They played better than a #10 seed.  Piqua pitched well, showed patience, executed, and came from two runs down to nip Northmont in the fifth inning (Hunter Steinke, below), 4-3.  Brad Lavy called it, "A better tournament win."

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May
17

A ‘Better’ Tourney Win…Piqua Clips Northmont In Opener

They played better than a #10 seed.  Piqua pitched well, showed patience, executed, and came from two runs down to nip Northmont in the fifth inning (Hunter Steinke, below), 4-3.  Brad Lavy called it, “A better tournament win.”

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Ohio State Puts It Together Twice, Routs Penn State
May
15

Ohio State Puts It Together Twice, Routs Penn State

Ohio State’s Kade Kern (below) reaches for home plate to score in the second game of Sunday’s double win over Penn State – a day in which the Buckeyes finally put it together in the field and with the bats. Mark Znidar writes about them in the latest Press Pros feature.

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The Natural: Vandy-Bound Wolfe Achieves His Dream
May
13

The Natural: Vandy-Bound Wolfe Achieves His Dream

Olentangy Orange senior shortstop Matt Wolfe never wavered in chasing a childhood dream to someday play baseball for national powerhouse Vanderbilt.

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MAC Title Decided On Coldwater’s Walk-Off Win
May
5

MAC Title Decided On Coldwater’s Walk-Off Win

The bottom of Coldwater’s lineup came up clutch in the Cavaliers’ final at-bat, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim their first MAC title since 2008. Coldwater’s win denied Minster a fourth straight MAC title. Coldwater, OH – In 2019, the three seniors on Coldwater High School’s softball team endured a […]

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So, Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Russia (or Newton)…?
May
2

So, Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Russia (or Newton)…?

They’re 11-5 after five weeks of off and on baseball, and their five losses have all been to state-ranked teams.  So with the tourney draw this weekend, why isn’t Russia (and pitcher Xavier Phlipot, below) being talked about more favorably in area Division IV baseball?

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Helman, Troy, Evens Things With Shutout Over Tippecanoe
Apr
28

Helman, Troy, Evens Things With Shutout Over Tippecanoe

For the second time in three days Troy and Tipp swapped miles and outcomes along I-75.  After a sloppy loss on Tuesday, Troy atoned with its best baseball Thursday and a 2-hit shutout win by junior Andrew Helman. Read more about the game in Friday’s Press Pros.

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Piqua Fails Prosperity, Handles Adversity…Beats Tipp
Apr
9

Piqua Fails Prosperity, Handles Adversity…Beats Tipp

Piqua squandered a big early lead, found a way to get back in the game…and won it with a five-run sixth to beat Tipp City Friday, 12-9. Read about the game, and a reality of contemporary baseball, in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Mar
30

Trojan Horse…Troy’s Helman Ks 13 To Sweep Greenville

Until the hitting catches up Troy’s pitching will have to do.  And who’s complaining?  Junior Andrew Helman struck out 13 and limited Greenville to just 4 hits to help the Trojans sweep the MVL series with Greenville. Read about the game.

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McCoy: UD Survives Scare From UMass, In  A-10 Tourney
Mar
12

McCoy: UD Survives Scare From UMass, In A-10 Tourney

Right place, right time, right people making the right plays.  It all worked out in the Flyers heart-stopping A-10 tourney win over UMass. Hal McCoy writes for Press Pros.

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Coldwater 2nd, M’burg Takes 2nd Straight Bowling Title
Mar
5

Coldwater 2nd, M’burg Takes 2nd Straight Bowling Title

Bright lights of the finals….Finishing first in the qualifying round, Coldwater entered the final bracket of the Division II bowling finals yesterday with confidence and momentum.  But Mechanicsburg overtook them in the final game Friday to claim its second consecutive Division II bowling title.

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Just win: Troy Christian, Jackson Center Stay Alive
Feb
19

Just win: Troy Christian, Jackson Center Stay Alive

Troy Christian’s Ben Major drives for the hoop against Lehman’s Justin Chapman in a tightly-contested Piqua Sectional opener the Eagles claimed to move into the second round (PressPros Feature Photo by Lee Woolery).

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Tipp Sweeps Piqua Behind Clyne’s New Career High
Feb
12

Tipp Sweeps Piqua Behind Clyne’s New Career High

Exclamation point…Tipp’s Stanley Clyne adds the exclamation point to his career-high 34-point night, and a 78-56 win and series sweep Saturday over the Piqua Indians. Read about the game in Sunday’s Press Pros.

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An Artist’s Memories Of Troy, Eldean Bridge
Sep
16

An Artist’s Memories Of Troy, Eldean Bridge

The man who shared the scenes of the Miami River and the Eldean Bridge with the world is still painting, and remembers fondly his time spent a quarter century ago in Troy. We catch up with wildlife artist David Maass in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Pitching, Timely Hitting Lead Buckeyes Past Cincinnati
May
18

Pitching, Timely Hitting Lead Buckeyes Past Cincinnati

Aaron Funk had a quality start and relievers Garrett Peters, Nate Karaffa and Ethan Hammerberg shut down the Bearcats. Right fielder Mitchell Okuley had a two-run homer and tacked on an RBI double.

