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Caroline Singer: The first lady of tractor pulling, By George Starks
She’s 95 and still on the scene - Greenville- At the age of 95, Caroline Singer has been a significant part of the Darke County Tractor Pullers Association. For many years, Singer was a big part of the group of ladies that fed the pullers at the fair. Now, Singer enjoys the action, despite be handicapped. Back in the day, Singer helped run the pulls held in Palestine
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Dailey raises harness racing bar, By George Starks
Greenville - Jack Dailey is a name that is significant in harness racing. Friday night, Dailey started out on the right foot winning the first three races at the Great Darke County Fair with the third of those races with Save Your Best, a horse owned Steve Livingston and Cindy Austin. Dailey drove the horse to the winners circle in a time of 1:58.1. Those three wins got the ball rolling as Dailey won seven of the 39 races in the three sessions
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Lady Wave netters sweep Wayne; Greenville makes it two straight, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- After popping Celina Wednesday, 4-1, the home court advantage took a slight twist Thursday against the Wayne Lady Warriors. Midway through the second set of the singles matches, a car horn was inadvertently set off forcing play to come to a halt for a short period of time. Once that problem was taken care of, the Lady Wave tennis team went on to sweep Wayne, 5-0, in a GWOC crossover match. The Wave went to 2-1 on
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DCSA Registration for Fall Youth Soccer now open
Registration for DCSA Fall Youth Soccer is now open and will run through September 6th.  The Fall season will start on September 10th at Greenville’s North Park(behind Kroger) and run through October 19th.  There are several ways to register for the program:  mail-in, drop-off or in-person registration. Registration: August 9th through September 6th. Cost: $20.00 per child by
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Greenville hosts West Carrollton in soccer scrimmage; Young Wave team faces huge challenges
By George Starks - GREENVILLE- With a group of juniors on vacation, Greenville coach Brent DeVoss was forced to play mostly sophomores and freshman along with lone senior, Dylan Knoop. With not nearly enough players to field a junior varsity team, Greenville will have only a varsity team this season. The Wednesday night scrimmage was proof of the challenges the Wave soccer team will face in 2014. Greenville allowed four goals in
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Ward: A senseless death, by Don McDermott, Special to County Online News
I have been attending auto races since I was a  kid who watched the old Triple A midgets compete at the Akron Rubber Bowl in eastern Ohio in the late 1940s. I smelled the castor oil and was hooked. Fast forward to 1962, when I first traveled from Greenville to Eldora Speedway, located a few miles outside the quiet village of Rossburg...and was hooked again by the speed of the cars and the bravery of the drivers. I was at Eldora the day Johnny
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Versailles host Brookville in scrimmage action, By George Starks
Miller positive with his kids - VERSAILLES- The first scrimmage of the young football season saw the Versailles Tigers welcome in Brookville. It was the first scrimmage of the season for both squads and a welcomed sight for Tiger coach Adam Miller. “It was good to go up against somebody different,” said Miller. “It gets a little old hitting our own guys day after day. Brookville
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Eikenberry to sponsor Doughnut Night of Dr. HM Parshall Futurity
Maid Rite to introduce Mr. Canter - Eikenberry’s IGA will once again sponsor doughnut night on the opening night of the DR. HM Parshall Memorial Futurity on Thursday, August 21st. Everyone in attendance will receive a free doughnut. Following the giveaway, The Darke County Shrine Club will pass the hat and collect donations for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Shriners Hospitals are committed to quality care for children
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Judge not people, By George Starks
I'm sure by now we have all heard of the tragic incident that involved Tony Stewart as it is now old news. Its been all over the news, Facebook and every other news media there is. Let's try to put this in perspective. First of all, let's keep both Stewart and the family of Kevin Ward Jr. in our thoughts and prayers. I'm sure both sides can use the spiritual support. Now, I've known Tony since 1990. That was when I first met him at Winchester Speedway
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Lady Trojans shine in first scrimmage, By George Starks
ARCANUM- In the first scrimmage of the season, Arcanum coach Terri Day was very pleased with her team. In a four way scrimmage with Greenville, Northeastern and Southeastern, all teams were afforded six scrimmage matches and Day was very positive about what she witnessed. “I liked a lot of things I seen tonight,” said Day. “I was happy with our net play
