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Girls Basketball: Lexie Long leads Covington past Miami Valley

Posted: 2 days ago

There are times when Covington coach Jim Meyer stops basketball practice to ask senior Lexie Long why she passed up an open shot. After Saturday, Buccaneers practices might go on with fewer interruptions. Long scored a season-high 21 points – including 10 in the first quarter – as second-seeded Covington outlasted No. 3 Miami...
Springfield celebrates 40th anniversary of girls state title
 Forty years ago, Rollie Schultz sat in St. John Arena watching the second annual high school girls basketball state championships. His undefeated North Panthers had earned a state semifinal appearance, but Schultz couldn’t help but wonder one thing: “What are we doing here?” Making history, as it turned out. Friday night...

Posted: 4 days ago

Forty years ago, Rollie Schultz sat in St. John Arena watching the second annual high school girls basketball state championships. His undefeated North Panthers had earned a state semifinal appearance, but Schultz couldn’t help but wonder one thing: “What are we doing here?” Making history, as it turned out. Friday night...
Defense powers Springfield to another high-profile win
 One night after a signature win, the Springfield High School boys basketball team signed off on another high-profile victory, 75-56 at Columbus Northland. Springfield, which never trailed in the non-conference contest, outscored Northland 21-10 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Vikings (18-3) pulled to 38-31 before the...

Posted: 9 days ago

One night after a signature win, the Springfield High School boys basketball team signed off on another high-profile victory, 75-56 at Columbus Northland. Springfield, which never trailed in the non-conference contest, outscored Northland 21-10 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The Vikings (18-3) pulled to 38-31 before the...
Girls Basketball: Banner season for Cedarville continues
 During her freshman season on Cedarville High School’s girls basketball team, now-senior Hayley Melton said the primary attitude was to have fun. That goal remains the same, with a tweak. “It was rough our freshman year. There weren’t a lot of us that were really into it,” Melton said. “A lot of the girls were...

Posted: 12 days ago

During her freshman season on Cedarville High School’s girls basketball team, now-senior Hayley Melton said the primary attitude was to have fun. That goal remains the same, with a tweak. “It was rough our freshman year. There weren’t a lot of us that were really into it,” Melton said. “A lot of the girls were...
Kyle Petty: Kentucky Speedway requires true driving skill
 Kentucky Speedway lost its reputation as the roughest track in NASCAR after the 1.5-mile tri-oval was repaved prior to the 2016 season. Every good track needs a hook, so enter Turn 3. With caution, of course. Turn 3 at Kentucky Speedway is fast becoming the track’s trademark turn. With increased banking coming out of Turn 2, drivers...

Posted: 13 days ago

Kentucky Speedway lost its reputation as the roughest track in NASCAR after the 1.5-mile tri-oval was repaved prior to the 2016 season. Every good track needs a hook, so enter Turn 3. With caution, of course. Turn 3 at Kentucky Speedway is fast becoming the track’s trademark turn. With increased banking coming out of Turn 2, drivers...
Alter girls hang on to nip Carroll by a point
 For 29 minutes and 30 seconds Saturday night, Carroll was the best girls basketball team in the Greater Catholic League. It was the final 2:30, though, where Alter re-established its dominance. Alter took its first lead on senior Emily Long’s jumper with 2:30 to go and held on for a hard-fought 32-31 victory at Carroll. It was quite...

Posted: 16 days ago

For 29 minutes and 30 seconds Saturday night, Carroll was the best girls basketball team in the Greater Catholic League. It was the final 2:30, though, where Alter re-established its dominance. Alter took its first lead on senior Emily Long’s jumper with 2:30 to go and held on for a hard-fought 32-31 victory at Carroll. It was quite...
Cedarville clinches share of first league title since 1978
 A conference title has eluded the grasp of the Cedarville girls basketball team the past 39 seasons. But Saturday afternoon against the Southeastern Trojans, the Indians came up clutch. Junior Ise Bolender hit all four of her free throws in the final 17 seconds, and both Bolender and senior Hayley Melton grabbed a half dozen defensive rebounds...

Posted: 16 days ago

A conference title has eluded the grasp of the Cedarville girls basketball team the past 39 seasons. But Saturday afternoon against the Southeastern Trojans, the Indians came up clutch. Junior Ise Bolender hit all four of her free throws in the final 17 seconds, and both Bolender and senior Hayley Melton grabbed a half dozen defensive rebounds...
Springfield Hall of Fame to induct 6 tonight

Posted: 17 days ago

It was her second-grade year at Reid Elementary School and Sarah Newland needed something for show-and-tell. So Newland brought her devastating fastball. And she made her mother, Karla, come in to catch. In the years after, Newland had plenty to show from her blazing fastball. But she had to do it with a different catcher. “My mom probably...
Tipp girls hustle past Trotwood-Madison
 The burst of speed Taylor Prall used to chase down a game-clinching loose ball would have earned her the hustle award most nights. The only thing topping her speedy sprint to help close out Tippecanoe’s 35-32 victory over Trotwood-Madison on Saturday night? A handful of youngsters making a mad dash to the concession stand for free hot...

Posted: 30 days ago

The burst of speed Taylor Prall used to chase down a game-clinching loose ball would have earned her the hustle award most nights. The only thing topping her speedy sprint to help close out Tippecanoe’s 35-32 victory over Trotwood-Madison on Saturday night? A handful of youngsters making a mad dash to the concession stand for free hot...
Trotwood blasts fellow state power Akron SVSM, 100-61
 During the second half Saturday night, a representative with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s boys basketball team leaned over and quipped: “So this is what it’s like to be on the other end of one of these.” In an anticipated clash between state powers, No. 2-ranked Trotwood dunked on, defended and dominated No. 6 SV-SM...

