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Football playoffs: Sites, matchups announced for state semifinals

Home team listed first. Pairings include AP state rank and record. Powell Olentangy Liberty (9-4) vs. 9 Lakewood St. Edward (9-3) at Mansfield Arlin Stadium 8 Pickerington Central (11-2) vs. 1 Cin. Colerain (13-0) at Piqua Alexander Stadium 6 Cin. Winton Woods (12-1) vs. 3 Massillon Washington (13-0) at Gahanna Lincoln Wilbur C. Strait Field 1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (13-0) vs. 8 Avon (12-1) at Brunswick...

High School Football: State playoffs scoreboard

Region 13 — Girard 43, Hubbard 18 Region 14 — St. Marys Memorial 38, Bellville Clear Fork 7 Region 15 — Newark Licking Valley 30, St. Clairsville 0 Region 16 — Cin. Wyoming 28, London 0 Region 17 — Orrville 43, Akron Manchester 19 Region 18 — Genoa Area vs. Liberty Center Region 19 — Johnstown-Monroe 45, Byesville Meadowbrook 14 Region 20 — Wheelersburg...

High School Football: Friday’s regional finals scores

Football Regional Finals Friday’s Results Division I Region 1 — Lakewood St. Edward 24, Mentor 14 Region 2 — Olentangy Liberty 21, Dublin Coffman 7 Region 3 — Pickerington Central 20, Hilliard Davidson 13 Region 4 — Cin. Colerain 42, Cin. Elder 0 Division II Region 5 — Akron Hoban 52, Maple Heights 6 Region 6 — Avon 37, Tol. Central Catholic 22 Region 7 &mdash...
Mechanicsburg senior player of year in Southwest District

Mechanicsburg senior player of year in Southwest District

Mechanicsburg senior running back Joey Mascadri was named an offensive player of the year and three Springfield players were named first team on the All-Southwest District high school football teams. A media panel of Southwest District reps, one of nine throughout the state, announced the teams on Thursday. Players are nominated by coaches and voted on by each district’s media panel. Mascadri...
Girls Soccer: Two area players named to All-Ohio team

Girls Soccer: Two area players named to All-Ohio team

Two local high school girls soccer players have been recognized among Ohio’s best this season. West Liberty-Salem High School senior Gabby Hollar was named the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division III player of the year. “I was very shocked,” Hollar said. “It was a big surprise for me.” Shawnee High School senior Lena Jenssen was named first team in D-II...
Division I: All-Southwest District football

Division I: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division I football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Michael Bittner, Cincinnati Elder, 6-feet-2, 200 pounds, senior, QB; Jesse Deglow, Kettering Fairmont, 5-10, 194, sr., RB; Miles Johnson, Clayton Northmont, 6-1, 195, sr., QB; Cameron Kells, Milford, 5-10, 180, sr., RB; JuTahn McClain, Fairfield...
Division II: All Southwest District football

Division II: All Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division II football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Jaydon Culp-Bishop, Troy, 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, senior, RB; Connor Kinnett, Harrison, 6-4, 220, jr., QB; Wade Phillips, Trenton Edgewood, 5-11, 175, sr., RB; Sincere Wells, Xenia, 5-10, 220, sr., RB; Miyan Williams, Cincinnati Winton Woods, 5-8...
Division III: All-Southwest District football

Division III: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division III football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Josh Anderson, New Richmond, 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, senior, QB; Connor Bazelak, Kettering Archbishop Alter, 6-4, 215, sr., QB; Michael Crawford, Cincinnati Mt. Healthy, 5-9, 165, sr., QB; Jack Fessler, Middletown Bishop Fenwick, 5-10, 180, sr....
Division IV: All-Southwest District football

Division IV: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division IV football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Dimetrius Baylor, Cincinnati Indian Hill, 6-0, 215, sr., RB; Eli Berner, Springfield Northwestern, 5-11, 175, sr., RB; Nic Dorsey, Urbana, 5-11, 180, sr., RB; Robie Glass, Springfield Shawnee, 6-3, 190, jr., QB; Corey Kiner, St. Bernard Roger Bacon...
Division V: All-Southwest District football

Division V: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division V football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Alex Bernard, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, 6-foot, 180 pounds, senior, RB; Justin Brown, Casstown Miami East, 5-11, 158, sr., RB; Nick Clevenger, Jamestown Greeneview, 6-1, 190, sr., QB; Riley Huelskamp, Anna, 5-10, 175, jr., RB; Clay Payton...
Division VI: All-Southwest District football

Division VI: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division VI football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Jason Blake, Troy Christian, 6-foot, 190 pounds, junior, RB; Fred Brown, Cincinnati Riverview East Academy, 6-1, 190, sr., RB; Daevon Bryant, Cin. Deer Park, 5-6, 205, sr., RB; Mac Davis, Springfield Northeastern, 6-1, 165, sr., QB; Seth Griswold...
Division VII: All-Southwest District football

Division VII: All-Southwest District football

The 2018 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Southwest All-District Division VII football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district: Backfield: Trent Collins, Mississinawa Valley, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, senior, QB; David Cunningham, Hamilton New Miami, 6-0, 205, sr., RB; Elliott Gilardi, Sidney Lehman Catholic, 6-0, 170, sr., QB; Will Hall, Mississinawa Valley, 5-9, 165, sr., RB; Collin...
Signing period: Area seniors who will play at the next level

Signing period: Area seniors who will play at the next level

The week-long early signing period for basketball and the regular signing period for all NCAA Division I and II sports but football began on Wednesday, Nov. 14. NCAA D-I football will have an early signing period from Dec. 19-21. The traditional regular signing period for football is Feb. 6-April 1 of 2019. The following are area high school seniors who signed or will sign national letters of intent...

