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Lewis, Rawlings, Kindell headline Journal-News All-Area Softball Team
 Rachel Lewis and Nicole Rawlings are the top honorees on the 2017 Journal-News All-Area Softball Team after leading their respective prep squads to a combined 50 wins. Lewis, a senior shortstop from Lakota East, is the Position Player of the Year after an incredible campaign that followed a mostly lost 2016 due to an ankle injury. The Northwestern...

3:17 PM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

Rachel Lewis and Nicole Rawlings are the top honorees on the 2017 Journal-News All-Area Softball Team after leading their respective prep squads to a combined 50 wins. Lewis, a senior shortstop from Lakota East, is the Position Player of the Year after an incredible campaign that followed a mostly lost 2016 due to an ankle injury. The Northwestern...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Softball Team
 Brian Kindell, Lebanon — Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division Coach of the Year Nicole Rawlings, Badin, junior — Division III All-Ohio first team, Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division first team Rachel Lewis, Lakota East, senior, shortstop — Division I All-Ohio first team, Greater Miami Conference...

3:15 PM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

Brian Kindell, Lebanon — Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division Coach of the Year Nicole Rawlings, Badin, junior — Division III All-Ohio first team, Greater Catholic League Coed Central Division first team Rachel Lewis, Lakota East, senior, shortstop — Division I All-Ohio first team, Greater Miami Conference...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Softball Statistics
 Jenna Monk, CC—50—35—.700 Rachel Lewis, LE—91—55—.604 Arianna Layne, MID—51—29—.569 Annabelle Thomas, FEN—72—40—.556 Jenna O’Hair, MAD—96—53—.552 Faith Hensley, MON—93—51—.548 Chloe Allen, LEB—118—63—.534 Ally...

3:13 PM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

Jenna Monk, CC—50—35—.700 Rachel Lewis, LE—91—55—.604 Arianna Layne, MID—51—29—.569 Annabelle Thomas, FEN—72—40—.556 Jenna O’Hair, MAD—96—53—.552 Faith Hensley, MON—93—51—.548 Chloe Allen, LEB—118—63—.534 Ally...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Baseball Statistics
 Alex Page, MON—62—33—.532 Logan Becraft, MON—58—28—.483 Christian Acus, NM—81—39—.481 Reid Davis, MAD—76—36—.474 Andrew Sams, FF—89—42—.472 Austin Gilbert, FRA—95—43—.453 Drew Reckart, EDG—84—38—.452 Ethan McCarty...

7:13 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

Alex Page, MON—62—33—.532 Logan Becraft, MON—58—28—.483 Christian Acus, NM—81—39—.481 Reid Davis, MAD—76—36—.474 Andrew Sams, FF—89—42—.472 Austin Gilbert, FRA—95—43—.453 Drew Reckart, EDG—84—38—.452 Ethan McCarty...
2017 Journal-News All-Area Prep Baseball Team
 Greg Leurck, Lakota West — Greater Miami Conference Coach of the Year Jacob Kates, Lakota West, senior — Division I All-Ohio first team, Greater Miami Conference Athlete of the Year Christian Acus, New Miami, senior, shortstop — Division IV All-Ohio first team, Miami Valley Conference Gray Division Athlete of the Year First...

7:12 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

Greg Leurck, Lakota West — Greater Miami Conference Coach of the Year Jacob Kates, Lakota West, senior — Division I All-Ohio first team, Greater Miami Conference Athlete of the Year Christian Acus, New Miami, senior, shortstop — Division IV All-Ohio first team, Miami Valley Conference Gray Division Athlete of the Year First...
Kates, Acus, Leurck headline Journal-News All-Area baseball squad
 All-Ohio seniors Jacob Kates and Christian Acus are the marquee players on the 2017 Journal-News All-Area prep baseball team. Kates, a pitcher and third baseman for Lakota West, is the Pitcher of the Year after leading the Firebirds to the Greater Miami Conference title and the Division I state tournament. Acus, a shortstop and pitcher for...

7:10 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

All-Ohio seniors Jacob Kates and Christian Acus are the marquee players on the 2017 Journal-News All-Area prep baseball team. Kates, a pitcher and third baseman for Lakota West, is the Pitcher of the Year after leading the Firebirds to the Greater Miami Conference title and the Division I state tournament. Acus, a shortstop and pitcher for...
Middies’ Thomas scores TD as East rolls over West in All-Star clash
 The East dominance continued Thursday night with a serious approach that included a lot of laughs and good tunes. It was a perfect recipe for a victory in the 42nd Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association Ron Woyan East-West All-Star Game, with the East celebrating a 23-7 triumph at Kings High School. “For a summer night in June...

