Marc F. Pendleton

Reporter covering high school sports

Used to be embarrassed at all the Dayton-area high school knowledge I harbored. Now I get paid to know that stuff. How cool is that? Long time former Greene County resident. Attended five schools in three states by the time I became a Buckeye as a high school freshman; don't ask. Was on Wright State University's 16-year undergrad program, graduating with a Communications degree in 1988. Started at the Beavercreek News, morphed to the Fairborn Daily Herald, then Springfield News-Sun and have been at the DDN since 1989. The last 10 years I've spent mostly coordinating our high school sports coverage and dodging your barbs and arrows. I live by four words: thank gawd for spellcheck. Family once had subscriptions to the DDN, Journal Herald, Xenia Daily Gazette and Beavercreek News ... at the same time. Got hopelessly hooked on newspapers at that time. I could have done worse. High school sports coverage is a great way for teens to embrace newspapers for life and more importantly, reading. I'm proof of that.

Latest from Marc F. Pendleton

Fairmont QB Corde’ Kyles (3) is upended by Alter defender Connor Wood. Alter beat Fairmont 42-12 in a season opening high school football game at Kettering’s Roush Stadium on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Alter, Massie brace for showdown

Good luck finding, then exploiting any flaws in unbeaten heavyweights Alter (12-0) and Clinton-Massie (12-0). That’s why turnovers and big plays will be at a premium when the titans collide in a much-anticipated Division IV, Region 14 high school football showdown tonight at Monroe.This is Week 3 of the postseason ...

Coldwater quarterback Brody Hoying (15) is a dual running/passing threat. STAFF

Deep freeze challenges playoff teams, too

A high-end opponent isn’t all the remaining area high school football teams are preparing for in this week’s regional finals. Battling the elements, including an unexpected burst of winter deep freeze, also must be accounted for. That’s not unusual, especially for November playoff football in Ohio. What is different is ...

Wayne QB D’Mitrik Trice (with ball) gets an assist from running back Greg Schroeder. Wayne defeated Dublin Coffman in a D-I, Region 2 high school football semifinal at Bellefontaine on Saturday, 44-35. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Wayne unwraps more of its offense

There’s a reason Wayne has looked like a much different high school football team than it did in a Week 10 showdown loss at Centerville; the Warriors were holding back. That sounds sacrilegious, especially with a Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division title on the line. But since then the ...

Alter fullback Alex Pack breaks loose for a long gain on the first play from scrimmage. Alter defeated Thurgood 42-14 in a high school football game at Welcome Stadium on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

High school football playoff capsules

TROTWOOD-MADISON (11-1) VS. WAPAKONETA (12-0)What: Division III, Region 10 finalWhen: 7:30 p.m. FridayWhere: Sidney Memorial StadiumHistory: Trotwood defeated Wapak 27-6 in D-II regional semi in 2011.What to know: Smack-down tradition (Trotwood) vs. upstart contender (Wapak). Trotwood seasons are defined by 15-week state championship runs. Wapak has never ventured so deep ...

Trotwood’s Kei Beckham (2) returns a first-half interception for a touchdown. Trotwood-Madison hosted Western Brown in a D-III, Region 10 high school football playoff opener on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Area players, coaches reap SW District honors

Nine area players and four coaches of the year were among the All-Southwest District high school football teams released Tuesday by the Associated Press. Named offensive players of the year were Wayne senior quarterback D’Mitrik Trice (Division I), Alter senior QB Dusty Hayes (D-IV), Chaminade Julienne junior QB Jacob Harrison ...

Beavercreek to add hall of fame class

The Beavercreek High School athletic hall of fame will induct its 16th class Dec. 6.New members will be: John Ankeney, 1961 graduate and founder of the Beavercreek Youth Soccer program; Ian Baltzer, ’98 grad (football, baseball); Linda Frye (Sparks), ’75 grad (track, gymnastics, field hockey); Bill Green, ’71 grad (basketball ...

Alter H.S. head football coach Ed Domsitz directs the Knights during a 42-12 season-opening defeat of Fairmont at Roush Stadium on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Unbeaten Alter, Massie set for rematch

The high school football state championships won’t be determined until next month, but there’s strong sentiment the road to a Division IV title runs through Alter and Clinton-Massie.A rematch of those state titans has been among the most anticipated since last season. Both are unbeaten, ranked 1-2 in the state ...

Wayne QB D’Mitrik Trice (with ball) gets an assist from running back Greg Schroeder. Wayne played Dublin Coffman in a D-I, Region 2 high school football semifinal at Bellefontaine on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Wayne beats Coffman in shootout

Wayne’s offense, a fireworks machine for most of this season, was at its best Saturday. And good thing. The Warriors and unbeaten Dublin Coffman blew apart each other’s defense and combined for nearly 1,000 yards offense. But it was Wayne that was left upright when all that smoke cleared, a ...

Tipp’s Cameron Gibbs (with ball) turns the corner around a block by Jacob Ambos (9). Tippecanoe played Wapakoneta in a D-III, Region 10 high school football semifinal at Sidney on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Tipp falls to unbeaten Wapak

Hugs and helmet taps all around, the Tippecanoe football team huddled at midfield for a last time. Heads were down and eyes were wiped clean. It’s a tough thing when you’ve played your last football game. Unbeaten Wapakoneta saw to that, landing an impressive 28-7 defeat on Tipp in a ...

Alter running back Nick Coleman has rushed for 1,062 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Alter (11-0) will play Wyoming (10-1) in a D-IV, Region 14 semifinal at Monroe today. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Troy Christian launches up learning scale

It’s the little things that Steve Nolan misses most, like having enough players to scrimmage in practice. Heck, even having enough footballs would be a victory. “It’s a different world,” admitted Nolan, the long-time Troy High School head coach who came out of retirement last year to revive the football ...


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