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Local racing: Robbie Dean Memorial returns to Kil-Kare
 Robbie Dean memorial returns to Kil-Kare Welcome back, Big Bird. After a two-year hiatus the Robbie Dean Memorial race returns to action at Kil-Kare Raceway on Sunday. When Kil-Kare’s 3/8th-mile, modified-D track reopened this season, this was the one friend and Gem City Auto Racing official Donnie Renner was waiting for. Grove City&rsquo...

2:08 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

Robbie Dean memorial returns to Kil-Kare Welcome back, Big Bird. After a two-year hiatus the Robbie Dean Memorial race returns to action at Kil-Kare Raceway on Sunday. When Kil-Kare’s 3/8th-mile, modified-D track reopened this season, this was the one friend and Gem City Auto Racing official Donnie Renner was waiting for. Grove City&rsquo...
Softball: Warriors’ battery putting a charge in state run
 Standing 6 feet tall with an imposing glare, Northwestern High School junior Jenna Robbins is an intimidating sight for opposing hitters. Behind them, Warriors junior catcher Macie Crew must be hiding a smile. “She looks mean but she’s not,” Crew said of her batterymate and best friend. “She’s a big teddy bear...

12:28 AM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

Standing 6 feet tall with an imposing glare, Northwestern High School junior Jenna Robbins is an intimidating sight for opposing hitters. Behind them, Warriors junior catcher Macie Crew must be hiding a smile. “She looks mean but she’s not,” Crew said of her batterymate and best friend. “She’s a big teddy bear...
Warriors ready to soak up state softball experience
 It’s been 17 seasons since the Northwestern Warriors have experienced the high school state softball semifinals. There have been some close calls, including last season’s seventh-inning setback. So after breaking through with a 10-6 win over Columbus Bishop Ready for a Division III regional championship last Saturday, does...

11:01 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

It’s been 17 seasons since the Northwestern Warriors have experienced the high school state softball semifinals. There have been some close calls, including last season’s seventh-inning setback. So after breaking through with a 10-6 win over Columbus Bishop Ready for a Division III regional championship last Saturday, does...
Meadowdale’s Lawrence to go for sprint sweep at state

7:49 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

As he sat in the infield at Piqua High School’s football stadium on Saturday awaiting his third Division II regional championship medal, Meadowdale senior Wayne Lawrence Jr. couldn’t help but wonder if he was adventurous or insane. Or maybe both. Lawrence considered the notion after pulling off a sweep of the 100-, 200- and 400-meter...
Milton’s Bobbitt confident she can give state her best shot and discus
 Should Hollywood make a movie about her life someday, Milton-Union High School junior Beyonce Bobbitt wants Tajari P. Henson to portray her. “She’s fierce,” Bobbitt said of the actress known for her role as Cookie Lyon on the TV series Empire. “She’s my go-to girl.” Henson, though, might have to toughen...

3:39 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

Should Hollywood make a movie about her life someday, Milton-Union High School junior Beyonce Bobbitt wants Tajari P. Henson to portray her. “She’s fierce,” Bobbitt said of the actress known for her role as Cookie Lyon on the TV series Empire. “She’s my go-to girl.” Henson, though, might have to toughen...
Morris wins with a kick, McDavid to state in three events
 Graduating high school is a milestone moment in life. But Greeneview High School senior Ocean Morris might miss that special moment Saturday. Instead, she may have to settle for hearing her name over the public-address system at the Division II state track and field championships in Columbus. RELATED: Springfield duo headed to state With...

12:32 AM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

Graduating high school is a milestone moment in life. But Greeneview High School senior Ocean Morris might miss that special moment Saturday. Instead, she may have to settle for hearing her name over the public-address system at the Division II state track and field championships in Columbus. RELATED: Springfield duo headed to state With...
Indy 500: 5 story lines to track in Sunday’s race

11:05 PM Saturday, May. 27, 2017

Five hundred miles. Two hundred laps. Thirty-three drivers. One winner. Coming off the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, The Greatest Spectacle in Racing hasn’t slowed. Big crowds are again expected at the Yard of Bricks on Sunday (noon, ABC). Here are five stories to watch for the 101st running of the Indy 500...
West Michigan grand slam in 12th sinks Dragons
 The Dayton Dragons aren’t concerned with being the best team in minor league baseball. They just want to be the best in the Midwest League. They had a chance to do both Friday night. Dayton opened a four-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Field in an East Division showdown. It was a battle through 12 innings...

