Bengals defeated in second consecutive AFC Championship appearance

By Sam Vine Joe Burrow and the Bengals were defeated at Arrowhead Stadium by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs during a controversial AFC Championship game on Sunday, January 29. The game, which was highly anticipated, was the fourth time that Joe Burrow met Patrick Mahomes on the football field and the second time they met in the AFC Championship. This game resulted in the Chiefs narrowly … Continue reading Bengals defeated in second consecutive AFC Championship appearance

Damar Hamlin’s sudden medical emergency raises questions for local sports

By Grace Krane Football players and fans watched in horror while first responders rushed to the field as the 23-year-old Bills safety went into cardiac arrest on the field for nine minutes January 2.  Hamlin remained alone for only moments while medical personnel rushed to the field to assess his condition. After spending more than a week at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Hamlin … Continue reading Damar Hamlin’s sudden medical emergency raises questions for local sports

Winter Guard prepares for the season to come

By Claire Webster Rifles fly through the air as flags are twirling in the hands of the panting girls who are determined to win. While the rifles fall gracefully back into the hands of their owners, the flags continue to fly throughout the air.  Their feet hit the tarp as they drop their rifles and flags and grab the other props to complete the ensemble. … Continue reading Winter Guard prepares for the season to come

Men’s Lacrosse hosts first-ever tryouts

By Claire Webster Sweat rolls down the backs and grass sticks to the bottom of their cleats of the men’s lacrosse team members as they go through their first day of tryouts. The sticks in the players’ hands are in the air ready to catch the ball. The anticipation lingers in the air.  They know they now have to work very hard to not get … Continue reading Men’s Lacrosse hosts first-ever tryouts

What motivates athletes to excel?

By Jacob Grismer The most disheartening experience in a team sport is sitting on the bench, debating whether to cheer for the team you’re not actively playing for. What’s the difference between bench warmers and our star athletes? And what can we learn about how star athletes succeeded in motivating themselves?  One common trait noted by star players was the influence of friends. They were … Continue reading What motivates athletes to excel?

Cross Country runners finish strong

By Claire Webster Whether they’re on the course or at practice, cross country runners are running, because running is life. Cross country practices occur at Bellbrook’s course behind Bell Creek Intermediate, or they go to Beavercreek to run on bike paths. “On the other days, we meet near the stadium and run to various places nearby like the middle school, downtown, or the course,” sophomore … Continue reading Cross Country runners finish strong

Mikuya Ford runs to state championships

By Tommy Dickman Junior cross country captain Mikuya Ford has had an impressive season with a state qualifying time of 16:28 and 24th place at the Troy regional meet. Ford started the season with a time of 17:02 at the Bob Schul invitational at Milton-Union. His times continued to drop until he ultimately reached his new 5K personal record of 16:24 at the Anna Rocket … Continue reading Mikuya Ford runs to state championships

Sleep and confidence help Women’s Tennis win sectional matches

By Jacob Grismer Bellbrook Women’s tennis team won the league and the first singles player junior Maya Brink won sectionals three consecutive years. What’s the secret to their success? Senior Kirsten Thomas, who played first doubles for sectionals this season, said the answer was simple: “I just wing it.” She added, “I usually take a nap before my matches.” Both players agree not playing well … Continue reading Sleep and confidence help Women’s Tennis win sectional matches

Aaron Judge sets a new American League record for home runs

By Reese McBride During his first MLB debut, Aaron Judge hit a homerun against Tampa Bay on August 13, 2016. He did it again on August 14, 2016, proving that he was just getting started.  Aaron Judge could be one of the best hitters in MLB history if he keeps up his home run streak going into next year. This season he has set a … Continue reading Aaron Judge sets a new American League record for home runs

Bellbrook Varsity Football proves relentless

by Juliana Packard Bellbrook varsity football is on a hot streak this season. The streak started when Bellbrook won the game against Miamisburg 24 to 13. Since that game, Bellbrook football has not lost a single game including a close win against Monroe 10 to 7 on October 14. The boys on the team are “unstoppable” to fans.  Senior Sam Barhorst is ranked number three … Continue reading Bellbrook Varsity Football proves relentless