Dayton Flyers one of 18 teams to have played in last four tournaments

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

The Dayton Flyers are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. DAVID JABLONSKI/STAFF
Staff Writer

The Dayton Flyers will head west to Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon. It’s their first bus trip to a game this season, unless you count their secret scrimmage against Marquette in October. That game, like their 7:10 p.m. Friday game against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, took place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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This is the first time Dayton has played in four straight NCAA tournaments. It is one of 18 teams to have played in each of the last four tournaments, according to UD. Here’s a glance at those teams and their current streaks of tournament appearances.

Kansas (28 straight appearances): This is the longest streak in tournament history. The Jayhawks broke North Carolina’s record of 27 straight appearances, set from 1975-2001.

Duke (22): This is the fourth longest streak in tournament history.

Michigan State (20): Tom Izzo took the Spartans to the NIT in his first two seasons and has made the big dance every season since.

Wisconsin, Gonzaga (19): The Badgers have had four different coaches during their streak: Dick Bennett, Brad Soderberg, the interim coach in 2000-01; Bo Ryan; and Greg Gard.

North Carolina, Cincinnati and Virginia Commonwealth (7): VCU started its streak with a Final Four appearance in 2011.

Arizona, Iowa State, Wichita State (6): Prior to this streak, the Shockers made the tournament once in the previous 23 seasons.

Oregon, Villanova (5): Villanova’s streak would be at 13 if it hadn’t missed in 2011-12.

Dayton, Baylor, Providence, Xavier, Kentucky (4): Kentucky made the tournament 17 straight years (1992-2008). Xavier’s Chris Mack has guided his team to the big dance seven times in eight seasons.

Top returning MBC softball hitters

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Hannah Morrison of Yellow Springs is the MBC’s leading returning hitter. FILE

The top returning Metro Buckeye Conference high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats:

1. Hannah Morrison, sr., Yellow Springs: 28 of 47 (.596); 24 runs, 16 RBI’s, 21 SB.

2. Lauren Reece, sr., Middletown Christian: 18 of 31 (.581); 12 runs, 11 RBI’s, 12 SB.

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3. Kadie Lafferty, jr., Yellow Springs: 15 of 29 (.517); 15 runs, 6 RBI’s, 20 SB.

4. Jada Long, sr., Middletown Christian: 15 of 30 (.500); 14 runs, 6 RBI’s, 14 SB.

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5. Hannah Spahr, sr., Middletown Christian: 13 of 31 (.419); 19 runs, 6 RBI’s, 25 SB.

6. Danny Horton, sr., Yellow Springs: 15 of 37 (.405); 10 runs, 7 RBI’s, 6 SB.

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7. Elly Kumbusky, so., Yellow Springs: 16 of 40 (.400); 11 runs, 8 RBI’s, 14 SB.

8. Gracie Price, jr., Yellow Springs: 17 of 47 (.362); 17 runs, 14 RBI’s, 16 SB.

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9. Alyssa Colon, sr., Dayton Christian: 15 of 42 (.357); 7 runs, 8 RBI’s.

10. Lauryn DeWine, so., Yellow Springs: 11 of 32 (.344); 9 runs, 5 RBI’s, 2 SB.

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Top returning CBC softball hitters

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 5:32 PM

Kenton Ridge sophomore Lexee Trainer ranks No. 5 among leading returning CBC hitters. STAFF

The top returning Central Buckeye Conference high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats:

1. Sammi Miller, sr., Indian Lake: 60 of 95 (.632); 46 runs, 27 RBI’s, 27 SB.

2. Ashley Fite, so., Tecumseh: 56 of 91 (.615); 26 runs, 54 RBI’s, 3 SB.

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3. Tahlsa Bowshier, sr., Ben Logan: 26 of 57 (.456); 13 runs, 18 RBI’s, 1 SB.

