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Sorry, ACC, this is the NCAA tournament change we’d rather see

The ACC is proposing a change to the NCAA tournament that is dumb and unnecessary.  Per reports, members of the once-proud basketball conference that sold its soul for football several years back would like to see four more teams make the Big Dance each spring, bringing the total number to 72.  ACC commissioner John Swofford says this would create a second First Four, though it would not...
Wright State women’s basketball loses two assistant coaches

Wright State women’s basketball loses two assistant coaches

The Wright State women’s basketball team’s coaching staff will looking different in 2018-19 after two assistants recently took jobs elsewhere. Former associate head coach Keith Freeman joined the staff at Old Dominion, while assistant Semeka Randall took at job at Cincinnati. ›› RELATED: WSU baseball to play at Fifth Third, then host HL tournament Freeman worked six seasons...
Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

Agonis Club honors 5 athletes and coach in 65th annual awards banquet

The Dayton Agonis Club honored five area athletes and one coach during its 65th annual awards banquet at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering on Wednesday night. Receiving various athlete awards were Trotwood-Madison High School senior running back Ra’veion Hargrove, University of Dayton senior women’s basketball player Jenna Burdette, Wright State senior men’s basketball...
Champion WSU opens big week of baseball with game at Fifth Third Field

Champion WSU opens big week of baseball with game at Fifth Third Field

For the second time in three games, Wright State team will play at the home of a professional baseball team when the Raiders face Northern Kentucky at Fifth Third Field at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The landmark game marks the first time WSU will play at the home of the Dayton Dragons, and it comes a few days after the Raiders beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Miller Field. The 4-3 victory in 10 innings at the...
Wright State baseball clinches HL title, will host tournament

Wright State baseball clinches HL title, will host tournament

Due to weather related cancellations last weekend, Wright State’s victory against Milwaukee on Saturday at Miller Park enabled the Raiders to clinch the Horizon League regular season title, which means they will host the conference tournament at Nischwitz Stadium. It’s the ninth time WSU has won a regular-season championship, and sixth time as a member of the Horizon League. ›&rsaquo...
Wright State’s Haney named top freshman golfer in Horizon League

Wright State’s Haney named top freshman golfer in Horizon League

Bryce Haney didn’t look like a future Division I college golfer while playing at Wayne High School. He didn’t pick up the game until his sophomore year and averaged just under 40 strokes for nine holes his last two seasons. But Haney was driven to get to the next level and determined to find a school that would give him a shot. »RELATED: Raiders have two open scholarships after Davenport...
Former WSU star putting new twist on summer basketball camps

Former WSU star putting new twist on summer basketball camps

When Matt Vest comes home following an exhausting, nine-month basketball season in Germany, the former Wright State star is ready for … More basketball. Vest, who recently completed his fourth season in the professional ranks after graduating from WSU with a degree in business management in 2014, is starting his own youth basketball camp and putting a fresh twist on the summer staple. &ldquo...
Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

Sports Today: College basketball roster churn offers distraction from bad baseball

As promised, the college basketball season has been eventful for Dayton and Wright State.  The Flyers added another player Monday with a commitment from Rodney Chatman III.  He is a transfer from Chattanooga, and yet another small guard who is joining coach Anthony Grant’s program.  The 6-foot-1 Chatman, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a college sophomore last season, joins...
Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

Sports Today: Dayton, Wright State, Miami missing the boat on Trotwood star

The phrase, “recruiting never stops,” is one of those that became a cliche because it’s true.  Whenever I sit down to do a recruiting roundup like the one I put up Wednesday, I inevitably find three times as much info as I was expecting.  I guess that’s a good sign Southwest Ohio is a great place to find talented players, though, so I’m certainly not going...
Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

