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Prep football: Madison’s Whiteman strives for career-ending state title
 MADISON TWP. — Mason Whiteman has plenty of motivation as Madison High School’s football team continues its quest for the Division V state championship. He’s got a double round of bad memories from last year’s 15-10 state semifinal loss to Wheelersburg. Not only did he have to suffer the pain of losing, he also suffered...

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MADISON TWP. — Mason Whiteman has plenty of motivation as Madison High School’s football team continues its quest for the Division V state championship. He’s got a double round of bad memories from last year’s 15-10 state semifinal loss to Wheelersburg. Not only did he have to suffer the pain of losing, he also suffered...
At Wheelersburg, winning football games and work ethic go hand in hand
 WHEELERSBURG — Trent Salyers is the senior quarterback for Wheelersburg High School’s football team, and just saying those words will make him smile. Why? Because he’s been thinking about it for as long as he can remember. “Oh yeah, ever since I could walk I’ve been watching Wheelersburg football and wanting...

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WHEELERSBURG — Trent Salyers is the senior quarterback for Wheelersburg High School’s football team, and just saying those words will make him smile. Why? Because he’s been thinking about it for as long as he can remember. “Oh yeah, ever since I could walk I’ve been watching Wheelersburg football and wanting...
Prep football: Davis makes a hometown coaching connection at Madison
 MADISON TWP. — Ricky Davis didn’t have to wear a Madison High School football uniform to make it mean something to him. He’s a former prep standout at Moeller and Fenwick who went on to play collegiately at Youngstown State. He’s also a Madison Township native who’s giving coaching a try at Madison, which is...

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MADISON TWP. — Ricky Davis didn’t have to wear a Madison High School football uniform to make it mean something to him. He’s a former prep standout at Moeller and Fenwick who went on to play collegiately at Youngstown State. He’s also a Madison Township native who’s giving coaching a try at Madison, which is...
College Insider: Locals play key roles in Ohio women’s soccer success
 Three area players contributed to a breakout season for the Ohio University women’s soccer team. Senior defender Rianna Reese, a Lakota East High School graduate, started every game and was a defensive mainstay for the Bobcats, who finished 9-8-3 for their first winning record since 2009. Senior midfielder Madelyn Kah (Badin) made 19...

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Three area players contributed to a breakout season for the Ohio University women’s soccer team. Senior defender Rianna Reese, a Lakota East High School graduate, started every game and was a defensive mainstay for the Bobcats, who finished 9-8-3 for their first winning record since 2009. Senior midfielder Madelyn Kah (Badin) made 19...
Prep football: Hilliard Darby is the site for Madison vs. Wheelersburg
 Madison High School’s football team will continue its quest for the Division V state championship at Hilliard Darby, facing Wheelersburg for the Region 20 title Saturday at 7 p.m. The second-seeded Mohawks are 12-0 and lost to Wheelersburg 15-10 in last year’s state semifinals. The top-seeded Pirates are 11-1, having lost to Columbus...

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Madison High School’s football team will continue its quest for the Division V state championship at Hilliard Darby, facing Wheelersburg for the Region 20 title Saturday at 7 p.m. The second-seeded Mohawks are 12-0 and lost to Wheelersburg 15-10 in last year’s state semifinals. The top-seeded Pirates are 11-1, having lost to Columbus...
Prep football: Wheelersburg rematch next for unbeaten Madison after rout of CHCA
 LIBERTY TWP. — It’s been a conscious effort by Madison High School’s football players and coaches, a decision to keep Wheelersburg out of their conversations and minds as much as possible. But that’s over now. The time has come to put the Pirates front and center in their sights. The Mohawks couldn’t hold a 10-0...

