Highlights of 2019-'20 and the events that stick - like Brandon Fleck and Marion Local tying the all-time record for titles in Ohio high school football (below) - in story and photos from the past sports season.  In the absence of spring sports today's Press Pros feature might just be worth your time.

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Memorable Moments In 2019-20…So Far
Apr
3

Memorable Moments In 2019-20…So Far

Highlights of 2019-’20 and the events that stick – like Brandon Fleck and Marion Local tying the all-time record for titles in Ohio high school football (below) – in story and photos from the past sports season.  In the absence of spring sports today’s Press Pros feature might just be worth your time.

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OSU Baseball: Beals Works Phone During Shutdown
Apr
2

OSU Baseball: Beals Works Phone During Shutdown

The tenth-year coach of the Buckeyes has been texting, having conversations with players about staying in competitive shape by themselves in order to come back strong for fall practice. Mark Znidar writes today’s Press Pros feature.

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No Spring Practice:  Rick Chamberlin Talks Football….
Mar
24

No Spring Practice: Rick Chamberlin Talks Football….

Six months from kickoff, the coach of the Dayton Flyers talks about the consequences of no spring football, and the issues they will need to address before the opening game, September 3. It’s today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Elchert: “We’d Play…Corona Situation May Be A Re-Set”
Mar
20

Elchert: “We’d Play…Corona Situation May Be A Re-Set”

Jackson Center’s Scott Elchert has had a week to ‘wrap his mind around’ the suspension of the basketball tournament and his team’s future. He’s chosen the path of being both coach…and an adult concerning what’s best for everyone.

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Area Bowling Stars, And A Champion Crowned In Sidney
Mar
15

Area Bowling Stars, And A Champion Crowned In Sidney

The cancellation of the state basketball tournaments and some other sports opens a door for long-overdue recognition of standouts in a different winter sport…including a new state champion in Sidney, their first. Read more in the latest Press Pros inside feature.

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Fort Loramie’s Gritty Effort Falls Short
Mar
11

Fort Loramie’s Gritty Effort Falls Short

Fort Loramie’s physical man-to-man defense held high-scoring Columbus Wellington in check in a D-IV regional semifinal. But the Redskins’ offense came up one basket short themselves in a tough loss. Ty Ruhenkamp, (pictured) provided a spark off the bench. Greg Billing writes for today’s Press Pros tournament feature.

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Flyer Explode Late On ‘GW’, Complete Perfect A-10 Season
Mar
8

Flyer Explode Late On ‘GW’, Complete Perfect A-10 Season

The Flyers complete a perfect conference schedule with an impressive second half against George Washington.  Now all that remains is how high a seed can they earn in the NCAA tournament. Hal McCoy writes for today’s Press Pros UD feature.

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A Better Sequel…Parkway Tastes 1st District Title
Mar
7

A Better Sequel…Parkway Tastes 1st District Title

Why not the Panthers?…Corey Walls lifts Parkway’s first-ever district title for all to see as the Panthers knocked off Marion Local Friday, 41-31, to advance to the regional round of the Division IV tournament. Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Cardiac Cavaliers Win State Bowling Title
Feb
28

Cardiac Cavaliers Win State Bowling Title

On the back of senior Michael Schoenherr and a breakout performance from Trent Berkenstock, Coldwater captured its fourth state bowling title Friday. Contributing writer Andy Anders writes the story for our Press Pros tournament coverage.

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Sidney Rallies … But Butler Responds To The Challenge
Feb
16

Sidney Rallies … But Butler Responds To The Challenge

After beating Sidney by 3o and 48 points a season ago, Butler held off Sidney 51-48 in the first round of the Division I sectional tournament on Saturday that featured a pair of teams loaded with youthful potential. Read about it in today’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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Ohio State Football: Tight Ends To Play Faster In ’20
Apr
2

Ohio State Football: Tight Ends To Play Faster In ’20

Tight ends Jeremy Ruckert (below) and Luke Farrell combined to catch 21 passes for six touchdowns in 2019, and the goal is for them to have a lot more success downfield in 2020. Mark Znidar writes about football…in the absence of football…for today’s Press Pros.

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Like You…Still Trying To Take Care Of Business
Apr
1

Like You…Still Trying To Take Care Of Business

Taking as moment to remind area scholar athletes to apply for their respective league scholarships…and a thank you to those kind enough to send their appreciation for the daily Press Pros grind.

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Boys Coach Of The Year…Parkway’s Doug Hughes
Apr
1

Boys Coach Of The Year…Parkway’s Doug Hughes

He totally flipped his team’s record in the span of twelve months, and had it within a game of the previously unthinkable…a berth in the State Final Four.  Some had better records, but no one had a better year than Parkway’s Doug Hughes. Read more about our boys COTY in today’s Press Pros.

