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Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame set to welcome 2020 inductees: Chris Wright, Tim Wabler, Kristin Daugherty-Ronai


Dayton Hall of Fame 2020 Chris Wright, Tim Wabler, Kristin Daugherty Ronai (UD Athletics)


Trio Will Be Inducted At Saturday’s Men’s Basketball Game With UMass


DAYTON — The University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame will grow by three on Saturday, Jan. 11 when the 2020 class is introduced at halftime of the Dayton-Massachusetts men’s basketball game.  Saturday’s ceremonies will bring the total membership in UD’s Hall of Fame to 185.

The new members are Kristin Daugherty Ronai (basketball), Tim Wabler (administration) and Chris Wright (basketball).

KRISTIN DAUGHERTY RONAI ’11–Basketball 2007-11

Kristin Daugherty was the best player in a history-making women’s basketball class at the University of Dayton.  She was part of the first Division I class to reach the post-season in all four of their seasons.  She was also on the first Dayton Division I team to win a post-season game (in the WNIT her sophomore season) and the first Flyer Division I team to win an NCAA tournament game (in her junior season).

Daugherty can be found all over the UD record books.  She is eighth in career scoring with 1,498 career points (fifth when she graduated), second in games played in (135), fourth in minutes played (3,678, 27.2 per game), sixth in free throws made (276) and three-pointers made (146).  She is also in the Dayton top 20 in career scoring average, rebounds and assists.

As a senior, shemade a school-record 50% of her three-point field goals (48 of 96) after not doing better than 30% from beyond the arc in her first three seasons.
She was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 performer and was named the A-10 Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year (first ever for Dayton). She was also a three-time Capital One Academic All-District selection.  As a senior, she was named to the first team, and appeared on the national ballot for Academic All-America.  She received Dayton’s Presidential Outstanding Scholar Award as a senior.

Kristin is currently the Director of Compliance at the Ohio High School Athletic Association.  Her husband is Jared Ronai, who is the head men’s basketball coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  They have two children – Kyler and Kamryn.

TIM WABLER ’74– Baseball, Administration 1993-2015

Tim Wabler’s performances on the mound might have earned him consideration as a University of Dayton Hall of Famer, but it’s his legacy as UD’s Vice President and Director of Athletics that will be felt at the University for a long, long time.

The three-time Flyer Pitcher of the Year (1972-74) began working in the Dayton Athletics Division as Associate Director of Athletics in 1993, and was named Vice President and Director of Athletics in 2008.  He retired from that position in 2015.

During Wabler’s seven-year tenure as AD, Dayton had 29 conference champions and 21 teams who reached their respective NCAA tournaments.  That is the best performance of any seven-year period in UD history.  The conference championships came from eight different sports. In the 22 years Wabler was a Dayton athletics administrator, the Flyers won 62 conference championships and had 34 teams reach the NCAAs.  Compare that to the previous 22 years, when just four UD teams won conference titles and 17 teams reached the post season – five in Division I (men’s basketball), two in Division II (women’s basketball) and 10 in Division III (football).

While setting milestones in several sports during Wabler’s time on The Hilltop, the Flyers maintained graduation rates that were among the highest in the country. As success on the field improved, UD student-athletes also performed in the classroom. The Flyers’ combined cumulative grade point average rose to a then school-record of 3.305.

The first Dayton native to serve as UD’s Director of Athletics, Tim and his wife Arlene live in Kettering.

CHRIS WRIGHT ’11 – Basketball 2007-11

Chris Wright’s stats over his career speak for themselves, but his impact on Dayton men’s basketball program is more than just numbers.  He will always be remembered as one of the most explosive athletes to play for the Flyers.  An above-the-rim acrobat, he was a charter member of “The Flight Club,” a group of teammates who recorded 40-inch vertical leaps in the off-season and then used that club membership to spectacular effect in games.

Wright is the UD career leader in dunks (177) and blocked shots (162), and is fifth in career offensive rebounds (298), 10th in rebounding (887) and 15th in career scoring (1,601 points).  All this despite missing more than half of his freshman season with a fractured ankle.

The Trotwood native played in three NITs and one NCAA tournament.  The Flyers won an NIT championship in 2010 and reached the NCAA second round in 2009. The NIT championship was UD’s first since 1968, and the NCAA tournament win was the first since 1990.

Wright earned all-conference honors after each of his four seasons. As a freshman, he was a member of the All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team, despite only playing eight conference minutes due to the injury. He was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 selection, and a three-time NABC All-District selection.

He is the seventh Dayton men’s basketball player to be named a three-time White Allen MVP, and just the third to win the Sharpenter Rebounding Award all four years at UD.

After a professional career that included stints with Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks, Chris is now a business owner and entrepreneur in Dayton.




Jackets place defenseman Dean Kukan on Injured Reserve

JANUARY 3, 2020


COLUMBUS, OHIO The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Dean Kukan on Injured Reserve, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced Friday.  Kukan will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a medial meniscus tear and articular cartilage injury to his left knee in Thursday’s 2-1 overtime win at Boston.


Kukan, 26, has collected one goal and four assists for five points with 12 penalty minutes, while averaging 15:58 of ice time in 33 games this season.  In 77 career NHL games with Columbus, he has tallied 1-13-14, 20 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating.  He made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2019, scoring a goal and adding two penalty minutes in 10 contests.


