Sports Digest


Beavercreek guard Taylor Steinbrunner goes up for a score in a Division I girls basketball sectional tournament win, Feb. 18 in Vandalia. Beavercreek won the game over Dayton Ponitz, 88-28. They’ll face Centerville in the tournament’s semifinal round at 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 22) at Vandalia Butler High School.


Don Tate | Greene County News

High School

Fairborn season ends with loss

TROY — No. 13 seed Fairborn was outscored 30-10 in the first half of Monday’s Feb. 20 Division I girls basketball sectional tournament game with Franklin. The 14th seeded Franklin Wildcats went on to claim a 61-31 win. No individual statistics were provided by either team. Fairborn ends the season with an 11-12 overall record, and tied for second (with Riverside Stebbins) in the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s American South division.

Bellbrook seeks JV tennis coach

BELLBROOK — Bellbrook High School is looking for a Junior Varsity Tennis Coach for the upcoming 2017 season.

Qualifications: Team Player, good communication skills, positive attitude and outlook, knowledge of the game of tennis, ability to lead and foster a positive environment for student-athletes, and flexible schedule.

If interested please email Tom Bean – tom.bean@bss.k12.oh.us or Head Coach Karen Haviland – coachhaviland@aol.com.

College

Wright State to honor Grace Norman

FAIRBORN — Grace Norman, a two-time medalist at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, will be honored by Wright State University on Friday, Feb. 24. The ceremony, which begins at 7:15 p.m., takes place minutes before the Raiders host Valparaiso University in men’s basketball. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Norman is a freshman majoring in nursing at Cedarville University. She won the Paralympics gold medal in the triathlon and just 36 hours later, she won a bronze medal in the 400-meter race. She was the youngest triathlon athlete at the Paralympics. Norman, who currently is competing with the Yellow Jackets indoor track & field team, will interact with fans at the game, pose for photos and sign autographs on the concourse at halftime.

Cedarville No. 5 in the country

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University advanced eight spots to No. 5 in the latest U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women’s Indoor Track & Field Division II national poll.

It’s the highest Division II ranking ever for a Yellow Jacket team in any sport. The 2016 women’s cross country squad climbed as high as No. 6.

Cedarville got another boost from record-setting distance runners Carsyn Koch (Jr.; Washburn, Maine) and Olivia Esbenshade (Sr.; Marietta, Pa.) Feb. 17 at the Findlay Meet for Everyone.

Koch won the mile in a school-record 4:44.74 which is the third-fastest time in the country this season. She is the defending NCAA Division II 800 meter champion both indoors and outdoors.

Esbenshade was the mile runner-up in 4:48.08 — the No. 5 mark in the nation. Both runners met the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.

Cedarville hosts the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Doden Field House.

Brown HL’s Runner of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS — Wright State senior Alexandra Brown has been selected as the Horizon League Track Runner of the Week for the week ending February 19, it was announced Tuesday by the league office.

Brown (Yellow Springs) set a new school record in the 1-mile run at the Ball State Quad on Feb. 17, winning the event with a time of 5:05.38. The time broke the old school record of 5:05.84, set by Marie McVetta in 2005.

Brown, who set a school record in the 3,000-meter run (10:04.31) at the Marshall Invitational on Feb. 11, also holds WSU’s second-best time this season in the 5,000-meter run. This is her second Runner of the Week honor this season as she previously was recognized on Jan. 24.

Wright State will compete at the Horizon League Indoor Championships, Feb. 25-26, at the Watson and Tressel Training Site in Youngstown.

Welch HL Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS — For the second time this season, junior guard Chelsea Welch of the Wright State women’s basketball team has been selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by the league office.

Welch (Kettering Fairmont) scored 46 points in two road wins last week and added 12 rebounds, eight steals and seven assists. In a 65-60 decision at Cleveland State on February 16, she scored 25 points and had five rebounds and two steals. 13 of those 25 points came at the foul line in 15 attempts.

