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Springboro senior Josh Gilkison won the Ohio Junior Championship in July at Ashland Golf Club. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Gilkison, Cloyd lead charge for Springboro boys golf

Josh Gilkison has done his best to avoid a fairway meltdown. That’s why the Springboro High School senior and standout golfer was relieved to verbally commit to Kent State University two weeks ago. “(Recruiting) started after the end of my sophomore year,” he said Wednesday following an abbreviated 9-hole Lakota ...

High school football: ‘Taking next step’ is Oakwood’s challenge

Brian Erbe is a member of an athletically strong junior class at Oakwood High School. Like many of his classmates, he excels in football, basketball and baseball. But there’s a notable distinction that separates him from others. “I’m always thinking about it; all day,” said Erbe, who’s been tapped by ...

Oakwood High School began preseason football practice this week. The Lumberjacks are led by second-year head coach Butch Snider. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Lumberjacks coming off consecutive 5-5 seasons

Oakwood High School began preseason football practice this week. The Lumberjacks are led by second-year head coach Butch Snider. The season opener is against visiting Cin. Mariemont on Friday, Aug. 26 at Mack Hummon Stadium.

Bailey Wallen (with ball) led Brookville over Carlisle 41-0 in a D-V first-round playoff game last season. EL HUBBARD PHOTO

Top returning RB’s in SWBL Southwestern

The top returning rushers in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division from the 2015 high school football season. Teams are Bellbrook, Brookville, Eaton, Franklin, Monroe, Oakwood and Valley View. Now a senior, Brookville’s Bailey Wallen had 173 carries for 1,379 yards and amassed 22 touchdowns during the Blue Devils’ 12-1 ...

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Athlete of the week: Nicole Kollars, Oakwood High School

Name: Nicole KollarsSchool: OakwoodGrade: Recent graduateAge: 18Sports: Track and field, volleyballClaim to fame/honors: All-SWBL second-team and honorable mention in volleyball; ran on 4x100 SWBL champion and runner-up relays and runner-up 4x200 relays; 2014 and 2015 district team champion; two-time Oakwood sportsmanship award winner for track; 2015-16 Tri-Athlete award. Will attend ...

Centerville lacrosse captain revived on the field after collapsing

Grant Mays never saw Hank Gathers play basketball. Their defining athletic circumstances are similar, except for one fatal difference. Gathers, the former standout at Loyola Marymount University, collapsed and died while playing in 1990. A little black box — an automated external defibrillator — was at his side, unused. Mays, ...

Athlete of the Week: Nic Amongero, Oakwood High School

Name: Nic AmongeroSchool: OakwoodGrade: JuniorAge: 17Sports: Lacrosse and footballClaim to fame/honors: A lacrosse captain and two-year starter, three-year varsity starter on the football team; nominated for Ohio lacrosse player of the week earlier this seasonBet you didn’t know … I can juggleWords you live by: All we have to decide ...

Oakwood’s Michael Hoecht (right) is comforted by teammate Nino Olivier after fouling out. Alter defeated Oakwood 67-49 in a boys high school basketball D-II sectional final at WSU on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Alter beats Oakwood in sectional final

Stunned by Oakwood’s five first-half 3’s, Alter abandoned its zone defense in the second half to defeat Oakwood 67-49 in one of three boys high school basketball Division II sectionals at Wright State University on Saturday night. Senior Greg Romer hit 9 of 9 shots and 1 of 3 free ...

Franklin guard Payton Knott puts up a shot against Oakwood on Tuesday night during a Division II sectional semifinal at Trent Arena in Kettering. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

Lumberjacks use inside strength to oust Franklin 70-54

The halfcourt power game trumped the 3-point fireworks Tuesday night.Oakwood High School’s boys basketball team had the size and power against Franklin, which fired in 13 shots beyond the arc in a season-ending 70-54 loss in the Division II sectional semifinals at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.“We talk about hanging our hat ...

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD Oakwood guard Courtney Eggleston sets up a play against Ross during their Division II sectional girls basketball game at Lebanon Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016.

Oakwood girls end tourney drought

The postseason finally became a happy place for Oakwood High School’s girls basketball team. Lauren Turner (23 points, seven rebounds) and Courtney Eggleston (17 points, 11 boards) powered the Jills on Thursday night as they knocked off Ross 51-39 in a Division II sectional opener at Lebanon. “This is our ...

