State

Makayla Waterman was one of Kevin McGuff's most important early recruits.  Four years later, she wants to remind Ohio State basketball fans why.  “I talk with my teammates all the time: I can finally show people the reason why they recruited me,” said Waterman, a fourth-year junior who was a four-year starter at Fairmont, where she was a four-star recruit and one of the catalysts...
Boys golf: Southeastern’s Green eyes Division III state championship

Boys golf: Southeastern’s Green eyes Division III state championship

Should he find himself in the state championship hunt on Saturday, don’t expect nerves to get the best of Southeastern High School senior Avery Green. The Division III district tournament prepared him for that. Green, a three-time state qualifier who missed last year’s tournament by one stroke, nearly met the same fate this season. He won a one-hole playoff at the district tournament,...
Prep football: Shawnee eager for test against ‘loaded’ Bellefontaine

Prep football: Shawnee eager for test against ‘loaded’ Bellefontaine

The roller coaster that is the Shawnee Braves football season, as coach Rick Meeks calls it, is on the upswing. The Braves were siting at 2-3 three weeks ago following a 7-6 loss to Northwestern on a fourth-quarter touchdown. Shawnee, behind its run-stopping defense, responded with consecutive wins against Urbana (34-7) and Kenton Ridge (21-3). That pushed Shawnee to No. 9 in the Division IV, Region...
Boys golf: Alter breaks four-year drought, returns to state tourney

Boys golf: Alter breaks four-year drought, returns to state tourney

In its bid to return to the Division II state golf tournament for the first time since 2012, Alter High School senior Adam White became the Knights’ poster child. “That was actually the motto,” White said of his teammates’ pledge to get the senior to state. “We’ve been close but never made it out. It was looking for awhile it might not happen. This team came together...

HS Results 10/11: Springboro wins GWOC West

The Springboro girls soccer team wrapped up a GWOC National West title with a 4-1 win versus Lebanon on Wednesday. Alex Garver led the way with two goals and Kam Davis tacked on two assists. ‘Boro, ranked No. 6 in the OSSCA State Poll, improved to 7-0-1 in conference play and 13-1-2 overall. Boys Soccer Kenton Ridge 2, Tecumseh 1: Quinton Roach scored to put KR on the board and assisted on Alex...
Week 8 high school football power rankings

Week 8 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. Centerville (7-0): d. Lebanon 42-21; at Northmont (5-2). 2. Wayne (5-2): d. Beavercreek 42-14; at Fairmont (6-1). 3. Northmont (5-2): d. Springfield 22-10; hosts Centerville (7-0). 4. Fairmont (6-1): hosts Wayne (5-2). 5. Springfield (5-2): lost 22-10 to Northmont; hosts Beavercreek...
Girls Tennis: KR’s Wallace, Northwestern duo among the district’s best

Girls Tennis: KR’s Wallace, Northwestern duo among the district’s best

The hard part is over for Kenton Ridge’s Macy Wallace and Northwestern’s Bree Latting and Gianna Embry. Now that they’ve qualified for the Division II district tennis tournament the plan is to enjoy the experience and atmosphere where some of the world’s greatest players have appeared. The trio will represent Clark County at Thursday’s tournament held at the Lindner Family...
Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 8 football on Facebook Live

Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 8 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 7 results and Week 8 games. Join us and post your questions at Mike’s FB page.
Game schedule: Week 8 high school football

Game schedule: Week 8 high school football

Butler at Piqua, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com Ponitz vs. Meadowdale, 7 p.m. at Welcome Stadium Alter at Badin, OhioSportsline.net/ Ansonia at Twin Valley South, 7:30 p.m. Beavercreek at Springfield, WIZE-AM (1340) Bellbrook at Northridge Bellefontaine at Spg. Shawnee Ben Logan at Graham Carlisle at Milton-Union Carroll at Cin. Roger Bacon Cedarville at Greeneview...

HS Results 10/10: Butler girls volleyball bests Sidney

Despite the closeness of two sets, Butler’s girls volleyball team came out on top, beating Sidney in three sets. Butler took a close first and third set, each 25-21, but the second set was less competitive, with Butler winning by a 25-13 margin. Grace Cope led the night offensively, earning 18 kills and three aces, while having the high kill percentage of 0.567%. Grace Swarts added on 31 assists...
High School Football Computer Ratings: Is your team in playoff position?

High School Football Computer Ratings: Is your team in playoff position?

