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The return of an old friend, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- Recently, many of you asked about some articles written by Don McDermott. Don was at one time the Editor and the Sports Editor of the Daily Advocate and is currently the Managing Editor of a weekly publication in Parumph, Nevada, The Parumph Mirror. Don was with the Advocate for 14 years, doing stints from 1962-1966 and 1966-1986, covering a host of collage and professional events over... read more
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Winning never gets old for Darland; Matt Westfall and Jeff Koz Complete Branson/Larson Classic Tripleheader - ROSSBURG, OH  (April 19) – Winning never seems to get old for Dave Darland.  To him, every checkered flag is as important and exciting as the first one and Saturday’s triumph in Eldora Speedway’s Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic was no exception. Victory lane was pure jubilation for the popular Walton, IN veteran as he collected his fifth USAC (United States Auto Club) National Sprint Car win on the venerable... read more
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Lady Wave continue winning ways
GREENVILLE- Two of the states top softball teams hooked up for battle Friday night in a non-league battle. Covington came in with one loss on the season and has been to the state final four the past 3 seasons. Greenville has been a dominating force since Jerrod Newland took over the program. The game lived up to the hype as Greenville pulled out a 4-3 victory. The Lady Wave jumped out to an early... read more
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In Wave softball, youth will be served... and pitched to, By Don McDermott
Six freshmen and five sophomores play for the Greenville High School (GHS) Lady Wave fast-pitch team. So youth will not so much be served, as endured by opponents of the Wave, one of Ohio's consistently strong and successful D-II teams for the last 12 seasons. The Wave's 7-2 win against Vandalia-Butler on Wednesday, April 16 gave coach Jerrod Newland his 300th win (in 361 starts over 11... read more
USAC embarks on 53rd season of Eldora action Saturday
Four of Top Five Point Drivers Hope to End Eldora Winless Streak - ROSSBURG, OH (April 14) – With 185 completed events and 71 different winners, Eldora Speedway and the United States Auto Club (USAC) enters its 53rd consecutive year of association on the venerable .500-mile clay oval this Saturday evening (April 19), with the annual Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic for ‘traditional’ non-winged Sprint Cars and some interesting statistics. Of the 71 different winners, 39 have repeated their Eldora... read more
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Wave Softball by the numbers, by Don McDermott
Let's talk about Greenville High School Lady Wave fast-pitch softball by the numbers. Thank longtime Darke County historian and softball expert Bill Booker for being the source for these numbers. Start with 300 – That is how many victories GHS's girls have earned since Jerrod Newland became the GreenWave's head coach in 2003. The 300th win was achieved on Wednesday, April 16 when the Wave defeated Vandalia-Butler 7-2 in a Greater... read more
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Lady Wave remain undefeated in GWOC play, By George Starks
Greenville uses fifth inning offensive barrage - GREENVILLE- With the temperatures falling faster than flies in a freezer, the Greenville Lady Wave offense was almost the equivalent. Holding a 4-1 lead going into the home half of the fifth, Greenville was struggling at the plate. The fifth inning was the deal breaker. Allison Minnich got the inning started with a lead-off double and would later score the... read more
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Dayton Business Journal… USA Today final basketball poll: See where UD finished, Joe Cogliano
An amazing run through the NCAA tournament ending with an Elite 8 appearance by the University of Dayton captured the attention of the nation for a few weeks. However, it was only good enough to claim the No. 18 spot in the final USA Today coaches basketball poll of the season. UD — one of the hottest media stories in the country for a few weeks — tied with Baylor in the No. 18 spot. That’s sure to be off-season fodder for... read more
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V-Tigers dominate the Wave, By Don McDermott
Special to the CNO - Jared Heitkamp usually pitches in relief for Versailles  but on Saturday, Coach Ryan  Schlater  called on the  big  right-hander to start against Greenville’s Green Wave. “Once Jared settled down, he did what he was supposed to do…throw strikes and let the defense play,” said Schlater, the first-year-coach of the Tigers, after the Tigers prevailed 5-0 against the Wave. Heitkamp... read more
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Pierce duplicates father’s 1993 victory
Matt Mevert Completes an Illinois Sweep With His Win - ROSSBURG, OH (April 12) – At only 17 years of age, second generation driver Bobby Pierce used Saturday’s UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals win to propel him into his second century of Late Model wins.    Joining the Oakwood, IL speedster on Eldora’s coveted stage to celebrate win number 101 was fellow Prairie State hotshoe Matt Mevert who... read more
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Greenville gets huge North victory; Wave overcomes huge deficit, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- After posting 19 wins a year ago, the Greenville boy’s baseball team is looking for big things in 2014. Coming in with a 3-1 record Tuesday and facing GWOC North foe, Sidney, the Wave looked to get their first North win of the season. Down 5-0 early to the Sidney Yellow Jackets, Greenville battled back, winning in a nine inning affair, 9-8. With two down and two on in the ninth, senior shortstop Ryan Eldridge drilled a 3-1 pitch... read more
April 5 Eldora Test & Tune Day cancelled
April 12 UMP DIRTcar Spring Nationals Now First on Eldora Menu – Little Eldora Still on for Sunday - ROSSBURG, OH (April 3) – Unrelenting rain showers and unseasonably cool temperatures have worked against the Eldora Speedway track crew and their staunch efforts to produce an ideal racing surface for Saturday’s (April 5) scheduled Test and Tune Day.   As a result, the session has been canceled. The Test and Tune cancelation on Eldora’s historic .500-mile clay oval has not affected... read more
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Greenville looks good in first meet of season, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- Even though the final results were not posted immediatly, Greenville track coach Bill Plessinger was pleased with what he saw Tuesday in a tri-meet with Piqua and Troy. With all events posted, the Lady Wave track team topped Troy 78-55 with Piqua scoring 42 points on the night. On the Boys side, the Wave put up 84 points with Piqua notching 47 and Troy 44 points. “It’s our first meet of the season," said Plessinger. “We... read more
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Greenville claims opening day victory, By George Starks
Russell fans 17 hitters - GREENVILLE- In what could be called a masterful performance, Lady Wave junior pitcher, Ally Russell, had exactly that. A masterful performance! Russell recorded 17 strikeouts on the night in the Wave season opener against Hamilton Badin. In addition, Russell allowed only one hit on the night as Greenville popped a 2-0 loss on the visiting Rams Monday. “This was a great game for... read more
Dayton Business Journal… How UD Flyers would fare if Facebook fandom decided the game, by Olivia Barrow
The UD Flyers have the most Facebook likes from the most states out of any of the Sweet 16 teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament. The country is overwhelmingly rallying behind the University of Dayton Flyers — at least, according to Facebook. The social media giant released a report showing which teams are getting the most mentions on Facebook in every state. Dayton won out in 27 states, including almost the entire Northeast, and a solid contingent of the Midwest... read more
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Dayton Business Journal… University of Dayton locks up Miller as basketball coach through 2019
By Joe Cogliano - March 29, 2014 - The University of Dayton — hot off a win this weekend that sends them to the NCAA Sweet 16 — announced it has extended the contract of basketball coach Archie Miller through the 2018-19 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The school said extension conversations began in December and a contract was signed in February, however, at the request of Coach Miller, it was not announced publicly... read more
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Eldora named My Favorite Track
Eldora Speedway Named “My Favorite Track” by Readers of SPEED SPORT Magazine and NationalSpeedSportNews.com. Historic Ohio Oval Bests Speedways From Across North America for Third Consecutive Year. ROSSBURG, Ohio (March 28, 2014) – Officials from SPEED SPORT Magazine and NationalSpeedSportNews.com, America’s trusted motorsports authority since... read more
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Luce signs letter of intent, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Haleigh Luce, senior GHS Lady Wave outfielder, signed her letter of intent March 19 to play softball for Capital University in the 2014-15 school year. Located in Bexley (near Columbus) and founded in 1830, Capital is one of the oldest universities in Ohio and has a Top 25 NCAA D-3 program. “I’m excited,” Luce said. “The campus is super pretty and it’s close to home.” Noting she “hit it off” with the coaches and players, she added... read more
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Patriots have bright 2015 season; Four Patriots return to the court, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- When Tri-Village closed out the 2014 regular season, it did so with a bad taste being left in the mouths of fans in Patriot Nation. After suffering a disappointing 54-50 loss to the eventual state champions, Convoy Crestview, Tri-Village lost two seniors. Tommy Bell waved goodbye as did his senior brother, Tyler Cook. Cook was named the D-IV Player of the Year and averaged 19.4 points per game. Cook scored 1,165 points in his career with... read more
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WOHSBC Awards Banquet
The WOHSBC Year End Awards Banquet was held at Romer’s Catering in St. Henry on Sunday, March 16th. It was one great season for the Tiger Bowling Program as they were the recipients of many awards. The girls and the boys varsity both were awarded gold medals for their championships as well as a nice plaque. The Girls Junior Varsity finished in 2nd place and also received medals and... read more
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Patriots fall in state semi-finals, By George Starks
COLUMBUS- Convoy Crestview went on a 7-0 run to start the third quarter and applied some stellar defense to drop a 54-50 loss on Tri-Village Thursday. With the Patriots leading by five at the break, 24-19, the Knights outscored Tri-Village 15-4 in the third frame as the Patriots would never see a field goal. Tri-Village committed numerous third quarter turnovers, allowing the Knights to take a 34-28 lead heading into the final stanza... read more
