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Loveland (3-2, 8-3) is now #7 in Division I in the Enquirer Coaches Poll and will play at Turpin today at 4:30 PM and then Monday at home against Withrow. You can see all the stats HERE at ECC Sports.

 

by Dan Timmerman,

Game 6– Monday to Tuesday, April 6-7 vs.  Walnut Hills HS at Dave Evans Field, Loveland

The Loveland Tigers defeated the Walnut Hills Eagles 5-1 in their first ECC game of the 2015 season.  The teams struggled with the rainy weather as much as they did with each other with 3 rain delays over 2 innings on Monday, the last of which pushing the contest to Tuesday, where it was concluded as a rain shortened complete game after 5-1/3 innings.  Monday saw Walnut Hills pitcher Cole Murphy (UC commit) with an early 1-0 lead and striking out all 6 of the Tigers batters he had faced.

When play resumed the next day Murphy was gone and the Tigers tied the game in the 3rd when Cade Woolston reached first base on a dropped 3rd strike and came all the way around to score on a double by Luke Waddell.  In the 4th the Tigers took the lead when Chris Sackett reached on an error and then scored on another error during a rundown after being advanced past third base, but not quite to home plate, on a clutch 2 out double to right by Adam Beran.

In the 5th inning the scoring concluded, as did the game a third of an inning later with the return of the rain.  Cal Conley reached base on an error followed by walks to Waddell and Jay Wilson. Colton Lakes then fought off a tough pitch muscling it into short right field scoring Conley and Waddell. After Sackett walked Beran followed with another base hit bringing in Wilson.

Drew Steinbrenner (W, 2-0) picked up his 2nd straight win pitching all of the 3-1/3 innings on Wednesday limiting the Eagles to no runs and only 1hit while striking out 6.

WP:  Steinbrunner (2-0, 6 K’s).  Hitting:  Beran 2-3, 2B, RBI; Lakes 1-3, 2 RBI; Waddell 1-2, 2B, RBI.

 

Game 7– Saturday April 11 vs. Badin HS at Alumni Field, Hamilton

The Loveland Tigers suffered their first loss of the season in a non-league game on the road against Badin, 3-2.

Badin scored a run in the first on a couple of walks and a throwing error in the 1st inning to take a 1-0 lead. Loveland took the lead in the top of the 3rd on walks to Cal Conley and Luke Waddell followed by a double steal by those two. Conley them scored on a wild pitch to tie the score and Josh Meszaros knocked in Waddell with a double to take a 2-1 lead.

The score remained tied until the 6th when Badin scored the decisive run on a walk and 2 singles, with the lead runner scoring, for a 3-2 lead and win.

Loveland’s record goes to 6-1 (1-0 ECC).

Hitting:  Meszaros 2-4, 2B, RBI; Conley 1-1, 2 BB, R; Waddell 2 BB, R.

 

Game 8 – Monday April 13 vs. Milford HS at Dave Evans Field, Loveland

The Loveland Tigers suffered their second consecutive loss of the season Monday and their first conference loss at the hands of the Loveland Eagles, 6-1.

Milford scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning beginning with a homerun by Brad Hall to straightaway center.  A walk followed with that runner later advancing to third.  A fielder’s choice on a high chopper in the infield scored the runner and had the batter safe at first.  A double scored the 3rd run of the inning for the Eagles. In the 4th Milford added another run on a double, with the runner later advancing to third, and a sacrifice fly. In the 5th the Eagles completed their scoring with a triple, double and single to take a 6-0 lead.

The Tigers mounted a rally in the 6th loading the bases on a double by Luke Waddell, a single by Cal Conley and a walk to Jay Wilson.  Unfortunately a lighting alert delayed the game for 45 minutes slowing the Tiger’s momentum and when play resumed a sacrifice fly plating Waddell was the only run the rally would yield.

 Loveland’s record goes to 1-1 in the ECC, 6-2 overall.

Hitting: Waddell 2-4, 2B, R; Lakes RBI

 

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Work to accommodate the installation of school flasher lights at State 131 and Milford High School will require a lane closure on SR 131 Friday, April 17.

The lane closure will be from 9 a.m. to noon between Sherwood Drive and Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road with work starting east of Eagles Way; once work is complete at this location, the lane closure will be located west of Eagles Way. The lights should be operational by 2 p.m. This work is part of the Safe Routes to School program.

MORE INFORMATION:

Sharon Smigielski, Public Information Officer, (513) 933-6511
Liz Lyons, Public Information Specialist, (513) 933-6534

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A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.

