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Wright State to face coach’s son in basketball exhibition

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy knows he can count on his wife’s support at games this season, of course, but he’s not expecting her to be in his corner when his team hosts Wayne State in an exhibition in two weeks. That’s because son Tyler is a senior guard for the Division II school from Nebraska. And if Jamie Nagy is forced to choose between pulling for her husband or...
Wright State’s Welch named Horizon League preseason player of year

Wright State’s Welch named Horizon League preseason player of year

Wright State guard Chelsea Welch was named the Horizon League preseason player of the year today in a vote of coaches, media and sports information directors. The senior from Fairmont High School averaged 18.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season. The last Raider to earn the league’s top preseason honor was Kim Demmings in 2014-15. »RELATED: Deeper roster a good feeling for...
Wright State senior sidelined by surgery, could miss opener

Wright State senior sidelined by surgery, could miss opener

Grant Benzinger will play a key role in the success of Wright State basketball this season, but the senior from Cincinnati might not be ready to play when the Raiders open at Loyola on Nov. 10. Benzinger underwent hernia surgery this week to repair a nagging injury that apparently flared up on a goodwill trip to China this summer. »ARCHDEACON: China trip life-changing for Benzinger “They&rsquo...
College basketball: Proven scorers, newcomers give Wright State hope

College basketball: Proven scorers, newcomers give Wright State hope

Mark Alstork has transferred to Illinois, and Steven Davis has graduated and is playing overseas. But even though that pair combined to average 34 points per game for Wright State last season, second-year coach Scott Nagy isn’t concerned about replacing their production. He knows he has proven scorers in seniors Justin Mitchell and Grant Benzinger, and he sees plenty of potential in newcomers...
Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

Sports Today: Bengals need to unlock what made Hue Jackson-Andy Dalton duo a success

The Cincinnati Bengals play the Cleveland Browns this week.  That not only (almost) guarantees at least one of Ohio’s NFL teams will have a win to begin October, it also opens the door to all sorts of interesting subplots thanks to the man who coaches the Browns.  Hue Jackson was honest yesterday on a conference call with Cincinnati reporters when he was asked if he thought both of...
Wright State’s Nagy hopes scandal leads to change in college hoops

Wright State’s Nagy hopes scandal leads to change in college hoops

A recruiting scandal rocked college basketball Tuesday. Four assistant coaches from major programs — Oklahoma State, Arizona, Auburn and Southern California — were arrested by the FBI. Six other people were arrested. All face charges involving bribery, conspiracy and fraud. The aftershocks continued Wednesday with Louisville putting head coach Rick Pitino...
Deeper roster ‘a good feeling’ for Wright State women’s basketball

Deeper roster ‘a good feeling’ for Wright State women’s basketball

Wright State women’s basketball coach Katrina Merriweather has all five starters back from a team that went 25-9 last year and seized its first Horizon League regular-season title. And those veterans have looked faster, stronger and better to her during preseason workouts, which means she shouldn’t have to do much more than just turn them loose when practice starts Monday, right? Uh, not...
Wright State names new softball coach

Wright State names new softball coach

Laura Matthews is the new softball coach at Wright State University, associate athletic director Joylynn Brown announced Thursday. Matthews, a 2008 Univeristy of Dayton grad, spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Wittenberg University. “We are excited to have Laura lead our softball program,” Brown said in a release. “She brings great experience and success to our team...
Wright State cross-country picking up the pace

Wright State cross-country picking up the pace

Wright State cross-country coach Rick Williamson isn’t concerned about results in September. He’s more focused on building toward the NCAA pre-nationals Oct. 14 and the Horizon League meet two weeks after that. But he doesn’t want his athletes to hold back if a victory is there for the taking, and junior Hailey Brumfield stormed to an individual title to lead the Raiders to the overall...
Wright State to open Horizon League schedule vs. UIC

Wright State to open Horizon League schedule vs. UIC

The Wright State men’s basketball team will play at least one time on national TV and possibly once more during Horizon League action, according to the conference schedule released Wednesday. The Raiders will play on either ESPN2 or ESPNU when they visit Detroit Mercy on Friday, Jan. 5. Northern Kentucky and Oakland also will play that night on one of those two networks. Wright State has another...
Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Hey Dayton, Ohio State, Xavier and Cincinnati: Let’s have a tourney

