Hal Answers:  Volume 8

On continual vigil to defy the gloom of the unanswered baseball question, Hal McCoy weighs in on the latest from Press Pros readers everywhere - on day dreams, dirty baseballs, Hunter Greene, and do baseball players make their own bats. Read more in today's Press Pros inside feature.

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Hal Answers:  Volume 8
Jul
20

Hal Answers: Volume 8

On continual vigil to defy the gloom of the unanswered baseball question, Hal McCoy weighs in on the latest from Press Pros readers everywhere – on day dreams, dirty baseballs, Hunter Greene, and do baseball players make their own bats. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Redskins Rising…in St. Henry?
Jul
10

Redskins Rising…in St. Henry?

What’s To Jump About?…Well, Daylon Lange (#2, above with Ryan Bruening) hooked up on the play to beat Anna in overtime last year – and hope to reprise that kind of excitement for St. Henry football in 2017. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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A Small Step In Springfield…Vance and Curlis Tune Up For 2018
Jun
27

A Small Step In Springfield…Vance and Curlis Tune Up For 2018

Sophomore-to-be Jake Vance (above, pitching Tuesday for the Springfield Champion Kings), and junior Connor Curlis, are putting their summer to good use, preparing to make a major contribution with the 2018 Buckeyes. Read more about summer collegiate baseball in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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The Most Interesting Player In Area Division IV Basketball…?
Jun
11

The Most Interesting Player In Area Division IV Basketball…?

At 6’8” and 275 pounds, Troy Christian’s James Anderson casts a long shadow wherever he goes. But will that shadow make him the area’s most interesting figure in Division IV basketball come December? Read more in today’s Pres Pros off-season feature on area athletes.

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Special Delivery:  Monnier Delivers Russia To Division IV Final…
Jun
2

Special Delivery: Monnier Delivers Russia To Division IV Final…

Who Da’ Thunk It? The Russia Raiders pulled off a stirring comeback and a dramatic finish to punch their ticket for Saturday’s Division IV final against Minster. Read more about the game and Saturday’s most compelling title game in the latest update from the state tournament.

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Raiders Edge Flyers In A Classic Repeat
May
10

Raiders Edge Flyers In A Classic Repeat

Like “deja vu all over again”, Dayton and Wright State hooked up Tuesday with the exact same results of their game earlier this season. Funny, unless you’re a Flyer fan…or Tony Vittorio. Read the latest Flyer update in today’s Press Pros.

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From The Dugout:  The “Changeup”…..
Jan
9

From The Dugout: The “Changeup”…..

Our 2017 series on learning baseball from those who teach it best debuts with this week’s feature on one of baseball’s most underutilized pitches…from University of Dayton pitching coach, Ryne Romick.

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Greg Hoard: Youth Prevails in Bengals’ Finale
Jan
1

Greg Hoard: Youth Prevails in Bengals’ Finale

And again we wait. If the true test of an NFL team is the ability to sustain and maintain a consistently successful performance, and to build on that success week after week…with the Bengals’ win in Sunday’s finale, we’re in an all-too-familiar position. Once again…we wait to see. Read Greg Hoard in the latest inside feature.

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For A Time, Being In The Hunt Enough
Oct
14

For A Time, Being In The Hunt Enough

On Top Of Their World, For Now…Undefeated at the halfway pole Ohio State fans can only watch and hope…for a clean finish by a “good” Buckeyes team, and a stumble by one or two others perceived to be “great”. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Adam Niemeyer’s Summer Of Anticipation
Jul
4

Adam Niemeyer’s Summer Of Anticipation

Armed And Ready…College-bound and owner of two state championships in baseball, Minster’s Adam Niemeyer prepares for the next step, the next challenge, and hopefully more success as a Buckeye. Read more of our summer series on area athletes…where they’ve been, and where they’re going…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Sidney Ready To Take The Next Step…
Jul
18

Sidney Ready To Take The Next Step…

Plagued by key injuries, youth and inexperience, the Sidney Yellow Jackets had a disappointing 2016 season. Now, anchored by a pair of Division one college recruits, a host of returning lettermen, and the return of one dynamic QB, the Jackets are looking for a breakout year. Read more from Joe Neves in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Can Cards (New Bremen) Take Flight In ’17
Jul
18

Can Cards (New Bremen) Take Flight In ’17

Despite another difficult season in the MAC in 2016, the New Bremen Cardinals feel that they are prepared to take the next step in moving up the ladder in the state’s best small-school football conference. Read Stan Wilker in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Encore Press Pros:  Still Hooked On The Feeling…..
Jul
18

Encore Press Pros: Still Hooked On The Feeling…..

Encore Post….After 40 years of touring, recording, and surviving, singer B.J. Thomas “wowed” ’em at Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion Saturday night, and proved that some of the best things never change. Read more in today’s inside feature, and encore presentation of one of last summer’s most popular posts.

