Wright State whips CSU, heads to NCAA tournament

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 7:47 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 8:37 PM

Raiders beat Cleveland State to earn NCAA berth

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Wright State is heading back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007 after ending Cleveland State’s improbable run with an emphatic 74-57 victory in the Horizon League championship game Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Senior Grant Benzinger had 19 points and nine rebounds while junior Cole Gentry and freshman Jaylon Hall scored 11 as the second-seeded Raiders pulled away from the Vikings, a fatigued 8 seed that was playing its fourth game in five days.

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Wright State (25-9) extended its Division I program record for wins in a season, while CSU (12-23) saw its four-game win streak, and its season, come to an end.

The Raiders missed their first six shots and went down by five, but Benzinger got the offense going midway through the first half, and junior Parker Ernsthausen sparked a 15-2 run with an offensive putback and 3-pointer to put WSU ahead 34-26 at the break.

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In three tournament games, the Wright State defense held its opponents to 21, 25 and 26 points in the first half.

Cleveland State, which took more 3-pointers than any team in the league, missed 10 of its first 11 shots from beyond the arc and finished 8 of 25.

Benzinger was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Loudon Love also made the all-tournament team.

Love, who had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds, missed his first six shots against CSU before getting his first one to fall with 14:42 left in the game. That gave Wright State its first double-digit lead, and CSU never got it back under 10 the rest of the way.

Carpenter led the Vikings with 18 points, and Appleby scored 15.

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Springfield’s Moss, Taylor land on D-I All-Ohio basketball teams

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:59 PM

Springfield junior RaHeim Moss addresses a 51-45 defeat of Elder in a D-I district final at UD Arena on Sat., March 10, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Springfield High School teammates RaHeim Moss and Leonard Taylor have been named to the All-Ohio Division I boys high school basketball teams.

The Division I and II teams were announced on Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The Division III and IV teams were released on Monday.

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Moss, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, was named to the second team. He led the Wildcats (21-5) in scoring at 16.2 points. Also a football standout at linebacker, he remains verbally uncommitted but continues to receive offers in both sports. The University of Cincinnati and Kentucky are among the programs to offer him in football.

Taylor, a 6-5 senior and three-year starter, averaged 12.9 points and led the Wildcats in rebounding (8.9). He signed to play football at UC.

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Leonard Taylor (middle) and David Sanford secure a rebound. Moeller defeated Springfield 65-44 in a boys high school basketball D-I regional semifinal at Xavier University’s Cintas Center in Cincinnati on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Springfield handed Wayne its only regular-season loss. Both teams were knocked out of the playoffs in a D-I regional by Cincinnati Moeller.

Wayne senior Darius Quisenberry and Myles Belyeu, a senior at Trotwood-Madison, were first-team picks.

A 6-1 guard, Quisenberry averaged a team-high 18.5 points for Wayne (25-2). He played his final two seasons at Wayne after transferring from Tecumseh and has signed with Youngstown State.

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Belyeu, a 6-4 guard, leads the Rams in scoring (25.2). A three-year starter, he has scored more than 1,500 career points. He will announce which team he’s signing with after this weekend’s D-II state final four in which the Rams will participate in for the second straight season.

Another junior, Samari Curtis of Xenia, was a D-I third-team pick. He was among the state’s leading scorers (30.4) and is verbally committed to Xavier.

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Landing on the D-II third team were Trotwood junior Amari Davis (21.2 points) and Meadowdale senior Jabali Leonard (23.0).

The players of the year were Dave Goodwin of Upper Arlington (D-I) and Pete Nance of Richfield Revere (D-II). Coaches of the year were Hilliard Bradley’s Brett Norris (D-I) and Chad Burt of Wauseon (D-II).

»RELATED: Moeller bumps Wayne off tourney trail

The Ohio Mr. Basketball is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday. Teams were chosen by statewide media panels and based on coaches’ nominations.

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WATCH: Brewers reenact famous scene from 'The Sandlot' 

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

Stephen Vogt knows how to celebrate after hitting a home run, and he turns in a memorable performance in a video the Milwaukee Brewers just released.
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Stephen Vogt knows how to celebrate after hitting a home run, and he turns in a memorable performance in a video the Milwaukee Brewers just released.(Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

After 25 years, the Beast is back.

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The Milwaukee Brewers are known for churning out entertaining videos -- remember their bullpen dance-off against the Chicago Cubs? -- and spring training was no exception last week as several players contributed to a shot-by-shot reenactment of a famous scene from the 1993 movie, “The Sandlot.”

The 1993 comedy was about a group of friends who loved playing the game but only had one ball. So when one player hits the ball over the fence, where a snarling, mean dog lives, the game is apparently over. 

In the 2½-minute video, several players reprise the roles from the film, WTMJ reported. Stephen Vogt played Hamilton “Ham” Porter, who hits the home run. Brett Phillips plays Scotty Smalls, a newcomer who volunteers to retrieve the ball, while Eric Sogard has a memorable cameo as Squints.

Other players in the video include Christian Yelich as Benny, Hernan Perez as Yeah-Yeah, Jeremy Jeffress as Kenny, Josh Hader as Bertram, Chase Anderson (Tommy Timmons) and Jett Bandy (Timmy Timmons).

Plus, Hank the dog plays “the Beast.”

The scene is faithfully done, although Vogt bats left-handed. Ham bats right-handed in the 1993 film. And the Beast steals the scene.

Here is the original clip from the 1993 movie:

And here is what the Brewers do when they get bored in the bullpen:

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Hartsock Podcast: Interview with Reds’ Marty Brennaman

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

WHIO-TV Sports Director Mike Hartsock spoke at length with Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman for the latest episode of his “Stay Right There” podcast. Get the latest on the Reds from one of broadcasting’s greats.

Catch the latest episodes of Mike Hartsock’s “Stay Right There” Podcast or catch up on previous episodes. 

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Here’s how the NFL will define a catch next year (hopefully)

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:53 PM

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 27: Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball while free safety Kendrick Lewis #23 of the Baltimore Ravens defends in the second quarter of a game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 27: Tight end Tyler Eifert #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball while free safety Kendrick Lewis #23 of the Baltimore Ravens defends in the second quarter of a game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Remember how the catch rules in the NFL have been a disaster the last few years? 

Apparently that might not be the case anymore. 

I hesitate to be too quick to rubberstamp the announcement made by NFL director of officiating Al Riveron, but I would say it’s OK to be optimistic things will be better next season. 

If the NFL competition committee recommendation is accepted, figuring out when a catch has occurred should be much easier. 

If you see a player obtain possession of the ball with two feet (or another body part) on the ground and make a football move, you will have seen a catch. 

How is that last part defined? 

A “football move” can include a third step, reaching or extending for the line to gain (or goal line presumably) or the ability to perform such an act. 

Absent is language about players “surviving the ground,” which is an area from which much of the confusion has come in recent years because for some reason rulesmakers thought the process should be different if a player is going to the ground than if he was not. 

A controversial non-catch by Steelers tight end Jesse James was among plays included in a video Riveron tweeted as an example of plays being reviewed as changes to the rules are considered. 

James brought the ball in with two feet down but lost it as he turned to try to stretch across the goal line. It was initially ruled a touchdown but overturned upon review because James had not maintained control of the ball after hitting the ground. 

This play, in a crucial late-season game between the Steelers and Patriots, was one of several high-profile examples of the current rules making sense to few people outside the league offices because extending the ball seems like “a football play,” but it was not being ruled as such. 

That is set to change.

The same ruling on a similar play cost Tyler Eifert a touchdown for the Bengals in a game at Baltimore in 2015. 

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