Cincinnati Reds’ top pick Hunter Greene shares picture from U.S. Military Academy

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 2:23 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: High School baseball player Hunter Greene, from Stevenson Ranch, CA, the possible first overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft, talks with Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on April 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: High School baseball player Hunter Greene, from Stevenson Ranch, CA, the possible first overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft, talks with Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during batting practice before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dodger Stadium on April 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)(Contributing Writer)

Cincinnati Reds first-round draft pick Hunter Greene finished last season in Billings, Mont. 

His next professional baseball stop (after spring training) may be Dayton. 

What’s he doing in between? 

Well, it looks like he’s spending part of his November with the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

The highly touted pitcher/shortstop shared a picture of the hallowed grounds Tuesday. 

Jeff Graupe, the director of Cincinnati’s minor leagues, said during an appearance in Dayton last February the club sent 12 of its prospects to West Point for 72 hours of intensive leadership training in an effort to turn around some losing trends for the club’s bush league teams. 

“It was a unique approach,” Graupe said. “Leadership is just something that's talked about all the time: How do you grow leaders? How do you develop leaders? I think we have the best minor league staff in baseball in terms of on the field instruction and I think adding a fourth coach will only make that better and I'm hoping that carries over to off field as well.” 

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"What we wanted to do was identify players we thought had leadership potential from Triple-A to rookie ball and find some way to tie those guys together."

The approach may have paid off, at least in Dayton. The Dragons made the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and won their first-round series against West Michigan

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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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High School Football: These 7 area football stars have made college commitments 

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

Springfield Wildcats standout Moses Douglass explains verbally committing to the Kentucky Wildcats

With the start of summer in sight, at least 20 Cox Media Group Ohio coverage area players in the senior class have Division I football offers or appear in the 247Sports rankings. 

Seven members of the 2019 class have already verbally committed. 

Here’s a look at them: 

Connor Bazelak — Missouri

The Alter quarterback announced June 18 he plans to attend Missouri after considering numerous offers from schools in the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten and more.  

He is a three-star prospect and the No. 1-rated quarterback in Ohio. 

 

Hayden Bullock — Air Force

A lineman from Bellbrook, Bullock made his announcement in early April

He was a second-team All-Southwest District pick last season and will not be alone as a Miami Valley native playing for the Falcons. 

The 2017 Air Force football roster had three area players (Ja’Mel Sanders and C.J. Riazzi of Chaminade Julienne and Jarrod Hardrick of Wayne) and three members of the 2018 class plan to play for the Falcons (Jake Spewiak and Sam Vance of Centerville and Tyler Johnson of Miamisburg). 

Moses Douglass — Kentucky

A defensive back from Springfield, Douglass verbally committed at the end of March

He is a three-star prospect, the No. 12 player in the state and ranked third among area prospects behind Steven Faucheux of Lakota West and John Bivens of Alter. 

He had 65 tackles last season and made the All-Southwest district first team. 

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Justin Harris — Cincinnati 

Another member of the all-district first team in Division I, Harris had four interceptions last season for at Wayne. 

He verbally committed on June 11

Harris is the No. 28 prospect in Ohio. 

Wayne DB Justin Harris. Trotwood-Madison defeated visiting Wayne 14-7 in a Week 10 GWOC crossover high school football game to complete a 10-0 regular season on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF/MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Jestin Jacobs — Iowa 

The Northmont linebacker chose the Hawkeyes on May 11. 

He is a three-star prospect and the No. 20-rated player in Ohio. 

Last season, Jacobs recorded 67 tackles, forced three fumbles, recovered three fumbles and intercepted a pass en route to All-Southwest District first-team honors. 

Gabe Newburg — Michigan 

The Northmont defensive end announced he will be a Wolverine on April 2

He is the No. 29 prospect in the state, was third in the GWOC with seven sacks last season and made the all-district first team. 

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J.J. Ross — Cincinnati 

A defensive back from Lakota West, Ross chose the Bearcats on June 10

He had 25 tackles and a pair of interceptions in nine games last season for the Firebirds. 

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Reds look to extend one of their longest active win streaks

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:40 PM


            DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Jon Moscot #46 of the Cincinnati Reds and Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers lie at second base after Moscot made a diving tag on Gose during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Moscot dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder on the play. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 15: Jon Moscot #46 of the Cincinnati Reds and Anthony Gose #12 of the Detroit Tigers lie at second base after Moscot made a diving tag on Gose during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 15, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. Moscot dislocated his left, non-throwing shoulder on the play. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Reds will try to continue one of their longest active winning streaks tonight when they open a six-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers.

The Reds have won three in a row against the Tigers, which is is their second longest active streak and could become their longest with a two-game streak. The Reds have won four in a row against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The last time Cincinnati and Detroit met was in 2015, when Detroit won the first of four before the Reds reeled off three consecutive wins, with the last one coming nearly two months after it’s originally scheduled date due to rain.

The three winning pitchers for the Reds were Collin Balester, Burke Badenhop and Michael Lorenzen.

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The Reds are 11-11 all time against the Tigers, including 3-2 at Great American Ball Park.

The only other teams the Reds have active winning streaks of at least two games against are Kansas City (two), and the New York Mets (two).

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Their longest active losing streak is nine against the Boston Red Sox.

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