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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:...
Boys Basketball Insider: Emmanuel Christian off to strong start
 The Emmanuel Christian Academy boys basketball team knows it can’t savor last season’s success. After starting 3-9, the Lions won seven of their last 13 games and advanced to the Division IV district finals for the first time in school history. The Lions return six players from last year’s team, including leading scorers...

7:07 PM Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018

The Emmanuel Christian Academy boys basketball team knows it can’t savor last season’s success. After starting 3-9, the Lions won seven of their last 13 games and advanced to the Division IV district finals for the first time in school history. The Lions return six players from last year’s team, including leading scorers...
Girls Basketball: Kenton Ridge senior on pace to make state history
 Mikala Morris is on pace to make history this season. Through three seasons, the 6-foot-2 Kenton Ridge High School post player wracked up 1,249 rebounds. In the Cougars’ season opener, the senior pulled down 23 boards in their 47-27 victory over Westerville North, tying her with Massillon Tuslaw’s Mayci Sales for 10th the Ohio...

7:07 PM Wednesday, Dec. 05, 2018

Mikala Morris is on pace to make history this season. Through three seasons, the 6-foot-2 Kenton Ridge High School post player wracked up 1,249 rebounds. In the Cougars’ season opener, the senior pulled down 23 boards in their 47-27 victory over Westerville North, tying her with Massillon Tuslaw’s Mayci Sales for 10th the Ohio...
Central’s Harris, Dunn lift Irish past Kenton Ridge in season opener
 Peyton Harris placed his thumb and index finger together and lifted his other three fingers into the air, playing to the Catholic Central High School student section. After making his fifth 3-pointer of the game, the Irish senior had to pay homage to his older brother, former Ohio State University forward Ivan Harris. “He taught me...

2:11 PM Saturday, Dec. 01, 2018

Peyton Harris placed his thumb and index finger together and lifted his other three fingers into the air, playing to the Catholic Central High School student section. After making his fifth 3-pointer of the game, the Irish senior had to pay homage to his older brother, former Ohio State University forward Ivan Harris. “He taught me...
With seven seniors back, Catholic Central ready to make another run
 The Catholic Central High School boys basketball team had a breakout season a year ago. The Irish won its first league title in 17 years, claiming its first-ever Ohio Heritage Conference South Division crown. In the postseason, Catholic Central won its first D-IV district title since 1997, falling to eventual state champion Marion Local in...

4:24 PM Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

The Catholic Central High School boys basketball team had a breakout season a year ago. The Irish won its first league title in 17 years, claiming its first-ever Ohio Heritage Conference South Division crown. In the postseason, Catholic Central won its first D-IV district title since 1997, falling to eventual state champion Marion Local in...
Boys basketball: Springfield seeks state breakthrough
 The Springfield High School boys basketball program has established itself as a Division I powerhouse in recent years. The Wildcats have won at least 18 games each of the last five seasons and have advanced to the D-I regionals three times in the last four years. The next goal? Breaking through to the state tournament. “We’re...

4:23 PM Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

The Springfield High School boys basketball program has established itself as a Division I powerhouse in recent years. The Wildcats have won at least 18 games each of the last five seasons and have advanced to the D-I regionals three times in the last four years. The next goal? Breaking through to the state tournament. “We’re...
Girls Basketball Preview: Springfield looking to build on record-setting season
 After finishing with its best record in school history, the Springfield High School girls basketball team is reaching for even greater heights this season. The Wildcats finished 11-13 a season ago, its best record since North and South High Schools combined in 2008. The team also won its first postseason game since the merger. “You...

3:51 PM Monday, Nov. 26, 2018

After finishing with its best record in school history, the Springfield High School girls basketball team is reaching for even greater heights this season. The Wildcats finished 11-13 a season ago, its best record since North and South High Schools combined in 2008. The team also won its first postseason game since the merger. “You...
Marion Local back in state championship game after semifinal rout
 The Marion Local High School football team is one win away from its 11th state championship in program history. The two-time defending state champion Flyers jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead and beat Attica Seneca East 34-6 in a Division VI state semifinal game Friday night at Lima Senior Spartan Stadium. Marion Local (13-1) will face a...

4:33 AM Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

The Marion Local High School football team is one win away from its 11th state championship in program history. The two-time defending state champion Flyers jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead and beat Attica Seneca East 34-6 in a Division VI state semifinal game Friday night at Lima Senior Spartan Stadium. Marion Local (13-1) will face a...
Northwestern thrower who collapsed at track meet signs with Ohio State
 A local high school track and field standout will wear Scarlet and Gray next season. Northwestern High School senior Adam Riedinger signed a national letter of intent last week to throw shot put and discus collegiately at Ohio State University. The commitment is a “dream come true,” said Riedinger. “It’s been my dream...

8:20 PM Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

A local high school track and field standout will wear Scarlet and Gray next season. Northwestern High School senior Adam Riedinger signed a national letter of intent last week to throw shot put and discus collegiately at Ohio State University. The commitment is a “dream come true,” said Riedinger. “It’s been my dream...
Alter’s Bazelak hopes to follow in sisters’ footsteps
 Alter High School quarterback Connor Bazelak knows a thing or two about the Knights’ state championship pedigree. Bazelak watched his sisters win five total state championships as members of the Knights’ girls soccer and basketball programs. He’s hoping state championships run in the family. “I’m kind of motivated...

5:06 PM Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

Alter High School quarterback Connor Bazelak knows a thing or two about the Knights’ state championship pedigree. Bazelak watched his sisters win five total state championships as members of the Knights’ girls soccer and basketball programs. He’s hoping state championships run in the family. “I’m kind of motivated...
Alter airs it out to beat Wapakoneta, advances to state semifinals
 The Alter High School football team used an unconventional method to win its second regional championship in the last three seasons — its passing game. Knights senior quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 145 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score as Alter beat Wapakoneta 21-7 to win the Division III, Region 12 championship...

4:05 AM Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018

The Alter High School football team used an unconventional method to win its second regional championship in the last three seasons — its passing game. Knights senior quarterback Connor Bazelak threw for 145 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score as Alter beat Wapakoneta 21-7 to win the Division III, Region 12 championship...
Girls Soccer: Two area players named to All-Ohio team
 Two local high school girls soccer players have been recognized among Ohio’s best this season. West Liberty-Salem High School senior Gabby Hollar was named the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division III player of the year. “I was very shocked,” Hollar said. “It was a big surprise for me.” Shawnee...

4:39 PM Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

Two local high school girls soccer players have been recognized among Ohio’s best this season. West Liberty-Salem High School senior Gabby Hollar was named the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division III player of the year. “I was very shocked,” Hollar said. “It was a big surprise for me.” Shawnee...
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...

9:31 PM Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

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...

5:26 AM Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

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...

5:14 AM Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

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...

4:57 PM Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

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...

4:32 AM Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

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...

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...
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