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Enis steps down at Bradford, By George Starks
Roaders need a coach - BRADFORD- With just three weeks before the start on the 2015 prep football season, Bradford coach Curti has stepped down as the head coach of the Railroders program. Enis, the two time state coach of the year at Bradford, would not discuss the terms behind his resigning despite the rampid rumors it was over a lack of players and not being able to have a program with
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Lady Wave tune up skills in four way scrimmage, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- When it comes to sports, scrimmages are designed for two purposes. They will reveal a team’s strong suites and it weaknesses. With less than five practices in the books, Greenville coach Lori Davis seen plenty in a four way scrimmage with Southeastern, Northwestern and host Arcanum. “This was a great time for this kind of scrimmage,” said Davis. “We had essentially four and a half practices coming into this with a very
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Bixler gaining momentum in harness racing , By George Starks
GREENVILLE- Franklin Monroe graduate Gavin Bixler, 29, is no stranger to the horse scene at the Darke County fairgrounds. Since 1990, Bixler has been a big fan of harness horse racing and in 2008, decided he wanted to make a career out of training the horses. “This has been my lifetime dream job and I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid,” stated Bixler. “I was out here watching the matinee races and it’s just something I always loved
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Lady Wave post tie in soccer scrimmage, By George Starks
COLDWATER- They didn’t exactly start off like a ball of fire but the Greenville Lady Wave ended by getting hot. Greenville made the 27 mile trek north to scrimmage Coldwater and after a very lackluster start, the Wave came away even with a 4-4 tie of the Cavaliers. Playing four 20 minute quarters, the Wave made more mistakes in the first 20 minutes before starting to pull
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Eldora announces 2015 dates
Even With Plenty of 2014 Action Remaining, Officials Offer Fans Heads-Up for Planning Purposes - ROSSBURG, OH (July 31) – While plenty of action remains on Eldora Speedway’s robust 2014 schedule of events, track officials are using the momentum of a record-setting year to announce the 2015 dates for their traditional major event spectacles.  ·  The 21st annual Dirt Late Model Dream®, paying $100,000-to-win, is scheduled for Thursday
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Local athletes gearing up; Local writer gearing up as well, By George Starks
DARKE COUNTY- When the calendar page is turned to August; high school athletes have long been ready to get things in gear. Football players have been in camps and seven on seven passing scrimmages. Now the dreaded two-a-days are about to get started. Volleyball players are looking forward to getting on the court and attacking the nets. The same goes for boys and girls soccer players at Greenville and Franklin Monroe. Girls tennis and both boys and girls
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Great Darke County Fair… Fair to honor Jockey Chelsey Keiser
The Darke County Agricultural Society is proud to announce they will be honoring Darke County native Chelsey Keiser, as they race the all-female driver’s race closing night in her honor. Chelsey is a 2010 Versailles graduate and daughter of Mike and Debbie Keiser of North Star, Ohio. Chelsey is a jockey, currently hanging her tack at Suffolk Downs in Boston where she is in the top ten in Jockey Standings. Chelsey will be on hand
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Francis sets Guinness record, By Don McDermott, Special to County Online News
Alan Francis of Defiance, OH won a Guinness Book of Records' 19th NHPA Men's Class A World horseshoe pitching championship at Buffalo. NY this past weekend. Francis finished 15-0 in the round-robin championship tournament by throwing 650 ringers on 754 shoes, a percentage of 86.21 percent. He defeated runnerup Brian Simmons 40-17 and third-place finisher Mike Creek 42-9 in the finals. Simmons won 13 of 15 matches, while Creek was
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Great Darke County Fair… The Sam "Chip" Noble award upcoming in 2014 meet
The Darke County Agricultural Society will be presenting a Tapestry by renowned equine artist Ann Lufkin at the upcoming meet to the week’s leading driver. The Tapestry features Chip driving at Greenville where he dominated for so many years. ‘‘Chip was such a big part of our racing for so long, we just came to take his greatness for granted. It will be a fitting annual award
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Ansonia taking small steps in passing scrimmage, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Long time Ansonia football coach Eugene Hoening could be heard loud and clear when he belted out to his backup quarterback: ‘Short passes good. Long passes bad.’ It’s no secret that the passing aspect of football has not been a huge weapon over the years. When the 2014 season begins, Hoening will once again look to the run in his smash mouth offense style of football. “I heard an announcer once say; the longer the pass, the less
