TBSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 13

D'Mitrik Trice looks to pass

Centerville moves to third in Div. I after win over Fairmont, while Russia climbs in Div. IV.

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the greater Dayton area after the tenth week of regular season play. Of note this week, Centerville moves up to third in Div. I this week after a win over Fairmont, while Russia moves up to third in Div. IV after a win over Jackson Center.

Notable games over the next week include Cleveland Central Catholic at Wayne on Saturday and Alter at Fairmont on Tuesday.

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TBSN Dayton area boys basketball top 25


Top Division teams Wayne, Wilmington top overall rankings of all Dayton-area teams.

Top Billing Sports is starting 2015 with a special edition of our weekly boys basketball rankings. This week, we’re ranking the top 25 teams in the Miami Valley area, regardless of division. Our regular rankings with the top ten teams in each division will return next Friday (Jan. 12).

The top two Division I teams (Wayne and Wilmington) are the top two ranked teams regardless of division. But several smaller division teams are in the top ten. Notably, Division IV Tri-Village and Division III Chaminade-Julienne and Versailles are in the top ten. [Read more…]

Preview: Record ten B1G teams in bowls this year

All 10 teams were underdogs according to Vegas odds.

I have always been a Big Ten fan. My father was a huge Buckeyes fan, and I have carried on that tradition. The Big Ten’s resume over the decades has been stellar, not only with great teams, but even greater players. Look at how many former Big Ten players are currently on NFL rosters. However, since the 2007 National Championship where Ohio State was huge favorites over the Florida Gators, has the Big Ten gotten a bad reputation for being less-than others, especially the Southeastern Conference. Buckeye fans recall how Ohio State had 57 days to hear about how much Florida was going to roll over and take their whipping, that it seemed to go straight to their heads. Then Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and the Buckeyes appeared to go into cruise control. Well, that Florida team, from the SEC and coached by current Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, had a different take. They out hustled, out ran, and out executed the Buckeyes to an embarrassing 42-14 championship. It was the first of two national championships in three years for Meyer’s Gators. [Read more…]

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…]