Local Sports Briefs


HIGH SCHOOL

Boys Basketball

Bulldogs knock off Stebbins

RIVERSIDE — Kaner Butler knocked in team-high 22 points, Isaiah Taylor scored 11, and Joe Plumer had a team-high nine rebounds in Wednesday’s 53-34 win over host Riverside Stebbins. No statistics were available for the Indians.

Yellow Springs (16-5, 11-0 MBC) returns to Metro Buckeye Conference action on Monday, Feb. 15 when they’ll travel south to play Middletown Christian for a 7 p.m. game.

Ambassadors romp over Northeastern

SPRINGFIELD — Xenia Christian jumped out to a 31-13 halftime lead and cruised to a 51-28 win Monday over host Northeastern. No individual statistics were available from the game.

The Ambassadors (18-4) closed out the regular season with three consecutive wins. They won eight of their final nine games.

Xenia Christian opens the Division IV sectional postseason as the sectional’s fourth seed. They have a game at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 against fifth-seeded South Charleston Southeastern. That game takes place at Brookville High School.

OTHER SPORTS

Beavercreek hosting baseball clinic

BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek High School varsity baseball team will hold its sixth annual baseball clinic for ages U8 through U14 on March 12 in the school’s main and auxiliary gymnasiums.

Cost is $30 per player (ages 8-10) and $40 for players 11-14 years of age. A clinic T-shirt will be provided to all who participate.

The U8-U10 clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The U11-U14 clinic takes place from 1-3 p.m., with a pitchers only session from 3-4 p.m.

Bring a baseball glove, bat and helmet. If weather permits, the camp may be held outside. Please bring cleats and suitable clothing to the camp.

All proceeds from the camp benefit the Beavercreek varsity baseball team.

Men’s Basketball

Raiders fall to Illinois-Chicago

CHICAGO — Wright State shot just 32 percent for the game, 27 percent in the second half, in dropping a 64-59 Horizon League decision Thursday at University of Illinois – Chicago.

UIC hit nine of 18 field goal attempts in the second half to finish at 49 percent overall while Wright State connected on just nine of 34 attempts to end up at 32 percent for the game.

Mark Alstork led the way for the Raiders with 15 points while Michael Karena had 11 along with J.T. Yoho.

Dikembe Dixson paced UIC (4-19, 2-10 Horizon) with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds while Tai Odiase added 18 points.

Wright State (15-11, 9-4 Horizon) travels to league leader Valparaiso for an 8 p.m. matchup Saturday night, Feb. 13.

Cedarville sinks Salem International

CEDARVILLE — The host Cedarville University Yellow Jackets jumped out to a big 44-28 halftime lead, then fended off a Salem International rally, to claim an 80-77 men’s basketball win Thursday night at the Callan Athletic Center.

Evan Kraatz hit a pair of free throws with 2.6 seconds left to enable the Jackets to snap a four-game losing skid. Patrick Bain led Cedarville (9-13, 2-6 Great Midwest Athletic Conference) with 19 points. Easton Bazzoli (15), Robert Okoro (12) and Kwenton Scott (11) also finished in double figures.

Tyler Bell of Salem International (4-18, 1-8 G-MAC) led all scorers with 22 points scored.

Cedarville hosts Ohio Valley at 4:15 p.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 13.

Raiders fall to Illinois-Chicago

CHICAGO — Wright State shot just 32 percent for the game, 27 percent in the second half, in dropping a 64-59 Horizon League decision Thursday at University of Illinois – Chicago.

UIC hit nine of 18 field goal attempts in the second half to finish at 49 percent overall while Wright State connected on just nine of 34 attempts to end up at 32 percent for the game.

Mark Alstork led the way for the Raiders with 15 points while Michael Karena had 11 along with J.T. Yoho.

Dikembe Dixson paced UIC (4-19, 2-10 Horizon) with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds while Tai Odiase added 18 points.

Wright State (15-11, 9-4 Horizon) travels to league leader Valparaiso for an 8 p.m. matchup Saturday night, Feb. 13.

Raiders third in league preseason poll

INDIANAPOLIS — The Wright State softball team has been picked third as the 2016 Horizon League preseason poll was released Wednesday by the league office. Voting was done by the nine head coaches in the league.

The Raiders, who finished third in the regular-season standings last season and advanced to the championship game of the league tournament, received 48 points as Oakland and UIC tied for the top spot with 59 points. Valparaiso was chosen fourth, followed by Cleveland State, Green Bay, Youngstown State, Detroit and Northern Kentucky.

In addition to the preseason poll, College Sports Madness recently announced its preseason Horizon League teams, with five Raiders being honored. Senior pitcher Montana Wear and senior utility player Hanna Floyd were named to the First Team while junior second baseman Libby Pfeffer and junior shortstop Becka Peterson were chosen to the Second Team. Pitcher Ally Russell was selected as the Freshman of the Year.

Wright State kicks off the 2016 campaign at the Kick-Off Classic this weekend in Boca Raton, Florida, with the Raiders facing Penn State in the season opener at 9 a.m. Friday, February 12. WSU will also take on Tulsa, Hofstra, host Florida Atlantic and SIU Edwardsville during the tournament.

The home opener for the Raiders will be on Wednesday, March 23, as Wright State hosts crosstown rival Dayton in a single game starting at 5 p.m.

Arnold 5K run set for March 6

COLUMBUS — The 16th annual Arnold 5K will be held on Sunday, March 6 in downtown Columbus. The race is part of the Arnold Sports Festival Weekend. All entrants receive an Arnold 5K race T-shirt and a free entry ($20 value) to the 27th Annual Arnold Sports Festival after the race, plus the top 500 finishers receive Arnold 5K medals.

For more information go to www.runohio.com or contact Matt McGowan – runohio@ee.net, 740-587-0376. The Arnold 5K Pump and Run registration is closed.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please e-mail your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please e-mail your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com.