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

Broncos open season with scrimmage

MT. ORAB – The boys’ basketball season in Mt. Orab is getting closer and closer to tipping off officially as the Western Brown Broncos held their first scrimmage of the season Wednesday night against the Clermont Northeastern Rockets.

Under the watchful eye of head coach Greg Foster, the Broncos participated in a two-hour contest against the Rockets. By the end of the night, the Broncos had rode a wave of CNE turnovers to a total of 110 points. The final score wasn’t recorded.

Foster noted the Broncos have to force turnovers if they want to have a shot at winning games this season.

“That’s the way we have to play,” Foster said. “We did a lot of bad things, but we did a lot of good things too. That’s why we scrimmage. That’s the kind of defense we want to play. We need to eliminate the turnovers on the offensive end and I think we’ll be alright.”

The turnovers the Broncos forced led to easy shots for the offense to convert, which they did on occasion. However, Foster says the team missed more of those shots than they should have.

“Our defense created a lot of points,” Foster said. “We missed a lot of layups, a lot of easy shots. We should have scored a lot more than what we did, the big guys need to finish around the hoop.”

The Broncos only “lost” one quarter of the game, but they did allow CNE to climb back into the game on a few occasions, something Foster noted the team could not do in the regular season.

“The guards played pretty well for the most part,” Foster said. “We got leads here and there and then we kind of lost focus on what we were doing, so instead of extending the lead we paused or went backwards. Other than that, with it being the first scrimmage of the year, you expect mistakes. You expect to not necessarily play your best, which was the case tonight.”

The team that took the court for the Broncos Wednesday night will be nowhere near the one that hits the court to start the season next month. Foster knows the team is not where it needs to be, but also notes that the squad will play tough this season.

“We’ve got a lot of work still do do,” Foster said. “But they play hard.”

Western Brown still has time to prepare before the games count for real. The team travels to Mason County for their first regular-season match December 1.

Western Brown senior Chaiten Tomlin shoots the ball from the low block in the Broncos’ scrimmage against CNE Wednesday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_5839.jpgWestern Brown senior Chaiten Tomlin shoots the ball from the low block in the Broncos’ scrimmage against CNE Wednesday night. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat

A Bronco offensive player attempts a layup off a breakaway during the Western Brown scrimmage Wednesday.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_5843.jpgA Bronco offensive player attempts a layup off a breakaway during the Western Brown scrimmage Wednesday. Garth Shanklin | News Democrat

By Garth Shanklin

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