HS Scores 11/12: All-State soccer announced, Hollar named D-III POY

Boys Soccer Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association All-State Awards Area Results Division I Assistant Coach of the Year: Maggie Geilenfeldt, Beavercreek. First Team: Sean Dosedel, Carroll; Casey Miller, Centerville. Second Team: Jonah Ackerson, Beavercreek; Zane Burgmirer, Vandalia; Josh Narog, Lebanon; Sam Robinson, Talawanda; Joey Sheehan, Troy. Division II Coach of the Year: Michael Oster,...
High School Football Playoffs: Regional final pairings, sites

High School Football Playoffs: Regional final pairings, sites

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the pairings for the regional finals (third round) of the football playoffs Sunday. Home team listed first. Pairings include seed and record. 1 Mentor (11-1) vs. 7 Lakewood St. Edward (8-3) at Euclid Community Field 4 Powell Olentangy Liberty (8-4) vs. 2 Dublin Coffman (11-1) at New Albany Veterans Field at Eagle Stadium 1 Hilliard Davidson (11-1)...
Area teams in high school football regional finals

Area teams in high school football regional finals

The following are area teams that advanced to the Week 13 regional finals of the high school football playoffs. Divisions I, II, III and VI will play on Friday and Divisions IV, V and VII on Saturday. All games are at 7 p.m. at neutral sites. The winners advance to the Week 14 state semifinals on Nov. 23-24. The Ohio High School Athletic Association will announce regional final sites on Sunday afternoon...
Catholic Central’s Engel places sixth at state cross country

Catholic Central’s Engel places sixth at state cross country

If she keeps this up then the shelves in Addie Engel’s room will need to be reinforced. The Catholic Central junior another podium finish at the cross country state championships on Saturday, finishing sixth in the Division III girls meet. Engel finished eighth as a freshman and 14th last season. Engel – also a state qualifier in swimming – scored the area’s highest finish...
Greeneview falls to defending state champ in regional semifinal

Greeneview falls to defending state champ in regional semifinal

Nick Clevenger hugged teammates, then stiff-armed the tears long enough to say a few words. “It’s a hard loss,” said Greeneview’s hard-running quarterback who’s not used to losing. “We kept it close with the defending state champs. I couldn’t be more proud of my guys.” The Rams did what few teams do against Wheelersburg — the defending Division...

High School Football: Second round scores, boxscores

Football Playoffs Saturday’s Results Division I Region 13 Hubbard 34, Steubenville 16 Girard 42, Perry 33 Region 14 Bellville Clear Fork 26, Lorain Clearview 8 St. Marys Memorial 55, Van Wert 20 Region 15 St. Clairsville 41, Bloom Carroll 14 Newark Licking Valley 56, Indian Valley 36 Region 16 Cin. Wyoming 20, Cin. Indian Hill 17, OT London 28, Clinton-Massie 7 Division V Region 17 Akron Manchester...

HS Scores 11/10: Soccer, volleyball, XC state tournament scores

Boys Soccer State Tournament Finals Saturday’s Results Division I Medina 1, Moeller 0 Division II Summit Country Day 4, Richfield Revere 0 Division III Archbold 2, Dayton Christian 1 Girls Soccer State Tournament Finals Friday’s Results Division I Beavercreek 4, Strongsville 2 Division II Cin. Indian Hill 1, Bay Village Bay 0 Division III Cin. Country Day 3, Kirtland 0 Girls Volleyball...
Lebanon leaving GWOC to join Cincinnati-based conference

Lebanon leaving GWOC to join Cincinnati-based conference

Lebanon and two other high schools accepted invitations to join the Eastern Cincinnati Conference on Saturday, one day after they were asked to join. The Warriors, currently a member Greater Western Ohio Conference, Cincinnati Winton Woods and Little Miami are joining the ECC beginning in the fall of 2020. Lebanon was one of three high schools that received invitations to join the Eastern Cincinnati...
Springfield falls to Hilliard Davidson in regional semifinal

Springfield falls to Hilliard Davidson in regional semifinal

Springfield High School’s playoff run ended at the hands of a familiar foe. Hilliard Davidson made a field goal in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead and held on to beat Springfield 17-14 in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal game on Friday night at London High School. »RELATED: Friday’s high school football playoff scoreboard Delian Bradley and Tavion Smith each had touchdowns...
High School Football: Friday’s second round playoff scores

High School Football: Friday’s second round playoff scores

Division I Region 1 Lakewood St. Edward 56, Euclid 35 Mentor 36, Canton McKinley 6 Region 2 Dublin Coffman 43, Tol. Whitmer 20 Powell Olentangy Liberty 10, Reynoldsburg 0 Region 3 Hilliard Davidson 17, Springfield 14 Pickerington Central 33, Northmont 7 Region 4 Cin. Colerain 48, Milford 14 Cin. Elder 34, Lakota East 6 Division II Region 5 Akr. Archbishop Hoban 41, Garfield Heights 7 Maple Heights...