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LIBERTY TWP. — It’s been a conscious effort by Madison High School’s football players and coaches, a decision to keep Wheelersburg out of their conversations and minds as much as possible. But that’s over now. The time has come to put the Pirates front and center in their sights. The Mohawks couldn’t hold a 10-0...
Prep football: Wapakoneta closes door on Fenwick’s standout season
 PIQUA — There was so much good in the 2018 season that Jack Fessler found it hard to feel bad Friday night. Fessler and his Fenwick High School football teammates exited the Division III playoffs with a 27-17 loss to Wapakoneta in a Region 12 semifinal at Piqua’s Purk Field at Alexander Stadium, finishing with a 9-3 record. How...

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PIQUA — There was so much good in the 2018 season that Jack Fessler found it hard to feel bad Friday night. Fessler and his Fenwick High School football teammates exited the Division III playoffs with a 27-17 loss to Wapakoneta in a Region 12 semifinal at Piqua’s Purk Field at Alexander Stadium, finishing with a 9-3 record. How...
Prep volleyball: Fenwick’s memorable run to state ends with semifinal loss to Holy Name
 FAIRBORN — Fenwick High School’s volleyball team wasn’t in top form Friday afternoon. That fact paved the way for a disappointing finish for the Falcons as they lost to Parma Heights Holy Name 3-1 in a Division II state semifinal at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. “It just wasn’t our moment,&rdquo...

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FAIRBORN — Fenwick High School’s volleyball team wasn’t in top form Friday afternoon. That fact paved the way for a disappointing finish for the Falcons as they lost to Parma Heights Holy Name 3-1 in a Division II state semifinal at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. “It just wasn’t our moment,&rdquo...
College Insider: Badin’s Lampe part of Ashland’s NCAA soccer appearance
 Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Lampe contributed to Ashland University’s run to the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament this season. The Badin High School graduate played in seven games and started six for the Eagles, leading the team’s goalies in goals-allowed average (0.60) and save percentage (.875). Ashland finished...

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Sophomore goalkeeper Abby Lampe contributed to Ashland University’s run to the NCAA Division II women’s soccer tournament this season. The Badin High School graduate played in seven games and started six for the Eagles, leading the team’s goalies in goals-allowed average (0.60) and save percentage (.875). Ashland finished...
Prep football: Unbeaten Madison on a dominating roll, but wary of CHCA
 MADISON TWP. — Improvement remains the daily goal for Madison High School’s football team, even as the numbers are staggering. The Mohawks, ranked second in the final Associated Press Division V state poll, are not only 11-0, but they’ve outscored their opponents 476-45. Seven wins have been by shutout. And they’ve...

Posted: 7 days ago

MADISON TWP. — Improvement remains the daily goal for Madison High School’s football team, even as the numbers are staggering. The Mohawks, ranked second in the final Associated Press Division V state poll, are not only 11-0, but they’ve outscored their opponents 476-45. Seven wins have been by shutout. And they’ve...
Prep football: Sophomore shining as Fenwick braces for regional semifinal against Wapakoneta
 MIDDLETOWN — Logan Miller has become a seasoned sophomore in Fenwick High School’s football lineup. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound safety/running back has come up with a team-best four interceptions, ranks third with 105 total tackles and has contributed 214 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries for the Falcons, who have advanced...

Posted: 7 days ago

MIDDLETOWN — Logan Miller has become a seasoned sophomore in Fenwick High School’s football lineup. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound safety/running back has come up with a team-best four interceptions, ranks third with 105 total tackles and has contributed 214 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries for the Falcons, who have advanced...
Badin-Alter playoff football: Rams hoping it’s time to end losing streak, topple No. 1
 Badin High School’s football team would love to take a hatchet to the streak, if for no other reason than to stop people from asking about it. Indeed, it’s been a long, long time since the Rams have beaten Alter. Twenty-one straight defeats since Badin pulled out a 14-7 win in 1999. On Friday night, the Greater Catholic League...