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Malloy optimistic at Union City, By George Starks
ARCANUM- It’s not everyday football teams from Indiana will get to go east of the state line for a scrimmage. Union City is one of those teams that will get that privilege on a yearly basis. Veteran football coach Keith Malloy packed the Indians up Thursday and traveled east to Arcanum for a seven on seven football scrimmage. It was a day Malloy could look at different offensive and defensive sets by schools from a state that lives the sport
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McGinnis Named OHSAA Director of Officiating Development for Baseball
Dan McGinnis joins 11 other individuals who serve as DOD’s for OHSAA’s officiating department -- COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five-time state baseball tournament umpire Dan McGinnis is the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s new Director of Officiating Development for baseball, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg has announced. McGinnis takes over for the retired Kyle McNeely, who held the post since 2009. A native of Columbus, McGinnis was named Ohio’s 2013 Baseball Official
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Fan Access: Eldora’s CarCash Midsummer Classic Offers Interaction
ROSSBURG, OH (July 19) -- Fans attending the 1-800 CarCash Mudsummer Classic, the second running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) only event on dirt, will experience even more access to the drivers, teams and trucks on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 22 & 23) at Eldora Speedway. Tuesday afternoon (July 22), the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Garage Area will be open to Wednesday ticket holders from 2 p.m. until
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Miller looking for improvements during scrimmage, By George Starks
Versailles- Coming off a dismal 3-7 campaign a year ago, Versailles head coach Adam Miller took his Versailles Tigers into 7 on 7 action Thursday. The opponent for Versailles was MAC foe, Anna. With football season looming, the Tigers started to sharpen their passing skills but Miller knows it takes more than a passing game. “This was a learning experience for us,” said Miller. “We have a lot of open positions out there. We had a lot of
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Annual Riegle Memorial hits $30,000 purse; New race added for Fillies and Mares, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- When the inaugural Gene Riegle Memorial was announced in 2012, there were only five horses on the track running for the $10,000 purse. Emotions ran high that night as the family of the late Gene Riegle was on hand to witness the event. It was obvious. The people of the Great Darke County Fair had raised the bar and was setting a new standard in harness horse racing. It was a night that many thought would never be topped
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Trojans look good in scrimmage, By George Starks
NEW BREMEN-    The Arcanum Trojans hit the road Tuesday for the first time during the 2014 high school football season. The destination was New Bremen and a 7-on-7 passing scrimmage with the host Cardinals. It was a good way for Arcanum coach TJ Powers to get a good look at some of his offense and defense. “We had our first camp last night (Monday) and we got one
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Madsen finally dons Eldora Kings Royal Crown
After Knocking on the Door Many Times, Madsen Becomes First Australian King of Historic Event -- ROSSBURG, OH (July 12) --Kerry Madsen did something Saturday night few before him have ever done – he won the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, one of the most coveted prizes on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series schedule, and the right to be called  ‘King.’   Also getting to sit upon the fabled throne was Dustin Daggett who swept the non-stop NRA Sprint Invaders featured event leading up
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Swindell wins Knight before Kings Royal
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Veterans Shares Stage with NRA Winner Randy Hannagan - ROSSBURG, OHIO (July 11) – Germantown, Tennessee’s Sammy Swindell passed Tim Shaffer on lap 14, withstood several mid-race restarts, and then powered away from the field to pick up a $10,000 victory in the 30-lap Knight Before The Kings Royal Friday night at Eldora Speedway.  It was the sprint car legend’s 36th World of Outlaw (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series victory
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Carson tapped to crown King XXXI at Eldora