Angelopoulos twins making their mark on Wright State track

At the Miami Duals track meet last month you might have sworn the same runner won the 800 meters and finished fifth in the 400. In actuality these were the respective results of Wright State’s identical twin runners Victoria and Sophia Angelopoulos. When you consider the athletic prowess of their parents, the twins’ success is no surprise. Their mother, Sandra, played volleyball and basketball...
Snyder develops into most prolific power hitter in Raiders history

Snyder develops into most prolific power hitter in Raiders history

Gabe Snyder had to fight off discouragement as a redshirt freshman at Wright State. He was making the switch from pitcher to position player and seemed a long way from making a meaningful contribution. “Being a redshirt, you can get down over not being able to help the team. You almost feel you’re not quite a part of the team. But my coaches and teammates helped to keep me up,” he...
WSU to play baseball at Fifth Third Field for first time

WSU to play baseball at Fifth Third Field for first time

Wright State University baseball at Fifth Third Field in Dayton? Be a believer. WSU will play at the Dragons’ home base for the first time in program history on Thursday, May 17, against Northern Kentucky in a Horizon League game. »RELATED: WSU on a power surge “We’re very excited about our partnership with the Dayton Dragons and the opportunity to play at Fifth Third Field...
WSU recruit Davenport granted release from letter of intent

WSU recruit Davenport granted release from letter of intent

Jeremiah Davenport, who was expected to be part of a decorated recruiting classfor Wright State, announced Thursday he received a release from his national letter of intent. Davenport tweeted that he will enroll in prep school next season before reopening his recruitment as a member of the Class of 2019. The Moeller High School product is the fifth player to either leave the WSU program or step...
Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Sports Today: NFL draft day drama gets an early start

Hey there, how’s your NFL draft day going so far?  Good, I hope.  Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was dominating the morning news cycle as I sat down to write this, and there were two pretty good reasons:  First, he totally nailed recreating a classic Brett Favre draft day photo.  Second, he apparently could be the No. 1 pick in the draft by the Cleveland Browns. ...
NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

NCAA can’t ‘fix’ college basketball without major help from the NBA

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball got more right than wrong in its report issued Wednesday.  While making some worthwhile suggestions for fixing some issues faced at the college level, the group chaired by Condoleezza Rice also exposed just how culpable the NBA is in placing elite basketball prospects in limbo when they are in their late teens and early 20s. ...
Extensive study helps power Wright State baseball’s hitting prowess

Extensive study helps power Wright State baseball’s hitting prowess

The Wright State baseball team has been on a hitting rampage this season, scoring at a pace that’s among the highest in school history. And while much of that prowess comes down to sheer talent, the Raiders also have gained a mental edge through coach Jeff Mercer’s scouting program. The players do extensive study of opposing pitchers in the offseason to help with their pitch recognition...
Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

Ending one-and-done rule one of recommendations of NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball

The NCAA’s Independent Commission on College Basketball recommends ending the one-and-done rule and making high school players eligible for the NBA Draft again. That was one of the findings in its report released Wednesday morning. Under the current rule, top high school recruits have to spend at least one season in college basketball before being for the NBA Draft. The commission, chaired by...
WSU freshman Everett Winchester announces he’s transferring

WSU freshman Everett Winchester announces he’s transferring

Everett Winchester’s first season playing for Wright State also was his last as the redshirt freshman has requested, and been granted, a release from his scholarship and intends to transfer. “It was a hard decision because I love the team, I love the coaching staff, I love everything about Wright State and we’ve been through some good things together, going to the NCAA tournament...
Wright State Insider: Softball team bounces back from horrendous start

Wright State Insider: Softball team bounces back from horrendous start

First-year Wright State softball coach Laura Matthews didn’t think the season was a lost cause after getting off to an 0-11 start. She figured the Raiders were much better than they looked despite being outscored 76-21 during that horrendous stretch. But she knew her players could have easily lost incentive to keep plugging — especially with the turmoil they’ve endured in their careers...
Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Sports Today: Recruiting Ohio continues to be tricky for Urban Meyer at Ohio State

