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Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 12:04 AM
DAYTON — A 28-year drought ended for the Dayton Flyers on Thursday as the Dallas Mavericks selected Kostas Antetokounmpo, a 6-foot-10 forward, with the 30th and last pick of the second round in the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the 60th player chosen overall.
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Antetokounmpo, 20, is the first Dayton player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990. The Phoenix Suns drafted Knight in the second round.
Dayton had 38 players drafted between 1952 and 1990. Twenty Flyers have played in the NBA, including four undrafted players (Chris Wright, Chris Johnson, Brian Roberts and Charles Cooke) since Knight was drafted.
Antetokounmpo seeks to become the third member of his family to play in the NBA. His brother Giannis Antetokounmpo, 23, was the 15th pick of the first round in 2013 and now is one of the top players in the league. He averaged 26.9 points per game last season for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, 25, played in two games in 2016 for the New York Knicks. He was a second-round pick in 2014.
The 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo committed to Dayton in June 2016 but sat out his freshman season as a NCAA partial qualifier.
Antetokounmpo debuted in the 2017-18 season and averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. He led the team with 31 blocks. He appeared in 29 of 32 games and started six games.
In late March, weeks after the end of a 14-17 season, Antetokounmpo left the program and the university.
“His mindset was he wants to test the waters to see what his prospects are for being in the NBA,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “And he felt it was in his best interest to leave school to do it. I’m not trying to judge his decision in terms of basketball, but the timing of his leaving did surprise me with just six weeks of school left.”
The #NBADraft is Thursday. Dayton could see a player (Kostas Antetokounmpo) drafted for the first time in 28 years. Here's the @daytondailynews front page on June 28, 1990, when Negele Knight was drafted with the fourth pick of the second round. pic.twitter.com/6Cay5oePXh— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) June 20, 2018
When Negele Knight was drafted in 1990, it ended a four-year #NBADraft drought for Dayton. Dave Colbert and Damon Goodwin were drafted in the fifth and seventh rounds in 1986. Here's the @daytondailynews story from June 18, 1986. pic.twitter.com/S8kL0zwMkc— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) June 21, 2018
Here's the @DaytonDailyNews coverage from June 26, 1979, the last time the Dayton Flyers had a first-round pick. The Portland Trail Blazers drafted Alter grad Jim Paxson 12th overall. pic.twitter.com/zwZ3wej7cA— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) June 21, 2018
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:31 PM
DAYTON — Two of the top-10 leading scorers in Dayton Flyers men’s basketball history will join the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.
Roosevelt Chapman and John Horan will be honored on May 18, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.
Chapman is Dayton’s all-time scoring leader. He scored 2,233 points between 1980 and 1984. Horan (1951-55) ranks 10th with 1,757 points.
» LOOKING BACK: Chapman led Dayton to Elite Eight in 1984
Among the other inductees are:
• Beavercreek's Alison Bales, who won two state championships in high school and was a 1,075-point scorer at Duke.
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• The late Lauren Hill, who inspired people around the country while battling a brain tumor during her career at the College of Mount St. Joseph.
• Mike Pratt, a Dayton native who attended Meadowdale High School and starred for the Kentucky Wildcats.
• Larry Baker, a St. Paris native who ranks sixth in career scoring at Wittenberg (1,627).
• Steve Moore, a Wittenberg graduate who has turned Wooster in a Division III national powerhouse and ranks second in career victories (822-239) at that level.
• The 1952 and 1953 Middletown High School boys teams that won Class A state championships.
• The 1952 and 1955 Lockland Wayne teams that won Class B state titels.
• Gary Walters, who won 407 games at Newark High School from 1972-1999.
• James Houdeshell, who had 21 winning records in 30 seasons at Findlay College.
• Reginald Lee, who won 434 games Brookhaven High School.
• Muskingum College’s Donna Newberry, the fifth-winningest active women’s coach in NCAA Division III.
• Eastlake North High School’s Kaayla Chones, Ohio's Ms. Basketball in 1998 and 1999.
• Larry Nance, who played seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
• Charlie Slack, who starred at Marshall University in the 1950s.
• Former Ohio State Buckeyes Dave Sorenson, Scoonie Penn and Jodi Roth Korbas.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:42 PM
Team: Franklin Wildcats
Division/Region: D-III, Region 12; no change from last season.
Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division.
Location: Atrium Stadium, Franklin Field (Warren County).
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Head coach: Brad Childers, entering his fifth season as the Wildcats’ head coach and 24th year overall. Owns a 29-14 overall combined record.
Assistant coaches: Mike Schneider OC/QB; Frankie Russell, DC/DB; Steve Woods, RB; Tom Parker, OL; Mark Mullins, DL; Landen Brown, WR; Kevin Allen, DE; Todd Centers, LB; Rick Thompson, freshmen; Brian Salmons, freshmen.
2017 records: 4-2 SWBL Southwestern, 8-3 overall.
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2017 highlights: Overcame season-ending injuries to nine starters to tie for second with Bellbrook behind division winner and unbeaten Valley View. Stumbled 35-22 at Oakwood in Week 9, but knocked Brookville out of playoff contention 24-21 in Week 10. That secured a home playoff game and 17-10 loss to New Richmond. That was Franklin’s 11th postseason appearance and sixth since 2008.
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Of all those injuries, losing graduated senior Ryan Montgomery to knee surgery hurt the worse. As a junior dual-threat QB he accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of offense and rushed for 30 TDs. He shifted to running back as a senior and had 740 yards rushing (8.3) and 13 TDs until he went down in a Week 6 blowout win at Waynesville.
