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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.

Jim Johannson, GM of USA Hockey, dead at 53

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

Jim Johannson, who helped put together the 2018 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, died Sunday morning.
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Jim Johannson, who helped put together the 2018 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, died Sunday morning.(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of USA Hockey and general manager of the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team, died in his sleep Sunday morning, USA Hockey said in a statement. He was 53.

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USA Hockey said Johannson died at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“We are beyond shocked and profoundly saddened,” USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher said in the statement. “As accomplished as Jim was in hockey, he was the absolute best, most humble, kind and caring person you could ever hope to meet. His impact on our sport and more importantly the people and players in our sport have been immeasurable. Our condolences go out to his entire family, but especially to his loving wife Abby and their young daughter Ellie.”

Johannson’s death comes a few weeks before the United States competes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The Games begin Feb. 9.

Johannson has been with USA Hockey since 2000. This season was going to be a challenge for the American team, as it would be competing without NHL players for the first time since 1994.

Johannson played college hockey at Wisconsin from 1982 to 1986 and led the Badgers to an NCAA title as a freshman. He played for the U.S. men’s hockey team in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics.

This year’s U.S. hockey squad is coached by Tony Granato, who was Johannson’s teammate on the 1988 squad.

Tennessee Titans hire former Buckeye Mike Vrabel as coach

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 6:37 PM

Mike Vrabel, a former standout offensive lineman with the Ohio State Buckeyes and former Buckeyes assistant coach, was hired Saturday as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Vrabel, who made the Ohio State All-Century team in 2000, and won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, retired from football and became a defensive assistant for Ohio State in 2011. He was the Houston Texans defensive coordinator last season.

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“This is an incredible opportunity and one I have been preparing for my entire football life,” Vrabel said. “I am excited to get to work and that work starts now.”

Tennesse was 9-7 in 2017, beating Kansas City in the AFC Wild Card game and losing the Divisional game to New England. 

The Titans and former coach Mike Mularkey couldn’t agree on a contract extension after the season. 

Rhode Island dominates second half to hand Dayton second loss in a row

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 2:08 PM

Postgame press conference: Dayton's Anthony Grant after losing to Rhode Island

Rhode Island showed why it was the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Dayton Flyers showed once again the inconsistency that has plagued them all season.

Rhode Island improved to 7-0 with an 88-74 victory over Dayton at UD Arena on Saturday. The Rams (15-3 overall) remain in first place all by themselves. Dayton (9-10, 3-4) dropped its second straight game after its first two-game winning streak of the season.

Josh Cunningham was the lone bright spot for Dayton, scoring a career-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting. He also had 12 rebounds.

Dayton trailed throughout the second half and never got closer than 10 points in the last eight minutes. Jared Terrell led the Rams with 24 points. The Rams guards dominated down the stretch, scoring at will late in the shot clock.

Turnovers doomed Dayton. It had 21 to Rhode Island’s 10. The Flyers lost despite shooting 63.4 percent from the field.

HALFTIME RECAP

The Dayton Flyers scored the last five points of the first half to cut Rhode Island’s halftime lead to 50-43 Saturday at UD Arena.

Here’s a quick recap of the first half:

Dayton’s star: Josh Cunningham made 4 of 8 shots from the field and scored 12 points. He had five rebounds and two assists.

Rhode Island’s star: Jared Terrell made 5 of 11 shots and scored 15 points.

Big run: Dayton led 38-36 with 4:14 to play. Rhode Island went on a 14-0 run in the next three minutes to take a 50-38 lead. Dayton closed the half with a 3-point play by Cunningham and a layup by Xeyrius Williams.

Key stat: Dayton committed 12 turnovers. Rhode Island had six.

Foul trouble: Darrell Davis and Trey Landers picked up their second fouls in the first four minutes. Both stayed in the game. Landers didn’t get his third until late in the half.

Hot shooters: Dayton shot 65 percent (13 of 20) from the field. Rhode Island shot 50 percent (18 of 36). Dayton made 14 of 17 free throws. Rhode Island made 9 of 9.

Record tied: Davis made his first six free throws to tie Damon Goodwin’s school record for consecutive made free throws (36). He missed his next one.

Unbeaten Springfield gets defensive, takes out Fairmont in second half

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

Springfield jr. David Sanford drew a tough assignment of guarding high-scoring Jack Hendricks of Fairmont. Springfield defeated host Fairmont 81-65 on Fri., Jan. 19, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Add another key part to Springfield’s formidable boys basketball lineup: defensive stopper.

That would be David Sanford. The junior drew the ultimate task on Friday night at Fairmont. It was his job to somewhat contain high-scoring Firebird Jack Hendricks.

