Local Sports Briefs


HIGH SCHOOL

Xenia taking Hall of Fame nominations

XENIA — Nominations for Class of 2016 inductees into the Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame are now being accepted.

A nomination form can be obtained by going to the Xenia Community Schools official website, then to the Athletics link, and then to the Athletic Hall of Fame link. An individual, a team, a coach, and/or a community contributor can be nominated. These nominations can be for those athletes, teams, coaches, and community contributors who were associated with Xenia Central, Xenia High School, Xenia East, and/or Spring Valley. Nominations will be considered from all eras. The deadline to submit nomination forms is April 6, 2016.

For more details, please contact Gregg Cross at (937) 372-5417.

COLLEGE

Men’s Basketball

Thomasson Honored by Horizon League

INDIANAPOLIS — Wright State men’s basketball senior Joe Thomasson was selected to the Horizon League’s Defensive Team, League officials announced Tuesday.

Thomasson, a 6-foot-4 guard from Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton, leads the Raiders in rebounds at 5.1 per game and assists at 3.3 per game as well as steals. His total blocks ranked him second on the squad and his total points ranking is currently third. He and Mark Alstork have played in all 31 games, while Thomasson has started the most with 30. The last Raider to be on the Defensive Team was Matt Vest in 2014.

WSU ended the regular season 19-12, 13-5. The 13 wins tied the most in school history set in 2007 and increased the league win total from last year’s three wins. The Raiders were picked to finish fifth in the preseason poll, but tied for second. Wright State opens Horizon League Tournament play at 5 p.m. Saturday against the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The teams were voted by league media, head coaches and sports information directors.

All-League First Team

Kay Felder, Oakland

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Paris Bass Detroit

Matt Tiby, Milwaukee

Carrington Love, Green Bay

All-League Second Team

Jalen Hayes, Oakland

Cameron Morse, Youngstown State

Jordan Fouse, Green Bay

Jordan Johnson, Milwaukee

Dikembe Dixson, UIC

All-Freshman Team

Dikembe Dixson, UIC

Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky

Rob Edwards, Cleveland State

Josh McFolley, Detroit

Jordan Andrews, Youngstown State

All-Defensive Team

Vashil Fernandez, Valparaiso

Jordan Fouse, Green Bay

Tai Odiase, UIC

Joe Thomasson, Wright State

Carrington Love, Green Bay

Player of the Year: Kay Felder, Oakland

Coach of the Year: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

Freshman of the Year: Dikembe Dixson, UIC

Defensive Player of the Year: Vashil Fernandez, Valparaiso

Sixth Man of the Year: Max Hooper, Oakland

Softball

Pfeffer HL Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS — Wright State junior catcher Kate Pfeffer has been selected as the Horizon League Softball Player of the Week for the week ending February 28, it was announced Tuesday by the league office.

Pfeffer (Clayton Northmont) hit. 556 (5 for 9) with four RBI and two runs scored as the Raiders won three of four games at the Samford Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. In a 5-1 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday, February 27, she was one for one with a RBI and then went two for two with a double and three RBI later in the day as WSU defeated Samford 10-3.

Pfeffer closed out the weekend by collecting a hit in both games on Sunday, February 28, as Wright State defeated Tennessee Tech 9-3 before falling to Samford 9-0.

On the season, Pfeffer is hitting .389 with four RBI and three runs scored.

Wright State (7-7) continues its Spring Break trip with six games this week, starting with Memphis at 6 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, March 2. The Raiders then head to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the Woo Pig Classic over the weekend, taking on Buffalo (11 a.m.) and Northern Iowa (1:30 p.m.) on Friday, March 4, Buffalo (11 a.m.) and Arkansas (4 p.m.) on Saturday, March 5, and Arkansas (1:30 p.m.) again on Sunday, March 6.

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

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 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.

PROFESSIONAL

Dayton Dutch Lions hosting tryout

DAYTON — The Dayton Dutch Lions FC are excited to announce an open tryout for its men’s soccer team that competes in the United Soccer League Premier Developmental League (USL PDL). The tryout will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday March 20, at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton.

The tryout will be run and overseen by head coach Sid van Druenen and his coaching staff. The day will start with a quick club presentation followed by a 30-45 minute training session and 11 vs. 11 games.

“We have a quality group of guys committed to our program already and we are hoping to fill the remaining spots on our roster” Coach van Druenen said.

The 2016 USL PDL season sees the Dayton Dutch Lions FC play, among others, against 2015 season champions KW United and 2014 season champions Michigan Bucks.

“It is a very strong league and we play in a very strong conference, making this, in my opinion, the best possible platform for aspiring professional players to train and compete in during the summer,” van Druenen said.

A $50 registration fee is charged to participate in the tryout. Payment via credit card, cash or money order will be available the morning of the tryout.

More information about the 2016 USL PDL League season can be found on the Dayton Dutch Lions FC website, www.ddlfc.com .

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

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

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