3:49 AM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

The East dominance continued Thursday night with a serious approach that included a lot of laughs and good tunes. It was a perfect recipe for a victory in the 42nd Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association Ron Woyan East-West All-Star Game, with the East celebrating a 23-7 triumph at Kings High School. “For a summer night in June...
Football in June: Locals enjoying East-West All-Star experience
 Will Thomas would love to go out with a win. The recent Middletown High School graduate will soon turn his focus to playing football at Georgetown (Ky.) College, but first things first. He will play for the East in the 42nd Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association Ron Woyan East-West All-Star Game on Thursday night at Kings. &ldquo...

5:32 PM Wednesday, Jun. 07, 2017

Will Thomas would love to go out with a win. The recent Middletown High School graduate will soon turn his focus to playing football at Georgetown (Ky.) College, but first things first. He will play for the East in the 42nd Southwestern Ohio Football Coaches Association Ron Woyan East-West All-Star Game on Thursday night at Kings. &ldquo...
College Insider: Lakota West’s Brown with strong year at Shawnee
 Shawnee State University sophomore Marisa Brown shared the Mid-South Conference softball lead in RBIs this spring. The Lakota West High School graduate is a catcher and took first-team MSC honors in the designated player position. Brown hit .365 with 11 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 51 RBIs, 19 runs and three stolen bases as the Bears...

8:34 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Shawnee State University sophomore Marisa Brown shared the Mid-South Conference softball lead in RBIs this spring. The Lakota West High School graduate is a catcher and took first-team MSC honors in the designated player position. Brown hit .365 with 11 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 51 RBIs, 19 runs and three stolen bases as the Bears...
Elyria’s stunning finish leaves top-ranked Lebanon without a title
 The last time Lebanon High School’s softball team was denied in the Division I state championship game, the end came on a walk-off home run in 2015. That was gut-wrenching. Saturday was worse. One out from their first state title, the top-ranked Warriors gave up two unearned runs on a wild game-ending play as Elyria pulled off a stunning...

5:53 PM Saturday, Jun. 03, 2017

The last time Lebanon High School’s softball team was denied in the Division I state championship game, the end came on a walk-off home run in 2015. That was gut-wrenching. Saturday was worse. One out from their first state title, the top-ranked Warriors gave up two unearned runs on a wild game-ending play as Elyria pulled off a stunning...
Early deficit too much for West to overcome in state loss to Jackson
 Lakota West High School’s baseball squad found ways to win close games throughout the Division I postseason, making its way to the Final Four for the third time in school history. But a 4-0 first-inning deficit against the No. 1 team in the state? That was simply a recipe for the end of the season. The Firebirds gave up four runs before...

10:28 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

Lakota West High School’s baseball squad found ways to win close games throughout the Division I postseason, making its way to the Final Four for the third time in school history. But a 4-0 first-inning deficit against the No. 1 team in the state? That was simply a recipe for the end of the season. The Firebirds gave up four runs before...
State softball: Elyria last hurdle for Lebanon in title quest
 Another state championship opportunity awaits Lebanon High School’s softball team Saturday. The top-ranked Warriors, Division I state runners-up in 2012 and 2015, will go after their first title at 10 a.m. when they meet Elyria at Firestone Stadium. Lebanon coach Brian Kindell said he won’t be bringing up the past to his players...

6:21 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

Another state championship opportunity awaits Lebanon High School’s softball team Saturday. The top-ranked Warriors, Division I state runners-up in 2012 and 2015, will go after their first title at 10 a.m. when they meet Elyria at Firestone Stadium. Lebanon coach Brian Kindell said he won’t be bringing up the past to his players...
Top-ranked Lebanon rallies to beat Hoover, will play for state title
 The latest roller-coaster ride had Lebanon High School’s softball team down, but most certainly not out. The Warriors rallied again on the state’s biggest stage Thursday afternoon and moved within one victory of the first Division I state championship in program history. Just over a week after its epic comeback triumph over Lakota...

8:17 PM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

The latest roller-coaster ride had Lebanon High School’s softball team down, but most certainly not out. The Warriors rallied again on the state’s biggest stage Thursday afternoon and moved within one victory of the first Division I state championship in program history. Just over a week after its epic comeback triumph over Lakota...
Firebirds taking confident approach to top-ranked Jackson
 Lakota West High School’s baseball team has clawed its way back to the Division I state tournament for the first time since 2008, and No. 1 awaits the Greater Miami Conference champion Firebirds. Their reaction? A respectful shrug. “I tell the kids they’re very much like a GMC team,” West coach Greg Leurck said of...

