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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...
Area high schools rally in support of hurricane victims
 The plan to help started out simple enough: collect 20 T-shirts and 10 pairs of shoes to donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. “I told my son (Aidan) I thought we could do it … literally not having any idea what we were getting ourselves into,” said Matt Somerlot, Centerville High School’s boys and girls track...

4:55 PM Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017

The plan to help started out simple enough: collect 20 T-shirts and 10 pairs of shoes to donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. “I told my son (Aidan) I thought we could do it … literally not having any idea what we were getting ourselves into,” said Matt Somerlot, Centerville High School’s boys and girls track...
Girls Golf: Four-player strong Shawnee advances to district tourney

7:26 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

The four-player strong Shawnee High School girls golf team entered the Division II sectional tournament with the minimum players needed to compete. As it turns out, that was plenty. Shawnee finished third among 19 teams at WGC Golf Course in Xenia to advance the district tournament next Wednesday at Miamisburg’s Pipestone Golf Club...
Cross Country: Northwestern soph doesn’t wilt under tough conditions
 It’s not often at the Bellbrook Invitational that the traditional course obstacles come in second to other potential pitfalls. But on Saturday it wasn’t the footing on the steep, muddy hill after splashing through the creek that bothered runners the most. It wasn’t those tight corners that can keep runners trapped on the...

3:27 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

It’s not often at the Bellbrook Invitational that the traditional course obstacles come in second to other potential pitfalls. But on Saturday it wasn’t the footing on the steep, muddy hill after splashing through the creek that bothered runners the most. It wasn’t those tight corners that can keep runners trapped on the...
Cross-country: Oakwood’s Vaughn finds a way to win
 One of the trickier parts of Bellbrook’s cross-country course is when it approaches three large rocks that force runners to zigzag before heading into the narrowing woods. More than a few coaches warned their runners not to get boxed in running in the middle of a pack. Oakwood sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn’s solution? Don’t...

3:26 PM Monday, Sep. 25, 2017

One of the trickier parts of Bellbrook’s cross-country course is when it approaches three large rocks that force runners to zigzag before heading into the narrowing woods. More than a few coaches warned their runners not to get boxed in running in the middle of a pack. Oakwood sophomore Elizabeth Vaughn’s solution? Don’t...
Kentucky hosts Xfinity Series playoff opener

6:44 PM Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

In a state known for horsepower, albeit of a different kind, it’s fitting the NASCAR Xfinity Series holds its playoff opener at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. A field of 12 drivers take the green flag in the first of the final seven races that will crown the series champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18. Here are five things...
Auto Racing: 4-Crown up for grabs at Eldora Speedway
 Former Piqua resident Justin Grant pulls into Eldora Speedway as the defending sprint car winner at the 4-Crown Nationals. Leaving the same way would certainly help in his bid to capture his first USAC national sprint car points championship. “You kind of view yourself a little differently,” Grant said of a 4-Crown victory. &ldquo...

7:05 PM Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017

Former Piqua resident Justin Grant pulls into Eldora Speedway as the defending sprint car winner at the 4-Crown Nationals. Leaving the same way would certainly help in his bid to capture his first USAC national sprint car points championship. “You kind of view yourself a little differently,” Grant said of a 4-Crown victory. &ldquo...
High School Football: Greenon’s historic win capped emotional night
 Last Friday night was a long time coming for the Greenon football program. The Knights had waited since Week 9 of the 2013 season for a victory — a span of 32 games — and they grabbed it, 42-35 over Triad. “It was a made-for-TV situation,” said first-year Greenon coach Josh Wooten, whose team trailed by 14 points with...

5:56 PM Thursday, Sep. 21, 2017

Last Friday night was a long time coming for the Greenon football program. The Knights had waited since Week 9 of the 2013 season for a victory — a span of 32 games — and they grabbed it, 42-35 over Triad. “It was a made-for-TV situation,” said first-year Greenon coach Josh Wooten, whose team trailed by 14 points with...
High School Football: Mechanicsburg making doubters do double-take
 The general talk surrounding the Mechanicsburg High School football team during the preseason was that it didn’t meet the eye test after heavy graduation losses. A .500 season would be good for a program that had won (or shared) the Ohio Heritage Conference the past three seasons and reached the playoffs four straight years. Through...

7:00 PM Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017

The general talk surrounding the Mechanicsburg High School football team during the preseason was that it didn’t meet the eye test after heavy graduation losses. A .500 season would be good for a program that had won (or shared) the Ohio Heritage Conference the past three seasons and reached the playoffs four straight years. Through...
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