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High School wrestling: Springboro set for Division I regional duals
 The Springboro Panthers aren’t ones to back down from a challenge. That’s good because the Panthers’ schedule is about to ramp up. The Panthers compete in the Division I regional dual team tournament hosted by Beavercreek on Saturday. Should No. 2-seeded Springboro survive its side of the bracket that includes – among...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Springboro Panthers aren’t ones to back down from a challenge. That’s good because the Panthers’ schedule is about to ramp up. The Panthers compete in the Division I regional dual team tournament hosted by Beavercreek on Saturday. Should No. 2-seeded Springboro survive its side of the bracket that includes – among...
High School wrestling: Ream leader of inexperienced Shawnee squad
 From what Shawnee coach Wesley Miller has experienced, senior wrestlers take one of two paths during their final season. “When you get to be a senior,” Miller said, “a lot of them either take it and run with it to make the most of it or they get scared and kind of clam up a little bit.” Kaleb Ream has chosen his direction...

Posted: 20 days ago

From what Shawnee coach Wesley Miller has experienced, senior wrestlers take one of two paths during their final season. “When you get to be a senior,” Miller said, “a lot of them either take it and run with it to make the most of it or they get scared and kind of clam up a little bit.” Kaleb Ream has chosen his direction...
High School Wrestling: Valley View’s Mills wins second straight title
 The long wait ended last week for Valley View junior Justin Mills when he won his first invitational title. He didn’t wait so long for the next one. Mills was one of three Valley View champions at the two-day Eaton Invitational that concluded Saturday. Mills won the 113-pound title with a hard-fought fall over Springfield Shawnee senior...

Posted: 22 days ago

The long wait ended last week for Valley View junior Justin Mills when he won his first invitational title. He didn’t wait so long for the next one. Mills was one of three Valley View champions at the two-day Eaton Invitational that concluded Saturday. Mills won the 113-pound title with a hard-fought fall over Springfield Shawnee senior...
High School wrestling: Competition paying off for Covington
 Winning 15 of 18 dual meets and a strong showing at the GMVWA holiday tournament has made the Covington Buccaneers a marked team. The Buccs are hoping to keep that target on their back all the way to the state tournament. Heading into this week the Buccs had six wrestlers ranked among the top 20 in the state rankings, compiled by the website...

Posted: 26 days ago

Winning 15 of 18 dual meets and a strong showing at the GMVWA holiday tournament has made the Covington Buccaneers a marked team. The Buccs are hoping to keep that target on their back all the way to the state tournament. Heading into this week the Buccs had six wrestlers ranked among the top 20 in the state rankings, compiled by the website...
Boys bowling: Mechanicsburg topples GWOC teams to win Baker Bash

Posted: 27 days ago

They were the smallest school in the four-team final, but Mechanicsburg’s boys bowling team came up with the biggest effort on Monday. The Indians toppled Greater Western Ohio Conference schools Vandalia Butler, Centerville and Xenia to win the 17-team Baker Bash at Beaver-Vu Bowl. Mechanicsburg finished the 12-game qualifying round...
Girls bowling: Xenia rallies to win Baker Bash
 Xenia High School girls bowling coach Robert Rose describes senior Kailee Palecek as his four-year anchor. On Monday, Palecek helped the Buccaneers get a firm hold on the Baker Bash championship. Xenia – as did the other 12 teams in the girls field – trailed Greater Western Ohio Conference rival Centerville after the qualifying...

Posted: 27 days ago

Xenia High School girls bowling coach Robert Rose describes senior Kailee Palecek as his four-year anchor. On Monday, Palecek helped the Buccaneers get a firm hold on the Baker Bash championship. Xenia – as did the other 12 teams in the girls field – trailed Greater Western Ohio Conference rival Centerville after the qualifying...
High School Wrestling: Graham falls in showdown with St. Ed’s
 The Graham Falcons rarely find themselves on the losing end of wrestling matches, duals or otherwise. And especially not 46-10 defeats. Then again, Lakewood St. Edward isn’t just another program. The annual clash of state powers took place Friday night at Graham High School with St. Ed’s winning 12 of the 14 matches. That sounds...

Posted: 29 days ago

The Graham Falcons rarely find themselves on the losing end of wrestling matches, duals or otherwise. And especially not 46-10 defeats. Then again, Lakewood St. Edward isn’t just another program. The annual clash of state powers took place Friday night at Graham High School with St. Ed’s winning 12 of the 14 matches. That sounds...
Two days afer near miss, Northwestern senior bowls 300 game
 Rolling a 300 game is the ultimate accomplishment for a bowler. Also tough? Coming oh so close and not knowing when that next opportunity will come. Ryan Hays knows the feeling. Both of them. Two days after bowling 10 straight strikes – two shy of a perfect game – Hays got all 12 for his first 300 game. His milestone came at the...