Below are this week’s high school football computer ratings. The top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 29 will qualify for the playoffs. Region 1 - 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (7-0) 25.5491, 2. Lakewood St. Edward (7-0) 22.8983, 3. Canton McKinley (7-0) 19.4021, 4. Mentor (6-1) 17.7071, 5. Euclid (6-1) 16.1357, 6. Stow-Munroe Falls (6-1) 15.6643, 7. Massillon Jackson (5-2) 15...
Five area teams remain No. 1 in football computer ratings

Five area teams remain No. 1 in football computer ratings

Centerville (Division I, Region 3), Trotwood-Madison (D-III, Region 12), Valley View (D-IV, Region 16), Anna (D-V, Region 20) and Marion Local (D-VI, Region 24) all retained their status as the No. 1 teams in their respective regions following the release of the Ohio High School football computer ratings Tuesday. Anna is the only one of those five leaders to have lost, 32-7 to Marion Local in Week...
2018 Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop schedule

2018 Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop schedule

When: Jan. 12-15, 2018 Where: Fairmont High School, Trent Arena Ticket info: flyintothehoop.com Spire Academy (Ohio) vs. Fairmont, 6:30 p.m. Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. Huntington Prep (W.Va.), 8:15 p.m. Springboro girls vs. Tippecanoe, 11:30 a.m. Olentangy Liberty vs. Xenia, 1:15 p.m. Orlando Christian Prep (Fla.) vs. Hilliard Bradley, 3 p.m. Pickerington North vs. Princeton, 4:45 p.m. McEachern (Ga...
Area coach on Flyin’ to the Hoop: ‘This is the top event in the country’

Area coach on Flyin’ to the Hoop: ‘This is the top event in the country’

Xenia boys basketball coach Kent Anderson demands laser-sharp focus from the Buccaneers. But all that unravels when the Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop nears. That’s why Xenia rescheduled a home game. Better to have a break before Flyin’ or risk a mental lapse. “It’s what our kids look forward to,” admitted Anderson during Tuesday’s revealing of the 2018...
Family: Mental illness led to Tecumseh football coach’s overdose death

Family: Mental illness led to Tecumseh football coach’s overdose death

A former Tecumseh High School football coach died from a drug overdose after suffering from anxiety, depression and frequent panic attacks, his family said. Kent Massie, 48, died June 13 at Springfield Regional Medical Center, six days after collapsing at his home. The cause of death was drug intoxication involving fentanyl, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. “Kent did...

HS Results 10/9: Alter, Oakwood earn state tourney bid

The Alter, Oakwood and Summit Country Day boys golf teams moved on to the state tournament after Monday’s Division II district tournament at Beavercreek. Nick Kreusch paced Alter with an 80 and Adam White added an 82. Alter finished second overall with a 341. Oakwood was one stroke behind Alter, finishing third. Sam Lahmon led the way with a 77. Springfield Shawnee’s Grant Engle was the...
High School Football State Poll: Is your team ranked?

High School Football State Poll: Is your team ranked?

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2017, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Cincinnati St. Xavier (10) 7-0 237 2. Cleveland St. Ignatius (13) 7-0 232 3. Lakewood St. Edward (2) 7-0 202 4. Centerville 7-0 168 5. Toledo Whitmer (1) 7-0 154 6. Canton...
Wayne star announces change in college plans

Wayne star announces change in college plans

Wayne defensive end Alex Reigelsperger is back in the market for a college football team.  The three-star prospect Tweeted Monday he is no longer committed to Kentucky.  “After long, long talks with my family, I have decided to re-open my recruitment,” Reigelsperger wrote.  He also thanked Kentucky fans and coach Mark Stoops, who has recruited Ohio heavily since becoming...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 8

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 8

Seven weeks down and three to go in the high school football regular season, and it’s not hard to find five games to keep an eye on around the Miami Valley. »RELATED: Week 7 recap Here are five games to watch in Week 8: Troy (5-2) at Sidney (7-0) The Yellow Jackets have dodged some bullets on the way to that perfect record, including last week’s homecoming shootout...

