Sports Digest


Area fans told to stay home

GREENE COUNTY — Due to Ohio Governor Mike Dewine’s announcement that all indoor sporting events in Ohio should severely limit spectators to limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 the following will apply:

Only coaches of State Qualifiers and family members may attend. Two coaches and four family members are permitted to attend based on the breakdown from OHSAA in relation to the number of qualifiers we have. No one else will be permitted to attend, no exceptions.

The State Finals will be streamed online, accessible at https://ohsaa.boxcast.com/#/ .

The Stream is free for all Spectrum customers and costs $10 for non Spectrum customers.

(NOTE: Posted from Greeneview HS’s Athletic Department. Gov. DeWine is expected to further determine attendance matters during a scheduled Thursday morning press conference.)

Patriots to battle West Branch Thursday

COLUMBUS — The Carroll Patriots will take on Beloit West Branch in the opening state semifinal game in Division II, at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena.

Carroll returns to the state semifinals after finishing as state runners-up last season. The Patriots (23-5) will take on West Branch, the Associated Press’s No .7-ranked team in the final regular season poll. West Branch (24-3) is from Beloit, in Mahoning County in northeast central Ohio near Youngstown.

Undefeated No. 3-ranked Napoleon (27-0) will play against No. 8 Dresden Tri-Valley in the other D-II state semifinal at 3 p.m. Both games will be shown live at http://OHSAA.tv

the winners of the two games will then face each other at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 in the Division II championship game.

State wrestling tournament begins Friday

COLUMBUS — Eleven area high school wrestlers will be among the state’s finest for the 83rd annual State Wrestling Tournament, to be held at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, on the Ohio State University campus. Of the area’s eleven, Beavercreek’s Gavin Bell, and Legacy Christian Academy wrestlers Matt Ellis, Camron Lacure and Gavin Brown are returning state placers, with Brown a defending state champion. Brown won the Division III 126-pound title last season, Bell placed fifth at 152 pounds in Division I, Lacure finished third in D-III at 120 pounds, and Ellis placed seventh at 106 in D-III.

Also competing in Columbus will be Beavercreek wrestlers Logan Besecker, Kyah Patrick, and Tyler Hicks; Xenia’s Desmond Diggs; Greeneview’s Ashtan Hendricks; and Legacy wrestlers Boede Campbell and Nick Alvarez.

First-round matches are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13.

GABP Clubhouse tours ending

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore is once again offering off-season clubhouse tours of Great American Ball Park. The two-hour Major League Clubhouse Tours include the Reds and visitor’s clubhouses, visitor’s dugout and more exclusive areas.

Tours are available each Saturday at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The tours run weekly until March 14. The Clubhouse Tour also includes admission to the newly-renovated Reds Museum. Space is limited and tours often sell out in advance. Private or small group tours are also available. Please go to redsmuseum.org or call 513-765-7923 for more information.

Local players in Dayton All-Star games

TIPP CITY — Seven Greene County-area girls high school basketball standouts will be among the area’s top players scheduled to compete in a pair of all-star games, March 16-17 at Bethel High School.

Greeneview’s Sylvie Sonneman will team up with players from Franklin-Monroe, Tri-Village, Arcanum, Indian Lake and Mechanicsburg representing the home team in the second annual Dayton Senior All-Star Classic, at 6 p.m. March 16 at Bethel. In that night’s 7:30 p.m. game, Carroll teammates Allie Stefanek and Julia Keller will join the Home team with players from Edgewood, Wilmington, Piqua, Northmont, Eaton, Dunbar, Madison and Valley View.

Following a scheduled 5 p.m. Freshman game, Yellow Springs’ Angie Smith will team up with Legacy Christian’s Kathleen Ahner, Beavercreek’s Anna Landing and area players representing Bethel, Bradford, Troy, Waynesville, New Bremen, and Tri-Village for a 6:30 p.m. Sophomore/Junior game as part of the fifth annual Bill Moss Memorial Dayton Underclass Games showcase, on March 17. Carroll’s Megan Leraas will be on the opposing “Visiting” team.

A second Sophomore/Junior contest is scheduled for 8 p.m., but no area athletes have been listed at this time for that contest. Admission is $5 each day. The games can also be seen online at gemcitysports.com.

Greeneview seeks girls varsity soccer coach

JAMESTOWN — Greeneview High School is looking for a girls head varsity soccer coach for the 2020 Fall season. The school’s previous coach, Shawn Brown, announced he has to resign due to work obligations. Potential candidates should contact Greeneview Athletic Director Mark Rinehart at: mark.rinehart@greeneview.org .

