Dayton at UMass: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

Anthony Grant talks about rematch with Minutemen.

Who: Dayton (10-11, 4-5) at Massachusetts (10-13, 3-7)

When: 2 p.m., Saturday

Where: Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.

TV/Radio: Spectrum Sports; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO

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Probable Dayton starters

Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 16.5

Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 16.1

Trey Landers, 6-5, So., G, 9.0

Jalen Crutcher, 6-1, Fr., G, 8.2

Jordan Davis, 6-2, Fr., G, 7.9

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Probable UMass starters

Malik Hines, 6-10, Jr., F, 8.0

Luwane Pipkins, 5-11, So., G, 20.2

Unique McLean, 6-2, R-Fr., G, 5.7

Carl Pierre, 6-4, Fr., G, 11.8

C.J. Anderson, 6-6, Sr., G, 8.2

Series history: UMass leads 13-12. The Minutemen beat Dayton 62-60 at UD Arena on Jan. 6. Pipkins scored 25 points on 9-of-22 shooting. Darrell Davis missed what would have been the game-tying shot at the buzzer. Dayton has lost six straight games in Amherst or at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. Dayton hasn’t won a regular-season game at either arena since 2004.

Darrell Davis thinks Flyers still can “make a run.”

Coaches: Anthony Grant is 10-11 as Dayton head coach. His career record in 10 seasons is 203-121. Matt McCall is 10-13 in his first season at UMass. He was 48-18 in two seasons at Chattanooga.

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Last games: On Tuesday, UMass lost 85-83 at home to Rhode Island. On Jan. 27, Dayton lost 75-65 at Saint Louis.

About Dayton: KenPom.com gives Dayton a 51 percent chance of winning and predicts a 72-71 score. … Dayton ranks 100th in the RPI. UMass ranks 204th. Dayton ranks 145th in the Pomeroy ratings. UMass is 196th. … Cunningham ranks fifth in the nation in 2-point field-goal percentage (74.1). He ranks third in the A-10 in 8.7 rebounds per game. … The Flyers are 4-1 in A-10 play when Landers scores in double figures. … Dayton’s bench has been outscored by the opponents’ bench nine times in the last 10 games.

About UMass: The Minutemen have lost five games in a row. They are 2-3 at home in A-10 play with wins over La Salle and St. Joseph’s and losses to George Mason, Saint Louis and Rhode Island. … Pipkins scored 27 against Rhode Island. UMass rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final four minutes to make it close. … Rashaan Holloway, a 6-11 junior center, was declared academically ineligible Jan. 22. He did not play in the first game against Dayton because he was suspended. Anderson also missed that game because of a suspension.

Next game: Dayton plays Duquesne at 7 p.m. Wednesday at UD Arena. Spectrum Sports will televise the game.
Anthony Grant talks about his team coming off a frustrating loss to UMass

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‘An inspiration to all of us’: The Colonel White senior born with no legs who has become a football sensation

Published: Friday, September 16, 2005 @ 1:19 PM

Colonel White's Bobby Martin walks behind temmates as they line up on the field prior to a  game vs. Dunbar. Photo by Jim Witmer
Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News
Colonel White's Bobby Martin walks behind temmates as they line up on the field prior to a game vs. Dunbar. Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News)

As the Colonel White football team marched single file into Valley View’s stadium for the season opener, all eyes were on the Cougars’ No. 99. Between two linemen, he stood no higher than their thigh pads.

The Valley View fans, players and coaches had never seen anything like it: 

Was he the mascot? A manager? Some never-get-off-the-bench token? 

Everyone found out later in the game. But let’s let Bobby Martin — No. 99 — tell you what happened: “I was in at nose tackle,” the 17-year-old Colonel White senior said. “Their quarterback was trying to run the ball wide. Their center grabbed onto me and tried to bury me, but I broke free and ran down the line and caught the quarterback before he got to the line of scrimmage.” That might sound like a typical defensive play, except for one thing. When Bobby Martin “runs,” he does so by using his arms. He was born with no legs. 

