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Prep cross country: Middletown’s Smith motors on with Centerville win
 The Saturday Night Lights offers a different cross country environment with its late start time of 9:45 p.m. So Middletown High School senior Conant Smith decided to try something different too. He tried to see if he could leave the competition in the dark. Normally Smith’s plan is to hang with the leaders and get a feel for the race...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The Saturday Night Lights offers a different cross country environment with its late start time of 9:45 p.m. So Middletown High School senior Conant Smith decided to try something different too. He tried to see if he could leave the competition in the dark. Normally Smith’s plan is to hang with the leaders and get a feel for the race...
Eldora Speedway provided the scene for a famous victory that stunned the racing world in 1998
 Twenty years ago at Eldora Speedway, all eyes were on Jack Hewitt. Even those of the other drivers’ wives. Hewitt had won the first three features at the 4-Crown Nationals with wins in the USAC Midgets, USAC sprints and UMP Modifieds. All that remained for dirt track history – becoming the first driver to sweep all four divisions...

Posted: a day ago

Twenty years ago at Eldora Speedway, all eyes were on Jack Hewitt. Even those of the other drivers’ wives. Hewitt had won the first three features at the 4-Crown Nationals with wins in the USAC Midgets, USAC sprints and UMP Modifieds. All that remained for dirt track history – becoming the first driver to sweep all four divisions...
Candy bar-lovin’ Southeastern senior eclipses 1,000 career digs, kills
 The tradition started during Leslie Flores’ freshman volleyball season at Southeastern High School. “I have to have a Snickers bar,” Flores said, enthusiastically describing her pre-game routine. “Freshman year I needed a Snickers bar before the game and I asked coach, ‘Hey, I don’t have a dollar on me...

Posted: 2 days ago

The tradition started during Leslie Flores’ freshman volleyball season at Southeastern High School. “I have to have a Snickers bar,” Flores said, enthusiastically describing her pre-game routine. “Freshman year I needed a Snickers bar before the game and I asked coach, ‘Hey, I don’t have a dollar on me...
Greenon girls soccer making the most of ‘make or break season’
 There’s talent spread throughout the Greenon Knights girls soccer team roster, for sure. But next season’s team will feel the impact as nine seniors take with them valuable experience and depth. That’s why coach Jamie Wiggins has labeled this a “make or break season for us.” So far, so good for the Knights. They&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

There’s talent spread throughout the Greenon Knights girls soccer team roster, for sure. But next season’s team will feel the impact as nine seniors take with them valuable experience and depth. That’s why coach Jamie Wiggins has labeled this a “make or break season for us.” So far, so good for the Knights. They&rsquo...
Cross Country: Swollen creek, Mulch Hill, sloppy conditions bring Greenon junior to tears
 The Mason Invitational offers unique obstacles than most high school cross country courses. There’s a series of hay bales to hurdle. There are two creek crossings, though one had to be closed and runners rerouted with Saturday’s persistent rain. And then there’s Mulch Hill, a steep incline that can bring runners to their...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Mason Invitational offers unique obstacles than most high school cross country courses. There’s a series of hay bales to hurdle. There are two creek crossings, though one had to be closed and runners rerouted with Saturday’s persistent rain. And then there’s Mulch Hill, a steep incline that can bring runners to their...
Elks’ Burkett overcomes fall, conditions to place third at Mason
 Centerville senior Ben Burkett had finished the challenging, obstacle-filled Mason Invitational cross country course. He stood talking to family still drenched from the persistent rain and a fall into a swollen creek. His Elks’ uniform was still carrying some of the course with him thanks to the muddy conditions and the dreaded, steep...

Posted: 13 days ago

Centerville senior Ben Burkett had finished the challenging, obstacle-filled Mason Invitational cross country course. He stood talking to family still drenched from the persistent rain and a fall into a swollen creek. His Elks’ uniform was still carrying some of the course with him thanks to the muddy conditions and the dreaded, steep...
Prep cross country: Middletown’s Smith rules Mason Invitational’s obstacle-course race
 The directional signpost at the Mason Invitational cross country meet pointed spectators to the numerous obstacles on the 3.1-mile course. The list included hay bales, a creek crossing swollen from rain, a steep and muddy mulch hill, and the roller coaster loop. The signpost could have added another challenge facing competitors — Middletown...

