Ryle beats Highlands to capture 9th Region softball title

NEWPORT -- Furious pacing was the storyline early when the Ryle Raiders and Highlands Blue Birds took the mound for the Ninth Region softball championship, Friday. Ryle ultimately won its first title since 2012 after a 4-0 victory, but not without some natural fireworks. Perhaps it was the dueling pitchers – both hurling at the top of their games and dropping batters as quickly as they stepped in the box – that hurried the game as much as it did. Or maybe it was mother nature, teasing cancellat

Mercy McAuley is building a new community through athletics

Denise Harvey knew there would be challenges. As Mercy and McAuley closed their doors, shedding individual character and storied history, Mercy McAuley High School was forged. But the new school was little more than a name, a husk without cohesive identity and athletic community – fractured parts. Enter Harvey, Mercy McAuley’s newly minted athletic director. Her first order of business was making the fragmented pieces fit, and fast. The merger was announced in March of 2017 and the new school

Kaleb Wesson: The Ohio State Buckeyes Dangerous, Unpolished Weapon

Ohio State freshman center Kaleb Wesson is a relic. At 6-foot-9, 270 pounds, the former Mr. Basketball for the state of Ohio hearkens back to a forgotten era, where the lore is threaded with tales of dominant centers and back to the basket technicians. In the face of postionless small ball and an increased premium on the three-point shot, Wesson resists, instead setting up camp on the interior.

Michigan, Ohio State Set to Battle for Justin Ahrens

In Versailles, OH, a small village tucked away in the heart of Buckeye country, an age-old war battles on. The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes square up once more, each looking to plant another flag in the midwest. Both know the turf, and both pride themselves on snatching away talent from the other’s grasp. This time the prize is Justin Ahrens, a 3-star wing once set to don the scarlet and grey, now turned sharpshooter for hire.