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann’s openness to getting the Buckeyes and some of the best basketball programs in the state together in the future rekindled thoughts of an idea I’ve had for more than a decade. Let’s do a yearly tournament featuring colleges from around the state. To get an idea of what that might look like, I drew up a 12-team bracket this morning...
Trip to Georgia Tech highlights WSU’s non-league schedule

Trip to Georgia Tech highlights WSU’s non-league schedule

Wright State announced its non-league men’s basketball schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the home opener Nov. 18 against Murray State and a Dec. 22 road game at Georgia Tech. The Raiders will begin coach Scott Nagy’s second season with a home exhibition against Wayne State on Nov. 3. The regular season opener is Nov. 10 at Loyola (Ill.). The non-league slate features seven home games and...
WSU announces non-league basketball schedule

WSU announces non-league basketball schedule

The Wright State men’s basketball team announced its non-league schedule Tuesday, highlighted by the home opener Nov. 18 against Murray State and a Dec. 22 road game at Georgia Tech. ›› RELATED: WSU’s Davis ready for new basketball adventure The Raiders will begin Scott Nagy’s second season at the helm with a home exhibition against Wayne State on Nov. 3. The regular...
WSU’s Davis ready for new basketball venture

WSU’s Davis ready for new basketball venture

Steven Davis spent five years at Wright State and was enjoying himself so much that he was hoping to stay even longer. He missed a full year and more than half of another season because of a foot injury. Coach Scott Nagy sought a sixth year for the 6-foot-8 forward under the NCAA’s medical-redshirt policy, but the request was denied — to the disappointment of both parties. “I had...
Wright State grad Davis signs with European team

Wright State grad Davis signs with European team

Former Wright State forward Steven Davis has signed a contract with Egis Körmend in Hungary. Davis scored 637 points during his four seasons with the Raiders, including 477 last year when the 6-foot-8 Indianapolis native was second on the team with a 14.9 ppg average. His 4.3 rebounds per game were fourth most of the team. Davis represented WSU in the NCAA Slam Dunk Contest in March, but...
Wright State’s Benzinger to play basketball in China

Wright State’s Benzinger to play basketball in China

Grant Benzinger has been on some memorable road trips during his three seasons at Wright State, but what awaits him next month is likely to top all of them. Benzinger will join nine other players, including Longwood University forward and Dunbar graduate Damarion Geter, as part of the USA Eagles basketball team on a two-week tour of China. “I’m not really sure what to expect, but I&rsquo...
Centerville native, former Wright State golfer Sipe wins Ohio Amateur

Centerville native, former Wright State golfer Sipe wins Ohio Amateur

Austin Sipe built a five-shot lead after the third round of the Ohio Amateur, but he knew it wasn’t an insurmountable margin — not at Springfield Country Club with trouble lurking everywhere. That’s why he went straight to the practice green after signing his scorecard, spending his time drilling five-foot putts before heading home. “Our here, you’re going to get a lot...
Centerville’s Sipe leads Ohio Am, Springfield’s Wells tied for third

Centerville’s Sipe leads Ohio Am, Springfield’s Wells tied for third

Knowing the Springfield Country Club course and its tricky idiosyncrasies has helped three local players put themselves atop the leaderboard this week at the Ohio Amateur. Luke Wells, a 16-year-old rising junior at Springfield High School, is sure to know which way is south when he’s putting on his home course. “They’re always slower,” he said of uphill and downhill putts....
Donors meet deadline to save Wright State swimming and diving

Donors meet deadline to save Wright State swimming and diving

The Wright State swimming and diving teams will be back in the pool in 2017-18 thanks to fundraising efforts that have saved the program. Scheduled to be a part of the university’s $30.8 million in budget cuts, the swimming and diving program met the June 30 deadline to raise $85,000 to keep the men’s and women’s teams afloat. “We are happy to have the swimming and diving teams...
A’s promote former Wright State catcher Murphy

