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Girls basketball: Northwestern improving under new coach
 After 35 years of coaching basketball in Indiana, Rich Bagienski was ready to get back onto the sidelines. Bagienski moved to Ohio two years ago to be closer to his grandchildren and eventually found his way back into the classroom at Northwestern High School. The former Madison (Ind.) HIgh School and Noblesville (Ind.) High School coach...

4:47 PM Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

After 35 years of coaching basketball in Indiana, Rich Bagienski was ready to get back onto the sidelines. Bagienski moved to Ohio two years ago to be closer to his grandchildren and eventually found his way back into the classroom at Northwestern High School. The former Madison (Ind.) HIgh School and Noblesville (Ind.) High School coach...
Boys basketball: Defense lifts Shawnee past Kenton Ridge
 The Shawnee Braves used a stingy man-to-man defense Friday night to disrupt Kenton Ridge’s high-scoring offense, beating the Cougars 58-48 in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division contest. “We knew we had to protect and cover the basket first and foremost,” said Shawnee coach Chris McGuire. “If they were...

4:38 AM Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

The Shawnee Braves used a stingy man-to-man defense Friday night to disrupt Kenton Ridge’s high-scoring offense, beating the Cougars 58-48 in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division contest. “We knew we had to protect and cover the basket first and foremost,” said Shawnee coach Chris McGuire. “If they were...
Boys basketball: Kenton Ridge starting to put pieces together
 Every season is like a puzzle with different pieces, said Kenton Ridge High School coach Kris Spriggs. “You’ve to got see how they fit within your puzzle,” he said. Midway through the season, the Cougars’ puzzle is starting to come together. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday&rsquo...

3:47 PM Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Every season is like a puzzle with different pieces, said Kenton Ridge High School coach Kris Spriggs. “You’ve to got see how they fit within your puzzle,” he said. Midway through the season, the Cougars’ puzzle is starting to come together. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday&rsquo...
Girls basketball: Knights riding four-game winning streak
 After starting the season 2-4, the Greenon High School girls basketball team has reeled off four straight victories. The Knights (6-4, 6-2 Ohio Heritage Conference South Division) and new coach Lonnie Robinson are finally getting situated, he said. “We’re getting more comfortable with what I’m trying to do with them,&rdquo...

3:02 PM Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2019

After starting the season 2-4, the Greenon High School girls basketball team has reeled off four straight victories. The Knights (6-4, 6-2 Ohio Heritage Conference South Division) and new coach Lonnie Robinson are finally getting situated, he said. “We’re getting more comfortable with what I’m trying to do with them,&rdquo...
Boys basketball: Springfield’s defense stifles Fairmont; Wayne up next
 With its roster finally back at full strength, the Springfield High School boys basketball team is running on all cylinders where it matters most — the defensive end of the floor. The Wildcats pressured Fairmont into 23 turnovers Tuesday night, routing the Firebirds 67-44 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division game...

2:49 PM Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2019

With its roster finally back at full strength, the Springfield High School boys basketball team is running on all cylinders where it matters most — the defensive end of the floor. The Wildcats pressured Fairmont into 23 turnovers Tuesday night, routing the Firebirds 67-44 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division game...
Legacy Christian tops Emmanuel Christian in MBC showdown
 The Legacy Christian Academy boys basketball team hadn’t played a game in its home gym all season. Back in Xenia after 10 straight road games to open the season, the Knights were happy to finally be home in one of their biggest Metro Buckeye Conference games this season. Legacy Christian senior Keano Hammerstrom scored 19 points and...

1:48 PM Saturday, Jan. 05, 2019

The Legacy Christian Academy boys basketball team hadn’t played a game in its home gym all season. Back in Xenia after 10 straight road games to open the season, the Knights were happy to finally be home in one of their biggest Metro Buckeye Conference games this season. Legacy Christian senior Keano Hammerstrom scored 19 points and...
Shawnee football coach, teacher dies after lengthy battle with cancer
 A longtime Clark County football coach and teacher died earlier this week after a lengthy battle with cancer. Clark-Shawnee Local Schools teacher and assistant football coach David Driskill died Thursday, the district announced in a press release. He was 52. Driskill served as an assistant coach for the Shawnee football program for 15 years...

