March Madness: Dayton Flyers senior writes about his life for website

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

Dayton's Kendall Pollard, Darrell Davis, Scoochie Smith and Josh Cunningham warm up before practice on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Dayton Flyers forward Kendall Pollard followed in the footsteps of fellow senior Jeremiah Bonsu this week, publishing an article about his basketball career on Athletes-Guide.com.

Bonsu wrote about the death of Steve McElvene for The Players’ Tribune. Pollard’s pieces tells the story of how he progressed from a kid who didn’t have a real basketball hoop to a 1,000-point scorer at Dayton. Here’s an excerpt:

When I was younger, my cousins and I used to play sports every day after school. No one would support our love for sports, so we didn’t have a hoop to play ball on and had to play with whatever we could find. All we ever wanted to do was play sports.

Shooting on crates and anything else that we could put up high and was round, this became our first basketball court.

I actually remember playing in my first organized basketball league because it was the first time I was playing on a real hoop. I was in second grade and I was the tallest kid in the league. This sounds great, but because I could block everyone’s shot, the league director told me to let the kids shoot because it wasn’t fair.

WSU basketball player out of surgery and recovering 

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 3:52 PM
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.:

According to Ryan Custer’s recovery care page Ryan is out of surgery and recovering in his room. Doctors have informed the family that the procedure went well. According to Ryan’s father, Ryan is the third person in the world to get a 20 million count stem cell injection. Doctors estimate it will take a period of 60-90 days before any results will show. 

UPDATE April 28 @ 10:40 a.m.:

Ryan Custer, the Wright State basketball player who was injured diving into a makeshift pool at Miami University, is scheduled to undergo an extensive stem cell operation this morning at 11 a.m. 

George Custer, Ryan’s father, released on facebook the details of this procedure stating, “We are of course nervous, but Ryan is in good hands and Dr. Fessler told us although they have to open up his first incision on the back of his neck it is a lot less dangerous than his fusion surgery.” George Custer also advised that Ryan will have 20 million stem cells injected into his neck. 

Additionally, HBO is going to be at the hospital interviewing the Custer family and filming the actual procedure. George Custer said he will be give an update on Ryan’s procedure later in the day. 

EARLIER: George and Kim Custer, the parents of injured Wright State basketball player Ryan Custer, held a brief press conference Tuesday to afternoon at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center to give an update on their son’s condition and what lies ahead.

George, who got emotional multiple times during his 3 1/2 minute statement, said Ryan is being considered for a stem cell study at Rush University in Chicago.

“We just found out he leaves Friday morning at 8 o’clock,” he said. “There’s no guarantees, but he’ll be evaluated for five days and hopefully he’ll pass the test that they’re going to give him and he’ll receive an injection. And then he’ll be there seven to nine days afterward for further evaluation. At that time he’ll go to an in-patient rehabilitation facility.”

»RELATED: Wright State coach on injury: ‘It’s certainly hit everybody hard’

Ryan fractured his C5 vertebrae April 8 when he jumped into a makeshift pool during a party at Miami University. He was air-lifted to the UC Medical Center, where he is still recovering after doctors removed vertebrae fragments and shaved the C3, C4, C5 and C6 vertebrae.

»INITIAL REPORT: Wright State freshman critically injured at party

George said the family is encouraged by some of the small improvements Ryan has made recently.

“Over the past few days he’s shown some improvement in his touch and movement. He’s able to feel his fingers to the touch and he has slight movement in his fingertips. Right now he has hardly any feeling below his legs, although he has felt us rub the top of his feet and he said there’s been some tingling in his thighs and his feet.”

George also made a point to clarify that Ryan did not injure himself by diving off a balcony or through someone’s legs into the makeshift pool during an April 8 party at Miami University, as was stated in the police report.

Ryan is in good spirits but also “nervous and scared for his future,” George said, adding “He’s not sure what’s going to happen. But we’ve assure him he’s not going to make this journey alone. We’ll be right there with him.”

George and Kim, who did not take questions, wrapped the press conference by thanking everyone for their prayers and donations, and they asked that those prayers continue.

“The more prayers we have, maybe God will answer our prayers and give him the healing he needs,” George said. “The only answers we can come up with through this whole terrible situation is that Ryan has and will be an inspiration to other people. He’s a very special kid and everyone’s going to see how tough, determined and resilient his spirit truly is.”

Meet the Dayton Dragons: Cassidy Brown, catcher

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 6:02 PM


            Dragons catcher Cassidy Brown is from Columbus and played in high school at Walsh Jesuit. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Who: Cassidy G. Brown

Position: Catcher

Number: 39

Personal: R/R; 6-3, 215 pounds

Born: July 21, 1994 (22)

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio

College: Loyola Marymount

Drafted: By Reds in 12th round in 2016.

Notable: Max Preps Ohio player of the year in 2013 at Walsh Jesuit. Had outstanding career at Loyola after slow start. A backup to Tyler Stephenson.

OHSFCA North-South football games Saturday at Massillon

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

Wayne senior center Ben Jackson (left) will play on the South Divisions I-III team. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Games will be held at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon on Saturday.

A combined Divisions IV-VII game is at noon, followed by the combined Divisions I-III game at 4 p.m.

The North head coaches are Mike Franklin of Sandusky (Divisions I-III) and Warren JFK’s Jeff Bayuk (Divisions IV-VII).

The South head coaches are Doug Frye of St. Marys Memorial (Divisions I-III) and Carlisle’s Mike Brown (Divisions IV-VII).

These games were held at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium the last three years.

The Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star North-South Game will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Centerville High School.

OHSFCA NORTH VS. SOUTH ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAMES

When: Saturday, April 29

Where: Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon

Noon: Combined Divisions IV-VII

4 p.m.: Combined Divisions I-III.

SOUTH DIVISIONS I-III

Coach: Doug Frye, St. Marys Memorial.

Assistant coaches: Brad Childers, Franklin; Tennyson Varney, Grove City; Kyle Prosser, Oak Hills, Mike Kopachy, Newark; Nick Yahl, St. Marys Memorial.

Area players

Beavercreek: Jack Knipper

Centerville: Michael Purcell

Edgewood: Greg Dingledine

Fairfield: James Mitchell

Franklin: Eric Robinson, Noah Kremer

Miamisburg: Jake Neatherton

Piqua: Tristan Cox

Ponitz: DeEdgar Cooks

Springfield: Kelley Kinser

Wayne: Ben Jackson

SOUTH DIVISIONS IV-VII

Coach: Mike Brown, Carlisle

Assistant coaches: Kurt Forrest, Mechanicsburg; Kevin Gunn, Cambridge; Terry Holbert, Logan Elm; Rusty Richards, Nelsonville York; Milan Smith, Harvest Prep.

Area players

Alter: Sam Ripley

Carlisle: Ridge Reed, Steve Summer

Coldwater: Zach Klosterman

Fort Recovery: Caleb Martin

Mechanicsburg: Dylan Hartley

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Former Dayton Flyers recruit commits to Colorado

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:01 PM

Anthony Grant speaks at a press conference at UD Arena on April 1, 2017, in Dayton. David Jablonski/Staff

Former Dayton Flyers recruit McKinley Wright on Friday announced his commitment to the University of Colorado.

Dayton released Wright from his letter of intent after coach Archie Miller left for Indiana.

New Dayton coach Anthony Grant kept two signed recruits in the fold: Jordan Davis and Jordan Pierce. Wright and Nahziah Carter asked for their release.

Wright, a senior at Champlin Park High School who was named Mr. Basketball in Minnesota, ranked 158th in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports.com.