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High School Wrestling: What to know about the postseason

The journey starts in earnest this weekend. After four months of battling through the regular season, wrestlers will see who can grind their way to the pinnacle at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament March 8-10. Sectional tournaments started last night and continue today at several sites with the top four in each weight class advancing to the district tournament next weekend...

HS Scores 2/22: Tipp’s Frederick nets 23, Kenton Ridge girls advance

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Thursday’s Games At Lakota West Princeton 68, Kings 31 Sycamore 64, West Clermont 54 At Hamilton Milford 58, Western Brown 57 La Salle 60, Lakota West 40 Girls Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Tuesday’s Games At Lakota East Lakota West 66, Colerain 13 Little Miami 52, Middletown 36 At Troy Tecumseh 64, Lebanon 58: Thomas...
Final boys high school basketball power rankings

Final boys high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the final top boys high school basketball area teams. Division I 1. Wayne (20-1): d. Centerville 52-49. 2. Springfield (18-4): lost 79-72 at Trotwood-Madison, d. Middletown 70-57. 3. Butler (19-3): d. Tippecanoe 86-55. 4. Miamisburg (18-4): d. Northmont 68-61. 5. Sidney (16-6): d. Greenville 71-45. Others: Beavercreek, Belmont, Centerville, Fairborn, Fairmont, Franklin...

HS Roundup 2/21: Vine leads Bellbrook past CJ

Bekah Vine scored 19 points to help Bellbrook hold off a Chaminade Julienne rally for a 68-64 win in a girls Division II sectional basketball game on Wednesday. Vine led four players in double-digit scoring for Bellbrook. Maren Freudenchuss and Cassidy Hofacker each had 11 and Siera Ferguson tallied 10. Dallas Jones paced CJ with 15 points. Girls Basketball Newton 47, Troy Christian 42: Tatum McBride...

HS Scores 2/21: Wayne wins big, McBride scores 29 for Newton

Boys Basketball Tuesday’s Results Catholic Central 61, Fairbanks 54 Ponitz 92, West Carrollton 46: Smith (P) 20. Girls Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Tuesday’s Games At Lakota East Lakota West 66, Colerain 13 Little Miami 52, Middletown 36 At Troy Tecumseh 64, Lebanon 58: Thomas (T) 29; White (L) 16. Fairmont 45, Butler 31 Wednesday’s Games At Lakota East Ursuline 74...
Tecumseh girls hold off Lebanon in up-tempo upset

Tecumseh girls hold off Lebanon in up-tempo upset

The Tecumseh Arrows don’t take the court again until Monday. They’ll gladly take that break to rest up from Tuesday’s Division I sectional tournament victory, a 64-58 upset over Lebanon that resembled a track meet in high tops. Fittingly, the fourth quarter was a sprint to the finish. Seventh-seeded Tecumseh and No. 3 Lebanon combined for 37 points, nearly matching the offensive...
Greenon’s Wise chasing father’s record at state swimming

Greenon’s Wise chasing father’s record at state swimming

After this weekend Calvin Wise has two more years to chase down his father’s school record in the 200-yard individual medley. But what better place to surpass his dad’s time than at the Division II swimming and diving state championships? Wise, a sophomore at Greenon High School, qualified for the D-II state meet in both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. His objective – in addition...

HS Scores 2/20: Tecumseh, Fairmont girls earn sectionals wins

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Monday’s Results Regular Season Shekinah Christian 69, Mechanicsburg 52: Hershberger (SC) 17; Young (M) 23. Tuesday’s Results Catholic Central 61, Fairbanks 54 Ponitz 92, West Carrollton 46: Smith (P) 20. Girls Basketball Sectional Tournament Division I Tuesday’s Games At Lakota East Lakota West 66, Colerain 13 Little Miami 52, Middletown 36 At Troy Tecumseh...

HS Roundup 2/20: Ponitz boys knock off West Carrollton

The Ponitz boys basketball team knocked off West Carrollton in an dominant 92-46 regular season victory. Jaron Smith led Ponitz with 20 points in the win, tacking on five assists. Damonte Bailey (16 points, 15 rebounds), Eric Sealey (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Malik Pooler (10 points, 10 rebounds) all recorded double-doubles on the night. Derrick Henderson rounded out the scoring with 18 points,...
Wayne, Trotwood finish top 5 in final state polls

Wayne, Trotwood finish top 5 in final state polls

GWOC reps Wayne and Trotwood-Madison finished among the top 10 in their respective divisions of the final Associated Press boys state basketball polls that were released on Tuesday. No. 1 most of the season, Wayne (20-1) finished No. 3 in D-I. Trotwood (19-3) was No. 5 in D-II. Both are top seeds in their sectionals. Two Midwest Athletic Conference teams matched also were among the top 10, No. 6 Versailles...
7 things to know about Urbana University football

7 things to know about Urbana University football

The Miami Valley offers no shortage of options when it comes to furthering a football career after high school.  Tyler Haines wants to make sure area players know Urbana University is one.  Here are seven things to know about the Blue Knights: After winning two games his first season and three in his second, Haines led the Blue Knights to a 5-6 record in 2017.  The Piqua native spent...

HS Roundup 2/19: Flor, Kinzer and Crouch highlight SWBL awards

Justin Flor of Carlisle, Jared Kinzer of Franklin and Donnie Crouch of Bellbrook were each named players of the year in the Southwestern Buckeye League All-League awards announced on Monday. Coaches Brian Bales of Franklin, Donnie Tate of Bellbrook and Jeff Smith of Madison were picked as coaches of the year. Jack Campbell (Bellbrook), Jake Gudorf (Brookville), Wade Turner (Brookville), Grant Sullender...
Funeral services set for area basketball icon

Funeral services set for area basketball icon

Services are set for an area basketball icon who died earlier this month. A gathering is set for Friday and a Mass for Feb. 26 for Dan Gerhard, who spent decades in the Dayton area as both a decorated player and a coach. Gerhard died Feb. 13 at age 66. As a high school athlete, he was Player of the Year in Ohio in 1970 when Dayton Chaminade won the state title with a 27-0 record. RELATED: Former Trotwood...
Girls Basketball: Springfield wins first tourney game since merger

Girls Basketball: Springfield wins first tourney game since merger

The Springfield Wildcats girls basketball team scored a pair of milestone victories this season – one in the Greater Western Ohio Conference and one in the Division I sectional tournament. Both were a long time coming. And the Wildcats aren’t planning on waiting so long again. »RELATED: Saturday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Springfieild bounces back from Trotwood...

