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Boys Soccer: Kenton Ridge looks to break through in CBC and beyond
 It’s not a now-or-never situation for the Kenton Ridge boys soccer team. That said, the Cougars recognize this season is as good of a time as any to break through in the Central Buckeye Conference and beyond. Kenton Ridge returns six seniors and six juniors from a team that finished second in the CBC Kenton Division and reached the...

5:25 PM Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

It’s not a now-or-never situation for the Kenton Ridge boys soccer team. That said, the Cougars recognize this season is as good of a time as any to break through in the Central Buckeye Conference and beyond. Kenton Ridge returns six seniors and six juniors from a team that finished second in the CBC Kenton Division and reached the...
‘Dreams’ come true for children at Springfield soccer event
 Kyle Strines has participated in all 12 of the Springfield Rotary Club’s Dream Soccer event for kids, teens and adults with disabilities. He added to his career goal count Friday night by netting a few more — and the feeling is always the same for the 18-year old. “It feels like I’m soaring in the air glorifying the...

9:59 PM Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Kyle Strines has participated in all 12 of the Springfield Rotary Club’s Dream Soccer event for kids, teens and adults with disabilities. He added to his career goal count Friday night by netting a few more — and the feeling is always the same for the 18-year old. “It feels like I’m soaring in the air glorifying the...
Area racing: Urbana’s Ward goes for points title at Shady Bowl

8:49 PM Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Winning the late model championship at Shady Bowl Speedway seems all but guaranteed for Urbana’s Mike Ward. According to his calculations, all Ward has to do is qualify for the final points race on Saturday. But that’s not the biggest sure thing at Shady Bowl these days. He’s putting that tag on sport stock rookie Nic Burnside...
Remembering Bryan Clauson, USAC sprint car champion
 Bryan Clauson, a USAC sprint car champion and four-time winner at Eldora Speedway, died Sunday night after a sprint car accident at the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas on Saturday. Clauson was 27. As fast as the personable driver was on the track, he was even faster with a smile off it. The Eldora fan favorite visited victory lane four...

12:13 AM Tuesday, Aug. 09, 2016

Bryan Clauson, a USAC sprint car champion and four-time winner at Eldora Speedway, died Sunday night after a sprint car accident at the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas on Saturday. Clauson was 27. As fast as the personable driver was on the track, he was even faster with a smile off it. The Eldora fan favorite visited victory lane four...
Champion City Kings fall short in Prospect League playoff bid
 The Champion City Kings came up short in their bid for the Prospect League playoffs. But the third-year team made progress in the summer collegiate wooden bat league. The Kings needed to win two of its final three games to clinch the East Division, but dropped all three including a season-ending doubleheader on Saturday. Champion City, which...

8:38 PM Sunday, Aug. 07, 2016

The Champion City Kings came up short in their bid for the Prospect League playoffs. But the third-year team made progress in the summer collegiate wooden bat league. The Kings needed to win two of its final three games to clinch the East Division, but dropped all three including a season-ending doubleheader on Saturday. Champion City, which...
Champion City Kings close home schedule tonight

6:33 AM Friday, Aug. 05, 2016

The Champion City Kings host their final regular-season home game tonight. But with some fortunate bounces it might not be their last game this season at Carleton Davidson Stadium. The Kings are still in the Prospect League playoff chase with three games remaining, including a doubleheader on the road Saturday. Here are five things to know...
Hewitt Classic highlights racing slate

11:18 PM Thursday, Aug. 04, 2016

Sprint cars, dragsters and motorcycles, among others, dominate the local racing landscape every weekend. They’re still on local schedules today and Saturday, but they’ll make room for another addition this weekend — if they’re smart — when Monster Trucks invade the Miami Valley. Here are five things to know about...
Reds draft pick settles in but loses in his Dragons debut

10:45 PM Sunday, Jul. 31, 2016

Down the street from Fifth Third Field on Monument Avenue, there was singing, dancing and celebrating at the Dayton Celtic Festival. The luck of the Irish, though, fell about a Blarney Stone’s throw away from reaching Fifth Third Field. The Dayton Dragons dropped their fourth straight game following a 6-0 loss to the Bowling Green Hot...
Pitcher Andrew McDonald, City Kings letting it fly
 Just like when pitcher Andrew McDonald took the mound for the Virginia Tech Hokies on Feb. 23 – his first outing since Tommy John surgery – the Champion City Kings are also letting it fly. And the results have been a success for both. McDonald and the Kings are both enjoying a resurgence this season: McDonald from his surgery...

7:23 PM Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016

Just like when pitcher Andrew McDonald took the mound for the Virginia Tech Hokies on Feb. 23 – his first outing since Tommy John surgery – the Champion City Kings are also letting it fly. And the results have been a success for both. McDonald and the Kings are both enjoying a resurgence this season: McDonald from his surgery...
Area UFC fighter confident despite recent slump
 Matt Brown has faced formidable challenges in his life. He’s stood his ground against some of the toughest fighters in the world. He’s overcome addiction and injuries. And he survived a near-death experience. But he’s never faced a challenge like this one. “I don’t know how I’m going to deal with (raising...

