Sports Digest


Special Olympics torch passes through county

XENIA — The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics passed through the Greene County area on Thursday, June 27. The Southwest Ohio leg of the torch relay, which began on June 25 in Urbana and passed through Hilliard, Cincinnati, Springdale, Fairfield, Middletown, Franklin, Centerville and Dayton earlier, passed through Xenia and Yellow Springs before ending the Thursday portion of the torch relay in Springfield.

The Ohio Special Olympics Summer Games are scheduled to take place June 28-3o at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and various locations throughout the Columbus area.

Bellbrook’s Lemon dominates Jr. Golf

XENIA — Bellbrook High School golfer Mayne Lemon dominated the opening week of the WGC Junior Golf League, capturing medalist honors in the senior boys division with a 39. He also won long drive in his division and longest putt made on hole 9 and closest-to-the-pin on hole 7. Caleb Goecke finished second with a 46. Morgan Bennett won the girls division with a 56 and won the girls long drive contest. Elliott Houser was medalist in the seven-hole junior boys division with a 34. He also had the longest drive in his division. Runner up in that division was Owen Brockman with a 39. Nineteen players competed. Next week’s July 3 play will continue at 11 a.m. at WGC Golf Course in Xenia.

Twos are wild at Shady Bowl

DEGRAFF — Racing at Shady Bowl Speedway, at 9892 Flowing Well Rd., will resume Saturday June 29, with a full schedule of stock car action. In Wooten Automotive Modifieds Germantown’s Bill Burba has powered his way to two straight wins. Jeremy Niswonger has also powered his four cylinder to two straight wins in the Noble Armor Coating mini stock division. Piqua’s Josh Sage has his Harrod Septic Solutions running strong, as he tries for two wins a row after winning the Neal Sceva Memorial last week. Columbus driver Buddy Townsend will try and win his second straight feature in the Dave Nagel Excavating late models. It will also be Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club Night with all members admitted to the grandstand area for half off. Members must show a current membership card. Racing is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Road to LPGA hits River’s Bend

MAINEVILLE — The 13th stop on the 2019 “Road to the LPGA” takes the Symetra Tour to TPC River’s Bend, located at 316 Winding River Blvd. in Maineville, for the second annual Prasco Charity Championship from June 28-30. Greeting the 144-player field is a total purse of $125,000. Individuals are set to compete in a 54-hole stroke play format with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The winner’s share for the event is $18,750. China’s Muni He, winner of the inaugural event in 2018, is now a member of the LPGA Tour. Action gets under way at 7:30 a.m. all three days, with play starting off the No. 1 and No. 10 tees in the first and second round. All groups will head off No. 1 tee in twosomes for the final round with a trophy presentation to follow on the No. 18 green.

Yellow Jackets hosting volleyball camps

CEDARVILLE — The Cedarville University women’s volleyball team will be hosting three camps and a tournament in July. The Elite Camp, going from July 14-16, is designed for girls entering grades 8–12. This is the highest level of individual camps for girls that are interested in playing volleyball at the next level. Girls at this camp are required to have high school varsity and/or national club team experience.

The individual camp held July 16-18 is designed for girls entering grades 7–12. This is an overall skills camp for individuals who want to improve and enhance their skills while also working on the fundamentals of the game.

Lastly, there is a team camp held July 18-20. Camp is designed for girls freshman, JV and varsity teams. The Spiketacular tournament on July 20th is for any high school level team. Camps are coached by current Cedarville University staff and their players. Rates for residential and commuter, as well as all other information for each individual camp, can be found at Sign up now, as prices increase June 24.

Mini Hawk Camp in July

BEAVERCREEK — The City of Beavercreek, in cooperation with Skyhawks Sports, is offering a Mini Hawk (Baseball, Flag Football and Soccer) Sport Camp for children ages 4-7. Through games and activities, campers explore balance, hand/eye coordination, and skill development at their own pace.

Camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, July 15-19 at Rotary Park, 2260 Dayton-Xenia Road. Resident fee is $114 and non-resident fee is $130. Contact the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture Department (937) 427-5514 for more information. Register online at

Tiny Hawk Camp in July, too

BEAVERCREEK — The City of Beavercreek, in cooperation with Skyhawks Sports, is offering Tiny Hawk (Soccer and Basketball) Sport Camp for ages 3-4. The essentials of soccer and basketball are introduced in a fun and safe environment with lots of encouragement. Children will learn balance, body movement, hand/eye coordination and skill development through a series of sport-specific games tailored to their attention spans.

