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

WATCH: Highlights from Senior Night ceremony at UD Arena on March 1, 2017.

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

Dayton players (left to right: Joey Gruden, Jeremiah Bonsu, Michael Schwieterman and Jack Westerfield) watch from the bench during a game against Richmond on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

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

Dayton’s Charles Cooke, right, drives against Vanderbilt’s Jeff Roberson on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

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

Kendall Pollard celebrates a basket against Rhode Island’s Hassan Martin with just over two minutes to play Friday in Kingston, R.I. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

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

Dayton’s Kyle Davis scores against Duquesne on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

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

Dayton's Scoochie Smith shoots against Saint Mary's on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff(David Jablonski)

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

WATCH: Jordan Bell throws alley-oop to himself, leaves Steph Curry in disbelief

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:15 PM

Oregon basketball fans are no stranger to Jordan Bell dunks. Golden State Warriors fans, however, are still a bit new to the 22-year-old rookie. No matter. They can certainly get used to plays like this:

The game, of course, against the Dallas Mavericks, was well in hand by the time Bell decided to put on his own dunk contest. The Warriors were up 119-94 with less than three minutes remaining. No better time to toss one off the glass to yourself.

After three years in Eugene, the final of which featured a Final Four appearance, Bell was taken with the 38th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, which would have put Bell on the Chicago Bulls had the Warriors not traded $3.5 million for the pick.

At the moment, it seems a good fit.

HS Results 10/23: Hollar paces WLS in sectional final

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

Gabby Hollar poured in five goals to help West Liberty-Salem earn a sectional title in girls soccer action on Monday.

WLS eliminated Tri-County North with the 5-0 win.

Laine Godwin, Peyton Kerns and Madison Bender each added an assist and keeper Rachel McGill tallied four saves for the shutout.

West Liberty-Salem (16-2) advances to the district tournament to face CHCA on Thursday at Fairmont.

Girls Soccer

Lebanon 2, Sycamore 1: Alyssa McCloud and Joey Stoller each netted a goal to lead Lebanon in this sectional final.

Sidney 2, Troy 1: Sidney scored off a deflection in overtime to move on to the district tournament.

Tippecanoe 4, Bellefontaine 1: Jackie Bashore tallied two goals for Tippecanoe in a sectional final.

Mason 1, Lakota East 0: Lakota East played tough but fell short in the sectional final.

St. Ursula 2, Lakota West 0: SU scored twice in the second half to eliminate Lakota West.

Alter 9, Wilmington 1: Lauren Dietz, Nicoletta Anuci and Lindsey Gross each had multiple goals to help Alter win a sectional title.

Carroll 4, Spg. Shawnee 1: Jess Roberts scored twice and Alaina Casey and Ava Lickliter each added a goal for Carroll in this sectional final.

Bellbrook 1, Fenwick 0: Cassidy Hofacker struck the game-winning goal to help Bellbrook move on in double overtime of a sectional final.

Waynesville 3, Valley View 2: Hannah Gill’s goal broke the tie in double overtime to help Waynesville advance to a district final.

Milton Union 3, Troy Christian 0: Kristen Dickison pushed across all three goals to help Milton Union capture a sectional title.

Anna 7, Brookville 0: Taylor Kauffman poured in five goals for Anna in this sectional final.

Catholic Central 1, Preble Shawnee 0: Josie Krupp scored with 59 seconds to play to help CC take home a sectional title.

Lehman Catholic 5, Urbana 0: Lindsey Magoteaux and Molly Safreed knocked in two goals apiece to help LC claim a sectional title.

Girls Volleyball

Kenton Ridge 3, Greenville 0: KR will face Spg. Shawnee in sectional final play after beating Greenville 25-8, 25-18 and 25-14.

Spg. Shawnee 3, Northwestern 0: Shawnee advanced with scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-22.

SCORES LIST

Girls Soccer

Monday’s Results

Sectional Finals

Division I

Beavercreek 1, Centerville 0

Fairfield 1, Mt. Notre Dame 0

Lebanon 2, Sycamore 1

Loveland 3, Anderson 0

Mason 1, Lakota East 0

Sidney 2, Troy 1, OT

Springboro 6, Miamisburg 1

St. Ursula 2, Lakota West 0

Division II

Alter 9, Wilmington 1

Badin 2, McNicholas 1

Bellbrook 1, Fenwick 0, 2OT

Carroll 4, Spg. Shawnee 1

Indian Hill 6, Roger Bacon 0

Mariemont 2, Ross 1, PK

Tippecanoe 4, Bellefontaine 1

Waynesville 3, Valley View 2, 2OT

Division III

Anna 7, Brookville 0

Catholic Central 1, Preble Shawnee 0

CHCA 3, Seven Hills 1

Lehman Catholic 5, Urbana 0

Madeira 8, Deer Park 1

Milton Union 3, Troy Christian 0

Summit Country Day 8, Clark Montessori 0

West Liberty-Salem 5, Tri-County North 0

Girls Volleyball

Monday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division II

Spg. Shawnee 3, Northwestern 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Greenville 0

REPORTING RESULTS

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Eagles LT Jason Peters suffers brutal knee injury against Redskins

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:51 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a devastating blow on Monday night when All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter of their game against the Washington Redskins.

Peters went down grabbing his leg in obvious pain before being fitted with an aircast and ultimately being carted off to the Eagles’ locker room.

In a sign of the possible severity of his injury, nearly every player on the Philadelphia sideline – and Washington left tackle Trent Williams – came on to the field to console Peters while the fans at Lincoln Financial Field chanted the former undrafted free agent’s name.

Peters’ injury came one day after fellow All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns suffered his own season-ending injury.

If Peters’ injury is as serious as it appeared, the nine-time Pro Bowl selection’s career could unfortunately be over. Even if he never plays another down of football, though, Peters has a spot waiting for him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the Eagles, replacing Peters will be nearly impossible.

Former Duck Darren Carrington on his return to Autzen: ‘I feel like I’m going to get booed a little bit’

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:45 PM

Darren Carrington was once a key part of Oregon’s run to the 2014 College Football Playoff final. Two and a half years later, he was off the team and looking for a new school.

The receiver landed at Utah, where he’s made an immediate impact, catching 45 passes for 649 yards and 5 touchdowns in 7 games. The Utes have lost 3 straight games, but they were extremely competitive, dropping 2 of those 3 games by 3 points or less.

Carrington returns to the home of the Ducks — Autzen Stadium — this weekend. He doesn’t expect a warm welcome.

“I feel like I’m going to get booed a little bit,” Carrington said, via the Salt Lake Tribune’s Chris Kamrani. “But I don’t really care. I like when it’s us against the world. I like that feeling.

“It’s going to be a fun game for me.”

Carrington went on to talk about how Oregon was his school of choice growing up, and how it will always be a place he considers home, despite his unceremonious split with the football program.

“I still consider it a home. I graduated from there — just as Utah is my home,” Carrington said. “I don’t think it’s going to be weird. Maybe being back there is going to be weird, but playing, it’s just another day of football, honestly. I’ve played so many times in that stadium, it’s just, let’s go again.”

Oregon coach Willie Taggart, who dismissed Carrington from the Ducks program in July, downplayed Carrington’s effect on Oregon’s approach to the contest on Monday, instead turning the focus on his own players.