Day 3 NFL Draft tracker for Cleveland Browns

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 11:29 PM

            Cleveland Browns first round NFL draft choices, from left, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, center, and David Njoku answer questions during a news conference at the NFL team’s training facility, Friday, April 28, 2017, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The Browns selected N.C. State running back Matt Dayes with their second seventh-round pick.

The Browns took Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez with their first of two picks in the seventh round.

A Lou Groza Award finalist as a senior, Gonzalez is the FBS career record holder with 96 field goals. His 494 points also are a FBS record, as are his six games with at least four field goals, three field goals of at least 50 yards in a single game.

He’s also the first FBS kicker to make at least 20 field goals in each of his four seasons.

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6th Round

1. (185)

The Cleveland Browns took Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley with the first pick of the sixth round.

Brantley, at 6-foot-3, 307-pounds, was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2016 after he finished tied for the Gators’ lead in tackles for loss (8.5, 2.5 sacks) as a 10-game starter. He also started 10 games in 2015, recording 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, and he played consistently enough as a freshman to earn a start in Florida’s bowl game.

Draft analysts said despite being slightly undersized, he is an efficient mover with lean muscle mass and thickness in his arms and legs. He comes with a red flag, has he is facing a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly striking a woman on April 13. The outcome of that case is still pending.

5th Round

16. (160): Roderick Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State

The 6-foot-7, 298-pound lineman was a two-time first-team All-ACC pick who started every game on the blind side since midway through the 2014 season, when he garnered Freshman All-American honors for his play.

Johnson twice received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy from league coaches because of his work at left tackle for the Seminoles. He has long arms that tend to disrupt edge rushers and he brings power in the run block.

4th Round

20. (126): Howard Wilson, Cornerback, Houston

The Browns traded up to get Wilson in the fourth round, as they were not scheduled to make their first pick of the day until the fifth round.

Wilson was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference pick in 2016 after leading Houston with five interceptions, as well as recording 54 tackles and five pass break-ups. He used a medical redshirt in 2015 after tearing up his knee after an interception in the season’s third game.

West Michigan grand slam in 12th sinks Dragons

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:46 PM

            Dayton Dragons pitcher Wennington Romero got the start against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday at Fifth Third Field. The Dragons lost in 12 innings, 7-5. GREG BILLING / CONTRIBUTED

The Dayton Dragons aren’t concerned with being the best team in minor league baseball. They just want to be the best in the Midwest League.

They had a chance to do both Friday night. Dayton opened a four-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps at Fifth Third Field in an East Division showdown.

It was a battle through 12 innings until West Michigan’s Josh Lester unloaded on a 1-2 pitch, sending a moon shot to right field for a grand slam that broke a 3-3 tie and eventually beat the Dragons, 7-5, after Bruce Yari answered with a two-run shot in the home half.

West Michigan retained minor league baseball’s best record (out of 120 teams) at 33-14. Dayton, which entered Friday tied with Lehigh Valley of the International League for the second-best record, dropped to 31-16.

More important, the Dragons dropped two games behind the Whitecaps in the East Division.

The top two teams in the division qualify for the postseason at the end of the 70-game first half. The Dragons haven’t won a first-half championship since 2007 and haven’t reached the playoffs since 2011.

Game changer: After stranding a Whitecaps runner at third to end the top of the ninth, the Dragons missed an opportunity to win in the bottom of the inning.

Cassidy Brown drew a lead-off walk and Luis Gonzalez pushed a perfectly placed bunt past the pitcher’s mound for an infield single. Hector Vargas hit into a fielder’s choice that got Brown out at third and T.J. Friedl struck out. Jose Siri loaded the bases on an error at second base. But the threat ended with Taylor Trammell’s strikeout.

The Dragons squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the seventh after pushing across one run. Trammell reached on a dropped third strike, Yari bounced a one-out single over first base and Brown loaded the bases on a four-pitch, two-out walk. Gonzalez drove in Dayton’s first run after getting hit by a pitch. But the threat ended with a Vargas fly out to right.

In the bottom of the eighth, Friedl led off with a double down the right-field line. Siri followed with a single to right. Trammell drove both in with a two-run triple into the gap in right-center, tying the game at 3-3. Yari hit into a fielder’s choice that saw Trammell thrown out at home.

Dragon tales: Second baseman Brantley Bell is batting .309 over his last 33 games, which has raised his average from .133 to .275. He had a multi-hit game Friday.

Tyler Stephenson extended his hitting streak to eight games and Friedl, who homered three times in Thursday’s doubleheader, extended his hitting streak to seven games. Trammell and Gonzalez share the Dragons’ longest hitting streak of the season at nine games

On deck: Left-hander Ty Boyles (0-0, 4.26 ERA) gets the start for the Dragons on Saturday as the four-game series continues at Fifth Third Field. West Michigan goes with lefty Greg Soto (4-0, 1.26). The game is scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. and airs on Dayton’s CW (26).