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Girls Coach Of The Year…Anna’s Jeff Maurer
Mar
30

Girls Coach Of The Year…Anna’s Jeff Maurer

He took a team projected as a distant second in his league and then led the Anna Rockets all the way to a berth in a state tournament that was never played. Any way you slice it, Anna’s Jeff Maurer finished a winner – our 2020 girls area Coach of The Year.

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Cappell:  Mind Over Matter Fishing….
Mar
30

Cappell: Mind Over Matter Fishing….

Because some are forced to remain home-bound, the past memories of living ‘American’ have cast us in a different shadow. One man’s answer to quarantine as a positive health option. Guest writer Tom Cappell shares a poignant experience for the times.

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Transfers Aid Ohio State Football, Hoops Like Amazon
Mar
29

Transfers Aid Ohio State Football, Hoops Like Amazon

Buckeyes add running back Trey Sermon and Seth Towns to plug gaping holes in their lineups brought about by injury and transfers. Demario McCall (pictured) has switched positions for now and being given a serious look at slot receiver. Mark Znidar writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Bucks Baseball: Lonsway Plans To Stay In Game Shape
Mar
27

Bucks Baseball: Lonsway Plans To Stay In Game Shape

There’s no baseball these days for redshirt sophomore left-hander, but he’s prepared to either resume the Big Ten season…or get ready for Major League Baseball draft. Mark Znidar writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Why I Say ‘Yes’ To Seven-Inning Doubleheaders….
Mar
27

Why I Say ‘Yes’ To Seven-Inning Doubleheaders….

Major League Baseball is toying with the idea of playing seven-inning doubleheaders, if and when they get back on the field, to make up for lost time and lost games (translation:  lost revenue).  I agree with very little that Rob Manfred does, but here’s why I’d willingly say yes…this time! A pretty sensible rant in today’s Press Pros feature.

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‘TRS’, March 27…Corona, Hoard, Znidar Head Your Comments
Mar
26

‘TRS’, March 27…Corona, Hoard, Znidar Head Your Comments

No sports to watch live, so Press Pros Readers have made the most of our recent posts.  In this edition of TRS (The Reader Speaks)…they share opinions on the Corona sports shutdown, and the recent columns from Greg Hoard and Mark Znidar, among other topics.

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Ohio State Football: Linebackers Thinking Versatility
Mar
26

Ohio State Football: Linebackers Thinking Versatility

Pete Werner is being tested on the inside and Baron Browning is going from the inside to the outside as position coach Al Washington looks for his men to be able to play everywhere.  In the absence of spring football…Mark Znidar shares some insight on Buckeye football.

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Marion Encore:  Flyers Win The Div. IV Title In Double Overtime
Mar
26

Marion Encore: Flyers Win The Div. IV Title In Double Overtime

“Holy Smokes!”….Marion Local survives double-overtime to claim the Division IV basketball title Saturday (their third all-time), and deny Cornerstone Christian their second. Read about how the Flyers did it in our Press Pros ‘encore’ from March, 2018…today’s inside feature.

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Flyers’ Disappointment Huge Plus For Future Success…?
Mar
25

Flyers’ Disappointment Huge Plus For Future Success…?

If even the darkest cloud has a silver lining, read on as to how the Dayton Flyers’ future just got better…from actually NOT playing in the NCAA tournament – a matter of not ‘first’ impressions, but ‘last’. Read why in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Ryan Mikesell, And The Matter Of Closure…
Mar
23

Ryan Mikesell, And The Matter Of Closure…

Few have come farther and endured more to be a Dayton Flyer, which makes you wonder if Ryan Mikesell didn’t deserve a better end to his college basketball career. Perhaps, but he’s made his peace with it. Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Hoard: ‘Buck up, boy.’ Sage Lessons From The Past
Mar
23

Hoard: ‘Buck up, boy.’ Sage Lessons From The Past

If you’re a reader…you have to enjoy the words and perspective of columnist Greg Hoard today – his reflections on other times, other people, and the obstacles that helped another, greater, generation of people survive hardship, and come through it, “just fine.” Share with others…today’s Press Pros feature.

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Ohio State: Don’t Blame Carton For Seeking Fresh Start
Mar
22

Ohio State: Don’t Blame Carton For Seeking Fresh Start

Buckeye point guard enters transfer portal after part of one season with Buckeyes…probably as a life choice rather than an attempt to get to the NBA faster…Coach Chris Holtmann must scramble for a replacement. Mark Znidar writes for Press Pros.

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How You Spent Your Saturday Night…And How I Spent Mine
Mar
22

How You Spent Your Saturday Night…And How I Spent Mine

Most probably didn’t mind being quarantined indoors because of Saturday night’s cold temperatures. And like you, I stayed warm, too…but with an eye on a fruitful future.

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All Things Considered, And Hope Springs Eternal
Mar
21

All Things Considered, And Hope Springs Eternal

The Miami Valley’s top setup man, Craig Stammen, talks about spring training ‘interruptus’, what the San Diego Padres doctors are saying, and optimism over his best spring training in years…if and when they finally play major league baseball. Read today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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