NFL Schedule: Bengals to open season at home for first time since 2009

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM


            Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs up the middle during their game against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the season at home for the first time since 2009 when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 10.

Among the other highlights on the regular schedule, which the NFL released Thursday night, are two primetime games, both of which are at home. The first comes in Week 2 against the Houston Texans on Sept. 14, and the second is a Monday night tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 4.

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Here is a full look at the 2017 schedule. All times are local.

Sunday, Sept. 10, vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 14, vs. Houston, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Sunday, Oct. 8, vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15, Bye Week

Sunday, Oct. 22, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 29, vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

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Sunday, Nov. 5, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12, at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26, vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Monday, Dec. 4, vs. Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10, vs. Chicago, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24, vs. Detroit, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

H.S. Results for 4/22: St. Henry coach gets 500th win

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 10:50 PM

John Dorner, in his 28th season as head baseball coach of St. Henry, won his 500th career game in a 12-2 contest over Fort Jennings on Saturday.

Ryan Luttmer was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBI and Rylee Deitsch was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead St. Henry at the plate.

On the mound Daylon Lange scattered four hits over four innings, striking out five and earning the win.

St. Henry returns to action Sunday versus Covington at the home of the Dayton Dragons, Fifth Third Field.

Baseball

Northmont 4, Piqua 3: Cole Stephens was 2-for-3 with a run scored and picked up the save, Will Ludington drove in two and Derek Koester had a single and a RBI for Northmont.

Tippecanoe 9, Kenton Ridge 0: Seth Clayton earned his first win of the season and Justyn Eichbaum and Clay Barhorst had three hits apiece to pace Tipp. Cameron Kettler was 3-for-4 for KR.

Fenwick 12, Kings 2: Alex Hemmelgarn was named the Reds Futures Showcase MVP after tossing a complete-game victory for Fenwick. C.J. Napier went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI and Connor Hayek added a double and two RBI.

Ben Logan 3, Milton Union 2: Konner Caudill pitched out of a jam, Micah Anderson earned the save and Ben Logan swept a DH. BL won the first game 9-1, with Trace Tevis going 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Mississinawa Valley 10, Botkins 0: Cameron Shimp tallied three hits while Andrew Johns and Kyler Guillozet both plated a pair of runs to lead Mississinawa.

Anna 3, Versailles 0: Carter Elliott threw a complete-game shutout with seven strikeouts for Anna.

Riverside 17, Waynesfield-Goshen 0: Seth Barhorst tallied two hits and four RBI and Tyler Sanford added three RBI for Riverside.

Softball

Lady Redskin Invitational: Mechanicsburg defeated Fort Loramie 4-2 and Tri-Village 5-1 on Saturday, going 2-0 to win the invitational. Mary Mayo was 2-for-3 with a double against Fort Loramie and Miranda Lauchard blasted a three-run homer versus Tri-Village. Fort Loramie and Tri-Village each got a win against Riverside in the other two contests.

Hamilton 13, Colerain 3: Ashley Halcomb had a 4-for-4 game with a double and triple and Allison Wolf homered and drove in three to lead Hamilton.

Badin 9, Piqua 3: Gracie McHugh went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI and ace Nicole Rawlings notched two more wins as Badin swept a DH. Badin beat Valley View 11-0 in the first game, with Maddie Curtner going 3-for-3 and blasting a grand slam.

Fenwick 19, Cedarville 7: Rachel Bering picked up a pair of wins, striking out 14 between the two games. Abby Gustely tallied eight hits on the day and Claudia Miller racked up seven RBI. Fenwick won the second game 23-14.

Monroe 9, Preble Shawnee 8: Monroe stormed back from an eight-run deficit in the final two innings to steal the win. Sarah Eschmeyer had a bases-clearing double that brought in the winning run and Faith Hensley went 3-for-3 with two triples.

Edgewood 7, Madison 5: Erin Robison homered and drove in two and Hailey Jackson was 1-for-3 with two RBI for Edgewood in the first game of a DH. Kenzie Saunders had a homer for Madison. Edgewood won the second game 4-3 in eight innings.

