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High School Soccer: Shawnee boys excelling under new coach
 With just 14 players and a new coach, the Shawnee High School boys soccer program wasn’t expected to do much on the pitch this season. However, coach Christian Davoli and his Braves squad proved they were up for the challenge. »RELATED: Monday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Monday’s high school scoreboard The...

Posted: 9 hours ago

With just 14 players and a new coach, the Shawnee High School boys soccer program wasn’t expected to do much on the pitch this season. However, coach Christian Davoli and his Braves squad proved they were up for the challenge. »RELATED: Monday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Monday’s high school scoreboard The...
Week 8 Roundup: Anna upsets top-ranked Coldwater; Northmont, Alter, Troy move to 7-1
 Anna High School quarterback Bart Bixler found Isaac Lininger from 20 yards out late in the fourth quarter and the Rockets converted a two-point conversion to beat Division VI top-ranked Coldwater 21-20 in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Friday night. Anna’s Riley Huelskamp rushed for 164 yards and Lininger rushed for 133 yards...

Posted: 3 days ago

Anna High School quarterback Bart Bixler found Isaac Lininger from 20 yards out late in the fourth quarter and the Rockets converted a two-point conversion to beat Division VI top-ranked Coldwater 21-20 in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Friday night. Anna’s Riley Huelskamp rushed for 164 yards and Lininger rushed for 133 yards...
Warriors fall to Indian Lake 8-7 in CBC Mad River Division thriller
 The Northwestern High School football team was four minutes away from clinching at least a share of its first conference title in more than 50 years. But after Indian Lake quarterback Clay Jacobs hit Ethan Cummins in the back of the end zone on a two-point conversion with 42 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a one-point lead, the Warriors...

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The Northwestern High School football team was four minutes away from clinching at least a share of its first conference title in more than 50 years. But after Indian Lake quarterback Clay Jacobs hit Ethan Cummins in the back of the end zone on a two-point conversion with 42 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a one-point lead, the Warriors...
Girls Soccer: Tecumseh wins first league title in 25 years
 As Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blared from the loud speakers, the Tecumseh High School girls soccer senior class embraced at the center of the pitch at Spitzer Stadium. After 25 years, the Arrows were champions. »RELATED: Thursday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Thursday’s high school scoreboard...

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As Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blared from the loud speakers, the Tecumseh High School girls soccer senior class embraced at the center of the pitch at Spitzer Stadium. After 25 years, the Arrows were champions. »RELATED: Thursday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Thursday’s high school scoreboard...
High School Football: Lemen’s 5 TDs lift KR past Shawnee in shootout
 Dylan Lemen wanted to send the Kenton Ridge High School football team’s senior class out in style against one of its biggest rivals. The junior quarterback accounted for five touchdowns and 369 yards of total offense as the Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak, beating Shawnee 47-30 in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division...

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Dylan Lemen wanted to send the Kenton Ridge High School football team’s senior class out in style against one of its biggest rivals. The junior quarterback accounted for five touchdowns and 369 yards of total offense as the Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak, beating Shawnee 47-30 in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division...
Thursday night football coming to Springfield
 Thursday night football is coming to the Springfield area the next two weeks. Shawnee (4-3) will travel to Kenton Ridge (4-3) on Thursday night for a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game that will have playoff implications for both teams. Shawnee will likely be ranked 10th in Division IV, Region 16, while Kenton Ridge will...

Posted: 7 days ago

Thursday night football is coming to the Springfield area the next two weeks. Shawnee (4-3) will travel to Kenton Ridge (4-3) on Thursday night for a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game that will have playoff implications for both teams. Shawnee will likely be ranked 10th in Division IV, Region 16, while Kenton Ridge will...
Week 7 Roundup: Fairmont, Miamisburg, Trotwood-Madison win; Bellbrook stays perfect
 Fairmont rushed for 437 yards on its way to a 46-7 victory over West Carrollton on Friday night. Aaron Jackson rushed 15 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while teammates Jesse Deglow added 100 yards and two TDs as the Firebirds improved to 6-1. Chase Fugate also had two TDs, while Braden Miller had 89 yards rushing and a TD for Fairmont...

