In a twist of history, Piqua, Troy, Sidney, and Greenville will turn back the clock this fall to a fondly-remembered league affiliation called the Miami Valley League...while in two years the Cross County Conference follows suit for reasons with familiar overtones. Read about it in today's Press Pros feature.

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An ‘Old’ Twist On A League Of Their Own…
Jun
25

An ‘Old’ Twist On A League Of Their Own…

In a twist of history, Piqua, Troy, Sidney, and Greenville will turn back the clock this fall to a fondly-remembered league affiliation called the Miami Valley League…while in two years the Cross County Conference follows suit for reasons with familiar overtones. Read about it in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Doseck And Cordonnier Honored As SCL Standouts…
Jun
20

Doseck And Cordonnier Honored As SCL Standouts…

Two of the best examples of scholar-athletes you can find, Russia’s Jenna Cordonnier and Anna’s Griffin Doseck garnered end-of-the-year Press Pros honors and a sponsor’s scholarship for the Shelby County League. Read about them in today’s Press Pros.

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Sonny: Cliches’ Come True For Bucks.  Now, What Next?
Jun
18

Sonny: Cliches’ Come True For Bucks. Now, What Next?

Power pitching…If you want my capsule on the Buckeyes’ year, it comes down to the oldest cliche in the baseball book. Good pitching, like freshman All-American Seth Lonsway (below) beats good hitting every time. And baseball quotes are ageless. I know. I’m almost old enough to be ageless. Closing the book on 2019 Buckeyes baseball in today’s Press Pros post.

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Cavaliers Win 7th State Title With 1-0 Gem….
Jun
9

Cavaliers Win 7th State Title With 1-0 Gem….

Go crazy, broadcaster Jack Buck once said…Jacob Wenning pitched a four-hit shutout and scored the game’s only run (below) Sunday night, sending the Coldwater Cavaliers to their seventh state title in baseball. Hal McCoy writes the story for Press Pros in our final tournament update.

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‘Community’ Passes The Torch…Bowling Center Changes Hands In Minster
May
6

‘Community’ Passes The Torch…Bowling Center Changes Hands In Minster

After 48 years Minster’s Community Lanes is under new direction and no one could be happier than both the old management, and the new. Minster’s Joe Baumer (pictured above) has turned over the reins of the old girl to Versailles bowling entrepreneur, Doug Davidson. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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The Butler (Aviators) Did It, Again
Apr
30

The Butler (Aviators) Did It, Again

Vandalia Butler takes advantage of four Tipp errors for the series sweep, winning Tuesday’s game in a pitcher’s duel, 2-1. Columnist Greg Billing writes the story for today’s Press Pros inside GWOC feature.

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McCoy: UD Flyers Seniors Go Out In A Blaze Of Glory
Mar
7

McCoy: UD Flyers Seniors Go Out In A Blaze Of Glory

For 27 minutes, the Flyer and Explorers played ‘Put Dents in the Backboards,’ shooting as if they all were members of the Amalgamated Bricklayers Union, Local 937. Then the Flyers exploded to emphatically win their 20th game of the season, 70-39, over LaSalle. Read Hal McCoy in today’s Press Pros.

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Thanksgiving, Lincoln’s Address, And Why He (Still) Has The Stage To Himself
Nov
21

Thanksgiving, Lincoln’s Address, And Why He (Still) Has The Stage To Himself

155 years after the Civil War, Gettysburg, and the most famous speech ever made by an American politician on the occasion of that Thanksgiving, I’m bold to say that the significance and sincerity of those words – of that moment – will never again be duplicated. Words for us to think about as we consider our blessings today.

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Greg Hoard:  How I Met…Stan “The Man”
Oct
15

Greg Hoard: How I Met…Stan “The Man”

There are times when fame holds no sanctuary, and when irony and awkwardness become as one and inseparable. That’s how I met my first true hall-of-famer face to face…the great Stan Musial! In one of the most popular baseball stories ever on Press Pros, an encore of this nostalgic story from columnist Greg Hoard.

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Adam Niemeyer’s Summer Of Anticipation
Jul
4

Adam Niemeyer’s Summer Of Anticipation

Armed And Ready…College-bound and owner of two state championships in baseball, Minster’s Adam Niemeyer prepares for the next step, the next challenge, and hopefully more success as a Buckeye. Read more of our summer series on area athletes…where they’ve been, and where they’re going…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Michigan’s CWS Win Over Vandy…Textbook!
Jun
24

Michigan’s CWS Win Over Vandy…Textbook!

Undaunted by mighty Vanderbilt, Michigan’s impressive tournament run continued Monday with pitching gem and an impressive 7-4 win in Game 1 of the CWS Finals.

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Who Loses…If We Disregard Winning?
Jun
23

Who Loses…If We Disregard Winning?

