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Should Joey Votto be National League MVP?

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

Who is Joey Votto: Ten facts about Reds first baseman

At least a few people who want you to think they are progressive baseball minds are writing Joey Votto should be the National League MVP

They are wrong. 

Cincinnati Reds fans and Votto himself have every right to celebrate if he does win (he won’t), but that doesn’t mean it would be fair – at least until they change the name of the award. 

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Arguing the best player on a last-place team is the MOST VALUABLE is just silly. 

And yet...

If Votto were the difference between Cincinnati finishing in third place or last place, there would be an argument. 

It’s not his fault the team is bad. The offense was pretty good, and he was a big part of that. 

Vottois a great player. A generational player. Doing what he did last year and coming back with an even better season is amazing and to be appreciated not just now but for years to come. 

He is valuable to the Reds’ brand as someone who generates headlines and fan goodwill. Those things are important. They just aren’t part of what goes into winning the award in question. 

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This is an award that usually goes to the best player on a good team, as it should be. 

Votto’s not even clearly the best player on a non-playoff team, though. 

Remember that thing about being the difference between last place and third place? Well, Giancarlo Stanton arguably was that for the Marlins, except they finished second in the NL East. 

The strange thing about the #VottoMVP movement is that he didn’t even have the top WAR (wins above replacement) in the league according to Baseball Reference (That was Stanton) or Fangraphs (that was Anthony Rendon of the Nationals, who won their division). 

LSU football podcast: Tigers will likely have no quarterback commits in the 2018 class, and that’s not good

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:02 AM

LSU football is the No. 1 topic of discussion every day on SEC Country’s  One Team, One Podcast. Host  Carter ‘The Power” Bryant chats about the possibility of no quarterbacks committing to the Tigers in the 2018 class. Also, SEC Country recruiting ace Sam Spiegelman hops on the show to chat about how the recruiting landscape will change with the early signing period beginning next Wednesday, a bold prediction with Pooka Williams and what to expect from elite uncomitted prospects Anthony Cook and Devonta Jason. 

LSU could miss out on quarterbacks in 2018 class

LSU’s quarterbacking woes have been legendary. They will likely continue in recruiting as the Tigers may end up empty-handed in the 2018 recruiting cycle.

Spiegelman believes 4-star quarterback and TCU commit Justin Rogers out of the Parkway High School in Shreveport, La. will remain loyal to the Horned Frogs. Rogers could be swayed if his teammate 5-star receiver Terrace Marshall signs with LSU, but that will likely be futile.

Spiegelman goes into detail about other quarterback possibilities, including James Foster and Gerry Bohanan.

Pooka Williams will be a Tiger

Spiegelman discusses the LHSAA state championship games in New Orleans and the amazing play of Williams, who is currently a Kansas commit. However, Spiegs believes he will flip to LSU. Also, he and Bryant both believe the speedster was robbed of the Gatorade Player of the Year in Louisiana in favor of West Monroe’s Slade Bolden.

Fact of the Day

Hair is weird, yet fascinating. The actual amount of hair you have on your body is insane. Also, Bryant answers your tweets.

Have something you want discussed on the podcast? Let us know! Tweet any questions you have to  @CarterThePower. Listen to this episode of One Team, One Podcast below. We also can be followed  on SoundCloud and you can find past episodes  right here.  

Linebacker prospect Carson Kropp commits to Oklahoma State as preferred walk-on

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:34 PM

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Oklahoma State’s defense has picked up another piece in the 2018 recruiting class.

Inside linebacker prospect Carson Kropp announced through his personal Twitter account Tuesday that he is committed to play for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys as a preferred walk-on.

Kropp wrote that it was “a childhood dream” to reach the point in his career which he achieved.

Kropp, a native of Owasso, Okla., did not have a star-rating in the 247Sports composite rankings. Kropp comes in at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds.

You can view his highlights from Owasso High School in Owasso, Okla. below:

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HS Scores 12/12: Stebbins, Wayne, Monroe boys win it in OT

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

PREP RESULTS

Boys Basketball

Monday’s Results

Stebbins 75, Greenon 47: Mpanzu (S) 17; Downing (G) 12.

Tuesday’s Results

Bellbrook 67, Valley View 51: Crouch, Greene (B) 10.

Brookville 47, Oakwood 46

Centerville 42, Fairmont 35

Fort Loramie, 49, Franklin Monroe 39: Braun (FL) 17; Cable (FM) 13.

Franklin County 47, Ross 39: Nichols (FC) 12; Angel (R) 12.

Goshen 63, Talawanda 49: Moore (G) 29; James (T) 15.

Greenon 50, Southeastern 47: Rice (G) 12; Billet (SE) 20.

Kenton 49, Ben Logan 45

Lebanon 59, Xenia 53: Hoofkin (L) 17.

Legacy Christian 74, Yellow Springs 51: Usynski (LC) 20; Marinelli (YS) 22.

Mason 61, Lakota East 58: Knue (M) 17; Wieland (LE) 17.

Miami Valley 45, Dayton Christian 44: Martin (MV) 21; Thornhill (DC) 14.

