Green makes NFL Top 100 for sixth straight year

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

            Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) participates in a team practice at Paul Brown Stadium, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) participates in a team practice at Paul Brown Stadium, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

A.J. Green may have come up short in his bid for a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but missing the final six games of the season did alter his standing among his peers as the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is set to appear somewhere between 11 and 20 tonight in the NFL Network’s ranking of the Top 100 players of 2017.

This will be Green’s six appearance on the list, and could be the second highest he has ever been ranked.

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Green was ninth in 2014 and 16th in both 2016 and 2013. He was 77th in 2012 and 37th in 2015.

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He will be the second Bengals player to make this year’s list after defensive tackle Geno Atkins came in at 68.

The NFL Network will unveil Nos. 11-20 at 9 p.m. tonight

11 members of Cleveland Browns kneel during national anthem

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 12:19 AM

Members of the Cleveland Browns kneel before Monday night's NFL exhibition game.
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Members of the Cleveland Browns kneel before Monday night's NFL exhibition game.(Associated Press)

Eleven members of the Browns knelt in protest during the national anthem before Monday night’s NFL preseason game between Cleveland and the New York Giants, the Plain Dealer reported. 

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According to the Plain Dealer, Those who took a knee were tight end Seth DeValve, running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, linebackers Chris Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and running back Isaiah Crowell.

DeValve became the first white player to kneel during the national anthem, CBS Sports reported.

Standing with the group were punter Britton Colquitt, who had his hand on his heart; cornerback Jason McCourty; quarterback DeShone Kizer; defensive tackle Trevon Coley; and offensive tackle Shon Coleman, the Plain Dealer reported.

The Browns improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 10-6 victory in a nationally televised game.

“As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country's national anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad," a Browns spokesman said in a statement at halftime. "We feel it's important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression.”

NFL players have continued the national anthem protests made prominent last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was with the San Francisco 49ers and knelt during the anthem's performance before games. 

This past week, Browns coach Hue Jackson defended his players’ rights to make a statement, provided it was peaceful and he had advance notice, ESPN reported.

HS Results 8/21: Centerville wins fifth straight tournament

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 10:56 PM

Marissa Wenzler was the runner-up with a 70 and Kayla Ramsey added a 73, helping the Centerville girls golf team win its fifth straight tournament at the Lady Elk Invitational on Monday at Yankee Trace.

Centerville finished with a 301, edging Dublin Coffman by nine strokes. Springboro was 8th with a 343 and Lakota West 10th at 350.

Girls Golf

Spg. Shawnee 211, Urbana 254: Bella DeMayo of Shawnee led the field with a 45.

Northeastern 222, Triad 230: Kayleigh Boldman earned medalist honors with a 48 and Lexi Moore was the runner-up at 49 for Triad.

Fairbanks 177, Mechanicsburg 231: Emily Wilson shot a 38 and Natalie Parker a 41 for Fairbanks. Ashley Bumgardner paced ‘Burg with a 55.

Boys Golf

LaSalle Invite: A.J. Cherubini and Dhaivat Pandya led the field at 73 as Centerville edged Mason by six strokes to win the tournament.

Alter 149, Dayton Christian 189: Nick Kreusch and A.J. Pothast of Alter tied with Philip Miller of Dayton Christian for medalist honors at 35.

Spg. Shawnee 184, Urbana 191: Grant Engle paced Shawnee with a 35 and Camden VanVelzor added a 45. William McDavid tallied a 41 for Urbana.

Graham 153, Ben Logan 177: Any Milligan was the medalist for Graham with a 36. Ethan Ricketts shot a 40 and Will Kenoyer a 41 in a losing effort for Ben Logan.

Northeastern 168, Triad 208: Jake Calhoun had the low score of 40 and Josh Calhoun added a 44. Creighton Bradley led Triad with a 48.

Cedarville 173, Greeneview 180: Adam Wood tallied a 40 and Noah Myers 42 to carry Cedarville. Mason Witt earned medalist honors for Greeneview with a 35.

West Jefferson 168, West Liberty-Salem 173: Max Eggleston shot a 41 and Tyler Gardner a 43 in a losing effort for WLS.

Newton 181, Twin Valley South 191: Chet Jamison shot a 36 to lead Newton. Nate Osborn was the medalist for TVS with a 35.

Tri-County North 199, National Trail 231: Ethan Kelley shot the low score of 41 for TCN. Chris Brubaker had a 47 for National Trail.

Ponitz 172, Legacy Christian 192: Devin Wallace paced Ponitz with a 43.

