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May
10

Troy Falls To Centerville’s Wild Seventh Inning Rally….

Three outs separated Troy from a first-round sectional tournament victory against Centerville. But the Elks didn’t oblige, sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 10 runs in the seventh (including Ardyn Hopf’s grand slam, above) for a 14-6 victory on Monday.

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May
10

Youth Movement Has Coldwater Going Places

Coach Kyle Ahrns’ softball team needs one win to tie the school record. And if they get it the Cavaliers look to continue one of the most successful regular seasons in program history with a strong run in the Division III tournament. Greg Billing writes.

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May
7

Green Wave Claim Win No. 25 … And Counting

The Greenville Green Wave celebrated a Miami Valley League championship Friday evening. Sidney native Warren Davidson, (Pictured) U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, threw out the first pitch to Greenville catcher Susie Blocher prior to Greenville’s 8-3 victory against Sidney. Read girls softball by Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros.

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May
1

Late-Inning Drama Carries Bradford To Horstman Title

In a regular-season tournament that felt more like the postseason with three state-ranked teams, Bradford scored a dramatic win to capture the Katie Horstman Classic on Friday night. The 1-0, 11-inning victory against Russia capped a quality … and cold … night of softball. Greg Billing writes for Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Apr
28

Railroaders Keep Chugging Behind Miller’s No-Hitters

Bradford fireballer Skipp Miller threw her eighth no-hitter this season … and just missed her sixth perfect game … as the Railroaders continued their impressive run this season with an 18-0, five-inning victory at Tri-Village this week. Greg Billing writes their story in today’s Press Pros.

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Apr
26

Billing: Errors Burn #1 Red Devils In Loss To Troy

For 14 games Tippecanoe has managed to overcome errors. They weren’t so fortunate in game No. 15. Troy, and pitcher Trayce Mercer (below) handed Tipp its first loss of the season with an 11-9 victory that came down to the final pitch. Greg Billing writes in today’s Press Pros.

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Apr
22

Loramie, Fortman Still King Of The Hill

Fort Loramie’s Mack Fortman dominated on the mound and the Redskins’ defense did the rest, making several stellar plays to hand the scrappy Russia Raiders a tough 4-0 loss on Thursday. Read more Greg Billing baseball inside PressPros.

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Apr
17

Simply Devilish: Tipp Making Life Difficult For Opponents

Behind Jonny Baileys’ dominating performance on the mound, Tippecanoe’s baseball team helped coach Bruce Cahill secure yet another win … this one was No. 701 and counting … with a 7-2 victory at Greenville on Friday night. Read Greg Billing baseball inside today’s Press Press.

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Apr
15

Russia Overcomes Elements, Anna To Stay In SCAL Chase

Temperatures in the mid-40s along with a cold breeze made playing conditions tough for Russia and Anna on Thursday. But as the have for all but one game this season, the Raiders overcame their opponent — and the conditions — behind solid pitching and clutch hitting for the 14-5 victory. Read more by Greg Billing on Girls Soft Ball inside today’s PressProsMagazine.

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Apr
10

Offensive Outburst Lifts Versailles In Split With Loramie

This season has been full of positives for the Fort Loramie softball team. An exception came in the third inning Saturday. Versailles pounded out 14 runs in a 21-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader. The Redskins then grabbed the split with an 11-1 win in the second game. Read more on girl’s softball by Greg Billing inside today’s PressPros.

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Apr
5

Minster Celebrates Special Night With Sweet Win

Minster and Covington battled to a 1-1 tie through three and 1/2 innings before the Wildcats broke it open with 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings, sending the ‘Cats to the run-rule victory. Read Minster Softball by Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros.

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Mar
31

Greenville Rallies Past Troy For Two-Day Sweep

After scoring a 19-0 victory over Troy on Monday, Greenville rallied to hand Troy a second straight loss with a comeback 11-6 victory at Lady Wave Stadium on Tuesday. Greg Billing writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
12

Tipp’s Dream Season Runs Out…Falls To CJ

Tippecanoe jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half, but couldn’t keep the momentum against Chaminade Julienne. CJ cranked up the defense in the second half, then held on as Tipp’s last-second shot to force overtime bounced off the rim.

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Mar
6

Little Things Add Up To District Title For Tipp

Tippecanoe celebrated its first district title since 2007, but it didn’t come easy. Tipp survived a shaky fourth quarter to hold off Cincinnati Indian Hill in a tense Division II district championship game. Greg Billing writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
5

Soaking Up The Fun: Anna Claims District Title

Despite seeing an 11-point lead evaporate over the final 3:50, the Anna Rockets held on to win its third straight Division III district championship when McKane Finkenbine sank a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left to hold off Greeneview.

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Feb
27

Botkins Avenges Losses To Loramie With Sect. Title Win

In a typical SCAL showdown — both physical and intense — the Botkins Trojans avenged seasons of frustration against the Fort Loramie Redskins to reach their first Division IV district title game since 2001. 

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Feb
26

3rd Time’s A Charm: Russia, Jackson To Meet In Finals

The Shelby County Athletic League treated the D-IV sectional tournament at Piqua as its own personal tournament once again, placing four teams in the sectional finals on Friday (Botkns vs. Fort Loramie) and Saturday (Russia vs. Jackson Center).

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Feb
19

Billing: Botkins Gets Scare, But Topples Bradford

Botkins, the ninth-ranked team in the Division IV state poll trailed five-win Bradford at halftime. A second-half surge and 28-0 run pushed the Trojans past the Railroaders and into next week. Greg Billing writes for Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Feb
13

From Dayton to Daytona: Racing Has Rich History In Miami Valley

It’s one of the largest auto racing fan clubs in the country. The Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club (DARF) even left a lasting impression on Richard Petty. As NACAR kicks off its season with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, here’s a look back to when The King made a pit stop in Dayton years ago.

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Feb
13

Worth The Wait: Botkins Claims Share Of SCAL Title

The Botkins Trojans took the Russia Raiders’ best shot Friday night. And despite being a little stunned in the first half, the Trojans rallied in the second to secure their first SCAL title since the 1992-93 season. Russia’s Jonathan Bell (pictured) came up with the loose ball in the game’s final seconds, but the Raiders ran out of time before a final shot. Read more Greg Billing.

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