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Trotwood-Madison caps 15-0 season with Division III state title

Published: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 9:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

Trotwood-Madison receives D-III state title trophy after defeating Dresden Tri-Valley 27-19 at Canton on Sat., Dec. 2, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

With time running out, Trotwood-Madison linebacker Jayvanare Nelloms got a little help from his friend. The end result is a spot in Rams football history.

“James Parker, he told me to help out with the receiver,” said Nelloms, whose goal-line interception and long return in the final seconds secured a Division III high school football state-title clinching 27-19 defeat of Dresden Tri-Valley on Saturday night. “Much love to him, because he told me what it was about to be.”

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Fittingly for a championship game at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, it was Trotwood’s fiercest and final test to cap a perfect 15-0 season. It’s the second state title for Trotwood, which also went 15-0 and won the 2011 D-II championship.

Unlike the bulk of its blowout victories, this was an intriguing matchup of programs that had never played. Although Tri-Valley, anchored at Muskingum County, had been in the playoffs every year since 2011, the Scotties had never played for a state title. Trotwood was making its sixth title appearance and fifth since 2010.

That made Tri-Valley (13-2) a big underdog, which was fine with Scotties coach Justin Buttermore.

“I’m certain that’s why people thought (Trotwood) was going to beat us by 30 or 40 because of the intangibles, the height, weight, the 40 times,” he said, “but you can’t measure heart.”

Trotwood senior William McDaniel delivered three touchdowns. His 10-yarder with less than a minute left in the third quarter regained the lead for Trotwood. That was only the third time this season the Rams had trailed, the first against D-I state champ Pickerington Central in Week 3 and in the state semifinals against Toledo Central Catholic.

McDaniel also had a nifty catch and mostly 56-yard run on a screen pass from quarterback Markell Stephens-Peppers.

Ra’veion Hargrove’s brilliant career ended on a relative high note. He had 138 yards rushing and opened the scoring with a 41-yard run in the first quarter. “That’s why they call me Big-Play Ray,” he said.

“Twenty-one carries for (138) yards, as crazy and it sounds that’s kind of holding him in check,” said Buttermore.

But Hargrove also suffered a minor left knee injury that resulted in McDaniel shifting from receiver to the backfield. Hargrove, Ohio’s Mr. Football runner-up this season, finishes his Rams career with more than 7,000 rushing yards and 100 touchdowns.

“It’s a bittersweet moment,” he said. “I’m still happy we’re 15-0, but I’m going to miss it. I love Ram Nation.”

Tri-Valley knocked out state powers Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary – which they had lost to in the season opener – and two-time defending D-IV state champ Columbus Bishop Hartley the previous two weeks and showed why.

Quarterback Andrew Newsom completed 11 of 19 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. And he was just as lethal running, going for 149 yards, which included a stunning 99-yard TD dash after Trotwood appeared to have Tri-Valley pinned for a second-quarter safety.

McDaniel had 92 yards rushing and another 93 return yards. Stephens-Peppers completed six passes for 115 yards.

Newsom completed several passes the moved the Scotties from midfield to 1st-and-goal at the Trotwood 7 with 21 seconds remaining. Tri-Valley had to score and add a two-point conversion to force overtime. But Nelloms’ pick – his first of the season – ended that threat.

He raced nearly to midfield and was pushed out of bounds and into the Rams’ sideline. His teammates swarmed him and the Rams’ celebration was on.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game, but at the end we finally did what we had to do to win the game,” Trotwood coach Jeff Graham said. “We knew this was going to be a fight.”

It’s the fourth state football championship for Greater Western Ohio Conference teams. Besides Trotwood’s two titles, Piqua won a D-II title in 2006 and Lebanon also won a D-II championship in 1998, although the Warriors were a Fort Ancient Valley Conference member then. Wayne and Centerville also have played for D-I football state titles.

Trotwood was on a state-title mission ever since the Rams were crushed 30-0 by Akron Archbishop Hoban in last year’s D-III state title game. Their season-long cry was “Finish!”

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Hargrove said. “All the hard work we put in all year long, it’s finally paid off.”

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Chrissy Teigen offers to pay McKayla Maroney's possible $100K fine to speak out about team doctor

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 5:45 AM

Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast ‘I Was Molested By Team Usa Doctor For 7 Years’

One after one, gymnasts and other victims of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, 54, stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma they say he inflicted on them as children.