HS Results 10/7: Boro knocks off defending state champs

An early goal from Noah Scott was all Springboro needed in a 1-0 win over Summit Country Day in boys soccer on Saturday. Scott’s goal found the net at the 9:46 mark. Summit Country Day is the top-ranked Division III team in the state and two-time defending state champions. Springboro improved to 7-4-3. Boys Soccer West Liberty-Salem 5, Spg. Shawnee 0: Neil Markin tallied two goals and Ethan...
Chaminade Julienne tennis duo nets sectional doubles title

Chaminade Julienne tennis duo nets sectional doubles title

From their first junior high matches together to sectional champions, Olivia Boch and Lydia Bice have come a long way. “We’ve been playing together forever, or at least it seems like it,” Bice said, smiling. Familiarity and friendship worked to their advantage as the Chaminade Julienne seniors won the Division II sectional doubles title Saturday at Centerville High School with a...
Northmont’s Springfield connection? ‘We might have mentioned it’

Northmont’s Springfield connection? ‘We might have mentioned it’

The Springfield connection to Northmont football runs deep. Northmont coach Tony Broering was a standout at Shawnee and was formerly the head coach at Springfield South High School. Northmont’s offensive coordinator is Tom Adams. He’s in his first season with the Clayton-based program, but 43rd year in coaching high school football. Longtime Springfield football fans recall Adams also...
Week 7: Centerville, Trotwood go 7-0; Northmont beats Springfield

Week 7: Centerville, Trotwood go 7-0; Northmont beats Springfield

Ross Harmon finished with 123 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Centerville High School in a 42-21 win over Lebanon on Friday. Harmon ran for two of Centerville’s four unanswered touchdowns to start the game. Alec Grandin finished 12-of-14 with 135 yards and two scores and Tyler King tossed a TD for Centerville. Kyle Short threw three touchdowns in a rally effort from Lebanon. ...
Prep football: Glass leads Shawnee past Kenton Ridge

Prep football: Glass leads Shawnee past Kenton Ridge

The Shawnee High School football team needed to just two plays to get on the scoreboard against one of its biggest rivals — a lead the Braves would never relinquish. Sophomore quarterback Robie Glass scored on a 20-yard keeper on the Braves’ second offensive play as Shawnee beat rival Kenton Ridge 21-3 on Friday night. »RELATED: Photos from the game »RELATED: Week 7 Scoreboard...
Prep football: Kenerly’s career night lifts Northmont past Springfield

Prep football: Kenerly’s career night lifts Northmont past Springfield

Still smarting from a loss to Springfield last season, Northmont running back Devin Kenerly had extra incentive for some senior payback. “I have a lot of family (in Springfield) and I don’t want to hear (about losing) from them,” he assured. Kenerly saw to that, rushing for a career-high 264 yards and scoring all three touchdowns as Northmont landed an impressive 22-10 high school...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals key to victory against the Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals are back home this weekend after breaking into the win column against the Browns.  Will the rejuvenating effects of a weekend vacation on Lake Erie carry over against the 3-1 Buffalo Bills?  There’s no doubt the vibe around the team was different this week, but this is a sneakily big game.  For all the positives of the past two games following a disastrous...
High School Football: Alter eyeing another playoff push

High School Football: Alter eyeing another playoff push

The high school football playoffs are a month away and the drive to join in that bonus fun is revving up for contenders. For Alter, that annual postseason quest began in earnest after a stunning 13-12 loss at neighboring rival Fairmont in the season opener. Alter (5-1) is one of many area teams that was bumped up one division because of Ohio High School Athletic Association’s competitive balance...

HS Results 10/5: Bellbrook girls volleyball bests Oakwood

In a SWBL Southwestern Girls Volleyball matchup, Bellbrook came out on top, besting Oakwood in three sets. Bellbrook took the first set 25-18 but came a little closer in the second set, edging out Oakwood 26-24. Bellbrook took the final set 25-16. Junior Kira Merkle led with 14 kills and five aces. Mara Neal tacked on 11 kills and six assists, while Emily McNamara rounded out the night with 10 digs...
These are the best of times for unbeaten Sidney

These are the best of times for unbeaten Sidney

A season of firsts continues to decorate the Sidney High School football program. There are rushing records, kicking records, an undefeated season record and a non-stop buzz around this Shelby County centerpiece that is turning into a championship roar. And then there’s this: “I don’t think we’ve tail-gated since 2000,” beamed junior quarterback Andre Gordon. “That&rsquo...
Touchdown 7 Forecast: Week 7

Touchdown 7 Forecast: Week 7

Quiet and comfortable weather is in the forecast tonight for Touchdown 7 football games across the region. Wet weather from Thursday and earlier today should come to an end, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. It also won’t be too cool, with temperatures falling through the 70s during the game. Sports Director Mike Hartsock said he is glad to hear the wet weather won’t be...
Prep football: Here is Cox Media’s Week 7 coverage schedule

Prep football: Here is Cox Media’s Week 7 coverage schedule

Week 7 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. 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): • Tippecanoe at Sidney, 7 p.m., Marc Pendleton @MarcPendleton • Madison at Carlisle, 7 p.m., Rick...
Prep Football: Numbers looking up for Catholic Central — playoffs next?