Wrestling: OHC outlook not as clear for Mechanicsburg

A year ago, Mechanicsburg walked into the Ohio Heritage Conference meet as the clear-cut favorite. The squad brought six returning state placers into a meet that became a large first step toward the state title in Columbus. This year, the picture is a little cloudier heading into the OHC at 10 a.m. today at Northeastern. “I am not sure how the team race will shake out,” Mechanicsburg coach...
Springfield boys beat Middletown for fifth straight 18-win season

Springfield boys beat Middletown for fifth straight 18-win season

Springfield closed its boys high school basketball regular season with a 70-57 defeat of visiting Middletown on Saturday night. It was the fifth consecutive season the Wildcats (18-4) have won at least 18 games. Springfield led Middletown just 49-44 after the end of three quarters and pulled away in the final period. The Middies (6-16) are guided by former Wildcats coach Darnell Hoskins. EJ Williams...

HS Scores 2/17: Springfield gets 1st tourney win, ‘Boro hockey advances

Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Alter 63, Fenwick 54: Bazelak, Smith (A) 13; Luers (F) 20. Anna 61, Fairlawn 50 Arcanum 68, Tri-County North 61, OT: Gray (A) 21; Larson (TCN) 23. Badin 56, Roger Bacon 39: Meyer (B) 13; Bibbs, Flowers, Munson (RB) 7. Bellbrook 60, Eaton 41: Scott (B) 17; Sullender (E) 28. Bellefontaine 79, Graham 61 Brookville 55, Monroe 36: Gudorf (B) 16; Backas (M) 13. Butler...

HS Roundup 2/17: Northmont boys down Beavercreek

Dawson Walker hit a shot as time expired to ensure the win for Northmont, as they bested Beavercreek 57-55. Jabari Perkins netted 13 points on the night, including the game-tying three-pointer with eight seconds to go. Jon Alessandro led all scorers with 14 points in the ‘Creek loss. Northmont goes on to face Fairborn on Friday, February 23 at 6 p.m. in the first round of the Division I sectionals...
Photo gallery: Springfield boys basketball at Trotwood-Madison

Photo gallery: Springfield boys basketball at Trotwood-Madison

Myles Belyeu and Amari Davis each scored 23 points and Trotwood-Madison went on a game-ending 14-7 run to defeat visiting Springfield 79-72 in a high-end GWOC crossover boys high school basketball showdown on Friday night. Trotwood (19-3) ends the regular season with a 12-game win streak. Top-seeded in the upcoming D-II sectional at Springfield, the Rams open tourney play on Friday, Feb. 23,...
Springfield quickly rebounds from loss at Trotwood-Madison

Springfield quickly rebounds from loss at Trotwood-Madison

It didn’t take long for Springfield senior guard Michael Wallace to rebound from Friday’s stinging 79-72 loss at mighty Trotwood-Madison. Not with the end of the regular season in sight and the postseason on deck. “We can’t wait,” Wallace said. “We’ve got to get this last game over with and then get ready for the tournament.” Wallace matched his season...
Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

Transgender wrestler will defend state title in Texas

A transgender wrestler from Texas will be defending the Class 6A girls championship at next week’s state tournament, WFAA reported. On Saturday, Mack Beggs, 18, of Euless Trinity will compete for a 6A Region II tournament title, which will determine bracket seeding for the state tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class advance. Last year, a parent filed a lawsuit to...

HS Scores 2/16: Greeneview’s Schneider tallies 1,000th career point

PREP RESULTS Friday’s Results Boys Basketball Alter 63, Fenwick 54: Bazelak, Smith (A) 13; Luers (F) 20. Anna 61, Fairlawn 50 Arcanum 68, Tri-County North 61, OT: Gray (A) 21; Larson (TCN) 23. Badin 56, Roger Bacon 39: Meyer (B) 13; Bibbs, Flowers, Munson (RB) 7. Bellbrook 60, Eaton 41: Scott (B) 17; Sullender (E) 28. Bellefontaine 79, Graham 61 Brookville 55, Monroe 36: Gudorf (B) 16; Backas...

HS Roundup 2/16: Several area teams wrap up conference titles

Wayne, Sidney, Butler, Franklin, Bellbrook, Troy Christian, Catholic Central, West Liberty-Salem, Fort Loramie, Anna and Russia were among the area boys basketball teams to celebrate winning conference titles on Friday. Boys Basketball Sidney 71, Greenville 45: Andre Gordon and Ratez Roberts scored 16 points apiece and Darren Taborn added 11 for Sidney, which secured a share of the Greater Western...
Trotwood-Madison ends regular season by defeating visiting Springfield

Trotwood-Madison ends regular season by defeating visiting Springfield

Streaking Trotwood-Madison passed its final high-end, regular-season test against visiting Springfield 79-72 on Friday night. Now, the one-and-done boys high school basketball season begins. “It gets real from here,” assured Trotwood’s Amari Davis, who matched teammate Myles Belyeu for a game-high 23 points. “No more losses. We’ve got to win out. Like (teammate) Hezikiah...
Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

Football Friday: NFL popularity, college football attendance and the importance of assistant coaches

In my view, Mina Kimes did an excellent job examining a topic that has become rather tortured over the past two years.  It doesn’t gloss over problems nor overemphasize any of them, either, which puts her in the minority of people who have tried to tackle this topic.  At this point, I have come to the conclusion just about everything that has been cited as a possible reason for declining...