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Patriots head east in search of gold, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- On a wet, soggy, dreary day Wednesday, the spirits of the Tri-Village Patriots basketball team was not dampened by the weather. With state gold in their sights, the Patriots had Knights on their minds as the loaded the bus on their trip to the state capitol, Columbus. Convoy Crestview Knights! The Patriots will tip-off tonight at 8:30 for the right to play the winner of the other... read more
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Cook cousins thrilled about being on the big stage, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- It was 1991 and the Tri-Village Patriots were at the top of the pack in Ohio. Entering the sectional tournament, the Patriots were ranked #1 AP in the state and were sporting a massive 20-0 mark. That undefeated mark was made for the second year in a row as the Patriots, dubbed as the Bad Boys, had some of the best players in the area. Led by guys like Shane Bietry, Nate Lindamood, Dirk Lewis, Lee Brandon and a host of others... read more
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Patriots to face top team in D-IV, By George Starks
Knights and Patriots much alike - NEW MADISON- When Tri-Village and Convoy Crestview takes the floor in Columbus Thursday, there will be a lot on the line. Ranked number one in D-IV in Ohio, the Knights come in with a perfect 27-0 mark. Tri-Village, number two, will be sporting a 26-1 record as its only blemish this season was a loss to Franklin Monroe. In the crowd Thursday night will be some familiar... read more
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Versailles falls in state title game, By George Starks
“I wouldn’t trade my team for any team in the state. These seniors are special.” COLUMBUS- It was with a very heavy heart when Versailles coach Jackie Stonebreaker was forced to say goodbye to a host of seniors Saturday after the state final loss to Columbus Africentric. After falling behind early in the first quarter (6-0) the Tigers were never able to recover, losing to the Nubians, 49-37. There are many keys... read more
Heckman, Capital University women's basketball headed to NCAA tournament
PITSBURG - Monica Heckman, a Franklin Monroe High School graduate and member of the Capital University women's basketball team, is a part of the Crusaders' run to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which began March 14 against Ferrum College at Ferrum. Capital (19-8 overall) earned an automatic bid and the program's 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament following a statement 67-50 win over Ohio Northern in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship game March 8... read more
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Tri-Village punches ticket to state final four, By George Starks
Patriots pop MAC power Marion Local - KETTERING- “I haven’t taken a breath yet. This is a real feeling. I’m proud of our players and the way they performed on this platform was phenomenal.” Those were the words of Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester after his Patriots rolled into the State Final Four Friday. On the strength of some solid fourth quarter defense, the Patriots held a strong Marion Local team to only... read more
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O’Donnell heading Bluffton, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Amidst rumors during the winter sports season, Arcanum senior Abbey O’Donnell made it all official Wednesday. O’Donnell, a three sport athlete (volleyball, basketball and track), will be heading to Bluffton University in the fall to play basketball for the Lady Beavers. O’Donnell helped lead the Trojans to a second place finish in the Cross County Conference as well as a strong sectional run in the tournament before bowing out in the... read more
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Patriots face huge task in Marion Local, By George Starks
KETTERING- When Tri-Village enters play tonight at Trent Arena in Kettering, the Patriots will face a huge mountain. That mountain will be provided by Maria Stein Marion Local. With the word ‘mountain’ in mind, Marion Local (22-5) will feature several players at 6-6 or more, including Adam Bertke who is heading for Pitt to play quarterback for the Panthers. The Flyers, a MAC team, disposed of the Shelby... read more
Shearer, Galloway Both Honored As Horizon League Player Of The Week
DETROIT (3/5/2014) -- Senior Senee Shearer (Detroit, Mich. / Pershing) and freshman Megan Galloway (Greenville, Ohio / Greenville) both earned Horizon League Player of the Week honors by two different organizations as Shearer was tabbed by the HL and Galloway was selected by College Sports Madness. The Titan duo helped Detroit to a pair of wins last week, giving UDM an opportunity to host a Horizon League playoff game or even receive a bye in the opening round. Shearer led UDM... read more
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Patriots hold off fourth quarter Troy Christian charge; Tri-Village in first regional final since 1992
By George Starks - KETTERING - The last time Tri-Village was in a regional final was the 1992 campaign. With names like Shane Bietery, Dirk Lewis, Nate Lindamood and head coach Lee Falknor as well as host of others, the Patriots were number one in the state and eventually lost the state title game to St. Henry. All of those names are gone now with the exception of one. On that 1992 team was a very young post player; Scoob Cook... read more
Softball registration dates set
GREENVILLE - The Greenville Girls Softball Association has begun registration for the 2014 season.  Applications have been released through Greenville City Schools as well as area pre-schools, private schools, YMCA, and The Greenville Public Library. GGSA Sign-Up Days are scheduled for March 8, 15 and 22 at Stebbins Field from Noon-2:30 p.m. in Greenville.  GGSA officers will be available during the sign-up days to answer any questions concerning the upcoming season. Applications... read more
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Patriots send Redskins back to Ft. Loramie; Tri-Village makes Sweet 16, By George Starks
DAYTON - Like a well-oiled machine, the Tri-Village Patriots jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back. Led by senior Tyler Cook (24 points), Ft. Loramie had no answer for the Patriot big man as Tri-Village whipped out a massive 62-37 victory in district action Wednesday at the UD Arena. “I couldn’t have asked for any more from our kids,” said TV coach Josh Sagester. “I thought we rose to the occasion. We talked about our program... read more
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Tigers escape with victory, By George Starks
SPRINGFIELD- With 36.1 seconds remaining, Miami East senior Angie Mack looked at the scoreboard, then rolled her eyes as the score read: Versailles 43, Miami East 37. Mack realized it was all over and the chances of coming back again to overtake a tough Versailles team was about as slim as it could get. Versailles held a 29-19 lead at the break and was forced to come from behind late in... read more
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Versailles Bowlers Place 3rd at State
This is the first year that the Versailles High School Boys Bowling Team made it to the State competition as a team. The OHSAA State Bowling Tournament took place at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on Friday, February 28th. 16 Teams were competing for the State Title from all over the State. The format was 3 Regular Games and 3 Baker Games. Scores would be tallied and the top 8 teams would... read more
Oh Yes, Titans Rally From Double Digits To Beat Valpo
DETROIT -- A 17-2 run in the first half got Detroit back in it and sophomore Tayelor McCalister's (Akron, Ohio / Firestone) jumper with less than five seconds left turned out to be the game winner as the University of Detroit Mercy women's basketball team beat Valparaiso, 81-79, on Dick Vitale in historic Calihan Hall on Wednesday. The win moved Detroit (5-21) into a tie for eighth in the Horizon League with Valparaiso (4-22) at 2-11. Freshman Megan Galloway (Greenville, Ohio / Greenville)... read more
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Patriots win sectional over Bethel; T-V to battle Ft. Loramie
TROY – It was just over a month ago, Jan. 24, that Tri-Village and Bethel went into overtime before the Patriots could pull off a 58-55 CCC victory. On the night, it was Tyler VanWinkle that hit a prayer at the buzzer in overtime to win it for the Patriots. Friday, overtime was not even an option as the, #2 state ranked, Patriots took a 51-41 sectional title win over the Bees, sending the Pats to their third straight district appearance. “That’s a really, really... read more
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FM boys take it on the chin in sectional final; Troy Christian overwhelms Jets in third quarter
By George Starks - TROY- Sectional finals has not been kind to Franklin Monroe coach Troy Myers. It was just a year ago when the Jets went up against Tri-Village for the third time and lost to the Pats for the third time. On January 11, the Jets fell 64-58 to the Eagles at The Hangar. Saturday, the Eagles and the Jets hook up for the second time and the outcome was the same as Franklin Monroe fell, 50-41 in yet another sectional final... read more
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Versailles bows out of state tournament; Anna too much down the stretch, By George Starks
DAYTON- With senior Damien Richard (ACL) and junior Kyle Ahrens (Broken Leg) out for the season, the Versailles Tigers had their backs against the wall in their sectional final game Wednesday with Anna. In December, the two teams met in the Tigers Christmas tournament. In the title game, the Trigers pinned a 59-52 loss on the Rockets. It was in that game that Ahrens suffered is season ending injury. Richard would add to the injury list a... read more
CarCash Mudsummer Classic named short track event of the year
ROSSBURG, Ohio (Feb. 24) – Auto racing promoters from the United States and Canada voted Eldora Speedway's inaugural 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – the landmark event marking the first NASCAR National Series event on dirt in nearly 43 years – the Outstanding Annual Short Track Event of the Year. The announcement was made at the 41st annual Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Promoter Workshops in Daytona Beach... read more
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Freshman Sensation Galloway Earns Second Straight HL Honor
INDIANAPOLIS (2/24/2014) -- For the second-straight week and the third time this season, a Titan freshman was honored by the Horizon League as rookie Megan Galloway (Greenville, Ohio / Greenville) once again was tabbed the HL Freshman Of The Week on Monday. The award also marks the third-straight week Detroit has received a weekly accolade as Galloway's back-to-back award followed freshman Minisha... read more
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Davidson wins District Individual Title
 “After last year, one of Michael’s goal this year was to do everything he could to help the team qualify for the OHSAA State Bowling Championships. He told me it was awesome to win Districts and State last year as an individual, but it would be much better if they could do it as a team,” said Coach Davidson. Well, the goal came to life as he repeated his District Gold as the individual champion and helped the... read more
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Jets move on in OHSAA sectional play, By George Starks
TROY- “I never want to play in another game like this one.” Those were the words of one Franklin Monroe player Wednesday after the Jets took a 45-21 win from the Catholic Central Irish. It may very well go down as one of the ugliest games ever played in the state of Ohio. Catholic Central (Springfield) came into Troy High School Wednesday, looking to defuse the high flying Franklin Monroe Jets offense... read more
