1. Trick or treat for Bengals: Thursday night games can be tricky with only three days to prepare. Will Bengals fans be treated to a victory or tricked by the Dolphins? Miami started the season 3-0, including an impressive win over the Indianapolis Colts, but have struggled since. The Dolphins are coming off a grudge-match game with the Patriots, which could make it tough to get back up for another game three days later.
2. Tough stretch for Browns: Consider it rivalry month for the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland hosts the dreaded Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in rematch of Ravens’ 14-6 win from Week 2. After a bye week, Cleveland returns to action Nov. 17 at Cincinnati and closes out the month hosting Pittsburgh on Nov. 24. The Browns beat the Bengals 17-6 in Week 4. They have yet to play the Steelers this season.
3. Preps coming down the homestretch: Boys and girls cross country runners take their turn at the state championships, running at National Trail Raceway on Saturday. Among the regional champions in contention are Tippecanoe’s Mitch Poynter (Division II), Oakwood’s Mary Kate Vaughn (D-II) and Russia’s Emily Borchers (D-III). We’ll know who is going to state in boys and girls soccer and volleyball by the end of the week as those sports enter regional play.
4. Demonz back on the ice: The Dayton Demonz have unfinished business this season. The hockey team stormed through the Federal Hockey League last season with a 42-6-2-1 record, but lost to Danville in the FHL championships. Dayton opens the season at Danville on Friday and hosts Danville at Hara Arena on Saturday.
5. Queen pin: Stebbins bowler Sierra Kanemoto competes for the Teen Masters Championship in Las Vegas on Friday. Kanemoto is one of four remaining bowlers battling for the national championship honors and the $64,000 prize. The event starts in the morning at Red Rock VIP Lanes in Vegas. The championship follows at South Point Arena that evening.