Local Sports Briefs


Boys Basketball

Bulldogs’ second-half rally earns win

LONDON — Isaiah Taylor scored 20 points and Kaner Butler added 19 as Yellow Springs defeated London, 57-53 on the road, Wednesday. The Bulldogs trailed 30-26 at halftime, but outscored the Red Raiders by a 31-22 margin in the second half. Taylor came close to recording a double-double, as he finished with a team-high nine rebounds in the win.

Yellow Springs (9-3, 6-0 in the Metro Buckeye Conference) was scheduled to play at Newton, Friday night. They then have a week off until they return to MBC action with a Jan. 15 home game against Middletown Christian.

Girls Basketball

Rams blast Xenia Christian

DAYTON — Tia Karras scored 31 points and Elea Clements added 15 to lead Miami Valley to a 76-36 win Thursday night in a Metro Buckeye Conference contest for first place. The host Rams led 21-4 after one quarter of play. No individual statistics were reported to the MBC website by Xenia Christian (10-2, 4-1 MBC). The Ambassadors will return to action Saturday, Jan. 9 for a 12:30 p.m. non-league battle at Tipp City Bethel.

Buccaneers sink West Carrollton

XENIA — The host Xenia Buccaneers won their second game of the season and first in league play on Wednesday. Infiniti Carr came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points, while teammates Cora Stevens and Trinity Morton scored 10 each, in Wednesday’s 61-49 win over West Carrollton. The Bucs broke open a close contest by outscoring the Pirates 39-29 in the second half.

Xenia (2-11, 1-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division) hosts Springboro at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Alter 63, Carroll 41: No statistics were reported. In a battle for first place in the Greater Catholic League’s Co-Ed North Division, Kettering Alter won over the visiting Patriots on Wednesday.

Carroll (7-5, 3-1 GCL Co-Ed North) plays at Middletown Fenwick at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.


WWE Smackdown coming to Nutter Center

FAIRBORN — Wright State University will be the site of a WWE Smackdown professional wrestling event, starting at 7 p.m., Jan. 19 at the Nutter Center.

Competitors scheduled to be on the fight card include WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns & Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus & Kevin Owens, the Divas, and many, many more!

Tickets, starting at $15, are on sale at the Nutter Center, Ticketmaster.com, area Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 800-745-3000.


MDU announces Kil-Kare race date

WESTFIELD, Ind. — The Midwest Drift Union announced its four-race regional schedule, with a season-ending date taking place at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia.

The MDU will host events in four states over a five-month time period, beginning May 1 with an event at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. Round two will take place June 25 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind., with round three set for Aug. 20 in Detroit, Mich.

The Kil-Kare date is Sept. 17. The complete Kil-Kare schedule can be found at www.kilkare.com.

The MDU was founded in 2010 as a Midwest regional feeder series with the intention of advancing the area’s top drifting competitors to the professional level. Last season, the top-3 drivers were rewarded with a Formula Drift Pro 2 competitors license.


Masterson to headline First Pitch Banquet

FAIRBORN — The Wright State baseball program has announced that major league pitcher and Beavercreek native Justin Masterson will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual First Pitch Banquet on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, on the main arena floor in WSU’s Nutter Center.

Justin Masterson is a 2003 graduate of Beavercreek High School where he starred in baseball and basketball. He then attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind., for two seasons before transferring to San Diego State University for his junior year. There he pitched for Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2nd round of the 2006 MLB draft following the college season. He shot through the minors and made his MLB debut on April 24, 2008.

The First Pitch Banquet features a sit-down dinner along with a silent auction. The cost for the event will be $70 per person or a VIP table for 10 guests costing $1000. The VIP table includes recognition during the program and admission to a pre-event meet and greet with Masterson. The doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: [email protected]

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: [email protected]