HS Scores 2/15: Twin Valley South bests Middletown Christian

PREP RESULTS Girls Basketball Wednesday’s Results Lockland 49, New Miami 25: Goins (L) 21; Scalf (NM) 9. Thursday’s Results Defiance 36, St. Marys 30: Poling (D) 12; Mele (SM) 19. Marion Local 44, New Knoxville 40 New Bremen 55, Delphos St. Johns 31: Homan (NB) 14; Zuber (DSJ) 12. Riverside 31, Bradford 26: Miller (B) 17. Twin Valley South 63, Middletown Christian 23: Crews (TVS) 14; Veal...

HS Roundup 2/15: Girls sectional basketball tournament continues

Four area teams won big Thursday night in the OHSAA Division II girls basketball sectional tournament. Trotwood-Madison knocked off Graham, winning 76-28. Shai McGruder tallied 34 in the win. Led by Kendall Clodfelter and Ashleigh Mader with 12 points each, Tippecanoe routed Belmont, 70-5. Badin eliminated three-time and defending state champions Alter by a score of 43-32. Monroe advanced to the second...
Boys high school basketball power rankings

Boys high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top boys high school basketball area teams. Division I 1. Wayne (19-1): lost 54-47 at Springfield, d. Indianapolis Northwest 77-60; hosts Centerville on Fri. 2. Springfield (17-3): d. Wayne 54-47, d. Fairmont 76-61; at Trotwood-Madison on Fri., hosts Middletown on Sat. 3. Butler (18-3): d. Troy 65-29, lost 36-34 to Sidney; at Tippecanoe on Fri. 4. Miamisburg (17-4)...
District swimming features strong area contingent

District swimming features strong area contingent

The future looks bright for Springfield-area swimming. The present, though, continues to shine with a solid contingent at the Southwest District championships on Friday and Saturday. The district meet starts 10:45 a.m. Friday with the Division II boys. The D-II girls follow at 5:45 p.m. The Division I meet is Saturday with the boys swimming at 10:45 a.m. and the girls at 5:45 p.m. In D-I, Springfield...
Here are 11 candidates to be the next Ohio State recruit from the area

Here are 11 candidates to be the next Ohio State recruit from the area

Ohio State has signed at least one player from Cox Media Group Ohio’s coverage area in six of the last eight years, including Wayne receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith for 2018.  While coach Urban Meyer and his staff are still putting together their plans for the 2019 cycle, Land of 10 has identified 11 area players who are at least on the Buckeyes’ radar at this...
Final girls high school basketball power rankings

Final girls high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top girls high school basketball area teams in the final power rankings. Division I 1. Beavercreek (18-4): lost 44-39 to Fairmont, d. CJ 70-43. 2. Springboro (19-3): d. Northmont 77-49, d. Alter 54-34, d. Lebanon 58-47. 3. Lebanon (18-4): lost 58-47 at Springboro, d. St. Ursula 62-39. 4. Centerville (15-7): lost 47-32 at Beavercreek, d. Wayne 56-52. 5. Tecumseh (17-5)...
Sit-out period for high school transfers could change

Sit-out period for high school transfers could change

The mandatory sit-out period for high school student transfers will change if an amendment is approved by a majority of the Ohio High School Athletic Association members in a vote this spring. If approved, transfers would sit out the second half of the regular season and all of the postseason in all sports the student participated in the previous 12 months. However, a transfer would be eligible in...
Greeneview rallies late to top Brookville in tourney opener

Greeneview rallies late to top Brookville in tourney opener

Several Brookville fans paced along the upper level bleacher of Trotwood-Madison High School’s gym looking down at the Division III sectional tournament game on Wednesday. One paused to say aloud, “I didn’t think we’d still be in this.” Greeneview’s fans likely shared the same thought. »RELATED: Wednesday prep scoreboard »RELATED: Catholic Central girls...
Florida school shooting: Football coach shot, killed while protecting students hailed as hero

Florida school shooting: Football coach shot, killed while protecting students hailed as hero

UPDATE, 5:19 a.m. EST Thursday: Aaron Feis, an assistant football coach and security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has died after being wounded in a deadly mass shooting Wednesday, the team tweeted early Thursday. “It is with great sadness that our football family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis,” the team wrote. “He was our assistant...

HS Scores 2/14: Girls sectional tournament starts

Boys Basketball Tuesday’s Results Alter 72, Springboro 60: Willits (A) 16; Tabor (S) 21. Arcanum 54, Milton Union 45: Atchley (A) 15; Wintrow (MU) 18. Badin 41, Sum. Country Day 32 Beavercreek 42, Centerville 41 Carlisle 63, Twin Valley South 60: Flor (C) 21; Bowman (TVS) 20. Carroll 56, Valley View 50: Cogan (C) 18; Erbaugh (VV) 15. Catholic Central 39, Spg. Shawnee 34 Colerain 72, Lakota West...
Girls Basketball: Catholic Central growing up fast

Girls Basketball: Catholic Central growing up fast

When he took over the Catholic Central High School girls basketball team, one of second-year coach Brandon Peterson’s biggest messages was family. The Irish are growing up fast. »RELATED: Tuesday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Tuesday’s high school roundup Catholic Central beat Madison Plains on Saturday to close out the regular season at 6-16. That’s the most...
Sidney edges Butler to rekindle GWOC American North title hopes

Sidney edges Butler to rekindle GWOC American North title hopes

This would be Andre Gordon’s moment. Seconds ticking down, tie game, conference title on the line. Time to shine for the outstanding junior guard. And it was. But rather than taking the last shot, Gordon fed Ratez Roberts who was open for what held up as a game-winning layup with 2.5 seconds left. “I had my man sitting under the basket,” said Gordon following an offensively challenged...

HS Scores 2/13: Alter boys knock off ‘Boro, Oakwood wrestling wins

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Monday’s Results Delphos SJ’s 65, New Knoxville 44: Wurst (DSJ) 16; Lageman (NK) 18. Greenon 54, Fairbanks 44: Coppock (G) 18; Horn (F) 13. Preble Shawnee 60, Monroe 48: Bates (PS) 17; Badus (M) 19. Tuesday’s Results Alter 72, Springboro 60: Willits (A) 16; Tabor (S) 21. Arcanum 54, Milton Union 45: Atchley (A) 15; Wintrow (MU) 18. Badin 41, Sum. Country...

