Greg Billing

Greg Billing, a life-long Miami County resident, grew up near Casstown and graduated from Miami East High School. A 1994 graduate of Wright State University, he covers high school sports and motorsports. He lives in West Milton with his wife and two daughters.

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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...

2:07 PM Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

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...
Beavercreek state cross country title: A once-in-a-lifetime experience
 In a show of support, Beavercreek’s girls soccer players sent inspirational messages to their cross country classmates after winning the Division I state championship Friday night. The message: if we can do it so can you. The Beavers cross country team, as it turned out, showed an impressive kick or two of its own Saturday. Junior Taylor...

1:03 PM Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

In a show of support, Beavercreek’s girls soccer players sent inspirational messages to their cross country classmates after winning the Division I state championship Friday night. The message: if we can do it so can you. The Beavers cross country team, as it turned out, showed an impressive kick or two of its own Saturday. Junior Taylor...
Middletown’s Smith runs to state cross country title: ‘All kids dream of something like this’
 HEBRON — Muddy, slippery ground and a blast of cold weather that left some icy spots forced officials at the state cross country championships to reroute the course for Saturday’s meet. The Ohio High School Athletic Association started with Course A, switched to Course B late in the week and even detoured to the final Course C...

10:10 AM Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

HEBRON — Muddy, slippery ground and a blast of cold weather that left some icy spots forced officials at the state cross country championships to reroute the course for Saturday’s meet. The Ohio High School Athletic Association started with Course A, switched to Course B late in the week and even detoured to the final Course C...
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...

5:04 PM Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

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...
Change of course: Cross country, not soccer, has Middies’ Smith on brink of state title
 MIDDLETOWN — When Conant Smith started running cross country in the eighth grade, he kept up with the best varsity runners Middletown High School had to offer. Smith, now a senior, can end his career the same way. Middletown great Jeff See owns the Middies’ lone cross country state championships (2003, 2004). On Saturday, Smith...

4:28 PM Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

MIDDLETOWN — When Conant Smith started running cross country in the eighth grade, he kept up with the best varsity runners Middletown High School had to offer. Smith, now a senior, can end his career the same way. Middletown great Jeff See owns the Middies’ lone cross country state championships (2003, 2004). On Saturday, Smith...
State Cross Country: Oakwood duo aims for top-5 finish
 It’s rare for the Oakwood High School cross country team to hold its awards banquet before the end of the season. What the Jills can accomplish this weekend at the state championships is also uncommon. Oakwood freshman Grace Hartman and junior Elizabeth Vaughn — who finished first and second at the Division II regional championships...

3:26 PM Friday, Nov. 09, 2018

It’s rare for the Oakwood High School cross country team to hold its awards banquet before the end of the season. What the Jills can accomplish this weekend at the state championships is also uncommon. Oakwood freshman Grace Hartman and junior Elizabeth Vaughn — who finished first and second at the Division II regional championships...
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...

11:54 PM Saturday, Nov. 03, 2018

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...
Cross Country: Beavercreek, Centerville girls, several individuals eye state titles
 As his high school girls cross country team prepared for the biggest meet of the season on Saturday, Beavercreek coach Howard Russ offered some advice. It might as well apply to the pack of Dayton area runners at the cross country state championships, too. “The race is going to be the most painful race of your life so enjoy it,&rdquo...

2:49 PM Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

As his high school girls cross country team prepared for the biggest meet of the season on Saturday, Beavercreek coach Howard Russ offered some advice. It might as well apply to the pack of Dayton area runners at the cross country state championships, too. “The race is going to be the most painful race of your life so enjoy it,&rdquo...
Middies’ Smith blisters regional cross country field; Monroe duo also headed to state
 In the days leading up to his cross country race Saturday, Monroe High School junior Christian Leach mentally planned out his strategy for the Division II regional meet. It was much better than the race that had played in his head during the offseason — last year’s D-II regional meet. In that race Leach missed qualifying for state...

4:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

In the days leading up to his cross country race Saturday, Monroe High School junior Christian Leach mentally planned out his strategy for the Division II regional meet. It was much better than the race that had played in his head during the offseason — last year’s D-II regional meet. In that race Leach missed qualifying for state...
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...

2:38 AM Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

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...
Cross Country: Ewert, Creek top loaded field in Division I girls regional
 In terms of state rankings, the numbers held steady at the Division I girls regional cross country championship Saturday in Troy. The course record didn’t fare as well. Six of the state’s top 10 D-I teams went head-to-head on the 3.1-mile course winding its way along Troy’s flood plain and levee. Top-ranked Beavercreek dispatched...

12:59 AM Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

In terms of state rankings, the numbers held steady at the Division I girls regional cross country championship Saturday in Troy. The course record didn’t fare as well. Six of the state’s top 10 D-I teams went head-to-head on the 3.1-mile course winding its way along Troy’s flood plain and levee. Top-ranked Beavercreek dispatched...