Bellbrook names Jenkins football coach
BELLBROOK — Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools and the Bellbrook Athletic Department named Jeff Jenkins as the school’s varsity head football coach on Friday.
Jenkins has been an assistant on the BHS football staff for four years and served as Defensive Coordinator for the Golden Eagles for the past two years. He currently teaches at Bellbrook Middle School. Jenkins takes over the reins from Kevin Basinger who coached at the school for 19 years.
Jenkins is a 2001 graduate of Bellbrook High School where he was a football starter/captain. He was a 4-year letter winner at Wilmington College where he was a 2004 team captain and All-Ohio Conference Award winner as a linebacker. Jenkins began his football coaching career as an assistant coach (linebackers/running backs) at Clarksville Clinton-Massie High School.
Coach Jenkins was introduced to the team on Friday, and gave the team a short summary of his vision moving forward for the program.
Xenia taking Hall of Fame nominations
XENIA — Nominations for Class of 2016 inductees into the Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame are now being accepted.
A nomination form can be obtained by going to the Xenia Community Schools official website, then to the Athletics link, and then to the Athletic Hall of Fame link. An individual, a team, a coach, and/or a community contributor can be nominated. These nominations can be for those athletes, teams, coaches, and community contributors who were associated with Xenia Central, Xenia High School, Xenia East, and/or Spring Valley. Nominations will be considered from all eras. The deadline to submit nomination forms is April 6, 2016.
For more details, please contact Gregg Cross at (937) 372-5417.
Fairborn hosting recruiting seminar
FAIRBORN — A seminar to prepare parents and athletes for the recruiting road ahead — complete with all its bumps — will be held on Monday, February 29th at 7 p.m. at Fairborn High School.
“Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” will provide information and topics for every student-athlete in middle and high school and their parents to educate and prepare them for opportunities and careers after graduation. Many student-athletes who aspire to play at the college level are not familiar with the ins and outs of academic requirements and eligibility as they need to be in order to pursue their goals. The program designed by Rick Wire, President of Dynamite Sports, a Pennsylvania-based corporation, is the father of nine-year NFL veteran Coy Wire.
This seminar will provide families with information about the availability of athletic scholarships and the realities of the college recruiting process.
Wire created the Dynamite Sports Educational Recruiting System, which combines academic preparation and athletic training with marketing and recruiting strategies to navigate through the process. The plan provides direction to high school athletes and parents, and staff development training and resources to high school coaches and counselors to help all parties make knowledgeable choices and decisions in college athletics and recruiting. Wire will present an hour-long seminar at 7 p.m. in the Fairborn High School auditorium. Interested participants are asked to come early, if possible, to receive a number of handouts and watch a POWERFUL pre-program video.
Bellbrook announces league signups
BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Lions Club and Bellbrook T-Ball would like to announce registrations for the Summer Baseball/Softball program for children ages 6 through 15. Registration will take place at Stephen Bell Elementary in front of the gym entrance from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 27th, and from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3rd. Parents may also register their children by visiting the Lion’s Club website at www.bellbrooklions.org and follow the “Sports” link to T-Ball, Baseball and Softball registrations.
Charger 300 Club event supports Edison State Athletes
PIQUA — The Edison State Community College Foundation and Athletics Department are partnering to host the seventh annual Charger 300 Club event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The event is held to help raise funds for the College’s athletic programs.
A reverse raffle will highlight the evening’s events, with one lucky winner walking away with a $10,000 prize. Other cash drawings will be held throughout the night and ticket holders are not required to be present to win.
Tickets are $100 per couple and include all-you-can-eat buffet, beverages, entertainment, and a chance to win. A silent auction will also be held featuring items such as NFL tickets, Dayton Dragon tickets, gift cards, and more.
Funds raised by the event assist Edison State in providing the best experience possible for student-athletes and have previously assisted the teams in post-season travel, uniform expenses, and equipment and facility upgrades.
Edison State’s baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and are Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Within the last year, Edison State has also made the club sports of cross country and women’s soccer available to students.
For more information and to purchase tickets for the Charger 300 Club event, go online to www.edisonohio.edu/charger300 or call Nate Cole at (937) 381-1555.
Dragons anthem tryouts Feb. 27
DAYTON —The Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team will host National Anthem tryouts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.
The winners will perform the national anthem at Dragons games throughout the season, with the grand prize winner performing at Opening Day 2016 before the Dragons host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Fifth Third Field 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9.
Pre-registration is now underway at daytondragons.com/nationalanthem. The first 200 entrants who pre-register for this event will receive a scheduled tryout time.
Dayton Dutch Lions hosting tryout
DAYTON — The Dayton Dutch Lions FC are excited to announce an open tryout for its men’s soccer team that competes in the United Soccer League Premier Developmental League (USL PDL). The tryout will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday March 20, at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton.
The tryout will be run and overseen by head coach Sid van Druenen and his coaching staff. The day will start with a quick club presentation followed by a 30-45 minute training session and 11 vs. 11 games.
“We have a quality group of guys committed to our program already and we are hoping to fill the remaining spots on our roster” Coach van Druenen said.
The 2016 USL PDL season sees the Dayton Dutch Lions FC play, among others, against 2015 season champions KW United and 2014 season champions Michigan Bucks.
“It is a very strong league and we play in a very strong conference, making this, in my opinion, the best possible platform for aspiring professional players to train and compete in during the summer,” van Druenen said.
A $50 registration fee is charged to participate in the tryout. Payment via credit card, cash or money order will be available the morning of the tryout.
More information about the 2016 USL PDL League season can be found on the Dayton Dutch Lions FC website, www.ddlfc.com .
Beavercreek baseball clinic March 12
BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek High School varsity baseball team will hold its sixth annual youth baseball clinic on Saturday, March 12. The clinic is for youth baseball players ages 8-14 and will be held in the main and auxiliary gyms at Beavercreek High School.
The morning session is for players ages 8-10 and costs $30. It begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. The afternoon session is for ages 11-14. The full afternoon session is from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a pitching-only segment from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for older players is $40.
Registration and fees will be processed on the day of the clinic. A camp t-shirt will be provided to all participants. Members of the team and the coaching staff will conduct the clinic. All proceeds from the clinic will go to the Beavercreek varsity baseball team.
Participants should bring their gloves, bats and helmets. Please note that if weather permits, portions of the clinic could be conducted outside. Participants should also bring cleats and suitable clothing.