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Buccaneers nip Aviators

VANDALIA — The Xenia Buccaneers opened up a nine-point lead at halftime, then held on in the second half, for a 69-68 win over Vandalia Butler, Tuesday night.

Rocky James scored a season-high 31 points for Xenia. Ray James scored 13, Danny Naylor scored 10 and Samari Curtis finished with seven in the Buccaneers’ sixth straight win.

Zach Ledbetter led Butler with a season-high 29 points scored.

Xenia (13-3, 4-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division) plays a 7:30 p.m. contest at Lebanon on Friday.

Bellbrook wins over Franklin

BELLBROOK — The host Golden Eagles broke open a close contest by outscoring Franklin 18-7 in the fourth quarter for a 56-42 win.

Trent Nartker led Bellbrook with 13 points and nine rebounds, Donnie Crouch scored 11 and Jack Campbell finished with nine points in the win.

Noah Kremer and Cole Bundren led Franklin with eight points each. Bundren was also tops on the Wildcats in rebounding with seven.

Bellbrook (5-11, 4-5 Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division) has a nonleague game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the road at Jamestown Greeneview.

Skyhawks claim home win over Stebbins

FAIRBORN — Fairborn outscored Riverside Stebbins by 16 points (35-19) in the first half of Tuesday’s game, and by 14 points in the second half (38-24), to claim a convincing 73-43 win at Fairborn’s Memorial Fieldhouse.

No individual stats were posted on the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s website for Fairborn. Michael Schuster led Stebbins with 13 points scored.

The Skyhawks (9-8, 3-2 GWOC South) play at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against Miamisburg.

Bulldogs sink Emmanuel Christian

SPRINGFIELD — Ethan Dewine scored a game-high 14 points, Devon Perry added 11, and Isaiah Taylor led the visiting Bulldogs with 13 rebounds as Yellow Springs claimed a 46-33 win over host Emmanuel Christian on Tuesday night. With a three-game lead in the Metro Buckeye Conference with three games yet to play, the win clinches at least a share of the MBC title for Yellow Springs.

Kevin Reep led Emmanuel Christian with 12 points.

Yellow Springs is now 13-5 overall, 9-0 in the Metro Buckeye Conference. They’ll host Dayton Christian at 7 p.m. Friday.

Greeneview loses to WL-Salem

WEST LIBERTY — Host West Liberty-Salem led Greeneview 39-31 at halftime, then outscored the Rams 28-14 in the second half, to claim Tuesday night’s 67-45 win in Ohio Heritage Conference action.

Kollyn Brooks led Greeneview (5-10, 4-6 OHC) with a dozen points scored.

Greeneview seeks two coaches

JAMESTOWN — Greeneview High School is looking for a Reserve Softball Coach for this spring and Varsity Volleyball Coach for the Fall 2016 season. If interested, please email resume and letter of interest to Athletic Director Mark Rinehart at mark.rinehart@gvlsd.org .

SPORTS BANQUETS

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.

PROFESSIONAL

Reds Caravan set for Jan. 28-30

CINCINNATI — The 2016 Cincinnati Reds Caravan kicks off Thursday, Jan. 28 from the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum and will travel more than 3,300 miles with stops in five states over three days.

The Caravan is presented by the Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network.

The four Caravan tours travel through Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee providing fans with the opportunity to interact with current and former players, top minor leaguers, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. At each of the 16 fan stops, the groups will field questions and sign autographs while time allows.

All Caravan fan stops are free and open to the public, and at each fan stop listed below the Reds will raffle two tickets to the 2016 Opening Day game on Monday, April 4 (4:10 pm) vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

The North Tour includes broadcasters Thom Brennaman and Jim Day, pitcher J. J. Hoover (Thurs. & Fri. only), catcher Devin Mesoraco (Sat. only), minor league pitcher Cody Reed, former Reds catcher and Dayton Dragons catching coach Corky Miller, President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty, Chief Operating Officer Phil Castellini and mascot Mr. Redlegs.

North Tour Fan Stops (Time EST)

Thursday, Jan. 28 Columbus (Polaris Fashion Place) 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 29 Lima (Univ. of Northwestern Ohio Event Center – new location) 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30 Dayton (National Museum of the U.S. Air Force) 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 30 Hamilton (Parrish Auditorium at Miami-Hamilton Univ.) 3 to 6 p.m.

The Reds Caravan will also visit over 20 of the Reds on Radio affiliates throughout Reds Country during the tours.

Additional Caravan participants may be added to select tours. Times are subject to change.

Reds sales representatives will be at each stop to answer ticketing questions and discuss 2016 ticket plans, while the Reds Hall of Fame, the Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati USA Regional Tourism Network will attend select stops.

Memberships to the Reds Heads Kids Club, Reds Rookies Baby Club, Club Red and Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will be for sale at select stops.

Seating is limited at all Caravan stops. Autographs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while time allows. No posed photographs. There may be restrictions on items celebrities can sign.

Visit reds.com/caravan for up-to-date information, maps and photos.

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

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

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