Prep Football: Numbers looking up for Catholic Central — playoffs next?

The numbers are looking up for the Catholic Central football team. And not just the Irish’s No. 9 spot in the Division VII, Region 28 playoff ratings. About three weeks ago Catholic Central football coach Mike McKenna noticed a trend of sophomores asking to join the team. The newcomers boost the Irish roster from about 17 players to 28. “All of a sudden we had a big influx of sophomores...

HS Results 10/4: Osborn, Green punch ticket to state

Nathan Osborn of Twin Valley South led the field at the Division III district tournament at Glenview Wednesday to earn a trip to the state tournament. Osborn shot a 71 and Avery Green of Southeastern was the runner-up at 73. Green’s score also qualified him for state. The Division III state tournament will take place Oct. 13-14 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course. Girls Golf Division II District...
Week 7 high school football power rankings

Week 7 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. Centerville (6-0): d. Wayne 39-22; hosts Lebanon (2-4). 2. Wayne (4-2): lost 39-22 to Centerville; at Beavercreek (5-1). 3. Springfield (5-1): d. Xenia 55-12; hosts Northmont (4-2). 4. Northmont (4-2): d. Lebanon 51-7; at Springfield (5-1). 5. Beavercreek (5-1): lost 27-24 at Springboro...
Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 7 football on Facebook Live

Hartsock and Pendleton, Week 7 football on Facebook Live

The boys are back, talking high school football. »WEEK 6: Here’s what we had to say last week 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 6 results and Week 7 games. Join us and post your questions at Mike&rsquo...

HS Results 10/3: Beavercreek boys golf tops sectional tournament

At the Division I Southwest Sectional Tournament held at Reid Park, Beavercreek came out on top, shooting a 333 as a team to advance to the divisional tournament. Beavercreek was led by Alex Flick with a 74. Troy, led by Holden Scribner with an 80, placed second, also advanced with a 351. Bellefontaine (363) and Tippecanoe (368) rounded out the top four. Bellefontaine was led by Nicklaus Lyons with...
From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

From the archives: Dayton Flyers enter season with high expectations

Football pain and basketball optimism are part of five fantastic facts from 50 years ago in the Dayton Daily News archives:  Coming off a season in which they lost the national championship game to UCLA, the Flyers were ranked the No. 6 team in the country by the Basketball Yearbook.  Don May was part of the preseason All-America team, joining Lew Alcindor, Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld and Cal...
Regular-season schedule can make or break football playoff hopes

Regular-season schedule can make or break football playoff hopes

It’s not enough to post a great high school football season. To qualify for the playoffs, getting through a worthy regular-season schedule is a must. That was never more evident than Tuesday’s release of the computer rankings by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. There was an abundance of teams with lesser records ranking higher than opponents they lost to. How can that happen?...
Boys Golf: Greenon hopes to continue ‘remarkable’ season at districts

Boys Golf: Greenon hopes to continue ‘remarkable’ season at districts

The turning point for the Greenon High School boys golf team’s season came back in June. That’s when coach Steve Norris took a month of vacation. He hoped his team didn’t do the same. »RELATED: High School results for Oct. 2 »RELATED: High School Football State Poll »RELATED: High School Football Computer Ratings Before Norris left to visit his daughter in Seattle...
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 Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings for Oct. 3. Top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 29 will qualify for the playoffs. Region 1 - 1. Cle. St. Ignatius (6-0) 20.9333, 2. Lakewood St. Edward (6-0) 18.1894, 3. Canton McKinley (6-0) 14.3703, 4. Massillon Jackson (5-1) 14.2833, 5. Mentor (5-1) 13.9667, 6. Stow-Munroe Falls (5-1) 12.0333, 7. Solon...
Game schedule: Week 7 high school football

Game schedule: Week 7 high school football

Belmont vs. Ponitz, 7 p.m. at Welcome Stadium Tippecanoe at Sidney, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), mytvdayton.com, ScoresBroadcast.com »NEVER TOO LATE: For Belmont senior to get defensive Alter vs. Cin. Purcell Marian at Fairmont, OhioSportsline.net/ Anna at St. Henry, 7:30 p.m. Arcanum at Tri-County North, 7:30 p.m. Badin at Carroll Bellbrook at Franklin, CinDaySports...

