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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
— Maurice Douglass has sent a lot of football players to college.
The Springfield High School football coach knows all about the twists and turns in the sometimes wild world of recruiting.
But when it came to his own son, his intent was not to interfere.
“Me and his mom just stayed out of the way,” the coach said. “We wanted it to be his decision. We wanted it to be for him. I wanted to give him some insight of what I thought about what that decision may have been, but I didn’t want to be in the way of it. So we just let him make his own mind up.”
Moses Douglass, who is the No. 12 prospect in the state for 2019 according to 247Sports, made his decision in late March, choosing Kentucky from a long list of suitors that also included Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, Duke, Iowa and Wisconsin.
Committed!!!!!!! 🔵⚪️🔵⚪️🔵 pic.twitter.com/X62yFU1rbi— Moses Douglass (@MosesDouglass) March 31, 2018
The Wildcats from Lexington have been heavily involved in recruiting Wildcats from Springfield for several years, part of head coach Mark Stoops’ push to bring more players from his home state into the SEC.
But this one was different.
Moses Douglass is not only the son of a state championship-winning coach at a big program in Ohio — he’s also a legacy recruit.
Maurice Douglass wore the Blue and White in the mid-1980s and was a standout defensive back on the last Kentucky team to finish the season ranked in the Associated Press poll.
They finished 19th in 1984 with a 9-3 record.
Moses called announcing his decision “a big ol’ weight off my shoulders” and said he chose Kentucky because it was the best fit for him and his family.
He also sees a favorable depth chart situation with a large class of defensive backs set to leave Lexington after next season.
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The younger Douglass had 65 tackles and two interceptions as a junior last season for Springfield, and he projects to be a safety or possibly a nickel linebacker at the next level. That will be determined by how much more weight he ends up adding to a 6-foot-2 frame.
He plans to enroll in January and major in broadcast journalism, but before that there is the matter of his senior season at Springfield.
He said playing for his father is a challenge — but a good one.
“It’s definitely harder just because he’s going to be watching you the whole time even though he’s watching the team,” Moses Douglass said. “And he’s going to be at you because he’s going to expect you to be better than everybody, too, but at the end of the day it makes me better.”
Being the son of a well-known coach also brought some skeptics, including fellow high school recruits who weren’t afraid to Tweet at him their doubts his offers were sincere.
Were college coaches trying to gain favor with Maurice Douglass by offering his son?
“I just told him your play will dictate wherever you go,” the coach said. "No coach can make people offer you. I wish I could say, ‘Alabama, I want you to offer my son.’ I said your play will dictate it. So my whole thing was you’re gonna have haters and people who are going to give you a little bit more juice for the fire to make you push a little harder.
“But your play is what’s going to get you what you got. The fact you’ve got a 3.67 GPA is going to get you what you got.”
He advised his son to turn those doubts into motivation, and that is just what Moses has done.
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:21 PM
URBANA — Calvin Dibert didn't have to think long when he was asked if this was the most important start of his Kenton Ridge baseball career. Of course, it was. He's only a sophomore. This was a sectional final.
"It was a little nerve-wracking," Dibert said, "but once I got through the first inning, I was fine after that."
» PHOTOS: Kenton Ridge vs. Ben Logan
Dibert gave up a run in the first inning and one in the seventh inning. In between, the top-seeded Cougars scored three runs in the second inning and then nine in the third to beat No. 2 seed Benjamin Logan 9-2, advancing to a Division II district championship.
Dibert struck out eight batters. He improved to 8-0, and the Cougars improved to 19-5. The key to his performance, Dibert said, "was just letting my defense work. Just throwing strikes the whole game."
» SOFTBALL: Cougars beat Northwestern in sectional final
Kenton Ridge coach Aaron Shaffer praised Dibert's maturity.
"He doesn't show his age up there," Shaffer said. "He looks like a seasoned veteran. He doesn't get rattled in any situation."
Kenton Ridge has scored six runs in the third and is still batting with a 9-1 lead against Benjamin Logan. pic.twitter.com/f0RSkrWxPb— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 17, 2018
Kenton Ridge, which won its second sectional title in a row after a five-year drought, will play Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy or Bishop Fenwick in the next round at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miamisburg High School. Those teams play at 5 p.m. Friday in Lebanon after their game was rained out Thursday.
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Senior Drew Wichael (3-1, 3.54 ERA) will get the start for Kenton Ridge in the district final. The Cougars seek their first regional semifinal berth since they reached the state semifinals in 2008, Shaffer's first season. They lost in the district final in 2009 (8-2 to Franklin), 2010 (13-4 to Franklin), 2011 (9-4 to Cincinnati McNicholas) and 2017 (10-8 to Waynesville).