“It went good,” said Sanford following Springfield’s second-half surge that produced an 81-65 victory at Trent Arena. “I knew he’s a very good shooter. I just knew the game plan, stuck to it and rode it out.”

Springfield was more impressive than ever and that’s saying a lot because the Wildcats improved to 11-0 overall and kept pace with unbeaten and top-ranked Wayne at 6-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference National East.

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Hendricks was limited to 13 points, including just two second-half free throws. Consider that a defensive gem by Sanford because Fairmont’s sharpshooter had gone for 29 and 22 points in previous losses to Spire Academy at Flyin’ to the Hoop and at Trotwood-Madison on Tuesday. He also went off for a program-record 52 points just prior to the new year that featured 14 three-pointers.

Fairmont (9-5, 4-3) is tagged with a three-game losing streak and has no letup with home games against Alter and Miamisburg this week.

“The biggest frustration on our end is not being good enough defensively to win against an elite team,” Fairmont coach Blair Albright said. “What it’s done is expose some areas where we have to get much, much better.”

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Tied at halftime, Springfield ratcheted up the defense and unloaded offensively to make it a second-half rout. Leonard Taylor led the Wildcats with 17 points. RaHeim Moss added 14 points and Michael Wallace 13 in his best game since returning in midseason following a knee injury. Larry Stephens and Sanford added 10 apiece.

“To their credit, they’ve got so many guys that can run at you,” Albright said. “So many guys who are talented enough to score for them. They’re a really tough assignment.”

Cade Morgan led Fairmont with 15 points. Ryan Hall added 13 and Kellan Bochenek 12.

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Springfield was coming off a 73-67 overtime defeat of Cleveland Heights at Flyin’ and also faces a busy week. The Wildcats were at Chaminade Julienne on Saturday. On Tuesday Springfield faces Dayton City League breakout team Belmont (8-1), then is at Wayne on Wednesday in an anticipated showdown of unbeatens and finally at home Friday against Springboro.

That’s five games in seven days for the Wildcats. The Wayne game was postponed because of weather from Jan. 12. Wayne overtook Upper Arlington as the state’s No. 1 team in Division I last week.

“It’s going to show how tough we are,” Wallace said. “We’ve got to get through it.”

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• This is as deep and loaded of a lineup for Springfield’s boys as any recent Wildcats team. It’s too early to anoint the Wildcats state final four quality, but the potential is there.

Already a super lineup, the Wildcats have double-downed on that success by adding Wallace to the lineup.

“It’s a good thing to see that young man come back,” Springfield coach Isaiah Carson said following the defeat of Fairmont. “He’s earned everything that’s come his way. He’s worked extremely hard these last three years. Now, he’s a senior and he’ll be able to showcase himself and he did a nice job for us (Friday).”

Albright was impressed with the Wildcats’ midseason addition.

“He might have had the best game of anyone on the floor,” he said.

• It’s never too early to stoke up postseason projections. Springfield and Wayne are the GWOC’s best D-I teams and will be seeded 1-2 in the upcoming Dayton sectional. Princeton (10-2), Oak Hills (11-3) and Mason (10-2) are the best in the Greater Miami Conference. Moeller (11-3) is the defending D-I state runner-up and joins St. Xavier (10-4) as the best in the Greater Catholic League South.

Franklin (12-2) bumps up from last season and appears to be the best D-I team in the Southwestern Buckeye League. Whichever of those teams wins the D-I regional and advances to the state final four should be considered a state favorite.

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• The Urbana boys have overcome a 1-4 season start to take the top spot in the Central Buckeye Conference Mad River division. Urbana defeated visiting Northwestern 71-51 on Friday for its sixth straight win. The Hillclimbers are 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the Mad River division, a half game better than Indian Lake.

Urbana played at Tecumseh on Saturday.

• Like Urbana’s boys, the Benjamin Logan girls have overcome a sluggish start and are now the hottest team in the CBC. Ben Logan followed a 2-0 start by losing five straight. But the Raiders haven’t lost since and took a nine-game win streak and 11-5 overall record to Northwestern on Saturday.

• Trevor Anderson scored 19 points in leading host Greenon to a 61-44 defeat of Mechanicsburg. The Knights are 5-7 overall, their first in the Ohio Heritage Conference South Division since leaving the Central Buckeye Conference.

• Catholic Central’s boys had an 11-game win streak snapped at West Jefferson on Friday, 57-44. The Irish (11-2) hadn’t lost since the season opener at Kenton Ridge.

• No wonder senior Jameel Cosby of Kenton Ridge is the CBC boys scoring leader (19.5). Through 10 games he was shooting a torrid 71 of 119 (59.7 percent) from the floor. Kenton Ridge (7-5) is looking to snap a two-game losing skid at Bellefontaine (7-6) on Tuesday.

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