The Reader Speaks….June 25, 2018

Delayed for a couple of weeks by matters beyond your control, we belatedly share some thoughts of readers over the past six weeks - on state tournament baseball, Buckeye baseball, Stan Wilker, and no good deed goes without at least some argument, apparently! Enjoy the latest comments from Press Pros readers.

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Jun
25

The Reader Speaks….June 25, 2018

Delayed for a couple of weeks by matters beyond your control, we belatedly share some thoughts of readers over the past six weeks – on state tournament baseball, Buckeye baseball, Stan Wilker, and no good deed goes without at least some argument, apparently! Enjoy the latest comments from Press Pros readers.

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Buckeyes’ Season Ends, Kinda’ Quietly, To UNCW In Regional Loss
Jun
2

Buckeyes’ Season Ends, Kinda’ Quietly, To UNCW In Regional Loss

Final Numbers…Ohio State’s season came to an end with a 36-24 mark, and a 4-3 loss to UNC-Wilmington in the NCAA regional in Greenville, North Carolina. The difference in ‘hits’ had a lot to do with it. Read more in today’s latest Buckeye update.

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McCoy From The State Tournament: Coldwater Pours Hot Water On Minford
May
31

McCoy From The State Tournament: Coldwater Pours Hot Water On Minford

Coldwater took advantage of its big-game experience…and Minford’s lack thereof, to score early, and often, and win in run-rule fashion. The Cavaliers advance to Saturday’snDivision III state final game seeking their seventh state title in baseball, all-time. Read more from Hal McCoy.

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Miscues Ruin Trojans’ Mood On Cinco De Mayo
May
6

Miscues Ruin Trojans’ Mood On Cinco De Mayo

Seven errors, eight walks lead to uncharacteristic pedestrian outing for Troy in loss to Lakota West. A rundown finally catches up with Lakota West’s Andrew Brownley (above), when he was tagged out by Troy’s short-stop Cole Brogan. Read more on GWOC baseball in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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One Man’s Plan To Rebuild Covington Baseball…..
Apr
27

One Man’s Plan To Rebuild Covington Baseball…..

Mired in the midst of a 1-13 varsity baseball season, a once great legacy of Covington baseball now seems light years away. But first year coach Andy Johnson (above, background) is committed, and content, to do whatever it takes…for however long it takes…to rebuild. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Thunderstruck:  Red Strikes Twice In Final 36 Seconds To Win UD Scrimmage
Apr
15

Thunderstruck: Red Strikes Twice In Final 36 Seconds To Win UD Scrimmage

The rain cut things short, but not before UD got in a half of spring football…and sophomore Ryan Skibinski made a big impression in the final minute of play. Read about the game from PPM columnist Greg Billing in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Hal McCoy: Is ‘The Greek Freak II’ Coming Of Age For UD’s Flyers?
Feb
21

Hal McCoy: Is ‘The Greek Freak II’ Coming Of Age For UD’s Flyers?

Tuesday, Kostas Antetokounmpo played for a glorious 19 minutes…and the Flyer Faithful gave him a standing ovation when he left the floor late in the game, hoping they had just gotten a sneak peek of what might be in the future. Read about the game from Hal McCoy in our latest UD feature.

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Greg Hoard: Youth Prevails in Bengals’ Finale
Jan
1

Greg Hoard: Youth Prevails in Bengals’ Finale

And again we wait. If the true test of an NFL team is the ability to sustain and maintain a consistently successful performance, and to build on that success week after week…with the Bengals’ win in Sunday’s finale, we’re in an all-too-familiar position. Once again…we wait to see. Read Greg Hoard in the latest inside feature.

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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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Fly Boys…..
Jun
23

Fly Boys…..

You think you’ve seen it all, until you see that which seems unthinkable. For years one of America’s top aerial attractions, the Navy Blue Angels had everyone in Tipp City looking up on Saturday afternoon. Photos and an invitation to see it for yourself…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Tales From The Bush Leagues…..
Jun
22

Tales From The Bush Leagues…..

It was the longest game I ever worked as a minor league umpire, and I remember it not for who ultimately won it, and how, but for the characters who took part in the game…and suffered more than I. An umpiring ‘war story’ from Wichita, Kansas (above) in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Southwest District Board Honors Scholar Athletes….
Jun
19

Southwest District Board Honors Scholar Athletes….

Bethel High School’s Korry Hamlin (above, left) was one of 46 recipients to receive scholarship support from the OHSAA and its Southwest District Athletic Board Tuesday in Dayton. Representing the OHSAA was deputy commissioner Beau Rugg. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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The Five Best Local Moments We Saw In 2017-18……
Jun
18

The Five Best Local Moments We Saw In 2017-18……

The one no one expected…Top Press Pros moments for 2017-18 goes to the remarkable tournament run and championship finish by Marion Local in boys ‘BASKETBALL’, not football. But there for four others just as good, from August to June. Read about them in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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What We All Take For Granted On Father’s Day….
Jun
17

What We All Take For Granted On Father’s Day….

As you decorate your dad this weekend with a new necktie, take some time to think of a bigger picture. Dads (and moms) deserve more, because every valuable thing that we are…we learned from them. Read and enjoy our weekend feature on Press Pros.

