Steve McElvene always on Dayton Flyers’ minds

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:36 PM

Dayton coach Archie Miller hugs Steve McElvene’s mom Jenell Shoals during a pregame ceremony before a game against Austin Peay on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton coach Archie Miller hugs Steve McElvene’s mom Jenell Shoals during a pregame ceremony before a game against Austin Peay on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller said before the season he planned to write Steve McElvene’s No. 5 on a dry-erase board in the locker room before every game. He has stuck to that plan, point guard Scoochie Smith said Monday. The players wear the same No. 5 on their uniforms right above their hearts.

McElvene died May 12 of an enlarged heart less than two months after breaking Dayton’s single-season blocks record and emerging as one of the best young big men in the Atlantic 10. Almost 10 months later, as the team chases a conference title and a fourth straight NCAA tournament berth, he remains a big part of the team.

“He’s been a memory in our head all season,” Smith said.

That’s especially true this week. Dayton plays Virginia Commonwealth at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Senior Night at UD Arena. Last year on Senior Night at UD Arena, it was McElvene who pressured a 3-pointer by VCU at the buzzer in overtime. Dayton won to clinch a share of the conference title.

There’s no doubt the Flyers have seen that play on film this week. They see McElvene on film all the time.

“Steve’s on our minds every day within the office,” Miller said. “We have more laughs than anything when we talk about him. Especially as you go through the season, you remind yourself of last season all the time. How did the game go last year? What did we do? You’re watching film, and sometimes he’s on there. You can’t help but smile. I think as we finish up this regular season it just reminds me of how much these guys have been through, how hard it has been to go through. To be where we are right now, that’s pretty big. It shows a lot of character.”

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WATCH: 5-year-old dancer steals the show at Cavs-Warriors’ game

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

From the Facebook page of the NBA.
From the Facebook page of the NBA.

The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world. 

With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports. 

The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone. 

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Ex-Buckeye, Heisman winner Troy Smith cited for driving under influence

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:48 PM

Former Ohio State quarteback Troy Smith competes in a quarterback competition against Cardale Joens, back center, and J.T. Barrett, right, during halftime of the spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Former Ohio State quarteback Troy Smith competes in a quarterback competition against Cardale Joens, back center, and J.T. Barrett, right, during halftime of the spring game on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

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Greenville advances to regional final for third straight season

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Greenville softball three wins from first state title since 2007

The third-ranked Greenville Lady Wave will play for a spot in the state final four for the third straight season, advancing with a 14-4, six-inning victory in a Division II regional semifinal against No. 6 Clinton-Massie on Wednesday at Mason High School.

Greenville last reached the state final four in 2012. Last season, the Lady Wave lost 4-0 to Hamilton Ross in the regional final. In 2015, they lost 7-1 to Granville.

Greenville won the state title in 2007, made the final four in 2010 and lost in the state final in 2012.

Of the many big hits Wednesday, the biggest was a three-run home run by Alli Hill in the sixth inning. Greenville has scored 10 or more runs in 22 games.

Greenville (28-3) will play No. 8 Shawnee or No. 9 Jonathan Alder at noon Saturday at Mason.

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10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf
David Jablonski
Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf(David Jablonski)

Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News. 

Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning:

• On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been good. I’m really happy with the staff we’ve put together. We’re moving in the right direction in terms of finishing things out.”

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•  On associate head coach Anthony Solomon: “He’s a former head coach, a guy who’s been a lot of different places and has a lot of relationships. He’s very good on the floor.”

• On assistant coach James Kane: “He’s a guy I knew when I was at the University of Florida. He was a student there. Long story. We used to play a 3-on-3 challenge against the students. We were undefeated for a long time, and James’ team actually beat us. It’s the only time anyone beat us in my time there.

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• On assistant coach Ricardo Greer: He played 14 years overseas, and actually in a week and a half, he’s going into the hall of fame in France for his playing career.”

• On special assistant Darren Hertz: “Darren has an important role for us in terms of analytics, breaking down our team and helping me to analyze what we’re doing offensively and defensively.”

• On new recruit Jalen Crutcher: “Once he saw this place and saw the resources we have here and the commitment on and off the court, academically, athletically, socially, I think he saw this will be a great fit for him.”

• On John Crosby returning to the team: “John, obviously, is a guy who has had kind of a rocky road a little bit, I think it would be fair to say, in terms of his production on the court. He’s a guy who really has a lot of pride in terms of wanting to do well and wanting to showcase what he’s capable of doing. I think he just wanted some reassurance that he would have an opportunity to compete and earn playing time and help the team. When you talk to his teammates, they all said great things about him in terms of who he is as a person. Once we worked all that out, in terms of his understanding the direction we were taking the program and his role in it, I think he felt very comfortable moving forward. He did a great job finishing out academically. We’re excited to have him back on the team.”

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• On getting to know his new players: “My first order of business for them was to take care of the classroom, to make sure they finished strong academically. We really didn’t do much on the court. I was able the last couple of weeks, before they had preparation for finals, to get them on the court and just see where they’re at. This will be a big summer. Some of the guys will be here first summer session. Then we’ll have pretty much everybody here for the second summer session.”

• On two of the biggest influences on him, Don Donoher and Billy Donovan: “The common thread between those two guys is their understanding of what it takes to win, not only on the court but in life.

• On what his time as a player at UD meant to him: “I talked to the guys who just finished their careers here and about their passion for their place. This is a special place and will always be a special place for those who played here.”

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