HS Roundup 2/13: Carlisle’s Flor notches 1,000th career point

In a 63-60 victory over Twin Valley South, Carlisle’s Justin Flor notched his 1,000th career point. Flor led the way for Carlisle with a game-high 21 points in the win. Jonathan Shepherd tacked on 14. Willie Bowman led Twin Valley South with 20 points in the losing effort. Boys Basketball Miamisburg 62, Fairborn 56: Jason Hubbard’s 29 points led Miamisburg in the win. Shaunn Monroe paced...

HS Roundup 2/12: Bates leads Preble Shawnee past Monroe

Joey Bates put up 17 points for Preble Shawnee in a 60-48 win versus Monroe in boys basketball on Monday. Chase Thompson tacked on 15 and Austin Moore 12 for Preble, which improved to 15-5 overall. Tristan Backas led Monroe with 19 points and nine boards. Boys Basketball Greenon 54, Fairbanks 44: Greenon, led by Logan Coppock with 18 points and Cade Rice with 12, got off to a hot start then held on...

HS Scores 2/12: Hess scores 30 in big win for Legacy Christian

Boys Basketball Sunday’s Results Chaminade Julienne 49, Carroll 48, OT: Ramsey (C) 16; Gage (CJ) 18. Monday’s Results Delphos SJ’s 65, New Knoxville 44: Wurst (DSJ) 16; Lageman (NK) 18. Greenon 54, Fairbanks 44: Coppock (G) 18; Horn (F) 13. Preble Shawnee 60, Monroe 48: Bates (PS) 17; Badus (M) 19. Girls Basketball Monday’s Results Legacy Christian 60, Xenia 30: Hess (LC) 30...
Versailles D-III girls basketball state poll champion

Versailles D-III girls basketball state poll champion

Versailles was crowned the Division III girls high school basketball state poll champion on Monday by the Associated Press. It was the fifth time the Midwest Athletic Conference power won a poll title. The Tigers (21-1), coached by Jacki Stonebraker, also won D-III state polls in 2008, ’01, 1994 and ’90. Versailles has been to six D-III state final fours since 2007 and won state titles...
What it takes to become an Army football player

What it takes to become an Army football player

When Cameron Hoelscher made his college football verbal commitment last summer, not much distinguished it from similar announcements on social media.  Along with a picture of the Springfield linebacker in his future uniform, there was a brief and heart-felt message thanking those who have helped him get to this point and expressing excitement about his next challenge.  That’s...
Graham wrestling ‘king of the state’ after moving up division, winning D-I championship

Graham wrestling ‘king of the state’ after moving up division, winning D-I championship

With Graham clinging to a 25-23 lead over Lakewood St. Edward in the Division I finals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state team tournament, coach Jeff Jordan disappeared for a minute. Heading into a winner-take-all match, Jordan slipped up the ramp and into the bathroom to splash some water on his face. “I had to throw some cold water on my face to get calmed back down,&rdquo...
Girls Basketball: Greeneview tops Cedarville to win OHC South title

Girls Basketball: Greeneview tops Cedarville to win OHC South title

Ten minutes after Saturday night’s net-cutting ceremony, Frankie Fife and some of her Greeneview teammates were posing with the net, hanging it around their necks and taking pictures. On the last night of the regular season, this was a victory the Rams wanted to savor. »RELATED: Prep roundup for Feb. 10 »RELATED: Prep scoreboard for Feb. 10 They had just blown out rival Cedarville...
Injury, brace doesn’t slow Springfield’s Cochran in GWOC tournament

Injury, brace doesn’t slow Springfield’s Cochran in GWOC tournament

Springfield High School senior 220-pounder Joe Cochran has had a chance to add to his resume during his final wrestling season. Statistics keeper. Videographer. Manager. »RELATED: Prep roundup for Feb. 10 »RELATED: Prep scoreboard for Feb. 10 Not exactly how he thought his final campaign would go after placing at the state tournament as a junior. “It’s been hard to sit out...

HS Roundup 2/10: Fairmont girls edge out Beavercreek, Westbeld nets 15

The Fairmont girls basketball team edged out GWOC foe Beavercreek, 44-39. Led by Madeline Westbeld with 15 points and Mali Morgan-Elliott with 14, Fairmont shutout Beavercreek in the second quarter to help secure the win. Carmen Williams sunk 11 points for Beavercreek. Alyssa Hall and Michaela Rhoades tacked on nine each in the loss. Boys Basketball Fairborn 72, Tippecanoe 70: K.J. Redmon netted 30...

HS Scores 2/10: Trotwood beats Springfield, Suchland scores 41 for NE

Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Alter 57, Carroll 39: Harker (A) 13; Ramsey (C) 11. Anna 66, Botkins 45: Platfoot (A) 16; Heuker (B) 15. Arcanum 66, Twin Valley South 54: Gray (A) 18; Bowman (TVS) 18. Badin 52, McNicholas 44: Mathews, Giesting (B) 8; Burdick (M) 20. Beavercreek 69, Stebbins 54: Alessandro (B) 15; Mpanzu (S) 15. Bellbrook 56, Brookville 51: Painter (Be) 14. Butler 65, Troy 29...
Shawnee boys narrowly miss tying for CBC title

Shawnee boys narrowly miss tying for CBC title

Before Friday night’s battle for supremacy in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division, Jonathan Alder coach Brent Cahill reminded his team with a simple message on the locker room whiteboard of what was coming. We want it to be difficult or it won’t be worth it. Shawnee made for a high degree of difficulty with a gritty fourth-quarter comeback that almost gave the Braves a...
Wayne coach after 1st loss: ‘We’re not ready to burn the house down yet’

Wayne coach after 1st loss: ‘We’re not ready to burn the house down yet’

Wayne’s undefeated run through the boys high school basketball regular season was good while it lasted. And, according to standout senior guard Darius Quisenberry, just fine that it ended. “It’s good that we took a (loss) before tournament,” Quisenberry said following a 54-47 ambush at Springfield on Friday night. “It’s OK to take an L, as long as we bounce back...
California prep basketball player with Down syndrome scores first basket

California prep basketball player with Down syndrome scores first basket

A California teenager with Down syndrome had a memorable senior night, scoring his first career basket in his first appearance in a game, KMPH reported. Jack Welsh was introduced last on Feb. 8 as Reedley High School honored its seniors. “The heart and soul of Reedley,” Pirates football coach Brandon Nagle said. "That would explain Jack right there." When the game began...