H.S. Results for 5/26: Minster moves on in regional tourney

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

An early lead was all Minster baseball needed thanks to a dominant performance from Aaron Ernst in a Division IV regional semifinal on Friday.

Ernst threw a complete game three-hitter and Minster moved on with a 6-1 win over New London.

Minster will face Leipsic on Saturday at Patrick Henry with a bid to the state tournament on the line.

Boys Tennis

State Tournament: The Miami Valley doubles duo of Joe Keller and Reece Quigley were eliminated in the first round of the state tournament on Friday.



Regional Tournament

Thursday’s Results

Division I

At Cincinnati

Lakota West 3, Centerville 1

St. Xavier 4, Fairfield 1

At Bowling Green

Strongsville 3, Perrysburg 2

Division II

At Bowling Green

Lexington 5, Jonathan Alder 2

Maumee 7, Padua Franciscan 1

Division III

At Elida

Clear Fork 2, Ottawa-Glandorf 0

Eastwood 5, Archbold 4

At Chillicothe

Wheelersburg 4, Zane Trace 3

At Xenia

Carlisle 2, Cin. Country Day 0

Cin. Hills Christian Academy 6, Fredericktown 1

Division IV

At Lancaster

Toronto 2, Danville 1

Waterford 6, South Webster 3

Friday’s Results

Division I

At Cincinnati

Lakota West 2, St. Xavier 1

At Canton

Mentor 3, Aurora 1

Jackson 6, Walsh Jesuit 0

At Cuyahoga

Medina 8, Avon 7

At Dublin Coffman

Olentangy Orange 5, Hilliard Darby 0

Gahanna Lincoln 11, Big Walnut 0

Division II

At Ohio University

Athens 9, Marietta 8

At Zanesville

Steubenville 7, Indian Valley 1

At Mason

St. Francis De Sales 9, Ross 0

Chaminade Julienne 4, Waynesville 1

At Bowling Green

Maumee 2, Lexington 0

At Hudson

Tallmadge 3, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 1

Canfield 2, Chagrin Falls 0

Division III

At Elida

Clear Fork 10, Eastwood 0

At Massillon

Champion 9, Lutheran West 3

Chippewa 1, Crestview 0

At Minerva

Hiland 10, Martins Ferry 0

At Xenia

CHCA 2, Carlisle 1

Division IV

At Hamler

Minster 6, New London 1

Leipsic 8, Edon 2

At Springfield

Russia 8, Fort Loramie 4

Newark Catholic 5, Tri-County North 4

At Lorain

New Riegel 2, John F. Kennedy 0

Dalton 4, Western Reserve 0

At Lancaster

Toronto 11, Waterford 1


Regional Tournament

Thursday’s Results

Division II

At Tiffin

Oak Harbor 5, Clear-Fork 1

Keystone 9, Napoleon 3

Division IV

At Greenville

Franklin Monroe 7, Riverside 2

Friday’s Results

Division IV

At Kent

Mathews 6, St. Thomas Aquinas 3

Lucas 2, Hillsdale 1

Boys Volleyball

Regional Tournament

Thursday’s Results

Alter 3, Edgewood 0

Fenwick 3, Carroll 2


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Nothing worse than fifth, unless it’s a long jump win

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

            Miamisburg junior Tyler Johnson was fourth in the high jump during the D-I regional track and field meet at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Friday, May 26, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Springfield junior Quincy Scott suffered the cruelest fate during Friday night’s Division I regional track and field finals at Welcome Stadium. Worse, he endured that twice.

Scott placed fifth in the 100 meters in a clocking that had to be extended an extra digit (11.137) to separate him from fourth-place finisher Jordan Campbell of Lebanon (11.132). Then Scott matched that fifth-place effort in the 200.

Why is that significant? Only the top four advance to next week’s season-ending state meet at Columbus.

“I couldn’t be mad,” said Scott, who eased that pain by winning the long jump with a career-best 23 feet, two inches on Wednesday. “It was something I was looking forward to all year. My heart was beating so fast down there in the (100) blocks. I was like, man, I’m just trying to focus.”

Mason won the final 4x400 relay (3:20.67) to secure the boys team title, 57-45 over runner-up Trotwood-Madison. Cincinnati Withrow unleashed a stable of champion sprinters, hurdlers and relays to run away with the girls team title, 116-75 over runner-up Mason.

The top four in each event qualify to the D-I state meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium next weekend. A storm canceled all the regional running semifinals on Wednesday, so Friday’s finals were an untraditional two heats in all events and placers were based on best times.

Scott will be joined by junior teammate Dyier Smith who won his specialty, the 110 high hurdles (14.63).

“I came here to go to state,” Smith said. “I just ran fast enough to get first. That’s cool. State is the most important.”

• Beavercreek freshman vaulter Eileen Yang is a quick learner. She guessed she’s been vaulting “almost two years, I think.”

Brandishing a new pole, Yang beat an outstanding field to place first (12-0).

“I’m pinching myself right now,” she admitted. “I was hoping to qualify (to state), but to win the regional, ahhhhhh.”

