March Madness: Dayton Flyers fans head to Indianapolis

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 1:03 PM

March Madness: Dayton Flyers fans head to Indianapolis

Fans of the Dayton Flyers descended on Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday, or earlier in the week, to watch their team play Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

For the second straight year, I asked them to send me photos on Twitter to everyone can share in the excitement. Here are their photos.

Northmont’s Catalyst to sing national anthem at Dragons opener

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 3:19 PM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Northmont’s Catalyst to sing national anthem at Dragons opener

The Northmont High School A Capella singing group Catalyst has been selected to perform the national anthem for the Dayton Dragons season opener.

The Dragons’ minor-league baseball season starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field against the Lake County Captains. This will be the 18th season for the Cincinnati Reds’ affiliate and Midwest League Eastern Division team.

Catalyst was chosen for the opener over more than 200 other soloists or groups who auditioned. The Dragons historically have picked local talent at all levels to sing The Star-Spangled Banner before every home game.

“When the kids found out that they had won they were shocked,” said Anna King, a Catalyst co-director, in a release. “They were hoping to sing at a game this season, but had no idea that Opening Day would be a possibility.”

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Cincinnati Bengals reportedly re-sign Wallace Gilberry

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Cincinnati Bengals reportedly re-sign Wallace Gilberry

The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly have retained another free agent, re-signing veteran defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news Friday afternoon.

Gilberry was a Bengal from 2012-15 and spent the beginning of the ’16 season with the Lions before being released.

He rejoined Cincinnati midway through last season and ended up playing in five games.

He posted 2.5 sacks, leaving him with 34 in a career that began with Kansas City in 2008. 

UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached at Wright State, played at Miami

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

            UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached at Wright State, played at Miami

Looking for a local connection to Friday night’s mega March Madness matchup between UCLA and Kentucky? Check out the Bruins’ bench.

Ed Schilling is in his fourth season as an assistant to Steve Alford at UCLA.

Wright State fans will remember Schilling as the head coach of the Raiders from 1998-2003.

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Prior to that, Schilling was four-year starting point guard at Miami University, sharing the court with future NBA standout Ron Harper.

Per his UCLA bio, Schilling is still Miami’s all-time leader in assists.

Schilling also has a history with Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Schilling was an assistant to the current Wildcats mentor when both were at Memphis and Massachusetts and also worked for him when Calipari was president and head coach of the New Jersey Nets.

Boys Basketball: Crushing loss for Trotwood-Madison in state semis

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 2:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 8:52 PM

Torrey Patton quickly pulled his jersey front over his head. Trotwood-Madison teammates buried their faces in their hands. Even Rams coach Rocky Rockhold was suspended in wide-eyed shock.

“I don’t think we were too overconfident,” Patton offered. “We played every game like it was our last game.”

That’s just what Thursday’s 62-60 stunning last-second loss to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in a boys high school basketball Division II state semifinal was for the favored Rams, their last. Instead, it’s Akron SVSM (24-5) that will play Wauseon (27-1) in Saturday’s D-II state championship also at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center. That’ll be the first of four title games at 10:45 a.m.

It was a crushing setback for Trotwood (26-3), which had pummeled visiting Akron SVSM 100-61 in mid-January. How did this happen? How did Trotwood suddenly join the best-area-team-not-to-win-state club?

“I’m still stunned,” admitted Rockhold. “The reality of it is we knew we weren’t going to play the same team that we played a few months ago. I don’t put a lot of stock into games that happen in mid-January. We certainly didn’t come in here thinking we were going to win by 40.”

Fighting Irish senior Jayvon Graves made certain of that. The University of Buffalo signee lofted a floater from the baseline over the outstretched hand of Trotwood’s Caleb Johnson for the game-winning basket with just .7 of a second left.

Trotwood had no time to inbound the ball. That set off a raucous celebration by the Irish and their vocal student section, who were anchored by the winning basket.

That was the last of Graves’ team-high 22 points to go with 10 rebounds. And he wasn’t the only SVSM hero. Jonathan Williams’ 3-pointer in the final minutes drew the teams even, his two free throws provided a brief lead and his strip of the ball from Patton at midcourt set up Graves’ game winner.

“This is very big,” admitted veteran Irish coach Dru Joyce. “It ranks right up there with the best of (wins). But, honestly, it’ll be very hollow if we don’t take care of it on Saturday. That’s what we play for. We don’t play to do anything else but win it.”

That’s what seemed to be Trotwood’s mission. The high-scoring Rams averaged 90 points and became the state’s second most prolific all-time, single-season scoring team according to Ohio High School Athletic Association records with 2,606 points.

It also was a record-setting day for Patton. The 6-foot-4 guard ended a celebrated Rams career by setting a D-II state semifinal record of 34 points, surpassing a mark that had stood since 1992.

“I knew we needed points,” said Patton, who also collected 11 rebounds.

But none of that mattered to the Rams, who appeared to be at their best in the first game against the Irish and just five days ago in an equally stunning 83-54 wipeout of Dunbar in a regional final.

“Everybody knew what was on the line,” said Trotwood junior Myles Belyeu, who had 13 points and three steals. “Every possession counts. Honestly, I don’t think we fully understood that and took advantage of that.”

Sophomore Amari Davis added 10 points for the Rams, who had mounted a 13-game win streak. Patton, Belyeu and Davis combined for all but three of Trotwood’s points. Lunden McDay added 15 points and Justin Sampson 11 for the Irish.

Stats were nearly identical for both teams. There were nine lead changes and six ties. Trotwood overcame an eight-point deficit in the third quarter and appeared in position for a game-winning shot. Instead, Williams picked Patton and the rest was unfulfilled Trotwood history.

It was the third time Trotwood had been to state, placing runner-up in D-I in 2006 and also falling in the 2014 D-I semis.

“I don’t know if the moment was too big,” Rockhold said. “I didn’t feel like that coming into it; we were just uncharacteristic.”

It’s the second straight season no area boys team will play for a state basketball championship. Akron SVSM will be seeking its seventh state title, all since 1984. This was the Irish’s 11th state final four since 2000.

“These guys down the road can look back and feel like this was the greatest game, but we’re hoping that Saturday is even better,” Joyce said. “If we take care of business on Saturday, we’re going to be good for a while.”


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