Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dunbar defeats Beavercreek

In Wednesday non-conference action, Dunbar defeated Beavercreek at home 57-45.

    After a tight 1st half which ended 20-20, Dunbar powered out to a 19-4 3rd quarter to help seal the deal.
 Stormy Cook led the Wolverines with 16 as he hit 2 3-ptrs; Terrance Landers added 10.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Football4U Combine Info (Feb 21st)

On February 21st, will host its 1st Annual Football Combine for the top youth football players in Southwest Ohio. Featuring the top 50 players in grades 4-8.
The Camp Fee is $60 and you will receive NFL-Style training & football gear courtesy of Under Armour.

Want to Register or Need More Info?   or  Call 248-1402.

Wayne sends statement to Rams; Landers, Smith lead win

After hearing about how talented the young Rams was, the Warriors took offense a little bit.

L'Christian "Blue" Smith shined vs Rams

      Then their two thoroughbreds led them to a runaway victory over Trotwood, who was ranked #10 in the state polls coming into game.
... While the first quarter was played to a tilt, the 2nd and 3rd showed why the Warriors are, simply put, the better, more experienced squad.
   Trey Landers (30 points) and L'Christian "Blue" Smith (26 points) were unstoppable on the boards and inside offensively.

     The Rams had no answer for the dynamic duo, who combined for almost as many points (56) as the Rams had themselves (61).

    Wayne switched up defenses on Freshman sensation Amari Davis and the Rams, and it stymied the young guns normally efficient offense.

    Wayne jumped out to a 14 point lead 47-33 & it seemed as if the Wayne Train would cruise to another easy win.

    But Trotwood made a vintage run and cut the lead to 7, before Smith took over the final 5 minutes and secured the win- going away.

   .Once Stephens,  the other Fab Frosh who starts for the Rams, had fouled out?

RAP City the basement for the Rams.

Wayne now moves to 15-0 while Trotwood falls to 14-2.

The game was televised on Time Warner as the OSHAA Game of the Week. With Wayne being #1 in the state and Trotwood hovering close by, look for more games on TV from these schools

Monday, January 25, 2016

Trotwood, Wayne both ready for showdown; City League Recap

 Big Showdown in GWOC

With the GWOC Game of the Year possibly on tap tonight, Trotwood (14-1) & Wayne (13-0) both have had banner seasons.
    With D-1 players all over the court, this is sure to be a epic battle of some of the best basketball to offer in Dayton.

    The youth of Trotwood has meant absolutely nothing as the Rams have thwarted everyone in the state of Ohio. Included in that is a signature win at Dunbar, which the Rams showed more poise and maturity then that of the Wolverines, who usually eat up opponents on their home court.

    But facing the heralded Wayne Train has been no fun for any team in the GWOC, especially in the last 3 or 4 years.
   Coach Travis Trice has put the Warriors squarely on the National Map, and they have all the weapons to stay there, in Trey Landers, Rodrick Caldwell and L'Christian "Blue" Smith.
  The Warriors have supreme confidence that they will get the job done. They have risen up to every challenge this (and last) season.

    Trotwood has all the weapons to win the game, question is, can they actually outplay the Top Team in Ohio and possibly the country?

 A very tall task for a talented group of youngsters.
But not impossible.

City League Recap - Headlines

Thurgood wins on last second FT; Williams combo leads Stivers; Dunbar wins shootout with Belmont

As Thurgood trailed going into the 4th quarter, it loomed as if the Lions would stay in a good spot for the City Title Race...however, Thurgood stifled the Lions in the 4th, holding them to 10 points and winning a defensive battle 47-46.
Meadowdale (5-3) had shut down the Cougars in the 2nd and 3rd, holding them to under 10 points in both the 2nd and 3rd...But the 4th quarter Hoskins Jr. got going, and led all scorers with 17...

     Coach Chastain was not very happy about the final call, which setup the final score as Hoskins Jr. hit the 1st Free throw and missed the second, securing the win.
 Joe Keeble had 17 for the Lions.
 Thurgood now stays tied with Dunbar for 1st place (6-1)

Stivers trio downs Ponitz

   The Tigers got back in the win column as bug man Isiah Williams dropped 22 points to lead all scorers as Stivers defeated Ponitz 65-56.
Joey Williams Jr. Had 11 and Boddie added 14.

