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Summer Ball

Greetings readers,

Summer is a great time of the year. It’s when most people venture outside and have some fun in the sun. In the sporting world, baseball will be in full bloom. But did you know it’s not the only sport in the sun? In Southwest Ohio, there’s also outdoor football.

If you’re a fan of tackling football, there’s a couple of leagues to check out around the Miami Valley. One is the Heartland Football League (which I wrote about March of 2011.)

Some things have changed since 2011, including the Kings Comets taking a break this season. Most of the teams on my 2011 article no longer exist. The area is a little further spread out into the Pittsburgh area. In fact, some of the teams listed on the league’s website have called it quits before playing any downs. One team has stayed the course for a long time, and that would be the Lima Warriors.

There’s also another league around the Miami Valley, in the Northern Frontier Football League. Compared to the HFL, there are more teams around the Dayton area. The season starts May 18th, with sixteen teams stemming all the way up north to Lima and all the way east to Lancaster. The last week of the regular season (Week Ten) is August 3rd.

Baseball’s not the only summer sporting fun, there’s also some football in the air. It’s a great time to catch some outdoor sports!

Sources of information from the Heartland Football League and the Northern Frontier Football League. Picture from the Heartland Football League front page.

Until next time,

-Lee

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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,

-Lee

The Hometown Call

Greetings readers,

Tonight (October 5th) is a special night for myself. This will be my first broadcast in Preble County, where I have lived for most of my life. The 4-2 Eaton Eagles host the 2-4 Bellbrook Golden Eagles. The home team will also celebrate their 2012 Homecoming tonight as well.

This is a big deal for me, as I’ve never been this close to home broadcasting sports. The closest game I have done was in Brookville earlier this year, but it’s been either in the Dayton area or further away from there. While Richmond is fairly close to home, it’s through another state.

This is a big opportunity for me, as they all are. However, this one is close to home. It’s also the final year of Park Avenue Field, which if you don’t know is a bit of a hike from the new high school. There will be a new stadium near the high school south of town in 2013. The old field will be torn away, as the city plans to widen Park Avenue.

Tonight’s a special opportunity for me.

Catch the action tonight (10/5/12) as the Eaton Eagles take on the Bellbrook Golden Eagles at 7:15 on the Ohio Sports Radio Network. Listen live at http://ohiosportsradionetwork.net.

Until next time,

-Lee

Breaking the Cross County Trip

Greetings readers,

I’ve read this article written by Bob Huelsman about the future of the Cross County Conference, and I wanted to add my take to a possible fall of a local conference. As someone who occasionally watches Twin Valley South sports, this will be very important for not only the West Alexandria Panthers, but for all the high schools in the CCC.

From the article, some of the old Southwestern Rivers Conference (I think they were gone by 2001, not sure honestly) schools want to form a new conference. That includes Covington, Miami East, and Bethel, which are the eastern schools in the CCC, and a bit of a drive if you hail from Preble County (especially National Trail, considering they’re next door to Indiana.) It also includes Bradford, which is the northern most CCC school, and possibly Arcanum, near the heart of it all.

The CCC has been around since the 1978-1979 school year. Arcanum, Ansonia, and Bethel were original members, while Covington joined in 1990 and Miami East in 2006.

Something that has triggered these talks (other than the economy reasons) has been the football conference play. The CCC schools that do field a team (Franklin-Monroe, Tri-Village, and Newton in Miami County do not field these teams) play nine conference games, leaving one game for non-conference play. For TVS, that game has usually been against nearby New Lebanon Dixie. Usually, you will have around three-five non-conference games (depends on which conference.)

The writer in the article mentions some possibilities for the other schools should the conference break apart. Huelsman sees the Southwestern Buckeye League picking up Twin Valley South, Tri-County North, and National Trail.

Let’s say that does happen. That puts three more schools into the SWBL from Preble County, joining Eaton and Preble Shawnee (It also puts all five Preble County schools in a conference, too.) This would give the SWBL 17 members, giving either division of the conference one more than the other (unless the SWBL wanted to add another school for 18, and split the division up into three divisions.)

The 1998 Twin Valley South Panthers, who won the Cross County Conference that season.

For Twin Valley South, it sets up good, close rivalries with Valley View, Brookville, Dixie, Preble Shawnee, and Eaton in the conference (not necessarily in the same division of the SWBL.) It would also keep the State Route 503 rivalry with Tri-County North.

However, what about the other schools? The farthest school to the east is Waynesville, the last school district to the east before hitting Clinton County, followed by Bellbrook in western Greene County. To the south would be Monroe, and to the north would be Milton-Union in southwest Miami County. The western most school would be National Trail in the New Paris area, near Richmond, Indiana. So you now have a huge conference stretching from nearby Richmond to Wilmington. That’s a span of six counties.

How would those schools do in the SWBL? According to this list by the OHSAA, Twin Valley South has 253 students (136/117 boys/girls); Tri-County North 257 (119/138); and National Trail with 263 (139/124). Compared to current SWBL schools, Valley View has 469 students (220/249); Eaton 524 (290/234); Dixie 291 (158/133); Brookville 374 (211/163); and Preble Shawnee with 352 (176/176.) So if this was to happen, Twin Valley South and Tri-County North would be the smallest schools in the SWBL. If the conference spread their divisions for smallest, medium, and largest schools, there could be a good mix for the conference and schools.