His body ends just a little below his waist. 

But as the Valley View crowd found out — just as the Dunbar faithful did last Friday night at Welcome Stadium — while Martin may be lacking in stature, he stands as tall, if not taller, than any athlete in the Miami Valley. 

“Bobby’s proved that when the Lord takes something away from you, He always gives you something extra someplace else,” said his grandmother, Martha Walker. 

Colonel White's Bobby Martin warms up with a passing drill on the sidelines before a game with Dunbar. Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News)

Valley View coach Jay Niswonger was so impressed, he sent out video e-mails of the Colonel White nose tackle’s play. Even though his team buried Colonel White, Niswonger said Bobby — who had two tackles in his late-game appearance — was the talk of all the Spartans players afterward: “He was an inspiration to all of us. And I’ll tell you, our crowd really embraced him, too.” 

Justin Dean, a recent Colonel White grad who now works as a Cougars sidelines assistant, was struck by that, as well: “Their crowd gave Bobby a standing ovation. There were some teary eyes. People could hardly believe what they were seeing. It’s like that wherever we go. We get off the bus and the other team just stands there looking. I guess it’s kind of weird to them. They’re trying to figure out just what Bobby’s all about, just what he can do.” 

Bobby’s capabilities — and they are myriad — sometimes get a communal hug and, other times, a traffic ticket from an incredulous cop. 

“Don’t try to tell Bobby he’s got no legs — don’t tell him he’s got a handicap — he just will not accept that,” Colonel White assistant coach Kerry Ivy said. “To be truthful, he’s a tough kid to coach because he expects to be playing — every play.” 

Bobby is a regular on Colonel White’s punt return team — he gets downfield faster than a lot of the other players — and he sees spot duty, usually near the end of the game, as a backup nose tackle. He hates being relegated to the bench, a point he made clear in the final minutes of Colonel White’s 23-20 victory over Dunbar. 

“When he wasn’t in there late, oh was he (ticked) off,” Ivy said. “I told him, ‘Dog, I love ya’, but this is how it is now.’ But even then, you still have to keep an eye on him or he may just sub himself in.” 

Being told he can’t do something is hard for Bobby to stomach. He’s spent a lifetime turning the word “no” into “yes.” 

“You name it, he does it,” Dean said. “He skates, bowls, dances … even drives a car. He drives it pretty good, but I gotta say the first time I rode with him, I felt like I was at Kings Island on a ride. It was something.” 

The way he worked the hand controls? 

“Hand controls? There weren’t any hand controls,” Dean said. “He had a metal rod from his porch or something and he used it to press the gas and the brakes.” 

Colonel White's Bobby Martin is in the midst of teammates as they chant a spirited response to a coaches' inspirational speech in the locker room before a game with Dunbar. Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News)

Needless to say, the traffic cops who have stopped Bobby — for speeding, for no license — haven’t been that impressed. 

Bobby’s mom, Gloria Martin, said the Camaro that Bobby was driving is now parked. And that means her son’s primary mode of transportation is that special skateboard he’s rigged up. Balanced on the 12-by-18-inch board he’s bolted to two sets of wheels, Bobby navigates everything from the hallways of Colonel White to the sidewalks of downtown Dayton. 

“At school they told him they’d put all his classes on the first floor, but he said, ‘I’m fine. I can get up the stairs like any other kid,’ ” Dean said. “He puts the board under his arm and hops up the stairs faster than most guys go with two legs. 

“We went to eat at Roosters awhile back and the lady there looked at Bobby and said, ‘We have a ramp.’ When she said that, he got on his board, did a wheelie while doing a handstand, jumped off and was up the steps before she could say another word.” 

Someone should have told her his nickname is Tony Hawk. 

And the name of the daredevil boarder fits him a lot better than the tag his dad put on him soon after he was born. At first Bobby was called Boo Hoo because he cried so much. And no wonder. Not only was he without legs and would need an occupational therapist to teach him how to roll over, but he required extensive corrective surgery to repair his underdeveloped lower tract areas. And, he was asthmatic. 

