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For Catholic Central track team, it’s all about the numbers
 The Catholic Central track team never goes to a meet or an invitational thinking about winning the overall title — not with just 12 girls and 10 boys on the roster. “I keep telling them it’s all about PRs, personal records,” coach Mike McKenna said. “I want them to do the best they can, improve what they&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Catholic Central track team never goes to a meet or an invitational thinking about winning the overall title — not with just 12 girls and 10 boys on the roster. “I keep telling them it’s all about PRs, personal records,” coach Mike McKenna said. “I want them to do the best they can, improve what they&rsquo...
Shawnee track a staple for other sports, too
 Shawnee has roughly 100 boys and girls on the track team this spring, which makes for an imposing sight when they show up for meets on multiple buses. But while he’s happy to have such a sizable turnout, coach Mike Garberich knows most of his athletes are competing only to get better in their primary sports — and he’s OK...

Posted: 10 days ago

Shawnee has roughly 100 boys and girls on the track team this spring, which makes for an imposing sight when they show up for meets on multiple buses. But while he’s happy to have such a sizable turnout, coach Mike Garberich knows most of his athletes are competing only to get better in their primary sports — and he’s OK...
Boys Tennis: Springfield Wildcats seek eighth straight winning season
 Andrea Whitacre coached boys varsity tennis at Springfield North for seven years before giving it up when the school merged with South in 2008 — not that she hasn’t been busy. She teaches full time at Keifer Alternative School and has two children, ages 3 and 7, who require plenty of attention. But she returned to coach the varsity...

Posted: 14 days ago

Andrea Whitacre coached boys varsity tennis at Springfield North for seven years before giving it up when the school merged with South in 2008 — not that she hasn’t been busy. She teaches full time at Keifer Alternative School and has two children, ages 3 and 7, who require plenty of attention. But she returned to coach the varsity...
Softball players bolster young Southeastern track team

Posted: 16 days ago

Southeastern track coach Tracy Lau would prefer not having to share her athletes with other spring sports, but she knows it’s become a common occurrence at smaller schools, and she’s happy to have the help. Senior Maddy McKee and sophomore Leslie Flores are primarily softball players and join the track team when they can. That&rsquo...
Kenton Ridge shooting for elusive CBC track title
 The Kenton Ridge track program is producing some standout individuals. Senior Jamari McDavid is a state long jump champion, senior Cal Phillips placed fifth in the state last year in that event, and senior Nik Wonder advanced to the regionals in the shot put and discus. But coach Melissa Sherrock wants to claim a Central Buckeye Conference...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Kenton Ridge track program is producing some standout individuals. Senior Jamari McDavid is a state long jump champion, senior Cal Phillips placed fifth in the state last year in that event, and senior Nik Wonder advanced to the regionals in the shot put and discus. But coach Melissa Sherrock wants to claim a Central Buckeye Conference...
Boys Tennis: Northwestern hopes to be in the mix for CBC title
 Northwestern tennis coach Colin Imwalle isn’t exactly sure why his program attracts such high participation, but he’s thrilled he doesn’t have to scrounge for players like other area schools. The Warriors have 21 boys playing this season, allowing them to not only have strong competition for varsity spots, but also two full...

Posted: 19 days ago

Northwestern tennis coach Colin Imwalle isn’t exactly sure why his program attracts such high participation, but he’s thrilled he doesn’t have to scrounge for players like other area schools. The Warriors have 21 boys playing this season, allowing them to not only have strong competition for varsity spots, but also two full...
Tennis career paying off for Irish coach Miller
 When Catholic Central tennis coach Dickie Miller was growing up in Springfield, he and his sister Mary Jo attended a camp for aspiring players run by the late Dr. Howard Dredge at the Snyder Park courts. The event drew scores of racket-toting youths, but the Millers had to coerce their father into letting them go and paying the nominal entry...

