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Aug
19

Seth Lonsway, And The Choice Of Choices…

The Buckeyes’ incoming freshman from Celina comes with firepower, expectation and curiosity from those who wonder how he could turn down the Cincinnati Reds. But Seth Lonsway says he’s coming to Ohio State simply for the tradition, the degree, and to get better.

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Aug
19

Seth Lonsway, And The Choice Of Choices

The Buckeyes’ incoming freshman from Celina comes with firepower, expectation and curiosity from those who wonder how he could turn down the Cincinnati Reds. But Seth Lonsway says he’s coming to Ohio State simply for the tradition, the degree, and to get better. Read more in our latest Buckeye baseball update.

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Aug
18

Are You Ready For Some Football…?

Area players and teams tune up this weekend for next Friday’s opener, leaving some observers to wonder as to who’s more ready…the teams or the fans? Arcanum’s Dylan Burns was impressive, busting a nice run in the Trojans’ dress rehearsal against Milton-Union. Read more. (Photo by Julie McMaken Wright)

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Aug
17

Gene Bennett: One Of The Last Truly “Good” Ones….

I knew him personally for a very short time, but in that decade Reds scout Gene Bennett taught me a lot I didn’t know about people…and a little bit about baseball.

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Aug
16

Football 2017: So…What About Minster?

Just nine months removed from their second state finals appearance in three years, Minster’s Geron Stokes has the Wildcats poised to replace key departees…and compete. And knowing his story, why would you expect anything else? Read more about the Wildcats in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Aug
13

The Day “The Mick” Died…

The career and passing of Mickey Mantle served as a sad reminder…that there’s a difference in role models and heroes. Unfortunately, it took a figure as outwardly popular as Mantle to make us understand. On the anniversary of his death, a tribute to “The Mick” in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Aug
12

The Next Big Thing At Marion…Revisited

Big, And Bigger….Recovered and back for his senior year, Marion Local tackle John Dirksen (above, #74) regrets his missed junior season, a missed state championship. But he’s back now, and eager to make up for lost time and enjoy the simple joy of football. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature

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Aug
11

My Annual Teams Of Intrigue…And Best Guess For Their Success

My neck has more wrinkles than it once had, but I’ll stick it out nonetheless as another high school football season launches in just two weeks. Here’s my picks for teams of interest in 2017…and just how well they MIGHT do. Enjoy and discuss amongst yourselves…today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Aug
10

The Good Guy Who Finishes First…About 87.5% Of The Time

At the time he was seeking his fourth consecutive football title, and his eighth overall, and if you didn’t see our summer feature on Marion Local’s Tim Goodwin in 2014 we thought you’d enjoy reading it now. If you did see it before, enjoy this Press Pros encore, to date the most-read feature profile in the history of the site.

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Aug
5

On Making The Tougher Choice…And Some Words About Robbie

Some words on a young man who chose the tougher path and higher expectations in order to play college football…and our best wishes to another whose heart and will to live is fighting to do just that.

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Aug
5

Jason Schondelmyer, And The Second Time Around….

A decade after building the Arcanum Trojans into a perennial champion contender, their former coach, Jason Schondelmyer, finds himself in the position of being their present coach…trying to build the Trojans into a champion contender again. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Aug
2

Encore Read: Words About A Friend You Didn’t Know You Had….

I didn’t know Judge Scott Bowling very long, but he made a tremendous, and powerful, first impression. What was it Joni Mitchell sang…you don’t know what you have ‘til it’s gone?

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Aug
1

If Clothes Make The Man: A Commentary On The “Look” Of Modern Football

On the threshold of another football season, some words on the best looks in area football, and how to make a good look go bad. There’s a reason why Penn State has always stayed simple; and why no football team should ever, ever, ever…wear brown pants. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
31

A Good Thing To Do…To Get Better

Assistant coach Chris Holick greeted guests and participants Monday at the annual Ohio State Buckeyes Diamond Club golf outing and fund-raiser. But golf was not the only issue on a glorious afternoon, but the pledge by the coach…that the Buckeyes will be back in the thick of it come 2018. Read more in the latest inside feature.

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Jul
29

Coaches Under Fire…The Next Endangered Species?

The question is…what do you want in a coach? Success, consistency, longevity, or all of that while making everyone happy? Is that even possible? Some interesting points about culture and what we demand from the culture of coaching, even coaches who win (like Bill Sturwold, above), in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
24

A Swipe At Finishing Second…?

If you didn’t learn something from watching Jordan Spieth win Sunday’s conclusion to the British Open…you overlooked one of the year’s great examples of everything we USED to teach in sports. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
22

Jack Albers…Or Else!

Remembered by everyone who played basketball for him, or sat in his math class, former coach and educator Jack Albers still believes that expectations and high standards – the old ways – are still the best ways. Read more about one of the area’s most memorable coaches in today’s feature.

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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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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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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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