Spartans edge Tigers in extra innings

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 10:58 PM

Highlights of Waynesville's 3-2 win over West Liberty Salem

Fairborn — A wet baseball might have made the difference between Waynesville and West Liberty Salem on Wednesday. The Spartans and Tigers battled for nine innings in a Division III District semi-final game before Waynesville walked off with a 3-2 win.

The two teams were locked in a pitchers duel for most of the game as West Liberty senior Thomas Allen and Waynesville junior Brady Stone were both keeping runners off the bases.

A steady rain started falling in the fourth inning and it was still coming down when Spartans designated hitter Lane Johnson singled to center field with two on and one out in bottom of the ninth. The Tigers tried to get the lead runner at third but the throw was off target and bounced in to the WLS dugout. Alex Hurley trotted home with the game winning run.

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The win sends the Spartans to a District final for the second year in a row. Waynesville lost in a Division II regional semi-final a year ago and lost nine seniors from that team.

Waynesville will be back in Fairborn against Madiera Friday night at 5pm.

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Preseason football: Franklin Wildcats

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:42 PM

            QB Braden Woods directed Franklin to a 24-21 defeat of Brookville last season. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
QB Braden Woods directed Franklin to a 24-21 defeat of Brookville last season. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Team: Franklin Wildcats

Division/Region: D-III, Region 12; no change from last season.

Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division.

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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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Key returners:

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

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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

Week 10: Fri., Oct. 26 OAKWOOD

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Dragons drop series opener to Timber Rattlers

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 1:10 PM

Dragons catcher/DH Hendrik Clementina hit his 12th home run in a loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons catcher/DH Hendrik Clementina hit his 12th home run in a loss at Wisconsin on Wednesday. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The Dragons couldn’t overcome a big early deficit and dropped the opener of a three-game minor-league baseball series to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Appleton, Wisconsin, 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Dayton trailed 6-1 before scoring three runs in the eighth inning to account for the final margin.

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Austin Orewiler (3-3), the Dragons starting pitcher, was tagged with the loss. He went six innings and allowed five runs and nine hits. Hendrik Clementina pounded his 12th home run. Alejo Lopez and Clementina each had two hits.

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The Dragons (43-51 overall, 12-14 second half) play the Timber Rattlers (Brewers) at 8 p.m. Thursday. Hamilton High School graduate and former Sinclair Community College pitcher Patrick McGuff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is scheduled to start for Dayton. He won his debut last Saturday, going five innings in a 1-0 defeat of visiting Kane County (Diamondbacks).

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Dayton is one game behind in the Class A Midwest League East Division second-half wildcard race.

The Dragons (Reds) next home game is Wednesday, July 25 against the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres) at Fifth Third Field.

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2018 ESPY Awards: Winners list

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 11:22 PM

2018 ESPY Awards: Top Winners

Athletes and celebrities have once again come together for the ESPY Awards. The 25th anniversary of the show was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and hosted by Danica Patrick. It’s the first time the show has had a woman host.

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The best in sports were honored not just for their athleticism, but for contributions to society and humanitarian work.

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See the full list of winners at the 2018 ESPY Awards below.


Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
James Harden, Houston Rockets
Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Tom Brady, New England Patriots


Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lyn
Chloe Kim, Snowboard
Julie Ertz, Chicago Red Stars/United States Women’s National Soccer Team


Jessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall, U.S. Cross Country Ski
U.S. Men’s Curling

Shaun White, Snowboard

USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics


George Springer, Houston Astros – MLB World Series
Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles – Super Bowl LII
Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors – NBA Finals
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova Men’s Basketball – CBB National Championship



Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
Sloane Stephens, Tennis


Houston Astros defeat Los Angeles Dodgers, World Series Game 5
USA Women’s Hockey defeats Canada, 2018 Winter Olympics
Georgia Bulldogs defeat Oklahoma Sooners, Rose Bowl


Las Vegas Golden Knights defeat Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals
#16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County upsets No. 1 Virginia

Minnesota Vikings defeat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game


Philadelphia Eagles, NFL
USA Women’s Ice Hockey
Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA Women’s Basketball
Villanova Wildcats, NCAA Men’s Basketball

Houston Astros, MLB

Golden State Warriors, NBA
Washington Capitals, NHL

Jalen Brunson, Villanova Basketball
Katie Ledecky, Stanford Swimming

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Football

A’ja Wilson, South Carolina Basketball

Philly Special: Eagles fool Patriots with fourth-down TD toss to Foles

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale hits 2nd buzzer beater to win NCAA women’s national title

