Local Sports Briefs


COLLEGE

Raiders play Michigan in WNIT opener

The women’s basketball team will travel to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament at 7 p.m., Wednesday.

The Raiders (24-10), who received an at-large berth to the WNIT, will be making their fifth postseason appearance in six years under head coach Mike Bradbury. WSU, who participated in the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2011 and 2012 and made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2014 against Kentucky, faced Toledo on the road last season in the WNIT.

Michigan (17-13) and Wright State, who will meet for the first time ever on Wednesday, have two common opponents this season in Detroit and Iowa. The Raiders split with Detroit during league play and lost to Iowa as part of the Lone Star Showcase in Cedar Park, Texas, in November. The Wolverines, meanwhile, defeated the Titans and split with the Hawkeyes during Big Ten play.

WSU senior guard Symone Denham played her freshman season at Michigan before transferring, appearing in one game.

The winner faces the Akron-Bucknell winner in the second round on a date to be determined between March 19-22.

SOCCER

Dutch Lions women’s schedule announced

DAYTON — The Dayton Dutch Lions FC women’s team, participating in the Women Premier Soccer League (WPSL), announced their 2016 match schedule on Tuesday. The Lady Lions, competing at the highest level of amateur soccer in North America will open the season at home on Sunday, May 22 at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton.

The eight-game schedule is highlighted by home and away matches with local Ohio teams Cincinnati Sirens and Columbus Eagles. The Lions will also face Fire and Ice Soccer Club from Illinois and FC Pride from Indiana.

Prices for single-match tickets are $5 for youth and $8 for adult, with opportunities for “Orange Family Four” single ticket purchase that includes admission and meal for two adults and two youth.

Season Ticket memberships are available for $24 and offer full season members the lowest pricing, game day meal and admission to all DDL women’s season matches. In addition, they will receive notice of exclusive special events and other privileges announced throughout the season.

After five seasons in the USL W-League, this will be the Lions first season in the WPSL, which has a history dating back for 18 years. The WPSL has provided a major development platform for future professional players. The league has helped top-players rise to the professional ranks. Among the WPSL’s alumni are U.S. Women’s National Team stars Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and recently retired Abby Wambach.

Dayton Dynamo Jersey Reveal, March 24

DAYTON — The Dayton Dynamo men’s soccer team will host a Jersey Reveal party at 7 p.m. March 24 at the Dayton Beer Company, at 41 Madison St. in downtown Dayton.

Fans will get to see the team’s three new 2016 season jerseys and their pre-match top, meet players and staff, enjoy some local brews, buy Dynamo merchandise and order a new jersey for theirselves.

The Dynamo soccer season starts April 10 with a road game at Urbana University. Xenia High grad Tyler Washington and Carroll High grad Alex Vandersluijs have been named to the team’s roster. Vandersluijs played for the Dayton Dutch Lions recently, while Washington returns to the U.S. after playing for the Latorps IF developmental team in Orebro, Sweden.

FITNESS

Beavercreek offering fitness classes

BEAVERCREEK — The City of Beavercreek Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is offering Yoga, Piyo and Pilates classes for the winter months. Classes will be held at C.I. Beaver Hall, 3696 Highmont St. For more details, or to learn about an incentive pricing program for taking multiple classes, visit Beavercreekohio.gov or call 937-427-5514.

BANQUETS

Charger 300 Club event supports Edison State Athletes

PIQUA — The Edison State Community College Foundation and Athletics Department are partnering to host the seventh annual Charger 300 Club event at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The event is held to help raise funds for the College’s athletic programs.

A reverse raffle will highlight the evening’s events, with one lucky winner walking away with a $10,000 prize. Other cash drawings will be held throughout the night and ticket holders are not required to be present to win.

Tickets are $100 per couple and include all-you-can-eat buffet, beverages, entertainment, and a chance to win. A silent auction will also be held featuring items such as NFL tickets, Dayton Dragon tickets, gift cards, and more.

Funds raised by the event assist Edison State in providing the best experience possible for student-athletes and have previously assisted the teams in post-season travel, uniform expenses, and equipment and facility upgrades.

Edison State’s baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and are Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Within the last year, Edison State has also made the club sports of cross country and women’s soccer available to students.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Charger 300 Club event, go online to www.edisonohio.edu/charger300 or call Nate Cole at 937-381-1555.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com, or to jbombatch@civitasmedia.com. Thank you!

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com, or to jbombatch@civitasmedia.com. Thank you!

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