Thurgood Marshall rebuilding effort has another bump

Mike Mills passes

Cougars limit Walnut Ridge’s lead to two points only to be outscored by seven points in last two minutes.

KETTERING — Thurgood Marshall isn’t out of games often. The Cougars won the southwest Div. II regional two out of the last five seasons. They’re used to success.

It’s not surprising given their recent success that Marshall went on a 11-2 run in the fourth quarter against Walnut Ridge in Flyin’ to the Hoop on Saturday night at Trent Arena to make a game of it. But as has happened several times this year, the inexperienced Cougars didn’t have enough to complete the comeback. [Read more…]

Emotions ran high in Wayne, Springfield game


The game was called midway through the fourth quarter due to a bench-clearing brawl.

SPRINGFIELD — Emotions were high before rivals Springfield and Wayne met in a GWOC Central game on Friday night. Those emotions boiled over before the game finished.

Springfield officials ended the game after a bench-clearing brawl midway through the fourth quarter. A scuffle started after Wayne’s D’Mitrik Trice and Springfield’s Jason Watkins fell on each other while chasing a loose ball. Springfield head coach Isiah Carson said Trice kicked and shoved Watkins. Players and coaches from both teams quickly ran on to the court. Within seconds, some fans rushed the court as well. Wayne won 65-37. [Read more…]

Moore back at home at Emmanuel Christian


Dan Moore is back as head coach and athletic director at Emmanuel Christian Academy.

SPRINGFIELD — Emmanuel Christian’s gymnasium is odd compared to other area gyms.

The seating is all on the north side of the gym. Most of the 700 or so seats are in the upper level, right above locker rooms. Two small sections at floor level wrap around staircases the lead to the upper level. The benches and scorer’s table are on the south side of the gym with a wall behind them. [Read more…]

Kenton Ridge, Shawnee meet in crucial CBC game


Cougars and Braves are tied for first and average over 440 yards on offense and 39 points per game.

SPRINGFIELD — Despite plenty of success already this season, Kenton Ridge and Shawnee are still trying to prove themselves to naysayers.

Kenton Ridge and Shawnee took steps toward proving naysayers wrong last week. Kenton Ridge beat previously undefeated Tecumseh 32-25 in overtime, while Shawnee beat previously undefeated Tippecanoe 33-28.

One team will take another step toward proving itself on Friday, but the other won’t. Kenton Ridge (6-0, 1-0 Kenton Trail) hosts Shawnee (4-2, 1-0) in a key conference game at Richard L. Phillips Field. [Read more…]

Football notes: Offense shines in week five

Nick MCCaughey looks to throw

Springfield head coach Maurice Douglass says RB/WR Danny Davis is Ohio’s best sophomore.

SPRINGFIELD — Clark County teams didn’t just light up scoreboards last Friday. They set fire to scoreboards.

Tecumseh, Shawnee, and Kenton Ridge scored 55 or more points in CBC crossover games on Friday night. Springfield’s offense wasn’t shabby either. The Wildcats had their best showing on offense since 2010 by racking up 35 points against Butler.

Shawnee beat Greenon 61-0 on Friday. The Braves eclipsed 500 yards of offense for the second consecutive week. It was the third-straight win for the Braves, who moved to 3-2. [Read more…]

Kenton Ridge girls golf having first banner season

Lady Cougars went undefeated in regular season play for first time.

SPRINGFIELD —  Kenton Ridge athletics has a rich history of champions. There are conference, sectional, district, and regional championship banners hanging up in the gymnasium for multiple sports ranging from bowling to softball. But there aren’t any from girls golf. That’s about to change.

Kenton Ridge head coach Scott Ark was determined to help his team get a banner at the beginning of the season.

“At some point I was looking in the gym and noticed that there was no banner for girls golf,” Ark said. “So, I said to the girls that we have to change that, but I knew that a team has to at least win a conference championship or make it past sectionals and on to districts to get a banner.” [Read more…]

Shawnee puts together complete game against Carroll

Zach Avery stiff-arms Jeremy Zebrowski

Shawnee commits no turnovers in 34-9 win over Carroll.

DAYTON — It was the complete game Shawnee had been looking for. After committing 10 turnovers in the last six quarters the Braves played, they didn’t turn the ball over at all against Carroll in a nonconference game.

The lack of turnovers and a solid rushing attack led by Zach Avery helped lead Shawnee to a 34-9 win over Carroll in a nonconference game at Patriot Stadium on Friday night. [Read more…]

Butler hopes to improve on defense against Tecumseh

Tecumseh running back Camren Moore runs with pressure from a Fairborn defender in a game in 2012. Moore ran for 71 yards and led Tecumseh with 14 tackles against Fairborn last Friday. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing

Aviators allowed 641 yards against Shawnee; Tecumseh had 205 yards on offense against Fairborn.

SPRINGFIELD — The debut of Tecumseh’s new offense didn’t light up the scoreboard last Friday night. The Arrows’ had 205 yards with their new spread offense and didn’t score.

None of which upsets Butler head coach Greg Bush. The Aviators (1-0) will travel to Spitzer Stadium next Friday to play Tecumseh (1-0) in a nonconference game.

Bush isn’t sad to see Tecumseh’s wing-t go, and isn’t sad the Aviators’ next opponent struggled on offense in its first game. The Aviators allowed 641 yards in their first game against Shawnee. [Read more…]

Springfield will work on offense before Shawnee

Danny Davis runs

Wildcats drove inside Trotwood’s 20-yard line three times in first half on Friday but didn’t score.

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield’s first game of 2014 looked very similar to many 2013 games. The Wildcats’ defense contained its opponent, but its offense didn’t do much.

Springfield drove inside Trotwood’s 20-yard line three times in the first half on Friday night but didn’t score. After a scoreless first quarter, Trotwood scored three touchdowns in the second (once on a 29-yard interception return) to go up 21-0. The Rams never looked back in an eventual 34-6 win. [Read more…]

Four turnovers lift Butler over Shawnee on Saturday

Quentin Rucker tackles Dusty Seeling

Butler outscored Shawnee 20-0 on Saturday morning conclusion of Friday postponement.

SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks didn’t need a night’s sleep to know that Shawnee could be in trouble on Saturday morning. The Braves saw a 34-19 halftime shrink to a one-point lead with 5:01 left in the third quarter on Friday night.

The game was stopped on Friday night due to lightning and later postponed to Saturday morning. The 11-hour break didn’t stop Butler’s momentum. The Aviators’ capitalized on four Shawnee turnovers on Saturday to earn a 53-34 win.

“The momentum turned a little bit last night,” Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks said after the game. “… We had a good half on offense on Friday. Today, obviously the turnovers just killed us. Last night, we had more problems on defense. Today, we had more problems on offense.” [Read more…]