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Girls Basketball: Tipp’s final shot falls short in loss to Versailles
 Andy Holderman knows a good shot when it sees it. So the Tippecanoe High school girls basketball coach – and former college three-point specialist – wasn’t disappointed in his team’s final look to take down the Versailles Tigers. Even after the shot from the corner missed – bouncing off the far side of the rim...

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Andy Holderman knows a good shot when it sees it. So the Tippecanoe High school girls basketball coach – and former college three-point specialist – wasn’t disappointed in his team’s final look to take down the Versailles Tigers. Even after the shot from the corner missed – bouncing off the far side of the rim...
Centerville girls win fourth straight cross country title
 As Troy senior Morgan Gigandet sprinted to her first Division I cross country state championship, Centerville senior Kelli Walsh surged through the final mile to help the Centerville Elks claim their record-tying fourth straight team title. The girls Division I state cross country championships was dominated by the Greater Western Ohio Conference...

3:16 AM Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017

As Troy senior Morgan Gigandet sprinted to her first Division I cross country state championship, Centerville senior Kelli Walsh surged through the final mile to help the Centerville Elks claim their record-tying fourth straight team title. The girls Division I state cross country championships was dominated by the Greater Western Ohio Conference...
Shawnee’s Warax places 12th, sets school record at state cross country
 At first glance, the numbers suggested an off day for the Shawnee Braves cross country program at the state meet Saturday. But as Shawnee coach Brian DeSantis likely told his team after, any day at the state meet is a good day. Competing in Division II, the Shawnee girls finished 16th out of 20 teams but extended their streak of state appearances...

2:50 AM Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017

At first glance, the numbers suggested an off day for the Shawnee Braves cross country program at the state meet Saturday. But as Shawnee coach Brian DeSantis likely told his team after, any day at the state meet is a good day. Competing in Division II, the Shawnee girls finished 16th out of 20 teams but extended their streak of state appearances...
East’s Horter outduels Middletown’s Smith for repeat state title
 Dustin Horter passed the torch to Conant Smith on Saturday afternoon. But not until after Horter had won his second straight Division I state cross country championship. After all, Horter still needed the torch for his birthday candles. The Lakota East High School senior celebrated his 18th birthday with a dramatic sprint to the finish, edging...

11:12 PM Saturday, Nov. 04, 2017

Dustin Horter passed the torch to Conant Smith on Saturday afternoon. But not until after Horter had won his second straight Division I state cross country championship. After all, Horter still needed the torch for his birthday candles. The Lakota East High School senior celebrated his 18th birthday with a dramatic sprint to the finish, edging...
Greenon’s state cross-country goal: ‘Run as fast as we can’
 The Division III regional championship meet wasn’t the Greenon Knights’ best race. But it might have been their greatest moment. Senior front runner Max Pettit started out too fast. No. 2 runner and sophomore Calvin Wise started too slow. Freshman Gavin Patrick and sophomore Sean Glaze ran as expected. Through their first four...

5:31 PM Friday, Nov. 03, 2017

The Division III regional championship meet wasn’t the Greenon Knights’ best race. But it might have been their greatest moment. Senior front runner Max Pettit started out too fast. No. 2 runner and sophomore Calvin Wise started too slow. Freshman Gavin Patrick and sophomore Sean Glaze ran as expected. Through their first four...
State cross-country: Better late than never for Lebanon’s breakthrough
 The Lebanon Warriors’ trip to the high school boys cross-country state meet came one season later than expected. But when you’ve waited 52 years between appearances, what’s one more? Lebanon’s only appearance at the state meet came in 1964 when the championship race was two miles. For that reason the Warriors consider...

5:13 PM Friday, Nov. 03, 2017

The Lebanon Warriors’ trip to the high school boys cross-country state meet came one season later than expected. But when you’ve waited 52 years between appearances, what’s one more? Lebanon’s only appearance at the state meet came in 1964 when the championship race was two miles. For that reason the Warriors consider...
Regional Volleyball: Tough test awaits Kenton Ridge
 Kenton Ridge volleyball coach Angie Arthur has heard her Cougars say it numerous times. Tonight, they get their wish. “My girls always say they want to be tested and pushed. Here it is,” Arthur said of the loaded Division II regional semifinal field. “From here on out that’s all you’re going to get.” »...