HS Results 10/2: Springboro, Lebanon, Lakota East advance

The Springboro, Lakota East and Lebanon girls golf teams all advanced from the Division I sectional tournaments on Monday. Springboro, led by Alexis Savage’s 82 and Alexis Ramby’s 84, finished second overall at Hamilton Elks. Abby Wagner of Lakota West shot a 92 to advance individually. In the Waldon Ponds sectional Lakota East was second and Lebanon third. Maddie Owens paced Lebanon with...
High School Football State Poll: Is your team ranked?

High School Football State Poll: Is your team ranked?

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2017, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): DIVISION I 1. Cleveland St. Ignatius (18) 6-0 260 2. Cincinnati St. Xavier (9) 6-0 248 3. Lakewood St. Edward 6-0 212 4. Centerville 6-0 168 5. Toledo Whitmer (1) 6-0 155...
Girls Golf: Alter, CJ to meet again in district tournament

Girls Golf: Alter, CJ to meet again in district tournament

Wednesday’s meeting between the Alter and Chaminade Julienne high school girls golf teams will be their sixth this season. The Greater Catholic League Co-ed Division members hope their friendly rivalry doesn’t end there. The Knights and Eagles enter the Division II district championships at Beavercreek’s Pipestone Golf Course as teams to watch. The top three teams and top three individuals...
High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 7

High School Football: 5 games to watch in Week 7

The seventh week of the high school football season finds plenty of Miami Valley teams in the hunt for division and league titles, not to mention playoff positioning during the final month of the regular season. Here are five games to watch in Week 7, with a reminder that one of these games is interesting not due to winning records, but just the opposite. Northmont at Springfield The Thunberbolts...
WATCH: High school football team stands with police, veterans during national anthem

WATCH: High school football team stands with police, veterans during national anthem

When the football team for Mascoutah High School in Illinois marched onto the field Friday night for their homecoming game with Triad High School, they had company: The team walked hand-in-hand with law enforcement officers, firefighters and veterans. Athletic Director Scott Battas came up with the idea but let the team’s captains make the final choice, the Belleville News-Democrat...

HS Results 9/30: Belmont football remains unbeaten

Belmont kept its unbeaten season alive with a 62-6 drubbing of Hughes in Saturday high school football action. Quarterback Rian Reeves accounted for three rushing touchdowns and a passing score to Dawson Martin in leading the offense. Chris Hunt, Elijah Malcolm and Brian McKenzie added a rushing TD apiece. Belmont improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. The Bison have outscored opponents...
High school football player ejected after body-slamming opponent

High school football player ejected after body-slamming opponent

A high school football player was ejected Friday night after he body-slammed a player from the opposing team to the ground. A video clip that captured the wrestling move was posted on Twitter. The game was between Gibbs High School and Sevier County. After a play, a player from Sevier County picked up a Gibbs player and body-slammed him to the ground. The player who ended up on the ground was not...
Week 6: Centerville still perfect after big road win at Wayne; Springboro stuns Beavercreek; Sidney, Trotwood move to 6-0

Week 6: Centerville still perfect after big road win at Wayne; Springboro stuns Beavercreek; Sidney, Trotwood move to 6-0

The Elks are back in a familiar position - undefeated and on top of the Greater Western Ohio Conference after beating Wayne 39-22 on Friday. The Warriors pulled within 24-22 with 5:40 left in the third quarter, but the Elks returned a field goal for a touchdown and had a 40-yard touchdown reception to put the game away. Valley View put together a big win on the road at Bellbrook, and...
High School Football: Big plays spark Shawnee past Urbana

High School Football: Big plays spark Shawnee past Urbana

Robie Glass and his receivers knew what to look for Friday night. When the Urbana safety creeps up and it looks like blitz, go long. That’s what Jackson Smith did twice and Matt Jarzab did another time. And each time Glass threw a touchdown pass to his wide-open receivers. »RELATED: Week 6 Scoreboard »RELATED: Springfield hammers Xenia “That was the game plan – big plays...
Springfield routs Xenia to improve to 5-1

