Tournament Preview: Springfield Div. II sectional stacked again

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For second-straight season, three of the top four seeds are in the sectional’s upper bracket.

SPRINGFIELD — The teams in the Springfield Division II sectional have made themselves clear again. They want to delay playing a Dayton team as long as possible.

Three of the top four seeds all chose to play in the sectional’s upper bracket for the second-straight season. Top seed Urbana (21-1), No. 3 seed Carroll (16-6) and No. 4 seed Bellefontaine (12-9) will battle each other for one district final berth in the upper sectional. Shawnee (17-5), the No. 2 seed, looks like the heavy favorite in the lower sectional. [Read more…]

Springfield beats GWOC South champ Xenia by 12

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Danny Davis scores 16 second-half points to help lift Wildcats to fourth-straight win.

XENIA — If the goal was to peak right before the tournament, Springfield succeeded.

The Wildcats earned their fourth-straight victory with a 76-64 win over Xenia on Tuesday night in a GWOC crossover game. It was one of their best performances of the season — if not the best.

Springfield played in front of a large and hostile crowd on Xenia’s senior night. The Buccaneers’ students serenaded Springfield’s players with repeated chants of “you suck,” during pregame warmups. Xenia’s adult fans chastised Springfield players and the officials throughout the game, accusing the Wildcats of playing too physical and the officials of not calling fouls. [Read more…]

Rehabbing for life: Shawnee senior Morgan Spitzer skips senior seasons

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Morgan Spitzer had plans for her senior basketball and softball seasons. Three knee surgeries later, she was forced to forgo both.

SPRINGFIELD — Morgan Spitzer has spent all of her senior basketball season on the bench, and she’ll spend her senior softball season in the dugout.

It isn’t because she lacks for athletic talent or work ethic. She led the Braves with 15 points per game as a sophomore, and she had a near-.500 on-base percentage last softball season.

Repeated injuries to her right knee have forced Spitzer to the bench. Her first ACL tear in 2012 ended her sophomore basketball season. Two surgeries allowed her to compete as a junior, but the need for a third one last November ended her high school career. [Read more…]

Bennett surpasses 1,000 career points in win over Shawnee

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Baylee Bennett sparks Kenton Ridge comeback win with game-high 26 points.

SPRINGFIELD — Kenton Ridge point guard Baylee Bennett scored 19 first-half points and surpassed 1,000 career points on a three-pointer late in the second quarter. The Cougars needed every one of Bennett’s points on Wednesday night, as they were trailing Shawnee late in the second quarter.

Bennett’s three-pointer was more than a career milestone, though. It was a spark Kenton Ridge carried over into the second half. Bennett’s three-pointer was part of a 10-0 run that gave Kenton Ridge a 37-33 halftime lead. The Cougars kept the run going and outscored Shawnee 22-5 in the third quarter. Kenton Ridge never looked back and won the CBC Kenton Trail game 77-54. [Read more…]

Thurgood Marshall rebuilding effort has another bump

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…]