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Greenon’s Pettit, WL-S’s Stapleton claim district titles
 The top 32 finishers at the Division III district cross-country championships on Saturday advanced to the next round. Greenon High School senior Max Pettit wasn’t taking any chances. Pettit ripped off a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds to win the D-III district title at Cedarville University. Pettit held off the top two runners...

1:53 AM Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

The top 32 finishers at the Division III district cross-country championships on Saturday advanced to the next round. Greenon High School senior Max Pettit wasn’t taking any chances. Pettit ripped off a personal-best time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds to win the D-III district title at Cedarville University. Pettit held off the top two runners...
Springboro girls top tough district cross-country field
 It’s not the title the Springboro Panthers want most, but the girls cross-country team will certainly take the Division I district championship Saturday at Cedarville University. The Panthers won in a loaded D-I field to give them a boost of confidence entering next week’s regional championships. Springboro scored 37 points to...

1:41 AM Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

It’s not the title the Springboro Panthers want most, but the girls cross-country team will certainly take the Division I district championship Saturday at Cedarville University. The Panthers won in a loaded D-I field to give them a boost of confidence entering next week’s regional championships. Springboro scored 37 points to...
High School Football: West Liberty-Salem, West Jefferson to face off in marquee matchup
 West Liberty-Salem coach Dan McGill doesn’t stay up at night trying to figure out the various scenarios that could play out in the Division VI, Region 24. He prefers a wait-and-see approach. “There’s nothing we can really do other than take care of the opponent in front of us,” McGill said. “If we do what we...

6:34 PM Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

West Liberty-Salem coach Dan McGill doesn’t stay up at night trying to figure out the various scenarios that could play out in the Division VI, Region 24. He prefers a wait-and-see approach. “There’s nothing we can really do other than take care of the opponent in front of us,” McGill said. “If we do what we...
Alter enters volleyball postseason with momentum
 The Alter girls volleyball team has already won more matches than last year’s Division II regional semifinalist team. The Knights (14-3) won the always competitive Greater Catholic League North division title for the first time since 2014 and claimed the No. 2 spot in the final D-II state rankings. But Alter was still looking for a...

8:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

The Alter girls volleyball team has already won more matches than last year’s Division II regional semifinalist team. The Knights (14-3) won the always competitive Greater Catholic League North division title for the first time since 2014 and claimed the No. 2 spot in the final D-II state rankings. But Alter was still looking for a...
Boys soccer: Memorable season for Milton-Union, on and off field
 The Milton-Union High School boys soccer team has produced some memorable moments this season. The Bulldogs recorded their first season of double-digit wins since 2006 with 13 and counting. They beat league champion Waynesville for the first time in school history and topped Middletown Madison for the first time in six seasons. The &lsquo...

3:02 PM Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

The Milton-Union High School boys soccer team has produced some memorable moments this season. The Bulldogs recorded their first season of double-digit wins since 2006 with 13 and counting. They beat league champion Waynesville for the first time in school history and topped Middletown Madison for the first time in six seasons. The &lsquo...
Springfield girls soccer making strides despite record
 The Springfield girls soccer team can’t control what division they’re in. They can’t control their schedule. And they can’t control the struggles of seasons past. But there is one thing the Wildcats can decide, and they’ve been successful at it. “They stay positive. That’s the biggest thing I&rsquo...

6:05 PM Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017

The Springfield girls soccer team can’t control what division they’re in. They can’t control their schedule. And they can’t control the struggles of seasons past. But there is one thing the Wildcats can decide, and they’ve been successful at it. “They stay positive. That’s the biggest thing I&rsquo...
Cross Country: With Page leading the way, Brookville eyes state berth
 He’s won a national championship with his Drum Corps Associates team. He has better than a 4.0 grade-point average. And he’s been the team captain for the Brookville High School cross country team the past three seasons. But senior Jeremy Page’s best performance may be yet to come. It’s been seven seasons since the...

7:51 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

He’s won a national championship with his Drum Corps Associates team. He has better than a 4.0 grade-point average. And he’s been the team captain for the Brookville High School cross country team the past three seasons. But senior Jeremy Page’s best performance may be yet to come. It’s been seven seasons since the...
Cross Country: GWOC a ‘pre-state meet’ for Division II Tipp
 Qualifying for the Division II state cross country meet is Tippecanoe High School’s biggest challenge this season. Winning the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet? That by far is the Red Devils’ greatest test. Tipp – the lone D-II team running in the 20-team conference – enters Saturday’s meet at Centerville...