After Finishing Runner-Up in 1984’s Initial Kings Royal, Carson Gets to Join Fabled Ceremony -- ROSSBURG, OH (July 10) – Thirty-one years ago he missed the pomp and circumstances that go with the crowning of Eldora Speedway’s Kings Royal champion by one position when he finished behind Steve Kinser; but this year Shane Carson will be center stage Saturday night (July 12).   Shane has been announced as this year’s Sovereign and will be proclaiming King XXXI and place the ceremonial... read more
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Miami Valley Heat smokes Throwbacks; Heat wins second straight championship, By George Starks
TIPP CITY- In only his third season as the head coach of the Miami Valley Heat, Heat coach Mark Eldridge has started a dynasty. At the end of his second season at the helm of the Heat, Eldridge won his first title. Thursday, the Greenville resident got his second. Behind the pitching of Nick Twaits, Zach Edgin and Cole Niekamp coupled with a dozen hits, the Miami Valley Heat rolled to a 10-0 run-rule victory over the Indiana Throwbacks... read more
Age fails to slow down Kings Royal trio
Trio Returns to This Weekend’s Kings Royal to Duplicate Their Starts from 1984 Inaugural Event -- ROSSBURG, OH (July 7) -- Thirty-one years later and they are still at the top of their game.  That is an amazing statistic shared by Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Jac Haudenschild as they invade Eldora Speedway this weekend (July 11 & 12) for the fabled Kings Royal and another chance of ruling the Sprint Car world from atop the legendary throne that graces Eldora’s victory lane. When the Kings... read more
Matis Pro Training Soccer Camp
The Matis Pro Training Soccer Camp is scheduled for July 14th – July 17th, from 4:30-6:00 PM. Registration is now through July 14. Download the registration flyer here
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New Madison Golf Tournament scheduled
The New Madison Civic Organization will be hosting their 30th Annual New Madison Open Golf Tournament, Saturday July 19th at White Springs Golf Club. The New Madison Civic Organization is a non-profit group providing support to the community through a variety of fund raising activities.  Proceeds from events help support local scholarships to Tri-Village Senior Graduates and other Community need based Programs... read more
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My best to you… By George Starks
When I started writing sports in 1987, my then editor (Don McDermott) gave me a camera and a roll of film and told me to go get it done. I had no clue what I was doing but gave it my best. That was 27 years ago and now the best I have, I offer to you. Since 2011, I have been with countynewsonline.org and over the course of time, my grandson, Dylan Knoop, and I have covered many sporting events in an attempt to give you the best athletic events... read more
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Dayton Business Journal… Dayton Dragons baseball team sold to 3 investors, by Don Baker
A deal has been reached for the Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team to be sold to three investors, according to an announcement. One of the new owners is a limited partner in the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team, and all three are former Harvard University graduates. Terms of the deal were not released, but a report earlier this year said the team was expected to sell for as much as $40 million, and be the most expensive deal in... read more
Matis Pro Training Soccer Camp
July 14th – July 17th - 4:30-6:00 PM - Camp Director:  Marcel Matis – Director of Coaching, Warren County Soccer Club - Marcel Matis is the Boys Elite Director of Coaching, in this position; Marcel is responsible for all training activities for boy’s teams.  Marcel is a former member of the U18 Romanian National Soccer Team and former player on the Cincinnati EXCITE professional soccer team and holds an USSF National “A” Coaching License.  Marcel is also a
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Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund… Feitshans, O’Donnell honored with Dave Knapp SSSF scholarships, By George Starks - Travis Feitshans and Abbey O’Donnell were selected for the 2014 scholarships given by Dave Knapp Ford through the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund. The presentations were made by Kristina Knapp, Dave Knapp Ford marketing director. Feitshans played in four sports in his high school career: basketball, track, golf and one year of baseball. During his basketball career, Feitshans... read more
World of Outlaws… Schatz Scores Historic 154th Career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Win - Takes over third on the all-time wins list from Mark Kinser - BURLINGTON, Iowa — June 27, 2014 — Only two other people have done what five-time champion Donny Schatz did at 34 Raceway Friday night – win 154 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series features. In scoring his seventh win of the season, Schatz surpassed two-time champion Mark Kinser for third on the all-time wins list. “It’s something you can’t really ever set your sights on – it’s something you just... read more
This week on DIRT
