WSU coach: ‘There's a lot of hope, Ryan is a tough young man’

Published: Saturday, April 08, 2017 @ 4:08 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 09, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Prayer service to be held for injured WSU basketball player

OXFORD — A promising Wright State University basketball player was reported to be in critical condition over the weekend after diving into a makeshift pool, according to police. 

  • WSU freshman Ryan Custer was at a party held at a off-campus student rental property in the 300 block of North Main Street on Saturday
  • An estimated of 300 to 400 people were at the party 
  • Custer was having trouble feeling his extremities, Oxford police told our news partner WCPO-Ch. 9 in Cincinnati

UPDATE @ 11:45 a.m.

Scott Nagy, Wright State men’s head basketball coach held a press conference this morning to discuss the injury sustained by Ryan Custer this weekend. Nagy said many of Custer’s teammates have traveled to see him and that the number one message is, “We love Ryan.” Nagy also added, “ There's a lot of hope, Ryan is a tough young man. 

RELATED: Police release photo, report on makeshift pool where player was hurt

UPDATE @ 10 a.m. (April 10):Wright State University released a statement following the injury to men’s basketball player Ryan Custer over the weekend

“The Wright State community was shaken this weekend when it learned that student athlete and men's basketball player Ryan Custer sustained a serious injury in an accident off Wright State's campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and his family, and we hope that the community and the followers of our program will keep him and his recovery in their thoughts and prayers too.”

UPDATE @ 9:20 a.m. (April 10):

Wright State freshman basketball player Ryan Custer suffered severe trauma with a fracture of the C5 vertebrae and had spinal cord surgery Saturday night, according to a statement on the Facebook page his family created to devote to his recovery.

“We want to thank everyone near and far for their prayers and kind words during such a shocking and unfortunate time,” the statement said. “Truly from the bottom of our hearts it means the world to us and to Ryan.”

The family confirmed Ryan was attending a party at Miami University on Saturday with a group of friends. The statement said it is the family’s understanding that Ryan jumped into a makeshift pool and hit his head on someone’s knee. He was flown to University Hospital in Cincinnati and admitted to neurosurgery ICU.

He was conscious during the flight and when he arrived at the hospital and was speaking to family members. The surgery to fuse the vertebrae and repair the damage went according to plan, they said.

“Our hope is as the spinal cord swelling decreases, he will get more feeling in his extremities,” the statement read. “As of Sunday night, he has feelings to the touch from his shoulders down his arms to his fingers. He can also bend his arms at the elbows and shrug his shoulders. As of right now, however, he has no feeling from his waist down. The doctors hope in time he will continue to get feeling, but there is a long road ahead of him.

“If you know Ryan, you know he is one of the most amazing kids and such a strong man physically and mentally. If anyone can get through this, it is him. We told him of everyone's prayers and he is humbled by the outreach. Please continue to pray and we will keep everyone updated as things improve.”


The 6-foot-7-inch forward was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he remained in critical condition on Sunday.

Oxford police said one person was cited at the party for underage drinking, according to police.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office dispatched emergency crews about 3:55 p.m. to a student rental in the 300 block of Main Street in Oxford. Air Care was called, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Oxford Fire Chief John Detherage said there was “a very large party with several hundred people” at the rental and that “it was packed.” 

Detherage said that a makeshift pool had been constructed using straw bales and a blue tarp. It had between six and 10 inches of water in it and had a slide contraption. 

Detherage said he was not sure exactly how the injured man ended up face down in the water. Partygoers offered differing versions that ranged from the man falling into the water to sliding into the water. He said one of the bystanders pulled him out of the water. 

WSU athlete in critical condition; injury linked to Oxford pool incident

University’s response

The university issued a statement Sunday extending wishes for a full recovery.

"While we await details on the cause and extent of the young man's injuries, we at Miami send to him and his family heartfelt concern and wishes for a full recovery,” MU’s statement reads.

Custer’s basketball career

Our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9, spoke with Elder High School Basketball Coach Joe Schoenfeld, who coached Custer before his graduation in 2016.

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Schoenfeld told WCPO he had texted his former standout earlier in the week about participating in an open gym session.