Versailles Girls Miss State by 52 Pins
This year’s District Championships were held at the 68 lane Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. The format was 3 regular games and 6 baker games. Total pinfall would determine the State Qualifiers. The Lady Tigers started out with a nice game of 910, which put them in 6th place after game 1. The top 4 total scores at the end of the day would then qualify for State. The 2nd game was perhaps one of their toughest of the year of 808. After two games, they were... read more
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Patriots roll to easy victory; Bethel next, By George Starks
TROY- Tri-Village jumped out to an 11-0 lead early Tuesday against Emmanuel Christian and never looked back. Putting four players in double figures, led by senior Tyler Cook with 19, the Patriots cruised to an 83-26 sectional victory. “I was proud of my guys tonight,” said Patriots coach Josh Sagester. “They came out focused and were ready to play both mentally and physically.” After the 19 points scored by Tyler Cook, cousin Damien Cook... read more
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Versailles Boys Roll to District Title
This year’s District Championships were held at the 68 lane Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek, Ohio on Thursday, February 20th, 2014. The format was 3 regular games and 6 baker games. Total pinfall would determine the State Qualifiers. “We did not have any trouble making it though Sectionals last week, however, it was not one of our best showings this year. These guys had several great practices before District and I knew they were ready... read more
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FM hammers one home at the expense of Jefferson, By George Starks
Jets score three in double figures - TROY- Seniors Trey Mong and Travis Feitshans poured in 26 and 23 points (13 boards for Feitshans) respectively while junior Zach Hyre netted 10 In support Monday as Franklin Monroe flew past Jefferson Monday, 67-50, to advance in the state sectional tournament. The run and gun city type of play didn’t seem t bother the Jets as FM held the lead at all the break... read more
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Local Megan Galloway achieves third double-double
Detroit Falls In Shootout To Wright State - DETROIT (2/22/2014) -- Six players scored in double figures and the Titans had the offense going in the first half, but Wright State's surge in the second half was the difference as the Titans fell to the Raiders, 102-82, on Saturday in Calihan Hall. It was the first time all season that Detroit had six players in double figures as senior Senee Shearer... read more
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Bradford advances to district, T-V season ends
Lady Roaders continue to set records, Tri-Village upended by Covington - BROOKVILLE - Bradford posted its record setting 20th win of the season but it didn't come easy. With things knotted up at 37-37 at the end of regulation, it took the Lady Roaders four overtimes before grabbing a 60-57 victory over Southeastern Saturday at Brookville. Bradford Senior Brooke Dunlevy gave the Railroaders the lead... read more
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Wave woes come in second quarter, By George Starks
VANDALIA- Closing out the first quarter tied with Tecumseh, 12-12, Greenville had all the momentum going to the bench as the horn blew. The Wave took their first and only lead with 7:23 left in the half as Clay Guillozet hit in the paint, 14-12. At that point, the Arrows would go on a modest 11-0 run to close out the half with a 23-14 lead on go on to a 45-40 victory. “In that second quarter, we just didn’t show up... read more
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Versailles survives huge scare in sectional victory, By George Starks
TIPP CITY- If it would have been a boxing match, the Tale of the Tape would have been nearly identical. In the seasonal record space, it was Versailles coming in with 19 wins against three losses while Arcanum’s record was showing the exact same amount of wins with one more defeat. Versailles entered as the MAC Champions while Arcanum was the runners-up in the Cross County Conference behind Miami East. In the Tigers corner... read more
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Lady Railroaders continue to set records; Bradford to play for sectional title today, By George Starks
BROOKVILLE- It didn’t take Bradford long to show the Twin Valley South Lady Panthers, 1-21, it meant business. Bradford senior Brooke Dunlevy scored the first six points of the night and 21 points overall as Bradford whipped the Panthers, 64-26. Before the start of the sectionals, the Railroaders had already set a school record with a 17-5 record. That was the most wins in school history by a girls basketball team. Now, 19-5, the Roaders set another... read more
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O’Donnell has stellar game, By George Starks
TIPP CITY- Arcanum senior Abbey O’Donnell came up with one of her best games on the season Tuesday at Tipp City High School in sectional action. O’Donnell poured in a game high 24 points and yanked down 12 rebounds as the Trojans advanced to the sectional final, 64-51. “It was a great game for her,” said Arcanum coach Rachel Fearon. “Abbey knows this is her senior year and when that buzzer goes off and we’re not up, it’s the end of... read more
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Versailles Boys and Girls Bowling Advance to Districts
The Southwest District Sectionals took place at Marian Lanes in Huber Heights last week. Wednesday was the boys competition and Thursday was the girls competition. The boys struggled a little bit the first game with some early issues on converting easy spares. Their 903 put them in 10th position. Every team then moved lanes for the second game. They put it together the second game by firing a 1027 to move up to the 4th spot. The... read more
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V-Lady Tigers impressive in tournament victory, By George Starks
TIPP CITY- It didn’t take the Versailles Lady Tigers long to show why they are the top seed in the Tipp City sectional. The Tigers used a 21-0 first quarter run Tuesday to blast past the hapless Lady Arrows Tuesday in a 84-34 rout of Preble Shawnee. “This was a good win for the girls,” said Versailles coach Jacki Stonebraker. “We came out a little slow but picked it up in the middle of the quarter.” The Arrows came out and took it to the top seeded... read more
OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame to Welcome 15 New Members
Annual hall of fame banquet to enshrine new class of inductees scheduled for June 14 - COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame Committee has announced that 15 individuals have been selected for the 2014 induction class into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame. The induction banquet is scheduled for June 14 in Columbus. Each of the 15 inductees is being honored for significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in the state of Ohio. While the... read more
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Bethel hands FM its first CCC loss, By George Starks
Jets forced to share title - PITSBURG- Valentine’s Day meant little to nothing to Bethel Friday night as the Bees brought in their own brand of love to the ‘Hangar’. It was less than two weeks ago, at Tri-Village, the Patriots and the Jets were both undefeated on a Tuesday night that brought eight inches of snow. With both teams being undefeated in the Cross County Conference, it was the Jets that walked... read more
Lady Wave to return to Wendy’s Classic
GREENVILLE- The Greenville Lady Wave softball team is gearing up for another post season run in 2014. Last year, Greenville made it to the Elite Eight before being knocked out of the OHSAA tournament. That strong run earned the Wave a spot in this year’s Wendy’s Classic to be contested April 11-12. Based on last year’s post season results, three of the four defending state champions will be there to compete. Those champions are North Canton Hoover (D-I), Bloom Carroll (D-III) and Strasburg Franklin... read more
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A thank you to my community, From Devon Eley
Arcanum Basketball team and Community, Many of you know me, but some may not. My name is Devon Eley and I am a senior at Franklin Monroe High School. I would like to thank all of you who were in attendance on January 10, 2014 for the Arcanum Trojans vs. Franklin Monroe Jets basketball game. You showed me so much love and support, when I got the chance to play basketball with my teammates against our friendly rival, the Arcanum... read more
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Lady Patriots slide past Emmanuel Christian, By George Starks
BROOKVILLE- For the second year in a row, the Tri-Village Lady Patriots faced Emmanuel Christian in the opening round of the OHSAA sectional tournament. For the second year in a row, the results were the same: a Tri-Village victory. It was a year ago, the Patriots dropped a 107-13 win over the Lions, in a game that featured Teha Richards scoring 40 points and eclipsing 1,000 in her career. Thursday, the Patriots walked away with a 70-23... read more
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Versailles Girls Repeat as Champs in the WOHSBC
This was like an instant replay of the final match of the season last year for the Versailles Varsity Girls Bowling team. They faced the Coldwater Cavaliers, who were also undefeated last season. The Lady Tigers won by a narrow margin of 3 pins last season. The two dominant teams were ready to face off again as they were both undefeated. “Our conference has a blind draw at the beginning of the... read more
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Versailles Boys Share the WOHSBC Title
With the Tiger bowlers knocking off undefeated Wapakoneta the previous week, a share of the title was in the hands of Versailles. It was likely that Wapak and St. Henry was going to win their last two matches. On the other hand, the Tigers had to face Coldwater and Ottawa-Glandorf, with Coldwater being the tougher of the two. The advantage was with the Tigers as the match was being held at McBo’s... read more
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Trojans win overtime thriller over Milton-Union, By George Starks
ARCANUM- If ever Arcanum coach Brian Gunter and the Trojans needed a shot in the arm, they got it Tuesday against Milton-Union. Big buckets and clutch free throw shooting by junior Kory Baker in overtime, helped propel the Trojans to a 66-62 victory over the Bulldogs. “This was a team effort and that was a good team we played tonight,” said Gunter after the game. With the tone being set early, it was a game that was back and forth all... read more
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Lady Trojans win first round sectional, By George Starks
Arcanum to meet Dixie Tuesday - TIPP CITY- It wasn’t exactly the kind of offensive output that Arcanum coach Racheal Fearon wanted to see. With no one in double figures Monday in the Trojans opening round sectional game against Brookville, the Trojans came away with a 49-31 victory. Arcanum jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead as all guns seemed to be blazing for Arcanum. “We came... read more
OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame to Welcome 15 New Members
