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Girls basketball: Old conference rivals to meet in D-2 sectional final
 An old conference rivalry will be renewed in the Division II girls basketball sectional finals for the second straight season next week. Third-seeded Kenton Ridge (21-3) will face off against fourth-seeded Tippecanoe (18-5) in a D-II sectional final game at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Springfield High School. The winner will advance to a D-II district...

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An old conference rivalry will be renewed in the Division II girls basketball sectional finals for the second straight season next week. Third-seeded Kenton Ridge (21-3) will face off against fourth-seeded Tippecanoe (18-5) in a D-II sectional final game at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Springfield High School. The winner will advance to a D-II district...
Boys basketball: Stivers overcomes 18-point deficit to beat Northridge
 With his team trailing Northridge High School by 18 points with three minutes left in the first half, Stivers School for the Arts coach Felix Turner called a timeout. He gave his team a new goal: Cut the lead to 10 at the half. The Tigers far exceeded his expectations. With four seconds remaining, an old-fashioned three-point play by the...

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With his team trailing Northridge High School by 18 points with three minutes left in the first half, Stivers School for the Arts coach Felix Turner called a timeout. He gave his team a new goal: Cut the lead to 10 at the half. The Tigers far exceeded his expectations. With four seconds remaining, an old-fashioned three-point play by the...
Girls basketball: Minster knocks off D-II top-ranked Carroll
 The defending Division IV state champion Minster High School girls basketball team is peaking at the perfect time — early February. The D-IV second-ranked Wildcats used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from D-II No. 1 Carroll 50-35 in nonconference action on Saturday afternoon. “Honestly, this is exactly what we needed...

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The defending Division IV state champion Minster High School girls basketball team is peaking at the perfect time — early February. The D-IV second-ranked Wildcats used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from D-II No. 1 Carroll 50-35 in nonconference action on Saturday afternoon. “Honestly, this is exactly what we needed...
Boys basketball: Wayne outlasts Springfield in triple OT
 Ronnie Hampton wasn’t going to let a third chance to beat his team’s biggest rival slip away, especially on Senior Night. In his final home game, the Wayne High School senior scored 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Warriors kept their Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division title hopes alive with a 75-72...

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Ronnie Hampton wasn’t going to let a third chance to beat his team’s biggest rival slip away, especially on Senior Night. In his final home game, the Wayne High School senior scored 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Warriors kept their Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division title hopes alive with a 75-72...
Boys basketball: Davis rewriting Emmanuel Christian record books
 In the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Christian Academy coach Danny Moore knew Adonis Davis was ready to the make leap from good to great. “Each year, he’s added something to his game,” Moore said. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard That summer, Davis...

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In the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Christian Academy coach Danny Moore knew Adonis Davis was ready to the make leap from good to great. “Each year, he’s added something to his game,” Moore said. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard That summer, Davis...
Boys basketball: Catholic Central wins second straight OHC South title
 Catholic Central High School senior Trey Dunn wore the net around his neck as he posed for photos with his teammates, raising his right index finger in the air. For the second straight season, the Irish are Ohio Heritage Conference South Division champions. Catholic Central held Cedarville to just two points in the fourth quarter en route...

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Catholic Central High School senior Trey Dunn wore the net around his neck as he posed for photos with his teammates, raising his right index finger in the air. For the second straight season, the Irish are Ohio Heritage Conference South Division champions. Catholic Central held Cedarville to just two points in the fourth quarter en route...
Girls basketball: After 0-3 start, West Liberty-Salem keeps winning
 Despite her team’s 0-3 start, West Liberty-Salem High School senior Gabby Hollar’s confidence never wavered. “I wouldn’t ever doubt us,” Hollar said. Two months later, the Tigers have done nothing but win. West Liberty-Salem (17-3, 14-0 Ohio Heritage Conference) has won 17 straight games, earning its fourth straight...

