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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...

2:21 PM Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2018

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...

2:53 PM Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018

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...

4:21 AM Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018

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...

2:32 PM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

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...

2:09 PM Thursday, Sep. 20, 2018

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...

3:02 PM Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018

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...
One touchdown enough for Mechanicsburg to snap Greeneview streak
 The Mechanicsburg High School football coaching staff had a simple message for head coach Kurt Forrest at halftime on Friday night: Get the ball to Joey Mascadri. The senior running back carried the ball just twice in a scoreless first half against Ohio Heritage Conference crossover rival Greeneview at Don Nock Field on Friday night. »...

2:14 AM Saturday, Sep. 15, 2018

The Mechanicsburg High School football coaching staff had a simple message for head coach Kurt Forrest at halftime on Friday night: Get the ball to Joey Mascadri. The senior running back carried the ball just twice in a scoreless first half against Ohio Heritage Conference crossover rival Greeneview at Don Nock Field on Friday night. »...
Wiffle ball tournament to raise money for Springfield child with heart defect
 An annual charity wiffle ball tournament is raising money for a local family whose son was born with a rare heart defect. The 15th annual Stevie’s World of Wiffleball event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the UAW Local 402 Recreation Park, 4945 Derr Road. This year, the tournament will raise money for the family of Zach and Amanda...

8:06 PM Friday, Sep. 14, 2018

An annual charity wiffle ball tournament is raising money for a local family whose son was born with a rare heart defect. The 15th annual Stevie’s World of Wiffleball event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the UAW Local 402 Recreation Park, 4945 Derr Road. This year, the tournament will raise money for the family of Zach and Amanda...
OHC showdown: Rams, Indians will meet in battle of unbeatens
 When one streak ended in Mechanicsburg last season, another streak continued in Jamestown. This year, the Indians will have a chance to play spoiler against their Greene County rival. Two nearly identical programs will meet in an early season battle of 3-0 teams on Friday night when Mechanicsburg High School travels to Greeneview High School&rsquo...

8:17 PM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

When one streak ended in Mechanicsburg last season, another streak continued in Jamestown. This year, the Indians will have a chance to play spoiler against their Greene County rival. Two nearly identical programs will meet in an early season battle of 3-0 teams on Friday night when Mechanicsburg High School travels to Greeneview High School&rsquo...
Greenon girls soccer off to best start in a decade
 The Greenon High School girls soccer team is off to its best start in a decade. The senior-laden Knights are 6-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 42-5. Greenon beat Springfield 8-2 on Monday night. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup “We expected...

2:55 PM Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018

The Greenon High School girls soccer team is off to its best start in a decade. The senior-laden Knights are 6-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 42-5. Greenon beat Springfield 8-2 on Monday night. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup “We expected...
High School Football: Northeastern’s Buchholtz earns first victory
 An epic fourth quarter comeback gave Northeastern High School football coach Jake Buchholtz his first coaching victory. The Jets (1-2) trailed 16-9 after the third quarter against Madison Plains on Friday night. Northeastern scored 14 points in the final 12 minutes to earn their first victory of the season. »RELATED: Week 1 state football...

2:46 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

An epic fourth quarter comeback gave Northeastern High School football coach Jake Buchholtz his first coaching victory. The Jets (1-2) trailed 16-9 after the third quarter against Madison Plains on Friday night. Northeastern scored 14 points in the final 12 minutes to earn their first victory of the season. »RELATED: Week 1 state football...
High School Football: Glass leads Shawnee past Thurgood Marshall
 It’s no secret who’s getting the football for the Shawnee High School football team. Since the beginning of the season, Braves coach Rick Meeks has said junior Robie Glass would be featured in Shawnee’s spread offense, including seeing time at multiple positions — quarterback, running back and wide receiver. »...

2:12 AM Saturday, Sep. 08, 2018

It’s no secret who’s getting the football for the Shawnee High School football team. Since the beginning of the season, Braves coach Rick Meeks has said junior Robie Glass would be featured in Shawnee’s spread offense, including seeing time at multiple positions — quarterback, running back and wide receiver. »...
High School Football: Northwestern happy but not ‘content’ with 2-0 start
 The Northwestern High School football team may be 2-0 for the second straight season, but it is far from playing its best football. Just ask second-year coach Shane Carter. “We have to put four quarters of football together,” Carter said. “We have to get our guys playing hard in all three phases. I’m happy with where...