Franklin was 5-1 when Montgomery was lost. He signed to play football at Miami University.
Returning junior QB Braden Woods had a breakout season with 1,309 yards passing and 12 TDs. “What I can tell you is that Braden is a smart, athletic, and a well-polished football player as well as football coaches’ son. He has been around the game since the day he was born and we all knew he was going to be a good one once his time came. His work ethic is second to no one and his leadership skills are valuable.” - coach Childers
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Matt Centers, 6-0, 210, sr., LB; first team All-SWBL.
David Figliola, 5-11, 303, sr., OL/DL.
Drew Gesuck, 6-3, 195, WR; 19 catches, 241 yards, 3 TDs.
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John Harris, 6-3, 225, sr., TE/DE.
Ryan Russell, 6-1, 165, jr., WR; 26 catches, 288 yards, 1 TD.
Logan Willis, 5-10, 175, jr., DB; 48 tackles, 4 INTs, 1 TD.
Braden Woods, 6-2, 190, jr., QB; 1,309 yards passing (60.6 percent), 12 TDs, 1 INT.
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Transfers: Cyre Williams (Middletown), Dylan Dierks (Miamisburg), Zarek Welch (Miamisburg) and Izak Proctor (Springboro).
About the Wildcats: An abundance of optimism is always a good thing and Franklin isn’t lacking in that. A robust class of 20-plus seniors is significant.
Franklin is on a 19-4 overall run – 10-2 in the SWBL Southwestern - over the last two seasons, both of which were playoff teams.
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Three schedule changes. Madison (11-3) visits in Week 1, bumping Carlisle (7-3) in the SWBL crossover rotation. Franklin is at GWOC American South member Xenia (2-8) in Week 3. The Bucs replaced GWOC American North rep Piqua (6-4). Also, Preble Shawnee (8-2) visits in Week 6. The Arrows bump Waynesville (1-9) in the SWBL crossover rotation.
“This football team is hungry to get back on top in the league. We have had an excellent offseason and the kids have been receptive to coaching and getting better. I think we have a physical football team.” – coach Childers.
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Fun fact: Well-traveled Mike Schneider has landed as Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and QB coach. Schneider was a Middletown assistant last season. He previously was the head coach at Miamisburg and Wayne and was a longtime assistant under his son Lance Schneider at Northmont.
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Schedule: All at 7 p.m.
Week 1: Fri., Aug. 24 MADISON
Week 2: Fri., Aug. 31 at Edgewood
Week 3: Fri., Sept. 7 at Xenia
Week 4: Fri., Sept. 14 MONROE
Week 5: Fri., Sept. 21 at Bellbrook
Week 6: Fri., Sept. 28 PREBLE SHAWNEE
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Week 7: Fri., Oct. 5 VALLEY VIEW
Week 8: Fri., Oct. 12 at Eaton
Week 9: Fri., Oct. 19 at Brookville
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:51 PM
MASON — Three Colombians in Ohio for the World Flying Disc World Championships chuckled as they were delivered to their hotel in an Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser on July, a cruiser-cam video shows.
The drop-off at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast concluded a series of events on July 12 touched off when two players and a volunteer affiliated with Oso Club Ultimate were put off a Greyhound bus about midnight on Interstate 71 north of Cincinnati, according to Lt. Scott Kuntz, commander of the highway patrol’s Cincinnati post.
“Sorry you guys had a bad experience,” the unidentified trooper said after pulling up next to the three men standing with their luggage in the berm.
The trooper also expressed surprise the men were let off on I-71.
“The interstate is dangerous,” he said in the video obtained by this news organization.
After talking briefly with the men, the trooper tells them he will have to call for another trooper to carry them and their luggage to the hotel.
He also expressed surprise after the men, one of whom was able to speak some English, told him they were let off because they spoke Spanish.
“That’s not illegal,” the trooper said.
Kuntz said a motorist reported “pedestrians walking on the interstate” southbound in the northbound lanes.
“We were just basically helping them get to where they needed to be,” Kuntz said Friday.
No citations were issued.
“We were just thankful we were able to get them where they needed to be,” Kuntz said.
The incident prompted some controversy after another player contacted media and posted on social media claiming the three were taken off the bus for speaking Spanish.
Greyhound investigated and issued a statement:
“Upon our investigation, we determined that this was not an act of discrimination. In fact, English is not the driver’s first language either. Our policy states that customers must be transported to the destination that is printed on their tickets, and the customers were upset and became unruly when the driver refused to drop them off in another city about 32 miles outside of Cincinnati.”
On Friday, the Oso was still playing to place, but was out of medal contention.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM
Hamilton High School graduate Patrick McGuff turned in another impressive outing for the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night, but that couldn’t prevent the host Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) from posting a 1-0 win in 10 innings.
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McGuff made his second start since being signed as a free agent from the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out three.
Dragons reliever Wendolyn Bautista (3-5, 3.61 ERA) was charged with the loss. He was just as impressive, working 4.2 innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out six.
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All minor-league games begin extra innings with a free runner at second base. Dayton couldn’t score despite runners on first and third with no outs.
Andy Sugilio had three hits to lead the Dragons and catcher Mark Kolozsvary the team’s other two hits. Both had doubles.
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It was the third straight loss for the Dragons (12-15 second half and 43-52 overall). Wisconsin (12-14, 43-52) hosts Dayton in the series finale at 8 p.m. Friday. Scheduled to start for the Dragons is pitcher Hunter Greene (3-7, 4.69 ERA). It’ll be his first appearance since pitching in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.