Bennett stars for South in Ohio all-star game

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Baylee Bennett scores 13 points for South squad in Div. III-IV girls game.

COLUMBUS — With little playing time on the court in the last month since the season ended, Baylee Bennett still looked in midseason form in the Ohio North-South Div. III-IV All-Star game on Sunday. Bennett scored 13 points in the game, including 10 in the first half. She also led the team with two assists.

“I didn’t even know I scored that many, but it was a lot of fun,” Bennett said. [Read more…]

Kenton Ridge pulls away from Tippecanoe in late innings

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Cougars overcome 2-1 deficit and beat Tippecanoe 10-2 for first conference win.

TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe had no answer for Kenton Ridge outfielder Learic Kinser. Tipp coach Clay Lavercombe jokingly asked Kenton Ridge coach Sarah Schalnat midway through Monday’s conference opener to have Kinser call her shots at the plate.

“That’s the only way we’ll know where’s she’s hitting the ball,” Lavercombe said.

It still may not have helped Tippecanoe the way Kinser hit pitcher Megan Rittenhouse. Kinser hit on the first pitch of every at-bat and rocketed long hits to every point in the outfield along with a hard ground ball in the infield. [Read more…]

Roundup: Miamisburg pulls away from Springfield in third

Springfield baseball pulls away late in 8-3 win over Northwestern.

SPRINGFIELD — Miamisburg pulled ahead of Springfield with four runs in the third, then pulled away with two runs in the fourth to a 9-5 victory in a GWOC crossover game on Friday night.

After Miamisburg’s first two batters in the third inning grounded out and struck out, the Vikings came alive. Josh Baker reached on an error, and Connor Richey followed with a double to center field to score Baker. Andrew Layton, Adam Giles and Ben Sorg batted in three more runs to give Miamisburg a 5-1 lead. [Read more…]

Roundup: Shawnee softball blasts Beavercreek

Springfield baseball pulls away late in 8-3 win over Northwestern.

SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee’s softball team bounced back from a run rule loss on Monday by pounding Beavercreek 18-4 in seven innings on Wednesday night.

The Braves scored four runs in the third inning and led the rest of the game, but really pulled away with nine runs in the seventh inning. All nine runs came with two outs. [Read more…]

Div. I state final: Wayne has little trouble with Westerville South

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D’Mitrik Trice scores 15 points to help Warriors earn first state basketball title.

COLUMBUS —D’Mitrik Trice made an already special weekend for the Trice family even more special. The senior guard led Wayne with a game-high 19 points to help the Warriors earn a dominating 65-57 win over Westerville South in the Div. I state championship game on Saturday night at Value City Arena.

It’s Wayne’s first state title in basketball and the first basketball title for a school out of the GWOC. [Read more…]

Div. II state final: Defiance beats Cleveland Central Catholic in overtime

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Cleveland Villa Angel-St. Joseph runs away from Lima Central Catholic.

COLUMBUS — The Defiance Bulldogs came alive in the second half to win the Div. II state title over Cleveland Catholic Central in overtime by a score of 49-45. It’s the first state championship in program history.

A wild and crazy finish doomed Central Catholic. With a two-point lead, Antwon Lillard slammed a two-handed dunk with 40 seconds left to stretch the lead to four points. [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. I state semi: Wayne comes back, beats St. Edward in OT

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Wayne overcomes four-point fourth quarter deficit to beat St. Edward in overtime.

COLUMBUS — Wayne overcame a nine-point first quarter deficit and a four-point fourth quarter deficit to beat Lakewood St. Edward 57-51 in overtime and earn a trip to the Division I state finals. Wayne will face Westerville South tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at Value City Arena to decide the Div. I champion.

It didn’t look like Wayne would get to the title game for much of the night on Friday. St. Edward led by four points midway through the fourth quarter, and Wayne struggled from the field in the game. But the Warriors finished the fourth on a 12-8 run to force overtime and outscored the Eagles 6-0 in the extra period to win.  [Read more…]

Div. I regional: Wayne comes back in fourth to beat Springfield

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Wayne goes on 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good against Springfield.

CINCINNATI — Wayne overcame a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn a 67-60 win over Springfield and a trip to the Division I state semifinals. The Warriors went on a 9-0 run in the middle of the fourth to take the lead. Springfield led for most of the second and third quarters before Wayne’s comeback.

Wayne (24-4) advances to the Div. I state semifinals and will face Lakewood St. Edward on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Value City Arena in Columbus. Lakewood St. Edward beat Lima Senior 50-42 in a regional final on Friday to advance. [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…]