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8 Thursday, May 3, 2012


Centerville-Washington Times

Submitted photos Junior Keith Beason (above) is the lead runner for the Elks 4x200, 4x100 relays (both placed 3rd), 8th in the long jump, and 5th in the 200 meters.

Elk men compete at Wayne Invite HUBER HEIGHTS — The Elk men’s track & field team traveled to Huber Heights last week to compete against many of the top athletes in the state in the Wayne Invitational. With 41 schools and 17 conferences represented, the meet has grown to one of the premier events to showcase talented teams and individuals in Southwestern Ohio as well as across the state. After two days and 26 events, the Elks came out of the team competition in 3rd place and with a good feel of where the team is just a few weeks out of the Championship portion of the season. On Thursday, the team of Colin Franks, Nick Schlagheck, Henry Murakami, and Bryan Kolpitcke started the meet off with an 8th place finish (11:15.78) in the distance medley relay and the 4x110 meter shuttle hurdle relay team of Charlie Hazenfield, Kenny Morgann, Chris Calton and Cole Briggs came in 12th ( 1:12.53). Ifeadi Odenigbo just missed making finals in the 110 meter hurdles with a 9th place finish (16.17) while team mate Cole Briggs was 23rd (17.76). In the final running event of the evening, the 4x800 meter relay team of Dan McCoy, Henry Murakami, Caleb Andreason, and Garrett Morrison (8:05.02) brought home 3rd place honors. In the field events, shot putters Colton Hale (45-03.00) and Tito Odenigbo (40-07.25) placed 9th and 21st respectively, while Hale (11th place, 130-02) was joined by team mate Luke James (13th place, 128-03) in the discus throw. Jarrett Briggs was the top high jumper for the Elks with a 3rd place finish (6-02) with Alex Kirby finishing in 19th (506). In the long jump, Keith Beason’s jump of 20-04.50 gave the Elks an 8th place finish. John Tollefson finished in 36th place (17-02.25). The Wayne Invite runs a 3200 and a 1600 meter “Rising Stars” race to provide an opportunity for all levels of athletes to compete. Centerville’s next generation of distance runners, freshman Jimmy Barton and sophomore Zach Hughes competed in the 3200 meter on Thursday. Barton finished in 8th place (10:16.41) while Hughes placed 23rd. On Friday, both junior Bryan Kolpitcke and Barton competed in the 1600 meter “Rising Stars”. Kolpitcke crossed the finish line in 7th place (4:41.16) while Barton was a close 10th (4:43.67). Heading into Day 2, the Elks were tied for 5th place in the team standings and looking to move up. To start off the competition on Friday for the Elks, DJ Walter sprinted to an 8th place finish in the 100 meter dash finals (11.29). Sam Fintel finished in 15th (11.78). Both the 4x200 (1:29.78) and 4x100 (43.27) meter relay teams, manned by Keith Beason, DJ Walter, Davin Flemming, and Ifeadi Odenigbo crossed the finish line in 3rd place. Jarrett Briggs (52.88) and Nick Schlagheck (53.71) were 14th and 24th in the 400 meters, respectively. In the distance races, Josh Steible ran to an 8th place finish in the 1600 meters (4:30.41) and Ryan Larkin placed 10th in the 3200 meters (9:47.22). The final three field events were held on Friday. In the pole vault Zack Houck was 12th (12-06) and Aaron Vaughn (12-03) finished in 14th. Tim Roop (124-04) and John Lee (120-05) threw the hammer to 6th and 7th places, respectively. Slater Morgann, in a run of person best performances, kept his streak alive with a 3rd place finish (41-09.75). Luke James finished in 11th (37-05). Cole Briggs ran to a 6th place finish (41.10) in the 300 meter hurdles and Ifeadi Odenigbo finished in 10th (41.76). In a fast and tightly packed 800 meter race, Dan McCoy (1:57.93) and Garrett Morrison (1:58.88) crossed the finish line in 4th and 5th place, respectively. Keith Beason and DJ Walter both made it to finals in the 200 meters. Both shaved additional time off from their earlier preliminaries races with Beason sprinting to a 5th place (22.76) and Walter crossing the finish line in 7th (22.92). In the final running event of the night, the 4x400 relay team of Cole Briggs, Garrett Morrison, Jarrett Briggs and Dan McCoy finished in 5th place (3:28.31). With the strong performances of Day 2, the Elk men were able to move up to 3rd place in the team standings. Next up for the Elks is the Mason Invitational to be held on Friday.

Times photos by Shawn Bauman Centerville junior Christine Scholle slides in safely at home with the Lady Elks' winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 2-1 victory over Wayne on Monday.