5:54 PM Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2017

Kenton Ridge volleyball coach Angie Arthur has heard her Cougars say it numerous times. Tonight, they get their wish. “My girls always say they want to be tested and pushed. Here it is,” Arthur said of the loaded Division II regional semifinal field. “From here on out that’s all you’re going to get.” »...
Soccer: Creek, Centerville renew ‘friendly rivalry’ in regional semis
 The weather forecast for the start of the Division I boys soccer regional semifinal is 47 degrees with rain. That might keep some spectators away, but Centerville boys soccer coach Jeff Monbeck tells his players to approach the situation with a different attitude. The same message applies to the Elks’ opponent, the Beavercreek Beavers...

8:01 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

The weather forecast for the start of the Division I boys soccer regional semifinal is 47 degrees with rain. That might keep some spectators away, but Centerville boys soccer coach Jeff Monbeck tells his players to approach the situation with a different attitude. The same message applies to the Elks’ opponent, the Beavercreek Beavers...
Girls Soccer: Defense leads Springboro into regional semifinals
 The Springboro Panthers high school girls soccer team has enjoyed measures of success since the program started in 1982. But the Panthers have really taken strides in the past several seasons. In 2015 the Panthers won their first district title. In 2016 the Panthers won their first regional title. What does 2017 have in store? Springboro...

9:32 PM Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

The Springboro Panthers high school girls soccer team has enjoyed measures of success since the program started in 1982. But the Panthers have really taken strides in the past several seasons. In 2015 the Panthers won their first district title. In 2016 the Panthers won their first regional title. What does 2017 have in store? Springboro...
Girls Soccer: West Liberty-Salem ready for state’s top-ranked team
 There’s no need for rah-rah speeches or fiery pre-game pep talks for the West Liberty-Salem Tigers girls soccer team on Tuesday. The Tigers know what they’re up against in the Division III regional semifinals 7 p.m. at Beavercreek High School. West Liberty-Salem (17-2-0) makes the program’s first regional appearance against...

6:26 PM Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

There’s no need for rah-rah speeches or fiery pre-game pep talks for the West Liberty-Salem Tigers girls soccer team on Tuesday. The Tigers know what they’re up against in the Division III regional semifinals 7 p.m. at Beavercreek High School. West Liberty-Salem (17-2-0) makes the program’s first regional appearance against...
Elks girls, Troy’s Gigandet repeat with regional wins
 Saturday was the final trip around her home course for Troy High School senior Morgan Gigandet. It’s the site of her three regional cross country individual championships, counting Saturday’s latest one, and countless memories. But Gigandet didn’t get caught up in the moment. Actually, she wasn’t caught at all. Gigandet...

5:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Saturday was the final trip around her home course for Troy High School senior Morgan Gigandet. It’s the site of her three regional cross country individual championships, counting Saturday’s latest one, and countless memories. But Gigandet didn’t get caught up in the moment. Actually, she wasn’t caught at all. Gigandet...
Prep cross country: Lakota East’s Horter celebrates regional repeat
 As he neared the finish line at the Division I regional cross country championships, Lakota East High School senior Dustin Horter let a big smile escape. As he crossed the line, he pumped his fist in celebration. The only thing to catch up to Horter on Saturday was his emotions. On Friday, he announced his commitment to run for Indiana University...

4:54 AM Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

As he neared the finish line at the Division I regional cross country championships, Lakota East High School senior Dustin Horter let a big smile escape. As he crossed the line, he pumped his fist in celebration. The only thing to catch up to Horter on Saturday was his emotions. On Friday, he announced his commitment to run for Indiana University...
Catholic Central’s Engel repeats at regional cross country
 Catholic Central sophomore Addie Engel knew who her competition was at the Division III regional cross country championships. But the Irish runner had trouble keeping her eyes on West Liberty-Salem’s trio of senior Reghan Bieleski, sophomore Grace Adams and freshman Katelyn Stapleton. She was too busy leading the pack. Engel avenged...

