Overflow crowd comes to Holtrey’s support

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 10:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 10:52 PM

They came for answers. There were none. Instead, an overflow crowd of Troy Holtrey backers shook their heads in disbelief and let their representatives plead with the Springboro school board to rehire a beloved boys high school basketball coach.

Former players, parents, fellow area coaches and teachers throughout the district jammed a special school board session that was open to the public Tuesday night. It was a time for questions about Holtrey’s coaching fate, but the board wasn’t answering.

Eleven predetermined speakers wanted to know why the board informed Holtrey, Boro’s ultra-successful varsity coach the last 21 seasons, that his coaching contract would not be renewed. The only thing the board addressed was a two-minute speaking limit.

“As a preacher, it kills me to go just two minutes,” said Charlie McMahan, who broke mounting tension with that zinger. Like everyone else who spoke, the former Holtrey assistant urged the board to reconsider. Holtrey was told last week that he would not be renewed as coach but that he can reapply.

The Doliboa brothers, first Cain then Seth, each made passionate pleas to the four-member board, which was missing only president Scott Anderson.

Chip James, another former Holtrey player, drew a drawn-out applause after admonishing the board. “To let him leave would be an absolute travesty,” he said.

For now, that’s the board’s plan. It’s not typical protocol for any high-profile and veteran coach like Holtrey, but it’s within the board’s call. And it is under no obligation to provide insight to their decision making.

“It’s what he does off the court for kids and for people that makes you scratch your head at this and makes you think, what’s going on?” said former Springboro football coach Rodney Roberts, now at nearby Franklin.

Holtrey did not attend the meeting and was unavailable for comment.

Also on Tuesday, Springboro treasurer Tracy Jarvis said a “special audit” was being run by the Ohio State Auditors Office in regards to summer camps run by school-district coaches. Police chief Jeff Kruithoff was emphatic that Holtrey was not a person of interest about that by his or the state’s office.

Finally, today begins a long period of non-contact between basketball coaches and players that runs through October. Also, school begins in a couple weeks. Unless someone already is in the school district, finding another varsity coach at this late date will be a major task.

Beavercreek boys coach John Ahrns perfectly summarized the growing crowd frustration.

“If he deserves to be let go,” Ahrns said, “I deserve to be executed.”

Mole crickets prompt officials to move Florida high school football game

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

File image of mole cricket.
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File image of mole cricket.(DEA / M. GIOVANOLI/De Agostini/Getty Images)

A bug problem has ruined the football field at a Florida high school, prompting this week’s game to be played elsewhere.

Friday's game at Satellite High School in Brevard County against Eau Gallie High School was moved to Melbourne High School.

Officials said the problems were caused by mole crickets, a common turf grass pest.

The school district said it saw signs of the mole crickets in the spring and they did a preventative treatment.

Over the summer, the school installed new track and sprinklers were shut off.

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Parents in the Touchdown Club, a booster group for the football team, said they expressed concerns about doing that so close to football season.

They said they saw brown spots on the field last month. A turf expert from a golf course came out to look at it and said it's the worst case of mole crickets he had ever seen, parents said.

“My heart breaks, and I feel bad for the senior football players. (They) played in this program for four years and potentially might not have a home game,” said parent Bert Gamin.

The district said by that point, there were adult mole crickets that are very hard to get rid of and more treatments failed. The non-native insects tunnel underground and eat the roots and shoots of the grass. The district said the field was too dangerous for a game, so the game had to be moved. The district has been rolling out new dirt so they can, at some point, try to grow new grass.

Next week, there is another home game. The plan is to play on an all-dirt field, district officials said.

High school football star practicing with ankle monitor, booted from practice

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

Boca Raton High School football player Shelley Singletary is pictured here at a game in Sept. of 2016. He’s practicing at spring training this week wearing an ankle monitor after his arrest in January on robbery charges. 
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Boca Raton High School football player Shelley Singletary is pictured here at a game in Sept. of 2016. He’s practicing at spring training this week wearing an ankle monitor after his arrest in January on robbery charges. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

A South Florida high school student, who is facing a felony charge, will not be allowed to take part in spring football practice while wearing an ankle monitor after school officials read a newspaper story about it online.

A judge’s order had allowed Shelley Singletary to participate in spring practices, as well as attend classes at Boca Raton High School, and the 18-year-old apparently was set to practice Monday in the team’s first season practice.

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But hours after a story on Singletary was published, Boca Raton High principal Susie King informed the school’s football staff that Singletary could not take part in any team functions until his criminal court case is resolved.

School officials apparently were not aware that Singletary had been cleared to practice until they read the story by the Palm Beach Post.

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Singletary, 18, is accused of a robbery in January during which he allegedly forcibly removed an 11-year-old’s Air Jordan sneakers and tried to steal his bicycle.

Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer modified the terms of Singletary’s house arrest on March 16 allowing him to practice, but only if he wears an ankle monitor.

“The student has been cleared by a judge to participate in activities,” according to a statement released by the Palm Beach County School District. “However, he has not been cleared by Boca Raton Community High School to practice or be part of the school’s football team. At this time, he is in no way affiliated with the team or the spring season.”

Singletary, who will be a junior in the next school year, will be allowed to continue attending classes.

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Singletary, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back and defensive back, is ranked by MaxPreps, a college football recruiting website, as the state’s No. 193 prospect.

The University of Kentucky has reportedly offered Singletary a football scholarship for 2018, according to 24/7 Sports, but NCAA rules prohibit schools from publicly discussing recruits until they sign letters of intent.

Singletary could not be reached for comment.

Court records show that his next court appearance is scheduled for June 19.

Watch: Video emerges of controversial Dunbar-Belmont football game with plays even odder than described

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 2:59 PM

The OHSAA punished Dayton Public Schools’ athletic department with fines and three years of probation this month. The issues stem from Dunbar’s Oct. 28, 2016 football game against Belmont. The plays are even odder than previously described.

The OHSAA punished Dayton Public Schools’ athletic department with fines and three years of probation this month. 

The issues stem from Dunbar’s Oct. 28, 2016 football game against Belmont. In the third quarter, there was a brief stretch where Dunbar started intentionally trying to lose the game. 

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The game video above picks up just before a Dunbar sideline huddle in which players were told that a star teammate was ineligible, meaning if Dunbar won, they would have to forfeit. 

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Dunbar coaches have said they were told moments earlier by athletic directors to lose the game, and they were forwarding that message to the players. 

Dunbar is in blue, and Belmont is in red. The video, shot by Dayton Public Schools students, comes from the district’s DPS-TV archive.

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Baseball coach hits home run with social media plea for equipment

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

A baseball coach in Richmond, Virginia appealed to social media for help raising money to buy his team essential equipment so they could play ball. The community responded with help for the team.
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A baseball coach in Richmond, Virginia appealed to social media for help raising money to buy his team essential equipment so they could play ball. The community responded with help for the team.(Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

A Virginia high school baseball team in desperate need of equipment finally got the help they needed.

John Marshall High School coach Brent Butler told local TV station WTVR that his team needed essential equipment, like gloves, cleats and bats. 

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He said he’s seen his team make big strides in recent weeks, but now they need equipment.

The committed coach got so desperate he said that he took to Facebook to ask the community for donations.

“It’s been really beneficial so far,” said Butler because donations are starting to trickle in.

WTVR stepped up to the plate, too, and presented the coach with a gift of $500.

“We know you have gotten some things and that helps, but we wanted to help as well,” WTVR reporter Lane Casadonte said. 

Butler said he was caught off guard and surprised by the gift.

“This is going to be really beneficial… I thought you guys were here for the weather!” Butler joked.