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Stammen Classic, Day 2:  Fun In The Warmth Of The Sun…..
Jun
16

Stammen Classic, Day 2: Fun In The Warmth Of The Sun…..

Impatient Onlookers…Versailles nine-year-olds Chase Whittaker (above, left) and Damian Barga watch the older boys play while they wait their own turn in Saturday’s resumption of Craig Stammen’s weekend youth baseball classic. What it means to kids and community…in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Versailles No-Hits (?) Russia To Open Stammen Weekend Tourney…..
Jun
15

Versailles No-Hits (?) Russia To Open Stammen Weekend Tourney…..

With a little help from my friend….Versailles’ Rocco Knapke (#14 above) prepares to tag out Russia’s Aiden Shappie after Shappie ran into Jacob Treon in Friday’s opening game of this weekend’s Craig Stammen Youth Classic. The Versailles kids started it with a bang, a baseball ‘technical’ no-hitter to top Russia, 9-0.

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MAC Athletes Cash In, Rewarded For Excellence In Class And On Court….
Jun
13

MAC Athletes Cash In, Rewarded For Excellence In Class And On Court….

Minster’s Jared Huelsman was honored as the Press Pros top male student-athlete for 2018 in Wednesday’s ceremonies in Maria Stein. Press Pros publisher Sonny Fulks made the presentation of a $2,000 scholarship to Huelsman for studies in engineering this fall at the University of Toledo. Read more in our latest inside feature.

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Lost, But Not Forgotten…”Sukiyaki”, On This Week In 1963
Jun
13

Lost, But Not Forgotten…”Sukiyaki”, On This Week In 1963

Fun with summer ‘oldies’….At the time of it’s American release in June, 1963, this Japanese hit record became one of the best selling singles of all time. So popular at the time, it’s now been lost for nearly fifty years.

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Remembering Stan Wilker….
Jun
13

Remembering Stan Wilker….

Three amigos…Press Pros associates Tim Boeckman, Julie McMaken Wright, and Stan Wilker (right) at last winter’s Craig Stammen baseball benefit. Stan was our friend and the embodiment of life’s worst adage…we lose too many good, too soon. Our remembrance of him in today’s inside feature.

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Things To Do…..Stammen Youth Tourney Comes This Week
Jun
10

Things To Do…..Stammen Youth Tourney Comes This Week

School’s out, camps are in, and if you’re looking for a relaxing sports fix check out one of the area’s most entertaining baseball opportunities this week. And it won’t cost you anything…but time. A little ‘what to do’ for the coming week in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Whatever Happened To ‘Big Bad John’?….Jimmy Dean (Aug. 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010)
Jun
9

Whatever Happened To ‘Big Bad John’?….Jimmy Dean (Aug. 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010)

When he released it in 1961, this forgotten hit made future sausage tycoon Jimmy Dean an instant millionaire. He never forgot his beginnings, though, and died as one of America’s most popular personalities.

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McCoy Journalism Scholar Award Winner Named For 2018…Minster’s Paige Thobe
Jun
8

McCoy Journalism Scholar Award Winner Named For 2018…Minster’s Paige Thobe

The 2018 Hal McCoy Scholarship Award for a career in journalism and language goes to Minster’s Paige Thobe, who has big plans for attending Ohio’s biggest school to get her start. Read more in the latest Press Pros inside feature.

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Because There’s Just More Important Things…..
Jun
8

Because There’s Just More Important Things…..

Two issues that beg being aired, just because they’ve worn out their welcome: 1) The NBA Finals, and 2) Do you really care if Terrell (Owens) shows up at the Hall of Fame when he’s inducted in July?

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500 Words…About Chuck Harlow
Jun
7

500 Words…About Chuck Harlow

After 37 years Northmont High School’s Chuck Harlow is stepping back from coaching. Tough loss for T-Bolts, even though there’s a time for everyone. But an even greater loss for area baseball. Here’s why.

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Press Pros Rewards SCL Top Student-Athlete Scholarship Honorees…..
Jun
6

Press Pros Rewards SCL Top Student-Athlete Scholarship Honorees…..

Something for the effort…Jackson Center’s Kennadie Reese (above, left) receives her award of $2,000 from Press Pros publisher Sonny Fulks as the 2017-18 Shelby County League’s top female scholar-athlete. Read more about a highlight night for two Shelby County athletes in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Ol’ Ben….
Jun
5

Ol’ Ben….

A summer of the greatest lesson in life. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch; and never underestimate the value of experience. Old eyes, and old habits, go down hard. Guest outdoors writer Tom Cappell returns to Press Pros with a classic story for anyone who remembers shooting clay targets behind the barn.

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Josh Newman…And How ‘Home’ Is Working At Penn State
Jun
3

Josh Newman…And How ‘Home’ Is Working At Penn State

From his rural Ohio River roots, former Wheelersburg Pirate and Ohio State Buckeye, Josh Newman, is using what he’s learned along the way to make a difference in Penn State baseball.

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Things You Should Know…If You Want A Baseball Scholarship
Jun
3

Things You Should Know…If You Want A Baseball Scholarship

Things I observed, and I heard from the weekend’s experience at the NCAA baseball regional tournament. And that is…if your son wants a college baseball scholarship, here’s some things that’ll make a difference in his being considered. If I’m talking to you…read on in today’s Press Pros inside feature

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