Triad 14, Tecumseh 7: Abby Ehrenborg homered and went 3-for-4 and Madison Dolby went 4-for-5 with a double and triple to help Triad split a DH. Tecumseh took the other game 2-1 in nine innings.

West Liberty-Salem 11, Ben Logan 0: Kelsey Day picked up the win and went 3-for-3 at the plate with two triples and three RBI to pace WLS. Mady Stratton and Hallie Strapp each drove in three runs as well.

Versailles 3, Sidney 2: Sidney dropped this and another 6-5 contest to Indian Lake, marking four losses in a row by one run.

Boys Volleyball

Beavercreek 3, Walsh Jesuit 1: Noah Buell tallied 34 assists, Michael Abbitt had 13 kills and Zach Lohner racked up five blocks in the win for Beavercreek. ‘Creek also knocked off Gahanna Lincoln 3-0 on Saturday.

Boys Tennis

Sidney 5, Fairborn 0: Prem Dev and Diachi Urata won their singles matches in straight sets for Sidney.

SCORES LIST

Baseball

Friday’s Results

Oakwood 7, Bellbrook 0

Eaton 10, Valley View 5

Anna 19, Covington 4

Edgewood 13, Talawanda 1

Southeastern 8, Greenview 1

Northmont 2, Centerville 1

Tippecanoe 5, Fairborn 3

Waynesville 15, Milton Union 0

Indian Lake 16, Sidney 1

Seton Catholic 8, National Trail 3

Lebanon 6, Wayne 0

Ross 8, Little Miami 0

Madison 12, Northridge 2

Tri-Village 7, Dayton Christian 6

Tri-County North 5, Northwestern 4

Northwestern 3, Kenton Ridge 1

Saturday’s Results

Anna 3, Versailles 0

Riverside 17, Waynesfield-Goshen 0

Tecumseh 8, Wayne 1

Tippecanoe 9, Kenton Ridge 0

Northmont 4, Piqua 3

Mississinawa Valley 10, Botkins 0

Bellefontaine 8, Sidney 6

St. Henry 12, Fort Jennings 2

Minster 16, Fort Loramie 12

Spg. Shawnee 5, Marysville 4

Fairfield 8, Badin 0

Hamilton 3, Talawanda 2

Fenwick 12, Kings 2

Loveland 8, Edgewood 5

Mariemont 5, Cin. Christian 4

Franklin 5, Middletown 3

Cedarville 4, Bellbrook 3

Monroe 10, Preble Shawnee 0

Ben Logan 9, Milton Union 1

Ben Logan 3, Milton Union 2

Softball

Friday’s Results

Southeastern 10, Greenview 0

Little Miami 6, Ross 0

Triad 8, Fairbanks 6

Riverside 4, Bradford 3

Greenville 15, West Carrollton 0

Monroe 17, Purcell Marian 0

Hamilton 8, Colerain 3

McNicholas 8, Fenwick 5

Beavercreek 7, Sidney 6

West Liberty-Salem 17, Catholic Central 1

Eaton 8, Valley View 2

Carlisle 6, Dixie 2

Russia 13, Covington 6

National Trail 18, Randolph Southern 1

National Trail 6, Randolph Southern 1

Cin. Christian 14, North College Hill 0

Saturday’s Results

Greenon 11, Yellow Springs 0

West Liberty-Salem 11, Ben Logan 0

Edgewood 7, Madison 5

Edgewood 4, Madison 3

Monroe 9, Preble Shawnee 8

Fenwick 19, Cedarville 7

Fenwick 23, Cedarville 14

Eaton 14, Oakwood 0

Eaton 16, Oakwood 3

Badin 11, Valley View 0

Badin 9, Piqua 3

Hamilton 13, Colerain 3

Versailles 3, Sidney 2

Urbana 5, Greeneview 1

Indian Lake 6, Sidney 5

Indian Lake 11, Houston 6

Northwestern 8, Newton 2

Northwestern 9, Newton 1

Tecumseh 2, Triad 1

Triad 14, Tecumseh 7

Spg. Shawnee 8, Arcanum 4

Franklin Monroe 12, Southeastern 4

Fairfield 11, McAuley 1

Louisville Male 4, Lakota West 0

Holy Name 4, Lakota West 2

Lady Redskin Invitational

Mechanicsburg 4, Fort Loramie 2

Mechanicsburg 5, Tri-Village 1

Tri-Village 10, Riverside 4

Fort Loramie 12, Riverside 4

Boys Tennis

Friday’s Results

