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The Thunder Dome

Greetings readers,

There’s another indoor football team in the Miami Valley. Playing at South Metro in Centerville for 2013, the Miami Valley Thunder look to get their season rolling this March. The Thunder will travel for their inaugural game to New York.

The Thunder gives fans from the Miami Valley another option to catch some indoor football.

Currently, the Thunder will play six home games (with a TBD home date and an unofficial game where the Bud Girls take on the Hooter Girls.) Miami Valley will host Chicago twice, as well as New York, Fayetteville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis (possibly), and Preble County (who are members of the Crossroads Football League, who play football outside.) The Thunder are scheduled to travel to Chicago, New York, and Indianapolis.

Currently, the Thunder aren’t in a league, but that will change in 2014 when the Midwest Indoor Football League will become active. From the grape vine, I’ve heard at least sixteen teams were interested in the league.

The Miami Valley Thunder currently train at the No Limit Sports Academy in Troy, Ohio. The Head Coach will be James Scott, the same coach who led the Dayton Silverbacks to the CIFL Title game last season.

Like the Dayton Sharks, the Thunder were on television. On Living Dayton, the Thunder got the word out about tryouts (on February 3rd) and about the team. General Manager Michael Lause and Wide Receiver Julian Hardy were on hand to talk about the tryouts.

Fans of indoor football have two options awaiting them. This is a plus for fans, because they have the Dayton Sharks at Hara Arena and the Miami Valley Thunder at South Metro in Centerville. There’s great football in both sides of Montgomery County. Starting March 23rd, the Thunder will touchdown into the world of sports when they play at New York.

Sources of information from the Miami Valley Thunder website and the Facebook page, as well as WDTN Channel 2. Picture from the Miami Valley Thunder.

Until next time,


Sharks Week

Greetings readers,

Two weeks from now, the Dayton Sharks will open their season in the Continental Indoor Football League. The Sharks will host the Port Huron Patriots.

If you’re not familiar with the indoor football scene in the Dayton region, this is the team that will replace the Dayton Silverbacks (who have been around Troy and Dayton since 2006.) The Dayton Sharks look to make a run for the CIFL title.

The Dayton Sharks will call Hara Arena home, as they welcome in Port Huron, Saginaw, Erie, and two Kentucky teams (one that plays in Freedom Hall in the Xtreme, and the Kentucky Drillers who play in the east side of the state.) The Sharks go on the road to Port Huron, both Kentucky teams, Owensboro (KY), and Marion. The full schedule can be viewed here.

Tickets are affordable for anyone who wants to check out the Sharks, with hot seats available for $12.50. Corners are $9.50 and the ends are $7.50.

The Sharks were also on DATV the other night, advertising their season and talking about difference between arena football and outdoor football.

The CIFL has added a few teams and lost the Cincinnati Commandos after the team jumped from the UIFL. The Detroit Thunder, Erie Explosion,  Kane County Dawgs, Kentucky Xtreme, and the Kentucky Drillers are the newcomers of the CIFL. You can technically count the Sharks in this group, but there was a team at Hara Arena last year.

The Dayton Sharks have a ton of talent to take on the CIFL. The coaches are excited, and I’m real excited to catch my first game live at Hara Arena! Here’s hoping that there will be a good season at Hara for hockey and football.

Sources of information from the Dayton Sharks, DATV, and the CIFL. Picture from the Dayton Sharks.

Until next time,


Wranglin’ Up Outlaws

Greetings readers,

The Williamsport Outlaws are no more.

Sitting in second place in the Federal Hockey League behind the Dayton Demonz, the Outlaws shut it down after cancelling their final home game.

If you didn’t know, this Williamsport team played outdoors at Airmen Pond at Bowman Field. The temporary rink was built on the first base line of the baseball field, which the Williamsport Crosscutters call home.

If you read the article in the Williamsport Sun-Times, you’ll see the mayor wanted hockey to work here. It did in the beginning, but once the cold weather hit Middle Pennsylvania, the numbers started to dwindle down.

When the team folded, the Outlaws still owed money and Bowman Field still needs restoring for the baseball team.

After the dust has settled somewhat, the league has decided to fix the schedules, so whoever faced Williamsport would not be out of a home game. The new Outlaws squad, which is a travel team now, will play three games at Danbury, CT. The Outlaws, now named Pennsylvania, lost 7-1 on January 16th at Danville, IL. The Dayton Demonz were supposed to play this Outlaws squad, but the league flip-flopped it around in the 1st Place team’s favor.

This is the second team a team has called it quits. The Cape Cod Bluefins struggled before becoming the New York Bluefins. So far, New York has played one home game after finding a place to skate and play. The only difference is after the Outlaws play these final three road games, that’s it.

Some of the former Williamsport Outlaws have found homes in other leagues or have decided to stay put in the FHL. Trevor Karasiewicz and Tim Recio are the newest members of the Dayton Demonz, for example.

It’s a shame any team folds and when the players truly lose. When the players try to follow their dreams, having a team shutter down can be nerve-wrecking. Hopefully, all these former Outlaws can continue to play hockey.

For the Demonz, there was only one more game at home against Williamsport (not counting the 1/26 game.) That game has now been replaced with the New York Bluefins.

If you look in the Facebook groups for the Federal Hockey League (there’s two that I’m a part of), people are furious and sad about the Outlaw demise. People throw into question about the future of the hockey league.

My personal thoughts are that while while the league is hurting and the act of losing teams mid-season/after the season is nothing new (I spy the Vermont Wild, the Broome County Barons, and the Akwesasne Warriors), I think with the right business plans in place, you can have solid teams play hockey. I believe the Danbury Whalers have been in the league since the inception and the Connecticut town still has hockey. With the right plan in place, this league can be very successful.