7:40 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

Qualifying for the Division II state cross country meet is Tippecanoe High School’s biggest challenge this season. Winning the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet? That by far is the Red Devils’ greatest test. Tipp – the lone D-II team running in the 20-team conference – enters Saturday’s meet at Centerville...
Boys golf: Southeastern’s Green eyes Division III state championship
 Should he find himself in the state championship hunt on Saturday, don’t expect nerves to get the best of Southeastern High School senior Avery Green. The Division III district tournament prepared him for that. Green, a three-time state qualifier who missed last year’s tournament by one stroke, nearly met the same fate this season...

3:25 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Should he find himself in the state championship hunt on Saturday, don’t expect nerves to get the best of Southeastern High School senior Avery Green. The Division III district tournament prepared him for that. Green, a three-time state qualifier who missed last year’s tournament by one stroke, nearly met the same fate this season...
Prep football: Shawnee eager for test against ‘loaded’ Bellefontaine
 The roller coaster that is the Shawnee Braves football season, as coach Rick Meeks calls it, is on the upswing. The Braves were siting at 2-3 three weeks ago following a 7-6 loss to Northwestern on a fourth-quarter touchdown. Shawnee, behind its run-stopping defense, responded with consecutive wins against Urbana (34-7) and Kenton Ridge (21-3)...

3:22 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

The roller coaster that is the Shawnee Braves football season, as coach Rick Meeks calls it, is on the upswing. The Braves were siting at 2-3 three weeks ago following a 7-6 loss to Northwestern on a fourth-quarter touchdown. Shawnee, behind its run-stopping defense, responded with consecutive wins against Urbana (34-7) and Kenton Ridge (21-3)...
Boys golf: Alter breaks four-year drought, returns to state tourney
 In its bid to return to the Division II state golf tournament for the first time since 2012, Alter High School senior Adam White became the Knights’ poster child. “That was actually the motto,” White said of his teammates’ pledge to get the senior to state. “We’ve been close but never made it out. It was...

3:19 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

In its bid to return to the Division II state golf tournament for the first time since 2012, Alter High School senior Adam White became the Knights’ poster child. “That was actually the motto,” White said of his teammates’ pledge to get the senior to state. “We’ve been close but never made it out. It was...
Girls Golf: CJ, Alter continue friendly rivalry at state; Eaton’s Willis seeks second title
 When it made the turn after nine holes at the Division II district golf tournament last week, the chances of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles girls golf team would qualify for its ninth straight trip were sitting, well, a little in the rough. With nine holes still to play the Eagles were tied for third. Three teams advanced. “I kind of...

7:15 PM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

When it made the turn after nine holes at the Division II district golf tournament last week, the chances of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles girls golf team would qualify for its ninth straight trip were sitting, well, a little in the rough. With nine holes still to play the Eagles were tied for third. Three teams advanced. “I kind of...
Girls Tennis: KR’s Wallace, Northwestern duo among the district’s best
 The hard part is over for Kenton Ridge’s Macy Wallace and Northwestern’s Bree Latting and Gianna Embry. Now that they’ve qualified for the Division II district tennis tournament the plan is to enjoy the experience and atmosphere where some of the world’s greatest players have appeared. The trio will represent Clark...

5:57 PM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

The hard part is over for Kenton Ridge’s Macy Wallace and Northwestern’s Bree Latting and Gianna Embry. Now that they’ve qualified for the Division II district tennis tournament the plan is to enjoy the experience and atmosphere where some of the world’s greatest players have appeared. The trio will represent Clark...
Prep Football: Numbers looking up for Catholic Central — playoffs next?
 The numbers are looking up for the Catholic Central football team. And not just the Irish’s No. 9 spot in the Division VII, Region 28 playoff ratings. About three weeks ago Catholic Central football coach Mike McKenna noticed a trend of sophomores asking to join the team. The newcomers boost the Irish roster from about 17 players to...