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Reunion…And The Long Way Home
Jul
15

Reunion…And The Long Way Home

For those families that gather regularly, or only once a year, the road back home as we get older is relative not only to distance, but as I find now…in time and change, as the song says. A reflective read in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Followup:  What One Small Tweak Did For The GWOC North….
Jul
15

Followup: What One Small Tweak Did For The GWOC North….

Add Tipp and drop Trotwood…and a turnaround year in Troy. Some long overdue adjustments that added competitive interest, more rivalry, and more butts in the seats for the GWOC North last year. And now…what’s the next step and who will take it in 2017? Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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The Top Ten High School Football Players I’ve Seen….
Jul
13

The Top Ten High School Football Players I’ve Seen….

Brody Hoying made my list, and it made for a great conversation – and once I had time to think about it, an even better column. Challenged by a friend to list the top ten high school football players in my time of writing sports. This took some time, so take your own time to enjoy today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Ben Schmiesing: Leader Of The Tribe
Jul
12

Ben Schmiesing: Leader Of The Tribe

On the field and in the classroom. Piqua’s Ben Schmiesing is the epitome of the term student-athlete. Returning as one of the GWOC’s top senior performers in 2017, he anchors the Indians’ hopes for a conference title and return to the post-season playoffs. Our latest summer football profile…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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A Better Thing To Look Back On….
Jul
9

A Better Thing To Look Back On….

Fond Memories, Or Bad Precedent…Recent comments from our new and divided culture on attitudes, winning, and personal achievement reflect another startling omen to our future. Are we doomed if we become satisfied with everyone being just alike? A reflective feature in today’s inside Press Pros.

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In the End, Politics Wins…
Jul
7

In the End, Politics Wins…

Ray Petering, chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, wanted more money to operate his division and its many programs. To do that, he was pushing for an annual $3 increase for resident hunting and fishing licenses. His boss, the director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, did not agree. Now Petering is the former chief.

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Hal Answers:  Volume 7
Jul
5

Hal Answers: Volume 7

In this edition of questions for Hal McCoy: Does watching a losing team depress baseball writers…was the Cueto trade worse than Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas…and who pays for all those plane tickets when the Reds go on the road? For a good read and a grin, read today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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The Reader Speaks…July 6th, 2017
Jul
4

The Reader Speaks…July 6th, 2017

More recent, and in some cases, passionate response from readers on recent Press Pros columns concerning…winning, youth baseball, coons in the corn, and has anyone seen Greg Hoard lately? Enjoy a popular feature in today’s Press Pros.

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The Grandest, And Best, 4th Of My Life….!
Jul
3

The Grandest, And Best, 4th Of My Life….!

If you remember, and dream, of simpler and fun 4th of Julys, share in a wonderful story submitted by contributing writer Tom Cappell. Before politics and political correctness…the enthusiasm and fun of being a boy. Happy 4th of July!

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The 4th Of July As I’ve Known It, As We See It Now…..
Jul
3

The 4th Of July As I’ve Known It, As We See It Now…..

Rally To The Flag?…241 of them now and counting, with some perspective on 4th of Julys past, and how one can make the argument that the present relates not so comparably to the holiday we once celebrated. Read about it in our Independence Day Press Pros inside feature.

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It’s Time to Drop Politics and Get Back to the Outdoors
Jun
30

It’s Time to Drop Politics and Get Back to the Outdoors

Long-time Ohio outdoors advocate Mike Budzik resigns his position as an adviser to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The reason wasn’t personal; it was professional. It was obvious to him that he was no longer wanted.

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Remembering Ernie Banks…A Beautiful Man!
Jun
30

Remembering Ernie Banks…A Beautiful Man!

His passing brought to me a particular sadness, of memories of good days in baseball, our one meeting and his words on loving the game and optimism. He was Mr. Cub…Ernie Banks!

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Conner Pohl, Dom Canzone, And Good News From The Eastern Front…
Jun
26

Conner Pohl, Dom Canzone, And Good News From The Eastern Front…

Summering Well…Arcanum’s Connor Pohl is refining his fine freshman season at Ohio State with teammate Dom Canzone, seeing some new country and hitting fastballs and sliders from other parts of the country. They’re taking Virginia’s Blue Ridge Valley like Stonewall once did. Read the latest Press Pros summer update.

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What Sport Teaches…Whether You Like It Or Not
Jun
25

What Sport Teaches…Whether You Like It Or Not

Responding to one recent reader of the Press Pros site, and those who advocate for a softer, more inclusive world, some of the best lessons of life are learned through competition and disappointment…and there’s not a thing you can (or should) do about it! Take some time to read more in the latest Press Pros summer feature.

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