Posted: 20 days ago

When Catholic Central tennis coach Dickie Miller was growing up in Springfield, he and his sister Mary Jo attended a camp for aspiring players run by the late Dr. Howard Dredge at the Snyder Park courts. The event drew scores of racket-toting youths, but the Millers had to coerce their father into letting them go and paying the nominal entry...
Shawnee senior Detrick eyes state tennis berth
 Shawnee senior tennis player Daniel Detrick has fallen just short in his bid to reach the Division II state tournament the last two years, coming within one win of qualifying each time. Last year, his trip to the district was especially painful since he was 26-0 before getting bounced. He’s determined not to let that happen again. Relatively...

Posted: 21 days ago

Shawnee senior tennis player Daniel Detrick has fallen just short in his bid to reach the Division II state tournament the last two years, coming within one win of qualifying each time. Last year, his trip to the district was especially painful since he was 26-0 before getting bounced. He’s determined not to let that happen again. Relatively...
Beavercreek racewalker setting national records
 Beavercreek freshman Taylor Ewert had planned on pursuing a career in figure skating, but that dream was dashed when she took a spill during a practice session about a year ago. She fractured her tibia and fibia and had three screws inserted in her ankle. Fortunately for her, though, she had other outlets for that competitive drive. &ldquo...

Posted: 25 days ago

Beavercreek freshman Taylor Ewert had planned on pursuing a career in figure skating, but that dream was dashed when she took a spill during a practice session about a year ago. She fractured her tibia and fibia and had three screws inserted in her ankle. Fortunately for her, though, she had other outlets for that competitive drive. &ldquo...
Loaded returning lineup a hit for Shawnee
 Fifth-year Shawnee softball coach Chris Roberts took his team to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for four days to start the season. The Braves played doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday at the Cal Ripken Experience parks and had plenty of team-bonding activities. They visited Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, which sounds scary enough, but it didn’t compare...

Posted: 25 days ago

Fifth-year Shawnee softball coach Chris Roberts took his team to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for four days to start the season. The Braves played doubleheaders on Sunday and Monday at the Cal Ripken Experience parks and had plenty of team-bonding activities. They visited Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, which sounds scary enough, but it didn’t compare...
Skinner with the Irish for the long haul
 Catholic Central softball coach Doug Skinner, who is in his 30th year, brings a perpetually upbeat attitude to the diamond — so much so that he says, “I’ve never had a bad moment coaching softball.” But that sunny disposition was tested last season when the Irish went 0-23, the first winless season of his career. It...

Posted: 26 days ago

Catholic Central softball coach Doug Skinner, who is in his 30th year, brings a perpetually upbeat attitude to the diamond — so much so that he says, “I’ve never had a bad moment coaching softball.” But that sunny disposition was tested last season when the Irish went 0-23, the first winless season of his career. It...
Former North coach takes the Wildcats softball challenge

Posted: 27 days ago

First-year Springfield softball coach Brett Sadler is enthused about taking over a high school program for the first time in 12 years even though the Wildcats went 1-26 last season. “I really missed practicing with the team and the day-to-day interaction with the kids — the camaraderie and team building,” he said. Sadler...
With bulk of pitching back, Northwestern baseball optimistic
 When Todd Houseman became Northwestern baseball coach in 2014, he wanted to build up the program after several middling seasons. But he knew that wouldn’t happen without the players making a stronger commitment to the sport. He began preaching the importance of travel baseball, which lasts through the summer and beyond but is a surefire...

Posted: 29 days ago

When Todd Houseman became Northwestern baseball coach in 2014, he wanted to build up the program after several middling seasons. But he knew that wouldn’t happen without the players making a stronger commitment to the sport. He began preaching the importance of travel baseball, which lasts through the summer and beyond but is a surefire...
With seven starters back, Southeastern hopes to be contender in OHC
 The Southeastern softball team had many of its 14 players involved in other activities at the school and had trouble getting its full squad together during preseason practice. The Trojans have games scheduled on six of the next eight days, beginning with their opener against visiting Bellbrook at 11 a.m. Saturday. Veteran coach Randy &ldquo...