“I don’t exactly know how it all happened,” said Gloria, an intake coordinator for Day-Mont Behavioral Health Care. “At first they said I had high blood, but that wasn’t it. They said it ended up the worst-case scenario of a regressive syndrome where your legs grow together.” 

In the beginning, Bobby’s dad — Robert Martin Sr. — had a tough time accepting all this, and he and Gloria both have said that played a part in their separation. But in recent years he’s come around in his thinking, and as Gloria said, “he realizes how good Bobby really is.” 

Martha Walker said Gloria did a good job fostering Bobby’s independence: “The Lord picked the right person to be his mother. My daughter did what I probably would not have. I was overprotective. With Bobby, I would have been too upset. I’d have been trying to shield him from the whole world and then he wouldn’t have learned to do anything for himself. But my daughter took things as they came and let him try everything.” 

As Gloria explained: “I never hindered him from anything he wanted to do, never really told him, ‘No.’ Now, I probably should have disciplined him more, but I didn’t want him to shy away from things. Didn’t want him to have any complexes.” 

Bobby quickly learned how to work his way through life on his own. Prosthetic legs were an impossibility — he had no thighs to which to affix them — and he doesn’t like a wheelchair. 

“It slows me down,” he said. 

Colonel White's Bobby Martin keeps in perfect step with his teammates as they arrive at Welcome Stadium before a game with Dunbar. Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News)

The skateboard idea, he said, came about some 11 years ago at a Beavercreek skating rink: “They put skates on my hands, but that didn’t work. Then someone suggested a skateboard.” 

With a means to get to where he wanted, Bobby showed he had plenty to do once he got there. At Roth Middle School, he played football and wrestled, using his upper-body strength and those well-muscled arms. 

But once he got to high school, he strayed from sports and had brief stops at both Dunbar and Meadowdale. Neither of those worked out. At times he fell in with the wrong crowd — people more interested in the street than school — and the bad influences showed. 

He finally found a home at Colonel White, where he is one of the most popular students and has been reunited with Earl White, the Cougars’ head football coach who also was his wrestling coach at Roth. 

“He’s so much a part of everything that goes on, we don’t see him as handicapped,” White said. “Everything any other kid does, he does. To us, he’s just Bobby. He’s a normal kid.” 

You see that in practice, where he knocks heads with the other players, trash talks with the best of them and doesn’t flinch when the barbs come back his way. 

“He’s jokeable,” Dean said. “He laughs when Coach tells everyone to take a knee and the other guys go ‘You, too, Bobby.’ ” 

Ivy said there are times though when Bobby is faced with things other players never think about. 

“Bobby always practices in shorts, so when he got his game pants, he looked over at Josh Tillman, our fullback, and said, ‘How do you tie these things up?’ Josh looked at him kind of strange and said, ‘The same way you tie up a pair of shoes.’ 

“And that’s when Bobby said, ‘How the hell would I know that?’ ” 

He learned quickly, and now when he takes the field, he’s dressed the same as his teammates except that his gold pants are cut off just a few inches below his belt line, and he wears black leather sports gloves to give his hands extra padding. 

In the pregame dressing room, he’s especially vocal among his amped-up teammates. Once the game starts, he works his way back and forth on the sidelines, urging on the offense. 

In the stands last Friday, Gloria sat next to her brother, Jesse Walker, and worried: “I’m always afraid someone will smash into Bobby and he’ll get smooshed.” 

Against Dunbar, though, it was Bobby doing the smooshing. In the second quarter, he came barrelling downfield on a punt return and flattened the Wolverines’ 163-pound Troy Myers with a hit that was at best — you can’t hit below the waist — borderline legal. Once back at the bench, Bobby bellowed: “I ain’t playin’ with ’em out there. I’m hittin’ em!” 

After the game, the Dunbar players congratulated the Cougars. Many sought out Bobby, and from the stands Gloria watched the heart-warming scene on the Welcome Stadium turf. 