Boys Soccer

Bethel 10, Dixie 0: Tyler Brueckman poured in four goals, Nick Schmidt added two and Daniel Ross had a goal with 3 assists to lead Bethel to an opening-season win.

Twin Valley South 4, Madison 0: Hunter Bennett put TVS on the board, Jacob Wells added two second-half goals and Bryant Marker tacked on the final score.

Girls Soccer

Northeastern 7, Emmanuel Christian 2: Caityln Hack and Debbie Nichols knocked in a pair of goals apiece and Karsen Rhoades, Megan Davis and Karen Kinder each added a score for Northeastern.

Girls Tennis

Lebanon 3, Monroe 2: Katie Oliver and Mollie Langdon both prevailed in 3 sets to lead Lebanon. Renee Lyons had a singles win for Monroe.

Tippecanoe 4, Milton Union 1: Amelia Zwiezig beat Hannah Fugate in a 3-set tiebreak and Dakota Schroeder tacked on another singles win to lead Tippecanoe. Meredith Fitch had a singles win for Milton Union.

Sidney 4, Urbana 1: Hailey New, Naomi Riegel and Madison Frank each grabbed a singles win for Sidney.

Kenton Ridge 3, Lehman Catholic 2: Macy Wallace, Gretchen Hefner and Elli Schleinitz took all three singles matches. Lehman Catholic won the doubles portion.

Tecumseh 5, Fairborn 0: Ashlee Fite, Emilee Morris and Kayla Wright swept the singles matches for Tecumseh.

Eaton 5, Dixie 0: Sophia Murphy, Tess Murphy and Quinlyn Sittloh captured all three singles matches for Eaton.

Valley View 5, Edgewood 0: Kelsey Kitchel, Marissa Gilbert and Porscha Fleming each grabbed singles wins to lead Valley View.

Miami Valley 4, Carlisle 1: Gabby Shaw and Simra Ahmed each had singles wins for Miami Valley. Grace Black notched a win in third singles for Carlisle.

Girls Volleyball

Badin 3, Hamilton 0: Badin opened the season with a win with scores of 25-12, 25-7 and 25-12.

Edgewood 3, Madison 1: Kenzie Bronnegberg had 6 kills with 2 aces and Paige Porter 3 kills and 4 aces for Madison in a losing effort.

Brookville 3, National Trail 1: Brookville took the final two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-21 to break a 1-1 tie. Risa Griffin had 15 digs and Lexi Stiner 8 kills in a losing effort for National Trail.

Tecumseh 3, Fairborn 1: Kayleigh Finlayson had 15 digs with 3 kills and Hani Sampson added 10 digs in a losing effort for Fairborn. Tecumseh took the final three sets to earn the rally win.

Graham 3, Bellefontaine 0: Carly Carafa put up 20 kills with 13 digs, Katie Milligan had 9 kills with 3 aces and Molly Hamilton 38 assists to lead Graham.

Cedarville 3, Emmanuel Christian 2: Sara Beste carried Cedarville with 26 kills and 17 digs and Kalley Schulz tacked on 46 assists with 10 digs.

Troy Christian 3, Bethel 0: Cassie Mead tallied 3 aces with 2 kills and 2 digs and Bianca Keener added 2 aces with 3 kills and a block to lead Bradford.


Boys Soccer

Monday’s Results

Bethel 10, Dixie 0

Troy Christian 2, Celina 0

Twin Valley South 4, Madison 0

Girls Soccer

Monday’s Results

Catholic Central 2, Northwestern 1

Madison 7, Twin Valley South 0

Northeastern 7, Emmanuel Christian 2

Girls Tennis

Monday’s Results

Bellbrook 5, Vandalia 0

Eaton 5, Dixie 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Lehman Catholic 2

Lebanon 3, Monroe 2

Miami Valley 4, Carlisle 1

Sidney 4, Urbana 1

Springboro 5, Fairmont 0

Tecumseh 5, Fairborn 0

Tippecanoe 4, Milton Union 1

Valley View 5, Edgewood 0

OTCA Tournament

Alter 3, CHCA 2

Boys Golf

Monday’s Results

Alter 149, Dayton Christian 189

Cedarville 173, Greeneview 180

Graham 153, Ben Logan 177

Legacy Christian 129, Ponitz 172

Newton 181, Twin Valley South 191

Northeastern 186, Triad 208

Spg. Shawnee 184, Urbana 191

Tri-County North 199, National Trail 231

Troy Christian 207, Emanuel Christian 209

West Jefferson 168, West Liberty-Salem 173

LaSalle Invite

Team Results: Centerville 307; Mason 313; St Charles 320; Mason (Green) 322; Loveland 323; Anderson 327; Elder 332; Turpin 332; Moeller 335; LaSalle 346; Bishop Watterson 361; Milford 366; Middletown 486.

