TBSN boys basketball preseason rankings: Dec. 5

Colton Linkous dribbles

Tri-Village tops our preseason rankings in Division IV, while Wayne tops Division I.

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for Miami Valley area teams return this season. Each week, we’ll rank the top ten greater Dayton-area teams in each division.

Our rankings are compiled using a basic points system, strength of schedule, and editorial opinion by Top Billing Sports writers.  [Read more…]

Pick ‘Em: The parity of the CBC Kenton Trail

Alec Bennett looks to pass

Only three games into conference play, all teams have lost at least once.

If you want to watch a race, tune into the six remaining CBC Kenton Trail games.

Kenton Ridge, Bellefontaine, Tippecanoe, and Shawnee are tied for first place with 4-1 conference records. Stebbins trails with a 1-2 record. Tecumseh is in last place with a 0-3 conference record. Who would have thought that after the Arrows went 5-0 in nonconference and crossover games?

The conference records are indicative of the parity in the conference. Unlike last season (when Tippecanoe was clearly the conference’s best team), there is no elite team. [Read more…]

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 24

The cool, wet, and cloudy weather conditions of the first half of the week gave way to partly cloudy and warmer temperatures for the Friday night and Saturday football games. We will be on the warmer western side of a high pressure ridge.

The expected weather conditions for the Friday night high school games are mostly clear skies, dry fields, light winds and temperatures in the middle 50’s during the game.

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Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 17

Rain showers dominated the area this week. They ended late Thursday. An area of cooler and drier conditions moves in for Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. Even so, the playing fields could remain wet.

The weather conditions should be mostly clear skies, light winds, and Friday night 7 p.m. game time temperatures in the middle 50s. [Read more…]

Pick ‘Em: Is rain the great equalizer on the gridiron?

Dae'Shawn Jackson catches pass

Did Bellefontaine struggle in the mud at Tippecanoe after getting used to turf?

Bellefontaine was lambasted at Tippecanoe on a muddy grass field last week. Kenton Ridge sloshed through a surprisingly easy victory over Shawnee. It was a game where even Shawnee head coach Rick Meeks knew that his team had to get some offense going in the second half because traction would be at a minimum.

Bellefontaine is a speed-oriented team on its home AcuSport Stadium, which has artificial turf. Was the muddy field in Tipp City’s park a factor in their loss to the Red Devils last week? [Read more…]

Pick ‘Em: Who’s in, who’s out of playoff picture

Shawnee running back Zach Avery runs during a game against Carroll on Sept. 12. Avery has run for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns this season for the Braves. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing)

Tecumseh and Kenton Ridge in good shape, Shawnee improves after win over Tippecanoe.

With only four games left in the regular season, the picture of what area teams are contending for playoff berths is clearing.

With Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic 50 and Joe Eitel as our guides, let’s take a look at who will be playing in week 11 and who can start prepping for winter sports.

In Clark County, three CBC games have bright playoff hopes. [Read more…]

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 10

Dick calls for better weather in week 7 than the rain and wind of week 6.

The expected weather conditions for the local and Springfield area high school football games that kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014, is much better than the rain showers and muddy fields of last Friday.

Our area will be north of rain showers and thunderstorms that will affect southern regions. As a result, we will have partly cloudy skies, dry fields, light winds, and cool “Indian Summer” temperatures in the middle to the upper 50s throughout the game. [Read more…]

Pick ‘Em: Do CBC crossover games need to change?


The CBC Kenton Trail gets underway with two heavyweight games on Friday with Tecumseh at Kenton Ridge and Tippecanoe at Shawnee.

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. A tale of two cities, or in this case two divisions, speaks for itself.

The Central Buckeye Conference is split into two divisions, and this season they cannot be too different.

The six teams in the Kenton Trail Division have an overall record of 25-5, with three teams at 5-0. The worst record of any team in the conference is 3-2 (both Shawnee and Stebbins). [Read more…]

Dick’s weekend football weather forecast: Oct. 3

Cold front will bring rain, storms and possibly disrupt week six games.

A strong cold front will be moving through the area on Friday, Oct. 3, with rain showers and thunderstorms expected along and ahead of it. The rainfall could be heavy locally, causing wet fields.

There could possibly be gusty winds with the rain showers and thunderstorms at kickoff time at 7 p.m. Game time temperatures will be in the middle to the upper 50’s.

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Pick ‘Em: ‘Black Attack’ off to great start

Tecumseh receiver Conner Henry fights off Butler defensive back Joseph Depoy during a run on Friday night at Spitzer Stadium. Henry scored the game-winning touchdown for Tecumseh. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing)

Tecumseh’s defense gets a test tonight with Nathan Mays and Urbana’ offense.

SPRINGFIELD Tecumseh’s offense isn’t blowing any opponents out of the water. Tecumseh ranks eighth in the Central Buckeye Conference on offense. The Arrows average 269 yards and 21 points per game through their first four games.

Tecumseh’s offensive numbers are similar to Benjamin Logan’s. The Raiders average ten yards less a game than Tecumseh and 16 points per game.

But unlike Benjamin Logan and the rest of the bottom half of the CBC, Tecumseh is 4-0. Having the conference’s best defense will help make up for any offensive inefficiencies. [Read more…]