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

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


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


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


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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.

TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle sheds light on Chris Del Conte’s departure

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

FORT WORTH — For TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle, Chris Del Conte’s departure for the Texas athletic director position was news to him as much as it was for all Horned Frogs fans.

The 13-year TCU head coach, who has taken the Horned Frogs to four consecutive College World Series appearances, said there was no advance notice of Del Conte’s decision to leave the university for the job with the Longhorns.

But despite the sudden turn of events, Schlossnagle said there were indicators that Del Conte’s tenure in Fort Worth was potentially winding down — even if the end came sooner than expected.

“He never really talked about [leaving], but Texas…obviously they were going to have a job opening at some and we feel like Chris is as good as anybody in the country and that he was going to be considered,” Schlossnagle said. “Those things happen.”

Even more telling than the pending Texas opportunity, however, may have been Del Conte’s approach to the job of athletic director.

Schlossnagle said the former TCU athletic director viewed the role as one that required eventual movement — no matter the time frame.

“Chris always had the philosophy that athletic directors have a shelf life,” Schlossnagle said. “I’m not sure if I entirely agree with that, but I can understand his point of view and with athletic directors — they’re always changing ticket prices and pushing the envelope. Sometimes that eventually rubs fans the wrong way and that it’s time to do it somewhere else.”

And that might just be why Schlossnagle doesn’t see Del Conte’s move necessarily as leaving for a better opportunity.

“The grass was never greener for him and I know that this decision was not about the grass being greener,” Schlossnagle said. “I know that for sure.”

Del Conte had served at TCU since 2009. Deputy Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati was promoted to Athletic Director on Monday following Del Conte’s resignation to take the Texas job.