Former Trotwood-Madison High School state player of the year Torrey Patton is a Cleveland State Viking.
The 6-foot-5 guard tweeted last week he’ll continue his basketball career with the Horizon League program. He also is listed on the Vikings’ website among the CSU players for the upcoming season.
He played at the University of Akron as a freshman in the 2017-18 season (3.3 points, 3.1 rebounds) and transferred to Indian Hills Community College in Iowa for the 2018-19 season (14.7, 8.1). He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Vikings.
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Patton was a high-scoring, three-year starter at Trotwood. He was the Division II state player of the year following his senior 2016-17 season after averaging 20.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists. Trotwood (26-3) was upset by eventual D-II state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in a state semifinal.
CSU, led by second-year coach Dennis Felton, was 10-21 overall last season and 5-13 in the league.
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• Carlisle has named new football and boys basketball coaches. Scott Clodfelter resigned at Bethel to succeed T.J. Smart last month as the Indians’ football coach. A week later Brad Newsome was named to succeed Donnie Ridinger as Carlisle’s boys basketball coach.
Clodfelter, previously Beavercreek’s head coach, is Carlisle’s third head football coach since last season. Brown led the Indians the last four seasons and resigned after going 0-10 in 2018.
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Smart was named in February to succeed Brown, then resigned in late May at Beavercreek schools as a special education aide after he admitted to stealing about $600 in ticket proceeds from the Beavercreek athletic director’s office following a girls lacrosse game. A Fairmont grad, Smart, 29, was an assistant last season at Oakwood and previously at Belmont, Bethel and Beavercreek.
Clodfelter led Bethel the last five seasons (30-21 overall, 21-19 Cross County Conference). A Bethel grad, his best Bees team was in 2017 (9-2 and 7-1 CCC champs).
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Newsome resigned at Legacy Christian to succeed Donnie Ridinger, who led the Indians the past four seasons (2015-19). Newsome, previously the head coach of the Yellow Springs boys, led Legacy to a program-best 19-3 in 2018-19. Carlisle (5-18, 3-9 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) was 47-45 overall (30-18 SWBL) under Ridinger. His best season was in 2016-17, when Carlisle was 17-6 and tied Preble Shawnee for the SWBL Buckeye title (11-1).
That makes at least three new SWBL football coaches for this coming season. Ricky Davis, 25, succeeds Steve Poff at Middletown Madison. It’s the first head position for Davis. Poff will stay on the Mohawks’ staff as an offensive line coach.
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Bob Mullins, 37, succeeds Brett Stubbs as Monroe’s fourth head coach since the 2017 season. Barak Faulk was hired in January 2018 to succeed Bill Leach and resigned less than six months later after a dispute about his teaching situation. Stubbs agreed to step in for one season before his retirement and went 2-8 in 2018. Mullins was a linebacker coach at Lakota East the last five seasons.
• Ten area girls teams and eight boys teams have been moved to new basketball divisions. Those where among the divisional changes for football, soccer, volleyball and basketball announced by the Ohio High School Athletic Association last month.
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Girls basketball teams moving up to Division I are SWBL members Bellbrook, Franklin and Monroe. Bumped up to D-II were Ben Logan, Brookville and Urbana. Dayton Christian, Miami Valley and Twin Valley South were moved up to D-III and Meadowdale dropped to D-III.
Among area boys, West Carrollton was the only team to be readjusted up to D-I. Waynesville moved up to D-II. Mechanicsburg and Triad of the Ohio Heritage Conference moved up to D-III and Ben Logan and Meadowdale dropped to D-III. Dropping to D-IV were Troy Christian and Twin Valley South.
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This was an annual competitive balance realignment.
• The preseasons for football, cross country, golf, soccer, girls tennis, girls volleyball and field hockey all start on Thursday, Aug. 1.
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