Dayton Flyers Tournament Special Coverage on WHIO-TV, WHIO Radio

Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

NewsCenter 7 Sports Director Mike Hartsock unveils his NCAA bracket

The national spotlight will be on the Dayton Flyers Friday night as they take on Wichita State in Indianapolis. WHIO-TV and WHIO radio will be airing the game. Coverage of the game on WHIO-TV Channel 7 begins at 7p.m. Friday, with pre-game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO.

Due to restrictions, WHIO Radio is unable to stream the game Friday night online. “Since we are unable to air the game online Friday night, folks can hear regular programming on our web stream during the game,” said WHIO Radio Program Director Jeremy Ratliff. “We are excited to be able to air Friday night’s game, and we are hoping UD wins, so we have the opportunity to air a Flyers game on Sunday as well,” said Ratliff.

Hartsock: Gilkison expands lead in Dayton Metro golf tournament

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 3:51 PM

Highlights of third round at Heatherwoode G.C. in Springboro

He knows what it’s like to come from behind to win the Dayton Metropolitan Championship, now Josh Gilkison is on the other side.

The defending champion took a six-shot lead into Sunday’s final round at Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro.

He trailed by six shots a year ago before rallying to force a playoff with Adam Armstrong, he won in four holes.

Gilkison grabbed a two-shot lead after firing an eight under par 62 in Friday’s second round. He followed with a seven under 63 on Saturday.

“I’m playing really well right now, Gilkison said. “I’m hitting it well, and really seeing the lines of my putts.”

The 19-year old has played 33 straight holes without a bogey. He and his older brother Jake, playing in the final group, took turns making birdies on their home course Saturday.

“It’s a big advantage because I’ve played it so many times I really don’t have to think what I’m trying to do.”

Jake Gilkison was six under par through the first 11 holes to close within two shots, but he played the final seven holes in one over par and stands alone in third place at eight under par.

The Gilkison brothers will be joined in Sunday’s final pairing with five-time Metro champion Pete Samborsky. The 43-year old matched Josh Gilkison’s 63 on Saturday, shooting a five under par 30 on the back nine.

Newly crowned Ohio Amateur champion Austin Sipe started the day two shots behind, but the Centerville native had trouble figuring out the Heatherwoode greens. Sipe struggled to a one over par 71, and finds himself 10 shots behind with 18 holes to play.

Misery continues for Reds, who fall to Marlins

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 11:55 PM

Marlins 3, Reds 1: Seven highlights

A high-performance ATV with a triple-barrel souvenir launcher on the back has turned in the best performance night after night at Great American Ball Park since the All-Star break. By itself, Redzilla is worth the price of admission — especially for fans who catch the T-shirts or soft baseballs it fires high into the stands.

Redzilla distracts fans for only a few minutes during a game. Cincinnati Reds fans have to watch the real show the rest of the night, and it hasn’t been pretty this week.

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The Miami Marlins had a 2-0 lead four batters into the game Friday. That was all they needed to beat the Reds 3-1 at Great American Ball Park. The game started a

“We weren’t able to do much,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We hit a few balls hard, but they didn’t go anywhere.”

Big picture: The Reds (40-56) fell a season-high 16 games under .500. They have lost seven of eight games on this homestand. They have the third-worst record in the National League.

Big play: Giancarlo Stanton scored from third on a wild pitch in the first inning as the Marlins took a 2-0 lead. That turned out to be the winning run.

NOTES: Gennett getting more playing time

Key stat: The Reds collected only four hits. It was the fifth time this season they’ve recorded four or fewer hits.

Missed chances: The Reds left the bases loaded in the fourth, and they loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and failed to score.

The Reds offense continues to slump. This was the fifth time in the eight games since the All-Star break, they have scored two runs or fewer.

“We talk a lot about just staying with the process,” Price said. “You can’t force the result. You can’t say, ‘Today’s the day I get four hits and break out of this.’ If you’re chasing hits, you end up chasing borderline pitches or pitches in the zone or pitches you don’t particularly like to hit, especially early in the count.”

Reds against the Marlins on Friday, July 21, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Better performance: Reds starter Homer Bailey allowed two earned runs on eight hits in six innings. In his previous start, he allowed eight earned runs on eight hits in four innings. He lowered his ERA from 10.13 to 8.56.

The game started one hour and 45 minutes late because of rain.

“With the delay and everything, I thought we did a really good job,” Bailey said. “Sometimes you just get beat. That’s the way it goes. ... I think it’s going to be an up-and-down battle this year. There’s not really much I can do about it. You just try to  keep taking the ball and compete with what you have that day. Today you could tell the fastball had more life as opposed to a few other games this year.”

Defensive gem: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton threw out Marcell Ozuna at home for the second out of the sixth inning. Ozuna tried to score from second on a single by J.T. Realmuto. Hamilton recorded his eight assist, tying Adam Duvall and Melky Cabrera for most outfield assists in baseball.