Annual hall of fame banquet to enshrine new class of inductees scheduled for June 14 - COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame Committee has announced that 15 individuals have been selected for the 2014 induction class into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame. The induction banquet is scheduled for June 14 in Columbus. Each of the 15 inductees is being honored for significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in the state of Ohio... read more
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Bees buzz Hawks Nest, By George Starks
UNION CITY- It’s no secret to Cross County Conference teams that Bethel can put points on the board in a hurry. Friday night, it was no different for Mississinawa Valley. Trailing 34-25 at the break, Mississinawa scored the first points of the third quarter on a three by Carson Stump. That trey would get the Hawks to within a 34-28 count. That would be as close as the Blackhawks would get the rest... read more
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Eldora Speedway… Tickets for Eldora Speedway events on sale Monday
No Increase in Ticket Pricing Coupled with 2013 Parity of Competition Prompts Unprecedented Interest - ROSSBURG, OH (February 7) – Starting Monday (February 10) Eldora Speedway fans will be able to purchase tickets and campsites for every race meet on the aggressive 2014 schedule.  Since early December, the ticketing department has been filling orders for the time-honored major events, 20thannual Dirt Late Model... read more
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Versailles wins MAC title with win over Delphos; Tigers go undefeated in conference, By George Starks
VERSAILLES- Coming into Thursday’s game with Delphos St. Johns, the Versailles Lady Tigers were guaranteed no less than a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference title. A win and the Tigers will stand alone at the top and the outright MAC title. Led by junior Brooke Pothast with a season high 11 points, Versailles never trailed, rolling to a 49-34 victory over the Blue Jays. “Brooke played really well tonight and shot the ball well,” said... read more
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Bradford holds Hall of Fame Ceremonies, By Don Selanders, goroaders.com
MR. DEAN SHAFER - Our first inductee tonight is the late Dean Shafer.  Accepting Dean’s award is his son Ron Shafer.  Dean is a 1958 graduate of Bradford High School.  During his athletic career at Bradford High School, Dean participated in Track and Field and Basketball.  Dean was a member of the 1958 Stillwater Valley Conference Track and Field Championship team.  In 1958, Dean was the Ohio High School... read more
Versailles Girls Bowlers 11-0
The Lady Tiger Bowlers traveled to Van Wert to take on New Bremen. However, due to some issues with New Bremen not being able to bowl, they had to forfeit. However, the girls still had to bowl the match for the win. The girls struggled a little bit early on with a 784 but then turned it on the second game and fired a 963. They continued to roll the ball well in the Bakers rolling a 156, 216, 187, 176 and 200 for a 2682. The Tigers were led by Megan Ward 240, Megan Monnin 203, Brooke... read more
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Versailles Boys Bowlers Knock Off Undefeated Wapak
The stage was set for two of the best teams in the WOHSBC, 11-1 Versailles against 12-0 Wapakoneta. The match took place in Van Wert on Saturday, February 1st. The first game both teams came out firing with the edge going to Versailles, 1063 to 1048. The second game looked as if Wapakoneta was going to dominate the Tigers. “Going into the 8th frame of that second game, we were behind the 8 ball... read more
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Knappenberger speaks to large crowd, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- According to Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association General Manager, Jerry Knappenberger, 2013 was a big year for standardbred racing and for the county fairs statewide. Earlier in the evening, Ohio State Representative, Jim Buchy, had talked about where the purses in the sport were going and the growth that had been made. Buchy also talked about how the fan support was growing in... read more
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Jets lay claim to top spot in CCC, By George Starks
Patriots have regular season 45 game winning streak snapped - NEW MADISON - It was a date many had circled on their calendars since it was announced. In a game that was originally scheduled for December 6 and was cancelled due to snow, Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester probably wished he had re-scheduled it again for the exact same reason. With all eyes on ‘The Battleground’ at Tri-Village, ranked second in the state in D-IV, the 16-0 Patriots... read more
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DCCHA holds annual awards banquet, By George Starks
Buchy keynote speaker - GREENVILLE- The 2013 edition of Darke County harness racing was officially closed out Saturday night at the Greenville Elks. Local drivers and horses were recognized with 12 classes of Standard Breds filling the bill, with all driver and horses are listed at the bottom. Also, the election of officers were held as Kerby Wilcox was re-elected as the DCHHA president while... read more
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Franklin Monroe gets hard fought win over Miami East, By George Starks
Jets victory sets up CCC showdown with T-V - PITSBURG- The Franklin Monroe Jets used a great second half defense Friday to post a 45-34 Cross County Conference victory over Miami East. Holding a 15-5 lead after one quarter of play, the Jets fell apart in the second, trailing the Vikings, 21-20, at the break. That one point deficit was provided by senior Travis Feitshans. Trailing 21-17, Feitshans nailed... read more
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Bradford holds off scrappy Ansonia bunch; Tigers make fourth quarter push in upset bid
By George Starks - BRADFORD - When a team follows the game plan a coach puts out, good things happen. When a team gets away from that game plan, things have a tendency to fall apart. Such was the case for the Bradford Lady Railroaders as the Roaders posted a tough 49-42 Cross County Conference victory over Ansonia Thursday. The game plan for Bradford was obvious right from the beginning. Throw a zone press at the Tigers and go after... read more
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Arcanum survives huge scare, By George Starks
ARCANUM- After waltzing into Tri-Village a week ago and leaving with a 57-45 Cross County Conference victory, it was all Arcanum could do to hold off a stubborn bunch from Ansonia. Despite a 29 point performance from senior Catey Fischer Wednesday, the Lady Tigers could pull off the biggest upset of their 2014 season. Hitting 11 of 19 from the line, it wasn’t enough as the Trojans held on... read more
Versailles Girls Finish 3rd at Pioneer Classic
The Varsity Girls Bowling Team traveled to Westgate Lanes in Lima on Monday, January 20th to compete in the Pioneer Classic hosted by Lima Temple Christian. There were 15 Girls teams entered into the tournament. Teams from all over Ohio competed in this event. The format was 3 regular games and 5 Baker games. The field was then cut to the top 8 in each division based on total pinfall. The teams would then face off head to head in a bracket style format with the winner moving on to the... read more
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Versailles Boys Bowlers win Pioneer Classic
The Varsity Boys Bowling Team traveled to Westgate Lanes in Lima on Monday, January 20th to compete in the Pioneer Classic hosted by Lima Temple Christian. There were 21 Boys teams entered into the tournament. Teams from all over Ohio competed in this event. The format was 3 regular games and 5 Baker games. The field was then cut to the top 8 in each division based on total pinfall. The... read more
Eldora hands out 2013 championship awards
Miller, Bowersock, Craig and Thirlby Prevail as Numerous Other Awards Included in Fast-Paced Show - ROSSBURG, OH (Jan. 25) – Despite near blizzard-like conditions earlier in the day, nearly 400 drivers, crew members and fans gathered inside the Eldora Ballroom Saturday evening to bring an official close to the 2013 season with the annual Eldora Speedway Awards Ceremony.   Honored as divisional champions for the legendary .500-mile clay oval were Matt Miller (Late Model), Jerry Bowersock... read more
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A wild and crazy night, By George Starks
NEW MADISON - If I wouldn’t have seen it with my own eyes, I probably never would have believed it. I’ve been covering prep sports since 1987, and I honestly can’t remember if a Tri-Village basketball team has ever been shut out in the first quarter of any game. I seriously don’t remember any Patriot team ever coming back from 20 points down with one quarter left to play, to win a game on a buzzer beater in overtime... read more
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VanWinkle hits buzzer beater in Patriots victory, By George Starks
Tri-Village survives huge scare from Bethel - NEW MADISON- On a night when Tri-Village couldn’t buy a bucket. On a night when the only thing worse than the weather outside was the Patriots offense inside. On a night when it looked like the undefeated Patriots weren’t going to remain that way, the unimaginable happened. With 3.2 seconds remaining in overtime and things knotted up at 55-55, sophomore... read more
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Lady Trojans pull off the unthinkable; Arcanum blows out T-V in crucial CCC game, By George Starks
NEW MADISION - It’s not often that a team can waltz into ‘The Battleground’ at Tri-Village and leave with a victory. On a rare (unthinkable) occasion, can a team not only get a win there, but post a convincing blow-out of the Lady Patriots. Thursday, Rachel Fearon and her Arcanum Lady Trojans pulled off what most teams can only dream of. The unthinkable! Never forgetting a 59-52 loss to the Patriots in the championship game of the Burkett in... read more
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Cincinnati Bengals… Lewis says new coordinators spur another reboot
MOBILE, Ala. — It was 11 years ago at this game that Marvin Lewis became head coach of the Bengals and as he wrapped up his scouting trip to the Senior Bowl Wednesday he pledged the third reboot of his tenure. The first one was spurred by his hire. The drafting of perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green and quarterback Andy Dalton three years ago marked the next one and led to three straight postseason berths. Now he says the... read more
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V-Lady Tigers get hard fought victory, By George Starks
Ft. Loramie more than just another team - VERSAILLES- When it comes to being battle tested, both Versailles and Ft. Loramie has proven over the years to have won those battles. More often than not, those battles were wars and they were against each other. Tuesday, the two teams met and once again the game went right down to the final buzzer in what will go down as a classic battle. In a game that featured 11 lead... read more
Reds no longer pursuing Sizemore; GM says 'things have changed' in talks with potential backup center fielder
reds.com - CINCINNATI -- The Reds had been talking with free-agent outfielder Grady Sizemore this winter about making his comeback attempt with them. Now those efforts are done. In a radio interview with ESPN 1450 in Bowling Green, Ky., Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said that Sizemore, who has been out of the Majors since 2011, will not be coming to Cincinnati. "Not gonna happen. Things have changed," Jocketty said in a quote posted by the station on Twitter... read more
