Local Sports Briefs


COLLEGE

Lovelady named Mideast Coach of the Year

FAIRBORN — Wright State University head baseball coach Greg Lovelady has been named the ABCA/Diamond Mideast Regional Coach of the Year, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Thursday.

Lovelady directed WSU to a school-record 46 wins in 2016 as the Raiders won the Horizon League regular-season and tournament titles. Wright State then advanced to a NCAA Regional final for the second consecutive season before falling to no.2 Louisville, 3-1.

The Raiders ranked in the top 50 nationally in several categories this season, including walks allowed per nine innings (5th at 2.45), triples (6th with 27), walks (15th with 296), stolen bases (tied for 12th with 101), runs (19th with 448), earned run average (33th at 3.49), on-base percentage (42nd at .388) and hits (43rd with 605).

The 2014 and 2016 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Lovelady has compiled a 124-56 record in three seasons at the helm of the program, including a 69-18 mark in league play.

The Regional Coaches of the Year will be honored during the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the 73rd annual ABCA Convention, which will be held January 5-8, 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. The banquet is set for Jan. 6, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel.

HOCKEY

H.S. development program offered

Academy Hockey is a new and exciting opportunity for area high school players to improve skills and continue enjoying the game of hockey off-season. Academy Hockey Program goals are open opportunity (no tryouts), skills development (max touches/reps), and fun! This program is available to all area high school players and is endorsed by your Dayton area High School coaches (Alter, Beavercreek, Centerville, Springboro, and Troy). The program meets all OHSAA pre/post criteria — and former Division I Hockey players form the core of our coaching staff!

Summer camp will run from 7-8:20 p.m., July 18-21 at South Metro. Cost is $120. The 90-minute evening sessions include skills warm-ups and open non-checking fun play scrimmages.

A preseason fall camp will run on Thursdays (or Wednesday) and Sundays on Sept. 8 – Oct. 30 with one session of skills development and one session of scrimmage games, at a time and location to be announced. Cost is $400.

Camps are open to all area high school hockey players. Must have a current USA Hockey registration (last year’s is good through Aug. 31, 2016), and you need a liability waiver.

Contact Greg Gutterman 937-422-6827 AcademyHockeyOH@gmail.com . Due to OHSAA rules, please include the High School you play for in your email to us. Payments can be made out to “Academy Hockey Club” and mailed to 2182 Bandit Trail, Beavercreek OH 45434.

BICYCLING

Greene Trails Cycling Classic July 14-17

XENIA — The 2016 Greene Trails Cycling Classic will take place July 14-17 with the Greene County Fairgrounds Recreation Center serving as home base for the hundreds of cyclists expected to attend from all over the region.

Excursions will be planned for each day of the event. Registration includes Fairgrounds Recreation Center campsite, Support and Gear (SAG), fully-supported rest stops, purchase pick-up, breakfast daily and all evening entertainment including meal on Thursday and Saturday night – if registered for Thursday and Saturday.

Reduced Greene County Resident Rate includes all SAG, Rest Stops, Purchase Pick Up, Century Ride Award, Tent Camping and Breakfast. Additional and optional costs may include $10 per evening for entertainment; T-shirt, $15; and GTCC Jersey, $65.

A brochure and registration form is available on the website at www.gcparkstrails.com, by calling 937-562-6440 or emailing info@gcparkstrails.com.

BASKETBALL

Girls fall leagues filling now

BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek High School girls basketball program will be hosting the 17th Annual Girls Basketball Fall League from Sept. 11 to Oct. 23 on Sundays at the high school, located at 2660 Dayton-Xenia Road.

All teams will play a total of seven games on five Sundays with no game TBA (to accommodate the college exposure tournaments, date subject to change).

The league will be a total of 12 high school teams (ninth through 12th grade). There will be 8-10 girls per team, keeping in mind that only two players from each school may play on the same team (per the Ohio High School Athletic Association rule). Space is limited to 120 players and restricted based on OHSAA rules. The talent level will be balanced as much as possible across all teams and a coach will be supplied for each team.

Deadline is Aug. 22, or until the league is full. Cost is $75 per player, which includes a numbered jersey. Make checks payable to: Beavercreek Athletic Boosters.

Questions should be directed to Art Zimmerman at 937-426-9509, or send email to: BHSfallleague@aol.com. Additional registration forms may be downloaded from http://beavercreekathletics.com/ or Facebook – Beavercreek Fall League.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please email your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com; or to: jbombatch@civitasmedia.com. Thanks!

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please email your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com; or to: jbombatch@civitasmedia.com. Thanks!

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