HS Scores 11/9: Girls soccer, volleyball state tournament results

Girls Soccer State Tournament Finals Friday’s Results Division I Beavercreek 4, Strongsville 2 Division II Cin. Indian Hill 1, Bay Village Bay 0 Division III Cin. Country Day 3, Kirtland 0 Girls Volleyball State Tournament Semifinals Friday’s Results Division I Ursuline Academy 3, Powell Olentangy Liberty 0 Parma Padua Franciscan 3, Solon 0 Division II Parma Heights Holy Name 3, Fenwick...
Beavercreek wins first girls soccer state championship

Beavercreek wins first girls soccer state championship

The Beavercreek High School girls soccer team captured the first state championship in program history, beating Strongsville 4-2 on Friday in the Divsion I final at Mapfre Stadium. Beavercreek, ranked second in the nation by USA Today, finished the season 24-0 and handed Strongsville (19-1-3) its first loss. Beavercreek, which was making its first state appearance since 2004 and its first appearance...
Inspired by ‘ZacStrong,’ Shawnee cross country eyes state championships

Inspired by ‘ZacStrong,’ Shawnee cross country eyes state championships

Cross country holds a special place in Zac Spitzer’s heart. The sport likely saved his life. Spitzer, a sophomore at Shawnee High School, is currently in Boston recovering from a second open-heart surgery in 11 months. He’s separated from his teammates by more than 700 miles. But he’s never far from their thoughts. On Saturday, the Shawnee Braves compete in the high school cross...
High School Football: Rams to face defending state champ Wheelersburg

High School Football: Rams to face defending state champ Wheelersburg

For fourth time in five seasons, the Greeneview High School football team has earned its place as one top 16 teams in Division V. Next up for the Rams is the defending state champion Wheelersburg. Greeneview (10-1) will meet the Pirates (10-1) in a Division V, Region 20 semifinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chillicothe’s Herrnstein Field. »RELATED: Springfield looking to reach new heights...

HS Scores 11/7: Reid powers Dayton Christian in state semifinal win

Boys Soccer Wednesday’s Results State Tournament Semifinals Division I Medina 1, Cle. St. Ignatius 0, OT Moeller 1, Powell Olentangy Liberty 0, OT Division II Richfield Revere 3, Bay Village Bay 2, SO Summit Country Day 1, Col. St. Francis DeSales 0 Division III Dayton Christian 3, Grandview Heights 2 Archbold 3, Kirtland 0
High School Football: Springfield looking to reach new heights — Week 13

High School Football: Springfield looking to reach new heights — Week 13

The Springfield High School football team had high expectations at the beginning of the season. Through 11 weeks, the Wildcats have reached a level they’ve only been one other time in program history. “When you’re building and trying to get somewhere you’ve never been, there’s always a learning curve and going through the process,” Springfield coach Maurice Douglass...

HS Scores 11/6: Beavercreek girls soccer headed to state final

Girls Soccer Tuesday’s Results State Tournament Semifinals Division I Strongsville 1, Twinsburg 0 Beavercreek 2, Col. Bishop Watterson 1 Division II Bay Village Bay 1, Mentor Lake Catholic 0 Cin. Indian Hill 2, Sunbury Big Walnut 1 Division III Kirtland 1, Archbold 0 Cin. Country Day 7, Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans 0
Football recruiting: Ohio State offers scholarship to Northmont standout

Football recruiting: Ohio State offers scholarship to Northmont standout

Ohio State is looking to flip a local player already committed to a Big Ten foe.  Jestin Jacobs, a senior linebacker at Northmont, announced Monday night he has received a scholarship offer from Ohio State.  The four-star prospect verbally committed to Iowa in May.  He has since moved up to the No. 12 prospect in Ohio according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and the No...
Springfield, Greeneview advance to football regional semifinals

Springfield, Greeneview advance to football regional semifinals

Loaded with multi-sport athletes, the Springfield High School football program has leaned on that talent to venture as deep into the playoffs as another other Wildcats football team. That also has presented a bonus as Springfield prepares for a Week 12 game on Friday. “We get to continue without this basketball season starting,” said Wildcats coach Maurice Douglass following a 19-14 first-round...
Football playoffs: OHSAA regional semifinal pairings

Football playoffs: OHSAA regional semifinal pairings

Home team listed first. Pairings include seed and record. Division I – Games at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 Region 1 1 Mentor (10-1) vs. 5 Canton McKinley (9-2) at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium 7 Lakewood St. Edward (7-3) vs. 3 Euclid (9-2) at Parma Byers Field Region 2 1 Reynoldsburg (10-1) vs. 4 Powell Olentangy Liberty (7-4) at Cols. St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium 2 Dublin Coffman (10-1) vs....
Area teams in high school football regional semifinals

Area teams in high school football regional semifinals

The following area high school football regional semifinal games will be played in Week 12 on Friday and Saturday. All the teams won their Week 11 playoff openers. The Ohio High School Athletic Association will announce on Sunday afternoon the neutral sites for all games. Springfield (9-2) vs. Hilliard Davidson (10-1) at London Northmont (10-1) vs. Pickerington Central (9-2) at Springfield Evans Stadium...
Prep football: Clinton-Massie runs past Shawnee in playoff victory

