Big night for Bengals, Browns, Buckeyes about to begin

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals will kick off their 50th season tonight when the NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m.

The Bengals own the ninth pick, which means they should be drafting the 625th player in franchise history sometime between 9:15 and 9:30.

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The Cleveland Browns will kick off the festivities with the No. 1 overall pick, and then they will turn around and pick again at 12. We’ll have updates every time either franchise selects a player or makes a trade or does anything else newsworthy, not just tonight but all the way through the seventh round Saturday night.

We’ll also update you when any team takes an Ohio State player, with two of them — cornerback Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker — expected go in the top 10.

You can find all of our Bengals content leading up to and through the draft at the

 Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page.

Regional high school softball pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:42 PM

Northwestern and Badin will play a rematch of their D-III regional semifinal at WSU last season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD
Hubbard

WEDNESDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

D-I at Centerville

Lebanon vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m.

Springboro vs. Mason, 5 p.m.

D-II at Mason

Spg. Shawnee vs. Jonathan Alder, 2 p.m.

Greenville vs. Clinton-Massie, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL TRACK: At Dayton (D-I), Piqua (D-II) and Troy (D-III)

D-III at Wright State University

Northwestern vs. Badin, 2 p.m.

West Liberty-Salem vs. Col. Ready, 5 p.m.

D-III at Findlay

Pemberville Eastwood vs. N. Robinson Col. Crawford, 2 p.m.

Coldwater vs. Cardington-Lincoln, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL BASEBALL: Pairings, results

D-IV at Greenville

Parkway vs. Williamsburg, 2 p.m.

Franklin Monroe vs. Riverside, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY’S REGIONAL FINALS

All games at noon

D-I at Centerville

Lebanon/Lakota West vs. Springboro/Mason winners

D-II at Mason

Spg. Shawnee/Jonathan Alder vs. Greenville/Clinton-Massie winners

D-III at Wright State University

Northwestern/Badin vs. West Liberty-Salem/Col. Ready winners

D-III at Findlay

Pemberville Eastwood/N. Robinson Col. Crawford vs. Coldwater/Cardington-Lincoln winners

D-IV at Greenville

Parkway/Williamsburg vs. Franklin Monroe/Riverside winners

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Regional high school baseball pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

Chaminade Julienne celebrates after Mark Barhorst (7) knocked in the winning run against Badin during a D-II sectional baseball final at Miamisburg. Contributed photo by E.L. Hubbard
EL Hubbard

THURSDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS

D-I at University of Cincinnati

Centerville vs. Lakota West, 2 p.m.

Fairfield vs. Cin. St. Xavier, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL TRACK: At Dayton (D-I), Piqua (D-II) and Troy (D-III)

D-II at Mason

Ross vs. Col. St. Francis DeSales, 2 p.m.

Waynesville vs. Chaminade Julienne, 5 p.m.

D-III at Athletes in Action, Xenia

Carlisle vs. Cin. Country Day, 2 p.m.

Cin. Hills Christian Academy vs. Fredericktown, 5 p.m.

REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Pairings, results

D-IV at Carlton Davidson Stadium, Springfield

Tri-County North vs. Newark Catholic, 2 p.m.

Russia vs. Fort Loramie, 5 p.m.

D-IV at Patrick Henry

Minster vs. New London, 2 p.m.

Edon vs. Leipsic, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY’S REGIONAL FINALS

All games at 5 p.m.

D-I at University of Cincinnati

Centerville/Lakota West vs. Fairfield/Cin. St. Xavier winners

D-II at Mason

Ross/Col. St. Francis DeSales vs. Waynesville/Chaminade Julienne winners

D-III at Athletes in Action, Xenia

Carlisle/Cin. Country Day vs. CHCA/Fredericktown winners

D-IV at Carlton Davidson Stadium, Springfield

Tri-County North/Newark Catholic vs. Russia/Fort Loramie winners

D-IV at Patrick Henry

Minster/New London vs. Edon/Leipsic winners

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Regional high school track and field meets

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:21 PM

Middletown sophomore Shandon Morris was third in the high jump during the D-I district track and field meet at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Friday, May 19, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The following are this week’s regional track and field times and sites. The top four in each event advance to next week’s state meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Pairings, results

WEDNESDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, discus.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

REGIONAL BASEBALL: Pairings, results

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

4 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

5 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

THURSDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Saturday’s finals.

FRIDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, shot put.

6 p.m. running finals.

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

6 p.m. running finals.

SATURDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

11 a.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

12:30 p.m. running finals.

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Football recruiting: Xenia wide receiver Meechi Harris narrows his list to 9 schools

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Meechi Harris (1 in blue) of Xenia scores a touchdown against Beavercreek.

Xenia receiver Meechi Harris has narrowed his list of potential college football destinations.

The three-star prospect is down to nine as summer camp season approaches: West Virginia, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Kentucky, Minnesota and Toledo.

Harris was fifth in the GWOC in receiving yards with 663 last season.

Recruiting Roundup: Ohio State makes a move, Mason prospects add offers and Duke comes calling

He scored 10 touchdowns on offense and added four more on special teams, including a pair of punt return TDs against Sidney.

He also returned a kickoff for a score against Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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Harris scored 8.2 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game for the Buccaneers basketball team last winter.