Springfield routs Xenia to improve to 5-1

The Springfield Wildcats won so big Friday, 55-12 over Xenia, they were doing backflips at Doug Adams Stadium. Springfield’s William Finch III celebrated the most lopsided victory of the season and one of the highest-scoring games in the 10 seasons of the new high school with a flip on the turf to the delight of his teammates. Finch was a part of the postgame message by coach Maurice Douglass...
Springfield High football players honor student who dies of Leukemia

Springfield High football players honor student who dies of Leukemia

Springfield High School football teammates locked arms Friday night in a show of support for the family of a 15-year-old Springfield student who died of leukemia, according to Athletic Director Mike Dellapina. Carly DeLong, a volleyball and softball player at Catholic Central, died last weekend after a battle with Leukemia. Despite earlier reports, Springfield, Xenia, Wayne and Centerville football...
Unbeaten Centerville tops Wayne to move to 6-0

Unbeaten Centerville tops Wayne to move to 6-0

To be sure, the Centerville football season is a rousing work in progress. The offense is performing at the highest level. The defense has a lights-out demeanor. Its special teams are difference-makers. And the Elks have done that under the guidance of Brent Ullery. This is essentially a break-in season for him because it’s his first as a high school head coach. This also is a level of play...
State title is goal for Shawnee golfer Engle

State title is goal for Shawnee golfer Engle

Grant Engle remembers the 2011 state golf tournament well. He was an 11-year-old following his brother around the course. From a weather standpoint, it was a weekend to forget. It was windy. It was cold. Clark Engle, then a Shawnee High School junior, braved the conditions to win the Division II championship with a score of 79-75-154 at the Northstar Golf Club in Sunbury. He became Shawnee’s...

HS Results 9/28: Fairborn football blanks Stebbins

In a week six Thursday Night Lights matchup, Fairborn came out strong, besting rival Stebbins 38-0. Wesley Wyatts had nine completions on 18 attempts for 129 yards passing with one touchdown. Wyatts also had one rushing touchdown. KJ Redmon led on the rush, however, accumulating 132 yards for three touchdowns. Fairborn’s defense held Stebbins to just 11 yards rushing through four quarters. Stebbins...
High School Football Week 6: A big test arises for Kenton Ridge

High School Football Week 6: A big test arises for Kenton Ridge

Kenton Ridge gets a good indication tonight of where it stands in the football world. The Cougars have played to a 4-1 record so far. But in those four wins, two of the opponents are winless and the other two have one win each. That changes tonight when Jonathan Alder comes to Kenton Ridge for a Central Buckeye Division Kenton Trail Division clash. Alder is also 4-1 heading into the division opener...
GWOC National East revs up with unbeaten Centerville at Wayne

GWOC National East revs up with unbeaten Centerville at Wayne

The rivalry between the Centerville and Wayne high school football programs should match previous highs on Friday night at Huber Heights. This has evolved into the area’s best big-school matchup since Wayne landed an upset defeat of the Elks in the early 1980s. Centerville, led by first-year coach Brent Ullery, is 5-0 following last week’s 31-19 defeat of visiting Springboro. Wayne (4-1)...
Cox Media’s Week 6 prep football coverage schedule

Cox Media’s Week 6 prep football coverage schedule

Week 6 of high school football is upon us, and Cox Media Group Ohio will be all over Southwest Ohio covering games Thursday and Friday. 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): Fairfield at Sycamore, 7 p.m., Rick Cassano @rickcassano Brookville at Oakwood, 7 p.m., Nick Dudukovich @DukeofNick...
Area high schools rally in support of hurricane victims

Area high schools rally in support of hurricane victims

The plan to help started out simple enough: collect 20 T-shirts and 10 pairs of shoes to donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. “I told my son (Aidan) I thought we could do it … literally not having any idea what we were getting ourselves into,” said Matt Somerlot, Centerville High School’s boys and girls track coach and assistant cross-country coach. The effort &mdash...
Kenton Ridge, Jonathan Alder bands to play special half-time show

Kenton Ridge, Jonathan Alder bands to play special half-time show

Kenton Ridge football fans attending the game against the Jonathan Alder Pioneers are in for a special treat. The marching bands for both schools will be playing together in a special half-time show Friday night. The game will take place at Kenton Ridge High School and kick-off is set for 7 p.m. »RELATED: Lemen, Jenkins power Kenton Ridge past Graham The idea came about because Alder band director...