Posted: 14 days ago

The directional signpost at the Mason Invitational cross country meet pointed spectators to the numerous obstacles on the 3.1-mile course. The list included hay bales, a creek crossing swollen from rain, a steep and muddy mulch hill, and the roller coaster loop. The signpost could have added another challenge facing competitors — Middletown...
Cross Country: Friendly competition paces WL-S duo
 During summer workouts West Liberty-Salem junior Noah Smith and freshman Dylan Lauck battled for the top spot on the Big Orange cross country team, typically separated by seconds. They kept the friendly competition alive at the Bob Schul Invitational on Saturday at Milton-Union High School. Smith finished second in the Division II-III small...

Posted: 28 days ago

During summer workouts West Liberty-Salem junior Noah Smith and freshman Dylan Lauck battled for the top spot on the Big Orange cross country team, typically separated by seconds. They kept the friendly competition alive at the Bob Schul Invitational on Saturday at Milton-Union High School. Smith finished second in the Division II-III small...
Cross Country: Oakwood freshman ‘feeling it’ —wins varsity debut
 Much like the other 1,007 high school runners at the Bob Schul Invitational on Saturday, Oakwood High School freshman Grace Hartman was looking for a fast start to the cross country season. She got it. And then some. »RELATED: Tipp girls win invitational »RELATED: Saturday’s high school scoreboard Hartman broke from the...

Posted: 28 days ago

Much like the other 1,007 high school runners at the Bob Schul Invitational on Saturday, Oakwood High School freshman Grace Hartman was looking for a fast start to the cross country season. She got it. And then some. »RELATED: Tipp girls win invitational »RELATED: Saturday’s high school scoreboard Hartman broke from the...
Beavercreek junior puts charge into girls cross country
 Competing as a world-class racewalker, as well as a national champion steeplechaser, has taken Beavercreek High School junior Taylor Ewert to Finland, Peru and Canada. The Tokyo Olympics and the IAFF U-20 World Championships in Kenya, both in 2020, are also on Ewert’s itinerary. But for the next few months, the world traveler is focused...

Posted: 30 days ago

Competing as a world-class racewalker, as well as a national champion steeplechaser, has taken Beavercreek High School junior Taylor Ewert to Finland, Peru and Canada. The Tokyo Olympics and the IAFF U-20 World Championships in Kenya, both in 2020, are also on Ewert’s itinerary. But for the next few months, the world traveler is focused...
Hamilton native wins Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship
 When the gate drops to start the first of two motocross races Saturday, Aaron Plessinger could treat the opening circuits around Ironman Raceway as parade laps. He could play it safe. Throw in a few tricks to treat the crowd. The Hamilton native has already clinched the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 class championship so there’s nothing...

Posted: 30 days ago

When the gate drops to start the first of two motocross races Saturday, Aaron Plessinger could treat the opening circuits around Ironman Raceway as parade laps. He could play it safe. Throw in a few tricks to treat the crowd. The Hamilton native has already clinched the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 class championship so there’s nothing...
Cedarville looking to make another run for state cross country
 The Cedarville High School boys cross country team is deeper, faster and stronger than last season. And, hopefully for the Indians, three points better. That was the difference between qualifying for the program’s first trip to the Division III state championship and finishing fifth. The top four teams advanced, which included a Greenon...

3:55 PM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

The Cedarville High School boys cross country team is deeper, faster and stronger than last season. And, hopefully for the Indians, three points better. That was the difference between qualifying for the program’s first trip to the Division III state championship and finishing fifth. The top four teams advanced, which included a Greenon...
High School Football: Numbers adding up for Cedarville
 Practices have become more effective for the Cedarville Indians during the high school football preseason. It helps when the team has more players than there are starting positions on offense and defense. Cedarville’s roster has risen from 18 players last season to 27. The difference has been noticeable at practice. “We don&rsquo...