12:55 AM Saturday, Jan. 05, 2019

A longtime Clark County football coach and teacher died earlier this week after a lengthy battle with cancer. Clark-Shawnee Local Schools teacher and assistant football coach David Driskill died Thursday, the district announced in a press release. He was 52. Driskill served as an assistant coach for the Shawnee football program for 15 years...
Boys basketball: Emmanuel Christian faces MBC test at Legacy Christian
 In the 10 years since it joined the Metro Buckeye Conference, the Emmanuel Christian Academy boys basketball team have never won a conference title. The Lions haven’t finished second since its first season in the conference. This season, the Lions are hoping to change that. They’re off to a 7-0 start, including 4-0 in the conference...

8:17 PM Thursday, Jan. 03, 2019

In the 10 years since it joined the Metro Buckeye Conference, the Emmanuel Christian Academy boys basketball team have never won a conference title. The Lions haven’t finished second since its first season in the conference. This season, the Lions are hoping to change that. They’re off to a 7-0 start, including 4-0 in the conference...
Girls basketball: West Liberty-Salem winning with defense
 For 25 years, West Liberty-Salem High School girls basketball coach Dennis McIntosh has preached defense. The Tigers have been a perennial powerhouse in the Ohio Heritage Conference, winning nine conference titles since 2003, including last year’s North Division title. The one constant, McIntosh said, has been tenacious defense. This...

4:15 PM Thursday, Jan. 03, 2019

For 25 years, West Liberty-Salem High School girls basketball coach Dennis McIntosh has preached defense. The Tigers have been a perennial powerhouse in the Ohio Heritage Conference, winning nine conference titles since 2003, including last year’s North Division title. The one constant, McIntosh said, has been tenacious defense. This...
Boys basketball: WL-S hangs on to beat Catholic Central
 The West Liberty-Salem High School boys basketball team was all smiles as it walked out of the locker room at Catholic Central on Friday night. “We finally pulled one out in the fourth quarter,” one player said. »RELATED: Friday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Friday’s high school roundup Earlier this...

5:07 PM Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018

The West Liberty-Salem High School boys basketball team was all smiles as it walked out of the locker room at Catholic Central on Friday night. “We finally pulled one out in the fourth quarter,” one player said. »RELATED: Friday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Friday’s high school roundup Earlier this...
Boys basketball: Emmanuel Christian 8-0 for first time since 2010
 The Emmanuel Christian Academy boys basketball team did something Thursday night it had never done in more than 20 years since the school was founded — win at Greenon. The Lions struggled from the field early in the game, but battled back to beat the Knights 61-49 in nonconference action . »RELATED: Thursday’s high school...

2:58 PM Friday, Dec. 28, 2018

The Emmanuel Christian Academy boys basketball team did something Thursday night it had never done in more than 20 years since the school was founded — win at Greenon. The Lions struggled from the field early in the game, but battled back to beat the Knights 61-49 in nonconference action . »RELATED: Thursday’s high school...
Boys Basketball: Moss, Sanford star as Springfield slams Northmont
 Springfield High School seniors David Sanford and RaHeim Moss combined for nearly half of the Wildcats points in a 78-64 victory over Northmont on Friday night. Sanford found his stroke early, scoring nine of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter, while the high-flyin’ Moss scored 17 points, including multiple slam dunks in the...

5:50 AM Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018

Springfield High School seniors David Sanford and RaHeim Moss combined for nearly half of the Wildcats points in a 78-64 victory over Northmont on Friday night. Sanford found his stroke early, scoring nine of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter, while the high-flyin’ Moss scored 17 points, including multiple slam dunks in the...
Girls Basketball: Rams beat Indians to take lead in OHC South Division
 Rachel Strickle’s only bucket came at just the right time. The Greeneview High School sophomore nailed a 3-pointer early in overtime — the only made field goal in the extra five-minute period — and the Rams held on for a 44-39 victory over rival Cedarville in an Ohio Heritage Conference South Division game on Tuesday night...

5:44 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

Rachel Strickle’s only bucket came at just the right time. The Greeneview High School sophomore nailed a 3-pointer early in overtime — the only made field goal in the extra five-minute period — and the Rams held on for a 44-39 victory over rival Cedarville in an Ohio Heritage Conference South Division game on Tuesday night...
Boys Basketball: Urbana, Graham again battling for CBC Mad River crown
 Over the last decade, the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division boys basketball title has lived on Route 36 in Champaign County. Urbana and Graham have won or shared the title nearly every year since 2008. The lone other school to win the division title was Northwestern in 2017 — when Urbana played in the CBC Kenton Trail. »...