2:10 PM Thursday, Jun. 01, 2017

Lakota West High School’s baseball team has clawed its way back to the Division I state tournament for the first time since 2008, and No. 1 awaits the Greater Miami Conference champion Firebirds. Their reaction? A respectful shrug. “I tell the kids they’re very much like a GMC team,” West coach Greg Leurck said of...
Perennial power Hoover awaits No. 1 Warriors at state tournament
 Brian Kindell is emphatic when it comes to describing North Canton Hoover High’s softball team: Don’t let the record fool you. Lebanon’s coach will take his squad to Firestone Stadium in Akron to face the Vikings in a Division I state semifinal Thursday at 12:30 p.m., and while Hoover is close to double-digit losses with...

9:55 PM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Brian Kindell is emphatic when it comes to describing North Canton Hoover High’s softball team: Don’t let the record fool you. Lebanon’s coach will take his squad to Firestone Stadium in Akron to face the Vikings in a Division I state semifinal Thursday at 12:30 p.m., and while Hoover is close to double-digit losses with...
State baseball: West’s Martin, Johnson among Ohio’s top outfielders
 Bryce Johnson and Brennen Martin have spent a lot of time playing next to each other in Lakota West High School’s outfield this season. It’s only fitting that they’re also together on the All-Ohio squad. Johnson, a junior center fielder, and Martin, a senior left fielder, recently found out they were voted onto the Ohio...

7:27 PM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Bryce Johnson and Brennen Martin have spent a lot of time playing next to each other in Lakota West High School’s outfield this season. It’s only fitting that they’re also together on the All-Ohio squad. Johnson, a junior center fielder, and Martin, a senior left fielder, recently found out they were voted onto the Ohio...
Lebanon seniors Gibson, Lewis hoping for historic finish
 Alex Gibson expects to be “a puddle of tears” regardless of how this weekend closes for Lebanon High School’s softball team. But some good tears would be nice. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” the senior third baseman said of her prep career coming to an end. “But I’m ready to play, and I’m...

12:38 AM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

Alex Gibson expects to be “a puddle of tears” regardless of how this weekend closes for Lebanon High School’s softball team. But some good tears would be nice. “It’s kind of bittersweet,” the senior third baseman said of her prep career coming to an end. “But I’m ready to play, and I’m...
College Insider: Hamilton’s Stephens has solid rookie year at Miami
 Four area players had key roles for Miami University’s baseball squad this season. Freshman infielder Landon Stephens, a Hamilton High School graduate, finished tied for the team lead in triples (two). He was second in doubles (15) and third in batting average (.287). Stephens also collected four home runs, 26 RBIs, 21 runs and three...

8:47 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

Four area players had key roles for Miami University’s baseball squad this season. Freshman infielder Landon Stephens, a Hamilton High School graduate, finished tied for the team lead in triples (two). He was second in doubles (15) and third in batting average (.287). Stephens also collected four home runs, 26 RBIs, 21 runs and three...
Son of Miami University legend Coles named Talawanda basketball coach
 Talawanda High School has announced the hiring of Chris Coles as the school’s new head boys basketball coach. Coles received school-board approval last Thursday to replace Eddie Glaser at the Braves’ helm. Glaser was 12-34 in two seasons as head coach. Coles is the son of the late Charlie Coles, the longtime basketball coach at...

2:58 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

Talawanda High School has announced the hiring of Chris Coles as the school’s new head boys basketball coach. Coles received school-board approval last Thursday to replace Eddie Glaser at the Braves’ helm. Glaser was 12-34 in two seasons as head coach. Coles is the son of the late Charlie Coles, the longtime basketball coach at...
Lebanon girls handle Mason, earn another trip to Final Four
 The road north will once again be traveled by Lebanon High School’s softball team. The top-ranked Warriors earned their fourth Division I state tournament berth in six years by defeating Mason 7-3 in a regional title game Sunday afternoon at Kings. “It’s definitely worth all the hard work we’ve been putting in,&rdquo...

8:20 PM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

The road north will once again be traveled by Lebanon High School’s softball team. The top-ranked Warriors earned their fourth Division I state tournament berth in six years by defeating Mason 7-3 in a regional title game Sunday afternoon at Kings. “It’s definitely worth all the hard work we’ve been putting in,&rdquo...
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