3:45 PM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Practices have become more effective for the Cedarville Indians during the high school football preseason. It helps when the team has more players than there are starting positions on offense and defense. Cedarville’s roster has risen from 18 players last season to 27. The difference has been noticeable at practice. “We don&rsquo...
Building team chemistry a winning factor for Triad
 To kick off high school football practice, Triad spent several days at Long’s Retreat Family Resort near Hillsboro as a team bonding experience. Getting to know one another has taken a longer for the Cardinals these days. And that’s a good thing. When coach Joe Cardinal took over the program in July of 2016 the roster had 22 players...

4:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018

To kick off high school football practice, Triad spent several days at Long’s Retreat Family Resort near Hillsboro as a team bonding experience. Getting to know one another has taken a longer for the Cardinals these days. And that’s a good thing. When coach Joe Cardinal took over the program in July of 2016 the roster had 22 players...
High School Football: Urbana hoping strong finish is ‘springboard’ into 2018 season
 The Urbana High School football team hit its stride during the final four games last season. The Hillclimbers, still riding that momentum, haven’t slowed down. Urbana won three of its final four games to end the 2017 season, the lone loss a 20-13 setback in the final minute to defending Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division...

1:29 PM Thursday, Aug. 09, 2018

The Urbana High School football team hit its stride during the final four games last season. The Hillclimbers, still riding that momentum, haven’t slowed down. Urbana won three of its final four games to end the 2017 season, the lone loss a 20-13 setback in the final minute to defending Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division...
Troy’s Underwood claims Hewitt Classic win
 During Jack Hewitt’s legendary racing career, the phrase “Do It Hewitt” followed the Troy native as much as the field during his sprint car races. On Saturday, fellow Troy resident Lee Underwood took that phrase to heart. Underwood bested the field at the Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield Raceway Park to win his first-ever...

7:41 PM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

During Jack Hewitt’s legendary racing career, the phrase “Do It Hewitt” followed the Troy native as much as the field during his sprint car races. On Saturday, fellow Troy resident Lee Underwood took that phrase to heart. Underwood bested the field at the Jack Hewitt Classic at Waynesfield Raceway Park to win his first-ever...
With success of NASCAR Trucks races on dirt at Eldora, should Xfinity, Cup be next?
 On Tuesday, Tony Stewart lobbied for a NASCAR Xfinity or Cup Series race at Eldora Speedway. A day later the Truck Series helped his campaign by hitting pay dirt once again with a door-banging, dust-raising two-lap dash to the finish in the Eldora Dirt Derby. The race was a victory for Stewart as much as it was for Camping World Truck Series...

2:10 PM Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018

On Tuesday, Tony Stewart lobbied for a NASCAR Xfinity or Cup Series race at Eldora Speedway. A day later the Truck Series helped his campaign by hitting pay dirt once again with a door-banging, dust-raising two-lap dash to the finish in the Eldora Dirt Derby. The race was a victory for Stewart as much as it was for Camping World Truck Series...
Schatz wins third straight Kings Royal crown at Eldora

5:00 PM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

With five laps remaining in the Kings Royal, Brad Sweet was reeling in two-time defending champion Donny Schatz. Sweet anticipated a late-lap battle to decide the 35th annual Kings Royal. He got one. He just never expected it to be with his teammate and back-of-the-pack runner Daryn Pittman. As Schatz struggled to find more speed around Eldora...
NASCAR will return to the region next week for one of its most unusual races
 Five years ago, NASCAR was introduced to slide jobs, push trucks and pizza burgers. And since that 2013 race, the Eldora Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s first national series race on dirt since 1970 – remains one of the sport’s most anticipated events. Despite somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Eldora’s unforgiving...

7:12 PM Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018

Five years ago, NASCAR was introduced to slide jobs, push trucks and pizza burgers. And since that 2013 race, the Eldora Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s first national series race on dirt since 1970 – remains one of the sport’s most anticipated events. Despite somewhat of a love-hate relationship with Eldora’s unforgiving...
5 things to watch in Saturday’s Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway
 Sixteen playoff positions. Seven positions clinched. Eight races remaining. Desperation might not be setting in just yet, but Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are starting to feel the pressure. Race winners are locked in to the playoffs. Seven drivers are safe heading into the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. Will...

4:57 PM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

Sixteen playoff positions. Seven positions clinched. Eight races remaining. Desperation might not be setting in just yet, but Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers are starting to feel the pressure. Race winners are locked in to the playoffs. Seven drivers are safe heading into the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday. Will...
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