Sports Digest


Skyhawks battle in split scrimmage

HUBER HEIGHTS — Fairborn High’s girls soccer team lost a close 2-1 battle to host Wayne, then tied West Carrollton 1-all, in a tri-scrimmage soccer outing Aug. 14.

In the first scrimmage against Wayne, the Warriors struck first, but the Skyhawks quickly answered. Taryn Foster applied pressure to a Wayne defender, who misplayed a ball back to the keeper. Foster capitalized on the opportunity and calmly passed the ball into the back of the net.

Wayne finished off the scoring to make the final score 2-1.

In the second tri-scrimmage match, Lauren Thomas scored on a break away in the early minutes of the match. The Skyhawks continued to pressure the Pirates defense, but West Carrollton’s goalkeeper was able to keep the score at 1-1 making several critical saves.

In the reserves match between Fairborn and Wayne, the Warriors won 3-1. Crista Hernandez scored for the Skyhawks.

The Skyhawks begin their 2017 season at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Kettering Fairmont.

Short-handed Fairborn falls to Shawnee

SPRINGFIELD — With its No. 1 and No. 2 singles players out of the lineup, one No. 1 doubles player and a pair of the team’s top junior varsity netters as well, Fairborn was no match for host Springfield Shawnee on Aug. 15 in a 4-1 loss.

The Skyhawks’ Rita Chien jumped over from her usual first doubles position to play third singles, and won. Chien defeated Shawnee’s Sarabeth Ingle 6-2, 6-1.

McKayla Lyons moved up from No. 2 singles to first singles, and lost 6-0, 6-0 to Shawnee’s Liz Dunn. Amanda Wilson moved into the No. 2 spot and fell 6-0, 6-0 to Miranda Potter of Shawnee.

The first doubles tandem of Caitlin Sanders and Abby Lafferty also lost 0 and 0, to Shawnee’s regular first doubles pair of Kassidy Driskill and Madalyn Garrett. Senior Makayla Byndom and freshman Caitlin Bowling made their varsity debuts at second doubles, losing in a well-played 6-0, 6-3 match to Shawnee’s Heather Milliron and Grace Garrett.

In the lone JV match of the night, Fairborn’s Melissa Le dropped her singles match, 8-2.

Bellbrook JVs claim win

DAYTON — Ryan Cross shot a medalist-best 43, while Bellbrook junior varsity teammates Ryan Swanson and Gabe Hine finished second and third, to lead the Golden Eagles to a 181-252 win over Dayton Northridge, Aug. 15 on the Falcon Course at the Kitty Hawk Golf Center. Ian Petroski was the top scorer for the Polar Bears with a 48, and Bellbrook’s David Duckro had the other top-4 Golden Eagles score, a 49.

Reds hosting Spring Training Raffle

CINCINNATI — The Reds Community Fund is offering fans the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win the Reds Ultimate Spring Training Experience.

Two prizes will be awarded and each includes a VIP experience for two at the Reds Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Ariz.

The raffle tickets are $100 each and all proceeds benefit the Reds Community Fund.

The deadline to purchase raffle tickets is Sunday, Sept. 24 at the end of the Reds vs. Red Sox game. The two winners will be notified on Monday, Sept. 25.

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Must be 18 years of age or older to purchase raffle tickets.

For more information, official rules and to purchase raffle tickets, please contact the Reds Community Fund at (513) 765-7700 or [email protected].

Raffle tickets will also be available at all Reds home games through Sept. 24 at the “Split the Pot” ticket booth at Great American Ball Park.

Bucs hosting Fairmont, Thursday

XENIA — The Xenia High School football team will host a jamboree game with Kettering Fairmont on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Doug Adams Stadium. A Freshman game will take place at 5:30 p.m. with varsity action set to start at 7 p.m. A jamboree game is an opportunity for OHSAA-member schools to play a third scrimmage game before the regular season begins. A portion of the proceeds from the game go to the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Catastrophic Insurance Fund. The jamboree games statewide raise more than $70,000 each year for the fund.

Admission is $5 per person. The game is Xenia’s final scrimmage contest before the season opener, Aug. 24 at home against Beavercreek.

CSU football to host Fan Appreciation Day

WILBERFORCE — The Central State football team will hold Fan Appreciation Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 at McPherson Memorial Stadium. Admission is free to the public with the gates opening at 12:30 p.m.

Marauder fans will be able to view the 2017 team as CSU competes against in an inter-squad scrimmage. The CSU Athletic Department will supply 2017 football schedule posters to all who attend. Fans are also encouraged to stop by the CSU Sports Information table for details on tickets and upcoming events throughout the 2017-‘18 school year.

In addition to the action on the field, the Invincible Marching Marauders will be performing in the stands for the first time this season.

Throughout the event, fans who are followers of the CSU athletics’ official twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts will be randomly selected for prizes. Fans must follow CSU on its official athletic social media pages to be eligible to win.

Gathering of the Geezers at Kil-Kare

XENIA — The annual Gathering of the Geezers, old-time drag races, car show, hall of fame awards, and swap meet will take place Saturday, Aug. 19 at Kil-Kare Dragway, 1166 Dayton-Xenia Road. Gates open at 9 a.m. Time runs start at 10 a.m. with racing set to begin at 3 p.m. Tech is closed at 2 p.m.

Cost is $15 for spectators. Kids 12 and under get in free. Entry fee is $25 to participate in the drag races, swap meet or the car show. Call Ed Crowder at 937-409-3087 for more information.

College Weekend set at GABP

CINCINNATI — Reds fans can show their school pride by purchasing a special ticket package to celebrate College Weekend on Aug. 25-27 at Great American Ball Park.

Each package includes an exclusive Reds cap branded with the school colors and logo of the fan’s choice. This year’s participating schools are: University of Cincinnati; Xavier University; Thomas More College; University of Dayton; University of Kentucky; and Northern Kentucky University (SOLD OUT)

Packages start as low as $15. A portion of each ticket sold will benefit a scholarship fund of the chosen school.

Tickets available now at, while supplies last.

Fall basketball league at Beavercreek

BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek High School girls basketball program will be hosting its 18th annual girls basketball fall league. The games will be played on Sunday afternoons Sept. 10 through Oct. 22. All teams will play seven games on five Sundays with no games Sept. 17-24.

The league will have 12 high school teams ninth through 12th grade. There will be 8-10 girls per team, with only two players from each school on the same team. Space is limited to 120 players and restricted based on OHSAA rules. If interested, email [email protected] or visit

HALO 5K Fun Run/Walk set

XENIA — The inaugural Helping Animals Lost & Orphaned (HALO) 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Caesar Creek Vineyards LLC, 962 Long Road. Check-in and same-day registration will take place at 8:30 a.m.

Cost is $21 for under-21 aged entrants; $30 for those 21 and over. Pre-register online at: For more information, call Cathy Brown at 937-768-0932.

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