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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...

4:28 PM Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

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...

4:58 AM Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

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...

4:04 AM Sunday, Nov. 04, 2018

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...

4:29 AM Saturday, Nov. 03, 2018

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. »...

3:14 AM Saturday, Nov. 03, 2018

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...

2:52 PM Thursday, Nov. 01, 2018

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...

3:32 PM Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

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...

3:19 PM Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

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...

4:16 PM Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

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...

3:58 PM Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018

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...

4:51 AM Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

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...

4:08 AM Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

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 »...

3:26 PM Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

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...

6:01 PM Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

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...

3:43 PM Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

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...
Northwestern falls to Bellefontaine in sectional final
 The Northwestern High School boys soccer team nearly entered halftime unscathed. But with 19 seconds remaining, Bellefontaine played a ball into the box that inadvertently found the arm of a Warriors defender. The official pointed to the spot and the Chieftains’ Marcus Walker converted the penalty kick a few moments later to give Bellefontaine...

3:33 PM Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

The Northwestern High School boys soccer team nearly entered halftime unscathed. But with 19 seconds remaining, Bellefontaine played a ball into the box that inadvertently found the arm of a Warriors defender. The official pointed to the spot and the Chieftains’ Marcus Walker converted the penalty kick a few moments later to give Bellefontaine...
Week 9 Roundup: Northmont, Alter, Bellbrook clinch share of conference titles
 Northmont High School quarterback Miles Johnson passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns as the Thunderbolts beat Springboro 38-21 to clinch a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division title. Michael Franklin rushed 17 times for 115 yards and a TD and teammate Jestin Jacobs rushed for 80 yards and two scores for Northmont...

4:44 AM Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

Northmont High School quarterback Miles Johnson passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns as the Thunderbolts beat Springboro 38-21 to clinch a share of the Greater Western Ohio Conference National West Division title. Michael Franklin rushed 17 times for 115 yards and a TD and teammate Jestin Jacobs rushed for 80 yards and two scores for Northmont...
Northwestern defense steps up in ‘monumental win’ over Kenton Ridge
 The Northwestern High School football had already experienced two heartbreaking losses in the waning moments of games against Shawnee and Indian Lake earlier this season. »RELATED: Shawnee boosts playoff hopes »RELATED: Springfield tops Wayne, clinches playoff berth The Wariors weren’t going to let it happen a third time...

4:15 AM Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

The Northwestern High School football had already experienced two heartbreaking losses in the waning moments of games against Shawnee and Indian Lake earlier this season. »RELATED: Shawnee boosts playoff hopes »RELATED: Springfield tops Wayne, clinches playoff berth The Wariors weren’t going to let it happen a third time...
Boys Soccer: Last-second win gives Greenon first title since 2012
 Hollywood couldn’t have written a better ending to the Greenon High School boys soccer team’s regular season finale. The Knights entered the match against Fairbanks needing a victory to secure their first Ohio Heritage Conference title in their second year in the league. Greenon led 1-0 until Fairbanks tied the game with about...

2:22 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Hollywood couldn’t have written a better ending to the Greenon High School boys soccer team’s regular season finale. The Knights entered the match against Fairbanks needing a victory to secure their first Ohio Heritage Conference title in their second year in the league. Greenon led 1-0 until Fairbanks tied the game with about...
Greeneview handles Central, clinches share of OHC South title
 The Greeneview High School football team clinched a share of its second straight Ohio Heritage Conference South Division title Thursday night. Greeneview senior Collin Wilson returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and the Rams cruised to a 66-8 victory over Catholic Central at Don Nock Field. »RELATED: Week 9 power rankings...

2:08 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

The Greeneview High School football team clinched a share of its second straight Ohio Heritage Conference South Division title Thursday night. Greeneview senior Collin Wilson returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and the Rams cruised to a 66-8 victory over Catholic Central at Don Nock Field. »RELATED: Week 9 power rankings...
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