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Northmont baseball reaches milestone; Harlow closing in on another
 Chuck Harlow always figured he’d never coach a sport more than 10 seasons. When he first came to Northmont High School back in 1985 he was worried about making it through just first one. “I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t mess this thing up,’” Harlow said of taking over a successful baseball program...

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Chuck Harlow always figured he’d never coach a sport more than 10 seasons. When he first came to Northmont High School back in 1985 he was worried about making it through just first one. “I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t mess this thing up,’” Harlow said of taking over a successful baseball program...
Former NFL standout Matt Light finding success in a different field
 An 11-year NFL career that included five Super Bowl appearances and three Pro Bowl selections provided Matt Light some of his greatest moments in life. But reminiscing about effort, determination and ultimately success on a different field had Matt Light beaming Friday evening. Light, the Greenville High School graduate and former offensive...

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An 11-year NFL career that included five Super Bowl appearances and three Pro Bowl selections provided Matt Light some of his greatest moments in life. But reminiscing about effort, determination and ultimately success on a different field had Matt Light beaming Friday evening. Light, the Greenville High School graduate and former offensive...
High School Baseball: Undefeated Aviators rally past Skyhawks
 In his first two at-bats Thursday, Vandalia-Butler junior Preston Tofstad retreated to the bench with a pair of strikeouts. In his third, it was Tofstad who had upset-minded Fairborn on the defensive. Tofstad ripped a two-run, two-out double to highlight a four-run fifth inning that gave the Aviators the lead for good in a 6-3 victory. &ldquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

In his first two at-bats Thursday, Vandalia-Butler junior Preston Tofstad retreated to the bench with a pair of strikeouts. In his third, it was Tofstad who had upset-minded Fairborn on the defensive. Tofstad ripped a two-run, two-out double to highlight a four-run fifth inning that gave the Aviators the lead for good in a 6-3 victory. &ldquo...
Eldora season opener, Shady Bowl event highlights area racing
 Three down. Three to go. That’s the tally entering Friday for area auto racing tracks and season openers. Kil-Kare Raceway, Shady Bowl Speedway and Edgewater Sports Park kicked off the racing season last week. Eldora Speedway joins them Saturday at the Darke County half-mile dirt oval roars into action for its 64th season. Here&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Three down. Three to go. That’s the tally entering Friday for area auto racing tracks and season openers. Kil-Kare Raceway, Shady Bowl Speedway and Edgewater Sports Park kicked off the racing season last week. Eldora Speedway joins them Saturday at the Darke County half-mile dirt oval roars into action for its 64th season. Here&rsquo...
Racing returns to Kil-Kare Raceway
 The last time Kettering’s Cody Robinson was at Kil-Kare Raceway, he was finishing off a late model track championship. A lot has changed in two years. After winning that championship in October of 2014, Kil-Kare shut down the 3/8th-mile, modified-D track citing lack of car counts and shrinking crowds. On Sunday, Robinson returned to...

Posted: 14 days ago

The last time Kettering’s Cody Robinson was at Kil-Kare Raceway, he was finishing off a late model track championship. A lot has changed in two years. After winning that championship in October of 2014, Kil-Kare shut down the 3/8th-mile, modified-D track citing lack of car counts and shrinking crowds. On Sunday, Robinson returned to...
Local racing: Restoring the roar at Kil-Kare

Posted: 16 days ago

After two years sitting idle for area racers, the roar returns to Kil-Kare Raceway’s tricky 3/8th-mile, modified-D track Sunday. The Gem City Auto Racing group — comprised primarily of racers, car owners and business owners — will sanction Sunday racing at Kil-Kare with late models, modifieds, street stocks and compact divisions...
Track: Gover’s four wins pace Northmont to title
 At the start of his first event Saturday, the 100-meter dash, Northmont High School senior Kameron Gover stumbled coming out of the blocks. It was his only misstep at the Jack Lintz Invitational hosted by Northmont. Gover won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and ran legs on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams to help the Thunderbolts outdistance...