Tri-Village Athletic Hall of Fame Induction
Tri-Village will host its 10th annual Hall of Fame Induction on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Those being inducted between the junior varsity and varsity games will be:  Tammy Kimmel Miller and Nate Lindamood. The public is invited to attend a reception held in the commons area following the varsity game to honor the new inductees. Tammy Kimmel Miller - Tammy is a 1987 graduate who lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball all four years of her high school career.   In volleyball she was... read more
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Tri-Village remains perfect in 2014, By George Starks
Pats steamroll Buccs - NEW MADISON- Tri-Village junior Colton Linkous, may be the closest thing to Superman since the introduction of the character by Marvel Comics. Coming into Friday night’s matchup with Covington, Linkous had hit 38 treys on the season, including 10 against the Miami Valley Rams. On the season, he was hit on 45 percent of his three point attempts. Friday, Linkous hit five... read more
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Versailles too much for Ft. Recovery to handle; Heckman leads the way for Lady Tigers
By George Starks - VERSAILLES- Versailles senior Katie Heckman doesn’t start. In fact, the six foot forward barely plays half the game. Coming off the bench Thursday against Ft. Recovery, Heckman netted 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, half on the offensive glass, putting three back in for scores. In the end, it all tallied up to a nice 57-39 Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) victory as the Tigers went to 12-2 overall and 5-0 in the... read more
2014 OHSAA State Basketball and Wrestling Tournaments Ticket Sales Begin January 17
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ticket sales begin January 17 for 2014 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Tournaments in wrestling (team and individual), girls basketball and boys basketball which will be held in February and March on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus . The public sale begins at 10:00 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster or in person at Ohio State ’s Jerome Schottenstein Center , the site of three of the four state tournaments. The OHSAA Boys State... read more
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Versailles Girls Bowlers Defeat Parkway
The annual Versailles High School Bowling program fundraiser is slated for January 26th at the Eagles in Versailles. This is hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Come on out and let the Tiger Bowlers serve you breakfast. The Lady Tiger Bowlers traveled to Coldwater to take on the Parkway Panthers on Saturday, January 11. Versailles started out the match with a nice lead by rolling... read more
GHS Grad Galloway… Titans Come Up Just Short Against Cleveland State
DETROIT (1/9/2014) -- Four players were in doubles figures and an undermanned Titan squad rallied on numerous occasions, but just could not get the lead back as the University of Detroit Mercy women's basketball team fell 78-71 to the Cleveland State Vikings on Thursday night at Calihan Hall. Senior Senee Shearer (Detroit, Mich. / Pershing) led the way with a team-high 24 points, while freshman Megan Galloway (Greenville, Ohio / Greenville) tallied 13 points and a career-high 10 rebound... read more
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Trojans roll over Bradford in CCC tussle, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Mason Garber netted 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds with his counterpart, Collin Hable tacked on 15 more with 10 boards while Kody Baker netted 15 of is own as Arcanum won its second game in a row. After topping Dixie Saturday, the Trojans came home and handed Bradford a 67-37 Cross County Conference loss Tuesday. It’s a typical CCC Tuesday night game,” said Gunter. “It’s hard to get up for these games... read more
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Versailles Boys Bowlers 10-1
The annual Versailles High School Bowling program fundraiser is slated for January 26th at the Eagles in Versailles. This is hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Come on out and let the Tiger Bowlers serve you breakfast. The Versailles Boys traveled to Woodcrest Lanes in Union City for 2 matches Saturday, January 11th against Minster and Russia. Both teams are much improved this year. “Minster is much improved as... read more
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A class act by two communities, By George Starks
PITSBURG- If I had done what was originally planned Friday night, I would have made a change in my schedule and went to Versailles instead of going to Franklin Monroe. Even without junior sensation Kyle Ahrens on the floor for the Tigers, I wanted to see the St. Henry team and I really wanted to see how good the Tigers were going to be without Ahrens. I’m glad I never made that change. I have been... read more
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A dream comes true for FM senior; Eley: I’m both honored and humbled, By George Starks
PITSBURG - Since the day he was born, Devon Eley would never experience what most of us take for granted. Born with Spina Bifida, Eley would never know what it would be like to run or even walk, let alone play in a basketball game. He had the clubbed feet and a broken femur in his leg and was in a cast for six weeks. Not the way the majority of people starts out in life. Being a part of Franklin Monroe basketball since he was in the seventh grade... read more
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Jets outshoot Trojans on emotional night, By George Starks
PITSBURG- On a night when Franklin Monroe put three in double figures led by senior Trey Mong with 16 points and 10 rebounds, it eventually wasn’t about Mong. On a night when the Arcanum Trojans shot a measly 11 of 42 from the field (26.2 percent), it wasn’t about that either. It wasn’t about a 55-31 Cross County Conference victory by the Jets. It was all about what happened with 59.1 seconds... read more
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Jets flame out as Trojans march, By George Starks
ARCANUM- The Arcanum Lady Trojans made it a clean sweep over Franklin Monroe Thursday. After a 64-24 victory over the Jets in the Burkett in November, many thought Franklin Monroe would narrow the 40 point gap the Trojans posted in the annual Tri-Village tournament. That wasn’t the case as the now 6-3 (4-1) Trojans rolled to a convincing 72-18 Cross County Conference victory over their backyard... read more
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Versailles Boys Win 4, Lose 1
The annual Versailles High School Bowling program fundraiser is slated for January 26th at the Eagles in Versailles. This is hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Come on out and let the Tiger Bowlers serve you breakfast. During the Christmas Break, the Versailles Varsity Boys Bowling bowled 5 matches. The first match was against St. Henry. Both teams were tied for first place in the WOHSBC. “St. Henry and Versailles are... read more
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Colts, Patriots Six Days from Fourth Playoff Match, colts.com
INDIANAPOLIS – When the Colts and Patriots failed to meet in the regular season, it was the first time the league series had not been contested since 2002. That matter changed when San Diego’s victory Sunday put Indianapolis in New England for a divisional match Saturday at 8:15 p.m. This means a streak remains intact – the Colts and Patriots have met every season in some form since 2003. This is the fourth time... read more
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Bengals… Bengals seek postseason formula
CINCINNATI- It was one of those days. One of those days that ended the best Bengals season in recent memory so suddenly and decisively that it threatened to swallow all of 2013 whole. After the Bengals offense finished 10th for the first time in six years and the team racked up the third-most points in franchise history and the second-most touchdowns, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden... read more
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Versailles Girls Bowling Remain Undefeated
The annual Versailles High School Bowling program fundraiser is slated for January 26th at the Eagles in Versailles. This is hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Come on out and let the Tiger Bowlers serve you breakfast. During the Christmas Break, the Versailles Varsity Girls Bowling Team bowled 3 matches.  The first match was against the Minster Wildcats. The girls struggled a little... read more
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Versailles girls swim team wins Butler Invitational
VERSAILLES - Congratulations to the Versailles High School girls swim team for winning the Vandalia Butler Invitational held on Dec. 21, at Wright State University.  Team scores:  1st place, Versailles, 489; 2nd place, Kettering Fairmont, 336; 3rd place, Talawanda, 325; 4th place, Troy, 250; 5th place, Xenia, 193; 6th place, Vandalia Butler, 170; 7th place, Northmont, 145; 8th place, Bellbrook, 135; 9th place, Waynesville... read more
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Mississinawa takes CCC battle from Arcanum, By George Starks
Defense key for Hawks - ARCANUM- For the second time since the Jet tournament, the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks proved to be a thorn in the side of the Arcanum Trojans. In the opening game of that tournament, Mississinawa Valley overcame an 18 point deficit to top the Trojans 67-61. Friday in their CCC matchup, the Hawks used a combination of defense and offense in the second quarter, once... read more
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It’s back to the grind for area teams, By George Starks
DARKE COUNTY - Now that Christmas has passed, please allow me to wish everyone a very happy 2014. May the New Year be kinder to you than 2013 but my reality here is sports. Many area teams will be back in action starting tonight. Thursday, the girls will get things underway as Versailles will entertain Parkway in a crucial MAC contest. The Lady Tigers, under head Coach Jackie Stonebreaker... read more
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Ahrens season comes to early end, By George Starks
Tiger junior suffers broken leg - VERSAILLES- Before the start of Saturday’s championship game between Versailles and Anna, the buzz was all about Kyle Ahrens becoming the next 1,000 point scorer at Versailles. To add to the hype, Ahrens would have hit that milestone faster than any the player in the history of the school, needing just 18 points to achieve that mark. With 3:29 left in the first half, Ahrens... read more
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Versailles wins tournament title, By George Starks
Tigers star may be lost for season - VERSAILLES- One of the goals of every coach is to win their schools basketball tournament. For Versailles coach Scott McEldowney, that goal was met Saturday as his Tigers rolled to a 60-39 victory over Anna. The victory was a bitter-sweet one for all Tigers fans. With 3:29 left in the first half Saturday, junior Kyle Ahrens went for a loose ball that was going out of... read more
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Bowers gets huge Christmas surprise, By George Starks