Middletown 39, Fairfield 35: Powell (M) 13; Turner (F) 12.

Mississinawa Valley 50, New Bremen 49: Bowman (MV) 16; Powers (NB) 11.

Monroe 59, Eaton 56, OT: Poindexter (M) 24; Sullender (E) 23.

New Miami 64, Gamble Montessori 59: Duncan (NM) 20; Deloach (GM) 19.

Newton 51, Covington 48: Wehrley (N) 18; Parrett (C) 17.

Northridge 64, Dixie 55: Turner (N) 14; Grise (D) 16.

Princeton 70, Lakota West 40: Bazley (P) 17; Kiker (LW) 16.

Sidney 65, Troy 54: Gordon (S) 21; Demeo (T) 11.

Springboro 75, Northmont 70: Tabor (S) 22; Lewis (N) 19.

Springfield 55, Miamisburg 50: Sanford, Taylor (S) 15; Hall (M) 17.

Stebbins 62, Fairborn 61, OT: Mpanzu (S) 19; Monroe (F) 30.

St. Xavier 55, Badin 47

Sycamore 76, Hamilton 64: Kelly (S) 30; Howard (H) 25.

Tippecanoe 76, Piqua 66: Smith (T) 24; Brown (P) 18.

Triad 51, Fairbanks 49: LeVan (T) 23; Hackathorne (F) 19.

Troy Christian 51, Emmanuel Christian 35: Davis (EC) 18.

Wayne 71, Beavercreek 64, OT: Quisenberg (W) 32; Alessandro (B) 24.

West Liberty-Salem 54, Northeastern 45: Loffing (WLS) 15; Lockwood (NE) 23.

Girls Basketball

Monday’s Results

Beavercreek 53, Alter 14: Williams (B) 16.

Butler 56, Greenville 38

Eaton 57, Tri-County North 37

Fenwick 56, Ross 33

Franklin 49, Edgewood 45: Ferrell (F) 22; Stephens (E) 19.

Goshen 45, Madison 43: Garr (G) 27; Runnells (M) 13.

Legacy Christian 62, Yellow Springs 14: Combs (LC) 17.

Miamisburg 55, Stebbins 30: Kepple (M) 16.

Middletown 58, Little Miami 56: Bellard (M) 18; Kuritar (LM) 14.

Middletown Christian 43, Jefferson 24: Lykins (MC) 14.

New Bremen 49, Lincolnview 41: Jones (NB) 15; Gorman (L) 11.

Northmont 63, Bellbrook 56: Looper (N) 17; Hofacker, Vine (B) 16.

Ponitz 48, Stivers 24: Walton (P) 14; Dixon (S) 8.

Springboro 70, Chaminade Julienne 46: Diehl (S) 22; Weckesser (CJ) 14.

Talawanda 37, Indian Hill 35: Brown (T) 25.

Thurgood Marshall 45, Meadowdale 17: Scales (TM) 14; Bradfield (M) 6.

Tippecanoe 59, Fort Loramie 41: Holthaus (FL) 12; Mader (T) 23.

Tri-Village 63, Houston 36: Porter (TV) 16.

Twin Valley South 39, Dixie 35: Crews (TVS) 14; Creamer (D) 15.

Wayne 57, Wilmington 37

West Liberty-Salem 47, Triad 31: Vanninem (T) 10; Weaver (WLS) 13.

Tuesday’s Results

Botkins 64, Ridgemont 51: Bergman (B) 24; Howland (R) 17.

Coldwater 79, Celina 41: Diller (Co) 27.

Covington 46, Newton 42: Whiteman (C) 18; McBride (N) 23.

Delphos St. Johns 59, St. Marys 52: Vorst (DSJ) 17; Mele (SM) 12.

Preble Shawnee 44, Arcanum 41: Lovely (PS) 15; O’Daniel (A) 13.

Russia 51, New Knoxville 35: Cordonnier (R) 20; Leffel (NK) 13.

Wapakoneta 45, Marion Local 38: Jacobs (W) 18; Rethman (ML) 20.

Boys Bowling

Monday’s Results

Xenia 2237, Tippecanoe 2165

Tuesday’s Results

Northeastern 2365, Southeastern 2036

Roger Bacon 2360, Carroll 2312

Springfield 2511, Lebanon 2377

Girls Bowling

Monday’s Results

Xenia 1878, Tippecanoe 1629

Tuesday’s Results

Ben Logan 2238, Spg. Shawnee 1113

Lebanon 2128, Springfield 1944

Southeastern 1706, Northeastern 1399

REPORTING RESULTS

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HS Results 12/12: Legacy Christian boys net two double doubles

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:07 PM

In a 74-51 win over Yellow Springs, the Legacy Christian boys basketball team had two players in particular with outstanding offensive nights.

Erik Uszynski led Legacy Christian with 20 points, tacking on 15 rebounds for the double double.

Following closely behind was Keano Hammerstrom with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Both Uszynski and Hammerstrom shot for 100% from the foul line.

Tony Marinelli led Yellow Springs and all scorers with 22 points, while James Browning tacked on 11.