Dear Dayton Flyers seniors: Here’s what you’ve meant to us

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

Dear Flyer seniors,

My WHIO radio partner Bucky Bockhorn and I have had a front-row seat to watch you on the court the last four years and access off the court to get to know you better than the average fan and other members of the media.

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As you prepare to enter your final days in a Flyer uniform, we thank you for what you have given us, the fans, the University of Dayton and the community.

Jeremiah Bonsu

Your dream was to play college basketball, but Archie Miller is not a genie granting wishes. The only reason he gave you a uniform is because he thought you could make the team better. You did. Not everyone saw the work you put in during practice or heard the encouragement and instruction you passed along during games, but the record of this team speaks to that. Your desire for greatness, balanced by your humility, will take you far in life.

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Charles Cooke

You came to Dayton to become a better player on a bigger stage. The work you put in during the year you sat out, laid the foundation for you to be an all-conference performer. But not only did you become a better player, you became a better teammate. You impacted games by doing so much more than scoring. You stuffed the stat sheet with assists, rebounds, blocks and steals. You will make a lot of money playing basketball in the future, but I dare to say your fondest memories will be as a Flyer.

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Kendall Pollard

You are fearless. People in Chicago told you not to come to Dayton, but you followed your heart and your head. You were your own man making that decision and in your playing career. Your energy level impacted this team on a daily basis. Not only were the Flyers better with you on the court on game day but every day in practice. Your body betrayed you at times, but we never heard you complain.

Our favorite memory will be those moments when you would get a defensive rebound, and we knew — everyone in the arena knew — that you were going to take the ball 94 feet to the rim. You usually scored, but when you didn’t or got called for a charge, it never kept you from going again.

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Kyle Davis

You may be the toughest player that we can recall being around. Toughness is not just a physical trait, and you are physically tough, but you showed the mental toughness to be a great competitor. No stat sheet will ever define your impact. You didn’t hit lots of shots, only big ones. You took on the toughest defensive assignments, smiling the whole time while you drove an opponent crazy. Bucky has always said you were the heart and soul of this team and I totally agree. Your leadership skills will make you, and those around you, winners for years to come.

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Scoochie Smith

You came to Dayton with a nickname that grabbed people’s attention, but you will leave having made a name for yourself in the rich tradition of Flyer basketball. You never missed a game and we are pretty sure you only missed one practice. Surrounded by more openly emotional guys, you were a calming force on the floor and practice. Your scoring and assists puts you in elite company at UD. You may be the best layup shooter we have ever seen, finding ways to kiss the ball off the glass in traffic with either hand.

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And we won’t remember you for your celebrations after hitting a big 3. We will remember the fact that you would always rise to the occasion to take the big shot.

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We will miss you all, but are happy for the future you have ahead of you.

Your friends,

Larry and Bucky

UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

UMass looking for a new coach again after Kelsey changes mind

One Atlantic 10 Conference program finds itself looking for a new coach for the second time this week.

Massachusetts announced Tuesday it was hiring Cincinnati native and Xavier grad Pat Kelsey, the head coach at Winthrop. He arrived in Amherst on Wednesday, posed for photos and was all set to be introduced at a press conference Thursday.

At the last minute, Kelsey changed his mind, telling reporters, “It wasn’t the place for him.” According to reports, he will return to Winthrop.

Kelsey expressed his excitement about the UMass job Tuesday on Twitter, writing, “So excited to be a part of the rich tradition of @UMassBasketball. I may fall over when I meet Dr. J. Can't wait to get to Amherst!”

UMass fired coach Derek Kellogg after the season. The hiring of Kelsey, who guided Winthrop to the NCAA tournament this season, was seen as a smart move. Now UMass is back to square one.

Boys basketball state final four pairings, results

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Boys basketball state final four pairings, results

Thu., March 23

State semifinals

At OSU Schottenstein Center, Columbus

Division II

Wauseon 42, Col. Eastmoor Academy 35

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 62, Trotwood-Madison 60

Division IV

Delphos St. John’s (21-4) vs. Cle. Heights Lutheran East (18-9), 5:15 p.m.

Col. Wellington (21-7) vs. Lima Perry (24-3), 8:30 p.m.

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Fri., March 24

State semifinals

At OSU Schottenstein Center, Columbus

Division III

Cle. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (21-6) vs. Proctorville Fairland (25-1), 10:45 a.m.

Cin. Roger Bacon (24-4) vs. Archbold (22-5), 2 p.m.

Division I

Pickerington Central (26-2) vs. Cin. Moeller (27-0), 5:15 p.m.

Lakewood St. Edward (23-5) vs. Massillon Jackson (26-2), 8:30 p.m.

Sat., March 25

State finals

At OSU Schottenstein Center, Columbus

D-II: Wauseon (27-1) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (24-5), 10:45 a.m.

D-IV: 2 p.m.

D-III: 5:15 p.m.

D-I: 8:30 p.m.

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Cincinnati Bengals re-sign special teams ace to one-year contract

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

            Cincinnati Bengals re-sign special teams ace to one-year contract

The Bengals today re-signed running back and special teams ace Cedric Peerman to a one-year contract.

Peerman had become an unrestricted free agent with the start of the new NFL business year.

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A seven-year NFL veteran, Peerman was limited to six games in 2016 due to a fractured forearm suffered during the preseason.

In 2015 he notched 17 special teams tackle to earn a Pro Bowl selection. The 5-foot-10, 212-pounder has led the Bengals to a top 10 ranking in special teams effectiveness in three of last five seasons.

“It’s big for us to get Cedric back,” special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons said. “He’s demonstrated over time what an effective player he is. He’s a leader of our unit, a core part of what we do.”

Peerman, 30, has played 90 of his 92 career NFL games with the Bengals. He has 72 career special teams tackles and has averaged 5.0 yards on 70 career carries.

Boys Basketball: Trotwood-Madison stunned in state semifinals

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 3:39 PM

            Boys Basketball: Trotwood-Madison stunned in state semifinals

Jayvon Graves hit the winning shot with .7 seconds left as Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defeated Trotwood-Madison 62-60 in a boys high school basketball Division II state semifinal at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center on Thursday afternoon.

It was a stunning loss for Trotwood, which defeated Akron SVSM 100-61 in mid-January.

The Irish advance to Saturday’s 10:45 a.m. state championship against Wauseon (27-1), which defeated Columbus Eastmoor Academy 42-35 in Thursday’s D-II semi opener.