Archive for Features
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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Jun
26

Ohio has New Record for Yellow Perch

It’s probably the most sought-after fish for eating, the yellow perch is probably the second most popular fishing target on Lake Erie (behind walleyes). In April, a Mentor resident tossed a shiner into the water and pulled up a record that had lasted more than three decades.

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Jun
26

Catching Up With Wade Martin…..

The skinny freshman who once came within an out of pitching a no-hit perfect game in the state tournament is learning to refine and define his game, now making a pitch at Marshall University to learn the business of baseball…and life. Read a good a baseball story in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
24

Singing (But Not Loud) With The Statler Brothers….

Ever Seen These Guys? ….. An old newspaper clipping reminded me this week of another memorable occasion as a minor league umpire…one that had nothing at all to do with baseball. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
23

Something Old, Something New At Houston….

After 30 years the Houston has a new basketball coach, but not without a bit of familiarity…and even the blessing of the former coach. Former Russia assisatant Brad Francis is the new coach of the Wildcats. Read more in the latest Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
23

McCoy “At Large”: How Long For The Reds To Be Good Again?

They’re not good now, and chances are it’s going to be a while. Fans get all that, while still asking the age-old question, “How long will it take the Reds to be good again?”

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Jun
22

Cavaliers Win, And Dale Wasn’t Here To See It…..

52 years after the last championship in Cleveland, my friend and colleague Dale Meggas missed something he would have dearly loved – and not just for the sake of a title. If life’s really not fair, it must have gotten that way, in part, at Dale’s expense. Read more in today’s remembrance on Press Pros.

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Jun
21

Southwest District Board Honors Its Scholar Athletes

An annual rite of passage, the Southwest District Board of the Ohio High School Athletic Association took time Tuesday evening to honor its elite student athletes at the Dayton Marriott for accomplishment on the playing field and in the classroom. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
18

Different Boys Of A Different Summer….

Boys Will Be Boys…Long removed from the namesake of the activity they love, a new generation of players took advantage of Versailles’ native Craig Stammen’s weekend yourth tournament to hone their skills and have fun playing baseball. Read more in the latest inside feature on Press Pros.

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Jun
17

Coaches On The Move…..

A familiar face to Shelby County basketball has made a move for this fall. John Willoughby is the new coach at Sidney, heading the list of new coaching faces in some old familiar places. Read more in our latest inside feature on Press Pros.

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Jun
14

Caleb Martin: If The First Time Was The Toughest…

Ft. Recovery quarterback Caleb Martin returns in the fall with a state title in his pocket, a solid returning cast, and the confidence of knowing he’s already proven he’s the best quarterback in the MAC. Still, he takes nothing for granted. The first of our series of summer prep profiles…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
12

McCoy “At Large”: Tired Of Soft Baseball

Call me old school, but I still want to see the take-out slide at second, collisions at home plate, umpiring without replay, and a little head-hunting only adds passion to the game. They’ve tinkered with the game too much…and they’ve tinkered with the wrong things! Read more in today’s Press Pros.

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Jun
11

The Reader Speaks….June 12, 2016

Never has there been wider participation, or a wider disparity in views on recent topics on Press Pros…on baseball fights and good sportsmanship, on matters of playing baseball in better weather (again), and whether admitting you weren’t a good wrestler makes you a better Congressman. Our latest inside feature.

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Jun
10

Hooley: Understanding Ali Easy Now, Complex Then

Muhammed Ali (1942-2016)….He brought bravado and poetry to his life as an athlete and controversial figure. But in death the complexities of Muhammed Ali will be overlooked as casting a shadow on one of the world’s most identifiable figures. Read Bruce Hooley’s interesting comparative in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
10

Time for Paddling One’s Own Canoe (or Kayak)

Paddle sports have been growing, with Ohio kayak and canoe registrations more than 130 percent higher over the past decade, up to 152,000 last year. And now Ohio is offering paddle sports events.

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Jun
10

Cleveland Helps Us Find Our Voice Again

In a nation increasingly rankled by identity politics, a little corporate singing might do us all a little good by reminding us that, here in America, like it or not, we’re still all in this thing together.

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Jun
6

Two Announcements to Start Summer On Press Pros…

Before you hit the road for summer trips, camps, and whatever you do, give some consideration before you leave to what’s yet to come this week on Press Pros. Read about it in the latest inside feature on Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Thoughts On Perspective, In Baseball Tournaments, And Life….

The OHSAA tournament season is over now, with new champions (and some old ones), and the same old questions regarding whether some teams (some schools) simply play by a different set of rules. Read more in today’s first “summer” inside feature on Press Pros.

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Jun
5

NCAA Regional: Buckeyes “Slugged” By Louisville…

John Havird was not the John Havird of recent starts. And in a game which featured two weather delays, Ohio State ran into a loaded Louisville team with an offensive and pitching combination capable of producing streaks of lightning and thunder of its own. Read more in our latest Buckeyes post.

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