Pick ‘Em: The case against the GWOC North and South

Shawnee running back Jalen Nelson celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Alter last year in a Division III regional quarterfinal game. Nelson ran for 141 yards and one touchdown in the Braves' 31-28 win over Troy last week. (Top Billing Sports Photo by Bryant Billing)

CBC Kenton Trail teams went 3-1 in matchups against the GWOC North teams last Friday.

The Greater Western Ohio Conference is the top dog of conferences in the Miami Valley. It is made up of the biggest schools and has the best teams, right?

Well, not so much on the latter this season anyway.

Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division teams went 3-1 in games against GWOC North teams last week. The games were close, outside of Tippecanoe’s thrashing of Greenville. Shawnee beat Troy 31-28, Bellefontaine beat Sidney 28-21 in overtime, at Butler needed a goal line stand late in the game to beat Tecumseh 14-10.

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Shawnee runs over Troy

Shawnee running back Jalen Nelson and quarterback Saalih Muhammad ran over Troy’s defense in route to a 31-28 victory last night at Troy Memorial Stadium. The Braves accumulated 386 yards in in the game.

Up 24-22 over Troy at the start of the fourth quarter, Shawnee killed time on a long drive and capped it off with a two-yard touchdown run from Nelson with 4:55 left to boost Shawnee’s lead to 31-22. Troy quarterback Matt Barr threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Alex Magoteaux two minutes later, but the Braves ran out the clock on several runs from Nelson on the next drive to end the game. [Read more…]

High school football notes: Blowouts the norm in week one

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Northwestern quarterback Hunter Houseman compiles 517 total offensive yards as the Warriors squeak by Southeastern.

SPRINGFIELD — Scoreboard operators were busy in week one around the Miami Valley, as there were many high-scoring games and blowouts.

No score was more lopsided than Shawnee beating Catholic Central 82-7 in the final game of the long-running series. The Braves led 42-0 after a first quarter that took 50 minutes to play. The Braves amassed 555 total offensive yards in the game and averaged 11.1 yards per play. [Read more…]

Shawnee, Urbana get rematch in sectional final

Shawnee senior guard Jaelin Williams (right) dribbles around a Kenton Ridge defender during a game on Jan. 9 at Shawnee. Williams is averaging 20 points per game this season for the Braves. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing)

The Braves and Hillclimbers meet in a sectional final game for a rematch of a nine-point Shawnee win in regular season.

SPRINGFIELD — It’s usual for coaches of any sport on any level to be displeased in some aspect with a performance after a game. It’s unusual for coaches of any sport on any level to be displeased after a 32-point win.

Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire was just that following a 75-43 win over Greenon in a Division II sectional semifinal at Springfield High School on Wednesday.

“We weren’t very crisp and sharp offensively,” McGuire said. “We missed a lot of easy shots there early on. Then defensively, we weren’t terrible, but we didn’t have our rotating defense as a well as we normally did. We didn’t practice as well the last couple of days as we had been recently too.” [Read more…]

Northmont holds on against Troy


Northmont survives Troy comeback at free-throw line.

VANDALIA — The Northmont Thunderbolts utilized their superior speed and size to get out to an early lead and then held onto the game from the free-throw line in a 64-52 win over the Troy Trojans in a first-round Division I sectional basketball game Saturday afternoon at Vandalia Butler’s Student Activities Center.

After taking a 5-4 lead in the first few minutes of the game,  the Thunderbolts started a pressing full court zone defense and sometimes man-to-man, which created a 19-7 first quarter lead. Cameron Taylor led the early scoring for Northmont with eight points in the first period. [Read more…]

Troy beats Minster for third straight win


TROY — The Troy Trojans won their third consecutive game Saturday night with a 51-47 overtime win over the visiting Minster Wildcats.

Minster led Troy 46-40 with just under one minute to play in regulation. Troy’s Dylan Cascaden hit a three-pointer with 52 seconds left to cut the deficit to three points. The Trojans’ defense got a turnover and Tyler Miller nailed a three-point shot with 42 seconds left to tie the score at 46-46.

Minster held ball for a last-second shot but threw the ball away under their own basket with four seconds left. Troy’s Jalen Nelson missed a wide open three-point shot from 25 foot out at the buzzer. [Read more…]

Williams leads Shawnee comeback overtime win over Kenton Ridge

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Jaelin Williams scores six of 23 total points in a crucial stretch in fourth quarter, hits five foul shots in overtime to lead Shawnee to win.

SPRINGFIELD — Players, coaches, and fans agree that Jaelin Williams is the leader of the Shawnee Braves team.

And when the Braves were trailing 50-43 in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game against rival Kenton Ridge at Shawnee with less than three minutes left in regulation, they looked to their leader.

Williams didn’t disappoint.

The 6-5 senior guard scored eleven of his 23 points in the final seven minutes of an overtime game to help lead Shawnee to a 66-61 come-from-behind win over the Cougars (4-5, 1-3 CBC Kenton Trail) last night. The game was a makeup of a game originally scheduled on Dec. 21 that was postponed due to inclement weather. [Read more…]

Springfield melts away lead in 58-56 loss to Shawnee

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Jaelin Williams dominates with 25 points and 13 boards to lead Braves.

SPRINGFIELD  The Shawnee Braves were left for dead near the end of the third quarter on Saturday night on their home floor in their showdown with the Springfield Wildcats. The Braves were down as many as 14 points, experiencing foul trouble, and had suffered through some first-half shooting woes.

However, Shawnee outscored Springfield 25-14 in the fourth period and in the end pulled out an improbable  58-56 victory, in what could be considered a mild upset against the Wildcats of the Greater Western Ohio Conference. [Read more…]

Shawnee wins on buzzer beater

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Jalen Nelson hits a layup at the buzzer to lift the Braves over Troy 55-54 in a nonconference game.

SPRINGFIELD — A layup made at time expired  by Springfield Shawnee’s Jalen Nelson made the difference in a nonconference game Saturday night as Troy fell 55-54.

Shawnee was down three points with 16 seconds left but came up big on its last two possessions. Jaelin Williams hit a basket with 14 seconds left to cut Troy’s lead down to one point. The Braves’ fouled Troy’s Dylan Cascaden with ten seconds left, and Cascaden missed the first shot of a 1-and-1 at the free throw line. [Read more…]

Troy looks for first win against Springfield


Trojans fell in two close games in opening weekend of season, while Wildcats won two close games.

TROY — The aches and pains were evident in limbs of Troy players on Saturday morning following an 81-74 overtime loss to Centerville on Friday night, according to Troy head coach Tim Miller.

“And there are more aches and pains in our guts after this game,” Miller said after Troy’s 50-45 loss to Tecumseh last Saturday. “We’ve got to get back at it and turn it around.”

Troy gets its chance to do just that tonight when Springfield comes to town for a GWOC crossover game at the Trojan Athletic Center. The Wildcats enter on the opposite end of the spectrum — Springfield won its first two games of the season over opening weekend, beating Lebanon 67-53 on Friday and dispatching Hamilton 53-52 on Saturday.

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