4. Janna Robbins, jr., Northwestern: 45 of 102 (.441); 10 runs, 34 RBI’s, 2 SB.

SWBL: Top returning hitters in Southwestern Buckeye League

5. Lexee Trainer, so., Kenton Ridge: 37 of 84 (.440); 24 runs, 26 RBI’s.

6. Madison Bryant, jr., Graham: 39 of 91 (.429); 34 runs, 20 RBI’s, 1 SB.

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7. Makenna Loveless, jr., Spg. Shawnee: 34 of 81 (.420); 25 runs, 13 RBI’s, 2 SB.

8. Brook Ehling, jr., Kenton Ridge: 37 of 89 (.416); 27 runs, 23 RBI’s, 1 SB.

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9. Abbie Tuttle, jr., Spg. Shawnee: 41 of 99 (.414); 31 runs, 37 RBI’s, 1 SB.

10. Arian McNeil, sr., Greenon: 37 of 90 (.411); 29 runs, 20 RBI’s.

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Top returning SWBL softball hitters

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:23 PM

Monroe’s Faith Hensley is the SWBL’s leading returning hitter. FILE

The top returning Southwestern Buckeye League high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats:

1. Faith Hensley, jr., Monroe: 36 of 63 (.571); 40 runs, 54 RBI’s, 8 SB.

2. Olivia Kelly, jr., Franklin: 21 of 39 (.542); 11 runs, 16 RBI’s.

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3. McKinlee Ruppert, so., Dixie: 45 of 84 (.536); 31 runs, 22 RBI’s, 5 SB.

4. Skylar Stiles, sr., Waynesville: 44 of 83 (.530); 21 runs, 22 RBI’s, 12 SB.

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5. Samantha Key, sr., Monroe: 21 of 41 (.512); 13 runs, 16 RBI’s.

6. Becca Mowen, so., Eaton: 44 of 86 (.512); 24 runs, 44 RBI’s, 4 SB.

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7. Alexis Arnold, sr., Monroe: 30 of 59 (.508); 27 runs, 33 RBI’s, 8 SB.

8. Sarah Jones, sr., Waynesville: 49 of 102 (.480); 24 runs, 14 RBI’s, 17 SB.

MBC: Top returning hitters in Metro Buckeye Conference

9. Sierra Bolen, so., Carlisle: 33 of 69 (.478); 23 runs, 16 RBI’s.

10. Taylor Jacobs, sr., Milton-Union: 19 of 40 (.475); 17 runs, 4 RBI’s, 3 SB.

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Top returning GWOC softball hitters

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:47 PM

Beavercreek’s Cierra Chastain (pitching) batted .475 last season. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The top returning Greater Western Ohio Conference high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats:

1. Emily Kepple, jr., Miamisburg: 41 of 71 (.577); 12 runs, 26 RBI’s, 4 SB.

2. Sophie Weber, so., Springboro: 45 of 84 (.536); 27 runs, 35 RBI’s, 9 SB.

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3. Alexis Gordon, sr., Piqua: 44 of 84 (.543); 46 runs, 16 RBI’s, 24 SB.

4. Madison Mills, sr., West Carrollton: 31 of 61 (.508); 18 runs, 18 RBI’s.

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5. Katie Henry, jr., Vandalia-Butler: 32 of 67 (.478); 15 runs, 22 RBI’s, 2 SB.

6. Cierra Chastain, sr., Beavercreek: 48 of 101 (.475); 25 runs, 24 RBI’s, 3 SB.

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7. Savannah Nelson, jr., Troy: 41 of 87 (.471); 28 runs, 46 RBI’s.

8. Cassie Cromwell, jr., Greenville: 46 of 98 (.469); 30 runs, 32 RBI’s, 4 SB.

MBC: Top returning hitters in Metro Buckeye Conference

9. Morgan Santos, sr., Wayne: 41 of 91 (.451); 28 runs, 11 RBI’s, 6 SB.

10. Hallie Westerbeck, so., Sidney: 18 of 40 (.450); 13 runs, 11 RBI’s, 2 SB.

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