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series: Friday, June 27 - 34 Raceway - Burlington, IA; Saturday, June 28 - Beaver Dam Raceway - Beaver Dam, WI; Sunday, June 29 - FVP Outlaws at Cedar Lake - Cedar Lake Speedway - New Richmond, WI; Wednesday, July 2 - Huset's Speedway - Brandon, SD. Friday, July 4 - Boot Hill Showdown pres. by Roto-Mix - Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS; Saturday, July 5 - Boot Hill Showdown pres. by Roto-Mix - Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS... read more
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MSN Money… FedEx may be dragged into Redskins name spat, By Rob Garver
The company sponsors the team's home field, which is already leading to headaches for CEO Fred Smith  - The Washington Redskins will likely spend the next year or more appealing a recent ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revoking the team's trademarks on the grounds that they are disparaging to Native Americans. But while the team fights it out in the courtroom... read more
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Coach looks to get MV on right track, By George Starks
Collins back in the coaching ranks - GREENVILLE- When the Tri-Village girls basketball program was really making a name for itself, the coach that had the right ideas was Roger Collins. With names like Ballard and Neenon on his roster, Collins coached into the early 90’s in Patriot land. When the coach decided to step down, it was thought he would never coach again. Now, Collins... read more
Holtgraver takes tough Eldora win
Pennsylvania Drivers Tops 44-car All Star Sprint Field to Take NKTelco Sponsored Victory - ROSSBURG, OH (June 21) – Danny Holtgraver turned a wish into reality Saturday night at Eldora Speedway when he kicked off Ohio Sprint Speedweek in grand style by besting a 44-car UNOH All Star Sprint field for his first-ever Eldora win.  Joining Holtgraver as victors on the NKTelco sponsored tripleheader card were Matt Westfall (UMP DIRTcar Modifieds) and Paul Pardo (Stock Cars). “I told Rob (Hunter, car... read more
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Lucas Oil puts on two days of tractor pulls; Juvenile Diabetes targeted in annual event, By George Starks - GREENVILLE- Black smoke filled the air Friday and Saturday at the Darke County fairgrounds. Tractor pullers from near and far, in conjunction with Lucas Oil, converged on the grounds for its annual pull benefiting juvenile diabetes. It was the sixth year for the annual event that was started by the Barga family of Ansonia. The fight against this dreaded disease is something that hits close to home for the Barga’s... read more
Eldora Speedway… Sprint Car starts with NKTELCO speedweek
Saturday’s Leg of 32nd annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek Leads Into July 11 & 12 Kings Royal - ROSSBURG, OH (June 17) – With an ultra-successful Dirt Late Model Dream now complete, Eldora Speedway’s focus now shifts towards winged Sprint Cars; beginning with this Saturday’s (June 21) NKTelco Ohio Sprint Speedweek showdown and continuing through the 31st annual Kings Royal weekend (July 11 & 12). Introduced in 1983 by Eldora founder Earl Baltes, the... read more
Ohio's Controlled Hunting Applications Accepted until July 31
COLUMBUS, OH – Applications are now being accepted for controlled deer and waterfowl hunts on selected Ohio public areas during the 2014-2015 season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters have until Thursday, July 31, to submit permit applications for a random drawing. These special hunts are held on selected public areas to provide additional opportunities for Ohio’s hunting enthusiasts. All applicants, youth and adult, must possess a 2014-2015 Ohio hunting... read more
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Local basketball camp sets record, By George Starks
ARCANUM- Arcanum girls’ basketball has grown by leaps and bounds in the past three years. With Rachel Fearon at the helm and her sister, Abby Moore serving as the junior varsity coach, the Arcanum Lady Trojans were second in the Cross County Conference last season. With that success come the spoils that go with it. Recently, Fearon held her annual basketball camp at Arcanum for kids in grades two through eight... read more
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Warvel signs letter of intent; Versailles standout heading to Lourdes, By George Starks
VERSAILLES - With a host of Versailles graduates heading off to college in the fall, Clohe Warvel added her name to the list of Tigers that will be furthering their education. After much thought, Warvel will be heading to Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, to play on the newly formed basketball team, under second year head coach, Karen McConnell. After taking hard looks at Wilmington and Thomas Moore, Warvel... read more
Eldora Speedway… Narrow wins tense up Friday Dream Twin Mains
Video Replay Determination on Birkhofer’s Win Precedes .037 Second McDowell Win - ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 6) — Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., won Friday’s second preliminary feature for the weekend’s Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers by .073 seconds over Darrell Lanigan.  Compared to Brian Birkhofer’s winning margin in the first preliminary feature, McDowell’s narrow victory was a virtual blowout. On a night with a pair of tight finishes... read more
