One of the truly best early matchups of the girls’ basketball season occurred Jan. 2 in Kettering. Alter defeated visiting Beavercreek 56-51 in a game that featured two of Dayton’s best area teams this season. Although the game was significant, each team will have other challenges as we begin the month of January.
One of the truly best early matchups of the girls’ basketball season occurred Jan. 2 in Kettering.
Alter defeated visiting Beavercreek 56-51 in a game that featured two of Dayton’s best area teams this season.
Although the game was significant, each team will have other challenges as we begin the month of January.
Alter (8-0, 3-0 Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Grey North division) has another immediate showdown with first-place Dayton Carroll (8-2, 4-0) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Alter, ranked No. 1 in the Dayton Daily News Division II ratings, then plays host to Hamilton Badin (6-1, 1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Badin is in first place of the GGCL Grey Central division.
“Big week for us,” Alter coach Chris Hart told the Dayton Daily News. “How we do in these two will tell us a lot about ourselves.”
Alter is led by senior guard Ashley Christie, who is averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.1 rebounds. Junior guard Courtney Christie averages 8.6 points.
Beavercreek (5-2, 2-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference Central division) plays Centerville on Wednesday night before playing at Ponitz Career Center at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Beavercreek, which averages a division-best 55.9 points, has been led by junior forward Sammy Haddix (12.8 points per game and 2.7 assists per game) and junior guard Chelsea Bradley (11.0 ppg).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Amy Brooks, Harrison: The junior forward is averaging 16.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals for the Wildcats (7-1, 3-0 FAVC-Buckeye). Harrison, which has won two consecutive games, is in first place of the Buckeye division. Brooks had 26 points against Seton on Dec. 30 and had 16 points against Northwest on Dec. 29. Harrison was scheduled to play host to Loveland at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Jan. 4) and Glen Este on Wednesday night.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Troy boys’ bowling team: Troy has started the season with a 7-0 record after key wins in December. Troy plays at Beavercreek at 4 p.m. Thursday at Beaver-Vu Bowl. Senior Kyle Sirch has led Troy in scoring average with a 227.5. His series high is 487. Sophomore Brad Johnson (219.7 average), senior Kyle Tucker (219.5 average) and sophomore Kyle Neves (216 average) are also significant contributors. Troy then faces Centerville (7-0) in a key GWOC showdown at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sherwood Lanes.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Indiana offers Clark: Finneytown junior offensive lineman Donavon Clark has been offered by Indiana. He also has offers from Duke and Ball State.
Caudill selected for softball showcase: West Chester Lakota West junior Alex Caudill has been selected to attend the 18th annual Queen of Diamonds Showcase North at Kent State University Jan. 9-10. Caudill is among 48 softball pitchers expected to compete. This is Caudill’s second selection as a pitcher for the showcase.
Gaffney leads the league: Mount Notre Dame sophomore guard Raeshaun Gaffney is averaging 20 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists through the first nine games. Gaffney scored 26 points in a 60-47 loss to Chaminade-Julienne on Dec. 29. Gaffney leads the GGCL in scoring average.
Norwell not playing in all-star game: Anderson senior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell (Ohio State commit) will not play in this weekend’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio due to a tibia injury he suffered above his left ankle on Sept. 18 in a game at Columbus DeSales.
Trotwood-Madison at Troy, boys’ basketball, 8 p.m. Friday: These boys’ basketball teams will play in a GWOC showdown. Trotwood-Madison is led by senior guard DaWuan Thomas (17.8 ppg.). Troy is led by senior forward DJ Martinez (20.5 ppg.).
Centerville at Troy girls’ bowling, 9:30 a.m. Saturday: These two undefeated teams play at Sherwood Lanes. Troy is led by Alicia Simpson (210.5 average) and Michelle Spencer (203.8 average). Centerville is led by Emily Gaines (203 average) and Samantha Wilkerson (191 average).
Indian Cup, gymnastics, 11 a.m. Saturday: Some of the top gymnastics teams in the area will compete at Cincinnati Country Day. Lakota West and Mason could be among the top teams. Mason won the Snowflake Invitational in December, while Lakota West took third place.
U.S. Army All-American Bowl, football, 1 p.m. Saturday in San Antonio: Princeton quarterback Spencer Ware (LSU commit), Anderson offensive lineman Andrew Norwell (Ohio State commit) and Cincinnati St. Xavier offensive lineman Matt James (undecided) are on the roster for the nationally-recognized all-star game. It will be televised live on NBC.