Three new high school football coaches are just part of the changes that will reshape the Central Buckeye Conference this fall.
CBC realignment: Greenon has left for the Ohio Heritage Conference. Smaller divisional-wise, that’s a better fit athletically for the Knights, who have struggled mightily to remain relevant in the CBC Mad River Division.
A love for the game has carried West Liberty-Salem soccer standout Christian Parker to the next level.
The Tiger senior recently decided to continue his playing career at Bluffton University, an NCAA Division III program.
Triad senior Abbey Ehrenborg garnered all-Ohio honors for the second time in her career Tuesday as she was announced a first-team selection in Division III.
The all-Ohio squads are selected by members of the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.
The following area girls basketball teams have switched divisions from this past season.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced boys and girls divisional alignment for postseason play on Thursday following last week’s June board of directors monthly meeting. It’s the first time the new competitive balance factor has been included to determine basketball divisions and is the only winter sport affected.
West Liberty-Salem junior catcher Kenedie Cox and sophomore pitcher Kelsey Day have each been named honorable mention All-Ohio in Division III softball.
“I’m really proud of both of these girls for earning All-State Honorable Mention; they are both deserving of the recognition. Both of the girls had awesome seasons, and luckily we will have Kenedie for another year and Kelsey for two more years. They have a great pitcher/catcher relationship, and they’re always striving to get better for each other and for their team,” said WL-S Coach Kenleigh Farris.
Four local softball players recently qualified to the 16-and-under U.S.S.S.A. national tournament as part of the Southern Ohio Cyclones travel team. Benjamin Logan’s Grace Deardurff, West Liberty-Salem’s Lexie Mullins, Bellefontaine’s Hailee Price, and West Liberty-Salem’s Julia Ames. The group will play in Orlando, Fla. later this year
URBANA, Ohio - The Urbana University Department of Athletics announced Nick Dials has been named head men's basketball coach. Dials officially began his new role on Monday, June 5. He becomes the 10th head coach in program history, replacing Rob Summers who departed after three seasons for an assistant job at the Division 1 level.
"I'm very pleased that Nick Dials will be our next men's basketball coach," UU executive director of athletics Larry Cox said. "He is an 'Ohio guy' who is used to the environment that we offer at Urbana. I fully expect that Nick will build on the foundation here and bring even greater prominence to the Blue Knight basketball program."
Dials, who is a native of Williard, Ohio, boasts Division I playing experience at Ohio State and Akron and competed professionally overseas. He has held multiple coaching stints at the Division I and II levels, most recently serving two years on the men's basketball staff at Toledo under Tod Kowalcyzk.
"I want to thank Larry Cox, Nikki Pluger, and Dr. [Christopher] Washington for allowing me to lead the men's basketball program here at Urbana," Dials said. "We will focus on recruiting quality student-athletes that will proudly represent the Urbana community, as it deserves, with our goal to establish an upbeat, unique, and united culture. My family is eager to join the Urbana University community and we're ready to hit the ground running."
Dials helped the Toledo Rockets finish 37-28 over two years including a second-straight 20-win season in 2014-15. He also played an assisting role in the development of four all-league players.
Dials landed at Toledo after spending two years as an assistant for NCAA Division II member Rogers State in Claremore, Oklahoma. There, he helped guide the Hillcats to a 37-22 ledger while holding various duties and serving as the primary contact for on- and off-campus recruiting.
He spent one season as the assistant director of operations at his alma mater, Akron, in 2011-12, helping the Zips secure a conference regular-season championship and a berth in the NIT.
Dials accepted the position of director of operations at Miami (Ohio) in 2010, the same season the RedHawks finished second in the league and reached the Collegiate Basketball Invitational (CBI) postseason tournament.
In 2009, Dials entered the collegiate coaching profession as head assistant coach at Atlantic Region foe Alderson-Broaddus in Phillippi, West Virginia. During his time, the Battlers compiled a 24-7 record and earned a seventh seed in regional play of the 2010 NCAA Division II Tournament.
Dials began his collegiate playing career at Ohio State, starting nine games during his freshman season. He then transferred to Akron and went on to score 1,087 career points and dish out 326 assists. He served as a team captain his senior season and earned All-MAC recognition.
Dials went on to play professionally overseas with Ehingen Steeples in Ehingen, Germany and paced the team in scoring, assists and efficiency rating. During his time in Germany, Dials served as head coach of the Ehingen Steeples youth team.
As a prep player, Dials became only the second player in Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) history with 2,000 points and 500 assists. He was a 2003 McDonald's All-American nominee, MVP of the 2003 Ohio/Kentucky All-Star game and 2003 MVP of the Ohio North/South All-Star contest. He was also named OHSAA Division II Player of the Year in 2003.
The Blue Knights finished 12-17 (7-15 MEC) last season, marking the best turnaround in program history after improving by 10 wins. It was also the highest win total for UU men's basketball during the Division II era.
Courtesy of the Urbana Univeristy Media Department and posted with their permission.
COLUMBUS — West Liberty-Salem’s Raiph LeVan once again set a personal record, shaving his time to 50.13 seconds in the 400-meter dash at the Division III state track and field championships on Saturday.
That time was good enough to snag fourth place for the junior, behind Isaac Naayers (Lancaster Fairfield Christian) and his time of 49.19. Cedarville’s Devin Gruet and Waynesfield-Goshen’s Tyler Eller were second and third, respectively.
All high school football playoff games — until the state championship contests — will be on Friday nights beginning this coming season.
As expected, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted to approve the change during their June meeting at Columbus on Thursday morning.
COLUMBUS – West Liberty-Salem junior Raiph LeVan was the only member of any Champaign County track team to adavance to the state meet this week in Columbus. LeVan placed second in the 400-meter run (50.49) at the Division III regional at Troy last weekend to qualify.
“Raiph LeVan is thriving in his first year on the team and keeps getting better with every meet. He is a driven athlete who wants to get better at each practice. He doesn’t get scared or discouraged with a tough workout,” WL-S Boys Coach Joe Taylor said.
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