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

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

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.

Alter grad Simmons gets OK from OU for NBA draft

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 5:01 PM

            Ohio’s Jaaron Simmons shoots over Bowling Green and Wayne grad Rodrick Caldwell in a February game at the Convocation Center in Athens. David Jablonski/Staff

Jaaron Simmons is hoping to fulfill a recurring dream after the Ohio University redshirt junior declared for the upcoming NBA draft earlier this week.

Alter High School’s leading all-time scorer, Simmons announced his intention through the university’s athletic website. He followed up on Twitter and Instagram about his ultimate desire to play at the highest level: “I been having the same dream since the day I was born.”

He told OU officials he did not intend to hire an agent. Like many top collegiate players who aren’t certain lottery picks, Simmons intends to participate in the NBA Draft Combine May 9-14 at Chicago. For invites only, that consists of a series of physical and aptitude tests that NBA teams use to determine a player’s draft status.

Combine participants are eligible to return to their collegiate programs if they opt out of the NBA draft by May 24. The NBA draft will be held June 24 at a location to be determined. Simmons was unavailable for comment.

A 6-foot-1, 184-pound play-making guard, Simmons has been outstanding for the Bobcats the last two seasons after transferring from Houston, where he played as a freshman. He averaged 15.9 points and 6.5 assists for Ohio (20-11 overall, 11-7 Mid-American Conference) this season.

Simmons upped that scoring average to 17.2 in MAC play and 20.3 after taking over the role of OU point guard Antonio Campbell, who was lost for the remainder of the season with injury for OU’s final 16 games.

Simmons tallied a season-high 38 points against MAC champion Akron and was named first team all-conference.

Simmons surpassed 1,000 career points this season and was eighth in the nation among NCAA Division I players in assists. The previous season he was third in the nation in assists. He also set the all-time MAC single-season assists record in 2015-16, his first with the Bobcats.

“Jaaron’s decision is a smart one in today’s world of basketball,” OU coach Saul Phillips said in a release. “Having a clear idea of where you stand in terms of the draft is a good idea. We are extremely supportive of Jaaron’s decision to declare for the draft.”

Simmons led surprising Alter to the Division II state final four as a senior in 2013, Joe Petrocelli’s last after coaching the Knights for 50 years. Initially courted by Dayton and Wright State, Simmons instead signed with Houston over Western Michigan and Wichita State and others.

A back-up guard at Houston, he played in every game as a freshman and appeared destined to be a Cougars standout. That changed when James Dickey was fired as coach and Simmons pursued a transfer to OU.


College: Ohio, Houston.

High school: 2013 Alter grad.

Personal: 6-1, G, redshirt senior.

This season: 15.9 points, 6.5 assists.

Notable: Single-season MAC leader in assists, 275.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Devon Still announces milestone for Leah

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 6:18 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Devon Still (R) accepts the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance from NBA player LeBron James onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is still a free agent looking for somewhere to play in 2017, but he’s been all smiles this week after announcing daughter Leah Still just celebrated her two-year anniversary of being cancer free.

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Still announced the milestone on Instagram on Saturday, writing “I want to wish a Happy 2nd Birthday to my daughter, Leah. Today marks 2 years in remission! From the moment we took this picture in the hospital, right before doctors walked in the room and said she had cancer, we had an extremely tough fight. But no matter how hard it got we never gave up. So today, we celebrate your strength and perseverance Leah! I love you more than you could ever possibly know.”

Leah was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in June 2014. A short time later Still went public with the news an appeared on every television and radio show that requested an interview, turning Leah’s battle into a national story.

A second-round pick out of Penn State in 2012, Still played three seasons with the Bengals before being waived. He sat out the 2015 season before signing a contract with the Houston Texans in Jan. 2016.

Still appeared in three games for the Texans in 2016 before suffering a lisfranc foot sprain that ended his season.

Top returning GCL Co-Ed North softball hitters

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:04 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

            Badin and Fenwick are GCL Co-Ed crossover rivals. STAFF

The top returning Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North Division high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats:

1. Carly Fugett, so., CJ: 37 of 70 (.529); 27 runs, 25 RBI’s.

2. Caroline Nevius, sr., CJ: 30 of 72 (.417); 31 runs, 6 RBI’s.

3. Maria Mosconi, sr., Alter: 25 of 64 (.391); 22 runs, 17 RBI’s, 8 SB.

4. Khristina Dare, sr., Carroll: 23 of 59 (.390); 9 runs, 11 RBI’s, 2 SB.

5. Anamarie Black, sr., Alter: 23 of 64 (.359); 11 runs, 22 RBI’s.

6. Natalie Northern, jr., CJ: 22 of 62 (.355); 14 runs, 23 RBI’s.

7. Claudia Miller, so., Fenwick: 16 of 48 (.333); 3 runs, 12 RBI’s, 2 SB.

8. Rosie Wildermuth, so., Alter: 18 of 55 (.327); 14 runs, 5 RBI’s, 3 SB.

9. Emily Willits, sr., Alter: 19 of 59 (.322); 24 runs, 18 RBI’s, 10 SB.

10. Marina Stevens, jr., Carroll: 20 of 65 (.308); 21 runs, 8 RBI’s, 11 SB.