2:46 AM Saturday, May. 27, 2017

The Dayton Dragons aren’t concerned with being the best team in minor league baseball. They just want to be the best in the Midwest League. They had a chance to do both Friday night. Dayton opened a four-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Field in an East Division showdown. It was a battle through 12 innings...
Softball: Northwestern a win away from state
 There’s no need for fire-and-brimstone speeches at this point. So before her team takes the field for the Division III regional championship Saturday, Northwestern softball coach Missy Johnson will keep her pep talk simple. “I’ll tell them to go out and play like we have been and we’ll be fine,” Johnson said...

12:49 AM Saturday, May. 27, 2017

There’s no need for fire-and-brimstone speeches at this point. So before her team takes the field for the Division III regional championship Saturday, Northwestern softball coach Missy Johnson will keep her pep talk simple. “I’ll tell them to go out and play like we have been and we’ll be fine,” Johnson said...
5 drivers to watch in 101st Indy 500
 To date, 69 different drivers have won the Indianapolis 500. But two names come to mind first and foremost when it comes to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – Borg and Warner. The famed trophy, named after the Borg-Warner Automotive Company that commissioned the hardware in 1935, is up for grabs Sunday. Here are five drivers to watch...

4:13 PM Friday, May. 26, 2017

To date, 69 different drivers have won the Indianapolis 500. But two names come to mind first and foremost when it comes to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – Borg and Warner. The famed trophy, named after the Borg-Warner Automotive Company that commissioned the hardware in 1935, is up for grabs Sunday. Here are five drivers to watch...
Springfield’s Poole raises the roof at Bristol Motor Speedway
 Simply having the chance to wheel his modified race car around the famed Bristol Motor Speedway during the Short Track U.S. Nationals provided an emotional high for Springfield driver Chad Poole. But even Poole, who entered the 50-lap feature as the favorite, couldn’t have imagined the heights he reached last Saturday. Specifically...

8:20 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

Simply having the chance to wheel his modified race car around the famed Bristol Motor Speedway during the Short Track U.S. Nationals provided an emotional high for Springfield driver Chad Poole. But even Poole, who entered the 50-lap feature as the favorite, couldn’t have imagined the heights he reached last Saturday. Specifically...
Badin girls blanked by Northwestern, remain winless in regional play
 The Springfield Northwestern High School softball team feels the same way about last season’s stunning loss in the Division III regional finals as it did about Bry White’s fifth-inning blast. Both are long gone. Northwestern — aided by White’s home run and Jenna Robbins’ one-hitter — beat Badin 7-0 in a...

3:32 AM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

The Springfield Northwestern High School softball team feels the same way about last season’s stunning loss in the Division III regional finals as it did about Bry White’s fifth-inning blast. Both are long gone. Northwestern — aided by White’s home run and Jenna Robbins’ one-hitter — beat Badin 7-0 in a...
Northwestern blanks Badin to reach Division III regional final
 The Northwestern Warriors feel the same way about last season’s stunning loss in the Division III regional finals as they do about Bry White’s fifth-inning blast. Both are long gone. Northwestern — aided by White’s home run and Jenna Robbins’ one-hitter — beat Hamilton Badin 7-0 in the D-III regional semifinals...

8:09 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

The Northwestern Warriors feel the same way about last season’s stunning loss in the Division III regional finals as they do about Bry White’s fifth-inning blast. Both are long gone. Northwestern — aided by White’s home run and Jenna Robbins’ one-hitter — beat Hamilton Badin 7-0 in the D-III regional semifinals...
Northwestern sophomore completes weights sweep at district meet
 When the 8-pound, 13-ounce shot put landed with a thud in the gravel, it sent a wave through the competitors and spectators at the Division II district meet on Saturday. They reacted mostly with ooohs along with their applause. One competitor mumbled an appreciative “wow” in a manner that said he realized first place was no longer...

