Sun rises on a familiar name, new standard...Eclipsing many of the marks of his hall of fame father, the son, another hall of famer, sets his sights on a standard that will further ensure the baseball legacy of the Hardman name in coaching. Memories of Hardman Field (below) frame our Sunday feature on Chris Hardman in today's Press Pros.

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The Winds Of Baseball Legacy…And The Hardmans
Jul
4

The Winds Of Baseball Legacy…And The Hardmans

Sun rises on a familiar name, new standard…Eclipsing many of the marks of his hall of fame father, the son, another hall of famer, sets his sights on a standard that will further ensure the baseball legacy of the Hardman name in coaching. Memories of Hardman Field (below) frame our Sunday feature on Chris Hardman in today’s Press Pros.

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Stammen, Newton Tourney:  And Why We Play….
Jun
22

Stammen, Newton Tourney: And Why We Play….

On a blistering summer weekend, with national issues as a negative backdrop, why do men and boys commit to playing baseball while others call it risky, and unnecessary? Why?  Why does anyone do anything that provides opportunity for renewal and reward? Read today’s Press Pros feature.

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Znidar: Lonsway Bets On Himself, Returns To Buckeyes
Jun
15

Znidar: Lonsway Bets On Himself, Returns To Buckeyes

The Buckeyes’ senior-to-be left-hander might have been taken in the early rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, but wouldn’t budge on his demand for a seven-figure signing bonus. Mark Znidar writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Tigers Take The “Dude” In Draft’s Second Round
Jun
12

Tigers Take The “Dude” In Draft’s Second Round

Catcher Dillon Dingler gets chosen as the 38th pick of the draft – first pick of the second round – by Detroit, and the only question in the minds of those who’ve watched him play was…why not sooner? Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Bixler, Gephart Garner Press Pros SCL Honors
May
17

Bixler, Gephart Garner Press Pros SCL Honors

Anna’s Bart Bixler (below) and Fort Loramie’s Kennedi Gephart have been chosen as recipients of the 2019-20 sponsor scholarship award for top male and female student athletes in the Shelby County League.

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Michael Schoenherr’s Not-To-Be-Forgotten Year…
Apr
26

Michael Schoenherr’s Not-To-Be-Forgotten Year…

In the midst of pandemic and panic or what comes next – of depression over unfinished and unstarted seasons – those in local bowling circles should also remember the recent past…where Coldwater and senior Michael Schoenherr left quite the indelible mark. Read today’s inside feature.

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Saints ‘All In’, Selecting Flyers’ Trautman In 3rd Round
Apr
25

Saints ‘All In’, Selecting Flyers’ Trautman In 3rd Round

New Orleans stunned the  fan base, and the draft experts, by trading its remaining picks in the draft Friday to move up and take Dayton’s Adam Trautman in the third round.

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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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Billing:  Prospect’s Delivery Driving Opponents ‘Buggy’
Jul
5

Billing: Prospect’s Delivery Driving Opponents ‘Buggy’

Northmont grad Jaren Slusher has used the same unorthodox delivery since his little league days. With another stellar outing Sunday for the Miami Valley Prospects 18 U team the old adage applies … “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Greg Billing writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Red, White And Boom … Riverbats Having A Blast
Jul
4

Red, White And Boom … Riverbats Having A Blast

Behind another star-spangled effort on the mound, the Cincinnati Riverbats sparkled at the Tournament of Stars Wooden Bat World Series tournament at Newton High School on Saturday. Greg. Billing writes for Sunday’s Press Pros

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Don’t Apologize For Loving The America You Knew, And Want To Preserve
Jul
4

Don’t Apologize For Loving The America You Knew, And Want To Preserve

There’s nothing wrong with having grown up with some privilege – of living in a community safe from harm and secure with people who cared about you.  It’s the America we remember, and the one we celebrate on our nation’s birthday.

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July 4th:  How Will You Live, Now And Beyond?
Jul
3

July 4th: How Will You Live, Now And Beyond?

It’s a July 4th like none other we’ve ever seen – a crossroads in our culture and the choice of living life to its fullest, or life according to what inconsistent experts mandate…and politicians, hoping to save face come election time. Important to consider…in today’s Press Pros.

