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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...

10:48 PM Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

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...
Springfield Hall of Fame to induct 6 tonight

7:48 PM Friday, Feb. 03, 2017

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...

3:15 AM Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

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...
Boys basketball: Top scorers return for Springfield
Junior forward Leonard Taylor (left) will be Springfield’s leader in the paint after the graduation of three-year starting center Darius Harper and forward Jeremiah Ward. File photo

12:11 AM Friday, Dec. 02, 2016

Junior forward Leonard Taylor (left) will be Springfield’s leader in the paint after the graduation of three-year starting center Darius Harper and forward Jeremiah Ward. File photo
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...
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