Archive for Features
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

Eclipse Day will be Memorable

Monday, Aug. 21 won’t be just another Monday for many Americans. It will be a day when an eclipse travels diagonally across the U.S. For most of us, it will be partial, but it’s still a special day.

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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

Hal at Large: Why Gene Bennett Meant So Much To Me….

He was a guy who you hoped would call, one you hated to see leave if he came to visit. And for Reds fans everywhere, Gene Bennett was largely responsible for the success during the era of the Big Red Machine. He found talent, and one of the nicest people I ever met.

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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
15

Guarded Optimism In Delphos…

With opening night of the 2017 season looming, veteran Delphos St. John’s coach Todd Schulte reflects on the past two years, and looks with anticipation to the latest edition of his Blue Jay squad. Read more Schulte and the six-time state champion Jays 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
12

Don’t Toss Minnows Back in the Water

It’s so easy. To empty out unused minnows at the end of a fishing trip, you often just dump them in the lake. And that’s illegal. So don’t do it anymore!

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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
8

Lehman: Lofty Goals for 2017…Starting With Week 1

They need a better start than usual, for sure. But a veteran group of Lehman Cavaliers, led by Dick Roll (above) and junior quarterback Elliott Gilardi, looks to build on last season’s success with a deep run into November. Read more pre-season football from Joe Neves in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Aug
7

Hoard: The Baby Bull, “That Would Be Me”….

We’re often requested to post more of Greg Hoard’s nostalgic stories of the major league baseball past, and the hall of famers who made an indelible impression of fans for generations. Here’s one of his best, on former Rookie of The Year, MVP, and hall of famer Orlando Cepeda. Enjoy today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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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
3

The Reader Speaks…August 4, 2017

It continues to be one of our most popular, and anticipated features…the mail continues to pour in as readers return from vacation and back into their Press Pros habit. In this edition: Jack Albers…coaches on the hot seat…and our top ten football players. Read and be entertained with today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Aug
2

Troy Man Supplies Rafts, Gear for Fly Fishing

Dreaming, designing and fly fishing. They all came together for Troy’s Ethan Smith in SmithFly, a business that has become unique in raft building.

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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
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
26

Loramie Leaps To CCC

The 2017 football season will see a continuation of changes in conference affiliations as Fort Loramie will cast their lot with the Cross County Conference. Read more with Stan Wilker on inside today’s Press Pros feature.

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