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TIPP CITY — Kenton Ridge and Tippecanoe are on hot streaks no other Central Buckeye Conference team has matched this season. On Monday, they’ll bring the heat on each other.
Kenton Ridge travels to Tippecanoe on Monday for the first of a two-game series that will decide the CBC Kenton Trail Division title.
The Cougars (20-2) have won their last nine games and are in second place in the Kenton Trail with a 12-1 conference record. Tippecanoe (19-4) has won 13 games in a row and is in first place in the league with a 13-0 conference record. Kenton Ridge is ranked fifth in Division II in the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches’ Association poll, while Tippecanoe is ranked seventh.
Top Billing Sports interviewed Vandalia Butler head coach Trent Dues following a 3-1 win for the Aviators over Beavercreek tonight at Fifth Third Field. Butler allowed only four hits in the game and struck out seven Beavercreek batters. If you missed Top Billing Sports’ broadcast of the game, you can listen to the game in its entirety on our Broadcast Archives page.
The following players from Ohio high schools play for schools in the 68-team field in the NCAA tournament.
Tulsa travelled to Wright State for an opening-round game in the College Basketball Invitational last night at the Nutter Center. Wright State won its first-ever postseason game as an NCAA Division I program by beating the Hurricanes 72-52. Wright State will host Richmond in a second-round CBI game next Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m. Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing
Delphos St. John’s senior Curtis Geise misses a shot at the buzzer, sending Troy Christian to its first state tournament.
KETTERING — Troy Christian seniors Christian Salazar and Nathan Kirkpatrick didn’t have their heads bowed or hands together while standing on the foul lane with three seconds left in a Division IV regional final game against Delphos St. John’s last night at Trent Arena.
But have no doubts — both were praying.
Salazar and Kirkpatrick — who led the Eagles with 14 and 13 points, respectively — prayed as sophomore point guard Grant Zawadzki stood at the free-throw line, preparing for three foul shots with the game tied at 49-49.
Firebirds hope fourth consecutive state tournament trip is the one.
Fairmont’s march to the OHSAA Division I state tournament was almost derailed in a regional semifinal game against Mason. The Firebirds were on life support and down by as many as eight points with about 90 seconds left in the game.
After newcomer Danie Shafer hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game into overtime, her teammates knew what to do from there. Fairmont pulled out the 67-63 victory.
Fairmont head coach Tim Cogan believed that nail-biting victory was helpful in preparation for the Firebirds’ regional final game against Centerville, who Fairmont defeated 58-46 last Saturday. Centerville beat Fairmont 54-48 in GWOC Central Division game on Jan. 23 in the Firebirds’ only loss this season.
MASON — The Kenton Ridge Lady Cougars basketball team has reached the Division II district tournament once again. They take on the tradition-rich Chaminade Julienne Lady Eagles at Mason Hight School on Friday March 1 at 5:00 p.m.
The Eagles (16-9) are members of the usually powerful Girls Greater Cincinnati League. The season has been one of streaks for this CJ squad. They started out with a 6-1 season, then lost eight of their next eleven games to fall to 9-9. In that time, some of the prominent teams they lost to were Carroll twice, Kettering Alter, and a 60-44 loss to one of the top Division I team in the state, the Centerville Elks.
Urbana advances to third-straight sectional final with 58-34 win over Red Devils.
SPRINGFIELD — Urbana lost to Tippecanoe by five points in triple overtime in a Central Buckeye Conference crossover game on Feb. 5. The loss was burned in the minds of the Hillclimbers, and it was a source of motivation entering a rematch with Tippecanoe last night in a Division II sectional semifinal game at Springfield High School.
“We talked about that (first) game this week going into this game,” Urbana head coach Jeremy Dixon said after the game. “We didn’t want the same result.”
The Hillclimbers didn’t get anywhere near the same result. Urbana dominated Tippecanoe in a 58-39 win.
Botkins advances to face Fort Loramie in sectional final.
PIQUA – The hot-shooting Botkins Trojans defeated the Mechanicsburg Indians 56-36 in a sectional semifinal on Tuesday night at Piqua High School.
The Trojans made ten three-point field goals (eight in first half) as they quickly got out to a lead and never looked back. Heath Geyer of Botkins scored 18 points scored along with nine rebounds. Geyer shot 4 of 5 from behind the three-point line.
KETTERING — With a 5-3 lead over Tecumseh six minutes into a Division I sectional semifinal game at Trent Arena last night, Centerville was looking for a way to pull away from the Arrows.
The Elks found the way in junior guards Eric Meininger and Austin Recker. Both players combined for 20 points in the last ten minutes of the first half to lead a 26-7 run for Centerville and help the Elks secure an 18-point halftime lead.
Tecumseh never pulled closer than six points in the second half, and the Elks secured their fourteenth-straight trip the sectional finals with a 53-41 win. Centerville (14-10) advances to play Miamisburg in a sectional final game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Nutter Center.