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All-Southwest District D-III girls basketball teams

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:51 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:41 PM


            Versailles senior Kami McEldowney is first team All-SW District D-III. BRYANT BILLING / FILE
Versailles senior Kami McEldowney is first team All-SW District D-III. BRYANT BILLING / FILE

The 2017-18 All-Southwest District girls high school basketball teams, as selected by a media panel from the district:

DIVISION III

FIRST TEAM: Alexis Chase, Williamsburg, 5-foot-10, junior, 17.0 points per game; Nikki Current, Bellefontaine Benjamin Logan, 5-8, sr., 26.0; Morgan Haney, Casstown Miami East, 5-7, jr., 18.7; Alea Harris, Cincinnati Summit Country Day, 5-8, sr., 14.1; Kami McEldowney, Versailles, 5-8, sr., 13.1; Rachel Murray, Waynesville, 5-10, jr., 18.5; Hayley Suchland, Springfield Northeastern, 5-8, sr., 30.9.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nikki Current, Ben Logan.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Maurer, Anna.

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SECOND TEAM: Mary Englert, Cin. Madeira, 5-6, sr., 16.0; Frankie Fife, Jamestown Greeneview, 5-6, sr., 17.5; Macey Huelskamp, Anna, 5-10, sr., 12.1; Kiana Klein, Miamisburg Dayton Christian, 6-2, sr., 12.9; Jenna Lovely, Camden Preble Shawnee, 5-7, jr., 10.5; Danielle Winner, Versailles, 6-2, sr., 10.8; Niah Woods, Summit Country Day, 5-7, sr., 10.2.

»RELATED: Girls D-II All-Southwest District basketball

THIRD TEAM: Ravin Alexander, Summit Country Day, 5-5, sr., 9.0; Jessica Chase, Williamsburg, 5-8, jr., 17.3; Sha’Dai Hale, Cin. Purcell Marian, 5-10, jr., 16.0; Christa Harris, Carlisle, 5-8, sr., 14.4; Maggie Kersting, Cin. Seven Hills, 5-11, sr., 20.9; Elizabeth Ording, Versailles, 5-11, jr., 6.4; Reagan Ware, Springfield Greenon, 5-6, so., 19.1.

»RELATED: Girls D-IV All-Southwest District basketball

HONORABLE MENTION: Kiana Allen, Summit Country Day; Camryn Collinsworth, Casey Darkow, Dayton Christian; Kelsey Day, Gabby Hollar, Taylor Lauck, West Liberty-Salem; Kristen Dickison, West Milton Milton-Union; Kenna Gray, Tipp City Bethel; Lydia Henry, Greenon; Izzy Hensley, Cin. Country Day; Haley Howard, Miami East; Marin Kline, Madeira; Breah Kuck, Anna; Paige Lilly, Lacey Peterman, East Clinton; Alaina Lyons, Urbana;

Torey Macke, Cin. Deer Park; Caitlin McEldowney, Versailles; Kayla O’Daniel, Arcanum; Savannah Pavoni, Ben Logan; Elecia Patton, Blanchester; Aubrey Rains, Marcella Sizer, Waynesville; Ashley Rothert, Cin. Mariemont; McKinlee Ruppert, New Lebanon Dixie; Laura Shuppert, Seven Hills; Nicole Sims, Brenna Woodard, Preble Shawnee; Sylvie Sonneman, Faith Strickle, Greeneview.

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Reds set sights on moving out of NL Central basement

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:05 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.
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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)

About six weeks ago, Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman talked to his club about setting short-term goals.

“Let's go catch that fourth-place club,” Riggleman said. “Then after that, let's go get that third-place club.”

The Reds seemed destined to spend all season in the National League Central Division basement at the time, and that still seemed the case earlier this month. The Reds were 21 games under .500 on June 9.

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However, after winning nine of their last 11 games, including six in a row entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the Reds (31-45) have moved within five games of fourth-place Pittsburgh.

Riggleman hasn’t given any motivational speeches to get the team going. He gave those speeches more often in the first month on the job. Now he talks to the team after each game and reviews the game while looking ahead to the next one. He’s more selective about when he makes big speeches.

With the Reds playing almost every day, Riggleman can’t approach the job as a football coach would.

