College Insider: Fenwick’s Christie has hot hand for Bluffton basketball

12:45 p.m Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 Journal-News Sports
Fenwick’s Kevin Christie (10) defends Yancy Smith of Ponitz (10) during a Division II sectional game at Trent Arena in Fairmont on Feb. 25, 2014. MARC PENDLETON/STAFF

Senior guard Kevin Christie is off to a strong start this season for Bluffton University’s men’s basketball team.

The Fenwick High School graduate leads the way in scoring (16.7) and assists (3.7) as the Beavers stand 1-2 heading into Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. game at Kalamazoo College.

Christie is averaging 4 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range.

Football: Senior quarterback Ricky Davis (Fenwick) threw for 526 yards and five touchdowns this season for Youngstown State, completing 23 of 39 passes. He also ran 44 times for 251 yards and five scores.

Davis made two starts and turned in a huge performance in a 66-24 win at Indiana State on Nov. 4, converting 10 of 12 aerials for 349 yards and four TDs while adding 98 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. It was the highest passing total at YSU since 1983.

The Penguins finished 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

• Urbana got solid contributions from multiple local players in a 5-6 campaign (4-6 in the Mountain East Conference).

Sophomore defensive back Chris Richardson (Middletown) had 32 solo tackles, seven assists and two tackles for loss. He also blocked three kicks.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Philip Dozier (Badin) totaled 13 receptions for 218 yards and a touchdown, and senior Devan Pankey (Hamilton) was a starting offensive tackle.

Sophomore defensive end Onajai Davenport (Middletown) notched 11 solo tackles, 19 assists, three tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries.

• Sophomore defensive back Jay Horton (Ross) came up with three interceptions this year for Cincinnati Christian (0-11 overall, 0-6 in the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division).

Horton added 19 solo tackles, five assists and a fumble recovery.

Also contributing on the defensive line were sophomore Dominic Valentino (Badin), who had 17 solo tackles, 13 assists and two fumble recoveries, and freshman Alvin Burke (Fairfield), who had 12 solos, nine assists and a fumble recovery.

• Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Kyle Junior (Middletown) made five starts for Bowling Green. He had 16 solo tackles, 20 assists, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.

The Falcons finished 2-10 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference East Division.

• West Virginia State senior offensive tackle Chase Henderson (Franklin) was an honorable-mention selection in the Mountain East Conference.

The Yellow Jackets were 6-5 overall and 5-5 in the MEC.