Miami Valley 5, Kenton Ridge 0

Ross 3, Northwest 2

Northeastern 4, Bellefontaine 1

Edgewood 4, Franklin 1

Troy 5, Trotwood-Madison 0

McNicholas 2, Fenwick 1

Waynesville 5, Carlisle 0

Preble Shawnee 3, Dixie 2

Sidney 5, West Carrollton 0

Saturday’s Results

Sidney 5, Fairborn 0

Louisville St. Xavier 5, Centerville 0

Louisville Trinity 5, Centerville 0

Franklin 5, Monroe 0

Miami Valley Tennis Coaches Association Area Rankings

Division I

1. Centerville; 2. Beavercreek; 3. Troy; 4. Springboro; 5. Fairmont; 6. Bellbrook; 7. Centerville B; 8. Greenville; 9. Tecumseh; 10. Springfield.

Division II

1. Miami Valley; 2. Oakwood; 3. Milton Union; 4. Valley View; 5. Alter; 6. Lehman Catholic; 7. Chaminade Julienne; 8. Dayton Christian; 9. Northeastern; 10. Eaton/Waynesville.

Boys Volleyball

Friday’s Results

McNicholas 3, Carroll 2

Saturday’s Results

Beavercreek 3, Gahanna Lincoln 0

Beavercreek 3, Walsh Jesuit 1

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Chicago Cubs hand Cincinnati Reds fourth straight loss

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 4:36 PM

The Cincinnati Reds trolled Chicago Cubs fans with the Bandwagon Cam on Friday.

The camera found a fan who had never been to Chicago (allegedly), one who didn’t know who Ernie Banks was (maybe) and another who bought his Cubs shirt that day (probably). Cubs fans had a good laugh about it, maybe because they figured they would get the last laugh — and they did with a 6-5, 11-inning victory.

A day later, the Cubs enjoyed the first laugh, the last laugh and most of the laughs in between at Great American Ball Park in front of a crowd of 27,189 fans, the majority of them wearing Chicago blue. The Cubs beat the Reds 12-8 Saturday to ensure they will win their seventh series in the last eight against Cincinnati.

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The Cubs won this game with three swings of the bat. Those swings produced 10 runs. Two of those swings came against Reds starter Cody Reed, who allowed seven earned runs in two innings.

Reed didn’t have much to say after the game. This was his chance to prove he belongs in the starting rotation after four scoreless appearances in relief, and if Tim Adleman continues pitching well and Rookie Davis returns from injury, Reed could find himself right back in the bullpen.

“I wasn’t that good,” Reed said. “‘I’ll just keep on keeping on, pretty much.”

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The Reds (9-9) lost their fourth straight game. They are 2-7 on this homestand with one game left Sunday. The Cubs (10-7) lead the Reds by 1½ games in the division.

Reed gave up a three-run home run by Anthony Rizzo in the first and a grand slam to Wilson Contreras in the second. Wildness plagued him. He walked five batters. His day ended after two innings and 69 pitches.

Lisalverto Bonilla, called up to the Reds from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, took over for Reed and made his Reds debut. He allowed four earned runs on three hits in five innings. A three-run home run by Jason Heyward in the sixth put the game out of reach.

The Reds offense did its part. Joey Votto hit a three-run home run and drove in two more runs. Eugenio Suarez hit two home runs.