Prep football: Clinton-Massie runs past Shawnee in playoff victory

The Shawnee High School football team knew exactly what was coming in its playoff game against Clinton-Massie — a smashmouth running game. The young Braves, however, couldn’t stop it. »RELATED: First round state playoff scoreboard Clinton-Massie’s Brendan Lamb rushed for 80 yards and four touchdowns and Jake Vaughn added 151 yards and a TD as the Falcons cruised to a 46-0 victory...
High School Football: First round state playoff scores, boxscores

High School Football: First round state playoff scores, boxscores

Girard 34, Youngstown East 30 Hubbard 51, Wintersville Indian Creek 21 Perry 48, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 34 Steubenville 38, Akron Buchtel 13 Bellville Clear Fork 20, Bryan 6 Lorain Clearview 30, Sparta Highland 16 St. Marys Memorial 48, Pepper Pike Orange 13 Van Wert 33, Huron 13 Bloom-Carroll 38, Chillicothe Unioto 7 Gnaddenhutten Indian Valley 16, New Concord John Glenn 14 Newark Licking...
Despite postponement, meet conflict, area runners focused on state

Despite postponement, meet conflict, area runners focused on state

The date has changed for the high school cross country state championships. But for area high school cross country coaches the goal still remains the same – competing and attempting to win a state championship. Standing water on the National Trail Raceway course near Hebron, located just east of Columbus, led the Ohio High School Athletic Association to postpone the three division, six-race...
High School Football Roundup: Northmont, Troy roll to playoff victories

High School Football Roundup: Northmont, Troy roll to playoff victories

Northmont High School senior quarterback Miles Johnson went 20-for-23 for 318 yards and three touchdowns as the Thunderbolts erupted for 21 second-half points to beat visiting Hilliard Darby 42-20 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal game on Friday night. The second-seeded Thunderbolts (10-1) will play sixth-seeded Pickerington Central (9-2) in a Region 3 semifinal game at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at a site...
High School Football: Friday’s state playoff scores, boxscores

High School Football: Friday’s state playoff scores, boxscores

Canton McKinley 28, Solon 15 Euclid 35, Austintown-Fitch 0 Lakewood St. Edward 20, Cle. St. Ignatius 19 Mentor 38, Strongsville 7 Dublin Coffman 27, Westerville Central 10 Olentangy Liberty 14, Gahanna Lincoln 7 Reynoldsburg 52, Toledo Start 0 Tol. Whitmer 20, Lewis Center Olentangy Orange 17 Hilliard Davidson 28, Wayne 21 Northmont 42, Hilliard Darby 20 Pickerington Central 14, Hilliard Bradley 13...
Niekamp, St. Henry run past Mechanicsburg in state playoffs

Niekamp, St. Henry run past Mechanicsburg in state playoffs

The young Mechanicsburg High School football team had no answer for Zach Niekamp and his senior-laden St. Henry teammates. Niekamp rushed for 125 yards and scored four total touchdowns, including three on the ground, as the Redskins beat Mechanicsburg 37-7 in a Division VI, Region 24 quarterfinal game at Indian Stadium on Friday night. »RELATED: Friday night’s playoff scoreboard »...
Springfield rallies past Fairmont, advances in state playoffs

Springfield rallies past Fairmont, advances in state playoffs

One week ago Springfield walked off the turf at Evans Stadium wondering what went wrong. They had just lost 14-7 to Fairmont in a game they expected to win. “Last week we came in and ‘it’s going to be a walk in the park’ because they got beat by Centerville the week before th at,” said Wildcats junior running back Tavion Smoot. “And they shocked us. This week we...

HS Scores 11/1: Girls volleyball regional tournament results

Girls Volleyball Thursday’s Results Regional Tournament Division I Mt Notre Dame 3, McAuley 2 Ursuline Academy 3, St. Ursula 0 Division II Fenwick 3, McNicholas 0 Roger Bacon 3, Tippecanoe 1 Division III Marion Pleasant 3, Anna 1 Versailles 3, Miami East 0 Division IV Jackson Center 3, Russia 1 New Bremen 3, Fort Loramie 0
Fairmont at Springfield football playoffs: Let’s do it again

Fairmont at Springfield football playoffs: Let’s do it again

Anyone game for a Springfield vs. Fairmont do-over? That’s exactly what will happen when the Wildcats (8-2) host the Firebirds (7-3) in the first round of the high school football playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday at Evans Stadium. Fairmont stunned host Springfield 14-7 in the Week 10 regular-season finale this past Friday. That propelled the Firebirds into the playoffs for the second straight season...
State cross country championships postponed due to flooding

State cross country championships postponed due to flooding

The state cross country championships scheduled for Saturday at National Trail Raceway in Hebron have been postponed to Saturday, Nov. 10, due to ‘flooding conditions on the course,’ the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced. “While I wholeheartedly understand the impact this move has for all those involved in the event, this is the best solution for the safety and well-being...
Clark County football playoffs history: First title still up for grabs

Clark County football playoffs history: First title still up for grabs

Seven years ago, the Shawnee Braves came closer than any team in Clark County history to winning a state football championship. Brad Jarzab’s pass on 4th-and-5 from the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 17-yard line was knocked away, ending a potential game-tying touchdown drive with 1:11 to play. The Braves returned to Springfield with a 21-14 loss in the Division III final. Mooney captured its eighth...
Final high school football power rankings: Who were the top area teams during the regular season?

Final high school football power rankings: Who were the top area teams during the regular season?

