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Boys Soccer: Dayton Christian falls in Division III state final
 On the final day of the season, the Dayton Christian High School boys soccer team couldn’t quite find the second-half magic that had propelled it to the state’s biggest stage. After comeback victories in their last two matches, the Warriors were unable to find an equalizer in the final 30 minutes, falling 2-1 to Archbold in the...

Posted: 4 days ago

On the final day of the season, the Dayton Christian High School boys soccer team couldn’t quite find the second-half magic that had propelled it to the state’s biggest stage. After comeback victories in their last two matches, the Warriors were unable to find an equalizer in the final 30 minutes, falling 2-1 to Archbold in the...
Coldwater, Marion Local set up regional final showdown
 Jake Hemmelgarn found Jacob Wenning from 18 yards out in the third quarter and Coldwater held on for a 20-19 victory over St. Henry in a Division VI, Region 24 semifinal on Friday night at Sidney Memorial Stadium. St. Henry’s Zach Niekemp rushed for 166 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns for the Redskins. Niekamp’s third...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jake Hemmelgarn found Jacob Wenning from 18 yards out in the third quarter and Coldwater held on for a 20-19 victory over St. Henry in a Division VI, Region 24 semifinal on Friday night at Sidney Memorial Stadium. St. Henry’s Zach Niekemp rushed for 166 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns for the Redskins. Niekamp’s third...
Springfield falls to Hilliard Davidson in regional semifinal
 Springfield High School’s playoff run ended at the hands of a familiar foe. Hilliard Davidson made a field goal in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead and held on to beat Springfield 17-14 in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal game on Friday night at London High School. »RELATED: Friday’s high school football playoff...

Posted: 5 days ago

Springfield High School’s playoff run ended at the hands of a familiar foe. Hilliard Davidson made a field goal in the third quarter to take a 10-point lead and held on to beat Springfield 17-14 in a Division I, Region 3 semifinal game on Friday night at London High School. »RELATED: Friday’s high school football playoff...
High School Football: Rams to face defending state champ Wheelersburg
 For fourth time in five seasons, the Greeneview High School football team has earned its place as one top 16 teams in Division V. Next up for the Rams is the defending state champion Wheelersburg. Greeneview (10-1) will meet the Pirates (10-1) in a Division V, Region 20 semifinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chillicothe’s Herrnstein Field...

Posted: 7 days ago

For fourth time in five seasons, the Greeneview High School football team has earned its place as one top 16 teams in Division V. Next up for the Rams is the defending state champion Wheelersburg. Greeneview (10-1) will meet the Pirates (10-1) in a Division V, Region 20 semifinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chillicothe’s Herrnstein Field...
Dayton Christian’s ‘magical ride’ continues with win in state semifinals
 Dayton Christian High School boys soccer senior captain Sam Reid knew his teammates wouldn’t give up, despite an early two-goal deficit in their Division III state semifinal match against Grandview Heights on Wednesday night at London High School. RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard RELATED: Beavercreek girls soccer advances...

Posted: 7 days ago

Dayton Christian High School boys soccer senior captain Sam Reid knew his teammates wouldn’t give up, despite an early two-goal deficit in their Division III state semifinal match against Grandview Heights on Wednesday night at London High School. RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard RELATED: Beavercreek girls soccer advances...
High School Football: Springfield looking to reach new heights — Week 13
 The Springfield High School football team had high expectations at the beginning of the season. Through 11 weeks, the Wildcats have reached a level they’ve only been one other time in program history. “When you’re building and trying to get somewhere you’ve never been, there’s always a learning curve and going...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Springfield High School football team had high expectations at the beginning of the season. Through 11 weeks, the Wildcats have reached a level they’ve only been one other time in program history. “When you’re building and trying to get somewhere you’ve never been, there’s always a learning curve and going...
Beavercreek girls soccer one win away from first state title
 The Beavercreek High School girls soccer team is one win away from its ultimate goal — a state championship. Junior forward Marcella Cash scored two goals as the nationally-ranked and undefeated Beavers beat Columbus Bishop Watterson 2-1 in a Division I state semifinal match on Tuesday night at Springfield High School’s Evans...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Beavercreek High School girls soccer team is one win away from its ultimate goal — a state championship. Junior forward Marcella Cash scored two goals as the nationally-ranked and undefeated Beavers beat Columbus Bishop Watterson 2-1 in a Division I state semifinal match on Tuesday night at Springfield High School’s Evans...
Prep football: Clinton-Massie runs past Shawnee in playoff victory
 The Shawnee High School football team knew exactly what was coming in its playoff game against Clinton-Massie — a smashmouth running game. The young Braves, however, couldn’t stop it. »RELATED: First round state playoff scoreboard Clinton-Massie’s Brendan Lamb rushed for 80 yards and four touchdowns and Jake Vaughn...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Shawnee High School football team knew exactly what was coming in its playoff game against Clinton-Massie — a smashmouth running game. The young Braves, however, couldn’t stop it. »RELATED: First round state playoff scoreboard Clinton-Massie’s Brendan Lamb rushed for 80 yards and four touchdowns and Jake Vaughn...
High School Football Roundup: Northmont, Troy roll to playoff victories
 Northmont High School senior quarterback Miles Johnson went 20-for-23 for 318 yards and three touchdowns as the Thunderbolts erupted for 21 second-half points to beat visiting Hilliard Darby 42-20 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal game on Friday night. The second-seeded Thunderbolts (10-1) will play sixth-seeded Pickerington Central...