Eldora Speedway… Owens, Robinson split opening night Eldora Dream wins
Fast-Paced Dirt Late Model Dream Split Into Two Complete Programs for 78 Entries - From DirtonDirt.com and Todd Turner reports - ROSSBURG, Ohio (June 5) — A pair of Club 29 Race Car (chassis) drivers showed the way Thursday as Eldora Speedway opened a  busy weekend for the 20th annual Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers with a pair of fast-paced Twin 25-lap features. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., led the final 10 laps of the opening feature while Kent Robinson of... read more
Popularity of $306,625 Event Escalates Tiny Village to Largest City in Darke County
ROSSBURG, OH (June 4) – While the base population of tiny Rossburg, OH is 251, over the next three days and nights that number will increase nearly 100 times over to transform the tiny hamlet into the largest city in Darke County.   Race fans and race teams from every corner of the nation will converge upon Rossburg’s Eldora Speedway for the 20th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers for three nights of racing, Thursday-Friday-Saturday, June 5-6-7. The richest event in... read more
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Stateline Stingers Basketball Camp
StateLine Stinger’s Basketball is happy to announce that we will be holding youth camps over the 2014 summer. These camps will a great place for local young basketball players who are looking to improve their skills, work hard, and have fun playing basketball! Campers will develop all of their basketball skills - shooting, passing, ball handling, rebounding and team offense... read more
Eldora & DirtonDirt partner on Simulcast; Pay-per-view Package To Be Available Each Night of June 5-6-7 Event
ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 30) — A live pay-per-view broadcast of the 20th running of the Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, June 5-6-7 at Eldora Speedway will be available to fans on both EldoraSpeedway.com and DirtonDirt.com, marking the first-time the famed speedway and popular Dirt Late Model news website have joined forces. Fans unable to attend the blockbuster three-day event in person can still watch all of the action live online at... read more
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Football Point Differential Rule Changes for 2014-15
Baseball & softball doubleheaders now permitted on school days; Ohio joining other states in adopting second-half running clock in lopsided football games - COLUMBUS, Ohio — For years, high school football games in Ohio could be shortened by mutual agreement of both head coaches. That will change this fall with the adoption of a football point differential rule as part of the 2014-15 sport regulations approved by the Ohio High School... read more
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2014: The good, the bad and the downright ugly, By George Starks
DARKE COUNTY- When the 2014 school sports year started, it started with a lot of high expectations. Many eyes were focused on the mainstay sports (football, basketball and softball), many were looking in other places for possible titles. The good started in the fall sports with the Versailles Lady Tigers and the volleyball team. Tigers head coach Karla Frilling came into the 2013 volleyball season with a loaded team... read more
Miller, Nier, Babcock & Pardo pull off exciting Eldora wins
ROSSBURG, OH (May 25) – Sunday night’s Johnny Appleseed Classic by Miller Lite was a story of repeat wins, redemption and a near photo-finish as the 104 entrants used the entire 90’ width of Eldora Speedway with Matt Miller (Sunoco American Late Model Series) Jim Nier (NRA Sprint Invaders), Jeff Babcock (UMP DIRTcar Modifieds) and Paul Pardo (Eldora Stock Cars) capturing the main event victories. By virtue of his second heat victory, Miller started on the outside pole of the... read more
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Barga stellar in route going performance; Versailles heads to districts, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- Versailles junior Jace Barga couldn’t have performed much better than he did Thursday in the sectional final held at Sater Diamonds. Barga went the distance for head coach Ryan Schlater, allowing just four hits while fanning 10 Tri-County North Panthers and getting a 2-1 sectional final victory. On offense, Barga collected two hits and a walk, adding to a night that most high school kids can only dream of... read more
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Lone Jet senior likes what she sees, By George Starks
From worst to first; Franklin Monroe softball on the rise - PITSBURG- When the Franklin Monroe Lady Jets dropped a 3-1 heartbreaker to Southeastern Tuesday, it brought the curtain down on the high school career of senior Cori Jeffers. In her three years in the softball program, Jeffers watched her team go from the bottom of the pile, getting only two wins her freshman season to a district appearance... read more
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Ansonia tops Bradford in sectional final; Tigers only county softball team left, By George Starks