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Despite her team’s 0-3 start, West Liberty-Salem High School senior Gabby Hollar’s confidence never wavered. “I wouldn’t ever doubt us,” Hollar said. Two months later, the Tigers have done nothing but win. West Liberty-Salem (17-3, 14-0 Ohio Heritage Conference) has won 17 straight games, earning its fourth straight...
Boys basketball: Big fourth quarter lifts Centerville past Springfield
 With less than five minutes remaining and the score tied at 44 at Springfield, Centerville High School coach Brook Cupps had a simple message for his Elks team — slow down. “We just needed to calm down and stop turning the ball over,” Cupps said. “We looked like we had never seen a run-and-jump there for awhile. &hellip...

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With less than five minutes remaining and the score tied at 44 at Springfield, Centerville High School coach Brook Cupps had a simple message for his Elks team — slow down. “We just needed to calm down and stop turning the ball over,” Cupps said. “We looked like we had never seen a run-and-jump there for awhile. &hellip...
Boys basketball: Cross scoring in bunches for Cedarville

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At 5-foot-11, 145 pounds, Colby Cross admittedly doesn’t look like a basketball player. On the court, however, Cross is hard to handle. The Cedarville High School junior is averaging 17.2 points per game for the Indians (8-8, 7-5 Ohio Heritage Conference), who have won five of their last seven games. He uses his size to his advantage...
Girls basketball: Ware scores 1,000th point for Greenon
 Greenon High School junior Reagan Ware joined an exclusive club last month. The 5-foot-7 guard scored her 1,000th point on a free throw against Northeastern on Jan. 22. Ware scored 22 points in the 79-18 victory. “It was always one of my goals,” Ware said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches....

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Greenon High School junior Reagan Ware joined an exclusive club last month. The 5-foot-7 guard scored her 1,000th point on a free throw against Northeastern on Jan. 22. Ware scored 22 points in the 79-18 victory. “It was always one of my goals,” Ware said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches....
Boys basketball: Catholic Central too much for Emmanuel Christian
 It didn’t matter what kind of defense the Emmanuel Christian boys basketball threw at Catholic Central on Tuesday night — the Irish couldn’t miss. Catholic Central shot nearly 50 percent from the field and pulled away in the second half to beat Emmanuel Christian 62-47 in an electric atmosphere on Tuesday night at Jason...

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It didn’t matter what kind of defense the Emmanuel Christian boys basketball threw at Catholic Central on Tuesday night — the Irish couldn’t miss. Catholic Central shot nearly 50 percent from the field and pulled away in the second half to beat Emmanuel Christian 62-47 in an electric atmosphere on Tuesday night at Jason...
Girls basketball: Centerville pulls away from Tecumseh in fourth
 For three quarters, the Tecumseh High School girls basketball hung with Division I powerhouse Centerville. In the final eight minutes, the Elks lived up to their No. 3 ranking in the D-I girls basketball state poll. Centerville scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, pulling away from the Arrows en route to a 73-56 nonconference victory on...

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For three quarters, the Tecumseh High School girls basketball hung with Division I powerhouse Centerville. In the final eight minutes, the Elks lived up to their No. 3 ranking in the D-I girls basketball state poll. Centerville scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, pulling away from the Arrows en route to a 73-56 nonconference victory on...
Boys basketball: Big third quarter lifts London past Shawnee
 The halftime scenario was a familiar one for the Shawnee High School boys basketball team. On Dec. 14, Shawnee trailed London by six at the half, but the Red Raiders came out strong in the third quarter and beat the Braves 58-31. Trailing 21-17 at the half on Friday night in Springfield, Shawnee coach Chris McGuire told his team to be prepared...

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The halftime scenario was a familiar one for the Shawnee High School boys basketball team. On Dec. 14, Shawnee trailed London by six at the half, but the Red Raiders came out strong in the third quarter and beat the Braves 58-31. Trailing 21-17 at the half on Friday night in Springfield, Shawnee coach Chris McGuire told his team to be prepared...
Springfield Wildcats: High-flying Moss putting on a dunk show
 The oohs and ahhs from the crowd are nothing new for RaHeim Moss. The Springfield High School senior has been throwing down monster dunks for the last four years — and the fans’ reaction never gets old. “I really like attacking the rim and getting great dunks,” he said. The 6-foot-4 high flyer is averaging team-high...