12:57 AM Sunday, May. 21, 2017

When the 8-pound, 13-ounce shot put landed with a thud in the gravel, it sent a wave through the competitors and spectators at the Division II district meet on Saturday. They reacted mostly with ooohs along with their applause. One competitor mumbled an appreciative “wow” in a manner that said he realized first place was no longer...
Softball: ‘Golden’ moment sends Shawnee past Kenton Ridge
 After letting a 5-0 lead slip away, the Shawnee Braves desperately needed a defensive stop. The game-tying run stood on third with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. The Braves, as it turned out, were Golden. »RELATED: High School results for May 16 »RELATED: State softball coaches poll “We worked on that play and we...

3:02 AM Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

After letting a 5-0 lead slip away, the Shawnee Braves desperately needed a defensive stop. The game-tying run stood on third with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. The Braves, as it turned out, were Golden. »RELATED: High School results for May 16 »RELATED: State softball coaches poll “We worked on that play and we...
Softball: Current, Robbins power Northwestern to sectional title
 With their season down to one final turn at the plate, the Arcanum Trojans felt confident they could hit Northwestern pitcher Jenna Robbins given the chance. But it never came in a Division III high school softball sectional final Monday at Northmont High School. Top-seeded Northwestern, leading 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, ripped...

1:34 AM Tuesday, May. 16, 2017

With their season down to one final turn at the plate, the Arcanum Trojans felt confident they could hit Northwestern pitcher Jenna Robbins given the chance. But it never came in a Division III high school softball sectional final Monday at Northmont High School. Top-seeded Northwestern, leading 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, ripped...
Win at Eldora Speedway ‘really special’ for former Piqua resident
 Word travels fast from Eldora Speedway back to California in the sprint car world. It has to to keep up with Justin Grant. The former Piqua resident scored his second straight victory at Eldora Speedway on Friday night – adding to his 4-Crown sprint car win last September – during the #LetsRaceTwo weekend at the famed high-bank...

6:24 PM Sunday, May. 14, 2017

Word travels fast from Eldora Speedway back to California in the sprint car world. It has to to keep up with Justin Grant. The former Piqua resident scored his second straight victory at Eldora Speedway on Friday night – adding to his 4-Crown sprint car win last September – during the #LetsRaceTwo weekend at the famed high-bank...
Track: Greenon freshman bests defending champ in 400
 The 400-meter dash, considered by many the toughest event in track, has been known to bring athletes to tears. It was no different for Greenon High School freshman Delaney Benedict on Friday. But hers were tears of joy. Benedict out-dueled two-time defending conference champion Jamari McDavid of Kenton Ridge down the stretch to win the Central...

1:48 AM Saturday, May. 13, 2017

The 400-meter dash, considered by many the toughest event in track, has been known to bring athletes to tears. It was no different for Greenon High School freshman Delaney Benedict on Friday. But hers were tears of joy. Benedict out-dueled two-time defending conference champion Jamari McDavid of Kenton Ridge down the stretch to win the Central...
Drivers test out NASCAR’s toughest turn at Kentucky

8:37 PM Thursday, May. 11, 2017

With a narrow entry and nothing to be gained by racing three-wide, it’s called the toughest turn in NASCAR. Now Turn 3 at Kentucky Speedway presents another dilemma — but not for drivers this time. What nickname is worthy of such a turn, about which Kyle Busch quipped: “You try to get through each and every lap with a puckered...
High school track: Kenton Ridge’s Phillips soars in long jump
 A tight hamstring had kept Kenton Ridge senior Cal Phillips from competing in recent meets, including the Clark County championships. Phillips felt it was time to test his hamstring at the Central Buckeye Conference championships at Tecumseh High School on Tuesday evening. In doing so, Phillips went from sore to soaring with an eye-popping...

1:11 AM Wednesday, May. 10, 2017

A tight hamstring had kept Kenton Ridge senior Cal Phillips from competing in recent meets, including the Clark County championships. Phillips felt it was time to test his hamstring at the Central Buckeye Conference championships at Tecumseh High School on Tuesday evening. In doing so, Phillips went from sore to soaring with an eye-popping...
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