Final out, and celebration...Russia's pitcher Xavier Phlipot fires his glove over the final out, and the Raiders celebrate their first trip to the state Final Four since 2017...hoping for their first win since 1971. Read more about Friday's regional final win in today's Press Pros feature.
The two Shelby County League rivals got through their respective regional semi-final matches to set up Friday Finals reprise from a year ago - Loramie (below) vs. Russia for the chance to go to Akron next week.
The Russia Raiders secured a firm grip on the SCAL after throwing out three Fort Loramie runners at the plate, and getting another in a rundown. Russia's 7-1 win was the 11th straight for the Raiders, who debuted at No. 2 in the D-IV state poll. Read Greg Billing softball this coming Saturday.
Some sage motivation at the right time resonated with Tri-Village's players over the summer and echoed loudly as an explanation for their ability to extend their own state title dreams, while ending Botkins' attempt for a second straight championship. Bruce Hooley writes.
The Pleiman brothers put Botkins in front early and the Trojans' sharp-shooting backcourt took the baton from there in a comfortable regional semifinal win that moves the defending Division IV champs within one win of a return trip to UD Arena. Bruce Hooley writes the story of Wednesday Press Pros.
The exact scenario Russia might have envisioned to further its upset hopes instead conspired against the Raiders, which shows just how talented defending state champion Botkins is and what the Trojans may be capable of again. (PressPros Feature Photos By Julie McMaken Wright).
Fort Loramie and Tri-Village focused on the business at hand Saturday, dispatching their respective opponents with second-half, running-clock dominance, with Loramie's Skylar Albers' defense making it rough on Bradford's Austy Miller (PressPros Feature Photo by Lee Woolery).
Ty Ruhenkamp, scoring here on the break against Troy Christian's Chase Dohme, led four Redskins in double figures to set up a Friday district semifinal against Shelby County League rival Jackson Center. (PressPros Feature Photo by Julie McMaken Wright)
It took longer than anticipated, but Russia's Brayden Monnin helped his team advance without incident, just like defending state champion Botkins, in first-round sectional tournament action Saturday at Piqua (PressPros Feature Photos by Julie McMaken Wright).
Game winner....Jackson Center's Camdyn Reese releases the game-winning shot with 4.7 seconds left to play Friday, lifting the Tigers to a heart-stopping 57-56 win over Anna. Read about the game in Saturday's Press Pros.
Backyard effort....It was highly contested, both teams relying on scoring runs, before Versailles pulled away in the fourth quarter for Saturday's 70-60 win over Russia. Read more about the game in Sunday's Press Pros.
In a defensive struggle between two of the state's top five teams in Division IV, unbeaten and #1-ranked Fort Loramie pushed past #4 New Knoxville in the second half to come out the winner, 44-39. Read about the game in Wednesday's Press Pros.
Fort Loramie showed their pressure defense (below) along with torrid three-point shooting Thursday to remain unbeaten with a 59-37 win over Russia in Shelby County League play. Read about the game in the latest Press Pros update.
Senior Ava Sholtis (below) scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the first half and the Fort Loramie Redskins cruised to their tenth straight win with a romp over West Liberty Salem. Read about the Redskins in the latest Press Pros feature update.
Covington played arguably its best fifteen minutes of basketball this year before turnovers and cold shooting in the second half helped Hayden Quinter (below) Russia to its fifth win of the year. Read about the game in Thursday's Press Pros.
For a while they couldn't miss. Nolan Fark (below) and the Jackson Center Tigers put on a shooting show Tuesday while holding an opponent to less than twenty points for the third game in a row. Fairlawn was the victim this time, losing to JC, 64-18. Read about the game in today's inside feature.