Runs, Races, and Chases

Shots In the Darke

So many things to discuss after a busy Labor Day weekend in the world of sports!  

Let’s start locally with one of the premier early season Cross Country events in Ohio, the Treaty City Invitational which was held Saturday morning in the City Park. Not counting a huge throng of junior high runners, there were 55 high school boys and girls teams represented in four division races with 531 thinclads finishing the 3.1 mile run.  

Fort Loramie’s boys took the Green Division title with Greenville’s crew finishing 4th out of 10 teams and Versailles 7th. The Rammels, Luke D., Trey, and Luke paced Wave runners while Cameron Magoto led the Tigers.  

Ansonia’s boys finished 6th out of 18 in the White Division which was won by Legacy Christian, with Matthew Lee placing 17th.  

On the girls’ side, Tipp City won the Green Division with Versailles 3rd and Greenville 7th out of 11 squads. Meredith Barga led the Lady Tigers with a 7th place finish and Tessa Fine placed 13th for the Lady Wave.  

In the 16 team White Division won by New Bremen, Bradford’s Austy Miller was 9th and Ansonia’s Peyton Billenstein crossed the finish line in 16th.  

Huge crowd, great weather, outstanding course, a great morning for high school cross country—hats off to GHS Coach Stephanie Lind, the GHS Athletic Department, and the many volunteers for a first-class event!!  

I guess we all should have worked on our golf games when younger. Patrick Cantlay took home a cool $15 million with his Tour Championship win Sunday; Jon Rahm finished a stroke behind, winning “only” $5 million!  

Opening week of college football saw the usual expected and unexpected results. The Atlantic Coast Conference took some hits with Clemson being throttled by Georgia, Georgia Tech taken down by Northern Illinois, and Florida State losing in overtime to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Miami, “the other Miami”, lost to Alabama in a rout. I’m not sure yet but the Crimson Tide looked almost unbeatable; fans of THE, after a nice road win over Minnesota, can hope for the best but ‘Bama is tough once again!  

In other Big 10 news, early impressions are that Penn State and Iowa could be forces to be reckoned with while Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Indiana will need to regroup. No mention of Michigan you say? The maize and blue will have to convince a lot of people that they are worthy of our attention this fall!  

Fall weather is on the way! Lower humidity, lower temps, crisper air all make September and October my two favorite months. There’ll still be a few hot, humid days but they’ll be few and far between; the leaves they’ll be a-changin’!!  

GHS sports find the Wave football team still looking for that first win. Winless Fairborn and West Carrollton are upcoming home games so hopefully the Wave take care of business over the next few weeks!  

Stebbins, Piqua, and Xenia are all off to 3-0 starts in the MVL. The Wave lead the league in team offense averaging 456 yards/game but are last defensively, yielding 36 points per outing!  

All Wave home games can be seen on tape delay the week after a game; go to YouTube and search “THE WAVE AT GHS” as Ty House and yours truly bring you all of the action in this our 16th year of telecast excellence!  

Around the county Versailles lost a tough MAC game to always powerful Marion Local, while Ansonia and Arcanum look forward to a “Thursday Night Lights” game to be telecast locally. The Tigers have won their last two games while the Trojans are 3-0.  

Tri-Village moved to 2-1 with a win over Twin Valley South as they adjust to life without injured star QB Layne Sarver.  

Both the Wave boys and girls golf teams are on a roll, the boys posting a 5-1 mark while the girls are 6-0. Seniors Warren Hartzell and Alex Kolb average 40.8 and 42.4 respectively while junior Kenna Jenkinson is defending her league honors of last fall with an average round of 37.7 backed up by senior Trinity Reis at a MVL 3rd best 45.2.  

In Major League Baseball the Reds have lost four straight series and 9 of the last 13 games while fighting for the second NL wild card spot. If they don’t get their act together (and an injured Jesse Winker back in the lineup) they could be sitting out the post-season. Meanwhile the Giants and Dodgers battle it out in the West with the Brewers coasting in the Central.  

Finally, there’s a reason most people have kids in their younger years. While my younger daughter Lauren and her husband Erick took four days off to celebrate their eighth anniversary Kathy and I hosted our almost four-year-old granddaughter Millie and two-year-old grandson Clarkson. Love them to death, non-stop action, fun to be with and to remember the days our girls were young, but after chasing them around I’ve got to tell you, we are two exhausted grandparents right now!  

Until next time, stay healthy and active—put that down!! 

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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