Local Sports Briefs


Area players in All-Star Football Game

CENTERVILLE — Greene County-area football players will be on both sides of the line of scrimmage for the 32nd annual Miami Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Football game, which will be held Friday, June 12 at Centerville High School.

The “Great Clips Pigskin Classic” is set to kick-off at 7 p.m. Earl White of Dayton Belmont will be head coach of the South squad, and Riverside Stebbins head coach Trace Smitherman will head the North team.

Xenia defensive back Khalil Capers and Greeneview linebacker Chance Frye will team up to play for the North.

Beavercreek assistant coach Bosie Miliner is also listed on the North team.

The South team has its share of Greene County talent as well: Greenon’s defensive lineman Aaron Leciegewski, Fairborn offensive lineman Corey Gayheart, and Cedarville wideout Brant Wickline have been named to the South squad.

Driving with Colleen event approaching

SPRINGFIELD — The fourth annual charity golfing event, “Driving with Colleen,” is will be held at 2 p.m. June 28, 2015 at Locust Hills Golf Course in Springfield.The event will cost $60 and includes a dinner.

All proceeds from “Driving with Colleen” will be donated to Circle of Victory, an amazing foundation that provides financial help to cancer patients who live in Greene County, Ohio.

Colleen Cain started this event while battling cancer herself to help other cancer patients. Unfortunately Colleen lost her battle last November. Over the past several years Colleen has raised over $10,000 for Circle of Victory.

To register, sponsor or donate, or for more information, please visit www.drivingwithcolleen.org.


Former Raider Makes World Cup Team

Former Wright State women’s soccer player Ini Umotong has been named to the 23-player Nigerian 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup team. The tournament will be played June 6-July 5 in Canada.

“It’s an incredible feeling to know I’ll be representing Nigeria at a World Cup,” Umotong said. “It still feels like a dream, one I’ll be trying to make last for as long as possible this summer. This really is the biggest thing I’ve done so far in my life.”

Nigeria will play in Group D of the FIFA World Cup along with the United States, Sweden and Australia. Nigeria’s first action was June 8 where they tied Sweden 3-3. They play Australia June 12 and the US on June 16. Most games will air on the Fox Network.

“I am very proud of Ini and all that she has accomplished in making the final roster for her National Team,” WSU head coach Patrick Ferguson said. “We look forward to seeing her do well and represent Wright State University. It speaks very highly of our program that we have recently had a player return from Holland after playing professionally for three years there. Also, we currently have a former player playing professionally in the highest league in Germany. And now we have a former player participating in the World Cup.”

Nigeria secured its ticket to Canada 2015 by winning its seventh African Women’s Championship in Namibia in October, winning all five matches they played and beating Cameroon 2-0. Umotong will wear number 11.

The 21-year-old Umotong, who grew up in Birmingham, England, played for the Raiders during the 2012 and 2013 seasons when she scored 11 goals and notched two assists in 38 games with 90 shots. She was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 2012.


Film company hosting local tryouts June 15 and 16

BELLBROOK — Baseball fans in the Miami Valley can directly participate in a crowd funding initiative at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 15 and 16 at Bellbrook High School. Registration will take place at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.

The initiative incorporates a talent search by nominating baseball players and non-players to play key roles in a movie titled “Last At Bat,” based on a novel by Kettering resident Mark Donahue.

The program, titled The Search for Dylan Michael, will seek baseball players from the ages of 8-25 to play Michael (the story’s main character) at various stages of his life in addition to non-players for other roles.

As part of the Last at Bat crowd funding project, persons who donate at least $50 at www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com will receive a myriad of thank you gifts based on the amount of their donation, including passes to attend the auditions to be held in Bellbrook. However, auditions are open to anyone.

The three winning participants ultimately selected will each receive a $5,000 acting fee, and up to 100 players – girls, boys, men and women of all ages – are needed to play teammates and opponents in the film. Men and women are also needed to play coaches, umpires, extras and other roles.

Players are encouraged to register online, but may register the day of the event. This is the second Miami Valley tryout. There will be up to 15 tryouts across the country over the next six months.

Several rounds of tryouts will occur this spring and summer. Times, dates and locations will be announced on www.LastAtBatTheMovie.com as well as other information. Final casting selections will be made around September 30, 2015.