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Meyer, Heitkamp Garner SCL Press Pros Sponsor Awards
May
16

Meyer, Heitkamp Garner SCL Press Pros Sponsor Awards

You know them as a pair of basketball guards from Botkins and Fort Loramie. Jameson Meyer and Riley Heitkamp claim the Press Pros sponsors’ scholar-athlete scholarships for the 2021-’22 Shelby County League sports year.

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On Which Is Easier…Flying A Cessna, Or Winning Baseball Games?
May
14

On Which Is Easier…Flying A Cessna, Or Winning Baseball Games?

The individual who flew, or hired someone to fly, around Bill Davis Friday with a banner calling for a coaching change should have done some homework as well as his flight plan.  Short flights are nothing.  Season-long trips with turbulence is another story.

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Penn State Socks 6 Home Runs In Win Over Buckeyes
May
13

Penn State Socks 6 Home Runs In Win Over Buckeyes

Ohio State got home runs from Dezenzo, Okuley, Bauer and Lipsey, but leaky pitching again proved to be too much to overcome in a weekend-opening loss to Penn State. Mark Znidar writes.

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Final Tuneups…And Who’s Better Than….?
May
13

Final Tuneups…And Who’s Better Than….?

Loramie and Minster met Friday at an unusual time, and the Redskins’ Ty Ruhenkamp feasted on the inconsistencies of 2022 Minster, handing the Wildcats a 3-0 shutout loss.

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The Natural: Vandy-Bound Wolfe Achieves His Dream
May
13

The Natural: Vandy-Bound Wolfe Achieves His Dream

Olentangy Orange senior shortstop Matt Wolfe never wavered in chasing a childhood dream to someday play baseball for national powerhouse Vanderbilt.

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Arcanum Takes WOAC Showdown Over Newton
May
12

Arcanum Takes WOAC Showdown Over Newton

Head to head…Arcanum and Newton met Thursday, each with one conference loss, to decide who would emerge as the outright leader in the WOAC. The Trojans’ Caden Thompson wasn’t successful at scoring in the seventh inning (below), but he more than made up for it on the pitching mound. Read about the game.

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Leaping Lizards: Darby Long Jumper Chasing More Titles
May
12

Leaping Lizards: Darby Long Jumper Chasing More Titles

Indiana-bound Hilliard Darby senior Alex Smith has been a quick study on the track, emerging as an elite long jumper and sprinter. All that’s missing is a state title. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).

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Ohio State Bats Go Silent In 10-1 Loss to Campbell
May
12

Ohio State Bats Go Silent In 10-1 Loss to Campbell

Graduate student Aaron Funk was marvelous through four innings in being on a pitch count, but the bullpen and the batting order fizzled. Read more about the game.

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Green (Wave) With Envy: Greenville, Newland Reach Milestone
May
11

Green (Wave) With Envy: Greenville, Newland Reach Milestone

Jerrod Newland arrived in Greenville in 2003. The Green Wave’s softball program showed up soon after. Newland — who comes from a rich softball background — added another family milestone with win No. 500 on Tuesday. But talk to Newland for any length of time and he’ll tell you … it’s the players, parents, assistant coaches and fans who make the program.

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Six Home Runs by Campbell Beat Buckeyes 11-1
May
11

Six Home Runs by Campbell Beat Buckeyes 11-1

The Camels appear to be on the way to the NCAA tournament with a 31-14 record and first place standing in the Big South Conference, whereas Ohio State is playing for pride. Read about the game in Wednesday’s Press Pros by Mark Znidar.

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Piqua Turns Tables On Butler…In Shutout Win
May
9

Piqua Turns Tables On Butler…In Shutout Win

Too young to have nerves…Piqua freshman Hunter Steinke celebrates the final out of the Indians’ Monday win over Butler. Steinke and starter Brayden Offenbacher combined to pitch a one-hit shutout. Read more about the game.

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Coming Of Age?  Bucks Win 4th Straight, Sweep N’western
May
8

Coming Of Age? Bucks Win 4th Straight, Sweep N’western

Kade Kern (below) delivered the winning hit in the top of the ninth, and the Buckeyes held on to win their fourth straight, and sweep their weekend series on the road at Northwestern. Read about the game in Monday’s Press Pros.

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Two Big (Huge) Innings Power Bucks In Sweep Of N’Western
May
7

Two Big (Huge) Innings Power Bucks In Sweep Of N’Western

Runs, runs, and more runs…The Buckeyes scored a combined 39 runs on 40 hits Saturday, sweeping the double-header from Northwestern. Brent Todys (below) went 8 for 11 with two home runs and 8 RBIs. Read more about the game.

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MAC Title Decided On Coldwater’s Walk-Off Win
May
5

MAC Title Decided On Coldwater’s Walk-Off Win

The bottom of Coldwater’s lineup came up clutch in the Cavaliers’ final at-bat, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim their first MAC title since 2008. Coldwater’s win denied Minster a fourth straight MAC title.

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Berlin Hits Two Bombs, Knocks Off Marysville, 8-4
May
4

Berlin Hits Two Bombs, Knocks Off Marysville, 8-4

Berlin’s Jocelyn Franz (left), Elizabeth Sprecher, Addi Davis and their teammates had plenty to celebrate in an 8-4 victory over fifth-ranked Marysville that keeps the OCC Cardinal championship up for grabs. (PressPros Feature Photo by John Hulkenberg).

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