2:54 PM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

The Southeastern softball team had many of its 14 players involved in other activities at the school and had trouble getting its full squad together during preseason practice. The Trojans have games scheduled on six of the next eight days, beginning with their opener against visiting Bellbrook at 11 a.m. Saturday. Veteran coach Randy &ldquo...
Catholic Central baseball coach sees better times ahead
 Third-year Catholic Central coach Jon Metzger is brimming with optimism with the return of his top eight players and nine of his top 10 from a year ago. Yes, the squad won only three of 23 games last season. But Metzger believes the Irish are better than what their record showed — and he has the numbers to prove it. With a predominantly...

3:22 AM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

Third-year Catholic Central coach Jon Metzger is brimming with optimism with the return of his top eight players and nine of his top 10 from a year ago. Yes, the squad won only three of 23 games last season. But Metzger believes the Irish are better than what their record showed — and he has the numbers to prove it. With a predominantly...
Kenton Ridge softball has holes to fill, but returns all-state pitcher
 Eighth-year Kenton Ridge softball coach Sarah Schalnat has to replace her entire infield from last season and lost a pair of .400 hitters from a potent lineup, which means the rest of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Division may close the gap on the Cougars, who have won four straight crowns. But maybe not. Schalnat still has one of...

8:55 PM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

Eighth-year Kenton Ridge softball coach Sarah Schalnat has to replace her entire infield from last season and lost a pair of .400 hitters from a potent lineup, which means the rest of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Division may close the gap on the Cougars, who have won four straight crowns. But maybe not. Schalnat still has one of...
Southeastern baseball looks to continue upward trend
 Craig Isaac didn’t know if he could make an impact in returning to coaching with the Southeastern baseball team. But given how far his alma mater had slipped, he knew he had to try. The Trojans won four games in 2014 and hadn’t captured a league title in more than a decade. But they jumped to 11 wins in Isaac’s first season...

8:53 PM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

Craig Isaac didn’t know if he could make an impact in returning to coaching with the Southeastern baseball team. But given how far his alma mater had slipped, he knew he had to try. The Trojans won four games in 2014 and hadn’t captured a league title in more than a decade. But they jumped to 11 wins in Isaac’s first season...
Northwestern softball hopes to clear up ‘unfinished business’
 The Northwestern softball program has been pining for a state tournament berth since its last trip under legendary coach Nancy Dutton in 2000, and the team came tantalizingly close a year ago. The Warriors were making their third-straight Division III regional appearance and were one inning away from a trip to Columbus when play was halted...

9:10 PM Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017

The Northwestern softball program has been pining for a state tournament berth since its last trip under legendary coach Nancy Dutton in 2000, and the team came tantalizingly close a year ago. The Warriors were making their third-straight Division III regional appearance and were one inning away from a trip to Columbus when play was halted...
Shawnee looking to reload behind senior pitcher Rybolt
 The Shawnee High School baseball team was decimated by graduation and will be hard-pressed to replace star Seth Gray, who is leading Wright State University in hitting as a freshman with a .448 average. But senior pitcher Cade Rybolt doesn’t see why the Braves can’t contend for a Central Buckeye Conference title and duplicate...

8:54 PM Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

The Shawnee High School baseball team was decimated by graduation and will be hard-pressed to replace star Seth Gray, who is leading Wright State University in hitting as a freshman with a .448 average. But senior pitcher Cade Rybolt doesn’t see why the Braves can’t contend for a Central Buckeye Conference title and duplicate...
Springfield baseball team: ‘It’s our turn’

9:49 PM Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017

The Springfield High School baseball team took a step back last season, going 8-19 after finishing 15-15 the year before. But third-year coach Mike Schilling liked what he saw when practice began in February. Instead of detecting some complacency in the program, he encountered a group no longer content with the status quo. “I think...
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