I’m not saying this happens, as it’s more of a what-if. The Cross County Conference might survive and this idea of a new conference might flop. I liked the article and thought it was interesting to think about the future in West Alex and in Ohio. If the rest of the members can’t see eye to eye, we might see an old conference fall and a new one pop up.

Sources of information from the Press Pros Magazine and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The 1998 TVS picture is from CCCBasketball.com.

Until next time,

-Lee

1st and 7th Heaven

Greetings readers,

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is considering adding a seventh division for football for 2013. If the change goes through, this would be the first change to the divisions since 1994, when the OHSAA added a sixth division.

The plan is to shave some of the smaller Division I schools and keep about seventy-two in the top level. The rest would be spread throughout the other divisions. Each other division would have about 108 schools. Thirty-two schools would still make the playoffs cut, meaning Division I schools will get in easier (with less schools to compete with for a spot.)

If that’s not enough, the OHSAA is also voting on the Competitive Balance Proposal in May. This issue was narrowly squatted away, by about 29 votes. If passed, the numbers would be shifted even more.

The posters on the Yappi boards are a bit mixed on this issue, with some saying seven divisions are way too many. One post suggests that six divisions are fine, but the schools will need reshuffled.

Other sports would not be affected by the seven divisions in other sports.

To me, I’m not a big fan of seven divisions in football. If they were fairly equal in terms of teams in those divisions, it wouldn’t be so bad. I’m also not the biggest fan of having different amounts of divisions for different sports. Granted, there’s a few high schools around here that don’t play under those Friday Night Lights, but it’s a small number of schools. Then again, different sports require different amounts of players, so never mind on that last thought.

Time will tell how teams will be split and how the competitiveness will flow. Don’t be surprised to see seven divisions after the 2012 season.

Sources of information from the Dayton Daily News, Yappi’s boards, and the Canton Rep. Pictures found via Google.

Until next time,

-Lee

Monster-less Party

Greetings readers,

It wasn’t that long ago where I published an article about the Cincinnati Commandos 2012 season. Well, we’re still a couple of months away and we have some big changes.

First up is the league itself. The United Indoor Football League has bought the assets of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Second up, there are no Kentucky Monsters or Danville Dragons (on same article.)

As of right now, the websites for those teams still read “Ultimate Indoor Football League” on their banners and have the old schedules up. The Commandos Facebook page says that Kentucky won’t field a team (but either the league or the franchise will explain why, which hasn’t happened yet.)

So scratch that “across-the-river” rivalry, but look forward to the Marion Blue Racers still rivaling Cincinnati, just like their last year in the CIFL.

While I couldn’t find any news of Danville leaving, a telling sign is that there are no news articles on their website. “A Message to Dragons Fans” could be about anything, but it’s gone from the archives.

So not a whole lot of explaining why these teams are no longer with the UIFL, but maybe this will play out in the upcoming weeks or months. The league still plans for a March 2012 kickoff.

Source of information from the UIFL, Kentucky Monsters, and Danville Dragons websites.

Until next time,

-Lee

Gone Commando in Two Years

Greetings readers,

Wow, that football team in Cincinnati is doing quite well. This team has two championships in their history, only one loss in two seasons, and an owner that isn’t constantly asked to leave their post. Someone pinch this Cincinnati  fan, it must be a dream! Oh wait, I’m not talking about the Cincinnati Bengals this year (minus the owner thing), I’m talking about the Cincinnati Commandos.

The Commandos have been around for two seasons, with only one loss in their history. Cincinnati has been apart of the CIFL (the Continental Indoor Football League) until recently, when they switched to the Ultimate Indoor Football League for 2012.

With the switch, the Commandos no longer have a rival in the Dayton Silverbacks (since Dayton has stayed put in the CIFL.) Cincinnati now has a rival just across the rival in the Kentucky Monsters playing in the Bank of Kentucky Center, where Northern Kentucky University plays. The team was called the Northern Kentucky Monsters for awhile. Also joining the UIFL with Cincinnati is the Marion Blue Racers, just a drive north of Columbus.

Cincinnati has seven home games coming up, including two each hosting Marion and Kentucky. All home games are scheduled to play in the Cincinnati Gardens, about fifteen minutes of Downtown Cincinnati. The season starts March 3rd with the Commandos hosting the Marion Blue Racers. Tickets range from $10 to $22.

I haven’t had a chance to catch a game yet, but I have followed along with how the team has done. I will say that only one loss and two titles to the belt should get the football fanatics of Cincinnati flocking to the Gardens. Another thing that is a big plus for the community is the roster is made of mainly of Cincinnati locals (My guess is about 90% Cincy locals.) The roster link is accurate from October 2011.

So if you’re looking for some football to catch, check out the Cincinnati Commandos!

Photo from cincinnati.com. Sources of information from the Ultimate Indoor Football League and the Cincinnati Commandos website.

Until next time,

-Lee