HS Roundup 2/9: Alter upsets Carroll, Fenwick wins GCLC North

Alter upset Carroll 57-39 and Fenwick defeated Chaminade Julienne 58-47 to lead to Fenwick clinching the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North title outright in Friday night boys hoops action. Stephen Harker scored 13 points and Derek Willits and Connor Bazelak added 12 apiece to lead Alter in the upset win. Eli Ramsey scored 11 for Carroll. Fenwick improved to 7-2 in conference play with the win. Carroll...

HS Scores 2/9: Troy Chr., Cath. Central clinch conference title shares

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Alter 57, Carroll 39: Harker (A) 13; Ramsey (C) 11. Anna 66, Botkins 45: Platfoot (A) 16; Heuker (B) 15. Arcanum 66, Twin Valley South 54: Gray (A) 18; Bowman (TVS) 18. Badin 52, McNicholas 44: Mathews, Giesting (B) 8; Burdick (M) 20. Beavercreek 69, Stebbins 54: Alessandro (B) 15; Mpanzu (S) 15. Bellbrook 56, Brookville 51: Painter (Be) 14. Butler...
Springfield hands top-ranked Wayne first loss

Springfield hands top-ranked Wayne first loss

Like the rest of his teammates, JaJuan Rodgers felt Springfield gave away a sure win at Wayne just two weeks ago. But then the unthinkable followed soon after; consecutive boys high school basketball losses to Centerville and Moeller. What had been a special 13-0 run to start the season had melted into midseason uncertainty. There would be no better way to jump-start the end of the regular season...

Prep wrestling: Graham eager to meet up with St. Ed’s again

Graham coach Jeff Jordan has made one thing abundantly clear to his wrestlers as they prepare to go for the Division I title in the Ohio High School Athletic Association team tournament Sunday at St. John’s Arena. Be prepared to battle. The Falcons open the tournament at 11 a.m. as the top seed against eighth-seeded Marysville. Semifinals are 3:30 p.m., finals 7:30. Graham is moving up to Division...
Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Sports Today: How patient are Dayton Flyers fans right now?

Let’s see how much ground we can cover today after a busy week for sports in the Miami Valley.  Going by the Facebook comments on my Dayton Flyers basketball column yesterday, fans are far from panicking about the struggles of Anthony Grant’s first season as coach at his alma mater.  One pointed out the loss of four starters from last season and the continuing effect of the sad...
Trotwood superintendent seeks answers about impending GWOC breakup

Trotwood superintendent seeks answers about impending GWOC breakup

Answers. That’s all anyone interested in the impending breakup of the Greater Western Ohio Conference wants to hear. That would include Kevin Bell, the superintendent of Trotwood-Madison City Schools. That’s the school district and GWOC member identified as key in 10 member schools likely leaving and starting a league of their own. News of that isn’t yet 48 hours old, but it continues...

HS Scores 2/8: Trotwood bests Northmont; Tecumseh beats Kenton Ridge

PREP RESULTS Girls Basketball Wednesday’s Results Beavercreek 47, Centerville 32: Williams (B) 20; Chabel (C) 9. Butler 62, Sidney 35 Ben Logan 81, Graham 45: Johannes (G) 19. Fairfield 61, Middletown 47: Burks (M) 17; Bailey (F) 14. Greenville 42, Piqua 28: Magoteaux (P) 10. Jonathan Alder 75, Urbana 27: Lyons (U) 14. Lakota West 47, Princeton 27: Prohaska (LW) 15; White (P) 11. Mason 69, Lakota...

HS Roundup 2/8: Valley View girls knock off Franklin

The Valley View girls basketball team successfully clinched the SWBL Southwestern division title in its 56-48 rout of Franklin. Hunter Stidham netted 22 points in the win, while Lauren Legate tacked on 14. Layne Ferrell scored 22 points of her own in the losing effort. Emily Newton, Skylar Weir and Brooke Stoker each tacked on six for Franklin. The win moves Valley View to 18-1 on the season and drops...
Springfield celebrates college-bound football players

Springfield celebrates college-bound football players

Thursday afternoon was a time for the celebration of education — and football, of course — at Springfield High School. Thirteen senior football players announced or confirmed where they will be playing next season, all getting a round of applause from a large group assembled in the library. The last to take the microphone was Leonard Taylor, the four-star tight end prospect who announced...
Split decision: 5 things to know about the impending breakup of the GWOC

Split decision: 5 things to know about the impending breakup of the GWOC

Half of the 20 current schools that make up the Greater Western Ohio Conference announced their intention to leave and start their own affiliation during Wednesday’s annual winter meeting of school superintendents, principals and athletic directors at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation. Here’s five things to know about that: 1. Who’s leaving? The entire GWOC American Conference...
Sports Today: Ohio State wins in ways expected and not

Sports Today: Ohio State wins in ways expected and not

What a day we had yesterday!  The basketball and national signing day action we promised in this space did not disappoint.  In fact, it exceeded expectations since Ohio State actually won at Purdue, which I did not expect in the least.  I may start calling Chris Holtmann “Coach Thesaurus” because I am running out of superlative for these Buckeyes, who not...

HS Roundup 2/7: Streaking ‘Creek wins 16th straight

Carmen Williams netted a game-high 20 points to lead the Beavercreek girls basketball squad in a 47-32 win over Centerville on Wednesday. ‘Creek improved to 11-0 in conference play and 17-3 overall. It also marked a 16th consecutive win after starting the season 1-3. Sam Chable netted nine points for Centerville in the loss. Girls Basketball Trotwood 85, Stebbins 44: Trotwood tallied 30 points...