Dragons 5K registration open

DAYTON — Registration is under way for the 10th annual Dragons 5K presented by Orthopedic Associates on Saturday, July 18, 2020 starting at 8 a.m. at Day Air Ballpark (formerly Fifth-Third Field).

All participants in the race receive four (4) lawn tickets to a Dragons game, Dragons 5K t-shirt, Dragons hat, NEW home plate finisher’s medal, and entry to the post-race party inside Day Air Ballpark.

Additionally, if participants sign up for the race in the first 30 days (by March 1), they will receive a bonus of two (2) stadium seat tickets to a Dragons game in April.

The registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 after July 15. Kids age 17 and under can sign up for $15. People can sign up today to reserve their spot at www.daytondragons.com/dragons5ksignup.

Summer Adult Softball offered

BEAVERCREEK — It’s time to play ball! Beavercreek Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department is currently accepting registrations for Summer Adult Softball for coed and men’s teams.

Fees are $480 per team, per league for 6:10 and 7:20 P.M. leagues and $495 for the 8:30/9:40 leagues (under the lights). The league fees include team sanctioning, softballs, umpire fees, and awards. The season runs from April 13 to July 27 with all games played at Rotary Park. Register on line at https://beavercreekoh.myrec.com.

Contact the Beavercreek Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department at 427-5514 or email parks@beavercreekohio.gov for league information and availability. View all activities at the city website: www.beavercreekohio.gov.

Spring Has Sprung 5K returns

XENIA — The Spring Has Sprung 5K run/walk is set for Saturday, April 4 in Xenia, Greene County Public Health officials announced.

Registration is now open at www.speedy-feet.com/races.php. Cost is $15 per person, which guarantees a shirt if registering by Monday, March 23. A limited number of shirts will be available the day of the event. The cost is $20 per person after March 23 (unless registering online) and the day of the race. Online registration closes at midnight on Friday, April 3. All checks or money orders can be made out to Greene County Public Health and sent to: 5K Registration, c/o Greene County Public Health, 360 Wilson Drive, Xenia, OH 45385.

Volunteers are needed. Those interested or in need of more information can contact Jillian Drew at 937-374-5683 or by email at jdrew@gcph.info.

Redlegs Run set for May 30

CINCINNATI — The 19th annual Redlegs Run will be held May 30 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The Redlegs Run features events for everyone, no matter your age, fitness level or race experience. Choose from the 10K, 5K, One Mile Family Run or the Gapper’s Kids Fun Run for children 10 and younger. All runners and walkers for the events will be able to cross the finish line on the warning track inside Great American Ball Park. Visit race-reds.com for registration information.

Dragons hosting Nitro Circus

DAYTON — Tickets for the May 15 Nitro Circus “You Got This” tour are now on sale at the following locations:

• Online at daytondragons.com

• By phone at the Dragons Box office at 937-228-2287; or at Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 937-228-2323.

• In person at any Miami Valley area Kroger store’s Ticketmaster outlet location.

The “You Got This” Tour will feature a highly decorated roster of top international athletes who together hold over 25 X Games medals combined. Leading the charge is the multi-talented Ryan Williams, who earlier this year completed an unprecedented X Games trifecta after taking three consecutive BMX Big Air golds, the first athlete ever to do so.

Jarryd McNeil, a 15-time X Games medalist, eight-time gold medalist Adam Jones, four-time gold medalist Vicki Golden and X Games veteran Beau Bamburg are scheduled to perform, along with pro skateboarder Beaver Fleming and BMX rider Kurtis Downs, among others.

The appearance on May 15 will mark the first-ever performance in Dayton for Nitro Circus.

Race tickets on sale at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON — Tickets are now on sale for five major motorsports events to be held at the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the 2020 racing season.

Fans can see all the on track action, plus gain access to club weekends not open to the general public, with the purchase of a Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass at the $360 advance price. The regular price is $395 starting March 3. Included with the all access pass are all event general admission tickets and grandstand seating, infield parking, redemption offers for use on site, and other exclusive experiences. A Paddock Pass for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is also provided. See midohio.com for a summary of all the exclusive benefits of a 2020 Mid-Ohio Season Race Pass.

Now through March 2, fans who buy during the advance purchase window get rewarded with savings of up to $20 on most event tickets. Also, Weekend Motorhome and Tent Camping are available at $20 off regular prices currently. Tickets can be ordered online at midohio.com or 419-884-4000 weekdays during business hours.

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