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CJ giving softball program unexpected lift

9:49 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

It’s been a few years, about 16 of them, since Chaminade Julienne High School softball coach Dee Werbrich lifted then-2-year-old Erin Heiney atop her shoulders for postgame walks back to the parking lot. These days Heiney, now a senior catcher for CJ, and the Eagles have returned the favor. The Eagles – a mix of veteran experience...
Northmont softball takes tradition to next level
 The saying for Northmont High School’s softball team is Tradition Never Graduates. But it does go to college. From the banners denoting championships hanging on the outfield fence to the deep postseason runs, Northmont softball players are well versed in the Thunderbolts’ tradition. And this season 15 players are continuing that...

7:30 PM Saturday, May. 06, 2017

The saying for Northmont High School’s softball team is Tradition Never Graduates. But it does go to college. From the banners denoting championships hanging on the outfield fence to the deep postseason runs, Northmont softball players are well versed in the Thunderbolts’ tradition. And this season 15 players are continuing that...
Local racing: Xenia’s Fleming off to fast start at Kil-Kare

11:41 PM Thursday, May. 04, 2017

Given his choice, late model driver Ryan Fleming prefers the inside lane at Kil-Kare Raceway. These days, though, the Xenia racer has been finding his groove no matter which line he picks. The 22-year-old has lived up to his nickname – Flyin’ Ryan – through the first two races at Kil-Kare’s 3/8th-mile oval. He&rsquo...
Shawnee boys use depth to edge Springfield for county track title
 There were no individual titles for the Shawnee High School boys at the Clark County track and field championships on Tuesday. But the program still came away the big winner by capturing the boys team championship. And they did it in typical Braves’ fashion. Shawnee’s boys used its depth to place in enough events for 123 points...

11:03 PM Tuesday, May. 02, 2017

There were no individual titles for the Shawnee High School boys at the Clark County track and field championships on Tuesday. But the program still came away the big winner by capturing the boys team championship. And they did it in typical Braves’ fashion. Shawnee’s boys used its depth to place in enough events for 123 points...
Spectator drag racing division kicks off Saturday at Shady Bowl
 For all the racing spectators in the grandstands that think they can do it better on the track, Shady Bowl Speedway is giving them a chance to prove it. The Champaign County oval kicks off its spectator drag racing division Saturday. At the end of the season – and after a NASCAR Chase-style format – the winner receives a race-ready...

8:50 PM Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017

For all the racing spectators in the grandstands that think they can do it better on the track, Shady Bowl Speedway is giving them a chance to prove it. The Champaign County oval kicks off its spectator drag racing division Saturday. At the end of the season – and after a NASCAR Chase-style format – the winner receives a race-ready...
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Miami Valley made memories together
 He’s NASCAR’s most popular driver 14 years running. But there was a time when Dale Earnhardt Jr. went unrecognized around the Miami Valley. Back in October 1996, Earnhardt Jr. was hired by then-Shady Bowl Speedway owner Charlie Stapleton to race on the Champaign County oval. Earnhardt Jr., then 22, was an up-and-coming driver...

11:44 PM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

He’s NASCAR’s most popular driver 14 years running. But there was a time when Dale Earnhardt Jr. went unrecognized around the Miami Valley. Back in October 1996, Earnhardt Jr. was hired by then-Shady Bowl Speedway owner Charlie Stapleton to race on the Champaign County oval. Earnhardt Jr., then 22, was an up-and-coming driver...
Northmont baseball reaches milestone; Harlow closing in on another
 Chuck Harlow always figured he’d never coach a sport more than 10 seasons. When he first came to Northmont High School back in 1985 he was worried about making it through just first one. “I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t mess this thing up,’” Harlow said of taking over a successful baseball program...