The Reds couldn’t overcome Reed’s poor performance. He looked like the pitcher who was 0-7 with a 7.36 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie in 2016, not the pitcher coming off six straight perfect innings in relief.

“The talent is in there,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “It’s part our responsibility but also his responsibility to extract that talent and let it work. It’s going to sort itself out. I think he’s a big-league pitcher. If it’s as a starter or as a reliever, that’s undefined, and we don’t have to define him at his age, but we’ve got to find a way to put us in a spot where he can help our ballclub.

“We can’t use every season as a trial-and-error season. We do have to take steps forward. I think we have to start the season, but we can’t use every year that way where we bring up young pitchers and introduce them and put up with the growing pains. We have to take bigger steps with the younger pitching than we have to this point.”

SUNDAY’S GAME

Cubs at Reds, 1:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410

New football coach Brent Ullery: ‘Centerville is a very special place’

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 8:14 PM

Brett Ullery (left) was an assistant for his father Ron Ullery at Centerville in 2008. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News
Jim Noelker

Centerville football has been among the area’s most successful big-school programs since the mid-1970s. That’s a 40-year run of multiple high school conference titles and playoff appearances. Its celebrated alumni range from ESPN College GameDay commentator Kirk Herbstreit to former Bengals A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent, all of whom played at Ohio State.

That’s why it’s big news when Centerville hires a football coach. Only three have had that title since Richard Nixon was president: Bob Gregg (1974-99), Ron Ullery (2000-13) and Rodney Roberts (2014-16).

Brent Ullery joined that select club last week. A 2003 Centerville graduate, he was named to succeed Roberts, who cited family reasons and unexpectedly resigned after just three seasons.

Not only is it Ullery’s job to re-inject perennial playoff life into the Elks — they’re a combined 11-9 the last two seasons — but he’s also Ron Ullery’s son. That was a unique blast from the past, especially after Ron was not renewed following an 8-3 season in 2013.

Here’s what Brent Ullery had to say about that and more:

Q: Is it true a 5-5 season doesn’t cut it at Centerville?

A: That’s for sure. That’s why I like it. There’s very high expectations in the city and the community and the school. They want great things and I want to give great things.

Q: You pursued a mechanical engineering degree at OSU. What happened?

A: You discover things in college and that path was not for me. I got into teaching because I knew I wanted to be around young people. Once I got a taste of being in a classroom and on a football field, I never felt more at home in my entire life. I still feel the same way every day at practice and in the classroom every morning in homeroom.

Q: Do you pinch yourself about landing this job?

A: I knew this was my calling to be here and I knew at some point I wanted to be a head coach. I just didn’t know when. To be very honest, I felt it was going to be there at some point but I didn’t know when. It came to fruition pretty early in my career with respect to how long teaching careers are but that’s just due to fortunate circumstances were for me. I’m just lucky.

Q: You coached for your father in 2008. Did you huddle with him about this job?

A: He’s incredibly supportive of my career goals. As you would expect, I’m a spitting image of him at this point. I’m sure he’s a proud father and a proud coach to help develop me. He’s been encouraging and supportive through the whole process and helps me understand the level of work that’s going to go into the job. He hasn’t said this to me, but I know it’s true, that he’s a resource I can call upon at any point and any time. He’s been great.

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Q: Can you envision your father coaching with you at some point?

A: I can’t sit here and say it wouldn’t be great to work with my dad. Everybody would love to work with their dad and I assume every father would love to work with their son. Right now, our staff is pretty darn good. It’s a tribute to him; some of those guys he brought in are still there and they’re still great coaches. I have the utmost support and trust in my current staff that I have right now.

Q: How’s it feel to be part of coaching turnover trend in the last few years?

A: I’m lucky to have the opportunity. But my goal is to do something like Bob Gregg did and be there for a while. If I can have half the success he had I’ll have a pretty good career. I would love to be a 25-, 30-year guy, as long as they’ll have me. I played for (Gregg) his final year in 1999. I was a freshman on the JV team, but I had an opportunity to see him up close and see what made him great. It was awesome.

