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Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 10:46 PM
— Already Ohio’s all-time winningest girls high school basketball coach, Beavercreek’s Ed Zink has added another significant milestone.
The only head coach in Beavers’ program history, Zink coached his 1,000th game on Wednesday night, a 65-38 defeat of visiting Northmont.
He is one of only a few girls coaches in state history to hit four digits in games coached. Another current coach who also has been in place for that many games is Mary Jo Huismann of Cincinnati Mother of Mercy.
“Like I’ve always said, I think I have the best coaching job anywhere in the state of Ohio because of the great kids and parents, administration and community that we have,” Zink said. “If you don’t have that, there’s no way you stay that long.”
A Beavercreek grad, Zink has been the Beavers’ head coach since the sport was sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association beginning the 1975-76 season. His 759-241 career win/loss record (a .759 winning percentage) ranks first in all-time state wins, a mark he’s held – and padded - for three consecutive seasons.
Former Beavercreek players joined the team in saluting Zink afterward, exchanging photos and posing for selfies with their former coach.
Zink credited former Beavercreek athletic directors Rex Warner and Bevan Garwood for their long-ago support. Warner hired Zink to the position when there were no other takers and talked him into keeping the job after his first three teams went 7-6, 3-11 and 1-19.
“I went to Rex and I said, look, this is not working,” Zink recalled. “Please get somebody else. He convinced me to stay and it’s 40 years later and I’m still there. He was so instrumental in that. When Rex left Bevan took over and he backed me. I’m so appreciative of them.”
Both Warner and Garwood are deceased.
Beavercreek girls basketball morphed into a major Division I state power under Zink. The Beavers were 28-0 and won a D-I state championship in 1995. That team featured guard and Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association D-I player of the year Amanda Reese.
The Beavers added two more D-I state titles in 2001 and ’03 with Associated Press tri-player of the year Alison Bales at center. Beavercreek advanced to six state final fours from 1991-2003.
Seniors Lexi Moore scored 19 points and Bailey Draughn added 10 in leading the Beavers over Northmont. It was the ninth straight win by the Beavers, who started the season 1-3. Beavercreek improved to 10-3 overall and leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East at 7-0.
“This group of kids, they are playing so well right now, especially defensively,” Zink said. “They are doing what we’re asking them to do and they’re fun to watch. Hopefully, we can continue that. We’re on a great streak right now and our record is a little bit better than I thought it would be.”
Junior Shalaya Heath led Northmont with 20 points. The Thunderbolts are 6-5 overall and 2-5 in the GWOC National West.
Zink, 65, is retired from teaching. He also served as the school’s AD and also was the school’s head softball coach and an assistant football coach early in his Beavercreek career. He excelled in football, basketball and baseball at Beavercreek and was the leading rusher as a junior on the 10-0 football team in 1968. He also was a football captain at the University of Dayton.
He continues to substitute teach for Beavercreek schools.
“I’ll sub (Thursday),” he said while celebrating with friends. “I didn’t think this out too well.”
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Collin Sexton is one of the best players in the SEC and in the country, a potential lottery pick in this summer’s NBA draft.
But right now he’s doing all he can to lead the Crimson Tide to a strong finish in the SEC and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Although sometimes he may be working too hard, if that is such a thing. Alabama coach Avery Johnson loves Sexton’s drive to get better, but he also wants his start guard to get his rest.
In this video from Alex Byington of Times Daily, Johnson describes what he and his coaches sometimes feel like they have to do to get Sexton to take it easy.
— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) February 20, 2018
“Here’s a kid we gotta basically to turn the lights out in the gym sometimes and say ‘go back to the dorm,'” Johnson says. “I love players like him that have that old-school mentality…He wants to live in the gym, and he’s driven, he’s passionate, he’s got big dreams.”
Currently sitting in sixth place in the SEC, Alabama (17-10, 8-6) looks to be in relatively good shape for the tournament with March approaching and four games left in the regular season.
The Crimson Tide next travel to Auburn to face the No. 12 Tigers on Wednesday night (8:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network ) in a crucial rivalry game. Alabama already beat Auburn this season but without Sexton.
