Local Sports Briefs


HIGH SCHOOL

Early named honorary Buccaneers coach

XENIA — This week the Xenia High School varsity football program honored Mike Earley as the team’s honorary coach for Friday’s game against Cincinnati Moeller. Earley is a 1987 graduate of Xenia High school where he participated in football, basketball and baseball for the Bucs. He and his wife, Sheila, have two teenage sons, Addison and Ryan. Mike holds a BA from Wright State, a BS from Urbana University, and his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. Earley followed seven years in the classroom with 13 years in school administration. He is currently the Personnel Director for Xenia Community Schools. The senior football players chose Earley as honorary coach because of the impact he had on them when he served as principal at Warner Middle School. They also chose to honor him for his commitment to Xenia, his commitment to our young people, and his commitment to excellence.

Greeneview seeks wrestling, track coach

JAMESTOWN —Greeneview is looking for a Head Varsity Wrestling Coach and a Head Middle School Track Coach. If interested, please contact Mark Rinehart at mark.rinehart@gvlsd.org or 937-675-9711 ext 208.

Norman gearing up for World Championships

XENIA — School has started and Xenia Christian High School senior Grace Norman has been very busy preparing for the ITU World Paratriathlon Championships, which is now one week away.

In cross country, Norman placed second at both of her early meets. Last weekend, Norman led her team to a second place team finish at the Greenville Treaty meet. Her 5-kilometer time of 19:39 ranks her fourth individually in Ohio for Division III runners at this point in the season.

She leaves for Chicago on Tuesday in preparations for the World Championships. She will spend a few days getting familiar with the course, and involved in some press events as the U.S. team is hosting this event. The official race will be at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18. Fans can follow the race on the USAtriathlon website.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Norman will compete as part of a corporate triathlon team. She will be doing the swim, and will combine with two others from Columbia Threadneedle who are a big part of the ITU Triathlon.

Norman recently learned she will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Track & Field World Championships. She will compete in the 400-meter run when the world meet is held in October in Doha, Qatar.

Girls Volleyball

Southeastern sweeps Greeneview

JAMESTOWN — Despite solid performances by Brianna Seigfried (five digs, three assists), Bryce Ratliff (six digs, eight assists), Gabrielle Tobe (six digs), Jenna Basinger (three digs), Caitlin Sweat (four blocks), Ashley Schloss (three kills, four blocks) and Kaitlyn Schloss (10 digs), the Greeneview Rams couldn’t come up with a win against South Charleston Southeastern on Thursday at Greeneview High. Southeastern claimed a 25-13, 25-16, 25-12 win.

The Rams (1-8 overall, 0-4 OHC) will host Mechanicsburg for an Ohio Heritage Conference match at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Beavercreek sweeps Fairborn

BEAVERCREEK — Tiare Saylor had eight kills, Kelly Goenaga-Lask bashed five aces, Brook Farrell had three kills, Spencer Franck had three aces and five kills, Beth Boos dished out a dozen assists, Molly Donohue had four kills, Joyce Eid had 20 digs, Faith Takacs had six digs, Hanna Lefevers had five digs and nine assists, and Lauren Goenaga-Lask had five digs in the Beavers’ 25-12, 25-9, 25-16 Thursday win over Fairborn.

Beavercreek is now 6-1 this season while Fairborn falls to 6-4.

Beavercreek plays at Huber Heights Wayne at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fairborn will next host Riverside Stebbins at 6:45 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Greeneview 6, West Liberty-Salem 0

WEST LIBERTY — Senior forward Jaden Baise scored three goals, Brayden Woods had a goal and two assists, Mitchell Link added a goal, Jacob Mickle had two assists and Josh Jenkins had one assist in Greeneview’s shutout win over West Liberty-Salem on Thursday. The Rams remain undefeated with a 5-0 overall record, 3-0 in the Ohio Heritage Conference. West Liberty-Salem falls to 4-4, 1-2 OHC. Greeneview will host Yellow Springs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

COLLEGE

Harris, Grundy on Ashland football team

ASHLAND — Xenia graduate Khiyani Harris and Fairborn grad Anthony Grundy are members of the football team at Ashland University.

Harris is majoring in business management. Harris is a 2015 graduate of Xenia High School. Harris, a freshman, is a wide receiver for the Eagles.

Grundy is majoring in business management. Grundy is a 2014 graduate of Fairborn High School. Grundy, a sophomore, is an offensive lineman for the Eagles.

The Ashland University football team competes in NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Eagles are led by head coach Lee Owens, now entering his 12th season. The Eagles play their home games in Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field on the Ashland University campus. The Eagles finished last season at 8-2 and finished second in the GLIAC South Division. As a team, the Eagles were ranked No. 23 in the 2015 Lindy’s Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll and received votes in the 2015 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Preseason Division II Coaches’ Poll. The Eagles host their first home game of the season at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 against Ohio Dominican. For more information, please visit the Ashland University football webpage at goashlandeagles.com/sports/fball/index

Ashland University (ashland.edu) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus.

Compiled by Zach Gregory and John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com.

Compiled by Zach Gregory and John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com.

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