3:37 PM Wednesday, Sep. 05, 2018

The Northwestern High School football team may be 2-0 for the second straight season, but it is far from playing its best football. Just ask second-year coach Shane Carter. “We have to put four quarters of football together,” Carter said. “We have to get our guys playing hard in all three phases. I’m happy with where...
Graham pulls away in second half, beats Southeastern
 Earlier this week, Graham High School senior running back Camron VanHoose was named a team captain for the Falcons – despite not playing last season. VanHoose proved he’s ready to the lead his teammates under the Friday night lights this season. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as the Falcons beat Southeastern...

4:19 AM Saturday, Sep. 01, 2018

Earlier this week, Graham High School senior running back Camron VanHoose was named a team captain for the Falcons – despite not playing last season. VanHoose proved he’s ready to the lead his teammates under the Friday night lights this season. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as the Falcons beat Southeastern...
College Football: Wittenberg expects stout test in season opener
 Entering his 23rd season, Wittenberg football coach Joe Fincham knows you can’t look at the big picture in August. The storylines entering the season are similar to what they’ve been in the past – Wittenberg opens the season ranked 14th in the d3football.com poll and were also picked to repeat as the North Coast Athletic...

3:42 PM Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Entering his 23rd season, Wittenberg football coach Joe Fincham knows you can’t look at the big picture in August. The storylines entering the season are similar to what they’ve been in the past – Wittenberg opens the season ranked 14th in the d3football.com poll and were also picked to repeat as the North Coast Athletic...
Dragons fall 6-2, officially eliminated from Midwest League playoffs
 The Dayton Dragons’ slim playoff hopes were officially dashed Thursday night. The Dragons lost their third game in a row, falling to the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-2 in front of 7,899 fans at Fifth-Third Field. Dayton fell to 25-40 in the second half and 56-77 overall with five games remaining this season. The Dragons were seeking back-to-back...

4:14 AM Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

The Dayton Dragons’ slim playoff hopes were officially dashed Thursday night. The Dragons lost their third game in a row, falling to the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-2 in front of 7,899 fans at Fifth-Third Field. Dayton fell to 25-40 in the second half and 56-77 overall with five games remaining this season. The Dragons were seeking back-to-back...
Lugnuts continue season-long mastery of Dragons
 The Dayton Dragons’ nemesis found a way to beat them in the late innings once again on Monday night. Lansing’s Ryan Noda doubled in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie as the Lugnuts beat the Dragons 3-1 in front of 8,472 fans at Fifth Third Field. »RELATED: Dragons broadcaster called up to the Reds With the win...

5:32 PM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

The Dayton Dragons’ nemesis found a way to beat them in the late innings once again on Monday night. Lansing’s Ryan Noda doubled in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie as the Lugnuts beat the Dragons 3-1 in front of 8,472 fans at Fifth Third Field. »RELATED: Dragons broadcaster called up to the Reds With the win...
Shawnee, Tipp renew football rivalry in Week 2
 One of the area’s best high school football rivalries will resume in Week 2. Shawnee (1-0) travels to former Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Tippecanoe (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Tipp City Park. The Braves and Red Devils last battled for a CBC title in 2015, but the rivalry has held strong over the past three seasons...

4:23 PM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

One of the area’s best high school football rivalries will resume in Week 2. Shawnee (1-0) travels to former Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Tippecanoe (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Tipp City Park. The Braves and Red Devils last battled for a CBC title in 2015, but the rivalry has held strong over the past three seasons...
Dragons’ Nichols to join Reds broadcast booth for Tuesday’s game
 Tom Nichols is getting a one-day call-up to the big leagues. The longtime Dayton Dragons announcer will join the Cincinnati Reds radio broadcast against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Nichols, who has spent 31 years as a Minor League Baseball broadcaster, recently called his 4,000th minor league game...

1:02 AM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

Tom Nichols is getting a one-day call-up to the big leagues. The longtime Dayton Dragons announcer will join the Cincinnati Reds radio broadcast against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Nichols, who has spent 31 years as a Minor League Baseball broadcaster, recently called his 4,000th minor league game...
Boys Soccer: Young Irish looking for 15th OHC title
 The first goal is always the same for the Catholic Central High School boys soccer team – win the league championship. Last season, the Irish won its 14th Ohio Heritage Conference title in 17 years – a run of success that began before many of its current players won born. Catholic Central coach Shane Latham is entering his 33rd...

6:04 PM Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

The first goal is always the same for the Catholic Central High School boys soccer team – win the league championship. Last season, the Irish won its 14th Ohio Heritage Conference title in 17 years – a run of success that began before many of its current players won born. Catholic Central coach Shane Latham is entering his 33rd...
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