12:18 AM Saturday, Jul. 30, 2016

Matt Brown has faced formidable challenges in his life. He’s stood his ground against some of the toughest fighters in the world. He’s overcome addiction and injuries. And he survived a near-death experience. But he’s never faced a challenge like this one. “I don’t know how I’m going to deal with (raising...
Local racing: Clendenen enters USAC Hall of Fame

9:39 PM Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016

The late Russ Clendenen supervised some of racing’s biggest names as a United States Auto Club (USAC) official, namely A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Parnelli Jones, Bobby Unser and Johnny Rutherford. It’s fitting he received another honor as big as the stars he helped keep in line. On July 21 the former Dayton resident was inducted...
Kyle Larson ‘puts on a show’ to win at Eldora
 In his previous two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits at Eldora Speedway, Kyle Larson left his mark on the famed track. He left racing stripes along the outer concrete walls and he banged and bounced off them chasing the leaders. He left pieces of his truck littered all over the track in his relentless pursuit of a victory. And he...

8:49 PM Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016

In his previous two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visits at Eldora Speedway, Kyle Larson left his mark on the famed track. He left racing stripes along the outer concrete walls and he banged and bounced off them chasing the leaders. He left pieces of his truck littered all over the track in his relentless pursuit of a victory. And he...
NASCAR: Larson holds off Bell for Dirt Derby win
 Kyle Larson held off defending winner Christopher Bell in a stunning turn of events at the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday. Larson, who rallied from being a lap down, also survived a side-by-side battle with Bobby Pierce with about 25 laps left. The NASCAR Sprint Cup regular overcame those obstacles to join Austin...

3:22 AM Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016

Kyle Larson held off defending winner Christopher Bell in a stunning turn of events at the Aspen Dental Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway on Wednesday. Larson, who rallied from being a lap down, also survived a side-by-side battle with Bobby Pierce with about 25 laps left. The NASCAR Sprint Cup regular overcame those obstacles to join Austin...
NASCAR: Tony Stewart flips for a good cause

12:02 AM Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016

Prior to Wednesday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Tony Stewart held a special event on Eldora Speedway’s kart track called Little E. He flipped nine times to the delight of hundreds of spectators. Flipped a coin, that is. Spectators gathered to help the Tony Stewart Foundation attempt to set the Guinness World Record...
NASCAR: Abreu looks to add Trucks win to Eldora haul
 Rico Abreu’s two racing worlds collide today. And he’s hoping it has quite the impact on his career. Abreu, 24, has been slinging dirt in midget and sprint cars the past six years. This year he’s also attacking the asphalt with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Both merge today when NASCAR runs its lone race on dirt...

9:40 PM Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2016

Rico Abreu’s two racing worlds collide today. And he’s hoping it has quite the impact on his career. Abreu, 24, has been slinging dirt in midget and sprint cars the past six years. This year he’s also attacking the asphalt with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Both merge today when NASCAR runs its lone race on dirt...
NASCAR Trucks: Bell prepared to defend Dirt Derby title
 Christopher Bell spent the weekend rocketing his winged 410 sprint car around Eldora Speedway’s high-banked, half-mile oval at speeds of 140 mph. He’ll get the same rush on Wednesday, albeit at about 90 mph. RELATED: 7 things to know as NASCAR hits the dirt at Eldora Bell roars into Eldora as the defending champion in the NASCAR...

12:07 AM Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2016

Christopher Bell spent the weekend rocketing his winged 410 sprint car around Eldora Speedway’s high-banked, half-mile oval at speeds of 140 mph. He’ll get the same rush on Wednesday, albeit at about 90 mph. RELATED: 7 things to know as NASCAR hits the dirt at Eldora Bell roars into Eldora as the defending champion in the NASCAR...
Schatz claims third Kings Royal crown at Eldora Speedway

2:57 AM Monday, Jul. 18, 2016

Donny Schatz received the loudest boos during the Kings Royal driver introductions. Rico Abreu received the loudest cheers. One of dirt racing’s biggest events ended the same way. Abreu – a fast-rising star in racing – made a final charge at Schatz that fired up the roughly 20,000 spectators at Eldora Speedway on Saturday...
7 things to know: NASCAR hits the dirt at Eldora
 One of NASCAR’s most anticipated races across all its national divisions hits the high banks of Eldora Speedway on Wednesday. The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby, NASCAR’s only national race on dirt has a new name, but remains the same as top drivers battle each other and Eldora’s unforgiving concrete walls. The event starts...

1:55 AM Sunday, Jul. 17, 2016

One of NASCAR’s most anticipated races across all its national divisions hits the high banks of Eldora Speedway on Wednesday. The Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby, NASCAR’s only national race on dirt has a new name, but remains the same as top drivers battle each other and Eldora’s unforgiving concrete walls. The event starts...
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