Ten area players in football all-star game on Friday

Tecumseh quarterback Camren Moore looks to throw during a playoff game at Mount Healthy on November 7, 2014. Moore will be a linebacker for the North team in the MVFCA All-Star Game on Friday. (Top Billing Sports Photo by Bryant Billing)

Ten players from Clark, Champaign County schools in 32nd MVFCA All-Star Game on Friday night.

Eight months after many high school players left the football field for a final time, a select few get a chance to return to the prep gridiron again.

The 32nd annual Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game is Friday night at 7 p.m. at Centerville Stadium. The game is made up of recently graduated seniors and is split between North and South squads. [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 in a conference opener on Monday. Tipp coach Clay Lavercombe jokingly asked Kenton Ridge coach Sarah Schalnat midway through the game 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 sent the ball to every point in the outfield during the game. [Read more…]

Roundup: Kenton Ridge softball run rules Springfield

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Springfield baseball earns 2-1 extra innings win over Kenton Ridge.

SPRINGFIELD — The Kenton Ridge Cougars are off to a quick start to the 2015 softball season. Kenton Ridge earned an 11-0 win in five innings against Springfield on Tuesday, a night after opening the season with a 12-2 win over Beavercreek.

The Wildcats committed nine errors in the game, and Kenton Ridge took full advantage. Kenton Ridge set the tone early against Springfield with eight runs in the top of the first inning and added two in the third and one in the fourth. [Read more…]

Shawnee opens season against Miamisburg with a mixed bag

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Braves earn come-from-behind victory in first game but lose run-rule in second game of doubleheader.

SPRINGFIELD — Fresh off of a run to the regional finals, Shawnee looked like a contender again in its season opener against Miamisburg… for a few hours.

Shawnee came back from a one-run deficit and beat the Vikings 6-4 in the first game of a spring break Monday afternoon doubleheader. But the Braves looked less than mediocre in a 14-1 loss in five innings in game two. [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.

With the score tied in the final seconds of Saturday’s Div. IV state title game, Linkous didn’t have to convince his coach to let him take the final shot like Chitwood had to in Hoosiers. Tri-Village head coach Josh Sagester knew Linkous would win the game for the Patriots.

Linkous hit a jumper from the free-throw line with one second left to earn Tri-Village the Div. IV state championship in a 48-46 win over Canal Winchester Harvest Prep.

“We just wanted to give him the ball and get out of the way,” Sagester said.

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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…]