Former Wave going to the Super Bowl - GREENVILLE- Another Greenville graduate will be going to the Super Bowl. Unlike Matt Light who ended his career with three Super Bowl rings while playing with the New England Patriots, the Wave graduate will be there serving in another role. Sam Bowers, a student at Bowling Green State University, a 2013 graduate of Greenville and a CNO athletic scholarship winner through Dave... read more
 Eldora donations to area food banks exceed $12,000
Recent Pack the Pantry Party Complements Season Ending Donation - ROSSBURG, OH (December 20) – In the spirit of Christmas and celebration, Eldora Speedway staff members and vendors recently joined together in their annual ‘Pack the Pantry’ festivity to amass nearly $4,000 in cash and non-perishable goods to be donated to two area food banks. Benefitting from the generosity of the assemblage will be CALL (Community Action Life Line) Food Pantry of Mercer (OH) County and
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The Cardinal Center Is Heating Up
On December 11, the Village of Gettysburg secured financing to satisfy the remaining obligations of their land-purchase contract with Tom Batelle and to install a new modern heating system in the community wing of the building. The new high efficiency forced air furnaces will replace the inefficient low pressure steam system and will allow for the addition of air conditioning. Installation of the new... read more
 Versailles bowlers win two more
Versailles Boys Bowling Defeat New Bremen - The 4th match of the season the boys went up against the New Bremen Cardinals at Northland Lanes in Lima, Ohio. The boys won rather easily with a score of 2,834 to 2,233. The team was led by Michael Davidson with a 244-214, Ben Ahrens with a 211 and Ryan Watren with a 195, 194. They face their toughest opponent of the year, St. Henry, this Saturday. The boys are currently in a 3 way tie for 1st place with St. Henry and Wapakonet
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Bengals on Red alert with AFC North in the fold
CINCINNATI-Andrew Whitworth says Andy Dalton is the symbol of his team and on Sunday, Dalton offered another franchise quarterback performance to help the Bengals prove they can win the crunch-time games with elite performances by their best players. With whispers turning into dull roars about Cincinnati's playoff legitimacy in the wake of the terrible 13 minutes in Pittsburgh, Dalton vaporized the... read more
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Defense the difference for Lady Trojans, By George Starks
Arcanum looking for share of CCC title - BRADFORD- Through three quarters of basketball Monday at Bradford, the game more resembled a scene from The Shootout OK Corral. A lot of wild shots, some ducking and dodging and bodies hitting the floor. With eight minutes left to be played, Arcanum was clinging to a slim 39-35 lead. At that point, someone rang the doorbell and the Trojans opened... read more
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Doner trains Stingers for the next generations of Patriots, By Bob Robinson
NEW MADISON – “Hey, on the glass, hot dog!” A coach for the Stateline Stingers shouted instructions to a student as she missed the mark on a layup. The next time she did one… it dropped nicely off the glass into the hoop. “Off the left foot… left foot!” “Use the other foot… get the rebound!” Students adjusted their efforts as another coach shouted out his instructions. The pace was fast. “Come on... read more
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Hawks defense derails Roaders; MV gets first CCC win of season, By George Starks
UNION CITY- Seventeen first half Bradford turnovers led 16 Misissinawa Valley points Friday as the Blackhawks got their first Cross County Conference victory of the season, 64-50. It was also a night when all 12 of the varsity players for MV saw playing time. “I was really happy with the way things happened tonight and we got all 12 of our players in the game,” said Hawks coach Rodney Saintignon. “I am very happy with my defense, especially in... read more
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Forfeits costly as Wave grapplers fall to Versailles, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- With six forfeits on the docket for Greenville Thursday against Versailles, it all added up to a favorable outcome for the Tigers. Giving up 30 points automatically, Greenville had a mountain it could not overcome as the visiting Tigers rolled to a 56-24 team victory. “Take away the 30 points in forfeits and we are right there,” said Wave coach David Guillozet. “I was pretty happy with our kids for the most part. There are some
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Variety holds true with 2014 Eldora Slate…61st Season To Feature Multitude of Divisions & Sanctioning Bodies
ROSSBURG, OH (December 20) – Building upon the momentum of a prolific 2013 season, Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart has confirmed and released 2014’s Schedule of Events for the historic .500-mile southwestern Ohio speed plant. The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion has retained Eldora’s high-profile trademarked menu of diversity with a lineup of traditional specials, a return of fan favorites, local family fun and a return of the most celebrated event in all of motorsports last season. Joining... read more
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Versailles defense creates big offense in MAC victory; Ahrens nets 31 to lead Tigers
By George Starks - VERSAILLES- Versailles junior Kyle Ahrens knocked down 31 points Friday against New Knoxville as the Tigers dropped a 67-47 loss on the Rangers in the Versailles home opener. While the 20 point victory was nice for Versailles fans, it could have been worse and the Tigers bench boss new it. “We did a lot of good things tonight,” said Tigers coach Scott McEldowney. “Sometimes when you get up by so much, you tend to... read more
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Success.com…Matt Light: Blocking Out the Pain An unsung hero models the power of inner strength. by Jeff Sullivan
When the New England Patriots drafted Matt Light out of Purdue in 2001, the offensive lineman couldn’t really even call himself a fan of the sport. He had other interests, but it was a steady job. An outdoorsman growing up, Light never liked sitting in front of the television watching sports. That was for other people. “The first time I saw... read more
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Tri-Village wins epic hard fought battle…Ansonia girls are for real, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- Don’t let the 2-5 record fool you. If you have the Ansonia Lady Tigers on the schedule, be prepared to play the game. Thursday, the Tigers rolled into New Madison looking to pull off a major upset. It was less than a month ago when the two teams met in the Bill Burkett that the Lady Tigers gave Tri-Village all it could handle before losing by a very slim margin. Thursday, the Tigers were looking to complete the job but this time, it wasn’t ... read more
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Versailles Varsity Bowlers compete in Ohio Invitational Tournament
Girls finish 2nd, Boys finish 9th - The Boys and Girls Varsity Bowling team traveled to the 64 Lane Palace Lanes in Columbus on Saturday, December 7th to compete in the Ohio Invitational Kickoff Classic. This is the largest High School Bowling Team Tournament in the United States.  They were competing with the best teams in the State of Ohio based on last year's achievements. There were 31 boy’s teams and 28 girls teams competing... read more
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Lady Wave no match for defending state champs, By George Starks
GREENVILLE - Take nothing away from the Greenville girls’ basketball team. When the defending D-1 state champions rolled into town, no one thought it would be a walk in the park for Greenville. When the final buzzer sounded, it was a final score that did not reflect the heart Greenville played with as the Wave fell to Kettering Fairmont, 64-10 Wednesday. “We probably won’t see a team this good the rest of the year,” said... read more
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Ansonia holds on for conference victory; Bradford still looking for first win of the season
By George Starks - ANSONIA - When asked how he thought things went, Ansonia coach Darrick Barga said, “We got the win. It was ugly.” After jumping out to the early lead, it was all Ansonia could do to stave off a stubborn bunch from Bradford Tuesday. In the end, the Tigers were able to post a 44-36 Cross County Conference win Tuesday over the Roaders. Before Barga departed the locker room to do his post-game interview on WJYW, he was... read more
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Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 75,000 Deer during Weeklong Gun Season  
Coshocton County leads deer harvest for the third consecutive year - COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters checked 75,408 white-tailed deer during the weeklong gun hunting season, Dec. 2-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “With the muzzleloader season and almost two months of archery hunting yet to come, Ohio hunters have many more opportunities to harvest a deer,” said Scott Zody, chief of the ODNR Division... read more
Ansonia Wall of Fame to induct new members
Ansonia OH - On Friday, December 20 the Ansonia Athletic Wall of Fame committee will induct two new members. Austie Spearman (Auker), class of 1997 will be recognized for her athletic accomplishments in track and volleyball. A partial listing of her honors include: Track years 9, 10, 11, 12; Volleyball years 9, 10, 11, 12; Football and Basketball Cheerleading 9, 10, 11, 12. In track, Austie went to state in high jump as a sophomore and placed 11th. As a Senior, Austie also went to state in high jump... read more
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I hate to say it, By George Starks
Rarely there are times when I will admit it but this is one of those times. “I hate when I’m right.” I never went public with this but there are ways I can to prove to you that I’m telling the truth. About two weeks before Ohio State and Michigan State were to play for the Big 10 title, a friend of mine and I were talking about the possibility of the two teams meeting in Indianapolis for the championship. Five minutes into the game, I told my grandson, Dylan, that I... read more
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Buckeyegrove.com… It's what losing looks like
INDIANAPOLIS-What does losing look like? For 24 games, a span of 705 days, Ohio State forgot, only to be reminded of the carnage that comes with defeat on the biggest stage the program has played on since its last championship appearance. Ohio State lost to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis Saturday night. Gone is a berth to the national championship, when a win would... read more
Tickets on sale Saturday for Eldora events
ROSSBURG, OH (Dec. 5) – Continuing a long-standing Eldora Speedway tradition, the first Saturday of December kicks off the annual public sale of event tickets and campsites for the historic facility’s marquee events, Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend (June 5, 6 & 7), Kings Royal Weekend (July 11 & 12), 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic (July 23) and World 100 Weekend (September 4, 5 & 6). Race fans will be able to secure their seats and/or campsites for these celebrated events beginning at 10 a.m. by... read more
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Ohio's Deer-Gun Season Opens with 22,620 Deer Harvested  
COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 22,620 white-tailed deer on Monday, Dec. 2, the opening day of Ohio’s deer-gun hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The deer-gun season remains open through Sunday, Dec. 8. Hunters are encouraged to take to the field to enjoy the six days remaining in the deer-gun season. Hunting is the best and most effective management tool for... read more
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Vikings invade Greenville; Lady Wave fall to 0-5, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- Despite some stellar offense and solid defense at times, the Greenville Lady Wave couldn’t hold off Miamisburg Wednesday as the Vikings dropped a 56-37 loss on Greenville. It was a night that had more than its share of problems for the young Wave team. With a dozen turnovers in the third frame and the fact that the Vikings won the quarter 21-5 to take a commanding 46-21 lead after three quarters of play, the other three frames were... read more
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Versailles finds the going rough in Buccaneer waters; Tigers split double duel match
By George Starks - COVINGTON- It wasn't the best of nights for Versailles wrestling coach A.J. Bey. Then again, it wasn't the worst either. Versailles gained a split on the night losing the opening match to Covington, 46-20, but was able to rebound against North Ridge, 72-6. Heading into Covington Tuesday for a tri-match with the host Buccs and the Northridge Polar Bears, Bey knew it wasn't going to be easy against Covington... read more
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Galloway Honored As Horizon League Freshman Of The WeekPerseverance pays off and for one Titan rookie
DETROIT- Hard work has definitely come to the forefront as the Horizon League named University of Detroit Mercy freshman and Greenville graduate, Megan Galloway as its Women's Basketball Freshman Of The Week. The award is the first of the year for a Titan and the first of Galloway's collegiate career as the league changed the... read more
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Florida State, Ohio State are top two teams in latest BCS standings, ncaa.com
Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings to put pressure on the Buckeyes. The Seminoles grabbed the top spot in the BCS standings released Sunday after Alabama relinquished it for the first time this season. The Crimson Tide's wild 34-28 loss at Auburn dropped Alabama to fourth. Ohio State is second and Auburn is third. Missouri... read more
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Greenville gets first victory on the young season; Wave put five in double figures, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- After suffering a disappointing loss at Miamisburg Friday night in the 2014 season opener, Greenville put its ship on the right track Saturday. The Wave put five in double figures, with senior Clay Guilliozet leading the way with 16 points, as Greenville went to 1-1 on the young season posting a 64-47 victory over Ft. Recovery Saturday. Even though the Wave rolled up plenty of points on offense, it was the defense that shined... read more
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Ansonia uses defense to turn the tide on Lady Hawks; Fischer scores double-double to lead the way
By George Starks - ANSONIA - Leading by a slim 25-20 count at the break, the Ansonia Lady Tigers used some solid defense in the third quarter, holding Mississinawa Valley to only four points. In the process, the Tigers netted 19 points in the frame and eventually rolled to a 51-34 Cross County Conference victory Tuesday. “The kids came out and walked through the first half,” said Ansonia coach Jim Bolin. “I told them at halftime that we just... read more
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Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Now 2-0
The 2nd match of the season was held at Plamor Lanes against the St. Marys Roughriders. Last year the Roughriders defeated the Tigers in a close match by 3 pins. “St. Marys also has a tough team and most of you guys remember what happened last year. We need to bring our best and not let up today.” Said Coach Davidson. The first game started out with the Tigers having some issues converting some easy spares. However, they ... read more
USAC Silver Crown Series Joins ‘Racing’s Biggest Party’
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Nov. 20, 2013 – Al Unser topped Mario Andretti and a field of open-wheel superstars the first time the USAC Silver Crown Series raced at the New York State Fairgrounds “Moody Mile” in 1974. Now, 40 years after that historic event, the USAC Silver Crown Series will return in October 2014 to Syracuse during the 43rd annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. USAC Silver Crown Series Returns to NAPA Super DIRT Week in 2014 - The USAC Silver Crown Series will tackle... read more
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It’s more than just a player introduction; It’s a player production, By George Starks
NEW MADISON - When I was doing sports in Indiana, I was sent to Union City one night for a basketball game. I’m not sure whom the Indians were playing that night but it was a Tri-Eastern Conference game. When the opposing team was announced, it was just like any other night at a high school game. Little did I know what was to come. Before the home team was introduced to the crowd, the lights were turned off and about four huge flood lights were turned... read more
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Patriots prevail in annual Burkett tournament; Arcanum gives host a scare, By George Starks
NEW MADISON- When Friday night’s opening round games had come to an end, Tri-Village survived against a scrappy Ansonia team, topping the Lady Tigers, 53-41. In the opening game Friday night, Arcanum had cruised to an easy 64-19 victory over Franklin Monroe, setting up the tournaments championship finale between the Trojans and Patriots. At games end, the nod went to the Patriots as Tri-Village defended its tournament title with... read more
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A-Tigers looking to improve, By George Starks
ANSONIA-After losing five seniors to graduation and finishing with a 3-20 mark to end the 2013 campaign, the Ansonia Tigers will look to improve on that mark in 2014. Head coach Derrick Barga will head into the new season with one senior and a bunch of juniors. The lone senior, 6-3 Dustin Berger, will lead the Tigers into battle next Friday at The Hangar against Franklin Monroe. “It’s always tough going from season to season and trying ... read more
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Lady Jets looking to start fresh with a new coach, By George Starks
PITSBURG- When Erin Gray and Taylor Robbins dawned the cap and gown at Franklin Monroe last spring, it signified a new look for the Lad Jets basketball team. When Gray and Robbins left, they took a lot of scoring with them. Later, head coach Gavin Spitler left, leaving a coaching gap that had to be filled. Now the jets will under the tootlege of Dave Horner. Horner will bring in a new system but he’s not a new face at FM. “I’ve always been coaching ... read more
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Franklin Monroe brings powerhouse team back; Jets could be the team to beat in 2014
By George Starks - PITSBURG - Coming off a 15-10 season a year ago, the Franklin Monroe Jets could very well be the team to beat in 2014. Of those 10 losses, three were at the hands of Tri-Village, including a loss in the sectional finals at Troy in March. Six of those losses, including the three to the Patriots, were by six points or less. At the end of the sectionals, the Jets lost only one player (Grant Skelton) to graduation. Skelton saw limited... read more
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At MV it’s in with the new and the old; Familiar face surfaces in Hawk Nation, By George Starks
UNION CITY- The Mississinawa Valley Lady Blackhawks will be looking at a new coach and an old familiar face. The new varsity head coach is Bo Humphries. The familiar face is one that Tri-Village people know well. Roger Collins will be coaching the junior varsity team in 2014 for Humphries. Collins was once the Athletic Director and the head coach of the Lady Patriots, coaching some very successful teams and some of the best athletes in Darke... read more
Versailles Boys, Girls bowlers win first matches; Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Dominate 1st Match
The WOHSBC kicked off the 2013-14 season at Plaza Lanes in Celina. The Tigers went up against the Parkway Panthers at their home bowling center. “We were supposed to be bowling on fresh oil today as the girls only have 14 teams and lanes 15 and 16 were open the 1st shift. However, with Coldwater Football playing in the afternoon, Coldwater and St. Henry bowled the 1st shift due to some of the kids also being on the football team. (St. Henry beat Coldwater)” stated Coach Davidson. “The match... read more
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Hawks look for better things in 2014, By George Starks
UNION CITY- Coming off a deplorable 6-16 season a year ago, the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks are looking for a huge turn around in 2014. Like any team, the Hawks will be looking to the point guard position. A year ago, that job would have gone to Jacob Breymier. Unfortunately, the MV junior suffered a season ending knee injury during football season. “Last year we had senior Brandon Byers and he did a good job for us but that wasn’t... read more
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Livingston named Academic All-District in Volleyball
Mon, Nov. 11, 2013 - RICHMOND, Ind. - Indiana University East sophomore Mallory Livingston (Union City, Ohio/Mississinawa Valley High School) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District College Division women's volleyball team for District 2. Livingston is one of 10 honorees on the District 2 College Division Academic All-District list, which includes NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana... read more
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Lady Patriots gearing up for another title runMiami East still the team to beat, By George Starks
NEW MADISON - With the start on the 2014 basketball season quickly approaching, the Tri-Village Lady Patriots are getting themselves primed for another shot at a Cross County Conference run. Standing in the way are the Beasts from the East… Miami East. “Miami East will always be the team to beat,” said Patriots coach Brad Grey. “Until someone can step up and knock them off, they are the team with the target on their backs.” In the past... read more
OHSAA News... Rawlings Expands Partnership to Serve as Official Basketball for Both OHSAA Regular Season and Tournament Contests
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Rawlings’ basketball will continue as the official game ball of Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament games and now is also the official game ball to be used in regular-season contests of OHSAA member schools, OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross announced. The notice was initially included last summer as part of the 2013-14 OHSAA... read more
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Patriots look to reload from a year ago, By George Starks
NEW MADISON - The motto for Tri-Village in 2014 is a simple one. ‘New team…Same Dream.’ When Tri-Village ended the 2013 season, the curtain fell on the end of some great careers. The names were those of some of the best. Pipenger, Werner, Brubaker and Wilcox, just to name a few. Now the Patriots will not be looking to rebuild but they will reload. Returning from that team will be a core group that will look to take the ball and run with it... read more
