Lamar Preyor, a Trotwood-Madison High School blaze and among the area’s most decorated sprinters, was among six new inductees into the Ohio Association of Track & Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame this past weekend.
A 1975 Trotwood grad, Preyor was the first of many great Trotwood boys and girls sprinters who starred at the highest level. He won consecutive state titles in the 100-yard dash as a junior and senior, won the 220 as a junior and was runner-up in the 440 as a senior. In all, he accounted for 48 individual state points for the Rams.
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After graduating, he won the 100 in the Golden West Meet at California, then considered the high school national championship. His 9.4 clocking tied the great Jesse Owens’ all-time Ohio best.
Pryor extended that success at the University of Tennessee when the Vols were a national men’s and women’s power. He was on multiple record-setting relays and was a five-time NCAA All-American. Injuries derailed his attempts to make the 1976 and ’80 U.S. Olympic teams.
Preyor died in 2007 at the age of 50 in Cincinnati following a long career with the Cincinnati Enquirer.
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• The regular signing period for football players to sign national letters of intent is Wednesday, Feb. 6. Many area seniors signed during the earlier NCAA Division I signing period from Dec. 19-21. This was the second year for an early signing period for football and appears to be a hit with players and schools.
Previously, football players who graduated and enrolled early in college missed out on the traditional signing ceremony on the first Wednesday of February. The earlier signing period for basketball was Nov. 14-21. The regular signing period for basketball is April 17 through May 15.
The signing period for all other sports is open through Aug. 1.
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• Carroll grad Amanda Schroeder recently became the all-time career scorer in women’s basketball at Sinclair Community College.
A 6-foot forward, Schroder eclipsed the 1,120 points that Shannon Potee posted from 1989-91. Schroeder was the OCCAC player of the year and first-team NJCAA All-American last season, when she averaged 26.0 points and 8.6 rebounds. This season she’s averaging 24.5 points and 11.6 rebounds.
Sinclair (14-3) is at Edison CC in Piqua on Wednesday.
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• Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop founder Eric Horstman has secured an opener for the third Backyard Blitz to open the 2019 high school football season: Cincinnati Colerain (14-1) at Wayne (7-4). The game will be played at Premier Health Field at Heidkamp Stadium on Friday, Aug. 30.
Horstman hopes to land more games, possible another on Friday for or a Saturday doubleheader. Colerain lost 24-10 to Lakewood St. Edward in the D-I state final last season.
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• Centerville quarterback Chase Harrison recently was named to the first team of the 2018 MaxPreps All-American freshman team. He was the only Ohioan to be named.
Harrison was an emerging standout for the Elks during an uncharacteristic 2-8 season. He threw for 1,446 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite that rare losing record, Centerville enters next season on a two-game win streak that included a 17-0 Week 9 upset win at Fairmont that snapped a nine-game losing skid over two seasons.
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• Neither Xenia senior guard Samari Curtis nor any of the other girls area nominees made the final cut for the McDonalds All American games to be played at Atlanta in late March. Area girls hopefuls were Mya Jackson (Wilmington), Mikala Morris (Kenton Ridge) and Courtney Prenger (Minster).
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