Posted: 10 days ago

Fairmont rushed for 437 yards on its way to a 46-7 victory over West Carrollton on Friday night. Aaron Jackson rushed 15 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while teammates Jesse Deglow added 100 yards and two TDs as the Firebirds improved to 6-1. Chase Fugate also had two TDs, while Braden Miller had 89 yards rushing and a TD for Fairmont...
Behind potent triple-option attack, Urbana manhandles Shawnee
 The triple option offense is still new for the Urbana High School football team. Even with a half-season under their belts, the Hillclimbers are still learning the ins-and-outs of the system, Urbana coach Carleton Cotner said. On Friday, it worked to perfection. Urbana outscored Shawnee 34-6 in the second half en route to a 47-12 victory...

Posted: 10 days ago

The triple option offense is still new for the Urbana High School football team. Even with a half-season under their belts, the Hillclimbers are still learning the ins-and-outs of the system, Urbana coach Carleton Cotner said. On Friday, it worked to perfection. Urbana outscored Shawnee 34-6 in the second half en route to a 47-12 victory...
High School Football: Indians, Roughriders rivalry has new meaning
 Since 2001, Mechanicsburg and West Jefferson have met 17 times on football field. The traditional Week 1 matchup was usually a great measuring stick for both of perennial playoff programs early in the season. Now, the rivalry has even bigger stakes — the Ohio Heritage Conference North Division title. »RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings...

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Since 2001, Mechanicsburg and West Jefferson have met 17 times on football field. The traditional Week 1 matchup was usually a great measuring stick for both of perennial playoff programs early in the season. Now, the rivalry has even bigger stakes — the Ohio Heritage Conference North Division title. »RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings...
Tecumseh girls, Shawnee boys win Clark County cross country titles
 The Tecumseh High School girls cross country team are peaking at the exact right time. The Arrows placed three runners in the top 10 on their way to winning their first Clark County Cross Country Championship since 2013 at Young’s Dairy on Tuesday. Tecumseh scored 48 points, beating runner-up Shawnee by eight points. The Arrows&rsquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Tecumseh High School girls cross country team are peaking at the exact right time. The Arrows placed three runners in the top 10 on their way to winning their first Clark County Cross Country Championship since 2013 at Young’s Dairy on Tuesday. Tecumseh scored 48 points, beating runner-up Shawnee by eight points. The Arrows&rsquo...
High School Football: Northwestern bounces back in conference opener
 By Michael Cooper Contributing Writer After back-to-back losses, the Northwestern High School football team got back on track last week against one of its biggest rivals. The Warriors improved to 4-2 with a 24-7 victory over Urbana in the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division opener for both teams. Northwestern is the lone team in...

Posted: 14 days ago

By Michael Cooper Contributing Writer After back-to-back losses, the Northwestern High School football team got back on track last week against one of its biggest rivals. The Warriors improved to 4-2 with a 24-7 victory over Urbana in the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division opener for both teams. Northwestern is the lone team in...
Bellefontaine shuts down high-powered Kenton Ridge offense
 The Kenton Ridge High School football team’s high-powered offense didn’t have an answer for the top defensive unit in the Central Buckeye Conference. Bellefontaine quarterback Grant Smith threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Chieftains beat Kenton Ridge 34-7 in the CBC Kenton Trail Division opener at Richard...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Kenton Ridge High School football team’s high-powered offense didn’t have an answer for the top defensive unit in the Central Buckeye Conference. Bellefontaine quarterback Grant Smith threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Chieftains beat Kenton Ridge 34-7 in the CBC Kenton Trail Division opener at Richard...
Unbeaten Wildcats ‘trusting and believing in each other’
 Unbeaten Springfield is 5-0 for the first time since South and North merged a decade ago — and the Wildcats have done it with a stout defense. The Wildcats, ranked No. 10 in this week’s Division I state poll, have allowed 44 points, the least in the 20-team Greater Western Ohio Conference. They haven’t allowed more than...

Posted: 19 days ago

Unbeaten Springfield is 5-0 for the first time since South and North merged a decade ago — and the Wildcats have done it with a stout defense. The Wildcats, ranked No. 10 in this week’s Division I state poll, have allowed 44 points, the least in the 20-team Greater Western Ohio Conference. They haven’t allowed more than...
Girls Soccer: Future Vol Foley starring for Catholic Central
 The future is set for Catholic Central High School’s Caitlin Foley. This summer, the Irish junior midfielder committed to play soccer at the University of Tennessee, choosing the Vols over Xavier and Georgetown. “The athletic facilities and the education are great (at Tennessee),” Foley said. “I loved the coaching...