6:37 PM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Rolling a 300 game is the ultimate accomplishment for a bowler. Also tough? Coming oh so close and not knowing when that next opportunity will come. Ryan Hays knows the feeling. Both of them. Two days after bowling 10 straight strikes – two shy of a perfect game – Hays got all 12 for his first 300 game. His milestone came at the...
Streaking Sidney withstands Northmont’s challenge
 The Northmont Thunderbolts are searching for that signature win. And coming into Tuesday’s game with state-ranked Sidney, it was easy to write off the Thunderbolts against the high flying Yellow Jackets. Yes, Sidney won 72-68 after a back-and-fourth, hard-fought fourth quarter. But despite falling the T-Bolts perhaps put their stamp...

6:01 PM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

The Northmont Thunderbolts are searching for that signature win. And coming into Tuesday’s game with state-ranked Sidney, it was easy to write off the Thunderbolts against the high flying Yellow Jackets. Yes, Sidney won 72-68 after a back-and-fourth, hard-fought fourth quarter. But despite falling the T-Bolts perhaps put their stamp...
Mulching a 200-yard stretch of hiking trail no match for Beavercreek wrestling team
 Six minutes on the mat can leave even the most experienced wrestlers taxed mentally and physically exhausted. So can, as the Beavercreek Beavers found out, mulching a 200-yard stretch of hiking trail at Caesar Creek State Park. Beavercreek coach Gary Wise takes pride in his team’s history of community service. So when officials at Caesar...

9:51 PM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Six minutes on the mat can leave even the most experienced wrestlers taxed mentally and physically exhausted. So can, as the Beavercreek Beavers found out, mulching a 200-yard stretch of hiking trail at Caesar Creek State Park. Beavercreek coach Gary Wise takes pride in his team’s history of community service. So when officials at Caesar...
Greenon wrestling eyes first league title in 39 years
 The anticipation started to build during the Greenon Knights first wrestling meet, when the team won the final four matches to knock off Loveland and win the Adam Cox Norwood Dual tournament on Dec. 1. It’s continued to grow with a title at the Xenia Invitational and second-place finishes at the McClain Invitational and the Clark County...

9:30 PM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

The anticipation started to build during the Greenon Knights first wrestling meet, when the team won the final four matches to knock off Loveland and win the Adam Cox Norwood Dual tournament on Dec. 1. It’s continued to grow with a title at the Xenia Invitational and second-place finishes at the McClain Invitational and the Clark County...
Kenton Ridge boys, Northwestern girls win Clark County bowling titles
 The Kenton Ridge Cougars boys bowling team, within striking distance of the league division title, are in contention for the top team in the Central Buckeye Conference. On Saturday, they claimed their spot as the best team in Clark County. Kenton Ridge knocked off Northwestern in the semifinals and upended Shawnee in the finals to win the...

4:30 PM Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

The Kenton Ridge Cougars boys bowling team, within striking distance of the league division title, are in contention for the top team in the Central Buckeye Conference. On Saturday, they claimed their spot as the best team in Clark County. Kenton Ridge knocked off Northwestern in the semifinals and upended Shawnee in the finals to win the...
Junior leader Hamm on Brookville wrestling: ‘We’re all driven’
 Matt Hamm’s wrestling career started in the seventh grade. His training for the sport, though he didn’t realize it at the time, came much sooner. Starting when he was about 10, Hamm – now a Brookville High School junior – spent summers with his late father working on roofs. Hamm started out loading dumpsters. About...

8:52 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

Matt Hamm’s wrestling career started in the seventh grade. His training for the sport, though he didn’t realize it at the time, came much sooner. Starting when he was about 10, Hamm – now a Brookville High School junior – spent summers with his late father working on roofs. Hamm started out loading dumpsters. About...
Tecumseh wrestling wins third straight Clark County Clash
 It’s not the largest victory in terms of teams competing, but Tecumseh came up big nonetheless at the Clark County Clash on Saturday. Tecumseh claimed county bragging rights for the third straight season with a 35.5-point victory over runner-up Greenon. The Arrows, who claimed five individual titles, scored 210 points to Greenon&rsquo...

8:34 PM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

It’s not the largest victory in terms of teams competing, but Tecumseh came up big nonetheless at the Clark County Clash on Saturday. Tecumseh claimed county bragging rights for the third straight season with a 35.5-point victory over runner-up Greenon. The Arrows, who claimed five individual titles, scored 210 points to Greenon&rsquo...
Girls basketball: Tecumseh shows no rust in conference rout
 There’s been no letdown for the Tecumseh Arrows after a lengthy layoff. And unfortunately for opposing offenses there’s been no letup, either. Tecumseh’s swarming four-quarter press overwhelmed another opponent Saturday night, this one an 84-40 victory over Jonathan Alder in a key Central Buckeye Conference game. The Arrows...

1:16 AM Monday, Jan. 07, 2019

There’s been no letdown for the Tecumseh Arrows after a lengthy layoff. And unfortunately for opposing offenses there’s been no letup, either. Tecumseh’s swarming four-quarter press overwhelmed another opponent Saturday night, this one an 84-40 victory over Jonathan Alder in a key Central Buckeye Conference game. The Arrows...
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...
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