Shawnee opens season against Miamisburg with a mixed bag

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Braves earn come-from-behind victory in first game but lose run-rule in second game of doubleheader.

SPRINGFIELD — Fresh off of a run to the regional finals, Shawnee looked like a contender again in its season opener against Miamisburg… for a few hours.

Shawnee came back from a one-run deficit and beat the Vikings 6-4 in the first game of a spring break Monday afternoon doubleheader. But the Braves looked less than mediocre in a 14-1 loss in five innings in game two. [Read more…]

Tri-Village survives late Harvest Prep run for Div. IV state title

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Colton Linkous hits game-winning shot for Tri-Village with one second left in the game.

COLUMBUS — Colton Linkous is no Jimmy Chitwood. Linkous didn’t need to convince Tri-Village head coach Josh Sagester to let him take the final shot in the Ohio Division IV state title game on Saturday like Chitwood did in Hoosiers. Sagester knew Linkous would make it.

Linkous hit a jumper from the free-throw line with one second left to earn Tri-Village a 48-46 win over Canal Winchester Harvest Prep and the Div. IV state title. [Read more…]

Div. IV regional final: Tri-Village beats Marion Local, heads to state

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Damion Cook scores 17, uses last year’s state semifinal loss as motivation.

KETTERING — Tri-Village senior Damion Cook watched a highlight video online of last season’s state semifinal loss to Convoy Crestview on Friday. He wanted to motivate himself for his team’s Division IV regional final game against Marion Local at Trent Arena in Kettering on Friday night. The loss has lurked in the back of Cook’s mind for a year.

“I knew going into tonight that I couldn’t have that feeling again,” Cook said.

The motivation helped Cook prepare for a battle in the paint. Cook, a 6-4 forward, had to guard against Marion Local’s post players: Ryan Bruns (6-7) and Luke Knapke (6-10), a Toledo recruit. [Read more…]

Springfield hopes to recapture last season’s magic against Wayne

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Wayne not worried about playing Wildcats for a third time this season.

CINCINNATI — Wayne beat Springfield by 20 or more points both times the teams played each other in regular season this year. But the Wildcats have won nine-straight games since last playing Wayne, with wins over the likes of La Salle, Moeller and Trotwood in that stretch.

Is Wayne worried about having to play Springfield for a third time this season tomorrow night with a trip to the state semifinals in Columbus on the line?

“No,” junior guard Rodrick Caldwell said. “We’re going to do what Coach (Travis Trice) tells us all the time. We’re just going to play our game, worry about us and take care of business.” [Read more…]

Div. I districts: Wilmington trips up against Moeller

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Centerville runs away from Elder in the third quarter of Saturday’s nightcap.

DAYTON — The Hurricanes’ shooting from the field on Saturday was more similar to Blizzard temperature.

Wilmington was colder than February from the field against Moeller in a district final at U.D. Arena. The Hurricanes’ shot 13-of-48 (27 percent), including 4-of-23 from three-point range, in a 46-43 loss to the Crusaders. [Read more…]

Div. I districts: Harper leads Springfield over La Salle

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Wayne earns second-straight district title with blowout win over Milford.

DAYTON — La Salle thought Darius Harper was Springfield’s fourth scoring option heading into a Division I district final on Saturday. The 6-8 center proved that assumption wrong.

Harper led Springfield with 19 points and eight rebounds and frustrated La Salle’s players inside while on defense. His performance helped Springfield beat the Lancers 54-41 and earn its first district title. [Read more…]

Franklin holds off Shawnee for district title

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Duke recruit Luke Kennard scores 35 in 62-55 Wildcats victory.

DAYTON — The near-capacity crowd at the University of Dayton Arena showed up early in order to see the third of three games on Friday night. What they didn’t expect was how close the game would be. The Franklin Wildcats defeated the Shawnee Braves 62-55 in a struggle that was in doubt until the final couple of minutes.  

Shawnee tried to keep pace with the Wildcats, who features Duke-signee Luke Kennard, but the size and skill of Franklin was just too much for the Braves. Kennard was year’s Mr. Basketball and the favorite to repeat that award this season [Read more…]

Springfield wants to keep up pressure against La Salle

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Wildcats forced Lebanon into eight turnovers in critical fourth quarter of sectional final.

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield has found its winning formula in the tournament and hopes to replicate it on Saturday afternoon in its first district final appearance.

Springfield forced Lebanon into turnovers on five of the Warriors’ last six possessions in a sectional final last Saturday. It was a critical element in the ten-point win. The Wildcats outscored Lebanon 23-7 in the last seven minutes of the game to earn the win. [Read more…]

Last second free throw lifts Bellefontaine over Urbana

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Chieftains hold Urbana to four points in critical third quarter and hold on to win.

SPRINGFIELD — Cameron Logwood hit a game-winning shot against Bellefontaine on Jan. 27. He had a chance to do it again in a sectional semifinal against the Chieftains on Tuesday night but couldn’t replicate the magic.

Logwood’s last-second three-pointer from the right wing bounced off the rim at the buzzer. As a result, Bellefontaine knocked off top-seed Urbana for the second-straight season with a 36-35 win. Bellefontaine advances to face Graham in a sectional final on Saturday night. Graham upset No. 3 seed Carroll 41-36 in Tuesday’s nightcap at Springfield High. [Read more…]

Fairmont avoids upset against Miamisburg

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The Firebirds eked out a win from the free throw line. Leading scorer Kei’Vante Tanner is suspended.

VANDALIA — Fairmont avoided an upset without leading scorer Kei’Vante Tanner and beat Miamisburg 73-63 in a Div. I sectional opener on Saturday at Butler’s Student Activities Center. The No. 3 seed Firebirds scored 26 of their 28 points from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Tanner is suspended for undisclosed reasons and did not play for Fairmont. Tanner, the GWOC Central Player of the Year, leads Fairmont with an average of 20.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Head coach Blair Albright is unsure when or if Tanner will return. The Firebirds advance to face No. 10 seed Lebanon in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday. [Read more…]