You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Male victim, 16, identified in West Liberty school shooting

Midwest League All-Star game to showcase Dayton

The Dayton Dragons didn’t have to make any bids, or go to any extravagant means, to secure the 2013 Midwest League All-Star game, scheduled for tonight at Fifth Third Field at 7. It was just their turn.

The Midwest League rotates the game among the teams in the league. Dayton last hosted in 2001, a year after the team debuted — 2013 came it was time again.

The advance notice doesn’t diminish the amount of work. The team put together a committee of six staff members after last year’s game, hosted by Kane County. The committee began making a plan, including festivities at the game, special events around town, as well as events for guests who attend the game.

Dragons general manager and executive vice president Gary Mayse said it took the whole 12 months since last year’s game for the event to come together.

“We have a committee that was put together, that was headed up by myself and another gentlemen, vice president of sponsor services Brad Eaton,” Mayse said. “It’s a committee of six people working on an itinerary over the last 10 to 12 months. That’s everything from getting hotels secured, setting up entertainment activities at Fraze (Pavilion), working with them on entertainment needs, setting up excursions and other things.

“We made it possible that our guests have the opportunity to visit The Greene for an afternoon or go to the Air Force Museum.”

The Dragons hosted a block party at the Fraze on Monday, which included performances from the Dragons’ Green Team and mascots, as well as a Jimmy Buffett cover band. Players were available for autographs.

The home run derby is today at 5:30 p.m. and will feature four players from the Eastern and Western Divisions, as well as two local Little League players on each team. Dancers will perform on the dugouts in between innings, and there will also be a flyover of Fifth Third Field from the Celebration of Flight.

The game in 2001 coincided with the 100th anniversary of minor league baseball. Players in that game wore throwback jerseys, which was part of a theme for the whole game. This year, Mayse said the team kept Dayton in mind while planning entertainment.

“Dayton is rich in the arts,” Mayse said. “We are also trying to put on events that pertain to the history of Dayton and put a spotlight on the city.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

What to watch this weekend in sports
What to watch this weekend in sports

The NFL’s conference championship games are this weekend, but that’s not all.  Here is what you’ll want to watch this weekend in sports:  Archie Miller’s crew plays host to Saint Louis at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.  No. 2 Louisville is at No. 10 Florida State on ESPN at 2 p.m.  At 4, flip it over to CBS...
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness

It’s never to early to think about the NCAA tournament. Seven weeks before Selection Sunday, here’s a rundown of where the Dayton Flyers (14-4) stand in the minds of the experts as they seek a school record fourth straight trip to the big dance. With an RPI of 26, Dayton’s chances look good at this point, but its shortage of top-50...
Bengals sign kicker Brown
Bengals sign kicker Brown

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said there will be an open competition for the kicking job in 2017, and the team announced the first participant in that battle today with the signing of Jonathan Brown to a Reserves/Future contract. Brown originally joined the Bengals in May as an undrafted college free agent, but he suffered a foot injury...
Falcons player’s wife goes into labor during playoff win
Falcons player’s wife goes into labor during playoff win

Chipper Jones wasn’t the only Atlanta sports figure anxiously awaiting the birth of a child. Falcons offensive guard Andy Levitre and his wife, Katie, were also expecting a birth.  As the Falcons played the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday in the NFC Divisional playoff game, Katie Levitre went into labor while watching the game at...
Recruiting roundup: Nick Saban hits area, Danny Davis connects with Wisconsin, MSU moving on Dunbar, etc.
Recruiting roundup: Nick Saban hits area, Danny Davis connects with Wisconsin, MSU moving on Dunbar, etc.

When you play football as well as we do in the Miami Valley, colleges are bound to want some of your players.  Here’s a look at some of the latest developments on the recruiting front.    A 247Sports composite four-star, Davis is the top-rated senior in the area who has not verbally committed.  Earlier this week, he told Rivals...
More Stories