The final top area high school football teams, compiled by Cox Media Group Ohio. 1. Northmont (9-1): d. Miamisburg 21-6. 2. Springfield (8-2): lost 14-7 to Fairmont. 3. Wayne (7-3): d. Trotwood-Madison 41-35 OT. 4. Fairmont (7-3): d. Springfield 14-7. 5. Miamisburg (7-3): lost 21-6 to Northmont. Others: Beavercreek, Centerville, Lebanon, Springboro. 1. Troy (9-1): d. Piqua 7-6. 2. Xenia (7-3): d....
Northwestern coach on making playoff debut vs. No. 1 Wyoming: ‘I want our kids to go out there swinging’

Northwestern coach on making playoff debut vs. No. 1 Wyoming: ‘I want our kids to go out there swinging’

Warriors face D-IV No. 1 Wyoming in Week 11 The Northwestern High School football team has already made history twice this season. The 2018 Warriors team will go down as the first to ever qualify for the postseason as well as the first to win a league championship in 51 years. “It’s a positive situation for the community,” said Northwestern second-year coach Shane Carter. &ldquo...
Mechanicsburg faces another MAC challenge in St. Henry

Mechanicsburg faces another MAC challenge in St. Henry

The thrill of making the high school football playoffs never gets old at Mechanicsburg High School, even after advancing six years in a row. It’s even better when you’re at home, Mechanicsburg coach Kurt Forrest said. »RELATED: Greeneview hits the road for playoffs »RELATED: Springfield ready for playoff rematch with Fairmont »RELATED: Shawnee relishes underdog role &ldquo...
Greeneview coach on playoff streak: ‘Playoffs is all they know’

Greeneview coach on playoff streak: ‘Playoffs is all they know’

The Greeneview High School football team is back in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Rams’ streak began when the current senior class was in eighth grade. »RELATED: Springfield ready for playoff rematch with Fairmont »RELATED: Shawnee relishes underdog role “Playoffs is all they know,” Rams coach Ryan Haines said. “All they know is Week 11. It&rsquo...

HS Scores 10/30: Girls soccer regional tournament results

Girls Soccer Tuesday’s Results Regional Tournament Division I Beavercreek 2, Mt. Notre Dame 0 Mason 2, Loveland 1, PK Division II Indian Hill 3, Summit Country Day 0 Alter 3, Bellbrook 1 Division III Lehman Catholic 2, Madeira 1 Cin. Country Day 4, Anna 1
Wildcats ready for playoff rematch with Firebirds

Wildcats ready for playoff rematch with Firebirds

The Springfield High School football team will play in Week 11 for the first time since 2016 — and a familiar foe awaits. The Wildcats (8-2) will host Fairmont (7-3) in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Friday at Evans Stadium. Last week, the Firebirds beat the Wildcats 14-7 to earn a playoff berth. “We’re blessed,” Wildcats coach Maurice Douglass. “We&rsquo...
Underdog Shawnee to face playoff power Clinton-Massie

Underdog Shawnee to face playoff power Clinton-Massie

Rick Meeks is accustomed to the “Nobody believes in us” story line after 16 seasons as Shawnee High School’s head football coach. The Braves have advanced to the playoffs seven times in that time and have never lost a first-round game. They’ve won multiple games against top-ranked teams — including a defeat of top-seeded Goshen in 2009 — all while relishing the...
Graham High School selects new wrestling coach

Graham High School selects new wrestling coach

Travis McIntosh is the new wrestling coach at Graham High School, Superintendent Kirk Koennecke announced Monday. McIntosh has served an assistant coach the past three seasons at Graham under legendary coach Jeff Jordan, who announced his retirement last month. »RELATED: Jordan retires as Graham wrestling coach “Over the course of 25 years, Graham is fortunate to have built a successful...
Final high school football state polls

Final high school football state polls

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rate Ohio high school football teams in the final Associated Press poll of 2018, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): 1, Cin. Colerain (22) 10-0 256 2, Mentor (4) 9-1 218 3, Hilliard Davidson 9-1 182 4, Northmont 9-1 171 5, Reynoldsburg 9-1 119 6, Dublin Coffman 9-1 111 7, Cleveland St. Ignatius...
High school football playoff pairings: regional quarterfinals

High school football playoff pairings: regional quarterfinals

OHSAA Regional Quarterfinal Playoff Pairings. Pairings include seed and record. Higher seed hosts. 8 Strongsville (7-3) at 1 Mentor (9-1) 7 Lakewood St. Edward (6-3) at 2 Cle. St. Ignatius (7-2) 6 Austintown-Fitch (8-2) at 3 Euclid (8-2) 5 Canton McKinley (8-2) at 4 Solon (8-2) 8 Toledo Start (6-4) at 1 Reynoldsburg (9-1) 7 Westerville Central (5-5) at 2 Dublin Coffman (9-1) 6 Lewis Center Olentangy...
High school football playoffs: Area teams by the numbers

High school football playoffs: Area teams by the numbers

Here’s a look by the numbers at area high school football teams that qualified for the playoffs. The Ohio High School Athletic Association will release official qualifiers and first-round pairings on Sunday afternoon. Divisions I, II, III and VI will play on Fridays; Divisions IV, V and V-II on Saturdays through the state semifinals. All games are at 7 p.m. 29: Area teams; Alter, Anna, Ansonia...
Northwestern qualifies for football playoffs for first time

Northwestern qualifies for football playoffs for first time

An unusual source confirmed Northwestern qualified for the high school football playoffs for the first time. “We got a film request about 2 in the morning (on Saturday) from (Cincinnati) Wyoming,” said Northwestern coach Shane Carter. “I figured, heck, they’ve (qualified) enough times. They probably know who they’re playing.” Sure enough, Northwestern (7-3) is in...
Cross Country: Shawnee teams keep streaks intact; Cedarville starts its own

Cross Country: Shawnee teams keep streaks intact; Cedarville starts its own

The Shawnee Braves boys and girls cross country programs kept their streak of state meet appearances intact. And on Saturday, the Cedarville Indians started one of their own. A season after failing to qualify for state by three points, and edged out by Greenon, Cedarville reversed the roles to claim the fourth and final spot in the Division III boys race in Troy. Greenon, which last season qualified...