U.S. Olympians Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas are among the many women to accuse Nassar of abuse.

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Nearly 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing hearing. 

However, former gold medalist McKayla Maroney may not speak out.

In December 2016, Maroney signed a confidential settlement with the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts to keep allegations that she was sexually abused by Nassar a secret.

The settlement included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses and Maroney or her parents could be sued for more than $100,000 for violating the agreement. The suit seeks to invalidate those provisions under a California law that prohibits settlements in civil cases that could result in criminal sex offense charges.

Chrissy Teigen, who is from Snohomish, Washington, is offering to pay Maroney's possible fine so Maroney can speak out against Nassar. 

On Tuesday, Teigen tweeted the following about the fine:

"The entire principle of this should be fought – an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers, but I would be absolutely honored to pay this fine for you, McKayla."

Maroney said Nassar's abuse started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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HS Scores 1/16: Murray sets Waynesville girls career scoring record

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:07 AM


Flyin’ to the Hoop

Jan. 12-15 at Trent Arena

Friday’s Results

Findlay Prep (NV) 50, Huntington Prep (WV) 48: Bol (FP) 18; McGriff (HP) 14.

Spire Academy 80, Fairmont 70: Baker (SA) 22; Hendricks (F) 29.

Saturday’s Results

McEachern (Ga.) 87, Trotwood 77: Okoro (M) 25; Davis (T) 24.

Pickerington North 51, Princeton 38: Hunter (PN) 12; Hunter (P) 20.

Prolific Prep (Fla.) 75, IMG (Ca.) 71: Burnett, Williams (PP) 16; Embery (I) 30.

Xenia 67, Olentangy Liberty 60: Curtis (X) 25; Kershner (OL) 16.

Girls Basketball: Springboro 57, Tippecanoe 38: Diehl (S) 15; Mader (T) 10.

Sunday’s Results

Miamisburg 65, Mountain Mission 54: Hubbard (M) 32; Lee (MM) 17.

Prolific Prep 71, Garfield Heights 43: Burnett (PP) 22; Heath (GH) 13.

St. Vincent-St. Mary 81, Fairland 79: Walter (SVSM) 22; VanHorn (F) 33.

Versailles 65, Sidney 59: Gordon (S) 20; Ahrens (V) 26.

Springfield 73, Cleveland Heights 67, OT: Hill, Smith (CH) 17; Moss (S) 22.

Monday’s Results

Fort Loramie 58, Thurgood Marshall 53: Sims (TM) 18; Braun (FL) 21.

Hughes 76, Lyndhurst Brush 60: Smith (H) 20; Harris (LB) 20.

La Lumiere 70, Aspire Academy 67: Stewart (LL) 22; Allen-Eikens (AA) 24.

McEachern 76, Pickerington Central 52: Cooper (M) 23; Garcia (PC) 15.

Minster 74, Franklin Monroe 58: Conley (FM) 35; Ketner (M) 21.

Upper Arlington vs. Wayne, ccd.

Boys Basketball

Monday’s Results

Dunbar 83, Toledo Woodward 78

Fairlawn 52, Botkins 43: Hickman (F) 20; Butcher (B) 11.

New Bremen 59, Fort Recovery 55: Bornhorst (NB) 17; Jutte, Wendel (FR) 15.

Tuesday’s Results

Belmont 68, Franklin 51: Hunt (B) 20; Kinzer (F) 16.

Butler 55, Tecumseh 32: Justice (B) 22.

Carlisle 71, Legacy Christian 60: Flor (C) 28; Burke (L) 23.

Chaminade Julienne 61, Thurgood Marshall 59

Clark Montessori 67, Cincinnati Christian 50: Reutener (CC) 12.

Clinton Massie 59, Valley View 55: Chowning (CM) 20.

Dayton Christian 48, Emmanuel Christian 29: Welker (DC) 17; Davis (EC) 9.

Fenwick 64, Madeira 54

Hamilton 78, Talawanda 53: Robinson (H) 36; DeWitt (T) 19.

Indian Lake 66, Graham 64

Lakota East 69, Fairfield 36

Lebanon 65, Milford 57: Hookfin (L) 21; Ayler (M) 18.