“It’s too much,” Riggleman said. “It’s kind of like, ‘Jim, again with the talk?' I leave them alone a little big and get their attention another time. I think a lot of people think you've got pound in every message every day. It's more subtle in baseball.”

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Royals consider signing college pitcher who pleaded guilty to child molestation charge

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich pleaded guilty in 2012 to a felony charge of molesting a 6-year-old relative.
Nati Harnik/AP
Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich pleaded guilty in 2012 to a felony charge of molesting a 6-year-old relative.(Nati Harnik/AP)

The Kansas City Royals are considering signing Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who pleaded guilty as a 15-year-old to molesting his 6-year-old niece, The Kansas City Star reported.

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“We continue to seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

In 2012, Heimlich pleaded guilty to child molestation in Washington, Sports Illustrated reported.

According to court documents obtained by The Oregonian, the first time Heimlich molested his niece was when she was 4. He admitted he had “sexual contact” with the girl, The Oregonian reported.

Heimlich and his Oregon State teammates advanced to the College World Series championship series on Saturday, beating Mississippi State 5-2.

For the second straight year, Heimlich was not selected in the Major League Baseball Draft. 

Even though Heimlich is a two-time Pac-12 pitcher of the year, activist Brenda Tracy told the Star the 22-year-old should not be signed.

“I’m sorry, but Luke does not deserve to be on that platform and pedestal, (potentially) looked up to and adored by millions of people, including young kids,” Tracy, a survivor of a gang rape in Corvallis, Oregon, said Saturday. “We should never normalize, we should never minimize (what Heimlich pleaded guilty to). If the Royals bring him on their team, they are complicit in normalizing and minimizing.”

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Heimlich denied touching his niece despite his guilty plea. 

“I pled guilty to it, but ever since that day and even before that, in court records and everything, I’ve denied ever committing the offense,” Heimlich told the magazine. “I stand by that.”

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NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini hit by car while jogging

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:36 AM

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini, right, is recovering from injuries after she was hit by a car while jogging Saturday in California.
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NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini, right, is recovering from injuries after she was hit by a car while jogging Saturday in California.(Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR pit reporter Wendy Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion Saturday after she was hit by a car while jogging in Novato, California, according to a news release from Venturini Racing.

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Venturini, 39, was in California to cover Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup race in Sonoma. She will remain in the hospital for several days, the news release said.

“She’s completely coherent and conversational, and I have talked to her on two occasions today," said Doug Rice, president and general manager of Performance Racing Network. "They told her she would have a really good headache for a couple of days.”

Venturini's father, Bill, is a two-time Auto Racing Club of America champion who founded Venturini Motorsports in 1982, The Sporting News reported.

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Three newest members of Dayton women’s basketball team arrive on campus

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:09 PM

Dayton coach Shauna Green watches the team practice before the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. David Jablonski/Staff
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Dayton coach Shauna Green watches the team practice before the first round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

The three newest members of the Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team — Ella Skeens, Amari Davidson and Kyla Whitehead — arrived on campus this weekend. The University of Dayton’s second summer session begins Monday and ends with exams Aug. 3-4.

“Very excited to finally have these three on campus!!” Dayton coach Shauna Green wrote on Twitter. “Can not wait to see what the future holds for them.”

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“Excited to have Ella, Amari and Kyla on campus!” assistant coach Calamity McEntire wrote on Twitter. “They have a sign hanging in their apartment that says, ‘Don’t wish for it, work for it.’ I loved it!!”

Here’s a quick glance at the three Dayton freshmen:

• Skeens, 5-foot-11 wing: She finished her career with 2,283 points. She’s the all-time leading scorer in the history of Chillicothe Southeastern High School, Ross Country and the Scioto Valley Conference. Skeens committed to Dayton on June 4, 2017.

• Davidson, 6-2 forward: The Avon High School graduate committed to Dayton on Aug. 17, 2017. She’ll be the third member of her family to play college basketball. Sierra Davison, a 6-0 forward, played in six games last season as a junior at Cleveland State. Shay Davidson, a 5-11 forward, played in 18 games last season as a freshman at Notre Dame College.

•  Whitehead, 6-2 forward: She helped lead Pickerington Central to the Division I state championship in March. She had nine points and five rebounds in a 49-45 victory against Solon in the title game. Whitehead committed to Dayton on Sept. 26, 2017.

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