Another area high school football made his verbal commitment earlier this week when Gabe Newburg announced he will be going to Michigan.  The Northmont defensive end is a three-star prospect with a dozen college offers.  LandOf10.com recruiting analyst Ryan Donnelly reports he visited Ohio State last week but wasn’t willing to wait any longer to see if Urban Meyer was going to offer...
Wright State sophomore earns Horizon League weekly honor

Wright State sophomore earns Horizon League weekly honor

Wright State sophomore Alex Alders has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. The sophomore from Sagamore Hills hit .526 during four games last week, leading the Raiders to a pair of league wins at Northern Kentucky. ›› WSU softball senior named HL Pitcher of the Week Alders went 10 for 19 with a double and a triple while driving in four...
WSU pitcher honored by Horizon League

WSU pitcher honored by Horizon League

Wright State senior Ashley Sharp has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. The Lakota West High School graduate threw back-to-back shutouts against IUPUI on Friday and Saturday. Sharp blanked the Panthers on five hits in a 1-0 victory Friday at the WSU Softball Field, then threw a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory in Saturday’s rubber match...
Sports Today: Delay shouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for Cincinnati Reds return

Sports Today: Delay shouldn’t dampen enthusiasm for Cincinnati Reds return

Welcome back baseball!  Well, everywhere but Cincinnati (and Washington, but that city gets enough attention as is).  As I sit here on Thursday, I have to say the Reds proactively bumping everything back a day was probably the right call.  Nothing is better than spending 2-3 hours at the ballpark, especially after a long, cold winter, but is there much worse than spending 5-6 hours...
Wright State’s Benzinger: ‘No-brainer’ to play in Final Four event

Wright State’s Benzinger: ‘No-brainer’ to play in Final Four event

Wright State may not have made it to the Final Four, but Grant Benzinger did. The senior guard accepted an invitation to take part in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, a three-on-three tournament for seniors from each of the NCAA’s Division I conferences. Benzinger, who will team with Oakland’s Jalen Hayes and Kendrick Nunn and Northern Kentucky’s Lavone Holland...
Wright State’s Benzinger to represent Horizon League at Final Four

Wright State’s Benzinger to represent Horizon League at Final Four

It turns out Grant Benzinger’s Wright State career isn’t over just yet. A selection committee of basketball experts from national media outlets picked Benzinger as one of four Horizon League representatives in the inaugural 3-on-3 National Championship this weekend during the Final Four in San Antonio. Benzinger will team with Oakland’s Jalen Hayes and Kendrick Nunn and Northern...
Sports Today: Who is going to make the Reds rotation?

Sports Today: Who is going to make the Reds rotation?

With college basketball season in Ohio over, it’s time to gear up for baseball!  So naturally the story of yesterday was an injury to a Cincinnati Reds pitcher.  Before we get too far down the, “Here we go again” road, though, it sounds like Michael Lorenzen’s strained shoulder muscle isn’t too serious from a long-term perspective.  This being the Reds&rsquo...
March Madness: Another First Four team marches well beyond Dayton

March Madness: Another First Four team marches well beyond Dayton

Syracuse kept up an impressive streak for First Four teams in the NCAA tournament by upsetting Michigan State on Sunday.  The 11th-seeded Orange became the eighth team in eight years to win at least one more game in the tourney after prevailing in their opener in Dayton.  That includes the Dayton Flyers, who topped Boise State at UD Arena in 2015 and made it to the round of 32.  Syracuse...
Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

Sports Today: So much for Ohio’s high NCAA tournament hopes

I’ve been putting off starting today’s column because I want to try to write the perfect summation of an amazingly imperfect NCAA tournament weekend.  Is that possible?  If you didn’t have any beloved teams in the field  that had to be the most fun four days ever to be a sports fan.  (Unless, of course, you take your bracket too seriously and actually thought...
Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

