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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...
Family gives update on Ryan Custer’s condition

Family gives update on Ryan Custer’s condition

George and Kim Custer, the parents of injured Wright State basketball player Ryan Custer, held a brief press conference Tuesday to afternoon at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to give an update on their son’s condition and what lies ahead. George, who got emotional multiple times during his 3 1/2 minute statement, said Ryan is being considered for a stem cell study at Rush University...
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...
Alstork leaving options open, but focus set on NBA

Alstork leaving options open, but focus set on NBA

After leading Wright State in scoring last year and earning first-team All-Horizon League recognition, junior guard Mark Alstork has declared for the NBA Draft. “I feel like I can prove myself against any college player in the nation,” Alstork said. “I feel like I’m just as good as anybody. I just want to get my opportuunity to show it. And when that opportunity comes, I&rsquo...
Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

Sports Today: Grant’s challenge at Dayton, Ohio State’s rebuilds and reboots and the Reds are coming to town

As I wrote yesterday, I believe the Dayton Flyers’ hiring of Anthony Grant as head coach is a good move.  I’m a sucker for the homecoming angle, admittedly, but it’s not hard to see him as having a good mix of experiences that should make him a good fit.  He’s been around the block, but he’s still young enough to be here for a long time.  There&rsquo...
Davis exits dunk contest with groin injury

Davis exits dunk contest with groin injury

Wright State’s Steven Davis received a perfect score of 40 from the judges in the first round of the NCAA Slam Dunk Contest on Thursday night, but he injured his groin on his second attempt of the second round and was unable to finish. Davis’ first dunk came with some help from WSU assistant coach Sharif Chambliss. Standing a few feet behind the baseline, Davis ran toward the rim from...
Former Wright State standout Thomasson signs NBA D-League contract

Former Wright State standout Thomasson signs NBA D-League contract

Former Wright State basketball standout Joe Thomasson has signed a contract with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League. The 6-foot-4, 165-pound Thomasson most recently played for CS Dinamo Bucuresti of the Liga Nationala in Romania, averaging 11.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 33.2 minutes per game. In Thomasson’s two years at WSU, the Thurgood Marshall High School graduate averaged...
WSU golf program ‘floored’ by interim president’s comments about cuts

WSU golf program ‘floored’ by interim president’s comments about cuts

Wright State golfers and their coaches were “completely floored and taken back” by interim president Curtis McCray saying the school is looking at eliminating the program, according to Chris Schoonmaker, whose son Austin is a freshman on the team. “This guy has clearly been brought in to be the henchman so the new president can start out with a clean record, which makes sense, I...
Competitors announced to face WSU’s Davis in dunk contest

Competitors announced to face WSU’s Davis in dunk contest

Wright State senior Steven Davis found out Tuesday whom he will be competing against the NCAA Slam Dunk contest Wednesday night in Phoenix. Davis accepted an invitation to compete last week and at the time said he was trying to figure out who the other contestants were. The NCAA released the list Tuesday, and includes Vitto Brown, Wisconsin Antonius Cleveland, Southeast Missouri State Tyler Flack...
Wright State’s Pfeffer tabbed HL Player of Week

Wright State’s Pfeffer tabbed HL Player of Week

After upping her average to .450 with five doubles in five games last week, Wright State senior second baseman Libby Pfeffer has been named the Horizon League Player of the week. The Northmont grad went 9 for 17 last week with five doubles, seven RBIs and four runs scored. Two of the doubles and RBIs came in a 4-3 victory against Dayton in which Pfeffer also made a game-saving play for the final out...
Wright State’s Sexton wins Horizon League award

Wright State’s Sexton wins Horizon League award

Wright State junior left-hander Danny Sexton has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week following his performance Friday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Sexton threw eight shutout innings to help the Raiders win the opener of a three-game series against the Panthers 5-3. Sexton allowed three hits while striking out four and walking one. Wright State (15-7 overall, 6-0 HL) went on to sweep...
Wright State’s Bower honored by GLATA

Wright State’s Bower honored by GLATA

Becky Bower, the director of the Wright State athletic training program, brought home more than just some good memories and fun stories from the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association’s annual conference near Chicago earlier this month. Bower also returned with the 2017 GLATA Outstanding Educator Award and a decorative desk clock commemorating the presentation. “I was very honored,&rdquo...
UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached at Wright State, played at Miami

UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached at Wright State, played at Miami

Looking for a local connection to Friday night’s mega March Madness matchup between UCLA and Kentucky? Check out the Bruins’ bench. Ed Schilling is in his fourth season as an assistant to Steve Alford at UCLA. Wright State fans will remember Schilling as the head coach of the Raiders from 1998-2003. RELATED: Xavier still dancing Prior to that, Schilling was four-year starting point guard...
Wright State’s Davis dunking his way to national stage

