Franklin’s Luke Kennard facing big decision 

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

Luke Kennard’s season is over following Duke’s 88-81 loss to South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA tournament Sunday. Now the question is whether his Blue Devils career is over.

The Franklin High School graduate averaged 19.5 points during his sophomore season at Duke and is listed as the No. 20 prospect for the NBA Draft in June.

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University of Louisville and former NBA coach Rick Pitino weighed in on Kennard’s future a couple of weeks ago after Duke eliminated the Cardinals from the ACC tournament.

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“Sometimes I look at rankings, and I can tell you from spending eight years in the pros that what you see on this .net or this .net is not what the general managers are thinking in the pros of who to draft,” Pitino said.

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“That’s just saying who the best players are, in their opinion. I’ve always felt (Kennard) was, from an offensive standpoint, one, two or three best players in the country because he really knows how to play the game of basketball. He really head fakes well. He passes well, and has great feel for the game, and he’s a great foul shooter as well.”

Kennard, the ACC Tournament MVP, also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range and 85.6 percent from the free throw line.

He was two-time Ohio Mr. Basketball at Franklin.

Top returning GWOC baseball hitters

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 2:59 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:40 PM

Vandalia Butler senior Tyler Burley. CONTRIBUTED

The top returning Greater Western Ohio Conference high school baseball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats:

1. Tyler Burley, sr., Vandalia-Butler: 34 of 76 (.447); 34 runs, 20 RBI’s, 15 SB.

2. Dillon King, sr., Sidney: 22 of 53 (.415); 13 runs, 9 RBI’s.

3. Logan Eldridge, sr., Greenville: 35 of 88 (.398); 22 runs, 21 RBI’s, 17 SB.

4. Tommy Bell, sr., Fairmont: 38 of 96 (.396); 29 runs, 19 RBI’s, 10 SB.

5. Damon Dues, sr., Vandalia-Butler: 32 of 81 (.395); 20 runs, 23 RBI’s, 14 SB.

6. Treyben Funderburg, sr., Beavercreek: 35 of 89 (.393); 24 runs, 22 RBI’s, 5 SB.

7. Byan Profitt, sr., Fairborn: 33 of 87 (.379); 16 runs, 18 RBI’s, 3 SB.

8. Travis Smith, sr., Piqua: 25 of 67 (.373); 15 runs, 10 RBI’s, 5 SB.

9. Robert DeLong, sr., Xenia: 25 of 69 (.362); 13 runs, 10 RBI’s, 3 SB.

10. Avery Swigart, jr., Springfield: 29 of 81 (.358); 10 runs, 20 RBI’s, 6 SB.

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Top returning SWBL baseball hitters

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

Carlisle senior Adam Goodpaster is the SWBL’s leading returning hitter. CONTRIBUTED BY E.L. HUBBARD

The top returning Southwestern Buckeye League high school baseball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats:

1. Adam Goodpaster, sr., Carlisle: 43 of 85 (.506); 31 runs, 21 RBI’s, 10 SB.

2. Keifer Jones, sr., Milton-Union: 22 of 48 (.458); 15 runs, 16 RBI’s, 3 SB.

3. Reece Human, sr., Carlisle: 29 of 65 (.446); 26 runs, 34 RBI’s, 3 SB.

4. Krue Thwaits, sr., Milton-Union: 27 of 61 (.443); 19 runs, 11 RBI’s, 16 SB.

5. Cory Clark, sr., Waynesville: 38 of 87 (.437); 38 runs, 31 RBI’s, 12 SB.

6. Austin Kramer, sr., Dixie: 26 of 60 (.433); 2 runs, 11 RBI’s.

7. Bradley Curry, sr., Eaton: 28 of 66 (.424); 23 runs, 18 RBI’s, 1 SB.

8. Jake Glover, sr., Carlisle: 24 of 57 (.421); 28 runs, 24 RBI’s, 1 SB.

9. Brett Neal, sr., Madison: 32 of 76 (.421); 25 runs, 18 RBI’s, 6 SB.

10. A.J. Denlinger, jr., Brookville: 31 of 75 (.413); 20 runs, 26 RBI’s, 9 SB.

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Top returning GCL Co-Ed North baseball hitters

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

Chaminade Julienne’s Garrett Wissman is the GCL Co-Ed North’s second-leading returning hitter from last season. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

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

1. Fred Albino, sr., Carroll: 23 of 52 (.442); 22 runs, 6 RBI’s, 5 SB.

2. Garrett Wissman, sr., CJ: 32 of 80 (.400); 20 runs, 24 RBI’s, 9 SB.

3. Ryan Peltier, jr., CJ: 32 of 81 (.395); 21 runs, 19 RBI’s, 16 SB.

4. Darian Jones, sr., CJ: 15 of 38 (.395); 17 runs, 9 RBI’s, 14 SB.

5. Alan Nix, sr., Fenwick: 29 of 74 (.392); 19 runs, 18 RBI’s, 4 SB.

6. Karter Peck, so., Carroll: 17 of 47 (.362); 13 runs, 14 RBI’s, 2 SB.

7. Mark Barhorst, sr., CJ: 30 of 83 (.361); 27 runs, 10 RBI’s, 18 SB.

8. Jared Kauffman, sr., Fenwick: 31 of 91 (.341); 29 runs, 18 RBI’s, 7 SB.

9. Tommy Lowe, so., Carroll: 13 of 42 (.310); 4 runs, 7 RBI’s, 2 SB.

10. Brad Davenport, jr., Fenwick: 21 of 72 (.292); 10 runs, 11 RBI’s.

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Fairfield’s Jackson Carman names surprise leader in recruiting race

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:06 PM

Fairfield offensive lineman Jack Carman (left) takes out a Northmont defender. Fairfield defeated host Northmont 39-21 in a high school football game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Could Clemson be in position to steal the top football recruit in Ohio from Ohio State?

Fairfield five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman, the No. 1 rated player in the state according to 247sports, tweeted Tuesday his leader is the South Carolina school that is the current home of college football’s national championship. 

Carman made an unofficial visit to coach Dabo Swinney’s program Monday, and apparently it made a strong impression.

Carman, who visited Ohio State in January, listed a top 10 of Ohio State, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Clemson, USC, Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU, Florida and Tennessee in December.

He is one of a large group of area 2018 prospects getting a bevy of offers from Power 5 conferences this year, including a strong push by Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.