• Greenville senior A.J. Frens served notice he’s ready to contend for a state title by winning the pole vault (15-8) on Wednesday. The norm for winning a D-I state vault title usually means a leap of 16 feet or better.

• Fort Loramie and Minster were the boys and girls team winners in Friday’s D-III regional at Troy’s Memorial Stadium. Loramie overwhelmed Twin Valley South 74-48 and Minster did the same to runner-up Anna, 85-50.

Anna was unbeatable in the girls sprint relays, sweeping the 4x100 (49.81), setting a meet record in the 4x200 (1:42.98) and also besting the 4x400 field (3:57.62).

Cedarville’s boys won the 4x400 relay (3:25.66) and Indians anchor Davin Gruet also placed first in the 400 (50.12). Sophomore teammate Brandon Pollock was third (51.08) in the 400. Both Gruet and Pollock also ran on the third-place 4x200 relay (1:31.82).

Like D-I, the top four also advance to the D-III state meet.

• The D-II regional finals are Saturday at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. Field events are at 11 a.m. and running finals at 12:30 p.m.


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Baseball: CJ tops Waynesville, earns shot at regional title

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 8:24 PM

            Chaminade Julienne second baseman Nick Wissman gets the force on Waynesville baserunner Mason Callahan to end their Division II regional baseball semifinal at Mason on Friday. E.L. HUBBARD / CONTRIBUTED

Garrett Wissman has pitched better games this season, by his reckoning. He’s also had better days at the plate, but none of the games he played this season for Chaminade Julienne match the combined effort he put together Friday.

Wissman pitched six innings of three-hit, one-run baseball before tiring in the seventh and drove in two runs with two hits, leading the Eagles to a crisp 4-1 win over Waynesville in a Division II regional semifinal at Mason High School.

“He’s been our big guy all year,” Chaminade Julienne coach Mike Barhorst said.

CJ (21-4) earned its first trip to a regional championship game since 2014. The Eagles will play Columbus St. Francis DeSales in a game scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Mason.

DeSales advanced with a 9-0 win over Ross in Friday’s first game at Mason. Thursday’s inclement weather pushed the semifinals and final back one day.

Senior shortstop Ryan Peltier and Wissman’s younger brother, sophomore second baseman Nick Wissman, drove in Chaminade Julienne’s other two runs with sacrifice flies and the Eagle defenders were sharp while turning in an errorless game. Garrett Wissman credits CJ’s tough schedule with keeping the Eagles on their toes.

“We had tough games against Butler and Tippecanoe at the end of the regular season,” he said, referring to CJ’s last two losses. “That got our competitive level up. It forced us to focus on offense and defense.”

“That’s what we’ve been preaching for the past 4-5-6 years — throwing strikes and playing solid defense,” Barhorst said. “We always say, ‘If we can keep the other team from scoring, we’ll figure out a way to score some runs.’ I would say that was one of our best games of the season, for sure.”

The only miscue was Garrett Wissman’s wild pitch on strike three with two outs to Spartans’ senior catcher Luke Moore in the fifth. Moore reached first base, but Wissman regrouped to get sophomore left fielder Cam Anderson swinging and finish the rare four-strikeout inning.

He allowed a leadoff single to Waynesville senior right fielder Micah Spille in the seventh and walked the next batter, senior center fielder Mason Callahan. Dickerson brought in junior Ryan Peltier, who was 8-0 with 43 strikeouts and a 1.03 earned-run average, to face the top of Spartans coach Ryan Hill’s lineup. Peltier, moving in from shortstop, responded with two strikeouts and a fielder’s-choice grounder for his first save of the season

“Wissman’s been pretty good for a few years,” Hill said. “We knew that going in. We hit a couple of balls right at people, but we couldn’t string hits together, like we had been doing. When you can throw a couple of pitches for strikes, that’s baseball in a nutshell. We thought if we got into their (bullpen), we’d have a shot, but Peltier has a good arm, too. Unfortunately, we were on the wrong end of it.”

CJ snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run third. Waynesville sophomore third baseman Drake Stiles and Moore bumped into each other while trying to make a play on sophomore third baseman Cameron Benoit’s deft one-out bunt. Benoit hustled to third base on senior center fielder Mark Barhorst’s perfect hit-and-run single through the hole into left field, Peltier’s sacrifice fly on the next pitch.

Garrett Wissman followed with a double, beating the throw with a headfirst slide into second base as Barnhorst scored from second for a 2-0 Eagles lead.

Waynesville got on the board in the fourth on senior first baseman Tommy Isaac’s leadoff double and Anderson’s two-out double.

The Eagles padded their lead with a two-run sixth that started with a leadoff single and stolen base by Peltier. Garrett Wissman drove in Peltier with a single and went to second on the throw home.

Hill replaced left-handed starter Brady Stone (7-4) with senior sidearming left-hander Jake Oakes, who uncorked a wild pitch behind Nick Wissman, allowing Garrett Wissman to move up to third base. He scored on Nick Wissman’s sacrifice fly.