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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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...

Posted: 6 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...

Posted: 17 days ago

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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...

Posted: 20 days ago

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...
Prep cross country: Lakota East girls striving to extend meet winning streak at regional
 LIBERTY TWP. — Like many prep cross country teams still competing at this point of the season, a state championship is the ultimate goal. Count the Lakota East Thunderhawks girls in the running, too. The Thunderhawks are undefeated in meets as they enter the Division I regional championships Saturday on the Troy levee. That includes...

Posted: 22 days ago

LIBERTY TWP. — Like many prep cross country teams still competing at this point of the season, a state championship is the ultimate goal. Count the Lakota East Thunderhawks girls in the running, too. The Thunderhawks are undefeated in meets as they enter the Division I regional championships Saturday on the Troy levee. That includes...
Cross Country: Buoyed by first district title since 1969, Miamisburg boys want more at regional race
 With six of his top seven runners being seniors, Miamisburg cross country coach Jeremy Wysocki had high expectations for this year’s team. How high? Well, the last time the Vikings accomplished what they did Saturday at the Division I district meet was the same year Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Miamisburg won the D-I district...

Posted: 24 days ago

With six of his top seven runners being seniors, Miamisburg cross country coach Jeremy Wysocki had high expectations for this year’s team. How high? Well, the last time the Vikings accomplished what they did Saturday at the Division I district meet was the same year Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Miamisburg won the D-I district...
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...

Posted: 24 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 26 days ago

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...
Prep cross country: Course record for Middies’ Smith, Talawanda duo advances
 CEDARVILLE — The district cross country meet was another record-setting day for Middletown High School standout Conant Smith on Saturday. It was also a day to remember for Talawanda’s David Kraushar and Kiefer Bell. The Braves’ duo turned the corner on the Cedarville University course and sprinted shoulder to shoulder down...

Posted: 26 days ago

CEDARVILLE — The district cross country meet was another record-setting day for Middletown High School standout Conant Smith on Saturday. It was also a day to remember for Talawanda’s David Kraushar and Kiefer Bell. The Braves’ duo turned the corner on the Cedarville University course and sprinted shoulder to shoulder down...
Cross Country: Ewert’s course record leads Beavercreek to district title
 Before moving to the Dayton area, Savannah Roark knew of the Centerville Elks’ girls cross country accomplishments even in West Virginia. And if word truly does travel fast – especially as fast as the Beavercreek Beavers – Roark’s friends back in West Virginia are likely becoming familiar with the Beavers’ program...

Posted: 27 days ago

Before moving to the Dayton area, Savannah Roark knew of the Centerville Elks’ girls cross country accomplishments even in West Virginia. And if word truly does travel fast – especially as fast as the Beavercreek Beavers – Roark’s friends back in West Virginia are likely becoming familiar with the Beavers’ program...
Bellbrook girls win third straight SWBL cross country championship
 Standing on the podium at the state cross country championships is the goal for the Bellbrook Golden Eagles girls team. They got in some practice Saturday. Bellbrook won its third straight Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title with a 21-point victory over Oakwood, 26-47. The Eagles hope the SWBL victory at West Milton&rsquo...

4:34 PM Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Standing on the podium at the state cross country championships is the goal for the Bellbrook Golden Eagles girls team. They got in some practice Saturday. Bellbrook won its third straight Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title with a 21-point victory over Oakwood, 26-47. The Eagles hope the SWBL victory at West Milton&rsquo...
High School Tennis: District tourney up next for KR, Tecumseh seniors
 As Central Buckeye Conference competitors they battled on the tennis court during the regular season. Thursday, Kenton Ridge’s Macy Wallace and Tecumseh’s Ashley Fite will be among each other’s biggest fans. The seniors travel to the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason to represent Clark County in the district tournament...

3:55 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

As Central Buckeye Conference competitors they battled on the tennis court during the regular season. Thursday, Kenton Ridge’s Macy Wallace and Tecumseh’s Ashley Fite will be among each other’s biggest fans. The seniors travel to the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason to represent Clark County in the district tournament...
Softball standout Fite advances to district tennis tournament
 A two-sport standout, Tecumseh’s Ashley Fite is better known for hitting softballs over a fence than tennis balls over a net. But on Wednesday, Fite went small ball at the Division I sectional tennis tournament. Fite used tenacious defense and precisely placed shots – keeping the ball in play for rallies reaching 20 hits at times...

3:16 PM Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018

A two-sport standout, Tecumseh’s Ashley Fite is better known for hitting softballs over a fence than tennis balls over a net. But on Wednesday, Fite went small ball at the Division I sectional tennis tournament. Fite used tenacious defense and precisely placed shots – keeping the ball in play for rallies reaching 20 hits at times...
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