Centerville slides by Wayne, 2-1 By SHAWN BAUMAN Times sports editor CENTERVILLE — All season long, Centerville softball head coach Paul Martin has talked about his squad’s inability to come up with timely hitting. On Monday afternoon against Wayne, the Lady Elks’ hits came just in time. Junior Katie Guanciale’s two-out single to left field scored Sarah Stoner in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 1-1 and send it to extra innings. In the bottom of the ninth, senior Chandler Scott drilled a two-out single into right field and Christine Scholle slid in ahead of the tag to give the Lady Elks a come-from-behind 2-1 victory. Centerville improved to 10-10 overall with the victory and 53 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division. The Lady Warriors, meanwhile, dropped to 9-12 overall and 2-7 in the Central. “We had a number of opportunities today and I guess we came through when we needed it most,” said Centerville head coach Paul Martin. “Chandler (Scott) has actually been fighting through a little bit of a slump, although it may not be considered a slump for a lot of players. I think I have just come to expect big hits like tonight when Chandler has the opportunity and tonight was certainly a big one for us.” Wayne wasted little time jumping out in front as junior Kat Boyer opened the game with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Senior Alexis Bahl followed with a single to center to score Boyer and two batters into the game the Lady Warriors held a 1-0 lead. Centerville freshman pitcher Alyssa Samborsky quickly settled down and shut out the Lady Warriors the rest of the way, pitching all nine innings for the Lady Elks. Wayne’s Megan Tinch was equally as good for Wayne, giving up the one earned run in the seventh and an unearned game-winner in the ninth. It was not the first loss on the senior’s record that could have gone the other way. “Megan (Tinch) has four or five losses this year where she could have easily won,” said Wayne head coach Joe Yount. “She has been battling injuries most of the year yet she continues to pitch very well for us. She really does everything well for us right now. She has just been a tough luck loser more often than not for us.” After Tuesday night’s rematch in Huber Heights, the two teams’ season series may not be quite over yet. The ninth-seeded Lady Elks will open tournament play against Fairborn, the eight seed on Monday night. If Centerville can avenge an 8-7 extra innings loss at the hands of the Skyhawks back on March 31, they will meet the Lady Warriors for a third and final time on Wednesday, May 9. “Our kids have come a long way since the first day of the season,” said Yount. “They are starting to turn into varsity players. We have some sophomores that will jump right in next year, we just need more of them to embrace the varsity experience. Hopefully, we won’t have to go through the same growing pains we did this year. We are definitely playing much better softball right now and it obviously comes at a good time with the tournament starting next week.” “We have to keep working on our defense and improving on the little things,” added Martin. “We definitely have to stop giving teams more than three outs in an inning. We feel like our pitching has improved and we are starting to get some of the hits we need, so hopefully we are ready for a run in the tournament. We lost to Fairborn earlier in the year and now we get them in the first round, so I think we’ll find out if we’ve gotten any better.”

Centerville sophomore Sarah Stoner (above) takes off from second base in the seventh inning Monday. Stoner would score on a base hit from Katie Guanciale to tie the game at 1-1 and send it to extra innings. Centerville freshman pitcher Alyssa Samborsky (below) fields her position and makes a throw to first on Monday.

Sonny Unger benefit May 3 Senior Slater Morgann triple jumped to third place.

CENTERVILLE — The Sonny Unger Foundation will hold its annual dinner at Yankee Trace Golf Club this year, but with a bit of a twist. The food for the evening, unlike previous years, will feature your favorite tailgating foods: scrumptious burgers and brats along with chili and salads. The dinner will be hosted by

Centerville High School head football coach Ron Ullery and Vic Yowell, the unofficial CEO of the Sonny Unger Foundation. Also in attendance will be the special teams unit from the Cincinnati Bengals which includes kicker Mike Nugent, punter Kevin Huber, and snapper Clark Harris. The evening will also include a celebration recognizing fifty

years of the Wee Elks Football Program. The Sonny Unger Dinner will be held at the Golf Club of Yankee Trace. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a cash bar and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets to this annual sold-out event are available in the CHS Athletic Office. Tickets are $25. Make checks payable to the Sonny Unger Foundation.

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Submitted photo The Dayton Dutch Lions FC will play their next two games at the Miami Valley South Stadium in Bellbrook.

Dozens of kids participated in the Centerville Noon Optimists Tri-Star basketball tourney earlier this year.

Dayton Dutch Lions host first home game SPRINGBORO — The Dayton Dutch Lions FC did not manage to pick up their first win as they hosted their first home game of the season at Careflight Stadium in Springboro, falling to the Rochester Rhinos, 1-0. The first half was pretty even with both teams not keeping a lot of players behind the ball. DDL FC tried to play their typical game by building up from the back but Rochester forced them to play the long ball, constantly preventing the team from getting into their game. In addition, Bartels was pretty isolated up front, making it hard to get to the last third of the field. Both teams did not create any real chances other than a few shots from 20-25 yards out, leaving the score 0-0 at halftime. The game stayed pretty isolated with both teams not giving away anything. For the second game in a row the DDL FC gave away a goal due to a mistake in the back between goalie Matt Williams and Gregory Preciado. Jimmy Banks picked up the ball and all he had to do was shoot in the empty goal making it the game winner. After the goal the Lions started putting more pressure on the Rhinos and the team drew very close to the equalizer when Gibson Bardsley dribbled on the left side in the penalty box. His shot was half blocked and the ball went just wide of the goal. Akeem Priestley had a rocket from 25 yards out that Rhinos’ goalie Kristian Nicht saved nicely. DDL FC started playing with five guys on top passing balls long, resulting in probably the best chance and most spectacular one when Gibson Bardsley had a bicycle kick from eight yards out, just going over the cross bar. It left the Lions with a very frustrated feeling, still not scoring a first goal of the season and giving away three valuable points where they should have at least won one. Dutch Lions Coach Ivar van Dinteren commented on the loss: “We had lots of opportunities to score today and it was a typical 0-0 game but due to our mistake the luckiest team won tonight.� Dayton will host their next two games at the Miami Valley South Stadium in Bellbrook, starting with the Richmond Kickers (1-2-1) on Saturday, May 5 at 7.30 p.m., followed by a match up with the Los Angeles Blues on Friday, May 11. For season and individual game tickets, visit the Dutch Lions website

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