Archive for Features
Jul
23

Don’t Turn Your Back…On Lehman!

They graduated their quarterback and some talented skill position players, but the new crop of Lehmanite replacements has Dick Roll in a familiar teaching frame of mind, and opposing coaches taking notice. Read another summer football profile in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
21

Schondo’s Third Act….

A rich past of experience makes Jason Schondelmyer’s job of building a football program at Tri-Village a labor of love. A clean slate…from the ground up. A new tradition for a small town in Darke County that he promises will come as naturally as basketball. No one could be more excited, as you’ll discover in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
20

In Piqua…Indians’ Depth, Experience Bodes Confidence

It’s been ten years since the Piqua Indians won the GWOC’s first state championship. Now, in Bill Nees’ 24th year as head coach, the Indians appear loaded with a running attack featuring Darian Tipps-Clemons (above) to make another run at the playoffs. Read more from Joe Neves in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
18

The Case For Gary Collins

Nearly 50 years after he retired, former Browns’ receiver Gary Collins continues to await the long-overdue call from Pro Football Hall of Fame. In a Press Pros encore presentation, the late Dale Meggas makes the case that many appreciated at the time of its original publishing in 2011. Enjoy! (Photos courtesy of the Browns)

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Jul
18

From The Dugout: What Is “Baseball Tough”?

The beauty about being baseball tough is that it takes absolutely no physical ability. Believe it or not, it is just a choice. Every baseball player can make the choice of making no excuses, confiding in themselves, respecting the game, and facing their fears.

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Jul
17

Vandalia Football: Aviators Seek New Heights Under New Coach

Come Out Firing…New coach Nathan Hyatt has a returning quarterback and enough veterans with experience to portend good things for Vandalia Butler in 2016. In a year of change for the GWOC North, he hopes the Aviators are right in the middle of it. Read more in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
16

Dad’s Garden….

The memory of my dad will never fade as long as his garden, now in my care, stays green, productive…and weed-free! Something different on a lazy July weekend to invoke memories of a lot dads who made the rest of us keep summer weeds out of the garden. Read today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
14

Hoard: Sam Speaks, ‘Who’s Drivin’ The Train?’

How many kids will put the bats and balls and gloves in the closet over the next few weeks and head for the soccer fields, or put on pads and helmets for football practice, not because they “want” to, but because the grown-ups say that’s the way it is. “That’s the schedule”. Read vintage Greg Hoard in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
14

The 4th Of July: The “End” Of Summer…?

Ask you cook those burgers today and wash ’em down with some “coldies”, I’ll share some insight on how fast life is actually lived. A summer milestone stands as testimony that “vacation” is over…another school year and sports season is just one month away! Share for a moment today’s inside feature.

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Jul
13

Lane, Bulldogs Look To Build On Success….

The Bulldogs were one of the surprises of the 2015 season, winning 6 games and securing a Division V playoff berth. This season, Milton starts over with some talented underclassmen and a dedicated senior class.

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Jul
13

Attitudes About Deer Hunting Need To Change….

With increased scrutiny on guns, shooting, and the recreation of the shooting sports, attitudes with hunting must change to preserve and justify one of our most treasured traditions.

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Jul
12

Brent Niekamp And The Pressure Of Being What You Are: “From Day One…”

In Ft. Recovery they’re excited to prove something. One, that last year’s Division VII title was no fluke. And two, that success is sweeter when you wait for it that long. Just ask coach Brent Niekamp (above). Read more in our summer profile series on area football in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
10

Commentary: Those That Pity The Poor Reds…..

If you think it’s “bush” for anyone to criticize the Reds by simply stating what they see…or reprinting what others say about what they see, understand. It gets worse the closer you get to Cincinnati, and GM Walt Jocketty (above) is probably hearing the noise. An interesting view on what to think about the Reds in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
9

Want a New Fishing Adventure? Try a Belly Boat

You’ll need a calm pond, cove in a lake or a slow-moving stream, but once you are right there in the water, you might never want to fish any other way.

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Jul
9

In Covington: In ‘Cates’ Your Wondering….?

The new coach of the Covington Buccs is their youngest ever, armed with enthusiasm, appreciation for tradition, and a vow to incorporate a few new wrinkles. He plans to throw the football. Read more on summer prep for area football in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
7

Thinking About “Winning”…In Sidney

If you question the Sidney Yellow Jackets’ athleticism and the coming football season, consider this photo of then freshman Andre Gordon playing basketball last winter…then read coach Adam Doenges’ comments in our latest summer profile. It’s today’s inside feature on Press Pros.

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Jul
4

The Reader Speaks…July 5, 2016

Many are on vacation, but response to columns posted on Press Pros continues at the usual summer pace. Good stuff on high school basketball, how to win friends and fans at the ballpark, and why didn’t the Reds hire Terry Francona (above) when they had the chance? Read today’s feature on Press Pros.

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Jul
3

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

Rally To The Flag?…240 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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Jun
28

From The Dugout: How To Feel Hops

Our 2016 series on learning baseball from those who teach it best continues with this week’s feature on being defensively sound…from University of Dayton coach, Tony Vittorio.

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Jun
27

Questions For Hal: Volume 9

From here there, then and now, volume 9 of readers’ questions for hall of famer Hal McCoy…on the Reds minor league prospects, Devin Mesoraco, former Red Fred Norman, and…why does Atlanta have to build another new ballpark (above)? Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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