Q: Did you hear from alumni?

A: Most of my coaching friends are alumni, anyway. It’s always good to get the support of them. They know that I believe in the same things they believe. It’s just great. It’s automatic support because we’ve all been there and we’ve all been through it together.

Q: Was it tough to sleep that first night after you were named head coach?

A: It was tough to get my phone to stop vibrating with the emails and everything coming through. It was certainly exciting. I’ve been working hard the last few days with a minimal amount of sleep just because I’m excited to get work in. I know there’s a lot to do and I don’t want to leave any stone unturned at all. Centerville is a very special place.

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New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:04 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 8:17 PM

Payton Printz was the coach at Triad High School in the OHC for 15 seasons. FILE
Barbara J. Perenic

A familiar name has returned to Ohio Heritage Conference football. But instead of continuing a successful run at Triad, Payton Printz will be hoping to do the same at Southeastern High School.

Printz recently was approved by the Southeastern Local School District to be its football coach. He succeeds Greg Bonifay, who resigned earlier this spring to accept a similar position at Greater Western Ohio Conference member Stebbins.

Printz took a perennially losing program at Triad and transformed the Cardinals into an OHC power during a 15-year run as coach at the North Lewisburg program. Last season he was an assistant at Minster, which overcame a 2-4 record to play in the Division VII state championship.

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Southeastern was 3-7 last season, the most wins since the Trojans were 5-5 in 2012. Southeastern is a Division VII, Region 28 program.

Here’s what Printz had to say about all that and more:

Q: You seemed to have it all at Minster, a job, success and you’re in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Why return to the OHC to a rival program?

A: It became apparent to me I needed to be a head coach. I need to be the one in charge. Don’t get me wrong; it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had to be involved with that staff under Geron Stokes at Minster. The trek to the state championship game was memorable. Just a whirlwind.

Q: You’ve experienced small-ball football in two conferences. What’s the difference?

A: People have asked me for years, what’s the difference between the MAC and the OHC? It’s a different breed of (MAC) kid. It seemed very obvious to me. A lot of it is genetics. These kids are just huge, a lot of them. They come from great two-parent families. They have a Catholic upbringing and there’s no youth sports there to speak of. No soccer.

When we played Marion Local, 19 of their kids walked by me who were bigger than me. I thought, my goodness, what have we got ourselves into? It was unbelievable. I’d never seen that many big kids up close on the same high school football team. Minster has 97 boys and 72 are on the (football) roster. They’re in the weight room 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. three days a week and they’re never late. They never miss. It’s a different mentality.

Q: Why Southeastern?

A: That’s the main reason I’m doing it; it’s a great challenge. When I got to Triad it was the same situation it’s going to be at South Charleston. I surrounded myself with good people and I’m going to do the same thing. I’m going to try and build a staff with somebody who buys into what we’re about and what we’re trying to do. I’m going to try and change the culture.

Q: What can Southeastern players expect?

A: These kids are not going to expect some of the things that’s coming at them. We’re going to work extremely hard and the cream is going to rise to the top. We had a similar philosophy at Triad. You’re going to put in the work and if (you do that) you’ll benefit from it and it’ll pay dividends down the road for you.

We did things at Triad that nobody in their right mind should ever have done. That’s a school that predominantly had never won. We went to the playoffs five times and six other times we were either ninth or 10th in the region and just missed qualifying. It was an exceptional run for those young men and we hope to do some of the similar things at Southeastern.

Q: How do you do that?

A: Southeastern has great athletes. You see it in basketball. You’ve got to get some of those kids out (for football). You have to get the good athletes throughout the building and get them out playing football. If we can do that we’ll be competitive again. We have five D-V schools, three D-VI and two D-VII teams on the schedule. If you win the right games, we could turn into some playoff-bound teams.

It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s a challenge from top to bottom to get ready and it’s exciting. I can’t wait.

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