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Girls Tennis: ‘Playing for fun,’ KR senior reaches district tourney for third straight season
 Senioritis hasn’t set in yet for Kenton Ridge’s Macy Wallace. And that includes her tennis game. But after qualifying for the Division II district tournament for the third straight season, what follows is all about having fun. Wallace won three matches at the D-II sectional tournament on Tuesday to advance to next week’s...

3:52 PM Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2018

Senioritis hasn’t set in yet for Kenton Ridge’s Macy Wallace. And that includes her tennis game. But after qualifying for the Division II district tournament for the third straight season, what follows is all about having fun. Wallace won three matches at the D-II sectional tournament on Tuesday to advance to next week’s...
‘Race horses,’ ‘workhorses’ lead Graham boys golf team into district
 With his father, Chad, a standout modified race car driver, Chasen Poole also gave racing a try with the quarter-midgets. He liked it, but these days Chasen has found another sport that drives him. The Graham High School senior leads the Falcons into the Division II district golf tournament Wednesday at Glenview Golf Course in Cincinnati...

2:58 PM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

With his father, Chad, a standout modified race car driver, Chasen Poole also gave racing a try with the quarter-midgets. He liked it, but these days Chasen has found another sport that drives him. The Graham High School senior leads the Falcons into the Division II district golf tournament Wednesday at Glenview Golf Course in Cincinnati...
Cross Country: Tipp boys, Troy girls capture Miami County titles
 With both teams state ranked, the Tippecanoe boys and girls cross country programs are well known around Ohio. Troy freshman Emma Kennett is starting to make a name for herself, too. The continued improvement of Tipp junior Bryce Conley from a stress fracture has bolstered the boys team. On Saturday, Conley’s victory at the Miami County...

8:33 PM Monday, Oct. 01, 2018

With both teams state ranked, the Tippecanoe boys and girls cross country programs are well known around Ohio. Troy freshman Emma Kennett is starting to make a name for herself, too. The continued improvement of Tipp junior Bryce Conley from a stress fracture has bolstered the boys team. On Saturday, Conley’s victory at the Miami County...
Greeneview sophomore clutch at Division II sectional tourney
 In a bid to repeat as the Division II sectional golf tournament medalist, Greeneview High School sophomore Mason Witt saved his best shot for last. Finishing his final hole, Witt hit a six iron about eight feet from the pin and sank the putt for his only birdie, giving him a 74 on Reid Park’s North Course on Thursday. Witt edged Urbana...

8:14 PM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

In a bid to repeat as the Division II sectional golf tournament medalist, Greeneview High School sophomore Mason Witt saved his best shot for last. Finishing his final hole, Witt hit a six iron about eight feet from the pin and sank the putt for his only birdie, giving him a 74 on Reid Park’s North Course on Thursday. Witt edged Urbana...
Kenton Ridge tennis earns CBC co-championship
 Kenton Ridge High School’s No. 1 doubles team has a saying when things get tough. It comes from when sophomore Gretchen Hefner and junior Abbey Holbrook first started playing doubles together and the match’s momentum was swinging the other way. Let’s just give up, they joked. Give up and have fun. It worked. They relaxed...

6:30 PM Friday, Sep. 28, 2018

Kenton Ridge High School’s No. 1 doubles team has a saying when things get tough. It comes from when sophomore Gretchen Hefner and junior Abbey Holbrook first started playing doubles together and the match’s momentum was swinging the other way. Let’s just give up, they joked. Give up and have fun. It worked. They relaxed...
Cross Country: Patience pays off for Northwestern junior Blazer
 With 317 competitors packing the cross country course in the Varsity B race at Saturday Night Lights, finding running room during the first mile was difficult. That’s where Northwestern junior Drew Blazer found himself — locked into the pack — in the early going on Centerville High School’s fast 3.1-mile course. And...

2:23 PM Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

With 317 competitors packing the cross country course in the Varsity B race at Saturday Night Lights, finding running room during the first mile was difficult. That’s where Northwestern junior Drew Blazer found himself — locked into the pack — in the early going on Centerville High School’s fast 3.1-mile course. And...
Cross Country: Ewert leads Beavercreek past top-ranked Centerville
 Excluding coming up two seconds shy of breaking the meet record, Beavercreek junior Taylor Ewert didn’t think her day could get much better at the Saturday Night Lights cross country meet at Centerville High School. It did. As she gave interviews following her girls championship race victory in a personal-best 17:08.1, a Beavercreek...

2:16 PM Monday, Sep. 24, 2018

Excluding coming up two seconds shy of breaking the meet record, Beavercreek junior Taylor Ewert didn’t think her day could get much better at the Saturday Night Lights cross country meet at Centerville High School. It did. As she gave interviews following her girls championship race victory in a personal-best 17:08.1, a Beavercreek...
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...

10:44 PM Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018

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...

4:37 PM Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018

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...

5:10 PM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

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...

3:37 PM Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018

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...

2:28 PM Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

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...

3:38 PM Monday, Sep. 10, 2018

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...

4:55 PM Sunday, Sep. 09, 2018

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...

2:22 PM Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

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...

2:04 PM Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

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...

5:03 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

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...

4:20 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

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...
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