Oakwood’s Michael Hoecht (with ball) often drew several Bellbrook defenders, including Ethan Savey (left), Jack Campbell (5) and Storm Painter. Oakwood defeated host Bellbrook 53-44 in a boys high school basketball SWBL Southwestern Division game on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Oakwood closer to SWBL title

Opposing teams long ago gave up on trying to guard Oakwood senior Michael Hoecht. Now, he’s poked, prodded and harassed every time he touches the ball, often by three or more defenders. That’s OK with Hoecht, a mobile 6 feet 4 and 265 pounds who has ball-handling point guard skills ...

Oakwood tops Wildcats, forges tie atop SWBL Southwestern

Oakwood High School boys basketball coach Paul Stone had a simple message for his squad as it prepared to host Franklin with a share of the Southwestern Ohio Buckeye League Southwestern Division lead on the line.“Play to win, don’t play not to lose,” Stone said after Oakwood improved to 14-5 ...

De’Edgar Cooks (1) scored a game-high 22 points in a 61-46 boys high school basketball defeat of host Oakwood on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Ponitz wears down Oakwood in second half

Like all of his teammates, De’Edgar Cooks enjoyed the best seat in every gymnasium during Ponitz’s program-defining boys basketball season in 2014-15. No one from that team has returned to the varsity, which means it’s up to Cooks, a promising 6-foot-3 junior, and the rest of the Cougars to carry ...

Oakwood’s Phoebe Gilbert (left) contests Evie McGlaughlin of Carroll for control. Carroll defeated Oakwood 1-0 in a girls high school Division II regional semifinal soccer game at Xenia on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Ritter sees Carroll over Oakwood

It’s easy to spot Carroll senior Hannah Ritter. She’s the near 6-foot forward with signature goggles strapped around her head. “I’ve been wearing them since the second grade,” beamed Ritter proudly. “I hear stuff, but, whatever. I just say I got four eyes, I can see better than you.” A ...

Fairmont advances in tourney

Fairmont defeated Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 1-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the girls high school field hockey district final on Saturday.Lucy Davis scored the only goal on an assist by Ava Denault. Fairmont (8-8-1) will host Cincinnati Ursuline Academy at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Ursuline advanced by defeating ...

Oakwood, CJ 4th at state golf

Andy Mayhew of Oakwood High School shot 75 for fourth place and teammate Connor Quigley 76 to tie for fifth after the opening round of the boys Division II high school state golf tournament at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury on Friday.That was low enough to place Oakwood (321) in ...

A state medalist as a freshman, Eaton’s Cameron Willis couldn’t make it out of the sectional as a junior. That’s why shooting a 1-under 71 was such a relief to the senior during the Division II boys high school sectional golf tournament at Pipestone Golf Course in Miamisburg on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Eaton golfer Willis hopes finding groove gets him back to state

A dream freshman season came true for Cameron Willis when he wrapped up his first varsity season on the Eaton boys golf team as a state tournament medalist. But just two seasons later, the slight but powerful hitter couldn’t even make it out of the sectional, the first and easiest ...

Proposed Oakwood stadium highlights popularity of turf

The multimillion-dollar, privately-funded athletic facility proposed in Oakwood highlights the growing use of artificial turf in high school sports. The estimated $2.5 million project includes an artificial turf field, 8-lane regulation track, restrooms and 1,000-seat capacity bleachers. It would be built on what is now the parking lot of the ...

Oakwood High School senior FB/DE Michael Hoecht (second from left) had a 99-yard TD run last season. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

High school football preview: Oakwood Lumberjacks

High school: Oakwood LumberjacksDivision IV, Region 14League: SWBL SouthwesternHead coach: Butch Snider, first season, succeeds Rick Robertson who resigned after three seasons and joined Belmont’s staff as an assistant. Snider previously was an assistant at Stebbins and Beavercreek.Assistant coaches: Pete Ankrom, Kevin Tritschler, Clint Bartlett, Rob Stephens, Rickey Ford, Chris ...

Two state swim titles for Oakwood’s Higgins

Oakwood High School senior Jackson Higgins made a mark at the Division II Ohio High School Athletic Association state swim meet in 2014.Friday night at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Higgins put his stamp on his last tour of the pool in high school.Higgins claimed two state titles to help ...

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