HS Scores 10/27: Ponitz, Anna football close regular season with wins

Football Saturday’s Results Anna 39, Delphos SJ’s 14 Ponitz 48, Thurgood Marshall 20 Friday’s Results Allen East 51, Ada 0 Alter 35, Chaminade Julienne 3 Anderson 36, Loveland 13 Ansonia 41, Bradford 6 Arcanum 16, Tri-Village 14 Badin 48, McNicholas 6 Bellbrook 41, Monroe 10 Bellefontaine 20, Indian Lake 0 Bethel 30, Mississinawa Valley 0 Cedarville 44, Catholic Central 16 Celina...
Fairmont beats Springfield to earn rematch in playoffs

Fairmont beats Springfield to earn rematch in playoffs

Fairmont needed the victory. Springfield wanted the victory. That might have been the difference on a cold, wet Friday as the Firebirds claimed a 14-7 victory in week 10  at Evans Stadium, clinching a playoff berth in Division I, Region III and a rematch with Springfield in the first round of the playoffs. “They had a little more sense of desperation, played with a little more fire...
High school football playoffs: Who’s in, who’s out

High school football playoffs: Who’s in, who’s out

Here’s the area teams we think qualified for the high school football playoffs and what those first-round match-ups will be. These pairings were based on joeeitel.com, the official website used by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to determine qualifying teams. Playoff status can be affected by forfeits and other unforeseen circumstances that occur after the regular season ends. The...
Week 10 Roundup: Bellbrook caps 10-0 season; Coldwater beats Marion Local double-OT thriller; Troy edges Piqua

Week 10 Roundup: Bellbrook caps 10-0 season; Coldwater beats Marion Local double-OT thriller; Troy edges Piqua

Coldwater’s Ben Wenning scored from 1 yard out to lift the Cavaliers to a 26-20 double overtime victory at Marion Local in Midwest Athletic Conference on Friday night. The Flyers’ loss opens the door for Anna (7-2, 6-1) to clinch a share of the league title with a victory at Delphos St. John’s on Saturday. The Cavaliers snapped a two-game losing streak. Coldwater lead 20-0 at halftime...
Coach’s daughter hits game-winning FG to send Shawnee to playoffs

Coach’s daughter hits game-winning FG to send Shawnee to playoffs

Andi Meeks was admittedly hyperventilating on the sidelines. With the score tied at 14 and less than a minute remaining, Meeks watched as her Shawnee High School football teammates drove the ball into field goal range against Jonathan Alder on Friday night in Springfield. The first-year junior kicker knew her name might be called. With four seconds remaining, she got the call from father, Shawnee...
Northmont rallies in second half to knock Miamisburg out of playoffs

Northmont rallies in second half to knock Miamisburg out of playoffs

Like many of his untested and underclass teammates, Northmont running back Michael Franklin was anxious to take his best shot at this high school football season. “It’s unreal. It really is,” said the Thunderbolts junior, who came up big again in a 21-6 regular season-ending Week 10 win at Miamisburg this past Friday night. “To go from nothing to something is great. I played...
High School Football: Week 10 scores, boxscores

High School Football: Week 10 scores, boxscores

Allen East 51, Ada 0 Alter 35, Chaminade Julienne 3 Anderson 36, Loveland 13 Ansonia 41, Bradford 6 Arcanum 16, Tri-Village 14 Badin 48, McNicholas 6 Bellbrook 41, Monroe 10 Bellefontaine 20, Indian Lake 0 Bethel 30, Mississinawa Valley 0 Cedarville 44, Catholic Central 16 Celina 38, Lima Shawnee 21 Centerville 52, Beavercreek 7 CHCA 43, MVCA 29 Clinton-Massie 49, Wilmington 0 Col. Grove 42, Bluffton...
Fairmont clinches playoff berth with victory at Springfield

Fairmont clinches playoff berth with victory at Springfield

The Fairmont Firebirds earned a second straight playoff berth for the first time in school history, clinching a spot in Division I, Region 3 with a 14-7 victory against Springfield on Friday in the regular-season finale at Evans Stadium. The victory sets up a rematch in the first round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs. According to JoeEitel.com, Springfield finished fourth in the region and will...
Boys Soccer: Greenon falls in Division III district final

Boys Soccer: Greenon falls in Division III district final

The Greenon High School boys soccer team knows how dangerous teams can be on long throw-ins. The Knights routinely scored on long throws as part of their offensive attack throughout the season, coach Jeff Nickles said. But on Thursday night, the Knights had trouble stopping them. »RELATED: Thursday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Thursday’s high school scoreboard Cincinnati...

