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Football

Central State 2016 football schedule features five home games

WILBERFORCE — The Central State University athletic department released the 2016 football schedule on Wednesday.

Despite only three home games on last year’s schedule, CSU managed a respectable 5-5 overall record. Much to the delight of the coaching staff, players and fans, the 2016 schedule will feature five home games and a total of seven contests played within a 150-mile radius.

“We are excited to be playing in games that are more accessible for our fans this year,” said CSU Coach Cedric Pearl. “With five games in McPherson Memorial Stadium, our fans are going to create a great environment to help give us a true home field advantage.”

CSU fans will no doubt support the team when Central State makes the short trip to play the University of Dayton to open the season. The Marauders will then have back-to-back home games against Clark-Atlanta and Benedict on Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 before playing in the 33rd Circle City Classic against Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Kentucky State in Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium.

Central State makes its first trip south in week five of the season to take on Virginia University-Lynchburg followed by a showdown in Fairfield, Alabama against SIAC reigning champion Miles College.

Lane College visits Wilberforce for Central State’s Homecoming on Oct. 15. CSU will play their final road game the following weekend against Fort Valley State.

The Tuskegee Golden Tigers, the defending HSRN Division II HBCU National Champions and a NCAA Division II playoff quarterfinalist, come to McPherson on Oct. 29. The Marauders conclude the season on Nov. 5 when they host Southwest Baptist University.

Central State will be partnering with the Gem City Sports Network to provide live radio and video coverage of every home game.

For the full schedule and game details, please go to www.maraudersports.com.

Softball

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.

HIGH SCHOOL

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 .

PROFESSIONAL

Dragons anthem tryouts Feb. 27

DAYTON —The Dayton Dragons minor league baseball team will host National Anthem tryouts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek.

The winners will perform the national anthem at Dragons games throughout the season, with the grand prize winner performing at Opening Day 2016 before the Dragons host the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Fifth Third Field 4 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Pre-registration is now underway at daytondragons.com/nationalanthem. The first 200 entrants who pre-register for this event will receive a scheduled tryout time.

BASEBALL CAMP

Beavercreek baseball clinic March 12

BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek High School varsity baseball team will hold its sixth annual youth baseball clinic on Saturday, March 12. The clinic is for youth baseball players ages 8-14 and will be held in the main and auxiliary gyms at Beavercreek High School.

The morning session is for players ages 8-10 and costs $30. It begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. The afternoon session is for ages 11-14. The full afternoon session is from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a pitching-only segment from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for older players is $40.

Registration and fees will be processed on the day of the clinic. A camp t-shirt will be provided to all participants. Members of the team and the coaching staff will conduct the clinic. All proceeds from the clinic will go to the Beavercreek varsity baseball team.

Participants should bring their gloves, bats and helmets. Please note that if weather permits, portions of the clinic could be conducted outside. Participants should also bring cleats and suitable clothing.

RUNNING

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.

SIGNUPS

Fairborn girls softball taking registrations

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn Girls Softball Association is now accepting registrations for its fastpitch girls 10U to 18U and slowpitch girls 5-20 leagues. Girls from all communities are welcome.

Registration fee is $70 starting March 1, with a $10 discount for additional family members.

In-person registration will take place from 1-3 p.m. Feb. 21 at The Inside Scoop, located at 313 W. Main St.

For more information, visit the FGSA website at: fgsasoftball.com, or send email to: fgssasoftball.com.

Bellbrook announces league signups

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Lions Club and Bellbrook T-Ball would like to announce registrations for the Summer Baseball/Softball program for children ages 6 through 15. Registration will take place at Stephen Bell Elementary in front of the gym entrance from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 27th, and from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3rd. Parents may also register their children by visiting the Lion’s Club website at www.bellbrooklions.org and follow the “Sports” link to T-Ball, Baseball and Softball registrations.

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.

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