HS Scores 2/7: Lakota West wins 20th straight, Trotwood wins big

Boys Basketball Tuesday’s Results Badin 60, Northwest 34 Beavercreek 59, Western Hills 38: Johnson (B) 14; Marsh (WH) 12. Bellbrook 1, Oakwood 42: Crouch (B) 19. Brookville 56, Franklin 51: Denlinger (B) 21. Butler 74, Versailles 69: Justice (B) 25; Ahrens (V) 41. Carlisle 86, Dixie 76: Shepherd (C) 23; Worley (D) 31. Cin. Christian 51, New Miami 38: Ringer (CC) 13; Robinette (NM) 13. Coldwater...
GWOC American Conference teams intend to leave Trotwood-Madison out, form new league

GWOC American Conference teams intend to leave Trotwood-Madison out, form new league

The mega-team Greater Western Ohio Conference apparently is on its way out. Superintendents, principals and athletic directors met in the annual winter meeting Wednesday at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation where a bomb was delivered: All of the American Conference North and South division teams want out. Their intention is to begin a new affiliation, excluding current GWOC South member Trotwood-Madison...
National Signing Day: Springfield’s Leonard Taylor picks Cincinnati

National Signing Day: Springfield’s Leonard Taylor picks Cincinnati

The long wait is over for Leonard Taylor. The Springfield High School senior announced Wednesday he will play his college football at the University of Cincinnati. He had released a final four of Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky and Texas A&M after making official visits to all four since mid-December. Taylor is a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings and was the top uncommitted player...
Sports Today: National Signing Day gives way to big basketball night

Sports Today: National Signing Day gives way to big basketball night

Today is National Signing Day and a notable night for college basketball.  As I write this, we’re still waiting to see how the winter weather will affect college announcements, but at last check three of the area’s best players were planning to make an announcement today.  Stay tuned to find out what’s next for star running backs Tavion Thomas and Ra’veion Hargrove...

HS Scores 2/6: Ponitz, Stivers win; Versailles’ Ahrens nets 41

PREP RESULTS Boys Basketball Tuesday’s Results Badin 60, Northwest 34 Beavercreek 59, Western Hills 38: Johnson (B) 14; Marsh (WH) 12. Bellbrook 1, Oakwood 42: Crouch (B) 19. Brookville 56, Franklin 51: Denlinger (B) 21. Butler 74, Versailles 69: Justice (B) 25; Ahrens (V) 41. Carlisle 86, Dixie 76: Shepherd (C) 23; Worley (D) 31. Cin. Christian 51, New Miami 38: Ringer (CC) 13; Robinette (NM)...

HS Roundup 2/6: Miamisburg boys edge out Centerville

The Miamisburg boys basketball team edged out GWOC rival Centerville, 60-52. The Vikings outscored Centerville 23-16 in the fourth quarter and shot for eight from the free throw line to secure the victory. Jason Hubbard and Corey Hartman each netted 16 points for Miamisburg. Brett Hensley tacked on 13. Ryan Marchal led all scorers with 18 points in the Centerville loss. The win moves Miamisburg to...
X marks the spot for Samari Curtis’ college choice

X marks the spot for Samari Curtis’ college choice

Scratch one thing off Samari Curtis’ to-do list.  With his college choice made — the Xenia junior announced Monday night he is going to Xavier — Curtis can further concentrate on his stated goal of elevating Buccaneers basketball to another level.  With four games left in the regular season, Curtis leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference in scoring at 30.4 points per...
WATCH: Full-court shot wins middle school basketball game

WATCH: Full-court shot wins middle school basketball game

Warner Middle School (Xenia) beat West Carrollton in 52-50 in an eighth grade game Monday night.  If you are wondering why that is noteworthy, take a look (above) at how the Buccaneers pulled it out.  That is Ray Greene III connecting on a nearly full-court shot to send the Buccs’ eighth grade team into a frenzy.  Not a bad way to start the week!  That was the second win...

HS Scores 2/5: Waynesville girls clinch division, Graham bests Triad

PREP RESULTS Girls Basketball Monday’s Results Badin 44, Hamilton 24: Broermann (B) 19; Riggins (H) 13. Carlisle 53, National Trail 45: Erisman (C) 15; Byrd (NT) 15. Chaminade Julienne 52, Tri-Village 48: Jones (CJ) 12; Downing, Siler (TV) 17. Edgewood 43, Winton Woods 36 Fairmont 61, Bellbrook 47: Morgan-Elliott (F) 20; Vine (B) 17. Franklin Monroe 54, Milton Union 27: Conley (FM) 23; Dickison...

HS Roundup 2/5: Talwanda’s Brown sets school record, knocks off Goshen

Senior guard Addie Brown netted 38 points in Talawanda’s 64-54 victory over Goshen. Brown’s 38 points set the school record for point scored in a single game, replacing a record set at 35 in the 1971-1972 season. Brown also tied the school record for three point shots made in a game with seven, set in the 1996-1997 season. This is the fourth record Brown has broken on the season and first...
High School Wrestling Honor Roll for Feb. 5, 2018

High School Wrestling Honor Roll for Feb. 5, 2018

106 Name School W L Falls Cole Skinner Madison 6 0 Branson Amway Graham 14 1 5 Josh Miller Edgewood 18 2 5 Kellan Anderson Covington 30 5 9 Caleb Thomas Monroe 23 5 Olivia Shore Miami East 25 6 8 Matt Motter Butler 23 7 13 Jorden Zigo Trotwood 18 6 8 113 Name School W L Falls Zach Shupp Fairfield 22 1 16 Tanner Jordan Graham 29 2 20 Cael Vanderhorst Covington 33 3 20 Matt Verdes Butler 26 5 14 Kaleb...
National Signing Day: Local football stars making final recruiting plans

National Signing Day: Local football stars making final recruiting plans

A trio of the best senior football players in the area have announced their finalists heading into the traditional National Signing Day.  Springfield tight end/defensive linemen Leonard Taylor is set to choose from a final four of Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky and Texas A&M.  Dunbar running back Tavion Thomas, who recently de-committed from Oklahoma, has listed a final four of Tennessee...
Boys Basketball: Moeller hands Springfield second straight loss

Boys Basketball: Moeller hands Springfield second straight loss

Jordan Howard reverse layup. Michael Wallace 3-pointer on a good pass out of the low post by Leonard Taylor. Wallace reverse layup. RELATED: Saturday night scoreboard RELATED: Saturday night roundup It was beginning to look like fifth-ranked Springfield wouldn’t lose for the second straight night. The Wildcats had just erased most of a 10-point deficit and trailed fourth-ranked Cincinnati Moeller...