HS Roundup 10/25: Jefferson snaps 38 game losing streak

Colbert Bosen caught two long touchdown passes and LeMichael Phipps scampered for a 29-yard TD run to help secure Jefferson football’s first victory since Halloween of 2013. Jefferson knocked off Hillcrest Academy 20-16 on Thursday, snapping a losing skid of 38 games. Quarterback William Pinkston hooked up with Bosen on scoring strikes of 81 and 88 yards and Jabar Coleman picked off three passes...

HS Scores 10/25: Tipp, DC, TC boys soccer win district titles

Football Thursday’s Results Belmont 50, Meadowdale 12 Jefferson 20, Cin. Hillcrest Academy 16 Lehman Catholic 21, Riverside 7 Xenia 50, Fairborn 8 Box Score BELMONT 50, MEADOWDALE 12 M 6 0 0 6 — 12 B 15 21 7 7 — 50 First Quarter B: Sims 35 interception return (Sims run). M: Graves 64 pass from Flucus (run fail). B: McKenzie 92 run (Chongwain kick). Second Quarter B: Wagner 60 run...
Rare home playoff game at stake for Wildcats

Rare home playoff game at stake for Wildcats

Springfield (8-1) already has clinched a spot in the Division I, Region 3 high school football playoffs. The Wildcats can top that by securing a rare home playoff game. To do that, Springfield must defeat visiting Fairmont (6-3) in a Week 10 regular season-finale at Evans Stadium on Friday night. RELATED: Week 10 football power rankings PHOTOS: Wildcats football from 2008-18 Springfield’s 33-26...
Week 10 Power Rankings: Who are the best high school football teams in the area?

Week 10 Power Rankings: Who are the best high school football teams in the area?

The top high school football area teams, compiled by Cox Media Group Ohio. All games on Friday unless otherwise noted. 1. Northmont (8-1): d. Springboro 38-21; at Miamisburg (7-2). 2. Springfield (8-1): d. Wayne 33-26 OT; hosts Fairmont (6-3). 3. Miamisburg (7-2): d. Beavercreek 42-7; hosts Northmont (8-1). 4. Wayne (6-3): lost 33-26 OT at Springfield; hosts Trotwood-Madison (6-3). 5. Fairmont (6-3)...

HS Scores 10/24: Wednesday’s girls volleyball tournament results

Girls Volleyball Wednesday’s Results Sectional Tournament Division I Lebanon 3, Beavercreek 2 Troy 3, Miamisburg 0 Springboro 3, Centerville 1 Division III Miami East 3, Arcanum 0 Anna 3, West Liberty-Salem 0 Division IV Jackson Center 3, Troy Christian 0 Russia 3, Mechanicsburg 0 Lehman Catholic 3, Yellow Springs 0 Southeastern 3, Riverside 1 Fort Loramie 3, Franklin Monroe 0
Irish girls soccer can’t break through, fall to Milton-Union

Irish girls soccer can’t break through, fall to Milton-Union

Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Catholic Central High School girls soccer team expected Milton-Union to sit back and defend for the final 40 minutes. The Irish held the majority of the possession nearly all of the second half, but could never find the breakthrough it needed to even the score. »RELATED: Tecumseh seniors hope to ‘shock the world’ at regional cross country “We just...
Tecumseh seniors mindset at upcoming regional cross country championships? ‘Shock the world’

Tecumseh seniors mindset at upcoming regional cross country championships? ‘Shock the world’

Ethan Adams and Garrett Gemmaka have been best friends since they started running cross country together in junior high. So it’s fitting they enter the biggest race of their high school careers, and perhaps their final one, together. Adams and Gemmaka, both seniors at Tecumseh High School, know they face a challenging Division I field at the regional championships Saturday on the Troy levee...
Week 10 football computer ratings: Is your team in the mix?

Week 10 football computer ratings: Is your team in the mix?

Top eight schools from each region in the final report Oct. 28 will qualify for the playoffs. Region 1 - 1. Mentor (8-1) 32.0952, 2. Solon (8-1) 26.9111, 3. Canton McKinley (8-1) 25.9293, 4. Lakewood St. Edward (6-2) 24.3239, 5. Euclid (7-2) 24.0859, 6. Cle. St. Ignatius (6-2) 22.4716, 7. Austintown-Fitch (7-2) 21.5079, 8. Strongsville (6-3) 16.2056, 9. Massillon Jackson (6-3) 15.3389, 10. Cleveland...

HS Scores 10/23: Girls soccer, volleyball sectional finals

Girls Soccer Sectional Tournament Bellbrook 2, Fenwick 1, OT: Bailey Sedlak scored with five minutes remaining in overtime to lead Bellbrook. Carroll 3, Greenon 1: Alaina Casey had two goals and Logan Druck netted the third for Carroll. Centerville 5, Miamisburg 1: Madison Scott drove in two scores and Kenzie Smith, Alexis Hutchison and Sidney Kemp added a goal apiece for Centerville. Lakota West...
Football playoffs on the line for GWOC D-I teams in Week 10

Football playoffs on the line for GWOC D-I teams in Week 10

Miamisburg (7-2), Fairmont (6-3) and Wayne (6-3) all are seeking what Springfield (8-1) and Northmont (8-1) already have done: qualify for the high school football playoffs. The Week 9 fireworks that jumbled the Division I, Region 3 computer rankings were confirmed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. That makes Friday’s regular season-ending Week 10 games do or die for the...
High School Football: Shawnee in playoff position entering Week 10