Posted: 20 days ago

The future is set for Catholic Central High School’s Caitlin Foley. This summer, the Irish junior midfielder committed to play soccer at the University of Tennessee, choosing the Vols over Xavier and Georgetown. “The athletic facilities and the education are great (at Tennessee),” Foley said. “I loved the coaching...
High School Football: Tecumseh ready for CBC Kenton Trail gauntlet
 The Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division has never been a cakewalk — and this year is no different. All five teams in the CBC’s big-school division have winning records this season. Shawnee and Kenton Ridge are both 4-1, while Tecumseh, Jonathan Alder and two-time defending champion Bellefontaine are all 3-2. Kenton...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division has never been a cakewalk — and this year is no different. All five teams in the CBC’s big-school division have winning records this season. Shawnee and Kenton Ridge are both 4-1, while Tecumseh, Jonathan Alder and two-time defending champion Bellefontaine are all 3-2. Kenton...
Wittenberg Tigers blast Kenyon 45-3 to improve to 3-0
 Wittenberg University junior Nick Kendall knew he had to pay homage to the players who came before him. After finishing a 75-yard touchdown run, Kendall ran over the alumni section in attendance for Champions Night where he gave high-fives to multiple former Tigers football players. Kendall finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 11...

Posted: 23 days ago

Wittenberg University junior Nick Kendall knew he had to pay homage to the players who came before him. After finishing a 75-yard touchdown run, Kendall ran over the alumni section in attendance for Champions Night where he gave high-fives to multiple former Tigers football players. Kendall finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 11...
Glass makes most of second chance to lift Shawnee past Northwestern
 An athlete rarely gets a second chance to be a hero, especially on the football field. But that’s exactly where Shawnee High School junior Robie Glass found himself on Friday night against Northwestern. With Shawnee trailing 35-34 with 39 seconds remaining, Braves sophomore Drew Mitch — playing quarterback for the first time the...

Posted: 24 days ago

An athlete rarely gets a second chance to be a hero, especially on the football field. But that’s exactly where Shawnee High School junior Robie Glass found himself on Friday night against Northwestern. With Shawnee trailing 35-34 with 39 seconds remaining, Braves sophomore Drew Mitch — playing quarterback for the first time the...
High School Football: Young Greenon team believing it can win
 Each week, Greenon High School second-year football coach Josh Wooten gives his team a vocabulary lesson. The Word of the Week is a way to get his players thinking, Wooten said. “We’re constantly getting these kids to believe in themselves,” he said. In Week 4, the word was ‘Leadership,’ Wooten said. »RELATED...

Posted: 25 days ago

Each week, Greenon High School second-year football coach Josh Wooten gives his team a vocabulary lesson. The Word of the Week is a way to get his players thinking, Wooten said. “We’re constantly getting these kids to believe in themselves,” he said. In Week 4, the word was ‘Leadership,’ Wooten said. »RELATED...
Northwestern off to hot start with familiar face on sidelines
 After more than two decades away from high school soccer, Andrew Wildman is back in charge of the Northwestern High School soccer team. The Warriors head coach previously coached the Warriors from 1994 to 1997, one of the winningest runs in school history. Northwestern won multiple district titles and advanced to the regional finals in 1996...

Posted: 26 days ago

After more than two decades away from high school soccer, Andrew Wildman is back in charge of the Northwestern High School soccer team. The Warriors head coach previously coached the Warriors from 1994 to 1997, one of the winningest runs in school history. Northwestern won multiple district titles and advanced to the regional finals in 1996...
Southeastern senior on breaking 21-year-old rushing record: ‘It was like the Red Sea parted’
 It wasn’t just a breakout game for Southeastern High School senior running back Lane McCombs — it was a full-blown Dude Alert. McCombs rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries as Southeastern beat rival Northeastern 41-27 at Trojan Stadium on Sept. 14. “When I ran, it was like the Red Sea parted,” McCombs...

Posted: 27 days ago

It wasn’t just a breakout game for Southeastern High School senior running back Lane McCombs — it was a full-blown Dude Alert. McCombs rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries as Southeastern beat rival Northeastern 41-27 at Trojan Stadium on Sept. 14. “When I ran, it was like the Red Sea parted,” McCombs...
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