Key miscue: Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett threw the ball past shortstop Zack Cozart into left field while trying to turn a double play in the seventh inning. The error allowed the Marlins to extend their lead to 3-1. Christian Yelich drove in Miguel Rojas with a single two batters later.

On the board: The Reds trailed 2-0 when Billy Hamilton drove in Scott Schebler with a sacrifice fly in the third.

Old faithful: Marlins starter Jose Urena started every inning by spraying a mouthful of water high into the air on the mound. Urena (8-4, 3.78) allowed one earned run on three hits in six innings.

Looking ahead: Robert Stephenson (0-2, 8.03 ERA) returns from Triple-A to start for the Reds at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. The Marlins counter with Chris O’Grady (1-1, 5.23).

Former Flyer Brian Roberts to play in Europe

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:07 PM

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Former Dayton Flyers guard Brian Roberts will play in Greece next season, according to multiple reports.

Roberts, 31, will play with Olympiacos B.C. in Piraeaus, Greece. That’s just southwest of the capital, Athens.

This will be the first time Roberts has played in Europe since 2012, when he helped lead Brose Basket Bamberg to its third straight national championship. He started his professional career in 2008-09 in Israel.

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Roberts appeared in 41 games with the Charlotte Hornets last season, averaging 3.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1. rebound. Roberts made his NBA debut in 2012 with New Orleans. In five NBA seasons, he appeared in 314 games and averaged 6.6 points.

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Roberts played for the Flyers from 2004-08 and is the fourth-leading scorer in school history (1,962 points). UD inducted Roberts into its hall of fame in February.

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Roberts visited the University of Dayton this week to help out at a basketball camp.

Waynesville football: Top 7 players in Spartans history

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 12:09 AM

            E.L. Hubbard photography Waynesville quarterback Luke Creditt runs for a touchdown against Milton-Union in the first half at Waynesville Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
E.L. Hubbard photography Waynesville quarterback Luke Creditt runs for a touchdown against Milton-Union in the first half at Waynesville Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

Best known for the annual Sauerkraut Festival, the village of Waynesville has produced its share of football talent over the years. The Spartans have fielded a team on the gridiron since the mid-1960’s and have been part of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, the Kenton Trace Conference and the Southwestern Buckeye League.

Here’s who we consider the all-time seven best football players at Waynesville High School. Have something to say about this alphabetical list? Email your comments to

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Location: Waynesville

Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Buckeye Division

Division: Division V, Region 20

Coach: Scott Jordan

2017 season opener: at Bethel-Tate, Aug. 25

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1. Bo Bradley-RB/LB-1971: A bruising two-way player who was the Spartans MVP his junior and season seasons. The running back/linebacker was an All-Dayton area performer and All-American honorable mention.

2. Joe Bradley-RB/LB-2000: Like father, like son…Joey Bradley is one of only two Spartans to rush for more than 5,000 yards in his career. Bradley ran for nearly 18-hundred yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore. A bruising inside runner like his father Joey ran for 39 career touchdowns and was named second team all-state.

3. Luke Creditt-QB-2011: Easily the most prolific passer in Waynesville football history. Creditt threw for more than 43-hundred yards in his two seasons in orange and black. He led the Spartans to a 10-0 season in 2011 and the top seed in Division 4, region 16.

4. Eric Florence-QB/DB-1969: The early years of Spartans football was highlighted by this three-sport star. Florence was a stand-out performer on both sides of the ball, throwing touchdown passes and taking them away. He still holds the school record with five interceptions in a 1967 game against Kings. Florence was an all-state catcher and ended up playing baseball at Miami University.

5. Rob Kallage-QB/LB-1990: One of the best athletes to suit up for the Spartans. Kallage was the Southwest District Back of the Year in 1989 and named second team all-state. A three-year starter at quarterback and linebacker, Kallage was also one of the state’s best baseball players and played college baseball at Florida International.

6. Seth Millar-RB-2009: Waynesville’s all-time rushing leader with 5,458 yards, Millar ran for 74 scores in his four year career. Small in stature, Millar did most of his damage running outside the tackles. Seth shares the school record for longest touchdown run, a 95 yard scamper in 2007 against Carlisle. He ran for six scores in a game twice in his career.

7. Russell Winsted-RB/LB-1983: Ranks third all-time on the Spartans rushing list with 2,783 yards on the ground. Winsted also anchored the defense at middle linebacker. He was named second team all-state his junior year when he led Waynesville to their first playoff game. Winsted scored 30 touchdowns in that 1981 season. He was slowed by health issues his senior season.

Special Mention

Tim Williams-K-1989: A kicker usually isn’t among a school’s all-time best, but Williams certainly deserves to be on the list. He booted a state record 57-yard field goal in 1988, a record that stood for more than a decade and remains among the top five longest in state history. Williams also kicked a 51-yarder his freshman season. He went on to handle the kicking duties for four seasons at Ohio State.

Honorable Mention— Kirk Kennedy, C/LB/P, 1982, Harry Whittamore, RB/DB, 1967, Tom Workman, FB/DL, 1968, DuWayne Rains, RB/DB, 1981