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July 2: The Facts About “The National Emblem” – ‘Officially’
Jul
1

July 2: The Facts About “The National Emblem” – ‘Officially’

It’s a well-recognized tune, one of the most famous in America, but for the sake of fact…some words about a “national” tune not written by John Phillip Sousa, but one he admitted that he liked as much as his own. A holiday tribute in today’s Press Pros.

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Is Your Child’s Sports As Good As You’d Like…?
Jun
30

Is Your Child’s Sports As Good As You’d Like…?

It’s the modern paradox for millennials.  We want sports to teach our kids all the right lessons, and yet…if the lessons don’t fit the adults’ expectations it’s not fair, or good enough. Commentary on the day in which we live in today’s Press Pros.

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A Day Trip To Lehman’s…And A Simpler Life
Jun
28

A Day Trip To Lehman’s…And A Simpler Life

If you’re looking for every last thing under sun, and a reminder of how others live and enjoy a simpler, more contented, life…plan a visit to Kidron, Ohio, and feast your eyes on Lehman’s Hardware Store. A road trip…in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Sunday Baseball:  The Best Things We Saw…
Jun
28

Sunday Baseball: The Best Things We Saw…

The Best of Ohio baseball tournaments continued on Sunday with players and plays that made you notice…and want to remember.  These Press Pros photos help. Enjoy!

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Motivation Was All Ables, Hutchinson Needed….
Jun
27

Motivation Was All Ables, Hutchinson Needed….

One night after an embarrassing 16-strikeout loss to the Ohio Cyclones, Miami Valley Prospects’ Evan Ables and Connor Hutchinson turned the tables on Canes Baseball in 15u tourney play at Newton. Read Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Collins Brings All-Around Talent To Cyclones
Jun
27

Collins Brings All-Around Talent To Cyclones

Collins brings all-around talent to Cyclones… though he once thought he wouldn’t be back. Rundown between third and home… Ian Salters (pictured) gets tagged out at the plate. Read Andy Anders’ feature story inside today Press Pros.

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O’Rourke Flings Gem At Prospects In 15u…
Jun
25

O’Rourke Flings Gem At Prospects In 15u…

A ho-hum day of 15u tournament baseball finished on a high note Thursday at Newton…Lancaster’s Layton O’Rourke (below) saw to it, striking out 16 in the day’s finale. Read more in today’s inside feature.

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A Prayer For Sports, Or A Prayer For The Heart?
Jun
23

A Prayer For Sports, Or A Prayer For The Heart?

Suddenly the country reacts to social injustice by tearing down history and mandating systemic change.  Teach the young people through sports, one reader says (below). But the problem stems from history deeper than our own, while the solution really isn’t that deep at all. Read today’s feature.

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Are You Ready For Some Football…And Activism With It?
Jun
22

Are You Ready For Some Football…And Activism With It?

If there are fall sports you may actually need a program, not to know who’s playing, but to know the issues being protested…that might supersede the game. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Fort Loramie Prevails While Learning Who They Are….
Jun
21

Fort Loramie Prevails While Learning Who They Are….

The biggest competition came from within.  Fort Loramie outscores four opponents 38-3 to take the 2020 Newton Summer Invite tournament. Hall of famer Hal McCoy shares how they did it in the latest Press Pros feature.

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The Family Meyer Pushes Fort Loramie To Another Win
Jun
20

The Family Meyer Pushes Fort Loramie To Another Win

Senior Griffin Meyer highlights Loramie’s perfection so far in the Newton Summer Invite Tournament with a six-inning no-hitter Saturday over Bethel. Hal McCoy writes the story.

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Perfected By Pillows… Rindler’s Curveball Closes Victory For Marion
Jun
20

Perfected By Pillows… Rindler’s Curveball Closes Victory For Marion

Success comes through all kinds of trial and error.  Marion Local Pony League pitcher Ian Rindler has a system that drives opposing hitters (and his mother) crazy. Andy Anders writes the story.

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Not A Lot Of Difference Between Pandemic, Baseball….
Jun
20

Not A Lot Of Difference Between Pandemic, Baseball….

An observation about people dealing with a pandemic and the loss of major league baseball.  If you think about it…there really isn’t much difference.

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The ‘Positives’ Of A 16-2 Victory By Newton
Jun
20

The ‘Positives’ Of A 16-2 Victory By Newton

Newton and Fort Loramie power their way through day 2 of the Newton Summer Invite. setting up an interesting Saturday of so-far unbeatens. Hal McCoy writes for today’s Press Pros.

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