4:45 AM Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

Catholic Central sophomore Addie Engel knew who her competition was at the Division III regional cross country championships. But the Irish runner had trouble keeping her eyes on West Liberty-Salem’s trio of senior Reghan Bieleski, sophomore Grace Adams and freshman Katelyn Stapleton. She was too busy leading the pack. Engel avenged...
Hearing loss can’t slow Shawnee cross-country runner
 The Shawnee Braves boys cross-country team is a good bet Saturday to qualify for the Division II state meet. And why not? One of the Braves top runners, senior Bailey Hoelscher, is pretty good at beating the odds. When Hoelscher was born — he’s a triplet along with brothers Cameron and Lucas — he developed an infection in...

6:08 PM Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

The Shawnee Braves boys cross-country team is a good bet Saturday to qualify for the Division II state meet. And why not? One of the Braves top runners, senior Bailey Hoelscher, is pretty good at beating the odds. When Hoelscher was born — he’s a triplet along with brothers Cameron and Lucas — he developed an infection in...
High School Football: For Springfield Wildcats, ‘win … and we’re in’
 The Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs don’t start for another week. But for teams like the Springfield Wildcats, the postseason might as well start Friday night. Springfield needs to win to guarantee a spot among the top eight teams in Division I, Region 3. Six of the eight playoff spots have been clinched according...

6:33 PM Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

The Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs don’t start for another week. But for teams like the Springfield Wildcats, the postseason might as well start Friday night. Springfield needs to win to guarantee a spot among the top eight teams in Division I, Region 3. Six of the eight playoff spots have been clinched according...
Alter’s Bockrath pursues cross-country redemption
 Cross-country runners often have a love/hate relationship with their sport. Alter High School senior Perri Bockrath strongly entrenched herself in the latter category early in her running career. While older sisters Reed and Kate ran cross-country, Perri — then a freshman — considered herself a soccer and basketball athlete. She...

3:32 AM Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

Cross-country runners often have a love/hate relationship with their sport. Alter High School senior Perri Bockrath strongly entrenched herself in the latter category early in her running career. While older sisters Reed and Kate ran cross-country, Perri — then a freshman — considered herself a soccer and basketball athlete. She...
Girls Soccer: Beavercreek edges Centerville to reach district finals
 An adrenaline rush still had Beavercreek High School sophomore Diana Benigno bouncing following the Division I sectional final against rival Centerville on a wet, cold night at Northmont High School. Her goal with 31:18 left in the second half, a shot to the far left corner off an assist from senior Taylor Ulrich, gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead...

1:24 PM Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

An adrenaline rush still had Beavercreek High School sophomore Diana Benigno bouncing following the Division I sectional final against rival Centerville on a wet, cold night at Northmont High School. Her goal with 31:18 left in the second half, a shot to the far left corner off an assist from senior Taylor Ulrich, gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead...
Catholic Central boys soccer: Small in number, big on results
 Fielding a team of 15 players this season, the Catholic Central High School boys soccer team has never been smaller. Despite that, the tradition-rich program continues to put up big numbers. Catholic Central won its 14th Ohio Heritage Conference title since 2001. The team netted its 10th win with a 3-0 victory against Carlisle in the Division...

6:33 PM Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Fielding a team of 15 players this season, the Catholic Central High School boys soccer team has never been smaller. Despite that, the tradition-rich program continues to put up big numbers. Catholic Central won its 14th Ohio Heritage Conference title since 2001. The team netted its 10th win with a 3-0 victory against Carlisle in the Division...
Powered by career goals leader Krupp, Irish eye long postseason run
 Playing varsity soccer as a freshman can be intimidating in its own right. Being the shortest player on the field in a physical game takes it to another level. That was the situation facing Catholic Central’s Josie Krupp, who wasn’t exactly alarming opponents at 4 feet, 11 inches tall. »RELATED: High School results for Oct...

4:04 PM Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

Playing varsity soccer as a freshman can be intimidating in its own right. Being the shortest player on the field in a physical game takes it to another level. That was the situation facing Catholic Central’s Josie Krupp, who wasn’t exactly alarming opponents at 4 feet, 11 inches tall. »RELATED: High School results for Oct...
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