Standout Graham wrestler, Urbana native dies in crash

Published: Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 8:38 PM

A University of Wisconsin wrestler and Urbana, Ohio, native was killed following a Thursday evening car crash in Illinois.

Eli Stickley, 21, was a former standout wrestler at Graham High School and a state champion in 2014. He also is the nephew of U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana.

The University of Wisconsin Athletics released a statement Friday announcing Stickley’s death: “Our hearts are heavy today. The entire Badger Athletics family extends its most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of junior Eli Stickley, a student-athlete with our wrestling team, who passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eli’s family, friends, teammates and coaches.”

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The university’s athletics department placed a banner of Stickley at the top of their website.

A starter at 141 pounds for Wisconsin during the 2017-18 season, Stickley finished 21-14 and qualified for the NCAA Championships.Stickley was a four-time state placer at Graham and finished his high school career with a 185-22 record.

According to Indiana State Police, Stickley was driving a black 2004 Nissan Frontier, headed west on Interstate 74 in Henry County. The Nissan left the road into a right-hand-ditch, overcorrected and rolled across the westbound lanes of traffic.

Stickley and a passenger, who was not identified, were taken to Illini Hospital in Silvis, where Stickley was pronounced dead.

Eli Stickley of St. Paris Graham wrestles Seth Beard of Napoleon at 106 pounds during the semi-final round of the Ohio high school wrestling championships at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus on March 1, 2013. Staff File
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Former Ohio State football player passes away

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:55 PM

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Mike Kudla #57 of the Ohio State Buckeyes recovers a fumble by quarterback Kyle Orton #18 of the Purdue Boilermakers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter on November 15, 2003 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeatede Purdue 16-13. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Mike Kudla #57 of the Ohio State Buckeyes recovers a fumble by quarterback Kyle Orton #18 of the Purdue Boilermakers for a touchdown during the fourth quarter on November 15, 2003 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeatede Purdue 16-13. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Highland Local Schools announced Monday afternoon the passing of former Ohio State football player Mike Kudla. 

No cause of death was released, but Kudla was only 34. 

After graduating from Highland in 2002, Kudla played linebacker and defensive end for the Buckeyes from 2002-05. 

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He was an All-Big Ten first-team pick in 2005 and had three sacks in a season-ending win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. 

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Dragons pitcher Naughton Midwest League player of the week

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:41 PM


            Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
            MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(MARC PENDLETON / STAFF)

Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton, who extended a scoreless streak to 24 innings during a defeat of Cane County on Sunday, was named the Midwest League (Class A) pitcher of the week for July 9-15 on Monday.

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Naughton is a left-hander from Boston and was a ninth-round draft pick by the Reds in 2017 out of Virginia Tech University. In his last four starts Naughton has allowed just two runs over 27 innings (0.67 ERA). He went six innings in a 5-3 defeat of Cane County and improved his record to 5-8 (4.04 ERA). His 104.2 innings pitched leads the league.

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In his prior start on July 9 Naughton was at his best, going eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and allowing just two base runners in a 5-0 win at Great Lakes.

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Votto: Riggleman brings ‘good energy’ to Reds

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:22 PM

Who is Joey Votto: Ten facts about Reds first baseman

The Cincinnati Reds shared a press conference with Joey Votto on Facebook Live on Monday, one day before the 89th All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

Votto, a six-time All-Star, answered all manners of questions from reporters. Here are a few highlights of the session:

On former teammate Shin-Soo Choo being a first-time All-Star: “I was stunned when I found out it was his first time. If this is his first time, I’m very proud for him. I’m excited to see him. I plan on taking a picture with him. ... We spent so much time together (in 2013). He’s a very hard-working, sincere man.”

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If you could change one thing about baseball: “I love the game as it is. I think I can continue that thought with some of the chatter about potentially taking away the DH from the National League. I wouldn’t change the game. I get excited about the National League experience and interleague play and the two leagues mixing together.”

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On his declining home run numbers: “I’m always trying to round out my game. I hit 26 home runs before the All-Star break last year. I would never have expected that. And I’ve got nine this year, and I wouldn’t have expected that. I’m just going to keep playing and try to be a balanced hitter.”

On the shift: “I would be surprised if they removed the shift, but as someone who has really been dinged by the shift, I think I would welcome it. If there’s only two guys on one side of the field, I’m going to take what I can get. Once they started shifting more without question, I adjusted my approach. You have to, or else you get burned by it; .290 turns into .250 turns into .220 like nothing. We’re really talking about 10 or 20 or 30 hits. If you don’t make the adjustment, you’ll lose all those hits.”

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If you could pick any past player from history to get a drink with: “We’d probably have cereal. ... My cliche answer would be Ted Williams. I think now it’s Rogers Hornsby. I think that’d be great.”

What are your strengths: “I can hit the ball hard on a consistent basis. I can choose how I want to hit the ball on a consistent basis. So if I want to hit fly balls all the time, I can. If I want to hit line drives all the time, I can.”

On interim manager Jim Riggleman: “He’s on top of us. He expects us to play a certain way. He challenges us. I think he brings a good energy to us during the game, after the game. He listens well. He’s really done a very good job.”

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Dragons pitcher Naughton Midwest League player of the week

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:26 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton is the Midwest League player of the week for July 9-15. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Dragons pitcher Packy Naughton, who extended a scoreless streak to 24 innings during a defeat of Cane County on Sunday, was named the Midwest League (Class A) pitcher of the week for July 9-15 on Monday.

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Naughton is a left-hander from Boston and was a ninth-round draft pick by the Reds in 2017 out of Virginia Tech University. In his last four starts Naughton has allowed just two runs over 27 innings (0.67 ERA). He went six innings in a 5-3 defeat of Cane County and improved his record to 5-8 (4.04 ERA). His 104.2 innings pitched leads the league.

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In his prior start on July 9 Naughton was at his best, going eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and allowing just two base runners in a 5-0 win at Great Lakes.

»FACEBOOK: For more sports you should like Marc Pendleton

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