Overflow crowd comes to Holtrey’s support

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 7:17 PM
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 10:52 PM
By: Marc Pendleton - Staff Writer

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.”

Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 4:44 PM
Published: Friday, January 16, 2015 @ 6:50 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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You may expect a coach to be suspended for losing too many games. But what about when his team wins one?

That's exactly what happened to the head coach of a high school girls basketball team in California after they beat the other team 161-2.  

That is not a typo.  The Arroyo Valley High School girl's basketball team beat Bloomington High School  by nearly 160 points the Sporting News reported.

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But despite putting the bench in, they still scored and handily beat their opponents. 

That's where the suspension comes in.  According to the local newspaper, Arroyo Valley's school board suspended Michael Anderson for two games .

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported Anderson played the starters for the first half and they scored an average of 13 points a minute, or 104 points in the first 16-minute half.

Some say putting the bench in the second half was too little too late.  The Daily Bulletin said Anderson should have slowed the game once it became obvious that the other team was no match.  They did report that Anderson imposed a 23-second wait on shots for his team. 

Another coach suggested in a Daily Bulletin story, that Anderson should have followed his lead when a score is one-sided and let the other side score and change the way the team played further, going so far as to not block a shot or steal the ball.  

As for the team, they handily beat their opponents in the first game of Anderson's suspension.  Arroyo Valley beat Indian Springs 80-19 Wednesday night.  Anderson will return courtside on Monday.


Kennard scores 44, shoots past LeBron

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 3:32 PM
Published: Friday, February 06, 2015 @ 9:16 PM
By: Staff Report

            Kennard scores 44, shoots past LeBron
Franklin's Luke Kennard passed LeBron James on the Ohio high school basketball all-time scoring list.

Franklin High School sensation and Duke University commit Luke Kennard scored 44 points in Friday night’s 90-64 defeat of Brookville to pass LeBron James for fourth on the Ohio career scoring list.

Kennard needed 39 to surpass James, who went directly from Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary to the NBA in 2003. With 2,652 career points, the Franklin senior has Cambridge’s Geno Ford (1989-93) next in his sights. Ford is third all-time with 2,680 points.

Jay Burson of New Concord John Glenn is No. 2 with 2,958 points from 1981-85. No. 1 is Jon Diebler of Fostoria/Upper Sandusky with 3,208 from 2004-07.

Kennard is averaging 39.1 points for the Wildcats (18-1), who have three regular-season games remaining.

Area coaching legend Ross dies

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 1:09 PM
Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 @ 11:19 AM
By: Staff Report

John Ross, the architect of the men’s basketball program at Wright State University and a member of the Ohio High School Basketball Hall of Fame, died Tuesday night in DeLand, Fla. He was 89.

Ross started the program — as a junior varsity team for one season — until the Raiders received varsity status in 1970. He coached the Raiders until 1974 and then served as an assistant athletic director at WSU until he retired in 1980. He is a member of the Wright State Hall of Fame.

“We have lost one of the early architects of our men’s basketball program,” WSU Director of Athletics Bob Grant said. “Coach Ross’ influence and impact on our program is immeasurable and is still felt today. He was a true gentleman who, even in recent years, was visible on our sidelines. He will be missed by generations of fans and administrators, including me and many of our current staff members who had been fortunate enough to spend time with him.”

Before Wright State, Ross coached at Belmont High School, where he led the Bison to the big-school state title in 1964. That team, which featured future college All-Americans Don May (Dayton) and Bill Hosket (Ohio State), was inducted into the Ohio High School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Ross is survived by his wife, Janet, and three daughters — Tina, Nancy and Jeanne. Arrangements are pending.

Longtime Tecumseh football coach Tuffy Thompson dies at 72

Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 7:43 PM
Published: Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 9:08 AM
By: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Galen “Tuffy” Thompson, the longtime defensive coordinator for the Tecumseh High School football program, died Thursday at 72 after fighting cancer for 4½ years.

Tecumseh head coach Kent Massie coached alongside Thompson for 23 of the last 24 seasons. The 2015 season would have been Thompson’s 25th with the program. He worked under head coaches Mike Lucas and Bob DeLong before Massie took the helm in 2005. Share your condolences.

Thompson held the defensive coordinator position for all those seasons and helped build and maintain a program that is one of the area’s best. The Arrows made nine playoff appearances during Thompson’s tenure.

“Tecumseh football would not be where it is today without Tuffy Thompson,” Massie said.

Thompson earned the nickname “Tuffy” when he was 4, his son Kurt Thompson said. Thompson was a 1961 Troy High School graduate who played for Lou Juillerat.

“(Juillerat) really shaped my dad into the coach he became,” Kurt Thompson said.

Thompson was a head coach at Park Hills High School in Fairborn from 1971-80. One of his players was Rob Fada, who blocked for Dan Marino at Pittsburgh and played three seasons in the NFL and whose son Craig now plays for Ohio State.

Thompson later coached youth football in Enon for several years. He started coaching at Tecumseh in 1991. He was inducted into the Miami Valley Football Coaches Association Assistants Hall of Fame in 2009.

“He lived and breathed football,” Kurt Thompson said. “From the family’s standpoint, we are happy he was able to live out his passion every day.”

Shawnee head football coach Rick Meeks worked with Thompson at Fairborn High School and also coached with Thompson at Tecumseh right after he graduated from Wittenberg in 1993. He considered Thompson one of his great mentors.

“His name fit him perfect,” Meeks said. “He was just a tough guy. He was short in stature but he commanded respect. He’s what you call a grinder, a guy who works, works, works.”

Thompson never missed a game, even as he battled cancer in recent years, Massie said. He didn’t want the kids to know he was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. He was working with players in the weight room up until several weeks ago.

“He had a tremendous amount of passion,” Massie said. “He was a great leader. He made everyone around him better. The people around him had so much respect for him. He cared about people and the kids. He never cared about recognition. He impacted so many kids here, demanding the best out of them. He’s made a lasting impression on a lot of people he’s coached.”

Thompson is survived by his wife of 47 years, Connie, two children, Kurt and Maggie (Thompson) Hall, and four grandchildren.