OBI, Urban, Kelly, and Mariah

Shots in the Darke

Pre-holiday thoughts on a lazy Sunday afternoon while getting ready to watch the Bengals  take on the 49ers: 

How about some updates on former Darke County high school basketball players?

Clay  Guillozet, GHS Class of ‘16, is averaging 27.0 ppg for the Oulu, Finland basketball team. In his  second year of pro ball overseas, the Valdosta State graduate has led his team to a 6-3 record  so far this season. ‘17 GHS alum Isaiah Gable is a fifth-year player at the D-II University of Charleston, helping pace the Golden Eagles to a 7-2 mark going into finals week. The 6’7” forward is putting up over 10 points per game to go along with an almost 6 rebounds average. 

Meanwhile Versailles’ Michael Stammen, Class of ‘20, has started six of seven contests for the Beavers of Bluffton University. The sophomore is scoring at a 5.7 clip while compiling 3 assists per game. Good to see that these fine young players are continuing to succeed at the sport they love! 

UD’s Obi Toppin, a first round draft pick of the New York Knicks in the ‘20 NBA draft, is  starting to garner more playing time as evidenced by a career high 19 points the other night.  Here’s the trivia question of the week: Why is the NBA team called the Knicks? Answer later in the column!! 

Congratulations to Alabama’s Bryce Young on winning this year’s Heisman trophy. The Crimson Tide’s QB wrapped up the award with two outstanding performances in the final two games of the season with a dramatic come-from-behind overtime win at Auburn and then a tremendous effort against Georgia in the SEC championship. 

Urban Meyer once again finds himself in some hot water while manning the helm of the Jaguars football team. Seems that there is quite a bit of dissension and bickering among not only the players but also the coaching staff. Add that to the controversy earlier in the season with the “infamous lap dance” episode and the former Buckeye coaching legend might be wishing that he’d never left the banks of the Olentangy!! 

Greenville’s boys basketball team has fallen victim to the Covid virus and its protocols. The Wave have had to reschedule games against Butler, Stebbins, and Tipp due to a shortage of players. The Green and White’s next game will be Friday at Xenia with Franklin-Monroe coming to town for the annual Hall of Fame game on Saturday.

More congratulations to Tri-Village’s junior guard Rylee Sagester on scoring her 1,000th career point last week against Newton. The Marshall University recruit has now made over 200 three-point shots! 

One of the great college football traditions was played in New York yesterday as Navy salvaged a mediocre season by defeating the Black Knights of Army 17-13. The win was only the second in the last six encounters for the Midshipmen in a rivalry that should make all Americans proud of the young men and women of the Academies and their devotion to the  defense of our country. Truly a series deserving of the national spotlight each year!!


Stumped by the nickname Knicks? The full moniker is Knickerbockers and refers to the Dutch settlers who first populated New York. Seems the style of the day for men was pants that were rolled up to just below the knee or the so-called knickerbockers! 

Finally, we need to have a poll to decide the burning question, Kelly or Mariah? Kelly Clarkson’s song “Underneath the Tree” or Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”?  Both are catchy, easy to sing along with tunes that are wildly popular at this time of the year.  My wife Kathy and I are having trouble deciding which we like the best—what say you? Until next time, stay healthy and humming along!! 


Dr. Alex Warner | Correspondent for Darke County Now

Dr. Alex Warner / Correspondent

Alex Warner is a retired Greenville chiropractor as well as a former educator and high school coach. He has over 30 years experience in broadcasting high school sports on both radio and public access television in addition to producing over 50 episodes of the local television series “Our Town”. A man of many interests, he is naturally curious with a “gift of gab”. He currently writes the weekly sports column “Shots in the Darke” and hosts “Talk of the Town” featuring people, places, and events that make Darke County the place we choose to reside.

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