Rams go undefeated
JAMESTOWN — The Greeneview Rams fifth grade boys basketball team picked up right where they left off last year by going 14-0 this season and winning the league tournament against Urbana, 49-34. The Rams are now League Champions for two consecutive years. The team’s high-powered offense and stingy defense continued to stymie their opponents. The Rams players are: Myles Witt, Kaden Knisley, Jordan Erisman, Ben Myers, Carter Williams, Cole DeHaven, Jarrod Mays, William Reichley, Cameron Fahnstock, Sammy Jones, Gavin Dailey. Coaches: Aaron Witt, Brad Knisley, Chris Fahnstock, Andy Myers.
Beavercreek, Bellbrook part of Reds Futures Games
CINCINNATI — The fifth annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics features 92 high school baseball and softball teams from Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Dayton playing from April 2-30.
New for 2016:
• Largest field in event history with 92 teams playing a total 47 games (started in 2012 with 50 teams playing 25 games)
• Debut of softball with matchups including Lebanon vs. Mason, Princeton vs. Withrow and Anderson vs. Walnut Hills
• Dayton area high schools will be included for the first time with a pair of doubleheaders at Wright State featuring Northmont vs. Wayne, Miamisburg vs. Springboro, Bellbrook vs. Franklin and Beavercreek vs. Centerville
The High School Showcase kicks off Saturday, April 2 at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy with Opening Day ceremonies planned for 11:30 a.m. and the first of seven games starting at Noon.
Many of the 47 games will be played at the region’s top baseball venues including the Urban Youth Academy, UC’s Marge Schott Stadium, Xavier University’s Hayden Field, Prasco Park in Mason, Midland Baseball Complex in Batavia, Wright State University’s Nischwitz Stadium and the newly renovated MLB Cincinnati Meinken All-Star Field in Covington, Ky.
Closing Day on Saturday, April 30 at the Urban Youth Academy includes six baseball games and two softball games.
The full schedule and additional details can be found at reds.com/hsshowcase.
Tickets for the Reds Futures High School Showcase games are $5 and good for all games on that day. Each ticket includes a voucher good for a free View Level ticket to one of several 2016 Reds home games at Great American Ball Park and also includes a coupon for one free Skyline Chili Cheese Coney. Advance tickets can be purchased at each of the participating schools. Tickets also will be available on game days at each of the ballparks.
All players and coaches from the 92 teams will be invited to Great American Ball Park on Sunday, April 24 to participate in a “March at the Majors” parade around the field prior to the Reds vs. Chicago Cubs game at 1:10 p.m. MVPs from each of the games will be recognized on field during pregame ceremonies.
Lady Marauders upset Albany State
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The Lady Marauders advanced into the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament semifinals with a 64-56 win over Albany State on Thursday night.
The CSU defense forced ASU into 27 turnovers, leading to a 27-11 CSU advantage in points scored off giveaways. Central State also held SIAC Player of the Year Artisha Holston to eight points on the night.
Ghameerah McCullers led the Marauders with 16 points, and Bria Spaulding provided a spark off the bench with 13 points. Winning five of its last six games, Central State improves to 15-13 overall.
“Our girls came out and fought from the beginning until the end,” CSU coach Sheba Harris said. “We made a few mental mistakes towards the end of the game, but we did a good job of closing out the game in the final minutes.”
Keidra Green led ASU with 16 points followed by Kayla Green who posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. ASU finished the season with a 14-13 overall mark.
Waiting for Central State in the semifinals are the top-seeded Thorobrettes from Kentucky State. KSU, which beat CSU in both meetings this season, entered Friday’s game with a 23-3 record and a 16-game winning streak.
Raiders win over Cleveland State
FAIRBORN — The Wright State women’s basketball team dominated the first three quarters, jumping out to a 35-point lead before defeating Cleveland State 81-64 Thursday night at WSU’s Nutter Center.
Wright State shot 46 percent for the game and hit 15 of 22 free throws compared to 37 percent shooting and 10 of 11 foul shots for Cleveland State. WSU led 44-10 in points in the paint, 18-12 in points off of turnovers and 19-9 in second-chance points as it finished with a 49-32 rebounding edge.
Kim Demmings led all scorers with 23 points, 21 coming in the first half, while Antania Hayes had 16 and Richelle van der Keijl posted a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Ashanti Abshaw paced Cleveland State (8-19, 5-12 Horizon) with 14 points while Nicolete Newman had 11 off the bench.
Wright State (21-9, 11-6 Horizon) closes out the regular season at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, as the Raiders host Youngstown State. WSU’s two seniors—Demmings and Symone Denham—will be honored after the game.
Compiled by John Bombatch, with an assist from the Central State and Wright State athletic departments. Please send your sports information to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com. Thanks!