HS Scores 2/3: Centerville falls to state-ranked St. John’s

Boys Basketball Friday’s Results Anna 71, Lehman Catholic 47: Doseck (A) 16; Rogers, Lee (LC) 16. Arcanum 61, Bradford 38: Branson (B) 14; Gray (A) 23. Bellbrook 49, Monroe 44: Crouch (B) 16; Turner (M) 17. Ben Logan 50, Northwestern 35 Brookville 47, Valley View 45: Bland (B) 14. Butler 58, Greenville 45 Centerville 50, Springfield 48 Chaminade Julienne 64, Alter 60, OT: Gage (CJ) 15; Bazelak...

HS Roundup 2/3: Rucker nets 22, Northmont boys upset Franklin

The Northmont boys basketball team pulled off an upset, routing Franklin 56-51. Cameron Rucker led the effort with 22 points, shooting for four from the three point line. Prophet Johnson tacked on 15 for the Bolts. Jared Kinzer’s 14 points paced Franklin in the loss, while Cole Bundren tacked on eight. Franklin drops to 15-4 overall. Northmont moves to 7-10 on the season. Boys Basketball Miamisburg...
Photo gallery: Springfield at Centerville boys basketball

Photo gallery: Springfield at Centerville boys basketball

Centerville stunned visiting Springfield 50-48 in a great GWOC National East boys high school basketball game on Friday night. Elks junior Ryan Marchal hit the Elks’ game-winning and twisting layup with just 2.9 seconds left. Below is a photo gallery from the game.
Greeneview takes down league-leading Catholic Central

Greeneview takes down league-leading Catholic Central

Greeneview coach Kyle Fulk knew what league-leading Catholic Central was capable of Friday night. “They’re phenomenal at getting to the rim,” he said. »RELATED: Springfield falls to Centerville »RELATED: Boys basketball power rankings The Irish, the No. 6-ranked Division IV team in Ohio, proved it when Sabien Doolittle took a defensive rebound all the way for a layup...
Girls high school basketball power rankings

Girls high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top girls high school basketball area teams. 1. Beavercreek (15-3): d. Carroll 49-39, d. Springfield 54-30, d. Wayne 58-46; at Stebbins on Sat., hosts Centerville on Wed. 2. Springboro (16-3): d. Springfield 73-34, d. Ursuline 51-38, d. Miamisburg 42-38; at Northmont on Sat., at Alter on Mon. 3. Lebanon (16-3): d. West Carrollton 62-29, d. Fairfield 52-49, d. Northmont...
Boys high school basketball power rankings

Boys high school basketball power rankings

Here’s who we consider the top boys high school basketball area teams. 1. Wayne (16-0): d. Lebanon 51-37, d. Princeton 72-67, d. Fairmont 63-51; hosts Beavercreek on Fri., hosts Belmont on Sat. 2. Springfield (15-1): d. Springboro 56-48, d. Beavercreek 57-44; at Centerville on Fri., hosts Moeller on Sat. 3. Belmont (8-3): lost 58-57 to Dunbar; at Wayne on Sat., at Ponitz on Tue. 4. Butler (15-2)...
Streaking Trotwood-Madison snaps Dunbar’s 10-game win streak

Streaking Trotwood-Madison snaps Dunbar’s 10-game win streak

It’s a given that Dunbar and Trotwood-Madison bring out the best in each other in boys high school basketball. The non-conference series is full of NBA alums, megastars and state title teams. For these programs and their loyal fans, it’s hard not to target that showdown date. “It’s a statement game,” assured Trotwood senior Myles Belyeu after teaming with Amari Davis...
Southeastern’s Cline standing tall again after surgery

Southeastern’s Cline standing tall again after surgery

There are certain things parents have to remind their teenagers to do on a daily basis. Scoop the litter box. Unload the dishwasher. Clean up your room. Sit up straight and don’t slouch. Southeastern High School sophomore Trinity Cline must have heard that last one more than a hundred times from her parents, Arnie and Leah Cline. “I was like, ‘Trinity stand up straight,’ &rdquo...
Springfield falls in final seconds at Centerville

Springfield falls in final seconds at Centerville

For only the second time, Springfield’s surging boys basketball team failed to meet a maximum challenge. “It’s just a hostile environment here,” junior guard RaHeim Moss said following Friday’s 50-48 loss at rival Centerville. “You know it’s going to be packed out and sold out. You just have to come ready to play.” The loss dropped Springfield to 15-2...
HS Roundup 2/2: Worley’s heroics lead Dixie in win

HS Roundup 2/2: Worley’s heroics lead Dixie in win

Devin Worley’s 1,000th career point came on the game-winning shot to cap off a 46-44 rally victory for Dixie against Milton Union in boys basketball on Friday. Dixie outscored MU 17-7 in the final quarter to pull off the win. Worley finished with 19 points and Keith Thomas added 10. Caleb Wintrow led Milton Union with 16, including four three-point baskets. Miamisburg 76, Springboro 62: Jason...
HS Scores 2/2: Wayne boys remain undefeated, CJ knocks off Alter in OT

