Kenton Ridge pitcher Carly Turner struck out seven to improve to 10-0 following a 5-3 victory against Northwestern. GREG BILLING / CONTRIBUTED GREG BILLING / CONTRIBUTED
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Three schools top seeded in baseball, softball tournaments

Kenton Ridge, Middletown Madison and Newton all pulled off impressive doubles on Sunday. The baseball and softball programs at those three high schools earned No. 1 seeds for the upcoming postseason tournaments during Sunday’s coaches meetings.

Kenton Ridge, out of the Central Buckeye Conference, was top seeded in Division II. Madison, from the Southwestern Buckeye League, was No. 1 in D-III. Newton, of the Cross County Conference, was top-seeded in D-IV.

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Other No. 1 baseball seeds were Springboro (D-I) and Tippecanoe (D-II). Lebanon (D-I) and Greenville (D-II) also earned No. 1 softball seeds.

Both the baseball and softball tournaments begin on Monday, May 7.

Boys tennis sectional pairings also were finalized on Sunday. The D-I sectional is at Fairmont, Centerville and Troy and the D-II sectional at Centerville and Troy. Both those sectionals begin on May 7, also.

The girls and boys district track and field meets are the following week.

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• The North and South teams split last Saturday’s All-Star Classic football game at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

Thomas Cluckey of Oregon Clay converted a 27-yard field goal with 1:17 left in the North’s 20-18 big-school win.

Bailey Wallen of Brookville had a 2-yard touchdown run in the South’s 42-20 small-school win.

“It’s awesome,” former Fort Loramie coach and South small-schools head coach Whit Parks said to the Canton Repository. “This is the epitome, to coach the best players in Ohio in your last game in Paul Brown Stadium. I’ve been a head coach for 37 years. It’s just a great culmination of the whole thing.”

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Parks retired from coaching at Fort Loramie after last season.

Piqua athletic director Chip Hare tweeted Indians defensive lineman Ben Schmiesing had seven tackles and two special-teams stops. Schmiesing will be a preferred walk-on at Ohio State University this fall.

It was the 73rd consecutive year for the Classic, which bills the games as the oldest of their kind in the country and is sponsored by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. It also was the second straight year the Classic was held at Massillon following four years at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

The North/South games have been contracted at Massillon through 2020. It originated and had a long run at Canton’s former Fawcett Stadium.

“Massillon, Canton, the Stark County area is a natural place for the game to be,” said Classic game director and Miamisburg coach Steve Channell.

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• Fairmont apparently will pick one of its own to be the next girls varsity basketball coach. Kyle Boze will be recommended to the Kettering board of education on Tuesday to succeed Lacy Drake as coach.

Boze is a veteran teacher in the Kettering City School District. He also has extensive freshman and JV coaching experience with the Centerville boys basketball program.

A former standout at Fairmont, Drake resigned after last season, her fifth as coach. Featuring a mostly underclass lineup, Fairmont was 17-9 and was eliminated in a Division I district final.

Drake’s overall combined record was 79-48 and 32-22 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference. Her best season was her first, going 23-3 and tying Centerville for a GWOC Central Division title (9-1) in 2013-14.

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• Kevin Higgins resigned after four seasons as Lebanon’s boys basketball coach to succeed Sean Van Winkle at Hamilton. Lebanon was 14-9 last season and 4-7 in the GWOC National West. The Warriors were a combined 45-48 in four seasons under Higgins (15-25 GWOC).

Higgins is at least the third GWOC boys coach to resign after last season. Successors to Collin Abels (Northmont) and Tony Clemens (West Carrollton) also are needed.

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• Versailles senior Justin Ahrens scored 31 points and was MVP as the South Divisions III-IV team routed the North 134-119 in the recent 60th annual North/South All-Star boys basketball games at Olentangy Liberty High School. Kort Justice of Butler had 16 points for the South in a 125-115 loss to the North in the Divisions I-II boys game.

Notre Dame-bound Abby Prohaska had 23 points and was MVP in the South’s 95-93 defeat of the North in the girls big-schools game at Denison. The North won the small-schools game, 97-86.

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