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Boys Basketball

Tate named Bellbrook head coach

BELLBROOK —The Bellbrook-Sugarcreek School District and the Bellbrook High School Athletic Department announced Wednesday that Donnie Tate has been named the varsity head coach for the Bellbrook boys basketball team.

Tate has been an assistant coach at Carroll High (2011-‘12 and 2014-2016) and Beavercreek High (2003-2008). He served as Carroll’s Freshman boys basketball coach from 2008 to 2011.

He replaces 14-year head coach Perry Caldwell who resigned after last season.

In a press release statement, Tate said: “I’m looking forward to building on the success that Coach Caldwell has had. My time as an assistant coach under Charlie Back, Dennis Wahle, and Tim Cogan have prepared me for this opportunity. I’m excited about the future of Bellbrook Boys’ Basketball.”


Two Raiders earn regional honors

FAIRBORN — Senior pitcher Jesse Scholtens and senior outfielder Ryan Fucci were selected to their respective All-Midwest Region teams by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Wednesday.

Scholtens (Fairfield, Calif. Rodriguez) was named to the region first team. A First Team All-Horizon League honoree this season, Scholtens led the league in starts with 16 and in innings pitched with 109.2 while tying for the league lead in wins with a record of 10-1. He finished second in strikeouts with 95 and third in both earned run average at 2.95 and in opposing batting average at .220. In league play, he went 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 62.1 innings.

The Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on March 14, Scholtens pitched the first perfect game in school history on March 11 with a 1-0 win at Dayton, striking out a career-high 12 in the process. He struck out nine at Youngstown State on April 22 and eight on three other occasions, including at North Carolina State on February 26.

Fucci (Lexington, Ky. Tates Creek) was a second-team regional selection. Also a First Team All-Horizon League selection in 2016, he hit .326 with a team-best 11 home runs, 64 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He finished first in the Horizon League in home runs, RBI and stolen bases, second in total bases (124), fourth in slugging percentage (.525), fifth in runs scored (51) and seventh in hits (77) and on-base percentage (.412).

Both players were selected in the Major Baseball Draft this past weekend as Scholtens was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the ninth round with the 264th pick while Fucci was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th round with the 747th pick.

Scholtens and Fucci are the first ABCA All-Region honorees for WSU since pitcher Andrew Elliott was named First Team and infielder Michael Timm Second Team in 2014.

Wright State posted a school-record 46 wins in 2016 as the Raiders won the Horizon League regular-season and tournament titles and were a finalist in the NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive year.


Nischwitz Tourney this weekend

FAIRBORN — The annual Gregg Nischwitz Memorial baseball tournament will take place Thursday-Sunday at Nischwitz Stadium on the Wright State University campus. Five amateur baseball teams from the Miami Valley area are scheduled to compete in a round-robin tournament with the two top teams set to vie for the tournament championship at 10 a.m. Sunday.

All games will be broadcast on the Gem City Sports Network. (radio1.gemcitysports.com)

THURSDAY’S GAME: Classics vs. Canes, 6 p.m.

FRIDAY’S GAMES: Sidney vs. Ohio Thunder, 11:30 a.m.; Canes vs. Sidney, 2 p.m.; Ohio Thunder vs. Coasters, 4:30 p.m.; Coasters vs. Classics 7 p.m.

SATURDAY’S GAMES: Canes vs. Ohio Thunder, 9 a.m.; Coasters vs. Canes, 11:30 a.m.; Ohio Thunder vs. Classics, 2 p.m.; Sidney vs. Coasters, 4:30 p.m.; Classics vs. Sidney, 7 p.m.

SUNDAY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Teams with the top-2 records, 10 a.m.


Greene Trails Cycling Classic, July 14-17

XENIA — The 2016 Greene Trails Cycling Classic will take place July 14-17 with the Greene County Fairgrounds Recreation Center serving as home base for the hundreds of cyclists expected to attend from all over the region.

Excursions will be planned for each day of the event.

Registration includes Fairgrounds Recreation Center campsite, Support and Gear (SAG), fully-supported rest stops, purchase pick-up, breakfast daily and all evening entertainment including meal on Thursday and Saturday night – if registered for Thursday and Saturday.

Reduced Greene County Resident Rate includes all SAG, Rest Stops, Purchase Pick Up, Century Ride Award, Tent Camping and Breakfast. Additional and optional costs may include $10 per evening for entertainment; T-shirt, $15; and GTCC Jersey, $65.

A brochure and registration form is available on the website at www.gcparkstrails.com, by calling 937-562-6440 or emailing [email protected].


Beavercreek hosting Elite Running/Fitness Camp

BEAVERCREEK — Two sessions of an Elite Running/Fitness Camp, sponsored by the Beavercreek High School Cross Country team, will take place over the summer.

The first session will take place from 9-11 a.m. June 20th and 22nd, and from 6:30-8 p.m. June 23rd. The second session will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. July 18-21. Both sessions will be held at Ferguson Hall on the Beavercreek High School campus (look for large tents and flags).

A Future Olympian Race of Champions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the last day of each session.

Cost is $25 for one session, $40 for both. Make checks out to: BCCPA.

Runners will learn about proper running form, how to train for distance running, strength/core training using body weight exercises, and fun running games.

Contact Howard Russ 937-212-1297 or [email protected] for more information.

Wittenberg hosting Track & Field Camp

SPRINGFIELD — Wittenberg University is hosting at Track & Field Camp on June 27-29, for student athletes in grades 7-12. Resident cost (including lodging, tuition, meals and a T-shirt) is $325, commuter cost (tuition, meals and T-shirt) is $285. Athletes will receive expert instruction in sprints, hurdles, jump and throws from college coaches throughout the Midwest.

Contact Tessa Roberts at [email protected] for more camp information.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send Greene County-area youth sports scores, youth or adult softball scores, bowling scores, … you name it … to: sports @xeniagazette.com, or to John at [email protected]. Thank you!

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