SIDNEY- The Ansonia Lady Tigers were the only team left standing Tuesday evening when all play had ended. In a game dominated by pitching, it was Ansonia senior Catey Fischer and Bradford senior Haley Patty that locked horns in the pitching circle at Fairlawn High School. Ansonia won a thriller on a solo homerun off the bat of Allison Phillippi in the fourth. That would be all the Tigers would need in a 1-0 sectional final victory... read more
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Southeastern scores two early in route to sectional title; Lady Jets bow out of state tournament
By George Starks - BRADFORD - It took only one swing of the bat to put an end to the Franklin Monroe softball season Tuesday in sectional final action held at Bradford. With one down and one on, Southeastern third baseman Madison McKee drilled a pitch over the left field fence for a two run homer. That would be just enough as Southeastern would post a 3-1 sectional final win over Franklin Monroe. In his post-game talk with... read more
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Annual Spring Matinee a huge success; Largest field of horses in many years, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- It was just a few years ago that people in the harness horse racing world wondered what was going to become of their beloved sport: harness horse racing. If Sunday’s Spring Matinee was any indication, the sport is alive and well. Sunday’s matinee produced 96 horses and 25 races as the annual event at the Darke County Fairgrounds was deemed a huge success by Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association... read more
Cold Weather Fails to Keep Cars or Fans Away for Family Fun Nite
ROSSBURG, OH (May 16) – A first-time visit to Eldora Speedway’s victory lane is becoming the norm rather than the exception, as Saturday night’s Mobil 1 Family Fun Night action produced another pair of new Eldora winners, Chase Stockon and Nick Bowers, while Jeff Babcock, no stranger to the festivities, rounded out the tripleheader of action before a huge throng of chilled race fans. After knocking on the door several times without success, Stockon finally etched his name into the Eldora record... read more
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Teams going strong in tournament run; A look at the past weeks results, by Don McDermott
The Greenville High School girls softball team will play Springfield Northwestern in a  Division II district semifinals game at Tecumseh at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. There are a total of 16 Division II teams remaining in the Mason regional. The Lady Wave (26-3) drew a first-round bye, then defeated Ben Logan 8-1 at Stebbins Field in the second round of the West Carrollton 1 sectional. Northwestern eliminated Urbana 14-4 and Tipp City 12-7 in... read more
Fireworks highlight $8 Family Fun Night
BOSS Sprints Added to Saturday’s Highly Anticipated Mobil 1 Sponsored Tradition - ROSSBURG, OH (May 14) – While the gigantic fireworks display that has become synonymous with Eldora Speedway’s $8 Family Fun Night promotions will light the skies post-race this Saturday (May 17), the on-track action prior to it has been given an infusion of volatility as well. This year’s Mobil 1 sponsored event has seen the addition of the BOSS (Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series) to the... read more
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Bradford run rules MV in sectional victory, By George Starks
BRADFORD - It was once written that one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch. That may be true for fruit but not so in sports. Tuesday, Mississinawa Valley had one bad inning and it spoiled the whole game with Bradford. The Lady Hawks and the Lady Railroaders hooked up in their first round sectional game and it was a bad second inning the propelled the Roaders to a 14-3, five inning run rule win over the Hawks. Bradford sent 14 hitters... read more
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Lady Wave now at 22-3; Wild night produces wild Wave win, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- It may go down as one of the wildest games in the history of Lady Wave softball. It will definitely be one Greenville coach Jerrod Newland will never forget. It is no secret that Northmont-Greenville games have been barn burners in the past. With the exception of a three run loss by the Wave in Newland’s first year at the helm, the last eight games played between the two teams have been one run affairs. Thursday was no different... read more
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A-Lady Tigers hold on for close victory. By George Starks
ANSONIA- No matter what the sport, it doesn’t matter how the game starts but how it ends. Down 3-0 early, Ansonia fought hard to come back and post a 7-6 victory over St. Henry Wednesday. ”The girls kept their composure,” said Ansonia coach Floyd Jenkins. “St. Henry came up there in the first inning, hit a couple of shots but it’s a long game and we had to keep our composure and we had to chip away... read more
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DCCHA gearing up for annual event, By George Starks