Wright State’s Davis dunking his way to national stage

Steven Davis will get to wear his Wright State jersey one more time. The WSU senior has been chosen to compete in this year’s Slam Dunk contest at the Final Four in Phoenix on Thursday, March 30. “I thought I had a chance to get into it, so I’m looking forward to it,” Davis said. “I’ve been practicing, trying some new stuff. I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve...
Wright State’s Davis chosen for dunk contest

Wright State’s Davis chosen for dunk contest

Steven Davis will get to wear his Wright State jersey one more time. The WSU senior has been chosen to compete in this year’s Slam Dunk contest at the Final Four in Phoenix on Thursday, March 30. The complete list of participants has to be announced. Davis made SportsCenter in December with a huge dunk against Urbana. The Slam Dunk contest, along with the men’s and women’s 3-point...
WSU’s Collins earns another pitching honor

WSU’s Collins earns another pitching honor

The season is barely a month old and already Wright State senior left-hander Zane Collins has won two Horizon League Pitcher of the Week awards, the second of which was announced Monday. Collins capped a three-game sweep of Valparaiso on Sunday, holding the Crusaders scoreless through six innings on the way to a 7-0 win for the Raiders in the first HL series of the year. ›› RELATED:...
Tom Archdeacon: Ex-Wright State coach a lucky man — just ask him

Tom Archdeacon: Ex-Wright State coach a lucky man — just ask him

It was St. Patrick’s Day. Billy Donlon is Irish and as he stood in the dressing room at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse after Michigan had edged Oklahoma State, 92-91, in the NCAA Tournament, he talked about his luck: Not that the Wolverines had come from seven down to outlast the most prolific offensive team in the nation. Not that he had caught on with a premier team — he’s Michigan...
Wright State women edge CMU to advance in WNIT

Wright State women edge CMU to advance in WNIT

A quick change by Mackenzie Taylor paid off big for Wright State in a Women’s National Invitational Tournament game on Thursday at the Nutter Center. Central Michigan led by one point with under a minute left when the Raiders called a play designed for Taylor to shoot a 3-pointer. Instead, Taylor dribbled inside and laid a shot off the glass with 49 seconds left. The basket gave the Raiders...
Donlon reflects on fun 12 months since firing at WSU

Donlon reflects on fun 12 months since firing at WSU

Last March Billy Donlon, distraught over being fired as Wright State basketball coach, drove to Indianapolis and cheered against Michigan in a Big 10 tournament game versus a Northwestern team guided by his childhood friend Chris Collins and high school coach Brian James. Almost a year to the day later, Donlon was back inside Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, this time wearing a maize block &lsquo...
Donlon says he has nothing but love for Wright State

Donlon says he has nothing but love for Wright State

On the one-year anniversary of the news breaking that he had been fired, former Wright State basketball coach Billy Donlon said the university still holds a special place in his heart. “I spent 10 years there, and I love that place,” Donlon said from a cramped coaches office at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, where he and the rest of the Michigan staff are preparing the Wolverines for...
Wright State earns berth in WNIT, will host first round

Wright State earns berth in WNIT, will host first round

The Wright State women have accepted a bid to continue their season in the WNIT and will host a first-round game Thursday against Central Michigan. The tip time has yet to be announced. It’s the fourth consecutive postseason berth for WSU (22-9) and third straight in the WNIT. The Raiders lost to Michigan in the first round last year and dropped an opening-round contest against Toledo in 2015...
March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

March Madness: 6 simple rules for picking the NCAA tournament this year

OK, the NCAA tournament bracket is out and you’re ready to dive in.  Here are some general tips to follow for putting together a winning bracket.  Many people make the mistake of automatically writing in the team that's already written on the bracket (instead of the blank awaiting the First Four winner), but that can come back to haunt you.  Follow Lionel Cartwright’s advice...
Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

Hartsock: Countdown to Selection Sunday

The Dayton Flyers lost their last two games of the season - the regular-season ender against George  Washington and their stunning loss to Davidson in the A-10 tournament,  despite Dayton being the tournament’s top seed. As Flyer fans anxiously await their team’s tourney face, Mike Hartsock counts down to Sunday’s selections. 
Weather forces Wright State baseball to alter weekend schedule

Weather forces Wright State baseball to alter weekend schedule

With snow and cold forecast for Saturday, the Wright State baseball team has altered its weekend schedule. The Raiders will play their home opener at noon Thursday against Ohio University, followed by a 4 p.m. game against Dayton. WSU will play its second game against OU at 3 p.m. Friday. The Raiders, who are off to a 7-4 start, will play their next seven games at Nischwitz Stadium, including a three-game...
Record-breaking Raiders: Five things to know about this season