“All I’ve ever wanted for Bobby is for him to be the best man he could be,” she said softly. And sports-wise, that might not end with football. “He said he might wrestle again,” Dean said. “And now he’s talking about going out for track.” A grinning Ivy, shook his head: “Probably the long jump.”

Dayton's Colonel White's Bobby Martin moves off the field after playing on the punt return team vs. Dunbar at Welcome Stadium. Born without legs, Martin makes tackles on two legged players twice his size. Despite being banned from playing on an equipment violation 9no shoes and knee pads) the OHSAA has ruled that he is eligible to take the field again. Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer/Dayton Daily News)

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Senior sprinter fuels Dunbar to D-II regional boys championship

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 1:22 PM


            Miami East junior Blaine Brokschmidt won the pole vault during the first day of the D-II regional track and field meet at Piqua on Thursday, May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Miami East junior Blaine Brokschmidt won the pole vault during the first day of the D-II regional track and field meet at Piqua on Thursday, May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Jalani Allen won three individual events and Dunbar posted seven total firsts to run away with the Division II regional track and field boys team championship at Piqua High School on Saturday.

The top four regional placers advance to the season-ending state track and field meets at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus on Friday and Saturday.

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The defending boys D-II state indoor and outdoor team champion, Dunbar bested runner-up Versailles 81-64 to win another regional title. Central Buckeye Conference member Bellefontaine won the girls team championship, 54-44 over Van Wert.

Allen positioned himself as a state champion contender by winning the regional 110-meter high hurdles (14.49), the 100 (11.09) and the 200 (22.30). Wolverines senior Nigel Beal also captured first in the 300 hurdles (38.60).

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Dunbar also swept all three relays on Saturday, winning the 4x200 (1:28.33), the 4x100 (42.90) and the meet-ending 4x400 (3:19.14). Dunbar won its 10th outdoor team title in program history last season despite not winning an event at state. The Wolverines appear to be in great position to contend for another title.

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Other area boys winners were Thurgood Marshall senior Jaylen Zachery in the 400 (48.28), Versailles senior Joe Spitzer in the 1600 (4:19.64), defending D-II state champ and sophomore Robie Glass of Springfield Shawnee in the high jump (6-5) and Northwestern junior Adam Riedinger, who added a shot put title (58-1.25) to the discus title he won on Thursday.

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Alter senior Perri Bockrath extended an outstanding Knights girls career by sweeping 1600 (5:06.56) and 3200 (11:21.12).

Other area girls individual winners were Valley View junior Anna Roach in the 200 (25.91) and Greenon sophomore Delaney Benedict in the 400 (57.56).

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The Dunbar girls bested the 4x100 (49.46) and 4x400 (3:59.69) relay fields. Valley View won the girls 4x200 relay (1:43.32).

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The Division I (Wayne) and Division III (Troy) regionals concluded on Friday.

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Shawnee, Greenon, Northwestern all have regional champs

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 12:33 PM


            Northwestern sophomore Korbin Spencer was third in the discus. The first day of the D-II regional track and field meet was at Piqua on Thu., May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Northwestern sophomore Korbin Spencer was third in the discus. The first day of the D-II regional track and field meet was at Piqua on Thu., May 24, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Shawnee had two winners and Greenon and Northwestern one apiece in the Division II regional track and field meet at Piqua High School on Saturday.

Winning for Shawnee were Robie Glass in the high jump and Jace Mitchem in the pole vault. They were joined by regional champs Delaney Benedict of Greenon in the 400 meters and Northwestern’s Adam Riedinger in the shot put.

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The top four regional placers advance to the season-ending state track and field meets at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus on Friday and Saturday

Defending boys D-II state champ Dunbar won seven events, including three by senior standout Jalani Allen, and won the boys team title, 81-64 over runner-up Versailles. Shawnee was fourth (40 points) and Northwestern sixth (29).

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Central Buckeye Conference member Bellefontaine won the girls team championship, 54-44 over Van Wert. Shawnee was ninth (29).