The 6-2, 192-pound native of Volketswil, Switzerland signed with the Blue Jackets as a free agent on June 1, 2015.  He collected 9-50-59 and 71 penalty minutes in 142 career American Hockey League games with the Lake Erie/Cleveland Monsters and helped the club capture the 2016 Calder Cup championship.  He has also represented Switzerland in numerous international competitions, including the 2015, 2017 and 2018 (silver medal) IIHF World Championships and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 IIHF World Junior Championships.


The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday when they host the San Jose Sharks.  Game time from Nationwide Arena is 1 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 12:30 p.m.  All Blue Jackets games televised on FOX Sports Ohio will also be streamed live via the FOX Sports app.  The game can also be heard on the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including Sports Radio 97.1 FM The Fan in Columbus, and online at


Single game tickets for all home games played at Nationwide Arena during the 2019-20 regular season are on sale now.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting




#1 North Dakota State to host FCS 2nd Round game vs. Nicholls-North Dakota winner




FARGO, N.D. – Undefeated two-time defending national champion North Dakota State is the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Division I Football Championship and will host a second round playoff game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, against the winner of this week’s first round game featuring North Dakota at Nicholls.

Nicholls (8-4) has won four straight games and went 7-2 in the Southland Conference clinching its second straight conference title with a 28-27 road win over Southeastern Louisiana in the final game of the regular season. NDSU is 2-0 against Nicholls with a 24-14 victory in Thibodaux in 2004 and a 26-13 victory in Fargo in 2005.

North Dakota (7-4) won its final two games of the regular season to earn an at-large berth in the FCS playoffs for the second time in program history. NDSU beat UND 38-7 in Fargo in the second game of the 2019 season and has won both meetings as Division I opponents including a 34-9 home win in 2015. The teams split two Division II playoff meetings with UND winning the 1994 quarterfinal in Grand Forks 14-7 and the Bison winning the 1995 first round game in Grand Forks 41-10.

North Dakota State (12-0) is the automatic qualifier from the Missouri Valley Football Conference and as the No. 1 seed will have home-field advantage through the semifinal round. NDSU has a 24-1 playoff record in the Fargodome, where the Bison currently have a 25-game winning streak.

This is NDSU’s 10th straight postseason appearance. The Bison have a 32-2 in the FCS playoffs over the past nine years including national championships in seven of the past eight seasons.

All first and second round games will be streamed live on ESPN3 through participating providers.



Former Bearcats star Corie Blount named UC’s Legend for December Event in Chicago

Corie Blount (courtesy UC Sports Communications)

CINCINNATI – Former University of Cincinnati men’s basketball great Corie Blount will be honored as the program’s legend when the Bearcats take on Iowa in the Chicago Legends event Saturday, Dec. 21 at the United Center.


Blount averaged 9.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks during two seasons as a Bearcat, helping lead Cincinnati to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four in 1992 and Elite Eight in 1993. A first-round draft pick of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, Blount went on to play 11 years in the league.


Blount will be recognized at halftime of the Cincinnati-Iowa game that tips at 9 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network and 700 WLW. The matchup is the second game of a doubleheader that follows Dayton playing Colorado at 6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.


Tickets for the game can be purchased online at


A legend from all four participating teams will be honored during the games. Other former players recognized will include Iowa’s Ronnie Lester, Dayton’s Roosevelt Chapman and Colorado’s Donnie Boyce.


In addition to honoring a legend from each school, the event will also honor two Chicagoans who have made a lasting impact on the legacy of the sport. The 2019 Selection Committee will cast their votes to decide these Legends. The final selection will be announced in December.

The Chicago Legends recognizes the tradition, history and passion of Chicago basketball. It will serve as an annual event in the Chicago sports calendar, and feature some of the nation’s top college basketball programs for a weekend of exciting competition and celebration of the city’s contributions to the game of basketball. For more information on Chicago Legends, log on to and follow the event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @ChiLegends.




USWNT team squeaks by Sweden 3-2 at Mapfre Stadium


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It was a cold night at Mapfre Stadium but the USWNT did everything they could to bring the heat on the pitch. Carli Lloyd scored two goal and Christen Press added one more in the first half to put the US Women’s National team up 3-0 heading into the half.
Sweden would not go down without a fight  in the second half as Anna Anvegard would score 2 goals 4 minutes apart to try to mount a comeback.
The USWNT would hold on to the lead, winning 3-2 and giving  Vlatko Andonovskil his first win as the new bench boss.
Press tallied her 50th USA Soccer career goal.
As was the case this summer’s World Cup when the USA needed only three minutes to score against Sweden in the teams’ final match of group play, the USWNT grabbed the early lead.
  • With the result, the USWNT is now 23-6-11 all-time vs. Sweden, which is currently ranked No. 5 in the world.
  • With the victory, Andonovski is the sixth of eight USWNT head coaches to win their first match in charge of the team.
  • Carli Lloyd, who captained the USA today scored her 14th and 15th goals of 2019 in her eighth start this year. She has scored the most goals on the team in 2019 and now has 120 in her career.
  • Lloyd’s two goals gave her the 21st multi-goal game of her career as she joined Heather O’Reilly as USWNT players to score under five different head coaches (of the nine total the team has ever had). Only Kristine Lilly scored for more USWNT coaches (six).
  • Christen Press’ assist on the opening goal was her team-leading 11th of 2019 and came in her 129th career cap. Her goal was the 50th of her career, making her the 11th WNT player to reach the 50-goal milestone.
  • At club level, Press played three-and-a-half professional seasons Sweden with Göteborg FC and Tyresö FF.
  • This was the first cap for Lynn Williams since the final game of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup against England on March

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