Record-breaking Raiders: Five things to know about this season

The 82-77 loss to Northern Kentucky in the Horizon League tournament quarterfinals wasn’t the result Wright State coach Scott Nagy desired, but the reaction of his players – manifested in the red, tear-swollen eyes of junior guard Justin Mitchell during the postgame press conference – was exactly what he wanted to see. “This is what living feels like,” Nagy said...
Detroit women bury Wright State in fourth quarter

Detroit women bury Wright State in fourth quarter

The Wright State women missed 10 of their first 11 shots Monday night and still were ahead in their Horizon League semifinal game against Detroit. The shooting woes continued for the rest of the game, but the Raiders time in front did not as the Titans blew past them in the fourth quarter for a 71-52 upset at Joe Louis Arena. Third-seeded Detroit (18-13) advances to play top seed Green Bay in Tuesday&rsquo...
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Hot-shooting NKU eliminates Wright State

Hot-shooting NKU eliminates Wright State

The Madness in the Motor City, and the Wright State season, came to end Sunday night as No. 4 Northern Kentucky became the first higher seed to win with a 82-77 triumph of the No. 5 Raiders in the Horizon League tournament quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. NKU, which also won both regular-season games against Wright State, hit 14 consecutive field goals in the second half to offset the hot hand of...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Where Ohio State, Dayton, Wright State project in women’s NCAA tourney

Where Ohio State, Dayton, Wright State project in women’s NCAA tourney

Ohio State women’s basketball appears to have picked the right time to hit its stride. Despite losing the Big Ten’s leading rebounder (Stephanie Mavunga) to a foot injury in early February, coach Kevin McGuff’s Buckeyes have won 11 games in a row and enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 1 seed. They are ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press poll. ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme...
Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Sports Today: Local ties to coaching carousel, Reds lose again, Wayne DE picks Kentucky & other local gems 

Slow morning in the sports world, but that’s fine because it gives us a chance to round up some things we missed from a busy weekend.  Sports Illustrated had an interesting look around the college basketball world, identifying several local connections to what Pete Thamel expects to be a chaotic coaching carousel.  No surprise: Archie Miller’s name appears multiple times. ...
Wright State’s Mitchell believes Horizon League tourney is up for grabs

Wright State’s Mitchell believes Horizon League tourney is up for grabs

The 2016 Horizon League tournament is a painful memory for Justin Mitchell — never mind that Wright State pulled off three wins in three days to reach the title game. After beating UIC, Detroit and Oakland at Joe Louis Arena to put themselves one way away from just the program’s third NCAA tourney berth, the Raiders fizzled in a lopsided loss to Green Bay ....
WSU baseball scores another upset but falls out of Top 25

WSU baseball scores another upset but falls out of Top 25

The Wright State baseball team’s stay in the Top 25 has ended, but the Raiders’ run of upsets continued over the weekend. WSU beat No. 5 South Carolina 5-1 Sunday in the final of a three-game series that began with a 4-3 loss Friday night, followed by a 10-5 setback Saturday. The Raiders (3-3) entered the weekend ranked No. 25 in the Baseball America poll, their first appearance in school...
Davis pours in 27 points a Wright State rolls in regular-season finale

Davis pours in 27 points a Wright State rolls in regular-season finale

Steven Davis received a rousing ovation when he left the floor for the last time in his final home game, but the 6-foot-8 senior wasn’t satisfied. He waved his arms and cupped a hand to his ear to signal for more noise, as the crowd of 4,140 obliged. When you know you’ll never be showered with love like that again, you want to make it last as long as you can. Davis scored 21 of his game-high...
Wright State to honor Davis, La Tulip on Senior Day

Wright State to honor Davis, La Tulip on Senior Day

A lot of times a Senior Day ceremony will be an emotional culmination of a five-, sometimes six-year relationship that began with high school recruiting and traversed an intense, daily course through the most formative years of a player’s life. But today’s ceremony at the Nutter Center ahead of Wright State’s regular-season finale against Illinois-Chicago will be a little different...
College Basketball Preview: UIC at Wright State

College Basketball Preview: UIC at Wright State

Who: Illinois-Chicago (14-19, 7-10) at Wright State When: 2 p.m. Sunday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright States leads 28-27. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 19-11 at Wright State and 429-251 in 22 seasons overall. Steven McClain is 19-43 in two seasons at UIC and 176-158 in 11 seasons overall. Probable Wright State starters Steven Davis;6-8;Sr.;F;14.9 Mark Alstork;6-5;Jr.;G;19.1 Justin Mitchell;6-...
Turnovers doom WSU in loss to Valparaiso

Turnovers doom WSU in loss to Valparaiso

Valparaiso didn’t have Horizon League leading scorer and rebounder Alec Peters, but Shane Hammink — and a sloppy Wright State squad — gave the Crusaders all the offense they would need. Hammink scored a career-high 25 points, and the Raiders committed a season-high 22 turnovers to help Valpo rally from a 10-point deficit to score an 84-74 victory. “I’ve coached a long...
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