Sports Today: The NCAA tournament still rules

I’d say that was a successful first day of March Madness.  Until the last couple of games ended without drama (thanks for nothing, again, Michigan), Thursday was about as much as a basketball fan can ask for.  The first game of the day went into overtime, we had a mid-afternoon buzzer-beater and a pair of big upsets.  If not for Wright State laying an egg, my bracket would have...
Archdeacon: Benzinger goes all out — as always — in final game for Raiders

Archdeacon: Benzinger goes all out — as always — in final game for Raiders

Grant Benzinger has been especially known for two things in his college career: • The Wright State senior guard can shoot the lights out from long range. • He dives on the floor for loose balls with absolutely no regard for his body or his well-being. One of the two happened Thursday as the Raiders were overwhelmed by Tennessee, 73-47, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the American...
Wright State notes: Winchester sparks otherwise dark day

Wright State notes: Winchester sparks otherwise dark day

If there was one bright spot Thursday afternoon in what was a 40-minute struggle that ended Wright State’s season, it was the play of Everett Winchester. The freshman forward attacked the Tennessee defense the instant he came off the bench 2 minutes and 21 seconds into the game and was the extent of the Raiders offense for the first 14 minutes of their 73-47 loss ...
Revitalized Raiders open WNIT play at Toledo

Revitalized Raiders open WNIT play at Toledo

The Wright State women’s basketball team was supposed to breeze through its Horizon League schedule, except when tangling with perennial titan Green Bay. The Raiders were co-champs last season and returned all five first-stringers. But they had a stretch of four losses in five games midway through the conference, twice blowing double-digit leads in defeat. And while outsiders may have been surprised...
NCAA Tournament: Tennessee ends Wright State’s season

NCAA Tournament: Tennessee ends Wright State’s season

A Wright State team built on defense was done in by a bigger, stronger and faster one Thursday as Tennessee overpowered the Raiders in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Volunteers held WSU to its lowest point total of the season and largest margin of defeat in a 73-47 triumph in a South Region game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. “You can’t play as poorly as we did...
LIVE: Wright State battles Tennessee in the NCAA tournament

LIVE: Wright State battles Tennessee in the NCAA tournament

Wright State is back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. Follow along live here!   Tennessee just dribbled out a 73-47 victory over Wright State.  The Raiders narrowly avoided being the first team eliminated from the round of 64 as Rhode Island’s overtime win over Oklahoma ended just a few minutes earlier.  Wright State shot 31.7 percent from the field and...
Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

Sports Today: Here are upset picks, the Final Four and your national champion

I had the brilliant idea to do bracket picks immediately and lock those in then come back and do another set that would be my official picks then compare the two.  I ended up hardly making any changes.  This morning I put Seton Hall in the Elite Eight, and a larger part of the reason than I would like to admit is that I felt like I needed to make SOME change to justify the entire experiment...
Hall happy to be home in Texas for biggest game of career

Hall happy to be home in Texas for biggest game of career

When Wright State faces Tennessee in the NCAA tournament at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, no Raiders player will have a bigger cheering section than freshman Jaylon Hall, who grew up 230 miles away in Houston. “I’m definitely going to have a lot of family here,” he said. “I don’t know exactly how many, but it’s going to be a lot. I might have a mini student section just...
Wright State vs. Tennessee: Everything you need to know about Thursday’s game

Wright State vs. Tennessee: Everything you need to know about Thursday’s game

Who: Wright State (25-9) vs. Tennessee (25-9) When: 12:40 p.m. Thursday Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas TV/Radio: truTV/106.5 Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 14.5 Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 5.3 Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 9.9 Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 12.9 Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.2 Jordan Bowden, 6-5, S0., G, 9.3 Jordan Bone, 6-3, So., G, 7.3 Grant Williams, 6-7, So., F, 15...
Ryan Custer-inspired shirts fit Wright State Raiders to a T