Posted: 12 days ago

Northmont High School senior quarterback Miles Johnson went 20-for-23 for 318 yards and three touchdowns as the Thunderbolts erupted for 21 second-half points to beat visiting Hilliard Darby 42-20 in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal game on Friday night. The second-seeded Thunderbolts (10-1) will play sixth-seeded Pickerington Central...
Niekamp, St. Henry run past Mechanicsburg in state playoffs
 The young Mechanicsburg High School football team had no answer for Zach Niekamp and his senior-laden St. Henry teammates. Niekamp rushed for 125 yards and scored four total touchdowns, including three on the ground, as the Redskins beat Mechanicsburg 37-7 in a Division VI, Region 24 quarterfinal game at Indian Stadium on Friday night. »...

Posted: 12 days ago

The young Mechanicsburg High School football team had no answer for Zach Niekamp and his senior-laden St. Henry teammates. Niekamp rushed for 125 yards and scored four total touchdowns, including three on the ground, as the Redskins beat Mechanicsburg 37-7 in a Division VI, Region 24 quarterfinal game at Indian Stadium on Friday night. »...
Northwestern coach on making playoff debut vs. No. 1 Wyoming: ‘I want our kids to go out there swinging’
 Warriors face D-IV No. 1 Wyoming in Week 11 The Northwestern High School football team has already made history twice this season. The 2018 Warriors team will go down as the first to ever qualify for the postseason as well as the first to win a league championship in 51 years. “It’s a positive situation for the community,&rdquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

Warriors face D-IV No. 1 Wyoming in Week 11 The Northwestern High School football team has already made history twice this season. The 2018 Warriors team will go down as the first to ever qualify for the postseason as well as the first to win a league championship in 51 years. “It’s a positive situation for the community,&rdquo...
Mechanicsburg faces another MAC challenge in St. Henry
 The thrill of making the high school football playoffs never gets old at Mechanicsburg High School, even after advancing six years in a row. It’s even better when you’re at home, Mechanicsburg coach Kurt Forrest said. »RELATED: Greeneview hits the road for playoffs »RELATED: Springfield ready for playoff rematch with...

Posted: 15 days ago

The thrill of making the high school football playoffs never gets old at Mechanicsburg High School, even after advancing six years in a row. It’s even better when you’re at home, Mechanicsburg coach Kurt Forrest said. »RELATED: Greeneview hits the road for playoffs »RELATED: Springfield ready for playoff rematch with...
Greeneview coach on playoff streak: ‘Playoffs is all they know’
 The Greeneview High School football team is back in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Rams’ streak began when the current senior class was in eighth grade. »RELATED: Springfield ready for playoff rematch with Fairmont »RELATED: Shawnee relishes underdog role “Playoffs is all they know,” Rams coach...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Greeneview High School football team is back in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. The Rams’ streak began when the current senior class was in eighth grade. »RELATED: Springfield ready for playoff rematch with Fairmont »RELATED: Shawnee relishes underdog role “Playoffs is all they know,” Rams coach...
Wildcats ready for playoff rematch with Firebirds
 The Springfield High School football team will play in Week 11 for the first time since 2016 — and a familiar foe awaits. The Wildcats (8-2) will host Fairmont (7-3) in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Friday at Evans Stadium. Last week, the Firebirds beat the Wildcats 14-7 to earn a playoff berth. “We&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Springfield High School football team will play in Week 11 for the first time since 2016 — and a familiar foe awaits. The Wildcats (8-2) will host Fairmont (7-3) in a Division I, Region 3 quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Friday at Evans Stadium. Last week, the Firebirds beat the Wildcats 14-7 to earn a playoff berth. “We&rsquo...
Underdog Shawnee to face playoff power Clinton-Massie
 Rick Meeks is accustomed to the “Nobody believes in us” story line after 16 seasons as Shawnee High School’s head football coach. The Braves have advanced to the playoffs seven times in that time and have never lost a first-round game. They’ve won multiple games against top-ranked teams — including a defeat of...