1:40 AM Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

Chuck Harlow always figured he’d never coach a sport more than 10 seasons. When he first came to Northmont High School back in 1985 he was worried about making it through just first one. “I just kept thinking, ‘Oh my gosh I can’t mess this thing up,’” Harlow said of taking over a successful baseball program...
Former NFL standout Matt Light finding success in a different field
 An 11-year NFL career that included five Super Bowl appearances and three Pro Bowl selections provided Matt Light some of his greatest moments in life. But reminiscing about effort, determination and ultimately success on a different field had Matt Light beaming Friday evening. Light, the Greenville High School graduate and former offensive...

10:51 AM Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017

An 11-year NFL career that included five Super Bowl appearances and three Pro Bowl selections provided Matt Light some of his greatest moments in life. But reminiscing about effort, determination and ultimately success on a different field had Matt Light beaming Friday evening. Light, the Greenville High School graduate and former offensive...
High School Baseball: Undefeated Aviators rally past Skyhawks
 In his first two at-bats Thursday, Vandalia-Butler junior Preston Tofstad retreated to the bench with a pair of strikeouts. In his third, it was Tofstad who had upset-minded Fairborn on the defensive. Tofstad ripped a two-run, two-out double to highlight a four-run fifth inning that gave the Aviators the lead for good in a 6-3 victory. &ldquo...

2:25 AM Friday, Apr. 14, 2017

In his first two at-bats Thursday, Vandalia-Butler junior Preston Tofstad retreated to the bench with a pair of strikeouts. In his third, it was Tofstad who had upset-minded Fairborn on the defensive. Tofstad ripped a two-run, two-out double to highlight a four-run fifth inning that gave the Aviators the lead for good in a 6-3 victory. &ldquo...
Eldora season opener, Shady Bowl event highlights area racing
 Three down. Three to go. That’s the tally entering Friday for area auto racing tracks and season openers. Kil-Kare Raceway, Shady Bowl Speedway and Edgewater Sports Park kicked off the racing season last week. Eldora Speedway joins them Saturday at the Darke County half-mile dirt oval roars into action for its 64th season. Here&rsquo...

8:15 PM Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017

Three down. Three to go. That’s the tally entering Friday for area auto racing tracks and season openers. Kil-Kare Raceway, Shady Bowl Speedway and Edgewater Sports Park kicked off the racing season last week. Eldora Speedway joins them Saturday at the Darke County half-mile dirt oval roars into action for its 64th season. Here&rsquo...
Racing returns to Kil-Kare Raceway
 The last time Kettering’s Cody Robinson was at Kil-Kare Raceway, he was finishing off a late model track championship. A lot has changed in two years. After winning that championship in October of 2014, Kil-Kare shut down the 3/8th-mile, modified-D track citing lack of car counts and shrinking crowds. On Sunday, Robinson returned to...

1:35 PM Monday, Apr. 10, 2017

The last time Kettering’s Cody Robinson was at Kil-Kare Raceway, he was finishing off a late model track championship. A lot has changed in two years. After winning that championship in October of 2014, Kil-Kare shut down the 3/8th-mile, modified-D track citing lack of car counts and shrinking crowds. On Sunday, Robinson returned to...
Local racing: Restoring the roar at Kil-Kare

7:11 PM Saturday, Apr. 08, 2017

After two years sitting idle for area racers, the roar returns to Kil-Kare Raceway’s tricky 3/8th-mile, modified-D track Sunday. The Gem City Auto Racing group — comprised primarily of racers, car owners and business owners — will sanction Sunday racing at Kil-Kare with late models, modifieds, street stocks and compact divisions...
Track: Gover’s four wins pace Northmont to title
 At the start of his first event Saturday, the 100-meter dash, Northmont High School senior Kameron Gover stumbled coming out of the blocks. It was his only misstep at the Jack Lintz Invitational hosted by Northmont. Gover won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and ran legs on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams to help the Thunderbolts outdistance...

11:49 PM Saturday, Apr. 01, 2017

At the start of his first event Saturday, the 100-meter dash, Northmont High School senior Kameron Gover stumbled coming out of the blocks. It was his only misstep at the Jack Lintz Invitational hosted by Northmont. Gover won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and ran legs on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams to help the Thunderbolts outdistance...
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...
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