"We're due to get over the hump," Shaffer said.
A victory would give Dibert a chance to start an even bigger game next week. He looked ready for the opportunity against Benjamin Logan.
"He was efficient today," Shaffer said. "I think he only pitched to more than four batters one time, and that was in the last inning. It was four or less every inning. He was around the plate. We played good defense. That's what we've done all year. When we've been good, our guys pound the zone, and we play good defense."
Kenton Ridge's offense did its part as well. Jordan Ward, Jaxon Wright and Quinton Roach drove in runs in the second inning.
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An inning later, a single by Bailey Armentrout started a six-run rally. A single by Zach Schneider brought in the first run. Matt Tateman walked with the bases loaded to bring in the second run. A single by Ward scored two runs. A single by Roach scored the final two runs.
Kenton Ridge did all that without recording an out.
Kenton Ridge vs. Ben Logan in D-II sectional final at Urbana. pic.twitter.com/FPGVLuBoOM— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 17, 2018
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 3:09 PM
DAYTON — Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, seeking to become the first UD player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990, worked out for NBA scouts Thursday on the first day of the NBA Combine in Chicago.
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Antetokounmpo, one of 69 players invited to the combine and the only one from the Atlantic 10 Conference, measured 6-foot-9 without shoes. He was the fifth-tallest player of the forwards. He was 6-10½ with shoes. His standing reach of 9-2 was the best of the forwards.
Here at the NBA Draft Combine, Kostas Antetokounmpo says he “had it in my mind” at the beginning of the 2017-18 season to enter the draft.— Robbie Weinstein (@robsw4) May 17, 2018
The NBA released numerous other data points on each of the players. Antetokounmpo weighed 194.8 points. His wingspan was 7-2¼, which ranked 13th among the 69 players.
Antetokounmpo played 20 minutes in a game with other prospects Thursday. He had two points on 1-of-3 shooting, four rebounds and two blocks.
In an interview posted to NBA.com, Antetokounmpo said the NBA coaches “showed me film on myself and helped me see my mistakes and stuff I do good on the court.”
Asked what part of his game will translate to the NBA right now, Antetokounmpo said, “I feel my shot-blocking ability and the way I run the floor.”
In an interview on ESPN, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star who’s the older brother of Kostas, said he worked with Kostas in Phoenix this spring. Giannis is also at the combine.
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One mock draft by ESPN had Kostas being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round with the 56th overall pick.
“He’s just got to work hard every day,” Giannis said. “When I was his age, I paid attention to detail. You can never be satisfied. You always have chapters in your life. This is a big chapter in his life. No matter what happens today, no matter what happens tomorrow or no matter what happens in the draft, he’s got to come out the better player. That’s the most important thing: be a better player every day. Kostas can be really good. He’s got to work on a lot of things. He’s got to work on his game. He can get a lot better. But with the right fit, the right team, he can do great things in the NBA.”
Here's one minute of Kostas Antetokounmpo answering questions in Greek pic.twitter.com/vadnIQyqHL— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) May 17, 2018
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
— The Sinclair Community College baseball team is one win away from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.
The Tartan Pride (beat Cuyahoga Community College 10-3 on Friday to reach the finals of the Region 12 tournament in Sandusky.
»ARCHDEACON: Sinclair baseball one of nation’s best
Sinclair, which won its 31st straight game, will face the winner of this afternoon’s Cuyahoga-Kellogg winner at 9 a.m. Saturday in the championship game. Kellogg or Cuyahoga would have to beat Sinclair twice in the double-elimination tournament.
Sinclair takes Cuyahoga in a 10-3 win!! The boys are in the finals! You guys are awesome! Catch the recap with @CoachDintz41 giving us the insight on the game today and what’s next for our boys! Roll Pride!! pic.twitter.com/9hhKll8nxa— Sinclair College (@SinclairCC) May 18, 2018
On Friday, Colin Shepherd went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and scored two runs to pace Sinclair (43-8). Brandon Henson added a double, triple and three RBIs. Luke Williamson was the winning pitcher.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:15 PM
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Franck Kepnang, a 6-foot-10 center in the class of 2021, according to a report by Andrew Slater.
Kepnang plays for The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass. He also has offers from La Salle, Virginia Commonwealth and Fordham, according to VerbalCommits.com. Kepnang is a native of Cameroon, according to the New England Recruiting Report.
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