Category Archives: Regional Sports

Elijah Cunningham throws pass

Photo Gallery: Northmont 7-on-7

Northmont held its annual 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday. Pictures are from games between Springboro and Butler, Northmont and Butler, and Catholic Central and Centerville (Ind.).

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Previewing top returning prep players: linebackers

Two of GWOC’s top linebackers return in Bryce Jenkinson and Guy Victoria.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Billing will preview some of the best returning Miami Valley area football players in July. This second edition covers the best returning linebackers in the Dayton area.

Guy Victoria had a total of 23 tackles for Springfield in games against Wayne in 2012 and 2013. This season, Victoria will tackle players playing for — and not against — Wayne.

Rupert Delacruz throws

Photo Gallery: UD 7-on-7 passing camp

Dayton hosted its annual 7-on-7 passing camp on Friday. Sixteen teams played in the camp. Photos are from a scrimmage between Coldwater and Northeastern and another scrimmage between Piqua and Springfield.

Previewing top returning prep players: defensive lineman

Alter’s Kraig Howe, Jefferson’s Lamont Ragland headline returning Dayton area defensive lineman.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Billing will preview some of the best returning Miami Valley area football players in July. This first edition covers the best returning defensive lineman in the Dayton area.

One of the Dayton area’s smallest schools has one of the area’s biggest prospects at defensive lineman.

Lamont Ragland of Jefferson has an offer from Michigan and interest from several other schools according to Scout.com. The senior had 74 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season in Jefferson’s 4-6 campaign. He was first team Southwest District in Division VII last season. 

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MVFCA notes: Northmont grads connect one last time

Springfield graduate Dorian Hunter named game’s best linebacker.

DAYTON — The North team’s first touchdown in the MVFCA All-Star game last night at Welcome Stadium was a sight Northmont fans are familiar with.

Graham Oberer threw a 50-yard pass to Cameron Taylor in the second quarter to put the North on the scoreboard. The two Northmont graduates connected 11 times on touchdown passes last season for the Thunderbolts.

“I’ve got that good quarterback in Graham, and we’ve got that good connection,” Taylor said. “We kind of had a good feeling coming into the game. We just came in here ready to play.”

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Big third lifts North in 30th MVFCA all-star game

Covington graduate and Ohio University recruit AJ Ouellette rushes for two third-quarter touchdowns.

DAYTON — Covington running back AJ Ouellette wasn’t about to lose his last football game as a high school player.

Ouellette scored two of the North squad’s four touchdowns in the third quarter to help beat the South squad 44-26 in the 30th Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star game on Friday night at Welcome Stadium.

“We knew we were going to break it loose on offense,” Ouellette said after the game. “We just had to get a feel of what the defense was doing. The offense started opening up huge holes, and basically I could walk to them. It was easy.”

Claudia Spitzer dives for ball

Photo Gallery: Shawnee vs. Alder regional final

Alder scored two runs in the top of the seventh yesterday against Shawnee to earn an 8-7 come-from-behind win over the Braves. The Pioneers earned their first state tournament berth and regional championship with the win. They will play Licking Valley in a Division II semifinal game on Thursday at 12:30. Shawnee finished the season 26-4.

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Shawnee, Alder will face off for first state berth

Shawnee pitcher Emily McKillip hasn’t allowed a run in her last 30 innings, while Alder pitcher Mady Watson struck out 7 against Northwestern.

MASON — The Shawnee Braves were frantic. The team’s bus driver got lost on the drive to Mason from Springfield as the slated first pitch time drew near.

But the Braves found Mason’s stadium 30 minutes before first pitch and got on the field in time, albeit with little warm up time.

“We literally warmed up in like 30 minutes,” junior second baseman Morgan Spitzer said. “But we’re pretty good at that. We don’t need a lot of warm up time.”

Northwestern vs. Alder regional semifinal | TBSN Audio Extra

Alder scored four runs in the second inning to take the lead for good en-route to a 6-2 win over Northwestern in a Division II regional semifinal game at Mason on Thursday night. The Pioneers got three consecutive hits in the inning t help overcome a 1-0 Northwestern advantage. Alder added another run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, while Northwestern added another in the fifth. The Warriors had three hits in the game, and Alder pitcher Mady Watson struck out seven Northwestern batters. Maddie Crew went 2-for-4 for Northwestern and stole two bases. The Warriors finish the season 27-4. Alder advances to play Shawnee in a regional final game on Saturday at Mason. Listen to interviews with Alder head coach Dave McGraw and Northwestern head coach Missy Johnson below. If you missed our broadcast of the game, listen to the game in its entirety on our Broadcast Archives page.

Dave McGrew Postgame Interview

Missy Johnson Postgame Interview

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Big second inning helps boost Shawnee over Franklin

Braves score six runs in second, beat Franklin 10-0 to earn regional final berth.

MASON — Emily McKillip was at it again.

Shawnee’s senior pitcher struck out 13 batters and gave up one hit to help lift the Braves to a 10-0 win over Franklin in a Div. II regional semifinal game. McKillip batted in three runs in the second on a fly ball to center field that Franklin couldn’t field. The runs gave Shawnee a 5-0 lead and helped them solidify the lead.

“Emily’s just a stud,” junior second baseman Morgan Spitzer said of McKillip after the game. “No one can hit off of her. It’s pretty easy to play defense behind her. She’s really working hard. Her arm was hurting her, and she was fighting through it. She’s fighting through it; she’s awesome.”