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The oohs and ahhs from the crowd are nothing new for RaHeim Moss. The Springfield High School senior has been throwing down monster dunks for the last four years — and the fans’ reaction never gets old. “I really like attacking the rim and getting great dunks,” he said. The 6-foot-4 high flyer is averaging team-high...
Boys basketball: Sluggish Springfield pulls away from Princeton
 Isaiah Carson could tell his Springfield High School basketball team was sluggish during warm-ups. With school canceled due to the frigid temperatures on Tuesday, the Wildcats spent most of the day inside before their game against Cincinnati Princeton later that night, Carson said. “I told my guys during warm-ups that the crowd wasn&rsquo...

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Isaiah Carson could tell his Springfield High School basketball team was sluggish during warm-ups. With school canceled due to the frigid temperatures on Tuesday, the Wildcats spent most of the day inside before their game against Cincinnati Princeton later that night, Carson said. “I told my guys during warm-ups that the crowd wasn&rsquo...
Girls basketball: West Liberty-Salem pulls away from Catholic Central
 The word of the night for the West Liberty-Salem girls basketball team was attack, attack, attack. In the final eight minutes, the Tigers’ strategy finally came to fruition. West Liberty-Salem sophomore Grace Estes scored a season-high 14 points and senior Gabby Hollar added 12 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers...

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The word of the night for the West Liberty-Salem girls basketball team was attack, attack, attack. In the final eight minutes, the Tigers’ strategy finally came to fruition. West Liberty-Salem sophomore Grace Estes scored a season-high 14 points and senior Gabby Hollar added 12 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers...
Girls basketball: KR’s Morris nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game
 Kenton Ridge High School senior Mikala Morris was nominated for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game earlier this month — and she found out about it on Twitter. When one of her former AAU teammates retweeted the nominations, Morris clicked on the list to see if she had played with any of the girls selected. She quickly...

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Kenton Ridge High School senior Mikala Morris was nominated for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game earlier this month — and she found out about it on Twitter. When one of her former AAU teammates retweeted the nominations, Morris clicked on the list to see if she had played with any of the girls selected. She quickly...
Boys basketball: Irish roll past West Jefferson
 Sabien Doolittle is hitting his stride at the perfect time — and that could be trouble for the remaining teams on the Catholic Central boys basketball schedule. The senior scored a game-high 23 points as the Irish beat West Jefferson 66-54 in an Ohio Heritage Conference crossover division game on Friday night at Jason Collier Gymnasium...

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Sabien Doolittle is hitting his stride at the perfect time — and that could be trouble for the remaining teams on the Catholic Central boys basketball schedule. The senior scored a game-high 23 points as the Irish beat West Jefferson 66-54 in an Ohio Heritage Conference crossover division game on Friday night at Jason Collier Gymnasium...
Boys basketball: Springfield ready for big challenge at Flyin’ to the Hoop 
 The Springfield High School boys basketball team has never shied away from a challenge. The Wildcats motto has always been to play anyone, anywhere at anytime, said coach Isaiah Carson. On Saturday night, Springfield (8-3) will face one of its biggest tests in years when it plays Napa, Calif.’s Prolific Prep Academy at the 17th annual...

2:55 PM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

The Springfield High School boys basketball team has never shied away from a challenge. The Wildcats motto has always been to play anyone, anywhere at anytime, said coach Isaiah Carson. On Saturday night, Springfield (8-3) will face one of its biggest tests in years when it plays Napa, Calif.’s Prolific Prep Academy at the 17th annual...
Boys basketball: Shawnee’s McGuire honored for 200th win
 Chris McGuire had no idea why he was being called to center court before Shawnee High School’s game against Kenton Ridge earlier this month. The Braves head coach won his 200th game in the Division II sectional tournament last season, but was never recognized for the accomplishment. The surprise ceremony honored McGuire, but he was...

4:33 PM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

Chris McGuire had no idea why he was being called to center court before Shawnee High School’s game against Kenton Ridge earlier this month. The Braves head coach won his 200th game in the Division II sectional tournament last season, but was never recognized for the accomplishment. The surprise ceremony honored McGuire, but he was...
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