4:55 PM Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

Over the last decade, the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River Division boys basketball title has lived on Route 36 in Champaign County. Urbana and Graham have won or shared the title nearly every year since 2008. The lone other school to win the division title was Northwestern in 2017 — when Urbana played in the CBC Kenton Trail. »...
Boys Basketball: Central routs Greenon to stay unbeaten
 Mykah Eichie was feeling it. The Catholic Central High School senior scored 14 of his career-high 22 points in the first half against Greenon, hitting four 3-pointers against the Knights’ 1-3-1 zone defense. “I was just feeling my shot, so I kept shooting,” Eichie said. “I was on fire. I couldn’t miss.&rdquo...

6:19 PM Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

Mykah Eichie was feeling it. The Catholic Central High School senior scored 14 of his career-high 22 points in the first half against Greenon, hitting four 3-pointers against the Knights’ 1-3-1 zone defense. “I was just feeling my shot, so I kept shooting,” Eichie said. “I was on fire. I couldn’t miss.&rdquo...
Girls Basketball: Improved Catholic Central earns signature win
 Catholic Central High School girls basketball coach Brandon Peterson knew his team was on the verge of a signature win. On Dec. 8, the Irish led defending Ohio Heritage Conference South Division champion Greeneview in the fourth quarter, but relinquished the lead in the final three minutes and fell 62-51. »RELATED: Monday’s high...

3:18 PM Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Catholic Central High School girls basketball coach Brandon Peterson knew his team was on the verge of a signature win. On Dec. 8, the Irish led defending Ohio Heritage Conference South Division champion Greeneview in the fourth quarter, but relinquished the lead in the final three minutes and fell 62-51. »RELATED: Monday’s high...
Disciplined Springfield earns hard-fought win at Centerville
 Springfield High School boys basketball coach Isaiah Carson knew the key to beating rival Centerville was playing disciplined — especially on the defensive end of the floor. The Wildcats had to stay structured in the paint against Centerville 6-foot-9 post player Mo Njie, who stood four inches taller than any player on Springfield&rsquo...

4:36 AM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

Springfield High School boys basketball coach Isaiah Carson knew the key to beating rival Centerville was playing disciplined — especially on the defensive end of the floor. The Wildcats had to stay structured in the paint against Centerville 6-foot-9 post player Mo Njie, who stood four inches taller than any player on Springfield&rsquo...
Boys Basketball: Southeastern ready to compete under new coach
 The Southeastern High School boys basketball team won just three games last season, but that didn’t faze John O’Laughlin when he took the head coaching job last May. He knew there was talent in South Charleston. “It was just about getting them to play as a team and understand that their effort has to be 100 percent every...

3:47 PM Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

The Southeastern High School boys basketball team won just three games last season, but that didn’t faze John O’Laughlin when he took the head coaching job last May. He knew there was talent in South Charleston. “It was just about getting them to play as a team and understand that their effort has to be 100 percent every...
Girls Basketball: Tecumseh gears up for league title chase, postseason
 The Tecumseh High School girls basketball program has lofty goals this season. After winning their third straight Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division title, the Arrows upset top-seeded Lebanon in the Division I postseason tournament, but were bounced by Fairmont in the next round. Tecumseh (2-2, 2-0 CBC Kenton Trail) has loaded...

5:16 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

The Tecumseh High School girls basketball program has lofty goals this season. After winning their third straight Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division title, the Arrows upset top-seeded Lebanon in the Division I postseason tournament, but were bounced by Fairmont in the next round. Tecumseh (2-2, 2-0 CBC Kenton Trail) has loaded...
Big second half lifts Springfield past Miamisburg in home opener
 The Springfield High School boys basketball team needed a offensive boost in its home opener on Friday night. The Wildcats scored just three points in the first quarter and trailed 14-7 at the half against Miamisburg. Springfield’s solution? Turn up the pressure. »RELATED: Friday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED:...

5:19 AM Saturday, Dec. 08, 2018

The Springfield High School boys basketball team needed a offensive boost in its home opener on Friday night. The Wildcats scored just three points in the first quarter and trailed 14-7 at the half against Miamisburg. Springfield’s solution? Turn up the pressure. »RELATED: Friday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED:...
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