Girls Golf

Monday’s Results

Alter 191, Badin 218

Fairbanks 177, Mechanicsburg 231

Northeastern 222, Triad 230

Spg. Shawnee 211, Urbana 254

Lady Elk Invitational

Team Results: 1. Centerville 301; 2. Dublin Coffman 310; 3. Upper Arlington 315; 4. Dublin Jerome 321; 5. New Albany 322; 6. Gahanna Lincoln 333; 7. Sycamore 333; 8. Springboro 343; 9. Centerville Black 349; 10. Lakota East 350; 11. Lakota West 371; 12. Northmont 398; 13. Beavercreek 399; 14. Bellefontaine 405; 15. Centerville White 405; 16. Miamisburg 407.

Girls Volleyball

Monday’s Results

Badin 3, Hamilton 0

Brookville 3, National Trail 1

Cedarville 3, Emmanuel Christian 2

Edgewood 3, Madison 1

Graham 3, Bellefontaine 0

Houston 3, Ansonia 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Chaminade Julienne 0

Tecumseh 3, Fairborn 1

Troy Christian 3, Bradford 0

Dragons crack three home runs en route to win over Lake County

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 10:27 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 10:27 PM

            Dayton’s Cassidy Brown unloads during a game vs. the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dayton’s Cassidy Brown unloads during a game vs. the Peoria Chiefs (Cardinals) at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The Dayton Dragons hit three home runs and starting pitcher Scott Moss worked seven strong innings as they defeated the Lake County Captains 7-2 on Monday night. The Dragons took three of four in the series and have won six of their last eight games.

The Dragons scored four runs in the third to take the lead. Jose Siri reached on an infield single with two outs and scored from first base on Taylor Trammell’s double off the right field fence to make it 1-0. Bruce Yari lined a double down the left field line to bring in Trammell. Taylor Sparks followed with a titanic blast to left field for his second home run of the year to give the Dragons a 4-0 lead.

Lake County’s Conner Capel connected on his 22nd home run of the season and third of the series in the bottom of the third, but Siri responded with his 21st homer of the year in the fifth to make it 5-1.

In the eighth, Dayton’s Cassidy Brown cracked a two-run home run to left field to make it 7-1. The homer was Brown’s fourth of the year and came in front of many family and friends. Brown is from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, about 45 minutes from Classic Park. Lake County scored one run in the bottom of the eighth to close out the scoring.

Moss (13-6) allowed one run on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He moved into a tie for fourth place on the Dragons all-time single-season victories list.

Dauri Moreta tossed the final two innings to close it out, allowing one run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. For the second straight day, Dragons pitchers did not issue a walk. They surrendered just one walk over the final three games of the series covering 28 innings.

Trammell reached base four times with a single, double, and two walks. He stole three bases, scored a run, and drove one in. Siri, Sparks and Michael Beltre had two hits.

Dayton returns home to open a three-game series vs. Bowling Green on Tuesday at Fifth Third Field.

Greene, Senzel lead latest Reds’ prospect rankings

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 1:23 PM

Hunter Greene, right, a pitcher and shortstop from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., talks to commissioner Rob Manfred after being selected No. 2 by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Secaucus, N.J.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Hunter Greene, right, a pitcher and shortstop from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., talks to commissioner Rob Manfred after being selected No. 2 by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft, Monday, June 12, 2017, in Secaucus, N.J.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)(Contributing Writer)

The Reds’ rebuild is showing promise. That’s not anything new, but FanGraphs is the latest outlet to qualify what’s become a strong farm system, in large part thanks to the past two drafts.

In FanGraphs’ summer top 100 prospect rankings, the Reds have four of baseball’s best prospects.

Pitcher-hitter hybrid Hunter Greene, drafted No. 2 overall in June, is the Reds’ best prospect at No. 23. Third baseman Nick Senzel, drafted a season ago out of the University of Tennessee, is one spot lower at No. 24.

Outfielder Taylor Trammell came in at No. 70, while pitcher Tyler Mahle, who’s on a recent hot streak, is at No. 85. Mahle is the only of the aforementioned players who could make his major league debut next month.

Luis Castillo, who’s arguably been the Reds’ best starter, made the “others considered” list. With how he’s pitched in his rookie season, the Reds won’t care about his third-party prospect listing.

Second baseman Shed Long and outfielder Jesse Winkler were also considered.