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This year’s event promises to be better than ever at our new location at Yeatman’s Cove along the banks of the Ohio River. There is something for everyone. Enjoy spectacular garden and floral exhibits created by the region’s most talented and creative professionals,  landscapers, floral designers and amateur gardeners.  Plus attend fascinating lectures and special events with our celebrity guests. Be sure to look for the informative presentations by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden staff from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm every day.

The show will feature our signature floral displays and some exciting new exhibits, including thrilling horticultural pavilions, urban spaces, and the always-popular dramatic table settings. Additionally, creative and unique container gardens, brimming and beautiful window boxes, and a fabulous marketplace will provide innovative ideas to all attendees looking to transform their own yards and gardens.

2015 Event Details

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The Butterflies of the Philippines will continue through June 21, 2015. This year’s exhibit features the colorful and exotic Butterflies of the Philippines, and they are presiding over a majestic tribute to the marvelous Filipino culture. The showroom is filled with butterflies soaring among bold displays and are immersing visitors in a sumptuous tropical environment. A large, dramatic decor feature depicting an erupting volcano and a wildly cascading waterfall provide a striking backdrop for many tropical plants such as ornate orchids, brilliant bromeliads, delicate anthuriums and dramatic dracaenas.

 

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Brenda Ashcraft, 45, of Milford, Ohio pleaded guilty in United States District Court to defrauding investors of at least $15 million between 2009 and 2013 in a fraudulent investment scheme to purchase and sell real estate through real estate investment trusts known as REITs. Carter M Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Angela L Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Mark Porter, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service; and Andre T Porter, Director of Ohio Department of Commerce, announced the plea entered into today before United States District Senior Judge Sandra S Beckwith. According to court documents, Aschraft owned and operated French Manor Properties, which she told investors was acting as the REIT Trustee that would “secure residential and commercial real estate at wholesale pricing.” Investors believed that their investments were secured by real estate and Ashcraft promised them 40% annual returns on their investments. These representations were false.

Instead, Ashcraft used new investor money to pay earlier investors and diverted investor funds to her own personal use and benefit, including a $50,000 investor payment that she used to pay for Cincinnati Reds season tickets. Ashcraft would at times send investors checks for returns on their investments but the checks often bounced. After FBI agents seized Ashcraft’s iPhone pursuant to a search warrant, she sent a remote wipe command to destroy evidence stored on her cell phone. Ashcraft pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, one count of securities fraud and one count of destruction of evidence, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and one count of money laundering, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Ashcraft’s case was scheduled to begin trial yesterday, but was delayed when she failed to appear in court. Ashcraft turned herself in late yesterday afternoon. Stewart commended the cooperative investigation of this case by FBI and Secret Service agents, Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Securities staff, and Assistant United States Attorneys Timothy Mangan and Emily Glatfelter, who are prosecuting the case.

 

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A press release from Alex M. Triantafilou, Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party:

Dear Friends,
I want to share some exciting news with you. Starting on April 20th, Cameron Sagester will be joining the Hamilton County Republican Party team as our new Political and Communications Director. We believe that Cameron will serve the Party well as we look ahead to the future and will be a valuable resource to our Republican community.

 

Our goal, as always, is to advance the cause of conservatism by helping to elect as many Republican candidates in Hamilton County as we can. We know that Cameron’s experience and passion for the Party will help us to achieve that goal. Let me take a moment to formally introduce Cameron.

 

Cameron Sagester

 Cameron is a born and bred resident of the Greater Cincinnati area. He and his family are, and always have been, deeply connected to this area that we are all lucky enough to call home. He attended St. Xavier High School, where he began to form his interest in the public sphere. This fledgling interest led him to study Political Science at The Ohio State University. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, with a focus in American Politics and an Economics Minor.

While finishing his degree, Cameron worked as an intern for the GOP campaign, producing written content for the team. After interning for three months, Cameron joined the Ohio Republican Party as a part of their Communications Department.    After being a part of the Republicans’ sweeping victory for Ohio’s statewide offices, he joined Secretary of State’s Jon Husted’s office. Cameron was able to return to Southwest Ohio as a Regional Liaison for Secretary Husted where he worked closely with us at the Board of Elections. His maturity, professionalism, and commitment impressed everyone.

Beyond his political interests, Cameron is a proud Milford Gun Club member and an avid skeet shooter. He enjoys the outdoors and is a passionate fan of the Reds and Bengals.

We believe that Cameron will be an excellent addition to the Party and we have no doubt that he will fit in perfectly with our dedicated team. We hope you will introduce yourself to Cameron in the near future.

