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Brian Plasters

Brian Plasters covers a wide range of sports at the Springfield News-Sun: high school football in the fall, boys basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. He's also the outdoors writer, and reports on everything from hunting to fishing to camping in Springfield. His beats cover Clark, Champaign and north Greene counties.Blog:Springfield OutdoorsBlog:Springfield Ohio Sports

Latest from Brian Plasters

Wildcats’ DePriest ready for Under Armour game

4:29 AM Sunday, Jan. 02, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — Trey DePriest is finished with high school, but area fans have one more chance to see him play prep football before he leaves for the University of Alabama. DePriest, a Springfield High School linebacker, will play in the Under Armour All-American game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The game will be played at Tropicana...
Boys basketball: Title races heat up in January
 It’s been a good season, so far, for area high school boys basketball teams. We’ll miss 2010, but here’s what we can look forward to in 2011. The OHC flexes its muscle: Greeneview, Catholic Central and West Liberty-Salem are undefeated in Ohio Heritage Conference play. They’ve done it with defense — each team...

2:03 AM Friday, Dec. 31, 2010

It’s been a good season, so far, for area high school boys basketball teams. We’ll miss 2010, but here’s what we can look forward to in 2011. The OHC flexes its muscle: Greeneview, Catholic Central and West Liberty-Salem are undefeated in Ohio Heritage Conference play. They’ve done it with defense — each team...
Boys Hoops Notes: Sectional finals only games to be held at arenas

3:02 AM Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — The first and second rounds of the boys basketball sectional tournament are going through some changes this year. Games at big college venues like UD Arena and Wright State’s Nutter Center will be moved to area high schools. In past seasons, area Divisions I and III sectional tournament games were held at UD Arena...
West Liberty boys turn it up for OHC play

3:00 AM Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010

WEST LIBERTY — When the West Liberty-Salem High School boys basketball team started the season 0-2, nobody panicked. The Tigers (4-2) scheduled Graham and Shawnee, two of the better basketball teams in the area, specifically in preparation for the league and tournament schedule. That decision has paid off with four straight wins in...
Defense key for Urbana boys basketball team

3:06 AM Friday, Dec. 24, 2010

URBANA — Going 5-0 is great, but it’s the way the Hillclimbers have done it that is impressive. The Urbana High School boys basketball team has allowed more than 50 points in a game only once this season (against Tecumseh). Using mostly a straight man-to-man defense, the Hillclimbers allow 41.6 points per game. Zach Stillings...
Boys Basketball: Central capitalizes on Southeastern's turnovers

4:07 AM Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Don’t turn your back on the Fighting Irish defense. You won’t have the basketball for long if you do. The Catholic Central High School boys basketball team forced 22 turnovers against Southeastern on Tuesday in a 57-34 Ohio Heritage Conference win. Every time a Southeastern player would dribble more than five...
Prep Boys Hoops Insider: Greeneview continues to shuffle its lineup and pile up wins
 JAMESTOWN — The players are almost the same, but the positions are not for the Greeneview High School boys basketball team. The biggest change for the Rams this season is the point guard position. Zach Raynor, a 6-foot-3 senior, was handling the ball until he was injured in the last week of the preseason. Evan Bradds, a 6-7 forward...

4:26 AM Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

JAMESTOWN — The players are almost the same, but the positions are not for the Greeneview High School boys basketball team. The biggest change for the Rams this season is the point guard position. Zach Raynor, a 6-foot-3 senior, was handling the ball until he was injured in the last week of the preseason. Evan Bradds, a 6-7 forward...
Prep Boys Hoops Notes: Urbana, Graham look strong in CBC Mad River

4:22 AM Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

Two teams are emerging as early leaders in the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division. The Urbana and Graham boys basketball teams are both 4-0 and 2-0 in the division. No other team in the Mad River has a winning record. Graham leads the 12-team CBC in points allowed (34.8). Urbana is third in points allowed (44.0) and scored (57...
Shawnee 57, Kenton Ridge 46: Poised Braves make key plays

4:22 AM Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Just when the Cougars would get close, the Braves pulled away. Whether it was a steal and an easy bucket or simply a man wide open under the basket, the Shawnee High School boys basketball team made plays when it needed them and showed its poise and experience with a 57-46 win over Clark County rival Kenton Ridge...
Free-throw shooting off target this season for boys

4:46 AM Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

SPRINGFIELD — Free throws are most definitely not free. Not for a few area boys basketball teams, anyway. Free-throw averages have slipped in recent years. Three weeks into this season, they’ve fallen off a cliff. Focus on the basket, bend the knees and follow through. Sounds easy, right? “Nobody’s guarding you, it&rsquo...
Like picks, decision to leave not guesswork

4:44 AM Friday, Dec. 17, 2010

In my first column writing as The Wizard, I correctly predicted 16 out of 18 winners for the opening week of the 2002 high school football season. “You will not find a Wizard unsure about himself or making half-hearted guesses,” I wrote in that column. My boldest pick was a South win against Princeton. The game was postponed halfway...