  Ponitz was down 11 at half, and seemed to stay close enough for sticking distance,  but just not able to get it under 7. Ponitz was led by Scott with 18.

Dunbar races past Belmont, holds off Bison late

The Wolverines have been simple to figure out  this season;
When they Start fast? They win big
When they start slow?  No big deal.

And last Friday night the Wolverines jumped out fast, and hammered a 86-80 win.
 Dunbar held a lead from the 1st quarter, and jumped out to a 18-7 lead.
It was game over until the Bison woke up and delivered 31 points in the 4th to make it interesting.

 Chris Jackson led the Wolverines with 19, while Pete Baker had 15.
   Ford led the Bison with 18 and dropped 2 3's.
Dunbar stays tied with Thurgood for City League Supremacy.


Friday, January 22, 2016

City League Showdown tonight; Can Trotwood, Wayne continue winning streaks?

Here's the Top Games for this Friday, as we hit the 2nd half of the season.

(1) Meadowdale  @ Thurgood  

  The Lions will head to Thurgood for a huge game in the City League Championship race.

     Thurgood, despite having losing record, are tied for first (5-1) in City League play, which usually goes a long way towards a late run for State honors.
 Darnell Hoskins Jr. has had a banner year by all accounts,  and has kept the team floating all season. With Evan Clayborn back, could they make. A deep run?

   Meadowdale, coached by 1st year guy Dwayne Chastain, have had a very good season to date, and although losing to Wayne on Tuesday, they did compete for most of the game, which could prep them for the game tonight. The Lions are 4-2 in City Play and need a win to stay in the hunt for a title.

(2) Wayne   @  Centerville

  The Warriors have ran through the competition so much so, that even Kenny "The Jet" Smith had to give props after the Warriors sent his sons team (IMG Academy) packing with a L.

  The #1 ranked team in the State, the Wayne Train are, quite simply, playing at another level than anybody else.

 Centerville has had a nice season as well, and will look to pick off the bully on the block, as The Elks have a star player in Keegan Saben, who has single handedly kept them in multiple games this season.
Can they pull off the improbable?

(3) Trotwood  @ Vandalia Butler 

 Can the Rams continue to torch the opposition with their young guns? These Rams haven't cared one bit that they don't have one senior in the starting lineup, or that they handed the ball to a Frosh and let him "Go"...
    Vandalia would love nothing more than a upset win over the Rams, and will be rocking the gym tonight.
Not sure if they can stay on the floor with these young Rams though.

(4) Dunbar  @  Belmont

 Belmont ended a 15 year streak after defeating Stivers last week.. Can they end a longer streak against the Wolverines?
  Dunbar lost in Flyin to the hoop and will be primed for a good showing tonight.
  Terrence Landers has been locked in and had a stellar showing at Flyin, and really all season.

Can Belmont beat the Mighty Wolverines?

 The coaching staff has done a good job of trying to turn the program around..

  Tonight will be the real test to see if the Bison are truly on the upward trend.

(5) Northmont  @  Springfield

Can the TBolts head down to the "Field" & get a huge win? Northmont got a big W last weekend, but will face a Springfield team who lost in Flyin despite a good showing.
 Look for a hyped up matchup tonight.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Big Winners of Flyin to the Hoop; what Celebrities were there? Wayne stays unbeaten

Here's the recap, highlights and stars of last MLK weekend as the Top National HS Tourney Flyin' To The Hoop went down in the Miami Valley:

Flyin' to the Hoop Headlines:

(1) Wayne defeats IMG,  continue its torrid winning streak as "Father vs Son" game goes down; Trice Family Steals scene with Kenny Smith  

   When it was posted that Wayne would play IMG, Coach Travis Trice knew this would be a special one. His son D'Mitrik, who had led his Wayne team to their 1st ever State hoops title, would be on the court.
  Only this time, dad would be trying to stop his son from defeating his Warriors squad.
  The Warriors did prevail, but it was the theatrics of the Trices and the Jet which provided the entertainment...

Such as:
   Mrs. Trice clownin wit former NBA Champion and TNT analyst Kenny "The Jet" Smith;
  The duel within the duel as the Trice family as  talk ensued in between plays between father and son.