Greenville - The Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association announced Monday that tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Spring Matinee’s chicken dinner. With over 100 horses expected to be in attendance, the annual event is expected to be bigger than the 2013 event. The day at the races will be held on Sunday, May 18, starting at 11:00 am for pick-up of the dinners, lasting through 12:30 pm. Racing action will begin at 1:00 pm as the... read more
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Arcanum tops both boys and girls in quad meet
PITSBURG - The Arcanum Trojans won both ends of the Franklin Monroe quad meet Tuesday. The Trojan boys finished the night with 85.5 points while the host Jets were second with 84.5 points. Tri-Village was third (37) and Bradford fourth with 27 points. Arcanum's girls posted 81 points with the Lady Jets picking up 66.5 points for second. Bradford rolled into third place with 65 points as the Lady Patriots tallied 33.5 points... read more
Second night in the car no problem for gravel in Eldora victory
David Gravel Takes Thrilling World of Outlaws Win With Westfall Capturing Modified A-Feature - ROSSBURG, OH (May 3) – For the second night in a row, Eldora Speedway’s victory lane celebration included a freshly created team as David Gravel captured the thrilling World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series event in only his second night behind the wheel of the Dennis Roth owned machine Saturday night (May 3).   Friday’s feature winner was Shane Stewart, who ironically was fulfilling... read more
$10,000 Eldora victory for Shane Stewart in New Team
Driving the Larson/Marks Sprint Car, Stewart Takes First WoO Win of the Season - ROSSBURG, OH  (May 2) – Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) put all uncertainty behind him Friday night at Eldora Speedway and transferred it to certainty with a convincing $10,000 World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series victory as the Larson/Marks Racing Team made their debut against the nation’s premier travelling Sprint Car series.  In the companion action, Paul Pardo became the third different winner... read more
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Franklin Monroe takes first in five team meet; Celina Lady Bulldogs tops girls side, By George Starks
PITSBURG - On a cold blustery evening, Franklin Monroe hosted its annual Quad Meet, which saw five schools taking part. On a night when times and throwing distances as well as jumps and vaults weren't the best, it was the FM boys and the Celina girls that would eventually prevail in the end. On the boys side of the ledger, the Jets barely got by Arcanum and Celina. The Jets tallied 101 team points while the Trojans and Bulldogs could muster only... read more
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Future looks bright for Wave netters; Junior varsity ready to move up, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- With certain sports venues at Greenville High School starting to make solid names for themselves, one more group can be added to that list. The 12 year emergence of Lady Wave softball has led the way with three appearances at state under head coach Jerrod Newland. Greenville baseball, Lady Wave tennis and boys basketball has joined that elite list as well as wrestling. Now Greenville boy’s tennis is looking to make that list... read more
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Dayton Business Journal… Ohio Gov. Kasich honors UD Flyers Elite Eight team, Tristan Navera
Ohio Gov. John Kasich congratulated the UD Flyers basketball team on their NCAA tournament run to the Elite Eight during a celebration for the NCAA First Four Local Organizing Committee at UD Arena on Thursday. State leaders honored the Dayton Flyers basketball team for their unlikely run to the Elite 8 Thursday. In an event at UD Arena, the team met with a number of local officials, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich who... read more
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Dayton Business Journal… Preliminary deal reached for sale of Dayton Dragons, Joe Cogliano
A preliminary deal has been reached for the sale of the Dayton Dragons, according to an article in Baseball America. The deal for the Dragons — in the possible $40 million range — would mark the highest figure ever paid for a minor league baseball team, the article says citing anonymous sources. Owner Mandalay Baseball is selling the Dragons, along with two other minor league teams. But the... read more
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Wave netters top Brookville, By George Starks
GREENVILLE- The Greenville boys tennis team improved to 9-4 Monday after downing Brookville 5-0. The Wave won in straight sets in all five areas as the Blue Demons seemed to be of no match for the Wave. “It was nice to get a win tonight, especially with the rain coming in,” said Wave coach Dennis Kiser. “This is a very deep team. I’ve played 12 different kids at the varsity level this year.” Starting... read more
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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

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