Camp is scheduled for 12-30-1:30 p.m. July 15 -19 at Rotary Park, 2260 Dayton-Xenia Road. Fee is $59 for residents and $69 for non-residents.

Contact the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture Department for more information at (937) 427-5514 or email [email protected]. Register online at

Football referee classes offered

WEST CARROLLTON — The Dayton Area Football Officials Association (DAFOA) will be offering OHSAA officiating classes starting July 23 from 6-8:30 p.m. at West Carrollton High School.

Cost for the five-week class is $110, which includes all training books and test material, 25 hours of classroom study and film review, and participation in one supervised on-field varsity scrimmage. Classes start Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25 and will end on Thursday, Aug. 22.

For more information about the DAFOA high school football officiating classes, please contact instructors Jack Brooks ([email protected]) or Daniel Palmer ([email protected]), or supervisor and DAFOA president Ryan Walters ([email protected]).

Reds offering Corral ticket package

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds have announced a new ticket package, “The Corral,” for Friday games at Great American Ball Park near Reds right fielder Yasiel Puig, who fans often refer to as a “Wild Horse.”

The ticket packages, which include a limited-edition T-shirt, start at $15 and are available for 11 Reds Friday night home games. Tickets can be purchased online at

Dragons 5K run in July

DAYTON — Registration is under way for the ninth annual Dragons 5K on Saturday, July 20, starting at 8am at Fifth Third Field.

All participants in the race receive four (4) lawn tickets to a future Dragons game, Dragons 5K t-shirt, Dragons hat, NEW finisher’s medal and entry to the post-race party inside Fifth Third Field.

The registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 after July 15. Kids age 17 and under can sign up for $15. Fans can sign up to reserve their spot at

Extreme Sports camp

BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek Parks Department, in cooperation with Quest Sports, is offering an Extreme Quest Sports Camp for children ages 6-17 from 9 a.m. to noon, July 29-Aug. 2 at the Gym Quest, 3820 Kemp Road.

Extreme Quest Sports Camp combines Hip Hop, Gymnastics and Parkour. Learn breakdancing and street-style choreography in addition to obstacle course training including climbing, vaulting, rolling, flipping and more.

Fee is $90 for resident and $104 for non-resident. Contact the Beavercreek Parks Department for more information at 427-5514 or email [email protected].

Register for Soccer Camp

BEAVERCREEK — The City of Beavercreek Parks, Recreation & Culture Department and Skyhawks Sports Academy are taking registrations for Soccer Camp (ages 4-12). Campers will learn the fundamentals of soccer and gain the technical skills and sport knowledge required for that next step into soccer.

Camp is scheduled for July 29-Aug. 2 at Rotary Park, 2260 Dayton Xenia Road.

(Ages 4-5) 12:30-1:30 p.m.; fee is $59 for resident; $69 non-resident.

(Ages 6-12) 9 a.m. – noon; fee is $114 for resident; $130 non-resident.

Contact the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture Department for more information at (937) 427-5514 or email [email protected]. Register online at

Nominees for XHS Athletic Hall being taken

XENIA — The Xenia High School Athletic Hall of Fame nomination committee is now taking nominations for the 2019 Hall of Fame class. 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. 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 for nominations is Aug. 3, 2019. Contact Gregg Cross at 937-372-5417 for more information.

YRC of Xenia hosting Bob Evans Tournaments

XENIA — The Youth Recreation Club of Xenia is hosting the Bob Evans Invitational youth baseball tournament for 8U-14U teams, Aug. 2-4 at the Bob Evans Fields, located at 640 Birch Road in Xenia. Entry fee is $300 per team. Contact [email protected] for more tournament information.

OHSAA officials training offered

FAIRBORN — High School football officiating classes will be offered July 31 through Aug. 18 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, located at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway in Fairborn. The course will be taught by Rob Cowles and Billy Willis. Cost is $115. Scrimmage(s) attendance is required; dates, times and locations will be announced in class. Those interested can register online at Contact Cowles ([email protected] or 937-360-5071, preferably by text) or Willis ([email protected] or 440-821-9695) for class times and further information.

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