Kenny Smith, Archie Miller, Mrs Trice enjoying the game
 (Courtesy of Image Jock) 

   While Trice admitted he was happy with the win, he wasn't as thrilled with having to stop his son, and Kenny Smith's son as well, en route to the win.

   The Warriors dominated - again- on the big stage as they cruised past IMG.

 Super Soph  L'Christian "Blue" Smith led Wayne with 15.
 D'Mitrik Trice had 2 points and 3 assists  and Smith had 8 as the Warriors stymied IMG offensively.

(2) Top recruit Josh Jackson shines but loses; then gets redemption with GW shot

One of the prized recruits in the country brought his talent here and ended with a bang as Jackson dropped 32 in the first game, then came back in the next game and hit a game winning three-point shot.
    Jackson, 6'6, plays for Prolific prep out of California & is widely considered the top unsigned recruit in the country, with Kansas & Michigan St at the top of his short list.

    After a couple of games, you could see why as the Super-talented Jackson dominated and was the most coveted player in the country.

     Other moments, it seemed he pressed a little, but when you're a top recruit, you will press those buttons sometime.
Overall, 47 points and a Game Winning buzzer beater to finish?
Not too bad for a #1 recruit.

(3) Rising star Seth Towns dominates

It seems that Mr. Towns is taking the snub from McDonald's All-America game quite seriously as he came in and poured a tournament high 40 points and 10 rebounds as Northland earned a victory.            The versatile 6'8 Towns was utterly unstoppable, and showed why Harvard will be getting not only a top-notch future NBA player but a unbelievably smart student.
    Ohio State seemingly let the Columbus native get away, after not really pursuing him to the degree that they should have.
   Towns hasn't taken it personal from most accounts, but his play shows otherwise, and has been running through competition like few others have this season.
 No doubt he's a McDonald's All-American, whether he got the nod or not.
He's that good.

 (4) Trotwood smacks Fairmont on opening night

 Trotwood continued to play winning basketball as they dumped on Fairmont in the flying to the hoop opener opening night.
 Trotwood had just beat Dunbar, and although they started slow, they shut the door on Fairmont by the 3rd quarter.  The more confidence they get, the more they will be a force to be reckoned with.
   Patten led the Rams with 29.

(5) Lima Sr. defeats Thurgood, 

Lima Sr. continued it's winning ways in Dayton as they defeated Thurgood 83-66.
   Michigan recruit Xavier Simpson (20) & Marquavious Wilson (19) led the #2 ranked Spartans to the win.

   Darnell Hoskins Jr. dropped almost half of his teams points (31), but it was not enough as the Spartans played another tough, dominant  performance which has kept them undefeated (10-0) put them right in the talk for a D-1 State Championship.

(6) Northridge drubs Yellow Springs

 Northridge routed Yellow Springs, and send a message to anybody who believe that they were a one-year wonder.
Yellow Springs never had a chance, and Northridge was led by Malik Akbar who had 31.

Nick Ward slams it down vs Dunbar

(7) Dunbar rally falls short,  loses late

The Wolverines came out slow, and fell to Gahanna Lincoln by a score of 67 - 62.  Gahanna was able to get out to a double-digit lead by halftime. Dunbar cut the lead to under 5 in the 4th, but Gahanna's big man Nick Ward (Mich St commit) was able to diffuse the rally - he dominated inside all night, and the Wolverines had no match for him.  was the Wolverines had no match. Terrance Landers Jr. led the Wolverines with 23.

"The Jet", "Izzo" & "Huggy Bear" invade Flyin'

 when you have names such as "The Jet, Izzo, and Huggy Bear coming through your event?

You know you doing good.

   Kenny Smith (TNT analyst), coach Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Archie Miller of UD, and Bob Huggins of West Virginia were just a few of the A-List name celebrity sports figures on hand at Flyin to the Hoop.
 At one point Izzo barked at Flyin' director Eric Horstman,
"How is this event not on TV?"....
meaning why hasn't ESPN picked it up yet?

Usually when a guy the stature of Tom Izzo is saying something like that, look for something to happen in the near future.
Just a testament to how far Flyin' has come.