A’s promote former Wright State catcher Murphy

The Oakland A’s promoted former Wright State catcher Sean Murphy to Double-A on Wednesday. The Centerville High School graduate hit .297 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs for the Single-A Stockton Ports and was voted to the California League All-Star Game. Murphy, whom the A’s drafted in the third round in 2016, will play in Double-A for the Midland RockHounds in the Texas League.
Horizon League votes to accept IUPUI as member

Horizon League votes to accept IUPUI as member

The Horizon League Board of Directors on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis as a league member. IUPUI replaces Valparaiso, which left to join the Missouri Valley Conference last month. The Jaguars officially will join the Horizon League on July 1, and will begin competing in the 2017-18 academic year. ›› INITIAL REPORT: Source confirms...
Former Wright State coach Donlon changing jobs again

Former Wright State coach Donlon changing jobs again

Former Wright State men’s basketball coach Billy Donlon is joining Northwestern after spending the the 2016-17 season as an assistant at Michigan. It was Northwestern coach Chris Collins who helped Donlon land the job at Michigan following his firing after six seasons as head coach at Wright State. The move to Northwestern, which made its first NCAA tournament appearance in school history...
Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

Sports Today: Surprise stars help Reds salvage weekend

The heroes yesterday were exactly who we all would have expected before the season began: Scott Feldman and Scooter Gennett.  Feldman pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits to the best offense in baseball.  He improved to 6-5 overall and lowered his ERA to 4.07.  Feldman has the only two wins for a Reds starter in the last 17 games if you want to know how things...
Q&A with Wright State coach Scott Nagy

Q&A with Wright State coach Scott Nagy

At this time last year, Scott Nagy was two months into his tenure as Wright State basketball coach and still looking for a house and a staff of assistants. And while he’s enjoying more stability and comfort on those fronts, this is another offseason of change with the Raiders dealing with the unexpected loss of two key players in Ryan Custer, who was paralyzed in off-campus accident in April...
Source says Horizon League has invited IUPUI as 10th member

Source says Horizon League has invited IUPUI as 10th member

The Horizon League has extended an invitation to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a league source confirmed to the Dayton Daily News. HL commissioner Jon LeCrone declined to name the school but confirmed the board of directors voted last Friday to extend an invitation to a single member school and that he expects that invitation to be accepted shortly. “We most likely will...
WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

WSU basketball facing big changes for second year in a row

One year after changing coaches, the Wright State basketball team is undergoing another significant transformation this summer with an influx of new faces. The Raiders have six players whose next appearance in a game will be their first at WSU, and that’s making this summer’s workouts feel a little like last year’s when everyone was trying to get a feel for Scott Nagy’s system...
Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Wright State pitcher signs with Padres

Former Wright State pitcher Danny Sexton announced Thursday he has signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres. Sexton was a second-team All-Horizon League selection as a junior this spring, going 8-2 with a 2.78 ERA. Two of the left-hander’s victories came against nationally ranked Clemson and South Carolina. Sexton led the HL in batters struck out looking (29), was tied for second in...
WSU pitcher Ryan Weiss Freshman All-American

WSU pitcher Ryan Weiss Freshman All-American

Wright State University pitcher Ryan Weiss was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday. From South Elgin, Illinois, Weiss was the Horizon League freshman of the year this season and was first team all-league. He led the league in ERA (2.13), tied for first in strikeouts (53) and tired for second in wins (five). He is the sixth Raider to earn freshman All-American honors since...
Wright State players visit teammate Ryan Custer in Chicago

Wright State players visit teammate Ryan Custer in Chicago

The Wright State basketball team is making a rare summer road trip, traveling to Chicago to visit injured teammate Ryan Custer. The Raiders piled into a pair of vans early Friday morning to make the five-hour drive to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, where Custer is rehabbing following an April 8 accident that left him paralyzed. Teammates made multiple visits to see Custer when he was at the University...
WSU routs NKU to advance in Horizon baseball tournament