Ryan Custer-inspired shirts fit Wright State Raiders to a T

Nike contacted every team in the NCAA Tournament to find out what their mantra was this season so they could make shirts for the players. For Wright State, it was an obvious choice: The Ryan Custer-inspired “B3li3ve” that incorporates the injured sophomore’s jersey number. “We were going to surprise the guys with them, but it leaked on Nike.com that they’re going to go...
Wright State’s offense has to carry the day vs. tough Tennessee D

Wright State’s offense has to carry the day vs. tough Tennessee D

Wright State’s return to the NCAA tournament has been building for 11 years. The Raiders’ best chance advancing is going to depend on something that’s been in the works for three weeks. Since scoring a season-low 56 points in a loss at IUPUI on Feb. 23 that cost Wright State a regular-season championship, the offense has put up some of its best numbers of the season. And the 14th-seeded...
Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

Sports Today: Bengals, Browns enter free agency with wildly different agendas

The NFL’s 2018 league year begins today.  The Cleveland Browns have already been busy, and the Cincinnati Bengals made a big move Monday to address their biggest need.  What’s next?  Well, the world seems to be Cleveland’s oyster, as it usually is in the offseason before games come back around to get in the way.  The Bengals are probably back in conservative mode...
March Madness: 10 potential NCAA tournament upsets ranked by likelihood 

March Madness: 10 potential NCAA tournament upsets ranked by likelihood 

Upsets define the NCAA tournament.  Without them, it the next two weekends would probably be cool but not nearly as memorable.  Picking the right upsets — and avoiding the wrong ones — is a key to winning bracket pools, too.  That’s a shame because those are the hardest things to do.  Well, I can’t tell you which upsets to pick, but here are 10 matchups...
Sports Today: Bengals start critical week with strong move

Sports Today: Bengals start critical week with strong move

The Cincinnati Bengals started the legal tampering period of NFL free agency by potentially filling a big hole on their roster with a trade.  Cordy Glenn was a second-round pick out of Georgia six years ago and had a strong career for the Buffalo Bills until last year, when injuries reduced the left tackle’s effectiveness and eventually landed him on Injured Reserve.  Does that make...
WSU coaches rooting for more than one team in NCAA tournament

WSU coaches rooting for more than one team in NCAA tournament

The NCAA tournament rooting interests for the Wright State coaching staff will extend far beyond the walls of the Raiders locker room Thursday afternoon. The South Dakota State program that WSU coach Scott Nagy guided for 21 years while transitioning from Division II to a perennial participant in March Madness is back in the field of 68 again this season, and the Jackrabbits have some hearty fans...
Wright State women to face another Ohio squad in WNIT

Wright State women to face another Ohio squad in WNIT

The Wright State women have accepted a bid to the WNIT for the fourth year in a row and will play at Toledo at 7 p.m. Friday. The Raiders (23-10) finished runner-up to Green Bay in the Horizon League tournament, while the Rockets (17-14) suffered a first-round overtime loss to Kent State in the Mid-American Conference tournament but were one of three teams from that league to earn at-large bids. This...
WSU’s Benzinger knows Tennessee well due to friendship with Schofield

WSU’s Benzinger knows Tennessee well due to friendship with Schofield

No one was more excited to see Tennessee as Wright State’s first-round opponent in the NCAA tournament than Grant Benzinger. That’s because the WSU senior has been friends with Volunteers junior forward Admiral Schofield for a couple of years, ever since the two attended the Athletes In Action Captains Academy in 2016. “Grant told me the other day that he and Admiral had been in...
Archdeacon: Raiders aiming to make history in NCAA Tournament

Archdeacon: Raiders aiming to make history in NCAA Tournament

They were walking from history to history, though they probably didn’t know it. When the Wright State basketball players walked into the school’s Student Union late Sunday afternoon and came down the staircase into The Atrium for the NCAA Tournament’s televised Selection Show, they were met by a cheering crowd of some 750 people, a blaring pep band, cheerleaders, the school mascot...
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