Tournament preview: No favorites in Springfield Div. II sectional

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Three out of the top four seeds are in the top bracket.

SPRINGFIELD — Getting the top seed in a sectional come time for the tournament draw usually paves an easy road for a team to make it to the districts. Urbana, the top seed in the Springfield Division II sectional, doesn’t have an easy road to the second round.

First, the Hillclimbers have to take on rival Graham. The Falcons (3-18) have struggled this season, but games against rivals can be challenging, especially come tournament time. Graham gave the Hillclimbers a scare in regular season game on Jan. 10. The Falcons led by two points at the end of the third quarter before Urbana outscored them by 11 points in the fourth quarter to win the game.

If Urbana wins against Graham, the Hillclimbers will play fourth-seed Bellefontaine (14-8) in a second-round game. After that, the winner will likely take on second-seed Tippecanoe (16-6) in a sectional final. [Read more…]

Shawnee claims third-straight CBC Kenton title

Jaden Greenwood dribbles

Braves makes quick work of Tecumseh in de-facto Kenton Trail title game.

SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire wondered if it could happen. Braves’ players doubted it could.

After losing four-straight games early in the season, Shawnee sat at 4-4. Two of the losses came within a week’s time to conference teams in Bellefontaine and Tippecanoe. With six conference games left to play and two conference losses, a league championship looked doubtful.

“We were kind of searching there,” McGuire said. “We’d lost four-straight games… and were coming off of two league losses. Guys were kind of down thinking that they’d loss the chance to win the league with two losses like that.” [Read more…]

Turnovers help Springfield put away Shawnee

Seth Gray passes

Four Springfield players scored in double digits in the Wildcats’ 61-46 win.

SPRINGFIELD — You shouldn’t fall asleep behind the wheel of a car, and you shouldn’t fall asleep midway through a basketball game, even with a lead. If you do, the lead may slip away.

Springfield head coach Isiah Carson said his Wildcats fell asleep last night in the third quarter of a nonconference game against Shawnee at Springfield High Gymnasium. Springfield led Shawnee by 13 points at halftime, but the Braves’ cut Springfield’s lead to six points with thirty seconds left in the third.

Springfield’s period of sleep turned out to be no more than a power nap, however. The Wildcats awoke in a big way and went on to outscore Shawnee 18-6 over the next four minutes. The run helped Springfield secure a 63-47 win. [Read more…]

Photo Gallery: Shawnee at Springfield

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Springfield beat Shawnee 63-47 on Saturday night in a nonconference game at Springfield High School. Shawnee cut Springfield’s lead to six points near the end of the third quarter, but Springfield responded with an 18-6 run over the next four minutes to put the Braves away. Danny Davis and Henry Alexander led Springfield with 13 points each, while Darius Harper and Dae’Shawn Jackson added 10 points each. Jaden Greenwood led Shawnee with 13 points.  [Read more…]

Shawnee hopes to keep playoff magic alive against Trotwood

Trotwood running back Marc Raye-Reymond runs against Springfield. Redmond has rushed for  556 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

The Braves and Rams will face off at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal game.

PIQUA — When it comes to finding recent playoff success, few teams have been as successful as the Shawnee Braves have this decade. But Shawnee will face a team with decidedly more playoff success tonight in the Trotwood-Madison Rams.

Trotwood (8-2) and Shawnee (10-1) will play in a Division III, Region 10 semifinal game tonight at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium. The winner will play either Thurgood Marshall or Tippecanoe in a regional final next week.

Shawnee is in the midst of its fifth-straight playoff berth. The Braves advanced to the Division III state title game in 2011, losing to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 21-14. The Braves also advanced to the regional finals in 2009. [Read more…]

Pick ‘Em: Who’s in, who’s out of playoffs

Michael Lunsford runs

Triad has already clinched a playoff berth, while several other area teams are close.

We’re in the best of the season for high school football. The regular season is winding down, and league races are heating up. This is when playoff berths are won or lost.

Some teams, however, have already earned their postseason berth. Unofficially, that is.

JoeEitel.com and Drew Pasteur’s Fantastic50.net keep track of the OHSAA’s Harbins computer points that are used to determine playoff berths. Both make projections on when teams have clinched a playoff berth. Pasteur, who is a mathematics professor at the College of Wooster, makes projections on, well, a bunch of other things too. [Read more…]

Shawnee, Tecumseh meet in critical CBC game

Christian Evans runs

Shawnee and Tecumseh have combined won at least a share of the last five Kenton Trail Division titles.

SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee and Tecumseh have established their dominance of the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail in the last five seasons. Either the Braves or the Arrows have won at least a share of the title the last five seasons, with each school winning the title outright twice in that time.

The title could be decided tonight when Shawnee (6-0, 1-0 Kenton Trail) travels to Spitzer Stadium to take on Tecumseh (3-3, 1-0).

“If they get up on us early, I’m going to turn the lights out,” Tecumseh head coach Kent Massie said jokingly on the Clark County Coaches Show last Tuesday. “I heard that worked for (Shawnee head coach) Rick Meeks last week. Kenton Ridge got up on them early, and he shut the lights out.” [Read more…]

Pick ‘Em: What we’ve learned through five weeks

Damon Roush runs

Shawnee and Kenton Ridge are better than ever and will meet in a key conference game tonight.

It’s been quiet around Top Billing Sports the last few weeks, but don’t worry folks. We’re back in time for conference play to begin tonight throughout the Dayton area.

And at the midpoint of the season, it’s time to take a look at what we’ve learned through the first five weeks. [Read more…]

Pick ‘Em: Females on the gridiron now commonplace

Piqua quarterback throws

Two Clark County teams have female kickers this season, and Northwestern has a female position player.

The game of football is changing — or so many people are saying.

I do know one area that high school football is changing in: it’s getting more feminine.

Both Shawnee and Northwestern have girl kickers this season. The Braves’ Kaitlin Gregory is back for her second season, and she has hit 19 of 23 extra point attempts and one field goal through three games. Northwestern’s Maddie Crew is playing her first season on the gridiron, and she’s made all 16 of her extra point attempts this season. [Read more…]

HS football notes: Muhammad, Shawnee putting up big numbers

Springfield wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass scores a touchdown after a catch during an OHSAA Foundation Game against Fairborn on Aug. 23. Snodgrass scored his first touchdown of the  season with one minute left against Sycamore last Friday. (Top Billing Sports Photo by Bryant Billing)

Shawnee sophomore quarterback Saalih Muhammad is leading the Braves’ offense through first three games.

SPRINGFIELD — In what many pegged to be a rebuilding year for Shawnee, the Braves are looking better than ever.

Shawnee improved to 3-0 last Friday with a 53-17 win over Carroll. Sophomore quarterback Saalih Muhammad led the Braves with 226 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in the game. He also threw for 75 yards and one touchdown.

Muhammad, a transfer from Springfield, is thriving under quarterback coach and former South star Chris Wallace’s guidance. He’s thrown for 264 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 358 yards and five touchdowns in the Braves’ first three games. Muhammad has one interception and one fumble this season. [Read more…]