The Raiders then defeated Youngstown State 68-64 on February 18 as Welch scored 21 points and also had seven rebounds. She tied a career high with six assists and had A career-best six steals.

On the season, Welch leads the Horizon League in scoring at 18.7 points per game and is fourth in free throw percentage (.800) and steals per game (2.1), tied for 10th in blocks per game (0.7), tied for 11th in assists per game (3.1) and tied for 17th in rebounds per game (5.4). In league play, she is first in scoring at 20.1 points per game, third in free throw percentage (.796), fourth in steals per game (2.1), tied for eighth in blocks per game (0.8) and tied for 16th in rebounds per game (5.7).

Welch has scored in double figures in all but one game so far this year and has scored 20 or more points on nine occasions, including in six of the last seven games. She previous earned league Player of the Week honors on January 30.

Sports scores/news wanted

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Upcoming events

JYSB signups continue

JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Youth Softball and Baseball organization will hold registration opportunities for the upcoming 2017 season from Jan. 11 through Feb. 15 for all leagues. A new division, Ram-Ball, will be offered as a way to create interest in baseball and softball for youngsters ages 3 and 4. Late registration will run through March 3, but includes an additional late fee.

Costs are as follows: Ram-Ball (co-ed, ages 3-4) $35; T-Ball (co-ed ages 5-6) $75; 8U Coach Pitch (ages 7-8), 10U (ages 9-10), 12U (ages 11-12), and 15U (separate from OHSAA, season begins after the high school season ends) $75. Opening Day is April 29. Coaches and volunteers in any capacity are always needed. More information can be found at www.jamestownysb.com. Email questions to jysbleague@gmail.com or call Chris Reynolds at 937-935-5012.

Clodbusters meeting March 12

GREENE COUNTY — The Clodbuster Base Ball Club was formed 28 years ago to demonstrate and enjoy the early years of the great American game of base ball. The team will play the game according to the rules of 1860 and dress in “uniforms” that would be appropriate for a farm community club in Ohio in the early 1860s. Matches are scheduled with other “vintage” clubs from around the area during the summer, and often participate in festivals and tournaments. Players range in age from their mid-20s to their late-50s, with some scorers, umpires, and historical interpreters still active into their early 70s.

The meeting will be 1 p.m. March 12 to learn more about the Clodbuster Base Ball Club. For additional information or if you have questions, please send an email to clodbuster.news@yahoo.com.

Beavercreek adult softball

BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department is currently accepting registrations for Summer Adult Softball for coed and men’s teams.

For fees and times contact the parks department. The league fees include team sanctioning, softballs, umpire fees, and awards. The season runs from April 17 to July 25 with all games played at Rotary Park. Contact the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department at 937-427-5514 or email parks@beavercreekohio.gov for league information and availability. View all activities at city website, www.beavercreekohio.gov.

Lions Club taking signups

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Lions Club would like to announce registrations for the Summer Baseball, Softball and T-ball programs for children ages 6-15. Parents may register their children by visiting the Lion’s Club sports website at www.bellbrooklionssports.org. Parents who wish to register their children in person may do so at Stephen Bell Elementary from 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb, 25 or 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2.

The program will begin with practices in the month of April, with games beginning in May. Softball practice will begin in May, with games ending in mid July.

Beavercreek guard Taylor Steinbrunner goes up for a score in a Division I girls basketball sectional tournament win, Feb. 18 in Vandalia. Beavercreek won the game over Dayton Ponitz, 88-28. They’ll face Centerville in the tournament’s semifinal round at 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 22) at Vandalia Butler High School.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/02/web1_Steinbrunner_PS.jpgBeavercreek guard Taylor Steinbrunner goes up for a score in a Division I girls basketball sectional tournament win, Feb. 18 in Vandalia. Beavercreek won the game over Dayton Ponitz, 88-28. They’ll face Centerville in the tournament’s semifinal round at 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 22) at Vandalia Butler High School. Don Tate | Greene County News

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