The freshman and his work ethic will have to be an important part of a signature road victory this time around.
“Part of his dreams and goals is to help us maximize our potential this year,” Johnson says. “And I like it a lot. Sometimes I might have to turn him down a little bit, but that’s okay. I’d rather have it that way than to try to have to turn somebody up.”
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:14 AM
Crouch, who’s from Harding University High School in Charlotte, N.C., is listed by Rivals as a 6-foot-3, 222-pound athlete. Naturally, his ranking comes with a 5-star rating.
South Carolina is firmly in the mix for Crouch, along with several schools, including Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, Stanford and Tennessee.
The Gamecocks have hosted him for multiple visits over the years. Plus, one of his former teammates, 4-star offensive guard Jovaughn Gwyn, signed with Coach Will Muschamp in December.
Whether or not Crouch decides to follow Gwyn to Columbia remains to be seen. At this point, it would appear that Crouch is in no big rush to reach a conclusion. It’s also unclear whether or not he’ll sign in December or wait until the first Wednesday in February of 2019.
Those aren’t the only questions that remain for Crouch, who could play on either side of the ball. On offense, he’s a running back. As a defensive player, he profiles as an edge player.
As a junior, Crouch rushed for 3,283 yards and 33 touchdowns and was credited with 48 tackles and 14 sacks.
A handful of Gamecock targets were included on the latest Rivals 100 release. Where did everyone else end up?
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:09 AM
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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:13 PM
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. — Cody Reed’s obvious talents have yet to lead to major-league success.
That’s where fellow pitcher Michael Lorenzen enters the picture.
Lorenzen’s locker is a few feet from Reed’s and the two talk a lot. It appears Lorenzen has been able to turn the light switch on for Reed, who does not want to be remembered as the guy the Reds got for Johnny Cueto who didn’t produce.
“I never would have guessed,” Reed said, referring toLorenzen. “I love the way he plays. I love the way he thinks. He could give up nine runs in one inning or he could strike out nine in 27 pitches. You would never tell the difference the next day.
“I just listened to what he thinks about me. He looked at me and said, ‘How many left-handers are there that throw 95-96 with a slider like yours?’ I sat there for a second. He said, ‘No one. So what are you doing feeling sorry for yourself.’
“I was being bitter about everything. He got me off that.”
Lorenzen and Reed showed up in Goodyear in early January and worked on a throwing program together.
“It raised my confidence without me even knowing it,” Reed said. “We’ve been here playing catch and throwing bullpens. He would tell me that I had life on my fastball and he couldn’t see it until it got on top of him, little things like that to help me build confidence.”
Reed was frustrated by a lack of command. He experimented with different grips but his focus was more on the cerebral part of the game.
“I changed a lot about my mental aspects,” Reed said. “It wasn’t just baseball. It is life itself.”
However it occurred, Reed’s improvement has been noticeable to Reds manager Bryan Price.
“It is not just the way he threw off the mound,” Price said. “Every thing from his PFP (pitchers’ fielding practice) to his bunting. It is unusual to say something after a few days of workouts. Every facet of his game looks like it’s been enhanced over the course of the last four or five months.
“Cody Reed has been above and beyond where he finished the season last year.”
Reed, 24, one of four pitchers obtained from the Royals for Cueto in July 2105, is competing for a spot in the bullpen. Price left him off the list of four contenders for the fifth spot in the starting rotation but said the organization still views him as a starter.
“We won’t have enough innings for a lot of guys this spring,” Price said. “If he makes our team, he could help us more out of the bullpen. We don’t want him to be in long relief. If he makes the team, he’s going to pitch regularly in higher-leverage situations.”
Reed pitched at three minor-league levels in 2015 and made his major-league debut June 18, 2016 in Houston. He struck out nine that day in a no-decision. It was the most strikeouts in a Reds debut since Cueto struck out 10 in his first start. Reed’s 2016 season ended with back spasms Sept. 16. He had an 0-7 record and a 7.36 ERA in 10 starts.