FSU’s Jessie Warren makes diving double play in WCWS
Evanston Township High school freshman Blake Peters hits 80-foot buzzer beater


Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Roger Federer, Tennis
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury


Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona/Argentina National Team
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid/Portuguese National Team
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool/Egyptian National Team
Neymar Jr., PSG/Brazilian National Team


Lieke Martens, FC Barcelona/Netherlands National Team
Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars/Australian National Team
Pernille Harder, VfL Wolfsburg/Danish National Team
Jodie Taylor, Seattle Reign/English National Team


Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams


Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Mike Trout, LA Angels
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Marc-Andre Fleury, Las Vegas Golden Knights

BEST DRIVERJosef Newgarden, IndyCar
Martin Truex Jr, NASCAR
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Brittany Force, NHRA


James Harden, Houston Rockets
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks


Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks
Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Dallas Wings


Terence Crawford, Boxing
Vasiliy (Vasyl) Lomachenko, Boxing
Rose Namajunas, UFC
Georges St-Pierre, UFC


Justin Thomas
Dustin Johnson

Jordan Spieth

Patrick Reed


Shanshan Feng
Inbee Park
Ariya Jutanugarn
Sung-Hyun Park

Red Gerard, Snowboarding

Shaun White, Snowboarding

David Wise, Halfpipe Skiing
John Shuster, Curling


Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing

Chloe Kim, Snowboarding
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, US Women’s Hockey

Rafael Nadal
Marin Cilic

Roger Federer

Caroline Wozniacki

Sloane Stephens
Simona Halep
Garbine Muguruza


Henrik Harlaut (SWE), Ski
Kelvin Hoefler (BRA), Skateboard
David Wise (USA), Ski
Marcus Kleveland (NOR), Snowboard

Jamie Anderson (USA), Snowboard

Chloe Kim (USA), Snowboard
Brighton Zeuner (USA), Skateboard
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). Surf


Mike Smith
Jose Ortiz
Florent Geroux
Flavien Prat


Dan Cnossen, Nordic Skiing
Andrew Kurka, Alpine Skiing
Declan Farmer, Sled Hockey
Mike Schultz, Snowboarding


Oksana Masters, Nordic Skiing
Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding
Kendall Gretsch, Nordic Skiing
Tatyana McFadden, Track and Field

BEST BOWLERJason Belmonte
Rhino Page
Tom Smallwood
Jesper Svensson

Nemanja Nikolic, Chicago Fire
Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
Ike Opara, Sporting Kansas City
Tim Melia, Sporting Kansas City


Sam Kerr, Chicago Red Stars
Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign
Sam Mewis
Adrianna Franch, Portland Thorns


Jim Kelly


Gymnasts who spoke out against former team doctor about sexual abuse (Sarah Klein, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Tiffany Thomas Lopez and Sarah Klein were among 141 survivors honored.)



Jake Wood, Team Rubicon


Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon (coaches at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School)


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Former Reds All-Star joins coaching staff at Indiana

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Scott Rolen high-fives his teammates after hitting in a home run in Thursday’s game against the Giants April 26, 2012, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Staff photo by Nick Daggy
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Scott Rolen high-fives his teammates after hitting in a home run in Thursday’s game against the Giants April 26, 2012, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Staff photo by Nick Daggy(Staff Writer)

Scott Rolen, a key player for the last two Cincinnati Reds teams to win division titles, has joined the staff of former Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer at Indiana as director of player development.

"I couldn't be more excited to add Scott Rolen to our staff," said Mercer in a press release. "The impact Scott will have on the student athletes in our baseball program will be unique among college programs. The value for the staff and players, gaining knowledge daily from someone with such a historic career and who truly values the growth of young people, is special."

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According to an IU press release, Rolen “will assist with on-campus recruiting in accordance with NCAA rules. In addition to collaborating with the coaching staff when preparing for practice and competition, he will also give valuable advice to players on lifestyle choices and making informed decisions when pursuing pro baseball careers.”

Rolen is from Jasper, Ind., 70 miles southwest of Bloomington. He was Indiana’s Mr. Baseball in 1993.

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In a 17-year big-league career, Rolen compiled 2,077 hits, 316 home runs and hit .281. He won eight Gold Gloves and was a seven-time All-Star. He played his last four seasons in Cincinnati.

Rolen was an All-Star third baseman in 2010 when the Reds won the National League Central Division for the first time in 15 years. He appeared in 92 games for the Reds in 2012 when they won the division again and started four games in the 2012 National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.

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