Miamisburg 54, Bellbrook 52: Hubbard (M) 21; Crouch (B) 12.

Mount Healthy 45, Edgewood 43: Simmons (M) 13; T. Allen (E) 16.

Norwood 67, New Miami 58: Morris (N) 25; Philpot (NM) 17.

Roger Bacon 50, Badin 42: Moore II (RB) 16.

Stebbins 88, Greenville 45

Stivers 80, Kenton Ridge 77: Ellis (S) 21.

St. Xavier 62, Lakota West 47: Stockman (S) 10; McCorkle (L) 15.

Tippecanoe 80, Eaton 36: Smith (T) 20; Manning (E) 10.

Triad 69, Southeastern 50: Harlan (T) 21; Flannery (S) 21.

West Liberty-Salem 62, Ben Logan 49: Loffing (WLS) 15; Robson (BL) 15.

Urbana 51, Alter 48: Underwood, Boettcher (U) 13; Bazelak (A) 17.

Girls Basketball

Tuesday’s Results

Anna 48, Marion Local 40: Huelskamp (A) 12; Evers (ML) 12.

Botkins 59, Fairlawn 21

Fort Recovery 39, South Adams 33

Franklin 54, Dixie 21: Ferrell (F) 19; Ruppert (D) 12.

Franklin Monroe 51, Brookville 33: Cable (FM) 17; Wheat (B) 10.

Houston 48, Riverside 42

Madison 61, Ansonia 45: Runnells (M) 20; Henderson (A) 24.

Milton-Union 63, Northridge 19: Dickison (MU) 27; Reeder (N) 14.

New Bremen 49, St. Marys 33: Homan (NB) 16; Cisco (SM) 10.

Russia 38, Covington 36: Cordonnier (R) 16; Whiteman (C) 23.

Tri-Village 56, Cedarville 50: Downing (TV) 17; Bolender (C) 11.

Troy Christian 53, Catholic Central 28

Union City 77, Mississinawa Valley 23

Waynesville 70, Carlisle 38: Murray (W) 28; Harris (C) 11.

Wilmington 46, Carroll 42: Jackson (W) 13.

Boys Bowling

Monday’s Results

Pioneer Classic

Team Results: Celina 3983; Lima Shawnee 3884; St. Henry 3712; Wapakoneta 3691; St. Marys 3673; Lima Central Catholic 3481; Graham 3432; Defiance 3398; Columbian 3394; Minster 3360; New Bremen 3278; Lima Senior 3268; Wapakoneta 3252; Worthington Christian 3174; Wauseon 3043; Lima Shawnee 3021; Temple Christian 2827; Minster 2815; Lima Bath 2814; Mansfield Senior 1998.

Tuesday’s Results

West Liberty-Salem 2291, Fairbanks 2190

Girls Bowling

Monday’s Results

Pioneer Classic

Team Results: Lima Shawnee 3154; Wapakoneta 3131; St. Marys 3083; Graham 2850; Wauseon 2736; Lima Bath 2658; Worthington Christian 2609; Minster 2589; Lima Senior 2465; New Bremen 2409; Celins 2349; Defiance 2316; Columbian 2243; Worthington Christian 1896.

Tuesday’s Results

Fairbanks 1936, West Liberty-Salem 1897


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HS Results 1/16: Miamisburg boys knock off Bellbrook

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:52 PM

The Miamisburg boys basketball team improved to 9-3 as they won over Bellbrook, 54-52.

The win is Miamisburg’s fifth in a row.

Jason Hubbard shot for 21 points, while Duncan Hall added on 15.

Donnie Crouch put up 12 points in the loss.

Storm Painter and Jack Campbell each added on 10 for Bellbrook.

Boys Basketball

Butler 55, Tecumseh 32: Kort Justice tallied 22 points and five rebounds to lead all scorers in the win.

Lebanon 65, Milford 57: Harrison Hookfin led with near double double, putting up 21 points and nine assists in the win. Brendan Lamb added on 14 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Stebbins 88, Greenville 45: Jonathan Mpanzu added 15 points to his season total, pushing Stebbins above .500. Greenville’s Noah Walker had 11.