Posted: 23 days ago

At the start of his first event Saturday, the 100-meter dash, Northmont High School senior Kameron Gover stumbled coming out of the blocks. It was his only misstep at the Jack Lintz Invitational hosted by Northmont. Gover won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and ran legs on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams to help the Thunderbolts outdistance...
Springfield girls making strides on the track
 The Springfield High School boys track and field team boasts state-caliber talent with speedsters Dyier Smith and Quincy Scott. As for the Wildcats’ girls, they’re starting to close the gap. “I’m looking for big things out of the girls this year,” Springfield girls coach Anthony Moss said. “This is my fourth...

Posted: 23 days ago

The Springfield High School boys track and field team boasts state-caliber talent with speedsters Dyier Smith and Quincy Scott. As for the Wildcats’ girls, they’re starting to close the gap. “I’m looking for big things out of the girls this year,” Springfield girls coach Anthony Moss said. “This is my fourth...
Historian recounts Dayton’s rich Indy 500 history with DARF crowd
 Talking Dayton and the Indianapolis 500, the local topics are as numerous as the race has miles. Among the highlights: * Dayton native Frank Lockhart and resident Mauri Rose won Indy 500 titles. * Chaminade graduate Ron Hemelgarn owned the car Buddy Lazier drove to victory in 1996.  * The Stoddard-Dayton paced the first Indianapolis...

7:26 PM Saturday, Mar. 04, 2017

Talking Dayton and the Indianapolis 500, the local topics are as numerous as the race has miles. Among the highlights: * Dayton native Frank Lockhart and resident Mauri Rose won Indy 500 titles. * Chaminade graduate Ron Hemelgarn owned the car Buddy Lazier drove to victory in 1996.  * The Stoddard-Dayton paced the first Indianapolis...
Donald Davidson, racing historian
Donald Davidson, a historian covering the Indianapolis 500, was the featured speaker at a  recent meeting of the Dayton Auto Race Fan Club. Davidson spoke at length about the connections between Dayton and the world's most famous auto  race.

7:23 PM Saturday, Mar. 04, 2017

Donald Davidson, a historian covering the Indianapolis 500, was the featured speaker at a recent meeting of the Dayton Auto Race Fan Club. Davidson spoke at length about the connections between Dayton and the world's most famous auto race.
Driver Ricky Stenhouse talks girlfriend Danica Patrick, Daytona 500 chances
 The scenario: It’s the final lap of The Great American Race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the 59th running of the Daytona 500 on the outside groove and is trading paint with fellow driver – and girlfriend – Danica Patrick on the inside as they roar through turn four at Daytona International Speedway. Does Stenhouse let up knowing...

3:35 PM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

The scenario: It’s the final lap of The Great American Race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the 59th running of the Daytona 500 on the outside groove and is trading paint with fellow driver – and girlfriend – Danica Patrick on the inside as they roar through turn four at Daytona International Speedway. Does Stenhouse let up knowing...
Historians delve into Dayton’s racing past

6:02 AM Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

From Delco to drag races held on U.S. 35 decades ago, the Dayton area has left a lasting impression on racing history. Local racing historians Bill Holder and Rick Patterson, with help from photographer Phil Kunz and editor Cheryl Dalhamer, have delved into Dayton’s racing history with the book “Dayton, Ohio – Race Town...
Urbana approves Cotner as football coach
 With its history and tradition, the Urbana High School football program always seemed like a good destination to Carleton Cotner. Now Cotner hopes it’s his final stop. “Being in the league with them and knowing the football tradition they have there, the way the town is passionate about football, I’ve always been attracted...

8:20 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

With its history and tradition, the Urbana High School football program always seemed like a good destination to Carleton Cotner. Now Cotner hopes it’s his final stop. “Being in the league with them and knowing the football tradition they have there, the way the town is passionate about football, I’ve always been attracted...
Girls Basketball: Lexie Long leads Covington past Miami Valley

12:29 AM Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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...

2:39 AM Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

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...

4:25 AM Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

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...

2:03 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

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...

1:08 AM Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017

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...

3:19 AM Sunday, Feb. 05, 2017

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...

10:55 PM Saturday, Feb. 04, 2017

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...
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