Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Lady Broncos slide past Batavia

The Western Brown Lady Broncos volleyball team entered their final three games with a simple, yet difficult task ahead of them.

The team sat in a four-way tie for first place with New Richmond, Amelia and Batavia. Conveniently enough, those three schools just happened to be the final three games on the Broncos’ schedule.

If the Lady Broncos managed to win all three games, they would win the division title. That task began last week against the Batavia Lady Bulldogs.

The first set was close throughout, but the Lady Bulldogs came away victorious 25-23. The Lady Broncos rolled through the second set, winning 25-14 and had little more trouble in the third, taking a 25-17 victory.

Batavia took a 17-10 lead in the fourth set, but the Lady Broncos stormed back to cut the lead to 21-18. Western Brown would get no closer, however, as the Lady Bulldogs held on to win the fourth set 25-21 and tie the game at two sets each.

The fifth and deciding set started out close, with both teams splitting the first 10 points evenly. The Lady Broncos would pull away late, however, and end the match on a 10-6 run to win the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.

Head coach Carla Fite said the team’s victory was an important one.

“It’s crucial, the last time we had Batavia we went into five,” Fite said. “We came out strong and determined. The fourth set they came out a bit slow but they wanted it.”

Fite also noted there was one thing her team did well at times that ultimately earned them the victory.

“Volleyball is a fast-paced game, you can get a run and they can quickly get a run too,” Fite said. “You’ve got to keep your momentum, every time they get a point you have to get one back too.”

There was still room for the Lady Broncos to improve, however. Fite said the team struggled at times with ball control.

“Keep the ball under control,” Fite said. “We were playing static, we weren’t talking or moving. We needed to get back to the fundamentals. Once we got back to those we were fine.”

The Lady Broncos returned to the court Tuesday night at home against the New Richmond Lions and dropped a close 3-0 decision (25-23, 25-19, 25-20). The team is scheduled to face Taylor High School in the first round of sectional tournament play Saturday, October 17 at Blanchester High School.

Senior MacKenzie Brooks serves the ball for the Broncos in the fourth set of the team’s 3-2 win over Batavia last week.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WBVolley.jpgSenior MacKenzie Brooks serves the ball for the Broncos in the fourth set of the team’s 3-2 win over Batavia last week.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

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