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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...
Wright State adds another basketball recruit

Wright State adds another basketball recruit

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy announced Friday that James Manns signed a university letter of intent to play for the Raiders. A 6-foot-7 forward from Columbus, Manns averaged 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists as a senior at Walnut Ridge High School in 2015-16. Last season he played for Kingston Academy in Middletown, averaging 16 points, seven rebounds and one assist. “James...
Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

Sports Today: NFL draft, Anthony Grant speaks, Reds struggles continue

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah posted a trio of interesting tweets last night, one of which figures to impact the Cincinnati Bengals.  Defense is a bigger need, but Christian McCaffrey could have a transformative effect on a Bengals offense that might need to be at least a poor man’s Greatest Show on Turf to get the team back to the playoffs.  The Bengals aren’t in the market...
WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

WSU’s Wenzler falls in playoff at HL golf championship

After rallying from five strokes down with four holes to play, Wright State senior golfer Ryan Wenzler fell in a one-hole playoff Tuesday in the Horizon League championships at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. Wenzler, the Horizon League Golfer of the Year and defending champion, began the day with a four-stroke lead after shooting 2 under par through the first 36 holes. But Cleveland State’s Anton...
New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

New Wright State scholarship offers include son of former Cincinnati Bengal

The Wright State Raiders are in pursuit of a 7-foot-1 high school center with a famous last name. Jake Walter, a junior 2018 prospect from Covington (Ky.) Catholic, tweeted Monday night he received a slew of scholarship offers, including one from WSU.  Walter is the son of Joe Walter, who played offensive line for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1985-97.  The younger Walter also reported receiving...
Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Wright State transfer visits Dayton Flyers

Could Wright State’s loss be the Dayton Flyers’ gain? Mark Alstork, the Raiders’ leading scorer last season, told this new organization he visited the University of Dayton on Monday night. National basketball analyst Pat Lawless was the first to report the news.  Alstork is a Thurgood Marshall graduate who spent a season at Ball State before transferring to WSU. He requested...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Recruiting: Trotwood-Madison’s Torrey Patton sets signing date

Recruiting: Trotwood-Madison’s Torrey Patton sets signing date

Wright State and Miami University are among the finalists for Trotwood-Madison star guard Torrey Patton. The 6-foot-4 senior listed his top five yesterday on Twitter and set a commitment date of April 25. That is the day the Ohio Division II Co-Player of the Year will choose between WSU, Miami, Duquesne, Akron and Robert Morris. Those schools all offered in the past couple of weeks after he starred...
WSU basketball player out of surgery and recovering 

WSU basketball player out of surgery and recovering 

Ryan Custer, the Wright State University basketball player injured diving into a makeshift pool near Miami University, is out of surgery and recovering in his room, according to a social media page dedicated to his progress. Doctors informed the family that the procedure went well, according to posts to the Facebook page from Custer’s father. Custer is the third person in the world to get a...
Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Sports Today: Reds best start since 1990, Ohio State spring winding down, NBA playoffs, etc. 

Trying not to get carried away with the Cincinnati Reds’ hot start?  I say, “Why bother?”  DRINK IT UP! Enjoy the ride!  Print out the story with the headline, “Young Reds enjoying best start since 1990” and roll around in it if you want.  It could end at any moment.  For now take their sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at face value. It was a thorough...
Prep guard from Louisville signs with Wright State

Prep guard from Louisville signs with Wright State

The Wright State basketball team received a National Letter of Intent from Jaylon Hall on Wednesday. A 6-foot-5 guard from Doss High School in Louisville, Ky., Hall averaged 19 points, 4.0 rebounds., 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals for the Dragons as a senior. He topped the 1,000-point mark this year and was named the Region Player of the Year. Doss also was a candidate for the Mr. Basketball award. &ldquo...
Wright State, Miami University both offer Trotwood’s Torrey Patton

Wright State, Miami University both offer Trotwood’s Torrey Patton

Less than three weeks ago, Trotwood-Madison guard Torrey Patton was without a Division I basketball offer. Now the senior has multiple options for continuing his hoops career, including two close to home. Patton tweeted Wednesday afternoon he has received an offer from Wright State. That comes on the heels of offers from Miami University and Youngstown State.  After scoring 34 points in the Rams&rsquo...
WSU player nominated for Golden Spikes Award

WSU player nominated for Golden Spikes Award

Wright State junior pitcher Danny Sexton is one of 40 players on the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list, which was released Wednesday. The Golden Spikes Award is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. The winner will be announced June 29 in Los Angeles. Sexton is 6-0 in seven starts with a 1.22 ERA for the Raiders, who are 22-8 overall and 11-1 atop the Horizon...
Wright State coach on injury to Ryan Custer: “It’s certainly hit everybody hard”

Wright State coach on injury to Ryan Custer: “It’s certainly hit everybody hard”

Wright State basketball coach Scott Nagy said his team is hurting yet hopeful after freshman Ryan Custer fractured a C5 vertebrae and underwent spinal cord surgery Saturday following an accident at an off-campus party at Miami University. “It’s certainly hit everybody hard,” Nagy said. “It’s not an easy thing for anybody to deal with. But there’s also a lot...
Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

Sports Today: Reds top Cardinals, NHL playoffs coming, NFL draft speculation, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds are 4-2 after taking two of three games from the Cardinals in St. Louis over the weekend.  How about that?  As Tucker Barnhart predicted, Scott Feldman was much better in his second start than his first. The veteran struck out six, walked on and allowed four hits in six shutout innings yesterday. Adam Duvall and Joey Votto homered as the Reds romped 8-0.  Friday...
Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Sports Today: Basketball ratings, Friday night Big Ten football development, Ohio State updates and more

Revisiting a couple of past themes this morning: Big Ten Friday night football and Connecticut’s impact on the popularity of women’s basketball.  The ratings are in for South Carolina’s national championship win over Mississippi State.  ESPN sent out a glowing press release muddling TV viewers with streaming numbers, but Sports Media Watch has better perspective: ...
Alstork granted his release from Wright State

Alstork granted his release from Wright State

Mark Alstork’s basketball career at Wright State appears to be over after the junior guard requested a release from his scholarship. A Wright State spokesman said the university will grant the request. “It wasn’t me walking in and telling (coach Scott Nagy) I wanted my release papers,” Alstork said. “It was more me listening to him and seeing what he had to say before...
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