The Division I (Wayne) and Division III (Troy) regional concluded on Friday.

Glass, the D-II defending state champ in the high jump, won his specialty, clearing 6 feet 5. He also was second in the 200 (22.36).

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That was just pat of an outstanding Shawnee boys effort to advance to Columbus. The Braves’ were especially productive in the relays. The 4x100 relay also was second (43.45), and the 4x200 (1:30.25) and 4x400 (3:20.74) were both fourth.

Mitchem, also a sophomore, cleared 11-10 to win the pole vault. She’ll be joined at state by sophomore Olivia Warax, who was third in the 3200 (11:31.68) and senior Grace Holmes, fourth in the 1600 (5:09.66).

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Benedict, a sophomore, extended her outstanding season by besting the girls 400 field (57.56). Riedinger set a personal best by adding a shot put championship (58-1.25). He also won the discus on Thursday (164-11).

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The only other area state qualifier from Saturday’s competition was Kenton Ridge junior high jumper Justin Peterman, who was third (6-4).

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Scooter’s five hits, diving catch lead Reds past Rockies

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 7:09 AM


            DENVER, CO - MAY 26: Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds jogs to home plate after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 26: Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds jogs to home plate after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 26, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images)

Scooter Gennett capped his big day at the plate with a game-saving play in the field for the Cincinnati Reds.

Gennett tied a career high with five hits, including a solo homer, and then made a diving catch in the ninth to preserve the Reds’ 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

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It marked the second time in Gennett’s career that he collected five hits, previously accomplishing the feat against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 6, 2017.

Tony Cruz also homered for the Reds.

Gennett’s defense sealed the win after the Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth against reliever Jared Hughes. Ryan McMahon, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day, led off with his second single and Chris Iannetta doubled to put runners on second and third. Hughes walked pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases, but got Charlie Blackmon to ground into a forceout at the plate for the first out.

David Dahl, who drove in three runs, then lined out to Gennett at second, and the Reds second baseman doubled off Gonzalez to end the game.

“Right when he hit it, I felt like we would have a chance at getting him at (second),” Gennett said. “But that ball was hit pretty hard. I didn’t have too much time to think.”

It was the fifth double play the Rockies hit into Saturday night, which tied a franchise record.

“A couple of more feet to the left or the right, it’s a game-winner,” Dahl said. “I did everything I could do to hit the ball in the air. I hit the ball hard, he just made a good play. It was a high-to-low real quick.”

Michael Lorenzen (1-0) pitched one inning in relief, and Hughes earned his third save. Reds starter Tyler Mahle allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.

Gennett hit his 10th homer in the first and Cruz hit a two-run shot in the third to give the Reds the early lead.

The Rockies went ahead 4-3 in the fifth on Blackmon’s RBI triple and a sacrifice fly by Dahl, but the Reds scored three times off Colorado’s bullpen to take the lead.

Chris Rusin (0-1) picked up the loss after allowing two hits to the only batters he faced.

Nolan Arenado doubled and scored in the seventh to cut Cincinnati’s lead to one.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (left oblique strain) pitched in another rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville on Friday night and appears closer to returning from the 60-day DL. “I think he’s got one more scheduled,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “His previous one was very strong, this one got hit around a little bit. That certainly happens on those rehabs. You never know what’s going to happen in those things.”

Gennett’s torrid night at the plate continued a hot month for the second baseman. Gennett is batting .392 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs in May.

“He’s locked in right now,” Iannetta said. “He’s a guy we knew coming into the series has been swinging the bat really well.”

RUNNING WILD

Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton settled for a triple leading off the seventh inning, but the speedster was eyeing more as he came around second. Third base coach Billy Hatcher put up the stop sign so Hamilton missed getting his first inside-the-park home run.

“It’s going to happen,” he said. “I understand we have no outs and it’s not about me getting an inside-the-park home run, it’s about winning. I’m not mad about the situation I didn’t get an inside-the-park home run. Just glad we got the win.”

SUNDAY’S GAME

Reds at Rockies, 3:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410

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