Kenny "The Jet" Smith praises Dayton Hoops

   And in the words of Kenny Smith, "Shoutout to the Dayton area & Flyin' to the Hoop" is all we need.

Hey we been preaching it for decades. Now the whole country is seeing it for themselves.

Dayton is "The Hotbed for Hoops".

Plain and simple.

And by the way, all 42 teams who participated have said they wanted to come back - already.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Rams jump out on Wolverines, hold on for big W; Showdown with Wayne up next

Trotwood superb frosh getting it done

If you attended the sold out Trotwood - Dunbar game,  you started to see the future of basketball in the Miami Valley.

  And in one word, it's looks bright.

 But on this night, the Rams young guns came out firing and put on a offensive display to upend the Wolverines  @ Dunbar 82-72.
   The Rams were led by Freshman Guard Amari Davis and Sophomore wing Myles Belyeu (Son of former Miami Redhawk Scott Belyeu), as they controlled the game, put the Rams ahead early 22-12 & was able to set the tone.

Davis, the wiry strong 6'3 lefty,
 was sensational, from start to finish.

   Dunbar got back in the game in the 2nd, and was only down by a few as Senior Wing Terrance Landers Jr. (Purdue signee) got hot and lead the Wolverines to a comeback, seemingly setting the stage for a big 2nd half.

   However Trotwood continued to play great ball, as Davis and the Rams made play after play after play.

     After a foul filled late 3rd period, the Rams had pushed the lead up to double digits, and had all but taken the drama out of the game.

   The Wolverines made a run late, but poor Free Throw shooting didn't help Dunbar's (7-5) cause.

  The Rams never looked rattled in the game, and to have the moxie to go into the toughest place to play in Southwest Ohio and get a W?

  Big for the Rams, who now move to 12-1.

  The win now sets up a major showdown against the Undefeated Champs (Wayne) next week.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

3 Big Matchups "On A Tuesday?....Snow cancellations...Coach faces former Team

 Here's some of the key match-ups on the first snow day of 2016.
Can Rams get a big W at Dunbar?

 Trotwood (10-1)  @  Dunbar  (7-4)   
    Can Trotwood continue its torrid pace and defeat the Wolverines in their home? They have been dominant in this early season, but winning in the Wolverines gym is no easy task, even for the best of teams.
  This game could be a classic, as 2 of the premiere HS Sports programs in the state will battle it out. 

"HYPE FACTOR":  5 out of 5 

Meadowdale (10-4)   @ Wayne (11-0)  
     The Lions have been rolling,  and have had a very good season to date...Now they will be tested on all levels as they take on the Reigning big school State champs. 

  Wayne has dominated nearly every opponent this season, and they have been tested from jump. Not to mention they continue to break records, win awards, and swagg it out in the process.
    Meadowdale has the talent to match up with Wayne; Coach Dwayne Chastain and staff have done an excellent job of preparing the team, and keeping them motivated. 

     But can they match the intensity, skill level, excellent coaching and show the composure of playing the best team in the state?

"HYPE FACTOR":  5 out of 5 

C-J   (10-2)      @   Thurgood  (5-7)  

    In a game that features a coach pitting himself against his former school (Coach Darnell Hoskins) as the Eagles will take on the Cougars.
    Hoskins was a star guard at C-J, leading the Eagles to a State berth and eventually garnered a scholarship to play for Wisconsin & UD before playing pro ball. He's considered one of the greatest players to come out of C-J.
    Thurgood has been up and down this season, but lately they have started to hit on all cylinders, and boast a 4-1 record in the much respected Dayton City League.  
 Getting big man Evan Clayborne back will be key for the Cougars.
  The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to Alter last Friday, but have been dominant for the most part this season. 
 Chaminade are reached the State Semis last year, and have a team who could make another run this year. 
  "HYPE" FACTOR:   4 out of 5

Other key games: 

Oakwood     @  Franklin

Fairmont      @   Xenia

Stebbins      @  West Carrollton

Dayton Temple Christian  @ Jefferson

Fairfield        @  Springboro


Northmont -  Ponitz 
game has been postponed.

Dayton High School Sports  "HYPE METER" 

1 out of 5  -  
Check the Newspaper and the News on the results- I'll go to the next one!