Posted: 8 days ago

Badin High School’s football team would love to take a hatchet to the streak, if for no other reason than to stop people from asking about it. Indeed, it’s been a long, long time since the Rams have beaten Alter. Twenty-one straight defeats since Badin pulled out a 14-7 win in 1999. On Friday night, the Greater Catholic League...
Madison’s Noah Lehman: A football, a bow and a quest for championships
 MADISON TWP. — A conversation with Noah Lehman will lead to his love of football, archery and the tastiness of bacon-wrapped dove. No, he is not your everyday high school senior. Lehman plays for the Madison High School football team, the undefeated crew that’s trying to win a Division V state championship. The Mohawks are four...

Posted: 9 days ago

MADISON TWP. — A conversation with Noah Lehman will lead to his love of football, archery and the tastiness of bacon-wrapped dove. No, he is not your everyday high school senior. Lehman plays for the Madison High School football team, the undefeated crew that’s trying to win a Division V state championship. The Mohawks are four...
Prep football: Neutral sites for Fenwick, Badin, Madison, Lakota East in regional semifinals
 Four teams from the Journal-News coverage area survived the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs and have turned their focus to the regional semifinals in Week 12. The official second-round sites were announced Sunday, with Lakota East in Division I, Fenwick and Badin in Division III, and Madison in Division...

Posted: 11 days ago

Four teams from the Journal-News coverage area survived the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs and have turned their focus to the regional semifinals in Week 12. The official second-round sites were announced Sunday, with Lakota East in Division I, Fenwick and Badin in Division III, and Madison in Division...
REGIONAL CHAMPION: Fenwick earns fifth trip to state volleyball tournament
 VANDALIA — The Division II regional championship celebration was an emotional scene, just like Brooklyn Brunner expected. The Fenwick High School senior defensive specialist and her teammates confirmed their reservation at the state volleyball tournament by knocking off previously unbeaten Roger Bacon 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Vandalia...

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VANDALIA — The Division II regional championship celebration was an emotional scene, just like Brooklyn Brunner expected. The Fenwick High School senior defensive specialist and her teammates confirmed their reservation at the state volleyball tournament by knocking off previously unbeaten Roger Bacon 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Vandalia...
Prep football: New Miami’s historic run ends with lopsided playoff loss
 FORT LORAMIE — The memories will outlast the stinging defeat. New Miami High School’s football team made history this season, earning its second playoff berth and first Miami Valley Conference championship since 1988. But the campaign ended with a thud Saturday night. Sophomore quarterback Collin Moore threw for three touchdowns...

Posted: 11 days ago

FORT LORAMIE — The memories will outlast the stinging defeat. New Miami High School’s football team made history this season, earning its second playoff berth and first Miami Valley Conference championship since 1988. But the campaign ended with a thud Saturday night. Sophomore quarterback Collin Moore threw for three touchdowns...
Prep football: New Miami thrilled with Week 11, but top-seeded Fort Loramie is strong
 NEW MIAMI — The sheer joy of making the playoffs for the second time in school history is one thing. The tallness of the order is another. New Miami High School’s football team is bracing for a trip to top-seeded Fort Loramie for a Division VII, Region 28 quarterfinal Saturday night, and the 9-1 Redskins are impressive. &ldquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

NEW MIAMI — The sheer joy of making the playoffs for the second time in school history is one thing. The tallness of the order is another. New Miami High School’s football team is bracing for a trip to top-seeded Fort Loramie for a Division VII, Region 28 quarterfinal Saturday night, and the 9-1 Redskins are impressive. &ldquo...
Prep football: Unbeaten Madison turns focus to playoffs, Portsmouth
 MADISON TWP. — Madison High School’s postseason drive officially begins Saturday night at Brandenburg Field. The Mohawks will put their 10-0 record on the line in their last home game of the season, facing 7-3 Portsmouth in a Division V, Region 20 football quarterfinal. Madison has been a state championship contender since advancing...

Posted: 13 days ago

MADISON TWP. — Madison High School’s postseason drive officially begins Saturday night at Brandenburg Field. The Mohawks will put their 10-0 record on the line in their last home game of the season, facing 7-3 Portsmouth in a Division V, Region 20 football quarterfinal. Madison has been a state championship contender since advancing...
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