Posted: 16 days ago

Rick Meeks is accustomed to the “Nobody believes in us” story line after 16 seasons as Shawnee High School’s head football coach. The Braves have advanced to the playoffs seven times in that time and have never lost a first-round game. They’ve won multiple games against top-ranked teams — including a defeat of...
Week 10 Roundup: Bellbrook caps 10-0 season; Coldwater beats Marion Local double-OT thriller; Troy edges Piqua
 Coldwater’s Ben Wenning scored from 1 yard out to lift the Cavaliers to a 26-20 double overtime victory at Marion Local in Midwest Athletic Conference on Friday night. The Flyers’ loss opens the door for Anna (7-2, 6-1) to clinch a share of the league title with a victory at Delphos St. John’s on Saturday. The Cavaliers...

Posted: 19 days ago

Coldwater’s Ben Wenning scored from 1 yard out to lift the Cavaliers to a 26-20 double overtime victory at Marion Local in Midwest Athletic Conference on Friday night. The Flyers’ loss opens the door for Anna (7-2, 6-1) to clinch a share of the league title with a victory at Delphos St. John’s on Saturday. The Cavaliers...
Coach’s daughter hits game-winning FG to send Shawnee to playoffs
 Andi Meeks was admittedly hyperventilating on the sidelines. With the score tied at 14 and less than a minute remaining, Meeks watched as her Shawnee High School football teammates drove the ball into field goal range against Jonathan Alder on Friday night in Springfield. The first-year junior kicker knew her name might be called. With four...

Posted: 19 days ago

Andi Meeks was admittedly hyperventilating on the sidelines. With the score tied at 14 and less than a minute remaining, Meeks watched as her Shawnee High School football teammates drove the ball into field goal range against Jonathan Alder on Friday night in Springfield. The first-year junior kicker knew her name might be called. With four...
Boys Soccer: Greenon falls in Division III district final
 The Greenon High School boys soccer team knows how dangerous teams can be on long throw-ins. The Knights routinely scored on long throws as part of their offensive attack throughout the season, coach Jeff Nickles said. But on Thursday night, the Knights had trouble stopping them. »RELATED: Thursday’s high school roundup »...

Posted: 20 days ago

The Greenon High School boys soccer team knows how dangerous teams can be on long throw-ins. The Knights routinely scored on long throws as part of their offensive attack throughout the season, coach Jeff Nickles said. But on Thursday night, the Knights had trouble stopping them. »RELATED: Thursday’s high school roundup »...
Irish girls soccer can’t break through, fall to Milton-Union
 Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Catholic Central High School girls soccer team expected Milton-Union to sit back and defend for the final 40 minutes. The Irish held the majority of the possession nearly all of the second half, but could never find the breakthrough it needed to even the score. »RELATED: Tecumseh seniors hope to &lsquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Catholic Central High School girls soccer team expected Milton-Union to sit back and defend for the final 40 minutes. The Irish held the majority of the possession nearly all of the second half, but could never find the breakthrough it needed to even the score. »RELATED: Tecumseh seniors hope to &lsquo...
High School Football: Shawnee in playoff position entering Week 10
 The playoff formula doesn’t get much simpler for the Shawnee High School football team — win and you’re in. The Braves (5-4) upset Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division champion 
               Bellefontaine 34-0 in Week 9
             to catapult itself up the Division IV, Region 16 rankings. Shawnee is ranked...

Posted: 23 days ago

The playoff formula doesn’t get much simpler for the Shawnee High School football team — win and you’re in. The Braves (5-4) upset Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division champion Bellefontaine 34-0 in Week 9 to catapult itself up the Division IV, Region 16 rankings. Shawnee is ranked...
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