2 out of 5  -
 Catch the social media feed, phone, gossip etc. 

3 out of 5  -
I'ma Check this Game out...Should be a quality game!

4 out of 5  - 
A definite, "Must See LIVE! & Tweet, IG, FB, 
Snapchat while im there!" 

5 out of 5 -
 A probable classic; "Of course im here! Where else would I be at?" Are u Serious? (In your Dick Vitale voice)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Wayne sends multiple statements; "No Audience" Recap; Undefeated team falls

Heres what went down last weekend in high school sports in the Miami Valley:

L'Christian "Blu" Smith, Rodrick Caldwell on the move

 Wayne throttles Springfield, then defeats top ranked team in Cleveland

     The Warriors knew this weekend would be the "Early Test" weekend that shows where they are after winning a State Title.
 They would have to play Springfield and State Title Contender Cleveland St. Ignatius.

    Springfield was arguably the hottest team in Southwest Ohio, running off 7 straight, while St. Ignatius is widely regarded as the "Top HS Team in Cleveland."
   On Friday Wayne dispatched Springfield quickly in the GWOC Game of the Week, reeling off the first 14 points of the game and grabbing a huge lead by half.
   Danny Davis, Springfield's star guard, had 3 fouls by half, and 2 early in the 1st quarter.

 Game over.

    Then Saturday the Warriors took out one of the top teams in  Cleveland in St. Ignatius

   Wayne came out on fire, and jumped out to a nice lead.

    In the 2nd half Ignatius made a furious late rally, but the Warriors held off the boys from the northeast and uwon by a score of 65-58.

 The Warriors were led by Trey Landers, Rodrick Caldwell, and L'Christian "Blu" Smith.

  The Warriors should be #1 when the OHSAA State Bball Rankings drop later this week. And don't be surprised to see them in the USA Top 5 when it's all said and done.

"No Audience"  games commence; 

Dunbar hammers Stivers
     The Wolverines jumped out fast, per usual this season, and cruised to a big W @ Stivers 67-34.

When Dunbar plays well early?

 Forget about it.

  Terrence Landers Jr. led the Wolverines with 14, while Jamison added 10.

Paris Minniefield led Stivers with 9 and was hot from behind the 3.
 The Tigers seemingly struggled with the "No Audience" scenario.

 Dunbar stays tied at City League lead (4-1)

Meadowdale continues to roll  

Joe Keeble splashing a J over the Ponitz D

The Lions continued their strong play by soundly defeating Ponitz 66-49.
  With no fans to harass, the Lions outscored Ponitz every quarter en route to the big win.
   Joe Keeble led the Lions with 19, while CJ WillIams had 12.
  Scott led Ponitz with 18, while Cook added 12 for the Panthers, who fall to 1-3 in City League Play.

Meadowdale moves to 4-1 & sit tied atop the Dayton Public League.

Thurgood big man fuels win

Evan Clayborne was dying to get back on the court.

    After watching the Cougars struggle early, it was hard to watch for the 6'9 Top 15 Center in Ohio.

    Not to mention all the talk about why he left Dunbar....hearing people murmur "was it the best move?" & "Why?"

    Well regardless, Clayborne showed why college coaches are salivating over the big man, as he came out and put up 16 points, a number of rebounds & blocks, and combined with Hoskins (19) to dominate the 2nd half and cruise late to a W over Belmont.

  At half the score was 17-16 Belmont, and the "No Audience" factor seemed to be playing in the Bison's favor.

Until Cougars Coach Darnell Hoskins got a hold of his team at halftime.

The Cougars then outscored Belmont 24-9 in the 3rd quarter to snap the Bison upset hopes.
Thurgood moves to 4-1 & stay in 3 - way tie for 1st place in the City League race.

 Alter rallies late against C-J, stuns Eagles in classic

Everyone knows when Alter and CJ collide, you can throw out the records.

    And that was no more evident then at the Nutter Center (Wright State) as the Knights turned a huge early deficit into a late comeback win, shocking the Eagles. The Laravie brothers led the win for Alter, and combined for 30 points.

    C-J was up at half 16-7, playing stifling D and rising up to the challenge.
  Then Alter got hot and outscored C-J 44-29 in the 2nd half to get the win.
   Joiner led the Eagles with with 22 while Montague added 13.