"I still don't know any real 100 percent of the details, but such a sad situation," Schoenfeld told Sunday morning. "I know he had surgery last night I think around 2 in the morning. The doctors can't say too much because every situation is different. I know he had surgery. That's all I know for now. I feel bad for him and his family."

Custer, a freshman forward, averaged 9.8 minutes in 32 games this season. He had a season-high nine points against the University of Illinois at Chicago Feb. 24. 

Custer signed to play basketball at Wright State in November 2015. Custer knew Wright State was the place he wanted to play after initially being offered a scholarship in early August 2015. 

The sharp-shooting forward led Elder to a 22-3 record and a share of the Greater Catholic League South division championship in the 2014-15 season. 

Custer's story at Elder was one of perseverance. He did not make the team as a 5-11 freshman guard. But, he put in a great deal of time that summer and made the junior varsity as a sophomore. 

Schoenfeld said in 2015 Custer spent a lot of time in the gym and in the weight room before he signed with Wright State in November. Schoenfeld said Wright State was such a natural fit that Custer's best basketball days were ahead of him.

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Officials continue to investigate pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:44 AM

Pedestrian strike in Trotwood

Officials continue to investigate a pedestrian strike that occurred in the area of East Westbrook Road at Macduff Drive in Trotwood early Tuesday morning.

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The incident was dispatched just after midnight, per initial reports.

A medic was requested to the scene, but there are no further details on the person who was struck. 

Westbrook Road at MacDuff Drive was blocked off during the investigation for around two hours, but has since reopened. 

We’re working to learn more details on the ordeal and will continue to update this story as they become available. 

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Expect wet week to continue and increase threat of flooding

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:28 PM

A few showers are expected in the Dayton area today, with more rain expected later this week.


  • Showers stay mainly north tonight
  • Record-breaking temperatures expected Tuesday
  • Heavy rain threat to end the week 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Overnight:  Expect variable clouds through the night as weather stays mild, with temperatures holding near 60 degrees.

Tuesday:  Expect a mix of sun and clouds and unseasonably warm temperatures during the afternoon. It will be windy at times with temperatures pushing to record levels, in the lower 70s. Showers and even a few thunderstorms will move into the Miami Valley Tuesday evening.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Rain will be likely through the day. A few thunderstorms will be possible in the morning. It will be breezy with falling temperatures. Early highs in the lower 60s are expected.

Thursday: Expect a brief period of freezing rain or a wintry mix mainly north of I-70 in the morning. There will be the chance of rain showers in the south with temperatures starting the day in the lower to middle 30s and rebounding into the middle 40s. Expect a break in the precipitation during the afternoon and evening.

>> 5-day forecast

Friday: Rain will return along with a chance for a few thunderstorms. The rain may get heavy at times late. This will increase the threat for flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Saturday:  Rain will be likely. The rain may be heavy at times and could lead to localized flooding. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 12:38 AM

FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water
FLOODING: Ohio 725 in Sugarcreek Twp. closed due to high water

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 

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Semi swerves to avoid deer, ends up in mud off state Route 503 in Preble County

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 7:37 PM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 8:31 PM

UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.: A trucker on his way from Lewisburg to Middletown to pick up a load of steel swerved on state Route 503 North to avoid several deer to end up stuck in the mud off the right side of the highway, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. 

The semitrailer hit utility poles and trees, and brought down phone and cable lines on its way to its muddy resting place in Preble County between West Alexandria and Lewisburg.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: 2 men found dead of apparent gunshot wounds

The trucker, who owns the rig, was not injured.

Wreckers are on scene to pull the rig out of the muck. A trooper tells us the state patrol has not decided whether to cite the man on a traffic violation. 

The trooper said the road, which has been closed between Pyrmont and Falls roads, will be partially opened while the wreckers work to free the rig.

UPDATE @ 7:54 p.m.:

State Route 503 is closed between Pyrmont Road and Falls Road after a semi turned over in a ditch in Lewisburg.


A part of State Route 503 is blocked after a semi turned on its side in a ditch, hitting a fence in Preble County Monday around 6:50 p.m..

A phone line is down, according to Preble County Sheriff’s Department.

Fire and medics are on scene but injuries are not known at this time.

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