Local Sports Briefs - Jan. 28
McGee commits to Iowa college
XENIA — Xenia High School head football coach Bob DeLong announced over the weekend that senior Eddie McGee has committed to take his football skills and academic dreams to Iowa Western Community college in Council Bluffs, Iowa. McGee, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back and wide receiver, led the Greater Western Ohio Conference last season in pass interceptions with eight. He was a Division II all Southwest Ohio District second team selection, and was named to the All-GWOC South first team last season.
Beavercreek runner qualifies for national championships
FINDLAY, OH. — Susan Randall of Beavercreek, started out her indoor track season by winning the Findlay Classic, Friday evening Jan. 24 in a time of 14:06. Randall’s time is is currently the third fastest time for a 3,000-meter indoor walk in the country for the 2014 indoor season. Her time qualifies her for the USA Track and Field Indoor National Championships, which will be held in Albuquerque N.M.
Randall, a member of Powerbar’s Team Elite, was named 2013 Masters Race Walker of the Year by USA Track and Field at their annual meeting. She competes for the Miami Valley Track Club. Her next Race will be Feb. 7 at the Cedarville Indoor track meet.
Dayton Sharks to host Detroit for home opener
DAYTON — The Dayton Sharks indoor football team is offering free admission to the first 100 kids ages 3-12 who attend the team’s Feb. 15 home opener. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Hara Arena. There’s a discount offer for adults as well: All adults can get in for $10 and sit anywhere, as long as they bring a receipt from McDonald’s, Walmart, Kroger or Dave & Busters.
Raider men fall short at Youngstown State
YOUNGSTOWN — The Wright State men’s basketball team came up short as Youngstown State held on for a 68-67 Horizon League win, Saturday night at the Beeghly Center.
Youngstown State shot 50 percent in the first half while the Raiders shot 46 percent.
A.J. Pacher led the Raiders with 15 points, all but two coming in the second half, while Matt Vest had a near double-double of 10 points and nine rebounds. J.T. Yoho added 10 off the bench.
Kendrick Perry and Weber each had 18 for Youngstown State (13-9, 4-3 Horizon) while Belin had 15.
Wright State (13-10, 5-3 Horizon) opens the second round of league play with the Wisconsin trip this week, starting with Milwaukee at 8 p.m. Thursday.
WSU women drop heartbreaker at Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Trailing by nine with four minutes to play, the Wright State women’s basketball team rallied to within one in the final minute, only to come up short as the University of Wisconsin Green Bay held on for a 69-67 Horizon League decision, Saturday afternoon at the Kress Center.
Green Bay shot 51 percent for the game compared to just 32 percent for WSU, but the Raiders were 11 of 33 from 3-point range to just four of 15 for the Phoenix. UWGB led 44-18 in points in the paint and was 11 of 15 at the foul line while Wright State led 17-6 in points off of turnovers and second-chance points while going 12 of 19 at the stripe.
Kim Demmings led all scorers with 24 points, all but three coming in the second half, and set a career-high with six three-pointers. Ivory James added 22 points, 15 in the first half, while Taylor Stanton had eight points and a career-best 16 rebounds.
Kaili Lukan had 23 to pace Green Bay (10-7, 3-2 Horizon).
Wright State (15-6, 4-2 Horizon) wraps up a four-game road swing at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at University of Illinois Chicago.
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