WSU routs NKU to advance in Horizon baseball tournament

Gabe Snyder went 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs, and Horizon League Freshman of the Year Ryan Weiss held Northern Kentucky to two runs through seven innings as Wright State rolled to a 12-2 victory Thursday in the conference tournament at Granderson Field in Chicago. The second-seeded Raiders (37-19) advance to play No. 1 seed Illinois-Chicago at 1 p.m. Friday. The Flames knocked off...
Horizon Leagues eyes expansion as Valpo departs for Missouri Valley

Horizon Leagues eyes expansion as Valpo departs for Missouri Valley

Commissioner Jon LeCrone said the focus of the Horizon League is not to find one school to replace Valparaiso, which announced Thursday it is leaving for the Missouri Valley Conference, but rather to target multiple candidates to fulfill the league’s mission of expansion. “These transitions are always interesting in that I always see them as new beginnings, and it really creates some energy...
It’s official: Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

It’s official: Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

Wright State rival Valparaiso announced it is leaving the Horizon League for the Missouri Valley Conference on Thursday. The move comes 16 days after the MVC extended the invitation and less than 24 hours after the Valpo baseball season ended with a first-round loss to Oakland in the HL tournament. Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone, who said two weeks ago the conference was prepared for...
Former WSU guard Alstork will play senior season at Big Ten school

Former WSU guard Alstork will play senior season at Big Ten school

Former Wright State guard Mark Alstork announced Wednesday he will play his senior season at Illinois. The Dayton native and Thurgood Marshall graduate chose the Illini over Pittsburgh, South Carolina and LSU. “The fans there were just remarkable to me and made me feel at home from Day 1,” Alstork told 93.5 FM in Champaign, Ill. “The coaching staff made me feel very comfortable,...
WSU baseball loaded with confidence heading into HL tournament

WSU baseball loaded with confidence heading into HL tournament

The Wright State baseball team may not be the top seed for this week’s Horizon League tournament, but the Raiders certainly feel as though they’re the team to beat. Not only has WSU won the last two championships, the Raiders have reached the championship game in seven of the last eight seasons. “We’re the only team here that’s ever had an experience winning a conference...
5 Raiders earn HL postseason awards

5 Raiders earn HL postseason awards

Five Wright State baseball players earned all-league recognition when the Horizon League announced its postseason awards Tuesday. Freshman pitcher Ryan Weiss was selected as the Freshman of the Year and joined second baseman Matt Morrow on the first team, while junior pitcher Danny Sexton, junior pitcher Derek Hendrixson and freshman third baseman Seth Gray made second team. This is the fourth consecutive...
Sports Today: Reds top Indians, Joey Votto claps back, more recruiting updates

Sports Today: Reds top Indians, Joey Votto claps back, more recruiting updates

The Reds beat the Indians last night, but I’m still pretty much over interleague play.  As for the game, Jim Kelch said this on the radio broadcast, but it bears repeating: That was a textbook 2017 Reds win. Journeyman starter pitches six strong innings, three best relievers back it up with shutout ball.  Offense scores early to get a lead and tacks on late with some small...
Decision on new college home coming soon for former Wright State standout Mark Alstork

Decision on new college home coming soon for former Wright State standout Mark Alstork

Mark Alstork, the former Wright State guard looking for a new home via graduate transfer, is almost ready to put his latest round of recruiting behind him. “It’s tough,” said the Thurgood Marshall grad Monday night. “It’s one of the biggest decisions of my life.” He’s set to choose Wednesday from a final four of South Carolina, LSU, Illinois and Pittsburgh...
Former Wright State rival headed to Xavier

Former Wright State rival headed to Xavier

A former Wright State rival is headed to Xavier after Kerem Kanter withdrew his name from consideration in the NBA Draft on Monday. XU coach Chris Mack announced that Kanter, a 6-foot-10 forward who played for Wisconsin-Green Bay from 2014-17, signed an athletic financial aid agreement. ›› RELATED: WSU cuts swimming programs amid budget crisis A native of Turkey, Kanter averaged 11.3...
WSU’s Weiss wins HL Pitcher of Week award