7:11 PM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

The numbers are looking up for the Catholic Central football team. And not just the Irish’s No. 9 spot in the Division VII, Region 28 playoff ratings. About three weeks ago Catholic Central football coach Mike McKenna noticed a trend of sophomores asking to join the team. The newcomers boost the Irish roster from about 17 players to...
Boys Golf: Greenon hopes to continue ‘remarkable’ season at districts
 The turning point for the Greenon High School boys golf team’s season came back in June. That’s when coach Steve Norris took a month of vacation. He hoped his team didn’t do the same. »RELATED: High School results for Oct. 2 »RELATED: High School Football State Poll »RELATED: High School Football Computer...

8:01 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

The turning point for the Greenon High School boys golf team’s season came back in June. That’s when coach Steve Norris took a month of vacation. He hoped his team didn’t do the same. »RELATED: High School results for Oct. 2 »RELATED: High School Football State Poll »RELATED: High School Football Computer...
Boys Golf: Alter looks to carry momentum into district tournament
 Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but things could be falling into place for the Alter Knights boys golf team. The last time the Knights won the Greater Catholic League title and the Division II sectional tournament in the same season was 2012. That’s also the last time the team qualified for the state tournament. Alter won both league...

7:54 PM Tuesday, Oct. 03, 2017

Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but things could be falling into place for the Alter Knights boys golf team. The last time the Knights won the Greater Catholic League title and the Division II sectional tournament in the same season was 2012. That’s also the last time the team qualified for the state tournament. Alter won both league...
Girls Golf: Alter, CJ to meet again in district tournament
 Wednesday’s meeting between the Alter and Chaminade Julienne high school girls golf teams will be their sixth this season. The Greater Catholic League Co-ed Division members hope their friendly rivalry doesn’t end there. The Knights and Eagles enter the Division II district championships at Beavercreek’s Pipestone Golf Course...

7:27 PM Monday, Oct. 02, 2017

Wednesday’s meeting between the Alter and Chaminade Julienne high school girls golf teams will be their sixth this season. The Greater Catholic League Co-ed Division members hope their friendly rivalry doesn’t end there. The Knights and Eagles enter the Division II district championships at Beavercreek’s Pipestone Golf Course...
Cross-country: Troy’s Gigandet among nation’s best
 A week ago Troy cross country senior Morgan Gigandet beat the top high school female in the nation. She’s proud of that accomplishment, but Gigandet wants to put it behind her for now – just like she did with the field at the Miami County Championships on Saturday. Gigandet led Troy’s 1-2-3 finish in another dominating effort...

7:56 PM Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017

A week ago Troy cross country senior Morgan Gigandet beat the top high school female in the nation. She’s proud of that accomplishment, but Gigandet wants to put it behind her for now – just like she did with the field at the Miami County Championships on Saturday. Gigandet led Troy’s 1-2-3 finish in another dominating effort...
High School Football Week 6: A big test arises for Kenton Ridge
 Kenton Ridge gets a good indication tonight of where it stands in the football world. The Cougars have played to a 4-1 record so far. But in those four wins, two of the opponents are winless and the other two have one win each. That changes tonight when Jonathan Alder comes to Kenton Ridge for a Central Buckeye Division Kenton Trail Division...

7:35 PM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

Kenton Ridge gets a good indication tonight of where it stands in the football world. The Cougars have played to a 4-1 record so far. But in those four wins, two of the opponents are winless and the other two have one win each. That changes tonight when Jonathan Alder comes to Kenton Ridge for a Central Buckeye Division Kenton Trail Division...
Kil-Kare closes out season with Lee Raymond tribute race
 As the points leader entering the final race, New Bremen’s Drew Charlson has enjoyed a great run at Kil-Kare Speedway this season. But a win Friday would make it, well, legendary. Charlson won the 94-lap Robbie Dean Memorial on June 4. Friday he attempts to win the $5,000-to-win Lee Raymond Dayton 100, a 100-lap race for late models...

6:14 PM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

As the points leader entering the final race, New Bremen’s Drew Charlson has enjoyed a great run at Kil-Kare Speedway this season. But a win Friday would make it, well, legendary. Charlson won the 94-lap Robbie Dean Memorial on June 4. Friday he attempts to win the $5,000-to-win Lee Raymond Dayton 100, a 100-lap race for late models...
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