A letter to PPM this week brings perspective to the change in culture that prefers participation over performance…and that pride in finishing first may be holding everyone else back. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mike Martin’s Final Walk…
Jun
21

Mike Martin’s Final Walk…

After 40 years and 2,000 wins Florida State baseball coach Mike Martin came within a couple of games of a perfect career, a perfect destiny.  His parting words give us all a vision of our own destiny.

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Press Pros Honors SCL Athletes Tonight In Sidney….
Jun
20

Press Pros Honors SCL Athletes Tonight In Sidney….

Our final tribute to area athletes is tonight…honoring Shelby County League athletes…at the Bridge Restaurant, in Sidney…the public is invited. Read more!

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SWDAB Honors, Pays Tribute To Its Best….
Jun
19

SWDAB Honors, Pays Tribute To Its Best….

The Southwest District Board of the Ohio High School Athletic Association held its annual Scholar-Athlete Reception Wednesday at the Dayton Marriott to honor nearly fifty of its best and brightest and support their future growth at the next step. Read more about it in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Missing…Joe ‘B’
Jun
19

Missing…Joe ‘B’

Sadly, we share the bad news of the passing of one of our most colorful readers.  With our thanks and condolences, we won’t forget him.

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Hoard: The Baby Bull, “That Would Be Me”….
Jun
19

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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Sonny: Cliches’ Come True For Buckeyes.  Now, What Comes Next….?
Jun
18

Sonny: Cliches’ Come True For Buckeyes. Now, What Comes Next….?

If you want my capsule on the Buckeyes’ year, it comes down to the oldest cliche in the baseball book. Good pitching beats good hitting every time. And baseball quotes are ageless. I know. I’m almost old enough to be ageless. Closing the book on 2019 Buckeyes baseball in today’s Press Pros post.

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Hal Answers:  June 17, 2019
Jun
17

Hal Answers: June 17, 2019

The latest questions from fans of baseball, and the latest answers from baseball hall of famer Hal McCoy, who doesn’t promise you’ll be happy with the answers – just willing to face the music if you’re not. Always an enjoyable read…Hal McCoy in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Hoard: Could This (2019) Be The Start Of Something Big?
Jun
16

Hoard: Could This (2019) Be The Start Of Something Big?

They were so young starting out that no one could have possibly guessed in February they would win the Big Ten Tournament and return to an NCAA regional.  But they were talented enough to do it, and the experience portends even better things for 2020 and beyond. Greg Hoard add his perspective in part 2 of our post-season recap.

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Happy Father’s Day:  Tomatoes, And Dad….
Jun
16

Happy Father’s Day: Tomatoes, And Dad….

If he were here he’d cock one eye and give me his lecture on why it’s too late in the season to plant tomatoes.  As it is, I smiled yesterday and planted them anyway…in honor of Dad.

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Some Final Words On Climate, And Baseball, 2019
Jun
16

Some Final Words On Climate, And Baseball, 2019

Another season, and new champions in the book.  But still, baseball (and spring sports) lag behind the others in terms of priority and fair competitive conditions.  Some thoughts on what to do with some final words in today’s inside feature.

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Znidar:  Questions Abound For Ohio State In 2020
Jun
15

Znidar: Questions Abound For Ohio State In 2020

Greg Beals has won 2 Big Ten tournament titles, has made it to NCAA Tournament 3 of last 4 seasons, and has a deserved extension of his contract.  But now, he wants even more out of his players. In a three-part recap of their 2019 season, Buckeye writer Mark Znidar shares some words on what comes next.

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Songs Of Summer:  ALL I Have To Do…The Everly Brothers
Jun
14

Songs Of Summer: ALL I Have To Do…The Everly Brothers

In the summer of 1958 its tune and unforgettable harmony helped propel the Everly Brothers to the most successful harmonic duo of their time. And fifty years later, they’re still at the top of that list.

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Cappell:  Thoughts On Hunting As I Knew It….
Jun
14

Cappell: Thoughts On Hunting As I Knew It….

I’m at the stage of my life where I can truly look at hunting with a different perspective.  Have I done it the hard way all these years;  or, have I done it the right way?  I don’t expect you to agree with me, but my opinion…on how hunting has changed.

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MAC Scholar Athletes, Deitsch, Tangeman, Cash In….
Jun
13

MAC Scholar Athletes, Deitsch, Tangeman, Cash In….

St. Henry’s Carleigh Deitsch and Marion Local’s Nick Tangeman received scholarship recognition Thursday as the 2019 MAC scholar-athlete award winners. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Willie Stargell, An Old Soul and A Good One
Jun
12

Willie Stargell, An Old Soul and A Good One

The late Willie Stargell was a man who gained respect in countless ways, one of baseball’s most popular players, and a hall of famer on and off the field.  And yet, he was more than that. He was an old soul and a good one. For the true baseball fan, and those who love Greg Hoard nostalgia, today’s front page feature is one of his best.

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