Eldora Speedway releases 2014 stock car specifications
Division to Again Join Marquee Eldora Events in Upcoming Season - ROSSBURG, OH (November 11) – Eldora Speedway officials have released specifications for the Stock Car division that will be included in a multitude of 2014 events at the historic speed plant.   Closely mirroring the specs from previous years, minor changes were implemented; none of which will make 2013 compliant cars outdated.  With the adjustments, the guidelines conform to those of nearby Limaland Motorsports Park. Among... read more
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A-Lady Tigers gearing up for action, By George Starks
ANSONIA - With the 2013-14 basketball season close at hand, the Ansonia Lady Tigers are gearing for the 2013-14 basketball season. Under the direction of long time veteran coach Jim Bolin, the Tigers are looking at a marked improvement from a 2-22 season a year ago. The Tigers had a big tune-up against Yellow Springs Monday in preparation for opening night at Tri-Village against the host Patriots. Monday against the Bulldogs, Ansonia got a weak... read more
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Arcanum gearing up for conference run, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Three years ago when Rachel Ferron took over the girls basketball program at Arcanum, she knew there would be growing pains. Last year, Arcanum finished with a .500 season and Ferron was pleased with the effort her second year squad brought to the table. Like any other coach, Ferron wants improvement and a .500 finish is not acceptable. “I would like to see us pushing for a conference title, “said Ferron. “We are a... read more
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Versailles Bowlers Make Statement at Kickoff Tourney
The WOHSBC begins their season Saturday, November 16th. Prior to the season starting, the WOHSBC holds their annual singles tournament to kickoff the season. Each bowler rolls 2 games and then the field is cut to the top half where 1 more game is bowled. After 2 games, the field was cut. 5 out of 9 made the cut for the girls and 6 out of 8 made it for the boys. 1 more game was bowled and then the field was cut to the top 4 in each division... read more
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Greenville gets another new hoops coach; Plessinger takes over struggling program, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- It’s a job veteran track coach Bill Plessinger has wanted for eight years and finally got. The varsity coaching position for the Lady Wave basketball team. It’s a program that has seen four coaches in the last four years and Thursday, Plessinger took his group to Arcanum for the first scrimmage of the year. “I don’t know what I’ve got to be honest,” said Plessinger before the scrimmage. “They never had a coach during the summer and... read more
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GHS holds Fall Sports Awards
On Nov. 5, Greenville High School held its annual Fall Sports Awards presentations. The awards encompassed all fall sports, including soccer, football, volleyball, cheer, golf, cross country and tennis. Special honors went to a number of students and coaches, including GWOC First Team to Sophia Navas-Davis, Girls Tennis, Dylan Garland, Boys Golf, and Jenelle Agne, Girls Golf; Tracy Haines, Coach of the Year, Girls Golf North Division... read more
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Davidson wins 2 NWOJTBT Tournaments
The Northwest Ohio Junior Tournament Bowlers Tour (NWOJTBT) recently held 3 Singles Bowling Tournaments in Napoleon, Delphos and Bowling Green. Each tournament have different formats with at least 5 qualifying games and then the cut to match play. Either bracket style match play or stepladder format match play. These tournaments also provide a very challenging oil pattern from the World Tournament Bowlers Association catalog of oil... read more
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A-Lady Tigers to rely on defense; Ansonia will be a young team, By George Starks
ANSONIA - With only one senior on the team, the 2013-14 edition of Lady Tiger basketball in Ansonia will be one of youth. In his first year as head coach in Tiger Town, Jim Bolin is anything but a new coach in the Cross County Conference. Bolin is best known for his time at Mississinawa Valley, taking a girls program from a desperate situation to a team of respectability. Since his departure from MV, Bolin has coached at National Trail... read more
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ohsaa.org…Darke County teams left in the dark No one makes post season
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the final football computer ratings, regional playoff brackets and first round pairings Sunday following the conclusion of the regular season Saturday night. A total of 224 schools have qualified for the postseason out of the 714 that played football this season (31.4 percent). Arcanum was the only local team in the running but a 5-5 record brought the Trojans in at ... read more
Boston fans celebrate 1st World Series victory at home since the days of Babe Ruth
foxnews.com - AMHERST, Mass. –  The Red Sox have now won three World Series in the past decade — but not since the days of Babe Ruth had Boston won a fall classic in its beloved Fenway Park. The victory sent Boston fans spilling into the streets Wednesday night to celebrate the team's 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6. Amid the cheers and high-fives, the white lights of Boston's Prudential Tower read "GO SOX." "Words cannot describe how I feel," Red Sox fan Sam... read more
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Versailles stops Miami East in three; Tigers head to regional finals, By George Starks
KETTERING- The storyline was simple in the D-III regional semi-finals between Versailles and Miami East Wednesday. Miami East came in as the two-time defending state champion, looking to make it three in a row. Versailles’ goal was to stop them and move on. Give the nod to the Tigers. Ranked third in the state, Versailles showed its opponents exactly why they hold that ranking as the Tigers rolled to a three game victory... read more
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Eldora to Crown 2013 Champions at award ceremony
Matt Miller (Late Model), Jerry Bowersock (UMP DIRTcar Modified) & Barney Craig (Stock Cars) Tabbed - ROSSBURG, OH (Oct. 28) – Eldora Speedway’s final checkered flag has fallen on its 60th consecutive season of racing, with divisional championships being collected by Matt Miller (Late Model), Jerry Bowersock (UMP DIRTcar Modified) and Barney Craig (Stock Car).   Each of the trio, along with drivers finishing in the top 15... read more
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United Way Softball Classic Raises $2,800
Darke County United Way with the help of Stebbins Field/GGSA put on the United Way Softball Classic on Sunday, October 20th. Ten coed teams competed in a double elimination tournament. “We are so thankful to all of our participants for supporting United Way and having fun playing softball to help so many in need. The Softball Classic supports the 28 local non-profit partner programs of Darke County United Way. Their ... read more
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Galloway ready to attack at the college levelGreenville standout excited about the season, By George Starks
DETROIT - Before Greenville graduate Megan Galloway signed to play basketball at Detroit Mercy, she had been contacted by many smaller schools and two large ones in Maryland and Navy. Mount Saint Mary’s, Austin Peay, St. Francis (Pa.) and West Lane University were the smaller schools Galloway listed. The daughter of Mike and... read more
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Reds tab Price to be their new manager
Cincinnati turns to pitching coach who has led staff to success over past four years - reds.com - CINCINNATI -- Reds general manager Walt Jocketty made a lengthy list of potential candidates to replace Dusty Baker as manager and a shorter list of those he considered to interview. Both were quickly tossed aside once Jocketty and chief executive officer Bob Castellini interviewed Bryan Price. Hence, the Reds moved quickly to promote Price from... read more
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Loramie comes up aces in sectional winBradford sectional runners-up, By George Starks
TIPP CITY- Bradford volleyball coach Jamie Hocker was as happy as a lark going into the Roaders sectional title game Monday with Ft. Loramie. Bradford was coming off a huge victory over Ansonia in its previous sectional match. It was a match the Roaders won in five games but earlier in the season, the Tigers beat Bradford, making the victory over Ansonia even sweeter. Seeded 12th, Bradford was going up against the top seed... read more
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Eldora sets 2014 major event dates
ROSSBURG, Ohio (October 16) – Eldora Speedway officials today announced the dates for its four Major Events in 2014.  The 61st consecutive season of racing at the legendary high-banked clay oval will once again feature dirt racing’s greatest spectacles for Dirt Late Models, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars (WoO) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). The 20th annual Dirt Late Model Dream® is scheduled for... read more
ohsaa.org…This weeks OHSAA football rankings
Despite a 3-4 record, the Arcanum Trojans were ranked ninth in the D-VI Region 22 football polls this week. Arcanum rolled to a huge victory Friday over Ansonia but fell one spot short from the top eight in the region. Currently, West Liberty-Salem (6-1) 7.4643, comes in the eighth spot with Arcanum (3-4) 5.8143, in at ninth. At the time of the computer rankings, Miami East, Tri-County North and National Trail, all CCC teams, currently hold spots 5, 6 and 7. In the D-VII rankings, Covington holds the ... read more 
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Tigers prevail despite opening round jitters, By George Starks
Brookville - Coming in ranked third in the state, the Versailles Tigers didn't exactly play their usual brand of volleyball Tuesday. Versailles eliminated Houston in three games in sectional action at Brookville, 25-8, 25-14, 25-5, the Tigers were sloppy in the first two and at times seemed to struggle in a match that took all of 56 minutes to play. Game three saw a different group of Tigers. “We got a little sloppy, but of course I always set the standard extra high... read more
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YMCA Gymnastics Meet October 26, 2013
GREENVILLE, OH – YMCA of Darke County is pleased to announce that it will host our first meet of the season.  The theme will be “Fall Flip Fest.”  We have 31 Darke County Gymnasts competing at this meet.  We are very proud of our girls. They have been training hard for the last 6 months to learn new skills and new routines. There will be five teams competing over the course of the day.  Approximately 175 gymnasts will participate... read more
UNOH Sprintacular converted to Spectacular
Haudenschild (All Stars), Swindell (NRA Sprint Invaders and Bacon (BOSS) Capture Wild Wins - ROSSBURG, OH (October 12) –Jac Haudenschild (All Star Sprints) lived up to his moniker as ‘the wild child’, while Kevin Swindell (NRA Sprint Invaders) threaded a needle that no one else dare try and Brady Bacon (BOSS Sprints)rode the wall for 25 laps Saturday night as 119 Sprint Cars jammed the Eldora Speedway pit area for the UNOH Sprintacular. After capturing the six-lap dash race, Haudenschild earned... read more

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