Springfield will compete in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown for the third-straight season.
We’re less than seven weeks away from the start of 2013 high school football season practice — right around the corner for the average Ohio fan. Many seven-on-seven’s and football camps are scheduled in the next few weeks, marking the unofficial start of the season.
The OHSAA released the schedules for every team across the state last week with the announcement of 2013/2014 divisions and regions. Many schedules have been available on JoeEitel.com for months now as well.
Between high tuition costs, a stagnant economy, and less interest from the public, is it worth it to the athlete to play at a small college in today’s climate?
There are few universities that can match the tradition of Wittenberg. Over the weekend, I attended one of Wittenberg’s basketball shootouts, the first of many head coach Bill Brown and his staff host this summer.
I walked down the halls of the old field house next to the HPER Center and saw many trophies from a bygone era, including a plaque from Bill Edwards’ 1963 AFCA Coach of the Year award.
Wittenberg University hosted a shootout for varsity boys basketball teams on Saturday. Brookville, Preble Shawnee, St. Henry, West Liberty-Salem, Arcanum, London, West Jefferson, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Bishop Ready, Urbana, Mason, Kings, Stebbins, Kenton Ridge, Glen Este, and Bellbrook participated. Wittenberg hosts a varsity/junior varsity team camp June 20-21 and another varsity shootout on July 13. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing).
Every Ohio Heritage Conference team is affected by the new division realignment announced by the OHSAA on Thursday.
Seven teams from Clark and Champaign Counties will be in a different playoff division for football next season than in previous years.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced new division and region alignments for football on Thursday. The new alignments are a result of the OHSAA adding a seventh division for football starting next season. The OHSAA’s Board of Directors approved the new division alignments for the 2013 and 2014 football seasons on Thursday morning.
Kenton Ridge finished season 31-3 and with fourth runner-up finish in school history.
AKRON — Kenton Ridge could see all hope of a state title slipping away in the fifth inning of the Division II state final game against Newark Licking Valley last Saturday at Firestone Stadium in Akron.
Licking Valley took a 6-2 lead after two runners scored on an error by Kenton Ridge second baseman Monika Foster. The runs marked the second consecutive three-run inning for Licking Valley.
But Kenton Ridge did what it had done many times over the course of the season — make a comeback.
Licking Valley defeated Kenton Ridge 6-5 in the Division II state final game on Saturday at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Kenton Ridge finished the season with a 31-3 overall record and captured the fourth runner-up finish in school history. Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing.
Licking Valley plays small-ball early to take lead the Panthers’ wouldn’t lose.
AKRON — The Kenton Ridge Cougars softball team was on a magical run to the Division II state championship game and on the heels of a 20-game winning streak. They picked an unfortunate time for things to go wrong. Kenton Ridge’s run ended in the with a 6-5 loss to Newark Licking Valley in the title game on Saturday.
Coming off of the heels of a nail-biting pitcher’s duel in the 1-0 state semifinal victory over Granville and amidst the 20-game streak, the Cougars had relied on timely hitting and precision defense to survive and advance. Pitcher Courtney Lopez had been a crafty pitcher who would wiggle out of some of the tightest jams. Things went a little south in all aspects against Licking Valley.
Courtney Lopez’s sixth-inning single scores only run of game.
AKRON — Granville sophomore pitcher Abby Barker was the fifth OHSFSCA Division II all star to have thrown against Kenton Ridge this season. There was no doubt after the game from Kenton Ridge head coach Sarah Ivory, outfielder Brittany Harting, and pitcher Courtney Lopez that Barker was the best pitcher the Cougars had seen all season.
Unfortunately for Barker, she became the fifth such all-star pitcher to lose to Kenton Ridge this season.
The Cougars beat Granville 1-0 in a Division II state semifinal game at Firestone Stadium last night. Kenton Ridge (31-2) will face Newark Licking Valley in the Division II state final game tonight at 7 p.m. at Firestone Stadium.
Notes and observations from Akron.
The “Team of Destiny” is destined for one more game. The Kenton Ridge Lady Cougars softball team defeated Granville 1-0 on Friday night June 7 to earn their chance to win the Division II state title. It was a game you could hear live on the Top Billing Sports Network which you can now listen to on our Broadcast Archives page. The Lady Cougars are 31-2 and will play for the state championship against Newark Licking Valley on Saturday at Firestone Stadium. Game time scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Notes and Observations from the broadcast booth:
Things looked troublesome on offense for Kenton Ridge in the early going as Granville’s pitcher, first team All-Ohio selection Abby Barker blazed her fastball past batter after Cougar batter racking up seven strikeouts after four innings of play. She finished with at total of eleven K’s.
Kenton Ridge beat Granville 1-0 in a Division II state semifinal game on Friday night at Firestone Stadium in Akron. A single from Kenton Ridge sophomore pitcher Courtney Lopez in the sixth inning scored Brittany Harting from first base for the game’s only run. The Cougars move on to face Newark Licking Valley in the Division II state final game on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Read more about the game here. Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing.