Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It's Official: Powell regains job at Dunbar; Did Committee get it right?

After one of the most high profile high school situations in OHSAA history,  Dunbar coach Darran Powell was approved on Tuesday night to be re-hired as the head coach of the Dunbar Wolverines.

Powell and staff will be back for 2017 

The Dayton Public School Committee finally got it right.

Finally.
Better late than never right?

  Powell, who lost his job due to lack of votes in the re-hiring process recently, was awarded his job back in a voting process that favored him 6-1.

  Most, if not all, did truly feel that Powell did deserve a his job back.
 The one person who voted no wanted to hear a apology from Powell, which was his reason for voting no, citing a lack of real remorse from Powell and his staff.


In the scandal and hottest topic of the 2016 High School season, Dunbar allegedly tried to throw a game vs Belmont after playing a ineligible player and being called out on it by the Belmont staff.



 It was alleged that the AD (Mark Baker) told the Coaches at Dunbar to let Belmont win, so that both teams would make the playoffs after being caught paying the ineligible player.

 The game was eventually stopped by the officials  briefly after the Wolverines looked to try to the throw the game. Albeit in bad fashion as well.

   After delegation, the Wolverines finished off the Bison, but in effect, would be the final straw for Dunbar as they would forfeit their final 2 games, causing a playoff shift in teams who would and wouldn't make it, and eliminating themselves and watching Belmont go to the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season.

Will the Bison make it 3 straight years in the playoffs? 

 Once the dust had settled, Baker had denied all reports of him telling the staff to throw the game, while Powell had openly told his teams parents in a meeting the Sunday after the game, that he would never do anything like that knowingly.

 Pete Pullen, the legendary basketball coach, resgined as the AD from Dunbar after the situation, which then left it a Powell-Baker situation.

 Baker, who has denied all accusations, was cleared by Superintendent Rhonda Corr of any wrongdoings but was found at fault by OHSAA, which led to a 3-year Probation settlement on DPS.

As long as Baker is in office, there will be probation, which was the messaged relayed to the District.


Nevertheless, Baker got a 2-year extension.
 And Powell?
 He lost his job, even though he won the majority of the votes.

So when the word got out that someone else would be coaching the Wolverines and how Powell actually lost his job?

The entire organization stood up for Dunbar coach, which set the stage for tonight.

After the results, the Dunbar contingent hugged and celebrated.
 While Darran Powell wasn't at the event,  the Powell family was in full force, and was very relieved in the final results.

Assistant coach Antoine Sain felt like the kids would be the most to benefit, as Powell is like a "Father figure" to a lot of the Wolverines.

   When it was over, Rhonda Corr waved to the Dunbar family and congratulated them on the ruling.
In return, some of the Wolverines waved back and talked.



In a tumultuous year, this was the absolute best move Corr and the committee has made.
 Hands down.

Now when is that Belmont-Dunbar game this year?

Oh yeah, it's the Season Opener.

You can bet that Powell is already at work.
Now he can eat and sleep again.




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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Signing Day Results: Patton, Hoskins Jr, Miller, Guy, Gable, Foster, Jackson, Trice, Hooks Ink It Up; Which Local Teams Missed Out? Top 10 Unsigned players

Here's some of the the top Headlines, Results, from yesterdays High School Signing Day, which was exciting to say the least. Some of the best student athletes in Southwest Ohio:



Patton Push lands in Akron with LeBron and Co; Dayton, Wright State offer "Too Late"

 After a incredibly tense and thrilling basketball ride for star G Torrey Patton, the 2-Time Player of the Year and leader of the Trotwood Madison Rams decided to sign with Akron, turning down Wright State and Dayton in the process.



It was reported that Dayton made a offer in the middle of the night, as Flyers new coach Anthony Grant had gotten the word about Patton, albeit later than he would have liked. Or should have.

Much appreciated, but "Too late" Patton said.

While it was thought he might go to Duquesnse with LeBron James former coach Keith Dambrot (who was initially at Akron before taking job at Duquense), Patton was sold on the future of the Zips, where he fit in, where he really liked the city and the environment, and the fact that there is another local on the roster (Isiah Williams) also was a plus for Patton.
Torrey Patton, with Akron staff 

And where was Patton's first choice initially? Wright State

But the inconsistencies in the recruiting hurt the Raiders chances, and even though the 2nd push was very hard, and had Patton thinking twice, he never strayed far from Akron.

There were a couple tense moments as Wayne Head Coach Travis Trice was invited to the event by the Patton family. Some of the Trotwood staff wasn't pleased with this, but overall it was a dynamic event and a fitting day to a drama filled-but incredible to watch Movie Script type of year for Patton, the Rams and his family.

Congrats to the newest Akron Zip.
And yes we are predicticting it.
He will be a star in the MAC in 2 years.



        Hoskins Jr signs with Saginaw Valley State 


Darnell Hoskins Jr and dad celebrate signing at Thurgood HS

 Darnell Hoskins felt at home when he went to Saginaw Valley State, and knew that they wanted to put him in their immediate plans, so he surpised everyone when he made if official yesterday.
Hoskins had 3 other D-1s on the list (Miami (Ohio), Akron, Grambling St) but felt that the Cardinals was the right choice.


"I wanted to go where I can play right away, and they had a plan for me. They have a great program, one of he best D-2s in the country and they made me feel like family there."



His father, Darnell Hoskins, who went to Wisconsin before going to Dayton, was relieved, and proud to see his son make the decision, going against the grain and not selecting a D-1 school.

When asked what was his second choice?
"There wasn't one" Hoskins said. I knew when I left the campus that I wanted to be there.






Alter Star Braxtin Miller signs with Cowboys
Star PG Braxtin Miller signed with the Oklahoma State Cowboys yesterday.
Miller, a 3-time State Champion, will come right in and possibly start for the Cowboys. Miller, led the Knights to one of the greatest runs in Ohio History with the 3-peat, and should take her game to the next level next season.
Will Ohio State regret not signing the star guard?






Thurgood Star G Hooks signs with Ohio
Star G Cierra Hooks  (Thurgood Marshall) signed her letter of intent to go to Ohio yesterday. The 2-Time Player of the Year is very excited to have the opportunity to play on the next level. Hooks led the Cougars to some of the best records in School History in the last couple years.






Gable signs with Southeast Missouri State
One of the premiere big men in the Miami Valley decided to go to Southeast Missouri State, and signed the letter of intent on Monday.
Greenville Star F Isaiah Gable, a 6'7 Combo Forward, also runs track, and has a college ready skill set to with his frame.
Gable liked what the coaches had in plans for him, and liked the campus as well.
Gable could become a college star in the future, as he has all the tools to excel at the next level.


He lit it up in the Senior Showcase, as he literally jumped out of a long drive from a recruiting visit and lit it up in the 3-pt showcase, making 21 of  24 3-pointers putting on a shooting exhibition, and winning the event.






Chris Jackson inks deal with Urbana
Dunbar All-Ohio G Chris Jackson verbally signed to head to Urbana this fall. Jackson, a 6'3 Shooting Guard, will get his chance to show why he could be one of the real sleepers in the class. Jackson has D-1 ability and the Raiders or the Flyers should have maybe looked a littler harder at the clutch scorer.




Trice inks to go to Sinclair
Isiaah Trice, Travis Trice 3rd son to hit college, will be heading to Sinclair Community College this fall to play for the Tartans.


Trice decided to go that route, which will still give him a opportunity to possibly go D-1 after a year or so. Sinclair has one of the top Junior College programs (D-2) in the country and was ranked as high as #5 this season.

Trice is excited for the opportunity, and so is his dad.
"He will get a chance to continue his journey and get better in the process at a good school. I'm very happy for him." Travis said.





Guy headed to Defiance 
Jefferson star G headed to Defiance
Jefferson G Issac Guy signed his letter of Intent to go to Defiance as the dynamic G will get to continue his college. Guy has great 1 on 1 ability and will help the program immensely.




Next Article:
Raiders, Flyers shut out of commits: Good or bad for teams?

Next Article:  Top 10 unsigned players

Next Article: 
Baker keeps job; Will Powell be next in line? 













Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Signing Day tomorrow for Patton, Hoskins; Some interesting options could play out; Where Will they go?

It is now time for HS seniors to start signing hoop scholarships.

Where will local stars Darnell Hoskins and Torrey Patton end up? Maybe with Keith Dambrot & LeBron, or Grambling perhaps?

With all the excitement surrounding the Torrey Patton push, we wanted to analyze the stars Final 5 teams and see where Patton and friend and former Thurgood star Darnell Hoskins Jr will end up.

 Hoskins Jr, was the City League Player of the Year in 16, but decided to go to a prep school after his senior year, which enhanced his skills, development, and preparation for big time college ball.


While both will be making their announcements live tomorrow, Patton will do his at 9am (Trotwood), while Hoskins will do his at 3 (Thurgood Marshall).

Both players had great senior seasons, and now they will get a chance to shine at the next level.

Let's look at the teams and weigh the odds on where these 2 stars will end up.

Where will Patton Push lead the star guard?  

Torrey Patton Final 5: Akron, Miami (Ohio), Duquesne, Wright State, & Robert Morris 




Darnell Hoskins Jr Final 5: Akron, Miami (Ohio) Grambling St, Longford, & Saginaw Valley State 


When you look at Pattons final 5, there are a few things that stand out.

(1) The Impact of LeBron 
The fact that James spoke for Patton, this has resonated within Pattons circle and the State of Ohio for that matter. With LBJ'S former coach Keith Dambrough headed to Duquesne, will Patton follow? Word is that Akron went all out for the star, and would love to have the shooting guard.

(2) The local effect 
With Wright State and Miami, you have 2 schools in your back yard who joined the sweepstakes later in the game.



Wright State inquired about Patton as a junor but backed off for some reason, which didn't thrill the Patton circle.

Now the Raiders have hit the full court press button, especially since star G Mark Alstork is transferring out.

Miami has a new coach in Damon Frierson, and he made a nice impact on Patton and his family. Miami is a small school but big time in the fact that they have a solid program that is only 45 minutes from Dayton.

Where will Patton go? Will he stay close to home or will he head up north?
Will he go with Team LBJ?

When you get to Hoskins, he has both Miami (Ohio) & Akron as well, which makes for a intriguing prospect.


Could Hoskins and Patton go to the same school?
Hmmmm

Considering both schools have new coaches in the fold, it makes for a compelling situation if it is possible.

Patton will be a combo guard in college, possibly moving to the 2 spot, while Hoskins is a pure PG.



Hoskins has Grambling pushing hard as well, along with D-2 powers Longford and Saginaw Valley State

Hoskins has calculated every move, and this one won't be any different.

Hoskins and Patton in Miami Ohio red or Akron blue?
Hmmmmmm.....
Or will Patton suprise us with a selection to Duquesne or Robert Morris?

So quiet, but always caluclated.

Let the new journey begin for these 2 talented  young men.
Where ever it will be, look for both to make a major impact from Day 1.









Locals dominate at Nike Camp; Hargrove nabs MVP; Thomas, Scates sends statement; Powell regains coaching job;

Here's the Hop topics in the Miami Valley as we head towards the end of the school year:

Hargrove wowed coaches at the Nike camp in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hargrove is a back to back MVP, a feat few have accomplished 

Locals stars shine at Nike Camp

Raveion Hargrove, Jojo Scates, Tavion Thomas and L'Christian Blue Smith headlined a star studded senior class as both shined at the Nike Camp last weekend in Cleveland, Ohio.
While Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson and the Browns staff observed, the local talent shined.

Hargrove had been looked at as one of the top RBs in the country,  but the question remained;
What about his stature? Is he tall enough?

Hargrove put all those rumors to bed, winning MVP of the event, and pushing his name into the upper echelon of the country. When asked about his height, Hargrove just shrugs it off and shows why he's the one of, if not the most dynamic RB in the country.
Dunbar stars JoJo Scates and Tavion Thomas repped well at the Camp as well, as both are high on the radar of all the top colleges in the country.

L'Christian "Blue" Smith fielded questions about his ability to play WR, as some has thought that maybe he would be a Tight End at the next level.
The #1
Smith also put those rumors to rest, as he has ran a 4.4 40 recently while standing at 6'7 right now. His ability to change directions, and to beat his man has dismissed the rumors, and he has stated that "I want to play WR" and that he will not play anything else, which is a reason Ohio State is not at the top spot in Smiths mind.
 As of yet.

Smith has taken visits, and just recently visited Notre Dame.
Blue is a fan of the Irish.
Smith has favored Kentucky, Ohio State, and Notre Dame along with Alabama making a push as well.
And don't forget about Michigan and Michigan St.

Overall the Nike Camp was a success for the Dayton athletes and it should be a incredible senior year in Southwest Ohio.



Coach Darran Powell regains football job at Dunbar

Dunbar Powell re-signs with Wolverines, will coach Dunbar next season 

With everything that has happened in the last year, the Dunbar staff cab finally exhale as Coach Darran Powell and his staff will coach the Wolverines next season.
 While Powell has stated that he felt like his name and the staff would be slung through the mud during the allegations, he always kept the faith that he should be the head coach.

In a move that should have happened, it did, and now the Wolverines will get a chance to atone for a disastrous end of season. While Powell knows that the team he had last year was very good, this team coming up should be just as good. Although senior star players Keyshawn Jones and Chris Jackson moves on, the Wolverines have ready and willing talent ready to step in.

 Powell has stated that he can now "sleep again" after many restless nights during the investigation,
and hopefully can get some positive vibes and repair the program after a tumultous end with the team last season.



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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Senior Showcase shines; Kadeim Jones wins MVP; Foster grabs Slam Dunk; Gable wins shootout; Mic Lansky shines

The Senior All Star Showcase went down at Belmont HS yesterday as the top seniors battled it out with people in attendance.


With the top 20 Senior hoopers from the Miami Valley in the building, it was a sight to behold as the best of the best put it down in front of a nice crowd.



MVP Kadeim Jones and winning Coach Marvan Gordon 
    Kadeim Jones, G-F Thurgood  the G-F from Thurgood Marshall, garnered the MVP vote as he dominated the game.
While Jones was MVP, there was plenty of action and great play from both sides as the Away squad won 110-107, coached by Marvan Gordon.

 While it wasn't a full house, it was a nice crowd, there was stars in attendace, coaches on hand, and a great atmosphere for the future of basketball.



  In the events leading up to the game, Trotwood's Trotwood's Amir Foster was the Slam Dunk Champion as he did 3 amazing dunks in only 3 tries to defeat Tykiel Brooks. Foster played very well in the game to boot.
Dunk Champion Amir Foster clownin' with Comedian Ray Jackson

Greenville F Isiah Gable came fresh from a recruiting visit to win the 3-pt contest, narrowly defeating Dunbar sharpshooter Storm Cook in the Finals (23-21) as both put on a dazzling display in the exhibition.
Gable hit 11 of the 12 3-pointers in the 1st round, and 10 of 12 in the Finals to seal the deal.

3 pt Champion Isiah Gable drops 3 from deep corner as Gordon squad defeats Smith squad 110-107. 

He also starred in the game as well, and at 6'8 with nice Combo Forward size and athleticism, the likes of Iona, SE Missouri, and other D-1s are recruiting the skilled big man.




At halftime, local rising star Artist Mic Lansky lit up the crowd with his performance, setting the event on fire.
Lansky recently did a music video with Superstar Rapper Lil Boosie, even gettin Boosie to come through Dayton during the taping of the video.

With star comedian Ray Jackson providing the entertainment as the host, and one of the top DJs providing the music, the event had a great vibe to it.


Overall the event was groundbreaking, and showed that people will support the future here in a fun and positive manner.

Event hosts Kevin Satterfield & Hoops4U CEO Lorenzo Smith were pleased with the events turnout and knows next year it will be even better.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

OHSAA rules 3 years probation for DPS Sports; Wolverine Coaches Vindicated; Haley Leaves Amazing Legacy in Ohio

Here's the hot topics for Friday 


OHSAA hands DPS probation, fine 

After a lengthy and drama filled situation that involved the Dunbar Football program, DPS Athletic Director Mark Baker and Superintendent Rhonda Corr, Ohio High School Athletic Association made a decision to give the entire district 3 years probation and a $10,000 fine, sources say.

 While it was thought that Dayton Public Schools could possibly receive the "Death Penalty" for the alleged attempt at fixing a game, playing a ineligible player, and so forth.
 OHSAA, however, in effect, gave the District a stern smack on the wrist compared to what most thought would happen.

Dunbar Coaching Staff Cleared by OHSAA

Dunbar's coaching staff was cleared of wrongdoing from the incident, which was sweet music to their ears. They will be able to keep their jobs, regain some credibility and as Wolverines Coach Darran Powell stated, "Were so glad to put this behind us and get to work. We have some unfinished business,"  eluding to the fact that the Wolverines missed out on a golden opportunity last season to reach the playoffs.


 With so many factors on the board, the committee decided to handle it in a manner in which, although the kids and the whole District is penalized, they will be allowed to compete in the playoffs, which was the biggest issue for all involved.
 
Superintendent Rhonda Corr and AD Mark Baker will have to meet with OHSAA officials for further detail, but for the most part, the final decisions have been made.
Superintendent Rhonda Corr

While OHSAA would not respond to whether there could be further action for Corr or Baker, there is a huge sigh of relief for the District, which was about to look like a free agency in a pro sports.

We hope the district can get it together, because the next time, it will be a catastrophe.
A valuable lesson learned all around, and while the kids are affected the most by this, it could have been a lot worse for DPS.







Dunbar Legendary Coach Mike Haley passes away; Was he the Greatest HS Coach ever in Dayton?
  One of the, if not the greatest HS Coach in the Miami Valley passed away last weekend in Mike Haley Sr.

Haley was a true legend, taking 2 different schools to the State, creating a new playing style, and coaching some of the greatest talent in Daytons's rich hoop history to unparalleled success.

Roth won back to back state Championships in 80-81

Haley won a state title as a player (Portsmouth) and won a MAC College Championship as well, knocking off Kentucky in the NCAA tourney in a stunning upset.

He then would come to Dayton to solidy himself as one of the greatest HS Basketball Coaches in Ohio history.

He took over at Roosvelt, then guided Roth to 2 state titles, one led by Star RB and Ohio State great Keith Byars.

He would then move to Dunbar, where he would get one more title, in 87, led by his son Mike Haley Jr, Mark Baker and Kirk Taylor. Haley Jr would set the record for most points in City League Career. Only to be topped by Richard "TuTu" Brown, another Wolverine great.

Haley would end up winning 300 games, with a great winning percentage and personality to boot. Haley was one of the more emotional, fun, and stylistic coaches to watch, and his signature Full-Court Pressing style he impletmented at Roosvelt still is a big time way the Wolverines and the City League teams play.


Haley was a true pioneer and embassador for the sport in the Dayton area and Statewide.
He was 73 years old, and was at the Kleptz YMCA  working in the basketball program before the passing.

Salute one of Ohio's greatest to ever do it, on the court and on the sidelines.

Rest in Peace Mr Haley.




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Grant hiring good for city; Dunbar ruling; Former Alter, Thurgood grad enters NBA draft; Patton push; Showcase Saturday;

Here's the hottest weekly topics to talk about as Track and Baseball Season Heats up and 2016-17 School Season comes to the end. 




Grant Hired at UD; How will this affect top players in Dayton area? 
 With the Anthony Grant hiring  at Dayton for the Head Basketball Coach job last week, one of the hot questions remain:

Can Former Flyer Anthony Grant led his Alma Mater to success? 


Will he recruit hard out of the city?
Or will he go other places to build the squad?

While new Indiana Hoosiers coach Archie Miller  built his talented squad over the last 5 years with mostly players from other places, he did start to recruit locally as he grabbed Wayne stars Trey Landers & Xeryius Williams. 

However a plethora of great young talent left, including the likes of Luke Kennard, Justin Bibbs  (Va. Tech), Jaaron Simmons (Ohio) A.J.Harris (OhioSt), Mark Alstork (Wright St), & Teddy Hawkins (Illinois St), all of whom were stars in the area, yet they got away.

Some will argue that you should go coast to coast when looking for talent for a Sweet 16 type of program such as Dayton.

But why, when you have some of the top players coming right out of Southwest Ohio at a alarming rate?
Grant has said he will recruit in the Dayton area.
Question is, how much?

While Grant has a NBA Coaching type of resume, he is fully aware what type of talent that resides in Southwest Ohio.

Which is part of the reason he feels like this is a perfect destination for himself, of sorts.
He knows that with his coaching experience, his ability to get his players to work and with the history and fandom of the Flyers, he will get the undying support of the faculty and boosters and will have UD ready to win.

But if Grant really wants to win in this city, to be able to reach a Final Four and have the city embrace him like they did when he was corraling rebounds and starring in his Don Donoher days, he will need the support from the inner city.

And he will need to lock down the top recruits every year.

When you look at who's coming through the college pipeline in the next 2 seasons, it's imperative that Grant goes hard at some of these top players.

Such as a Caleb McConnell, a L'Christian "Blue" Smith, a Devon Baker, a Amari Davis, or a Myles Belyeu. Why not a Isaiah Gordon?
Or maybe even a Jaboli Leonard, or Deshon Parker. 
Will Grant pursue the Top Ranked Amari Davis?

The talent is full and plentiful here in this area, devloping at a rapid pace, and some of these kids are more than ready to sign with the Flyers.

With some of the previous coaches, they didn't quite recruit as heavy in the city as they should have.

Purnell, Gregory, Miller, and O'Brien all were very good coaches and good recruiters as well.
Winning coaching with winning records in Dayton.
But with not quite enough homegrown talent.

And if the Flyers don't reach out to these players?

Wright State will. And has. And so is Ohio State. And don't be suprised to see Cincy, Indiana, and Purdue to start making some calls as well. Along with Michigan and Michigan State.

Grant was a great choice for the job at UD. He has the resume, has the experience and bleeds flyer red and blue. He was a fierce competitor on the court. And he has brought that winning attitude to his coaching style.
Good luck coach Grant.  We hope you do well.

Don't forget about the amazing talent in your city.


What will happen with the talented Wolverines organization? 

Dunbar Ruling soon;
 Why DPS should not get death penalty
  
 The Dunbar Wolverines and Dayton Public Schools are awaiting the final decision this week on what their punishment will be after the incident that has all of Dayton talking.

It has been the talk of the High School landscape in Southwest Ohio since the Hoop Season ended.

 The reports are saying that Dayton Public Schools Athletic Director Mark Baker allegedly told the Dunbar AD and the coaching staff, (specifically Coach Powell) to throw the Dunbar - Belmont football game (after a ineligible player was inserted into the game midway through 2nd quarter).

The Wolverines was supposedly told to lose - on purpose - so that both teams could make the OHSAA Playoffs.
Since Dunbar was already in before the Belmont game, it was the Bison who needed the win for a playoff berth.

In the beginning of the 3rd quarter there were some strange looking plays which, in effect, had the officials stop play and threaten to stop the game altogether if the "uneven" play continued.

Dunbar vs Belmont last season

After the officials and coaches huddled up, things would seemingly go back to normal.

Dunbar would cruise to a W, Belmont would be knocked out and the Wolverines would head to the playoffs.

But after OHSAA reviewed the situation, they suspended the player (due to grades), eliminating the Wolverines last 2 wins, causing the Wolverines to lose, Belmont to make playoffs and a major shakeup in the playoff point system which ended up removing teams out of the playoffs and adding teams who were initially thought to be out of the playoffs.

 The outrage was apparent, as the Wolverines fans, parents and staff and football fans all over the Miami Valley talked.

How could this happen?

  Baker firmly denies the accusations, and after a investigation done by the Superintendent of DPS, she found that Baker had done nothing wrong.

Head coach Darran Powell and the Dunbar staff spoke vehemently about what the staff was told to do from Baker.

Powell told the parents, staff, and media in a meeting, that Sunday after the game, that he
 "Would never play a player without consent."

Legendary coach and AD Pete Pullen stepped down from the AD spot and offered to coach for free, as did Powell.

They would eventually keep their jobs, while Pullen did give up the AD job.

Baker hasn't made any public comments since the event has transpired.

Will the 1st year AD and former Wolverine legend get to keep his job? 

Which brings us to this point.

These are the questions that are flying about lately:

Who told the ineligible kid to play?
If Baker didn't say it, why did the Wolverines do it?
And if he db bcbcwhy did the Wolverines play t
Did the Superintendent really find no wrong doings?
What did the Dunbar staff have to do with the situation?
How thorough was the investigation?
Did the Coaches really not know?
And so on....

And while most of these questions haven't been answered to the public, the public outcry and anxiety has been - and is - at a all time high.

Never before has this situation happened, and there are the "Death Penalty" sayings that are rumbling throughout the city.

   There are reports that OHSAA is not happy with the way the District has handled the situation.
So much so that they have taken away playoff games and extra functions at Welcome Stadium, as a pre cursor to what's next.

The fact that everyone in upper management, except for Pete Pullen, has stood pat, makes for a scary situation.

 OHSAA wants the District to be able to handle these types of situations without sticking their hands in too much.
But the fact is, the situation is still in limbo.

When you look at it, it was one kid, 2 games, and a decision were made that wasn't the right one.

Belmont notified Dunbar the morning of the game to let them know their player was ineligible. They should not play him, or else.

So who should stay and who should go?
Who's telling the truth and who's not?

The other DPS coaches, players and parents in the city are fuming, because of the fact that this situation, which should have been handled in- house, is now a fire ablaze.

And unfortunately OHSAA has to put the fire out.

Hopefully the entire DPS Sports Program is not penalized for what some people get paid to do.

If OHSAA puts a death penalty on DPS, it will cripple the future of the Dayton youth.
It will cause a statospheric wave of tranferrals, social media ripping, and division in the inner city.

Sports is what keeps the young kids dreamimg, inspiring to become better people.
While books and education are more important,  sports galvanizes a community like no other.

Tim Stried, the media relations rep for OHSAA, understands the magnitude and felt like the committee didn't want to make any rash decisions.

If there is one thing I'll say to Tim it's this.

One man or womans' actions shouldn't penalize a whole district, no matter what seat they hold.

Whether it's the Superintendent, the AD, the Coach, the ineligible player or whoever they decide is at fault, the bottom line is this:

The entire city loses.
The District looks unorganized and unprofessional.
DPS loses.
But most of all, the kids lose.
That Dunbar team was special.
Sad they didn't get to show their talents in the playoffs.


OHSAA has taken their time with this scenario, and I dont think they will overreact.

A suspension will probably happen, but I don't see a death penalty for one kid, one game, one situation.
If it had been multiple players, and a history of the AD making bad decisions, then ok.

Baker has only been the AD for one year. But he also didn't have experience, which is something you need in the Athletic Director field. Especially to run a entire district.

Time will only tell, but we gotta do better DPS.



Patton Push gains steam, thanks to LeBron; Penn State now in the mix


All-Ohio G Torrey Patton speaks to youth at kids camp

Trotwood 2 Time All-State Guard Torrey Patton recruitment has started to make a real push, and will look to take visits soon. After LeBron James made a call or two, Pattons' stock has skyrocketed of sorts.
He's now has Toledo, Niagara, Akron, and Duquesne on the list, as LeBrons old coach took the job at Duquesne and has offered to take Patton with him.

 Penn State has now came in late, as the Big 10 school has jumped in the mix.
 Patton said he will take his visits and then make a decision later this month.
Patton set the OHSAA D-2 record for most points in a State Game (34) as his Rams lost to Akron SVSM squad.
LeBron was so impressed he got on the horn to find out more about Patton.
Patton has felt better, almost relieved, about the fact that he will be probably headed to a D-1.
He deserves it.
Question is, where?
Will he end up in LeBrons camp?
Or will he end up in the Big 10?
Decisions decisions.



Senior Showcase Saturday 
 Saturday is the Hoop4U Senior Showcase as
the top 20 seniors from Dayton Public and surrounding schools will show their talent as Colleges come and and check them out at Belmont HS on Saturday night.



Featuring a 3 pt-shootout, a dunk contest, and one of the hottest musicians in the game in Mic Lan Mic Lansky, the event should bring a  packed house.

With featured names such as Storm Cook, Amir Foster, and Floyd Scott, it should be some great young talent on display.

The game will start at 7pm and
Tickets are still available.

You can get with  Kevin Satterfield  or Hoops4U CEO Lorenzo Smith for more info.




Alter, Thurgood grads declare for NBA
Alter grad (Simmons), Thurgood legend (Alstork) enters NBA Draft; Alstork will look to transfer

2 highly regarded players from local schools would look to make a splash at the NBA Draft Combine.
Junior G Jaaron Simmons and G-F Mark Alstork both entered their names in early draft consideration.
While Simmons, the Ohio U. star, will enter but not hire a agent, Alstork has decided to leave, graduate early and play for another school, reports say.

Simmons was a star PG for Alter, while Alstork led the Thugood Cougars to a state berth.

Simmons is a 2-time All MAC performer, and feels like he wants to see where his stock is.

Alstork had a breakout season this year with Wright State, averaging almost 20ppg, making the 1st Team All-Horizon League
and, at one point, was one of the top scorers in the country.
Alstork has made it known he'd like to play at the NBA level, and has the opportunity to go to a bigger college and showcase his skills.
The Raiders will miss him dearly, as the former Thurgood Marshall Cougar was a do-it-all type player for the team.





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