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Yellow Jackets to host track meet today

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University is scheduled to host the annual Yellow Jacket Collegiate Track & Field Open on Saturday, March 25. Action, in both field events and running events, is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT.

A total of 28 varsity programs and club teams are anticipated to take part. Schools joining CU in the scored meet include Alma (Mich.), Bluffton, Capital, Defiance, Hanover (Ind.), Heidelberg, Lourdes, Mount Union, Mount Vernon Nazarene, Ohio Christian, Ohio Northern, Otterbein, Rio Grande, Saint Francis (Ind.), Trine (Ind.), Ursuline, Wabash (Ind.), and Wright State.

This is the first meet of the outdoor season since the Yellow Jackets completed the indoor campaign at the NCAA Division II Championships in Birmingham, Ala. on March 11.

Jackets win NCCAA region match

GREENTOWN, Ind. — Cedarville University defeated Indiana Wesleyan, 5-2, in a key National Christian College Athletic Association Midwest Region men’s college tennis match played indoors at the Howard County Tennis Center.

The contest was played to the point of decision, and carries with it an automatic berth to the NCCAA National Tournament provided the Yellow Jackets finish with a .500 or better record.

Cedarville (7-8) departed doubles with a 2-1 lead following three close duals.

Ryan Shomo and Joel Clark were 8-6 winners at the No. 2 spot. The No. 3 tandem of Alex Totten and Stephen Combs squeezed out a 9-8 decision by taking the tiebreaker, 7-4. In singles, No. 2 Matt Brumbaugh (6-1, 7-5) and No. 5 Jonathan Class (6-2, 6-2) both won in straight sets. No. 6 Jeremy Hoover went the distance for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory.

Kneeland G-MAC Pitcher of the Week

CEDARVILLE — Yellow Jacket righthander Josh Kneeland has been chosen the G-MAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week for games played on March 13-19.

Kneeland, a 6-foot-4 junior from Newfane, N.Y., picked up his second victory following a 10-3 result at Oakland City.

In seven innings on the mound, he allowed two unearned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. Kneeland is 2-2 in four starts this spring with a 2.16 earned run average. He has 21 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched.

Brumbaugh G-MAC Tennis Athlete of the Week

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville sophomore Matt Brumbaugh is the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week in men’s tennis.

Brumbaugh, a native of West Milton, went 1-1 in both singles and doubles as the Yellow Jackets split two matches. Both victories came against Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) during a 7-2 result at the Indianapolis Racquet Club. He was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 2 singles after teaming up with Jonathan Class for an 8-5 decision at No. 1 doubles.

Brumbaugh is 7-7 in singles this year and 21-16 for his career.

Bennett named NCCAA All-American

CEDARVILLE — Lady Jacket basketball guard Baylee Bennett has been selected to the NCCAA All-America Second Team for the 2016-17 season.

Additionally, juniors Kaitlyn Holm and Emily Williams have been recognized as NCCAA Scholar-Athletes.

Bennett, a 5-foot-5 sophomore from Springfield, ranked second in scoring (13.4) and assists (3.3) for the 19-11 Lady Jackets. Her 94 three-point field goals made is the third-highest in CU women’s basketball history. She earned a spot on the All-G-MAC Women’s Basketball Second Team and helped the Lady Jackets reach the conference tournament semifinals.

Holm is a criminal justice major from Charlotte, N.C., and Williams is a nursing major from Fredericktown.

It’s the 15th consecutive year that Cedarville has had NCCAA Scholar-Athletes in women’s basketball. The list includes juniors and seniors, who maintain a minimum 3.40 cumulative grade point average.

Yellow Jackets 6th at SVSU Invite

GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Cedarville opened the 2017 portion of the men’s golf schedule with a sixth-place finish at the Saginaw Valley State Invitational.

The Yellow Jackets shot 303-302-605 at the 6,846 yard, par 72 Cherry Blossom Golf Club.

Bellarmine won the 21-team tournament with 306-286-592.

Taylor Holt (76-72-148) and Jordan Reese (73-75-148) tied for 12th place individually. Other Cedarville scores were John Sandlas (78-78-156), Carter Ehms (76-84-160), and Jared Hoelzen (92-77-169). Jeremy Royer (87-82-169) played as an individual.

Cedarville will host the Cedarville Invitational, March 27-28.

Central State Auxiliary Corps holding clinics, auditions

WILBERFORCE — The Central State University Auxiliary Corps will hold clinics and auditions for their cheerleading, mascot, dancers, color guard/flags, majorettes (baton) and banner girls in April. CSU is seeking individuals who will excel in academics, set high standards of character and behavior for the student body, as well as represent the student body as entertaining squads, stimulate school spirit, grow, bond and unite in spirit as a team.

Out of area candidates who are interested in auditioning, housing and meal accommodations can be arranged for a minimal fee of $100. Visit for details on how to acquire and fill out the required paperwork.

For further information, please contact Sylvia Kelley at: [email protected]

High School

Xenia taking Hall nominations

XENIA — The Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame committee is now accepting nominations for its 2017 induction class. An individual, team, coach 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 last day for the committee to accept nominations will be April 26. Forms 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. Call Gregg Cross at 937-372-5417 with any nomination questions.

Upcoming events

Learn to Play Pickleball

BEAVERCREEK — Join the Beavercreek Parks Department for A Learn to Play Pickleball program from 10:30-12 p.m., or 6-7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 4, at Dominick Lofino Park, 640 Grange Hall Road.

Experienced pickleballers will be present to teach beginners how to play. This free program is “drop in” to learn and try it out. Equipment will be available for those who do not have their own. All ages are welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Contact the Beavercreek Parks Department for more information at 937-427-5514 or email [email protected] Visit the city website to view all activities.

Beavercreek Fastpitch signups

BEAVERCREEK — Signups for the 2017 Beavercreek Fastpitch softball season continue, with practice for 8U, 10U and 12U leagues set to begin in April.Registration forms were sent home with Beavercreek students in first through fifth grade. Middle school and high school students can still obtain registration forms in their school offices. Forms can also be found online at: Go to the Handout tab for the registration form.

Practice for Beavercreek Fastpitch 14U and 18U league teams will begin after the scholastic softball season has ended, in approximately mid-May.

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 [email protected] for league information and availability. View all activities at city website,

Lions Club league signups online

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

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.

Tai Chi classes offered

BEAVERCREEK — Improve your health, balance and manage stress by enrolling in Beginning Tai Chi for Health and Wellness class offered by Beavercreek Parks, Recreation & Culture. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Class is scheduled for Wednesdays, April 5 – May 13, 6-7 p.m. at C. I. Beaver Hall, 3696 Highmont Street. Fee is $45 for residents; $52 for non-residents.

Contact the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture Department at 427-5514, email [email protected] for more information. View all activities at City website

Team seeks elite player

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Elite – Slack 11U baseball program is looking to add one player to round out its 2017 roster. The team is based out of Central Ohio and plays a very competitive statewide schedule beginning April 1. Anyone interested may contact Jason Slack at 614-419-5401 to set up a tryout, or visit for additional information about the program.




Greene County News

Cedarville info courtesy of Cedarville University Athletics ( Please email your Greene County-area sports information to: [email protected] Thank you.

Cedarville info courtesy of Cedarville University Athletics ( Please email your Greene County-area sports information to: [email protected] Thank you.