WSU’s Weiss wins HL Pitcher of Week award

Wright State freshman Ryan Weiss has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for Friday’s performance against Illinois-Chicago. A 6-foot-4 right-hander, Weiss limited the Flames to two runs on three hits in six innings, leading the Raiders to a 3-2 victory that drew them into a first-place tie heading into the final game of the regular season. After allowing a two-run homer in the...
Wright State falls to UIC, settles for No. 2 seed

Wright State falls to UIC, settles for No. 2 seed

Wright State dropped its winner-take-all baseball game to the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames on Saturday, 5-2, and will take the No. 2 seed into next week’s Horizon League tournament. UIC will host the tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Raiders had taken the first two games of the series and had to sweep to win the regular season conference title. Stress and adversity arrived in multiple...
Sports casualty of Wright State cuts: Swimming, diving programs

Sports casualty of Wright State cuts: Swimming, diving programs

Wright State is eliminating its men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as part of the $30.3 million in budget cuts announced at the university board of trustees meeting Friday morning. »RELATED: Wright State hits its ‘low point’ with announcement of layoffs, budget cuts The move is expected to save approximately $500,000 annually in scholarships...
WSU tuning in to tune up for huge baseball series vs. UIC

WSU tuning in to tune up for huge baseball series vs. UIC

The Wright State baseball players are spending the week leading up to the biggest series of the year with some binge watching. Or perhaps it would best be labeled “cringe watching.” On the heels of getting swept at Illinois-Chicago on Saturday — and on the cusp of needing to sweep the Flames this weekend to win the Horizon League regular-season title — the Raiders spent all...
UIC blanks Wright State softball in HL tournament

UIC blanks Wright State softball in HL tournament

Top-seed Illinois-Chicago made a couple of early runs stand up Thursday for a 2-0 victory against Wright State in the Horizon League tournament. The loss drops the fourth-seeded Raiders into the losers bracket, where they are scheduled to face No. 5 seed Detroit in an elimination game Thursday night. WSU beat the Titans 2-1 in eight innings in the first round. &rsaquo...
Susor rallies Raiders in HL softball opener

Susor rallies Raiders in HL softball opener

Honnah Susor tied the game with a triple in the fifth and won it with a triple in the eighth as the Wright State softball team rallied for a 2-1 victory Wednesday against Detroit in the first round of the Horizon League tournament. Susor, who on Tuesday was named first team All-HL for the second year in a row, led off the bottom of the eighth by rounding the bases on a triple and error for the walk-off...
HL commissioner says conference prepared for Valpo depature

HL commissioner says conference prepared for Valpo depature

The Missouri Valley Conference announced Tuesday it has extended an invitation to Valparaiso University, one of Wright State’s top rivals in the Horizon League. In a statement posted to the MVC Twitter account, the conference said the invitation is for Valpo to become a member on July 1, and added “there will be no further comment, pending the negotiation of terms.” A spokesperson...
Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

Wright State rival leaving Horizon League

The Missouri Valley Conference on Tuesday announced it has extended an invitation to Valparaiso University, one of Wright State’s top rivals in the Horizon League. In a statement posted to the MVC Twitter account, the conference said the invitation is for Valpo to become a member on July 1, and added “there will be no further comment, pending the negotiation of terms.” Valparaiso...
Wright State softball puts two on All-HL first team

Wright State softball puts two on All-HL first team

The Horizon League announced its softball postseason awards Tuesday, and Wright State junior outfielder Honnah Susor and sophomore catcher Macy Cook earned spots on the first team. Susor finished in the top three in eight offensive categories, including first in triples (six) and third in batting average (.379). She ranked second in runs scored (39), stolen bases (22) and on-base percentage (.472)...
Sports Today: Reds pop Pirates, Michigan talks trash after another loss, bad news for Dayton

Sports Today: Reds pop Pirates, Michigan talks trash after another loss, bad news for Dayton

The Cincinnati Reds have a chance to win their four-game series with the Pirates today after topping them 7-2 last night.  Billy Hamilton slapped a three-run homer for the home team, and Rookie Davis pitched five shutout innings en route to his first major-league win.  Devin Mesoraco also hit his first home run of the season.  Tim Adleman takes the ball today against Ivan Nova as the...
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