Trotwood stuns Dunbar 83-54 in D-II regional final

Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 1:37 PM


            Trotwood’s Torrey Patton (with ball) gets by Dunbar’s Storm Cook. Trotwood-Madison defeated Dunbar 83-54 in a boys high school basketball D-II regional final at Fairmont’s Trent Arena on Saturday, March 18, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
            MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The Trotwood-Madison and Dunbar boys basketball teams were like two prize fighters poised for a regional final rematch. The buildup was intense. The interest great. The payoff would be a trip to the state final four.

And like many of these kinds of celebrated contests, it was quickly over, Trotwood landing a crushing 83-54 knockout at a capacity-filled Fairmont Trent Arena that wasn’t that close.

“We came out with a great start and just kept it going,” Trotwood senior Torrey Patton said. “Coach told us to put our foot on the ignition and don’t let them come back and that’s what we did.”

The victory launches Trotwood (26-2) into the Division II state semifinals in another rematch against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (23-5) at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. St. V, whose most famous alum is LeBron James, advanced by taking out Cleveland Central Catholic 72-48 in a regional final at Canton also on Saturday. Trotwood blitzed visiting St. V 100-61 in the regular season on Jan. 14.

It’ll be Trotwood’s third state trip. Trotwood last went to state in 2014, losing to Upper Arlington in the D-I state semifinals. Trotwood, powered by Chris Wright, also was the D-I state runner-up in 2006, losing to Canton McKinley in the championship.

It took just 90 seconds after the opening tip for Dunbar, seemingly poised to add to its final four resume, to instead unravel. That’s how long it took for Trotwood’s Amir Foster, Amari Davis and Myles Belyeu to deliver crowd-rousing transition dunks. Dunbar never recovered defensively and couldn’t find its offensive touch, either, a deadly combination in a contest of this magnitude.

In all, Trotwood would unleash eight slams in an unrelenting attack that Dunbar never did slow or solve. Dunbar’s Caleb McConnell also had a throw-down with 5:30 left in the second quarter, but drew a technical foul for taunting — his third personal — and didn’t return. Trotwood responded with a half-ending 12-2 run and the rout was on.

Trotwood led 24-6 in the first quarter and the grand rematch had turned mismatch by halftime with Trotwood flexing a 40-17 advantage. Trotwood fans begged for more while Dunbar patrons sat in gloomy disbelief.

“We talked about just attacking and we did that early,” Trotwood coach Rocky Rockhold said. “That got them on their heels defensively a little bit, which created some open stuff for us. At the end of the day, those kids did it. They executed and took care of business.”

Foster led Trotwood with a game-high 22 points. Belyeu added 16 points and Davis 11. Devon Baker led Dunbar with 13 points and Storm Cook added 12.

It was a stunning meltdown by Dunbar (24-4), which pushed Trotwood before falling 98-89 in a regular-season road showdown Feb. 4. That shootout stoked the rematch hype. Both coaches positioned their teams in the sectional brackets to not meet until a regional final. That was the only thing that worked out for Dunbar.

“We just didn’t show up,” a glum Dunbar coach Pete Pullen said. “We didn’t defend and we didn’t compete. We didn’t have any answers.”

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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.