Just remember, if the fans and the players lose, the league loses too.

Sources of information the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, News Times (owned by Hearst), and the Federal Hockey League. Picture from the Federal Hockey League.

Until next time,


The Home Plate (Extra Innings in the Miami Valley)

Greetings readers,

It’s probably no secret that I love broadcasting baseball. From Wright State of the NCAA to the Richmond RiverRats of the Prospect League, and bits and pieces of the Cincinnati Reds and Dayton Dragons, I’ve seen a share of baseball. While this cold weather is nice to have for a limited time, I find myself getting anxious for warmer weather and hearing a bat crack when a ball is laced high in the air towards left field.

If you remember my last post, I talked about a new baseball team moving into Springfield. This post is about baseball that’s been in the area for some time now. I am talking about Southwest Ohio Roy Hobbs Baseball and the Miami Valley Adult Baseball League. I mentioned the Angels a tad in the last post about the new Springfield team.

The Miami Valley Adult Baseball League has been around since 1995. The league has teams ranging from Camden to Springfield. Currently (as of 1/21/13), there are thirteen teams listed. The newest team for the 2013 season will be the Wright Knights, who have not picked a home field as of 1/21/13. As of this post, there are three teams with the Miami Valley location tag (the Bats, Marlins, and Thunder) and one called the Ohio Mariners. There’s also teams in Fairborn, Beavercreek, Huber Heights, Kettering, Dayton, South Dayton, Springfield, and Camden (right by my hometown, actually.) You have Sox, Redlegs, Braves, Rangers, Athletics, Slammers, Royals, and Indians, along with the other four I mentioned earlier.

The thing I remember about the MVABL is the fact that the Dayton Daily News actually had the standings listed in the paper. I also remember a couple of teams in Dayton and a few in Kettering (I remember the Royals and Outlaws a few years back.) I don’t know if these standings are still ran in the paper, but I remember seeing the Beavercreek Sox name a lot.

Some of the locations on the website include high schools including Preble Shawnee (where Camden plays, maybe 5 minutes from that town and 5 from Gratis), Valley View, Bellbrook, New Lebanon Dixie, Fairborn, Greeneview, Northmont, Oakwood, and a couple of others. Along with Wittenberg’s field, there’s a couple of city parks listen (like Beavercreek’s Rotary Park.)

Back to the SWOHRH, there are six teams in the league. Two are in Clark County (Springfield and Enon), while the other four call Dayton home. The Southwest Ohio Roy Hobbs League has been around since 1989. The league has an age rule, where teams can only carry five players that are between 25 and 28. The rest of the team has to be older than 28 years old. The SWOHRH league is affiliated with the top level, in Roy Hobbs Baseball. There’s Cardinals, Braves, Diamondbacks, and Wolves in Dayton, as well as Angels in Springfield and Reds in Enon.

Locations for Roy Hobbs Baseball in the Miami Valley include Miamisburg High School, Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Kings and Lebanon High Schools, McBride Stadium in Richmond, and both the University of Dayton and Wright State University’s fields, along with more.  The overall organization has over 600 teams in the United States, Canada, Europe, and in the Caribbean. The name Roy Hobbs is the 1952 book and 1984 film “The Natural.”

For the MVABL, the season is slated to start April 7th. The season for the SWOHRH league starts in Mid-to-Late May. Both leagues have yet to release the 2013 schedules.

If you’re looking for baseball in the Miami Valley, you will have tons of choices to go see. From the pros to amateur, you have a lot of teams to root for and watch. It’s another reason that it’s good to live in Southwest Ohio.

Picture from the Camden Redlegs Facebook page. Sources of information from Roy Hobbs Dayton, Roy Hobbs Baseball, and the Miami Valley Adult Baseball League.

Until next time,


The Field of Spring in Summer

Greetings readers,

Springfield, Ohio will have a baseball team starting this June. Playing in the Independent Baseball League, the franchise will take on three other teams in league (two from Northern Ohio.) The plan is to have teams in Marion and Tiffin, Ohio, as well as one in Oakland County in Michigan. The Tiffin team was actually relocated from Bowling Green.

The last team in Springfield, according to Baseball-Reference, was in 1951 when the Springfield Giants played in the Ohio-Indiana League (yes, when Richmond had a team in the Tigers, who were affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.) Before then, Springfield was a land of Cardinals, Indians, Ponies, Chicks, Reapers, and Governors.

Currently there are the Springfield Angels, who are part of the Southwest Ohio Roy Hobbs Baseball league. The Angels play with four teams from Dayton and one team from Enon (who are called the Reds, by the way) and all six are for adults 28 or older who just love the sport of baseball. The Springfield Angels called Springfield/Clark Shawnee home in 2012 and won the SWOHRH Championship by going 5-1 in tourney play.

Currently, this Springfield franchise does not have a name. However, if you go on the IBL Facebook page, there is a poster asking if the name will be the “Clark County Clovers”. The name is reference to the birth of 4-H in 1902 and the name of the county Springfield lies in.

Currently, there is no information I could find about where this Springfield team will play. It could be Wittenberg’s baseball field, shown in the top picture. There’s also Springfield High School, Shawnee High School, Northwestern High School (just a couple minutes away from the Upper Valley Mall), and a couple of schools nearby the city.

As for the league, there isn’t a lot of information right now. There’s a list of the four planned teams and a news article about how Bowling Green’s team was moved to Tiffin.

As the info rolls along until spring, one thing is clear: It will be nice for Springfield to have a baseball team this June.

Picture from the Wittenberg Tigers athletic site. Sources of information from Our Sports Central, Baseball-Reference, 4-H, the SWOHRH, and the Independent Baseball League.

Until next time,