5:24 AM Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

During the second half Saturday night, a representative with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s boys basketball team leaned over and quipped: “So this is what it’s like to be on the other end of one of these.” In an anticipated clash between state powers, No. 2-ranked Trotwood dunked on, defended and dominated No. 6 SV-SM...
State cross country title a reality for Lakota East’s Horter

7:44 AM Sunday, Nov. 06, 2016

Lakota East High School junior Dustin Horter has won the state cross country championship dozens of times … in his head. On Saturday, Horter finally experienced it for real. Horter said he prepared for the Division I state championship with prayer and meditation. But even Horter couldn’t have seen what was coming with about 600...
State Cross Country: Catholic Central freshman Engel finishes eighth
 As she exited the runners’ corral after finishing at the state cross country championships, Addie Engel’s fan club – a group of about a dozen friends and family – cheered her name. If other spectators didn’t recognize it they soon should. Engel finished eighth at the Division III girls state meet, the second-highest...

4:57 AM Sunday, Nov. 06, 2016

As she exited the runners’ corral after finishing at the state cross country championships, Addie Engel’s fan club – a group of about a dozen friends and family – cheered her name. If other spectators didn’t recognize it they soon should. Engel finished eighth at the Division III girls state meet, the second-highest...
Cross Country: Elks run down third straight state title
 The team motto for the Centerville Elks girls cross country team served them well this year: Hungry For More. They can use it next season, too, with a small tweak. The Elks are Hungry For Four. Centerville dipped into its team depth – as well as its desire and determination – to capture its third straight Division I state championship...

12:51 AM Sunday, Nov. 06, 2016

The team motto for the Centerville Elks girls cross country team served them well this year: Hungry For More. They can use it next season, too, with a small tweak. The Elks are Hungry For Four. Centerville dipped into its team depth – as well as its desire and determination – to capture its third straight Division I state championship...
Cross Country: Elks run down third straight state title
 The team motto for the Centerville Elks girls cross country team served them well this year: Hungry For More. They can use it next season, too, with a small tweak. The Elks are Hungry For Four. Centerville dipped into its team depth – as well as its desire and determination – to capture its third straight Division I state championship...

12:51 AM Sunday, Nov. 06, 2016

The team motto for the Centerville Elks girls cross country team served them well this year: Hungry For More. They can use it next season, too, with a small tweak. The Elks are Hungry For Four. Centerville dipped into its team depth – as well as its desire and determination – to capture its third straight Division I state championship...
State cross country title a reality for Lakota East’s Horter
 Lakota East High School junior Dustin Horter has won the state cross country championship dozens of times … in his head. On Saturday, Horter finally experienced it for real. Horter said he prepared for the Division I state championship with prayer and meditation. But even Horter couldn’t have seen what was coming with about 600...

12:00 AM Sunday, Nov. 06, 2016

Lakota East High School junior Dustin Horter has won the state cross country championship dozens of times … in his head. On Saturday, Horter finally experienced it for real. Horter said he prepared for the Division I state championship with prayer and meditation. But even Horter couldn’t have seen what was coming with about 600...
Cross-country: West Liberty-Salem soaking up state atmosphere
 A week ago at the Division III cross-country district championships, Catholic Central freshman Addie Engel couldn’t match the kick of Bradford sophomore Karmen Knepp and finished second. On Saturday, Engel never gave Knepp that chance. Engel punished the D-III field with a 36-second victory, crossing the line in 19 minutes, 10.47 seconds...

10:45 PM Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2016

A week ago at the Division III cross-country district championships, Catholic Central freshman Addie Engel couldn’t match the kick of Bradford sophomore Karmen Knepp and finished second. On Saturday, Engel never gave Knepp that chance. Engel punished the D-III field with a 36-second victory, crossing the line in 19 minutes, 10.47 seconds...
State cross-country: Hard work, heart bolster Bellbrook girls
 The experts projecting the outcome at the Division II state cross-country meet put the Bellbrook High School girls around sixth or seventh. The Golden Eagles’ reaction? You can’t forecast heart and hard work. Bellbrook surprised the D-II field — and even coach Jeanne Johnson — at last Saturday’s regional meet...

9:13 PM Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2016

The experts projecting the outcome at the Division II state cross-country meet put the Bellbrook High School girls around sixth or seventh. The Golden Eagles’ reaction? You can’t forecast heart and hard work. Bellbrook surprised the D-II field — and even coach Jeanne Johnson — at last Saturday’s regional meet...
State cross-country: Hard work, heart bolster Bellbrook girls
 The experts projecting the outcome at the Division II state cross-country meet put the Bellbrook High School girls around sixth or seventh. The Golden Eagles’ reaction? You can’t forecast heart and hard work. Bellbrook surprised the D-II field — and even coach Jeanne Johnson — at last Saturday’s regional meet...

9:13 PM Wednesday, Nov. 02, 2016

The experts projecting the outcome at the Division II state cross-country meet put the Bellbrook High School girls around sixth or seventh. The Golden Eagles’ reaction? You can’t forecast heart and hard work. Bellbrook surprised the D-II field — and even coach Jeanne Johnson — at last Saturday’s regional meet...
Lakota East’s Horter dominates regional meet, will head back to state
 Entering the Division I regional cross country championships as the defending champion — and winning last year’s race by 20 seconds — Lakota East High School junior Dustin Horter figured he might find himself running alone again Saturday. He did. So Horter visualized a competitor ahead of him — former Mason standout...

3:54 AM Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016

Entering the Division I regional cross country championships as the defending champion — and winning last year’s race by 20 seconds — Lakota East High School junior Dustin Horter figured he might find himself running alone again Saturday. He did. So Horter visualized a competitor ahead of him — former Mason standout...
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