Cameron’s responsibilities will include managing, coordinating, and accelerating our political operations, as well as facilitating party communication within our Central Committee, Executive Committee, supporters, candidates, and various other groups that support the Hamilton County GOP.  Although he will take some of Maggie Wuellner’s responsibilities, he will also have several new tasks to help our party perform at a peak level in 2015 and 2016.  Maggie will continue to serve as the Party’s Executive Director and Director of Finance as Cameron settles into his new position.

Again, I hope you will join me in welcoming Cameron Sagester to our Republican family.  You can reach him at cameron.hcgop@gmail.com, find him on Twitter at @CameronSagester, or call him at (513) 490-9734.

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Alex M. Triantafilou
Chairman

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Loveland, Oh. – Ohio-Valley Beach Volleyball will be hosting the 2015 Ohio Valley Spalding Volley America Junior Regional tournament on June 6 at Grand Sands in Loveland, OH. All players, boys and girls 18 & under, can participate in the beach doubles tournament. Winners of the tournament in select divisions will win a loveland-sweetsfree entry plus $200 traveling expenses towards the Volley America Nationals, which will take place on August 1-2 in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Date: June 6, 2015
Location: Grand Sands – 10750 Loveland-Madeira Rd Loveland Ohio 45140
Events for Girls & Boys: 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U
Professionally run events complete with PA announcer and Championship court
Grand Prix: earn points all season towards end of season prizes
Tournament seeding based on National Ranking System

Ohio Valley Regionals: June 6 at Grand Sands, Loveland, OH, where winners receive travel reimbursement to Volley America Junior Nationals (Aug. 1-2, Pt Pleasant Beach, NJ)
Regional winners will receive a free entry fee into Volley America Junior Nationals for Girls 18U & 16U and for Boys 18U. Different divisions may be substituted at discretion of local region and will be announced on the Volley America web site. VA will reimburse players up to $200/player who submit travel expenses after the event for actual and necessary travel, room and board expenses for the player only. Expenses for parents and coaches are not included in the reimbursement.

All participants must have a Volley America membership. Memberships for 2015 are valid until 12/31/15. Players can sign up for a membership at www.volleyamerica.com for $15, or do it on-site for $20.

 

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all-about-kids-summer-campUCLA Gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field has signed another star-studded group of gymnasts to national letters-of-intent. Headlining the spring signees is 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2014 World all-around bronze medalist Kyla Ross. Also signing in this signing period are 2013 AT&T American Cup all-around champion Katelyn Ohashi and Level 10 vault national champion Madison Preston.

Madison Preston who hails from Loveland, Ohio and trains at Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, is the Level 10 National Champion on vault with a score of 9.9. Preston also won the all-around and vault and placed second on beam and floor at the 2014 Level 10 State Championships and was fifth in the all-around and first on vault at the Region 5 Regionals.

“The minute I saw Madison, I thought, ‘She’s a UCLA Bruin,’ and was so excited when she committed to us,” said Kondos Field. “She reminds us a lot of Heidi Moneymaker. She has that type of dynamic and beautiful movement quality. We’re really excited to have her.”

Preston will enroll at UCLA in the fall, while Ross, along with Biles and Kocian, are planning to defer enrollment until after the Olympics in 2016.

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Little Miami Senior advances for consideration of national award

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Savannah Coffey (center) poses with DAR representative Nancy Parker Russell (left) and LMHS Principal Cathy Trevathan

Morrow, Ohio – Little Miami High School senior Savannah Coffey has been named the statewide winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award. She now advances to consideration nationally and is eligible for up to a $5,000 scholarship.

Coffey previously won the Good Citizen Award for the school, for the Turtle Creek chapter, and for the Southwest District. She won a $200 prize for winning the district, and then won an additional $500 when named the statewide winner at a banquet March 28 in Columbus.

“It was so neat to be recognized at that level,”Coffey said. “It was kind of a validation of how hard I’ve worked and everything I’ve done so far.”

The award requirements are for the student to demonstrate dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Applicants, who can be boys or girls in their senior year, are judged on a written description of how they try to manifest the qualities of a good citizen and on their performance in a timed essay.

Coffey boasts excellent academic performance and has been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar. She serves as president of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, through which she does extensive community service, and is also president of the marching band. She plays mellophone in the marching band and clarinet in symphonic band.

Nancy Parker Russell, chairperson for the Good Citizens Scholarship Committee for the Turtle Creek chapter, said she knew Coffey’s credentials were impeccable.

“We had recognized all along that we had a very special lady here,” Russell said. “We’re very proud of Savannah.”

Coffey will advance to national judging, which goes in stages. First she’ll be competing in a region-type group of states, and if she’s the winner of that region, she’ll be a national finalist and considered for the overall national top prize. The process will be finished by sometime in June.

The national winner will be announced in late June at the DAR’s Continental Congress in Washington D.C.

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