Pick ‘Em: Clark County’s stadiums from best to worst

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Evans Stadium is the best, with Tecumseh’s Spitzer Stadium a close second.

Nearly every one raised in Clark County goes to a high school football game a few or several times over the years. It’s as common as eating a Schuler’s doughnut.

I have been to every Clark County stadium numerous times. The county has some of the best stadiums in the Miami Valley, and some of the worst. [Read more…]

Top Ohio basketball players to watch in AAU

Top players in class of 2016 heading into spring and summer leagues.

Top Billing Sports has compiled a list what are considered some of the top senior (class of 2016), junior (2017), and sophomore (2018) prep boys basketball players in Ohio entering AAU play this spring and summer. Players are grouped together by class and are listed in descending order by height from tallest to shortest; players are not ranked in any particular order within their class.

Our annual complete list of top Ohio boys basketball players will be released next November.

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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

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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?

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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…]