Tippecanoe 80, Eaton 36: Caiden Smith tallied 20 points in the Tipp victory and Josh Wildermuth 18. Isaac Manning netted 10 for Eaton.

Hamilton 78, Talawanda 53: Jaylen Robinson led all scorers with 36 points and four steals in the Hamilton win. Josh Dewitt shot for 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists in the loss.

Mount Healthy 45, Edgewood 43: Trent Allen put up 16 points in the Edgewood loss and Ethan McCarty 12.

Carlisle 71, Legacy Christian 60: Justin Flor shot for 28 points in the Carlisle win, 21 of which came in the first half. Ashton Burke countered with 23 points for LC.

Triad 69, Southeastern 50: Brinley Harlan scored 21 points in the Triad win. Owen Flannery also netted 21 points for Southeastern.

West Liberty-Salem 62, Ben Logan 49: James Loffing tallied 15 points in the win. Nolan Robson countered with 15 points of his own in the loss.

Belmont 68, Franklyn 51: Jeff Hunt put up 20 points in the win as Kendall Moore tacked on 17.

Stivers 80, Kenton Ridge 77: Trevon Ellis tallied 21 points, 12 assists and seven steals in the win for the double (and near triple) double. Doug Spear hit a 3-pointer as time expired to seal the win.

Dayton Christian 48, Emmanuel Christian 29: Matt Welker continued his streak of leading Dayton Christian, scoring 17 points in the win. Adonis continued his for Emmanuel Christian with nine.

Norwood 67, New Miami 58: Deanza Duncan tallied 16 points in the loss.

Girls Basketball

Franklin 54, Dixie 21: Layne Ferrell added 19 points to her season total in the win. McKinlee Ruppert scored 12 in the loss.

Madison 61, Ansonia 45: Lillie Runnells put up 20 points in the Madison win. Trinity Henderson led overall with 24 points for Ansonia.

Milton Union 64, Northridge 19: Kristen Dickison shot for 27 points in the win. Loraine Reeder tallied 14 of Northridge’s 19 points.

Waynesville 70, Carlisle 38: Rachel Murray led all scorers with 28 points in the win, breaking the career scoring record for Waynesville. Christa Harris put up 11 for Carlisle.

Tri-Village 56, Cedarville 50: Maddie Downing amassed 17 points in the win. Ise Bolender shot for 11 in the loss.

Franklin Monroe 51, Brookville 33: Audrey Cable netted 17 points in the FM win. Kaylee Wheat had 10 for Brookville.

Anna 48, Marion Local 40: Morgan Huelskamp scored 12 points in the win. Kara Evers shot for 12 points of her own in the loss.

Russia 38, Covington 36: Jenna Cordonnier put up 16 points in the win. Samantha Whiteman led all scorers with 23 in the loss.

New Bremen 49, St Marys 33: Jane Homan earned 16 points in the NB win. Syd Cisco continued leading St. Marys, adding 10 points to her season total.

Boys Bowling

West Liberty-Salem 2291, Fairbanks 2190: Isaac Riblet paced WLS with a 194. Trevin Rausch led Fairbaknks with a 203.

Girls Bowling

Fairbanks 1936, West Liberty-Salem 1897: Hailee Clifford paved the way with games of 157 and 173 for a 330 series for WLS. Katie Rollins was right behind with games of 152 and 177 for a 329 series.


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A daily roundup of high school results will be posted on each paper’s website at:

Celtics great Jo Jo White dead at 71

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:32 PM

Jo Jo White was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Jo Jo White was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.(

JoJo White, who played with the Celtics from 1969 to 1979 and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015, passed away at the age of 71. 

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News of White's passing was first reported by the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, who received word from one of White's former teammates. 

The news was confirmed by the Celtics shortly before the team's game against New Orleans Tuesday night. 

White joined the Celtics after a successful college career at Kansas. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie team in 1970, was named an All-Star seven times and had his No. 10 retired by the Celtics in 1982.

White averaged 21 points per game in the Celtics six-game win over the Phoenix Suns in the 1976 NBA Finals. He was named Finals MVP. 

He played for six Celtics teams that reached the playoffs. He had a 13-year career in the NBA, playing two years with the Golden State Warriors and one with the Kansas City Kings after leaving the Celtics. He averaged 20.2 points per game during his career.