High School Football: Shawnee in playoff position entering Week 10

The playoff formula doesn’t get much simpler for the Shawnee High School football team — win and you’re in. The Braves (5-4) upset Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division champion Bellefontaine 34-0 in Week 9 to catapult itself up the Division IV, Region 16 rankings. Shawnee is ranked seventh and controls its own destiny in a crucial Week 10...
Northwestern falls to Bellefontaine in sectional final

Northwestern falls to Bellefontaine in sectional final

The Northwestern High School boys soccer team nearly entered halftime unscathed. But with 19 seconds remaining, Bellefontaine played a ball into the box that inadvertently found the arm of a Warriors defender. The official pointed to the spot and the Chieftains’ Marcus Walker converted the penalty kick a few moments later to give Bellefontaine a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish. »RELATED...
High School Football: Week 10 schedule

High School Football: Week 10 schedule

Belmont vs. Meadowdale at Welcome Stadium, 7 p.m. Cin. Hillcrest Academy at Jefferson, 6 p.m. Fairborn at Xenia, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), Ch. 44 (Dish), mytvdayton.com Lehman Catholic vs. Riverside at Sidney, 7 p.m., ScoresBroadcast.com, WPTW-AM (1570), WPTW-FM (98.1), 981wptw.com Alter vs. Chaminade Julienne at Fairmont, OhioSportsline.net/ Bellbrook at Monroe Bellefontaine...
State football polls: New area team No. 1 in D-III

State football polls: New area team No. 1 in D-III

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the weekly Associated Press poll of 2018, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses): 1, Cincinnati Colerain (22) 9-0 238 2, Mentor (2) 8-1 201 3, Hilliard Davidson 8-1 162 4, Solon 8-1 119 5, Northmont 8-1 117 6, Canton McKinley 8-1 77 (tie) Lakewood St....
West Liberty-Salem, Catholic Central’s Engel capture district titles

West Liberty-Salem, Catholic Central’s Engel capture district titles

As far as photo finishes go, it doesn’t get much better than the one following the Division III district cross country championship Saturday at Cedarville University. Soon after Catholic Central junior Addie Engel claimed the D-III championship by 13.41 seconds over West Liberty-Salem freshman Megan Adams, both the Irish and the Tigers teams stood in front of their parents – arms around...

Friday football scores for week nine

Football Friday’s Results Alter 42, McNicholas 0 Anna 51, Parkway 13 Ansonia 42, Tri-Village 20 Badin 38, Chaminade Julienne 21 Bellbrook 61, Oakwood 12 Belmont d. Ponitz, forfeit Bethel 54, Bradford 0 Bluffton 43, Ada 14 Butler 27, Sidney 9 Carroll 33, Purcell Marian 13 Centerville 17, Fairmont 0 CHCA 50, Norwood 0 Clermont Northeastern 13, East Clinton 7 Clinton-Massie 21, New Richmond 7 Col...
Playoff push: Week 9 full of upsets, OT classics and title shares

Playoff push: Week 9 full of upsets, OT classics and title shares

All it took to shake out the area’s high school football playoff picture were a couple of overtime classics and an unlikely knockout. How else to describe an eventful Week 9 of high school football? Here’s what we think we know: Springfield (8-1) and Northmont (8-1) are in the playoffs (Division I, Region 3). So is Troy (D-II, Region 8). Unbeaten Bellbrook also is good to go (D-III, Region...
Maurice Douglass: Springfield’s win over Wayne ‘huge for our kids’

Maurice Douglass: Springfield’s win over Wayne ‘huge for our kids’

Isaiah Gibson knelt by himself on the Springfield Wildcats logo at midfield at Evans Stadium. All his teammates left the field moments earlier. The senior lineman, who will play for the Kentucky Wildcats next season, took a moment to reflect on the biggest victory of his high school career. Gibson knew how much time had passed since Springfield had beaten Wayne. A 33-26 overtime victory Friday ended...
Week 9 Roundup: Northmont, Alter, Bellbrook clinch share of conference titles

Week 9 Roundup: Northmont, Alter, Bellbrook clinch share of conference titles

Northmont High School quarterback Miles Johnson passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns as the Thunderbolts beat Springboro 38-21 to clinch a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division title. Michael Franklin rushed 17 times for 115 yards and a TD and teammate Jestin Jacobs rushed for 80 yards and two scores for Northmont (8-1, 2-0). Drake Hickman and Jason Kohr each caught...
Northwestern defense steps up in ‘monumental win’ over Kenton Ridge

Northwestern defense steps up in ‘monumental win’ over Kenton Ridge

The Northwestern High School football had already experienced two heartbreaking losses in the waning moments of games against Shawnee and Indian Lake earlier this season. »RELATED: Shawnee boosts playoff hopes »RELATED: Springfield tops Wayne, clinches playoff berth The Wariors weren’t going to let it happen a third time. Northwestern’s defense stopped Kenton Ridge on fourth...
GWOC surprise: Xenia upsets Trotwood-Madison in double-OT

GWOC surprise: Xenia upsets Trotwood-Madison in double-OT

Xenia football coach Trace Smitherman blinked back tears as he explained what the program-defining moment meant. “Anybody who plays this game knows what Trotwood means and what they’re about and what they’ve done in the past,” said Smitherman following a 29-28, double-overtime defeat of Trowood-Madison in a Week 9 high school football game on Friday night. “All the work...
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