Category Archives: Regional Sports

Phillip Banks runs

Photo Gallery: Trotwood at Springfield

Trotwood beat Springfield 34-6 on Friday in both teams’ season opener. The Rams held Springfield to 137 yards of offense and intercepted two passes. Springfield will try to rebound next week when it travels to Shawnee.

Chaminade Julienne quarterback Jacob Harrison throws in the third quarter of the Eagles' win over Troy last night at Heidkamp Stadium. Harrison threw for three touchdowns and rushed for one score in the game.

Chaminade-Julienne rolls over Troy in opener

Jacob Harrison throws for 215 yards and three touchdowns to help lead CJ over Trojans.

TROY — It took three passing plays for Chaminade-Julienne to score against Troy in a season opener on Friday night at Troy Memorial Stadium. Those three plays served as a preview of what was to follow.

The Eagles came to Troy and flexed their superior offensive power over the Trojans 42-7 .

Zach Avery runs

Opinion: Five prep football questions on eve of kickoff

Top Billing Sports starts its 2014 football broadcast season with Trotwood at Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD — I’m a basketball guy. Everyone has their favorite sport, and basketball will always be my favorite. I assume the reason is conditioning. I was brought to basketball games by my father (Top Billing Sports writer Robert Billing) when I was a toddler. I grew up with the excitement of hoops.

And my childhood years in Clark County coincided with the best basketball the county’s ever seen. My first hoops memories are watching Johnny Carson and Ajamu Gaines at South, watching North’s state semifinalist teams, and watching Catholic Central’s teams with Jason Collier.

But as much as I like basketball, there’s nothing better than the start of football season. It’s simply a matter of it being “the” fall sport. It’s the biggest sport that comes after the dry period of summer. There’s months of anticipation for the sport. The start of basketball  especially in recent years where it starts up so close to Thanksgiving  is hardly noticed.

Nathan Mays looks to throw

CBC Mad River Division 2014 football preview

Urbana looks to claim fifth-straight Mad River Division title; Indian Lake, Northwestern look to threaten.

URBANA — The Urbana Hillclimbers have won 19 conference games in a row and don’t want the streak to end this season. Urbana returns plenty on both sides of the ball for the streak to continue.

Senior quarterback Nathan Mays returns to leads the Hillclimbers for a fourth year. He’s already thrown for over 7,000 passing yards in his previous three seasons as a starter. Mays threw for 3,071 yards and 32 touchdowns last year.

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CBC Kenton Trail Division 2014 football preview

Heavyweights Tippecanoe, Shawnee lose key pieces to graduation; Bellefontaine, Kenton Ridge return most starters.

SPRINGFIELD — Could 2014 be the year of the Cougar in the CBC Kenton Trail Division?

Kenton Ridge hopes to use its returning starters to its advantage this season. The Cougars, along with Bellefontaine, lead the Kenton Trail in returning starters from last season. Tippecanoe and Shawnee — the top two finishers in the conference, respectively, last season — lose key pieces to graduation. 

Billy Smith throws

Photo Gallery: Urbana at Troy 7-on-7

Urbana traveled to Troy for a 7-on-7 scrimmage on Thursday night. Both teams, along with all other teams throughout the state, begin regular practice on Aug. 1.

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.