HS Scores 2/2: Wayne boys remain undefeated, CJ knocks off Alter in OT

Carroll 72, McClain 39: Cogan (C) 18; Penwell (M) 8. Anna 71, Lehman Catholic 47: Doseck (A) 16; Rogers, Lee (LC) 16. Bellbrook 49, Monroe 44: Crouch (B) 16; Turner (M) 17. Ben Logan 50, Northwestern 35 Brookville 47, Valley View 45: Bland (B) 14. Butler 58, Greenville 45 Centerville 50, Springfield 48 Chaminade Julienne 64, Alter 60, OT: Gage (CJ) 15; Bazelak (A) 17. Cincinnati Christian 43, Lockland...
Trotwood at Dunbar boys basketball 3 p.m. Sat. tip-off for varsity

Trotwood at Dunbar boys basketball 3 p.m. Sat. tip-off for varsity

The Trotwood-Madison at Dunbar boys high school basketball tripleheader on Saturday has been moved to earlier start times. Freshmen game: noon. JV game: 1:30 p.m. Varsity game: 3 p.m. Trotwood (15-3) is the area’s No. 1 team in Division II. Dunbar (11-3) is No. 3.
Marchal’s late heroics lead Centerville to upset of Springfield

Marchal’s late heroics lead Centerville to upset of Springfield

Looking for a spark that would jump-start its season, Centerville found it against the most unlikely team, mighty Springfield. “It feels pretty good,” Elks junior guard and designated hero Ryan Marchal said following a 50-48 upset of the visiting Wildcats on Friday night. “We put in a lot of work in the offseason to beat teams like this. We haven’t had a good game here in a...
High School Wrestling: Matchups, schedule set for state team tourney

High School Wrestling: Matchups, schedule set for state team tourney

Graham will enter its first Division I state team tournament as the top seed. The Falcons, who bumped up from Division II to Division I for the OHSAA team tournament, were voted the top seed for the state tournament on Feb. 11 at St. John’s Arena. Perennial D-I state power St. Edward is the second seed. Graham, looking for its sixth consecutive team title in the sixth year of the tournament...

HS Roundup 2/1: Cogan leads Carroll past McClain

Matt Cogan scored all 18 of his points off of three-point shots to lead the way for Carroll in a 72-39 win against McClain in boys basketball action Thursday. Braden Seymour added 14 and Eli Ramsey 12. Carroll improved to 11-6 with the win. Girls Basketball Franklin 53, Carlisle 45: Layne Ferrell poured in 32 points for Franklin in the win. Caitlyn Stewart scored 14 and Abby Erisman 13 for Carlisle...

HS Scores 2/1: Ferrell scores 32 in Franklin win

Boys Basketball Wednesday’s Results Bellbrook 64, Oakwood 50: Rubin (O) 20; Crouch (B) 19. Legacy Christian 66, Jefferson 36: Berry (J) 13; Burke (LC) 19. Ponitz 98, Cin. Prep 61: Bailey (P) 27. Thursday’s Results Carroll 72, McClain 39: Cogan (C) 18; Penwell (M) 8. Girls Basketball Wednesday’s Results Badin 44, McNicholas 43: Broermann (B) 22. Bellbrook 77, Clinton-Massie 25: Conley...
Recent roster additions should make Springfield boys even stronger

Recent roster additions should make Springfield boys even stronger

Already recognized as an area and state Division I power, the Springfield High School boys basketball team recently had two roster additions that will make the Wildcats even more formidable. JaJuan Rodgers scored 12 points in Springfield’s 57-44 win at Beavercreek on Tuesday. What’s significant about that? It was only his second game back after suffering an ankle injury in the season opener...
CJ reaches wrestling finals, Northwestern falls in semifinal debut

CJ reaches wrestling finals, Northwestern falls in semifinal debut

Two years ago, Chaminade Julienne’s wrestling program contained six competitors and did not even participate in the Ohio High School Athletic Association state team tournament. Wednesday night, the Eagles hosted the Division II, Region 15 finals. “I am proud of where we are, but we still have goals,” CJ coach Larry Dryden said after the Eagles fell 41-22 to Ross. “Two years...
Trotwood’s Grigsby family eager for their version of Freezer Bowl at the Super Bowl

Trotwood’s Grigsby family eager for their version of Freezer Bowl at the Super Bowl

Trotwood resident Ernestine Grigsby is in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, and as eager as she is to attend the game, she’s most looking forward to the three-ring circus. “I’m at my happiest when I’m with my boys, and I can’t wait to spend time with those clowns,” Griggs laughed, referring to sons Bam Bradley, Chris Wright and Nicholas Grigsby, the latter of whom...

HS Scores 1/31: Centerville downs Springfield, Lebanon edges Northmont

Boys Basketball Tuesday’s Results Arcanum 54, Eaton 39: Atchley (A) 11; Howard (E) 14. Bellefontaine 78, Indian Lake 72 Belmont 60, Thurgood Marshall 41: Harewood (B) 17; McComb (TM) 15. Bethel 89, Carroll 70: South (B) 29; Jefferson (C) 22. Butler 59, Piqua 46: Justice (B) 21; Schmiesing (P) 17. Cin. Christian 59, Cin. Country Day 51: Reutener (CC) 16; Smith (CCD) 25. Dixie 69, Newton 49: Worley...

HS Roundup 1/31: Crouch, Campbell lead Bellbrook past Oakwood

Donnie Crouch led a balanced attack that saw four players in double-digit scoring for Bellbrook in a 64-50 boys basketball win versus Oakwood on Wednesday. Crouch scored 19 points, Jack Campbell 15, Hayden Greene 14 and Storm Painter 12. Darren Rubin led all scorers with 20 points for Oakwood. Boys Basketball Ponitz 98, Cin. Prep 61: Damonte Bailey put up 27 points with 17 rebounds, Jaron Smith had...
50-point clubs: Area boys and girls who scored 50 or more points

50-point clubs: Area boys and girls who scored 50 or more points

The following are area high school boys and girls basketball players who have scored 50 or more points. Know of someone else who’s deserving to join these elite teams? Send information by email to sports@coxhio.com. 65: Charlie Coles, Bryan, 1959. 63: Jerry Lucas, Middletown, vs. Lima Senior, Feb. 1958. 61: Gary Bradds, Greeneview, vs. Mt. Sterling, Dec. 1959. 61: Phil Snow, Sabina, vs. Blanchester...
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