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2018 recruit to sign with Dayton on Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 1:26 PM

Dwayne Cohill. Photo courtesy of Holy Name High School
Staff Writer
Dwayne Cohill. Photo courtesy of Holy Name High School(Staff Writer)

Dwayne Cohill plans to sign a national letter of intent with the Dayton Flyers on Wednesday, he told the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday, but he won’t hold a public signing until Nov. 14.

Cohill, a 6-foot-3 senior guard Holy Name High School in Parma Heights, verbally committed to Dayton on Sept. 11. Wednesday is National Signing Day and the earliest day he can officially sign with UD.

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Cohill ranks 93rd in the class of 2018, according to Rivals.com. He’s a consensus four-star recruit. He was Dayton’s top priority in recruiting throughout the summer.

“A lot of schools preach to you that you’re their top priority, but they don’t 100 percent show it,” Cohill said in September. “They preached it and backed it up. They didn’t just talk a good game. They showed me I was 100 percent their top priority. That was something that really stood out to me.”

Cohill’s first game of his senior season is Dec. 2.

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Bird gets front-row seat to grand slam by Reds’ Votto

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:44 PM

The Reds' Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton celebrate at home plate after a grand slam by Votto in the third inning against the Tigers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Great American Ball Park.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
The Reds' Joey Votto and Billy Hamilton celebrate at home plate after a grand slam by Votto in the third inning against the Tigers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Great American Ball Park.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

A bird was the word for the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning Tuesday at Great American Ball Park.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Joey Votto came to the plate only to be distracted by a black bird watching him hit from steps in front of home plate. He took two steps toward the pitcher’s mound to shoo it away, and it moved behind the mound. Two pitches later, Votto hit a grand slam to give the Reds a 4-0 lead against the Detroit Tigers.

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As Votto approached home plate, he flapped his arms. It was Votto’s first home run since May 13. He hadn’t hit a home run in 30 games.

Votto appeared in his 1,500th game Sunday in Pittsburgh. He’s part of an infield that leads baseball in combined batting average (.288) and on-base percentage (.362).

The Reds' Joey Votto hits a grand slam in the third inning against the Tigers on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

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Dayton offers scholarships to two more 2019 recruits

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:26 PM

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Two more 2019 recruits earned scholarship offers from the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday.

• Moulaye Sissoko is a 6-foot-10 center originally from Mali in West Africa. He attends Lincoln Academy in Atlanta. The school reported his offer on Twitter. Sissoko is a three-star prospect who ranks 288th in the class, according to 247Sports.com. Mississippi State, Penn State and South Carolina are among the other schools to offer him scholarships.

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• Lester Quinones, a 6-5 shooting guard at St. Benedicts Prep in Newark, N.J., also received an offer, according to Pat Lawless, of PrepCircuit.com. Quinones is a four-star recruit who ranks 69th in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports.com. Connecticut, Illinois and Providence are among the other schools recruiting him.

List of reported offers

» 2019 OFFERS: Tre WilliamsDontaie AllenMaceo AustinAndre GordonTyler Bertram Tyson EtienneJovan Blacksher Jr.Diante Smith Toumani CamaraKira LewisPrince Gillam and Ismael Cruz | Joshua Pierre-Louis

» 2020 OFFERS: Zeb JacksonSymir Torrence | Andre Curbelo  | Posh Alexander | Max Amadasun | Luke Kasubke

» 2021 OFFERS: Wesley Cardet | Franck Kepnang

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Return to St. John Arena part of Ohio State’s nonconference basketball schedule

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:11 PM

St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.
St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Ohio State basketball finalized its nonconference schedule Tuesday, announcing an intriguing slate for Chris Holtmann’s second year as coach of the Buckeyes. 

The season begins Nov. 7 at Cincinnati, where the Bearcats will be opening their newly renovated home arena after a year of playing their “home” games at Northern Kentucky. 

Ohio State hasn’t played at UC since 1920, and games between the Buckeyes and Bearcats on the hardwood have been few and far between in the last 56 years since UC upset Ohio State in back-to-back national championship games during the otherwise glorious Jerry Lucas era. 

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This game was originally announced last fall as part of a home-and-home arrangement. 

“We are excited about the challenge of this nonconference schedule,” Holtmann said in a release. “Our hope is that it prepares us for the grind of a 20-game Big Ten season. We believe the schedule includes many exciting matchups that will be tremendous tests and games ‘Buckeye Nation’ will enjoy.”

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The UC matchup is one of three games Ohio State will play against a team from Ohio. The Buckeyes will play host to Cleveland State on Nov. 23 and Youngstown State on Dec. 18. 

The game against the Vikings will be played at historic St. John Arena, the first contest for the men’s team at its former home since December 2010. 

A view of St. John Arena and the French Field House on the campus of Ohio State University from across the Olentangy River.

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Including the Bearcats, Ohio State’s nonconference slate has four teams that made the NCAA tournament last spring. 

The Buckeyes play at Creighton on Nov. 15, host Syracuse on Nov. 28 and play UCLA in Chicago on Dec. 22. 

Ohio State’s home opener is scheduled for Nov. 11 at Value City Arena against Purdue University-Fort Wayne. 

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Wright State in no hurry to fill scholarship vacancies

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 2:15 PM


            Wright State freshman Malachi Smith puts up a shot during Tuesday’s team workout at Setzer Pavilion. JAY MORRISON/STAFF
Wright State freshman Malachi Smith puts up a shot during Tuesday’s team workout at Setzer Pavilion. JAY MORRISON/STAFF

The biggest weakness for the Wright State basketball team during a successful, championship season was depth, and it’s something that could be in play again in 2018-19.

The Raiders have two open scholarships after releasing incoming freshman Jeremiah Davenport from his letter of intent and allowing redshirt sophomore Everett Winchester a transfer to Florida Atlantic.

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WSU coach Scott Nagy said the waiting game could go all the way until the school year begins.

“There’s still guys transferring now, there will be guys transferring in July, there will be guys transferring in August,” he said. “I mean, you wouldn’t think that would be the case but it happens.”

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Nagy said he is looking for a player who fits the program, not just someone to fill a vacancy.

Even if the Raiders do not fill the openings, they still could have a deeper bench than last year with Bill Wampler and James Mann coming off their redshirt seasons and the three incoming freshmen, Grant Basile, Malachi Smith and Skyelar Potter, each having a chance to contribute right away.

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