 Alter has won 5 straight and defeated Cincy St Xavier 46-45 on Saturday.

Monroe defeats Franklin, halts 53-game win streak

    When Monroe had a chance to take down the Wildcats, who had paraded through the SWBL like they owned it, and honestly?

    When you win 53 straight, you can say that you do run the league. However Monroe made sure it wouldn't be 54 as they took out Franklin 51-49 in Monroe this weekend.

   Noah Kappers and Steve Donald both had 15, and called the win over Franklin, "Amazing."

    Franklin went 2-12 down the stretch from the free throw line - which led to the win for Monroe.

 The loss was Franklin's first of the season.

Trotwood pulls out comeback over Sidney 

 The Rams were looking beatable, and the winning streak was looking shaky.

    Sidney had been on point, and had battled the Rams to a standstill.
Actually a 1-pt lead headed into the 4th.

  Cameron Gallimore (17 pts) and the Yellow Jackets were primed for the GWOC upset.

    Then the Rams turned up the D, caught fire and rallied for a tough 61-52 win.

    Junior Guard Torrey Patten came alive and dropped 26, leading the rally and keeping the Rams with only 1 loss. The Rams doubled up Sidney in
the 4th quarter (22-11).

  Trotwood was down 9 (30-21) going into halftime.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Top 5 Games on tap for Friday Night; City League Games will play without Audience

Here's our top five games to check out - or not - depending on whether the game this week is eligible

(1) Springfield     @    Wayne  (7-0)  -  

 Can "The Field" defeat the team that ended their great run last year, en route to their own 1st Ever State Bball Championship?

    Since these two tangled in the Tourney last year, Wayne has been on a unprecedented run.

  Springfield starred slow, but has run off 7 straight and now sit comfortably in the upper echelon of the GWOC...
Question is, can they knock off a supremely talented and hard working Wayne Train squad who fully knows what this game has become?

(2)  Chaminade-Julienne   vs   Alter  @ Nutter Center

    C-J has gotten off to a tremendous start and look to be picking up where they left off last season -possibly headed for a State run;
 Alter has won some impressive games of late, and are in prime position to do damage in the GCL.
  This will be a nail biter, down to the wire game that we know comes from one of the yearly "Classic" HS games.

(3) Dunbar    @  Stivers - 

    In a game that will be closed to the public,  two of the best players in the city will go at it tonight in Dunbar Forward Terrence Landers Jr. & Stivers big man Isiah Williams.

  Both players are committed to D-1 programs.

   While this was slated as a "Can't Miss" game, it won't be seen, in person, as the "No Audience" rule will be enforced for tonight's games.

   While this will be a huge disadvantage for the Tigers, it's a crippling disadvantage for the entire city and the programs who don't get to have anyone at the game.
We gotta do better Dayton.

(4) Franklin    @  Monroe   -  

    Can Franklin continue its great start? After losing All- everything Luke Kennard and that great team, the Wildcats have responded with a 8-0 record. Can they keep it up vs a game Monroe team?
   They'd love nothing more than to knock off the Wildcats. Will they get it done at home tonight?

(5) Meadowdale   @  Ponitz  -

   The one team who seems to have gotten the absolute short end of the deal - Ponitz- will play at home tonight.
     Coach Dwayne Hansbro was furious about the fight, and knew some action would - and had to - take place.

  Despite that -  Ponitz will head into tonight's game taking on a hot Meadowdale squad.

     While the Lions lost to Ponitz earlier this season, they might feel a slight advantage as the "No Audience" situation will  be active tonight.

     Can the Lions stay at top of City League Race  vs an emotional Ponitz team?

(5) Sidney    @  Trotwood   - 

 The  Rams (8-1) have been on point all season, and have the talent that could take them deep in the playoffs. Sidney is a interesting team in that they have scorers inside and out & they have size upfront.

     This could be a tough battle for the Rams, but Sidney's  guard play must be on point in order for them to have a chance vs a underrated but very skilled Rams squad.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

It's OFFICIAL: "No Audience" for upcoming City League Game Friday; Why this is a Lose Lose scenario


   Dayton Public Schools will not be allowed to have any fans, parents, or friends at the next HS game on Friday.
    They will play the games without any spectators in the gym, which will be interesting to say the least.
   Because of the incident that happened on Tuesday night at the Ponitz vs Dunbar game,  Dayton public schools AD Jonas Smith and the Committee acted swiftly and instructed the 1- game Audience "Suspension" for the behavior.

   Smith was "Very Disappointed" with what occurred at Ponitz but feels this was the best decision.

    But let's look in depth on the effect this has on, not only Friday, but the bigger picture.

The Financial Effect

  Hypothetically, with 3 games going on in a normal city league matchup (Freshman, JV,and Varsity) at a School site, it costs $4 for kids / students, & 6 for adults.
   If you average out 1,000 people for 3 games at a average of $5 a person, that's $5,000 a venue.
   Multiply by 3?

A possible amount of a $15,000 loss off the top.

 Now throw in the concessions of about a minimum of $100 profit for each game, and you're looking at another $300 for each venue, which is another $900.

So, in effect, Dayton Public Schools will lose a minimum of about $16,000 or so, by not having anyone in the stands on Friday.
And that's just from the financial aspect.

   The Family Aspect 

 The fact is that in sports, a team becomes a family within a family. Everybody knows everyone's parents, friends, acquaintances, & foes. And these people show up in droves to support their own people here.  Sports is one of the few things that keep people inspired in Dayton, Ohio.

Parents of the team will go beyond and some for their kids and the programs.
 We're good at HS Sports.
   We get it.
    You are liable to see any and everybody coming to a Dayton Public City League game.
    Former hoop legends & former players. Mayors, Commissioners & TV Stars. Pro athletes. Former and current workers. Young and old fans, and everybody in between come to the games.
  Friday night in the winter?

"What's the High School game of the Week?" And
"Where is it at"  are most of the questions asked.

Now, with no game to go, what do you do on Friday night?

The Fighting Effect
     Thanks a lot young thugs.

  Because you decide to turn a major sporting event into your fight club you,

   (1) Ruin everything for the good folks who want a quality HS basketball game for the community on Friday night, which keeps a lot of people out of trouble as it is.

  (2) Wasted your money to get in and your time as well, not to mention you might be arrested, suspended from school, and got clocked upside the head.
 (3) Show your complete lack of class for the schools, people, and programs who are already grinding to change the perception of Dayton Public.

Hey young thugs, if you want to fight?
   Star boxer Chris Pearson just opened up a pro  development boxing establishment in Trotwood.

 Or there's a variety of UFC - style gyms in Southwest Ohio to battle it out.
This has happened at sporting events before this season, and it' probably will happen again.


 It sucks, and until kids and parents start to understand exactly what the repercussions are, accept blame, man up and understand the REAL EFFECT THIS HAS ON THE COMMUNITY?

It will continue.

Just please, don't ruin the best thing going in Dayton right now.



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dunbar defeats Ponitz; Melee stops game; Trotwood, Meadowdale, Alter all win

 Her the's the recap of last night's games and what went down:

Caleb McConnell driving for 2 vs Ponitz

 Dunbar gets victory over Ponitz;  Fight stops game momentarily
   After Dunbar lost their last 2 games, there was some skepticism that maybe the Wolverines could be ripe for the taking in the City League this season.
Not so fast City League.

   The Wolverines took advantage of a sloppy 1st half by Ponitz to grab a double digit lead in the 1st half, & cruised to a 69-50 win, in a game that was marred with fighting (in the crowd) from jump.

  After the first basket of the game, a melee ensued in the upper level of the Panthers gym.
     The game was delayed for a few minutes, and security was on the job, to keep the incident to a minimum.
   The word was if there was another incident coming into the season, that the teams will have to play with no fans or parents in the stands.
       There has been no final word from Jonas Smith, the AD of Dayton Public Schools, but the incident is under investigation.

 Sophomore Caleb McConnell, Stormi Cook, Terrance Landers Jr. led the Wolverines.
   The Panthers did get the lead under 10 briefly in the 4th, but McConnell and Landers Jr. dominated in the 4th quarter, pushing the lead up and finishing the game.
   Ponitz Head Coach Dwayne Hansbro was not happy with the outcome; he felt like his players played hard, but the early lack of execution and turnovers led to their doom.
  Will Ponitz and Dunbar have to play with no fans or parents for the next game?
  Dunbar moves to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in City League.
Ponitz falls to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in City League play.

Alter defeats Centerville 

   Alter took out Centerville in a key matchup. The Knights were able to overcome former Knight Keegan Saben great night to win in OT 63-59.
  Dominic Laravie had a great game, dropping 25 to lead the Knights to a huge victory.  Saben had 35 on the night, as the Knights had no answer for the smooth 6'3 guard.


Trotwood cruises to 8th win

 Trotwood wasted no time in dispatching of the Beavers en route to their 8th win on the season.
Beavercreek hasn't won a game, and the Rams made sure there would be no upsets as they jumped on the Beavers early and often.

Springfield dominates 

Springfield showed the Xenia Bucs why they are a team to be reckoned with as they won at home. Led by 1,000 point scorer Danny Davis the Wildcats set the tone and got another key victory in the GWOC. A huge GWOC match up awaits the Wildcats this weekend.

Franklin moves to 8-0 

No Luke? No problem.
The Wildcats defeated Carlisle to move to 8-0 on the season by a score of 67-55.
 A lot of people thought that the Franklin run would end after Luke Kennard graduated.
  We with a new group of hungry players, it's safe to say coach Brian Bales stable is still filled with talent.   How far can the Kennard less Wildcats go this season?

Meadowdale thumps Winton Woods 

Meadowdale trounced Cin. Winton Woods 56-29 on Tuesday night.
    The Lions put on their best defensive performance of the season.
   Winton Woods shot horribly on the night (under 30% FG) & had no chance in the Lions Den.
  The Lions move to 8-5 on the season and have found their groove.
    CJ Williams led the Lions in scoring with 11. Gary Smith added 10.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wayne continues to roll; Key Games tonight

Here's the recap of the top teams and how they fared during New Years Weekend:

UD bound Landers skying for 2 in Arby's Classic

Wayne Train wins Arby Classic; Landers wins MVP

 The Wayne train continued the unbelievable run by winning the 33rd Annual Arby's Classic in Tennessee last weekend.
The Warriors became the 1st team from Ohio to win the prestigious event.
    Trey Landers, the UD signee, was the MVP of the tournament.
    In the championship game vs Tift County (Georgia), Wayne held a 10-point lead (32-22) at half after spurting late in the second quarter.
     In the third quarter Wayne outscored Tift 21 - 4 en route to an easy victory 72-47.  Landers was dominant in the tournament and led a balanced scoring attack with 16 and 5 boards, Rodrick Caldwell had 17 and L'Christian "Blu" Smith added 13 in the championship game.
  Tift head coach was quoted as saying, "We got outhustled, outcoached, and out executed" by Wayne.
   Tift (Ga) falls to 12-1 while the Wayne Train sits at 7-0 .
    Wayne coach Travis Trice Sr felt that his boys played very well and repped the 937 with honor, bringing back the trophy no other Ohio High School was able to do.

  Salute the Wayne Train for bringing back the gold. Look for them to be in Top 10 of the USA Today.
 They are that good.

Dunbar heads to Ponitz for key City League Game tonight
Can Cook keep up the hot shooting for Dunbar?

  Dunbar will look to find its rhythm after a 2-game losing streak as they head to Ponitz to face the Panthers.
   Ponitz (4-2) has played well of late, stifling Oakwood late to grab a huge comeback win.
   While Oakwood is no Dunbar by any stretch of the imagination, the Panthers are seemingly finding their rhythm, unlike Dunbar.
   Dunbar (5-4)  has lost a little more than expected with talented guards AJ Harris and Dorianne Dawson taking their talents to college. While the stable is full of players, who will be the ones to consistently step up for the Wolverines as the season starts to gear up for the tournament?

  This will be the first time that new Ponitz coach Dwayne Hansbro will face the Wolverines.
    Hansbro has his boys playing hard and has adjusted well in the early season; can they pull off the upset tonight at home vs the Mighty Wolverines?

Other key games:

 Xenia                @   Springfield
Beavercreek     @   Trotwood
Cin Winton Woods  @ Meadow dale
Centerville       vs  Alter