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Jul
28

Warren’s Failures Make OSU’s B1G Membership A Risk

With Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 for the SEC, every member of the Big Ten should be nervous about the future under the leadership of Commissioner Kevin Warren. That includes Ohio State, which may be motivated to react in a way unthinkable. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
21

If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Right…And Difficult

Even if you deem the NBA unwatchable or irrelevant, there was an enduring moment that arose in the aftermath of the Finals that rang true for professional basketball and far beyond. Yes, all the way to the high school ranks of the State of Ohio. Bruce Hooley writes for Thursday’s Press Pros.

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Jul
5

Liddell Returns To OSU, And All That Comes With It…!

E.J. Liddell listened to what the scouts said and will return to Ohio State for his junior season, which raises the stakes for the Buckeyes on the court and establishes a test case for the value of an OSU basketball player in a football-obsessed market. Bruce Hooley writes for Monday’s Press Pros.

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Jun
29

Hooray, Ohio State Players Can Cash In…But, Now What?

Governor DeWine adds to the whip-saw remake of college athletics and gives OSU coach Ryan Day everything he wants, which is likely to thrill Ohio State fans…if and until it doesn’t. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Jun
19

Experience, Eye To Future Give Acme Baseball Impact

There are lots of options for young men in the midst of summer, but investing in their future baseball dreams under the watchful eye of their high school coach makes Acme baseball a wise investment of time and effort. Bruce Hooley writes for Sunday Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Conley’s Stellar Relief Helps New Albany Edge Orange

Things in and out of its control conspired against New Albany for the last two seasons, but the Eagles were tired of waiting for a trip to the state baseball tournament’s final weekend and made it happen Saturday against OCC rival Olentangy Orange. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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May
30

Lessons From A Veteran’s Service Echo On Memorial Day

The lessons of a father who fought in World War II resonate today in an era where the collective spirit of the Greatest Generation seems to have gone out of style. Bruce Hooley shares his own Memorial Day perspectives in Press Pros.

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Apr
17

Powell Takes Title Memories In Move From Botkins To Bath

It all happened so fast, with Sean Powell coaching Botkins from relative anonymity to a state championship in just three seasons, and now it transitions quickly to his exit for the head coaching job at Lima Bath. Bruce Hooley writes.

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Apr
16

Powell Takes Title Memories In Move From Botkins To Bath

It all happened so fast, with Sean Powell coaching Botkins from relative anonymity to a state championship in just three seasons, and now it transitions quickly to his exit for the head coaching job at Lima Bath. Bruce Hooley writes.

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Apr
15

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…Don’t Bet On One Yet

Fans will return to Ohio Stadium on Saturday, but the announcement they await on Ohio State’s starting quarterback for the fall likely won’t come in the aftermath of the the Scarlet and Gray game. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Apr
2

Hooley: Legacy Programs See In Holtmann What OSU Fans Miss

Chris Holtmann has positioned Ohio State for monster success in the future, when there will likely be monster jobs that have interest in him. Bruce Hooley writes for weekend Press Pros.

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Mar
24

Online Approval Is An Untrustworthy Mistress

Young people and athletes aren’t the only ones obsessed with others’ opinions, but granting that power is a dangerous decision likely to result in more harm than good. Bruce Hooley writes for Thursday Press Pros.

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Mar
22

Masters Of Survival, Central Comes Up Short To Centerville

Joy unspeakable!….Given how it survived in the district and regional, the final seconds of the state championship seemed tailored to Westerville Central’s liking until the script shifted at the worst possible time for the Warhawks. Centerville survived a dramatic last second shot by Landon Tilllman to claim its first basketball title in school history. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
21

Worthington Christian Fights To Finish In Tight D3 Title Loss

Ample amounts of grit and an unwillingness to give up brought Worthington Christian back from long odds in the Division III state finals on Sunday before the Warriors’ late rally fell short in a 61-56 defeat.

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Mar
21

Botkins’ Title Has Family Ties Wrapped Around The Trophy

What fathers and sons at Botkins have only dreamed about became a reality Sunday with the culmination of three years hard work and the Trojans’ first state basketball championship. Bruce Hooley writes.

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Mar
20

Shawnee’s Special Team Runs Into A Super Team In Semis

The fairy tale ending that happens in Hollywood didn’t happen for Lima Shawnee, but the three-season thrill ride on which this team has taken its fans won’t soon be forgotten.

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Mar
20

This Mann May Be Little, But He’s Big In DeSales’ Advance

The stat sheet doesn’t track the full measure of what makes Columbus DeSales a tough out, and the Stallions have made that mindset work for them all the way to the Division II state championship game. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
19

OSU Stumbles On Cinderella’s Slipper In Ugly NCAA Exit

Armed with a No. 2 seed and aiming for a Final Four run, Ohio State instead suffered one of the first-round upsets that make the NCAA Tournament’s opening weekend legendary and now will lament the result over a long off season.

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Mar
19

Pleiman Strikes At Both Ends To Power Botkins’ Comeback

Discouragement could have claimed Botkins’ junior Jacob Pleiman’s confidence on Thursday, but he and the Trojans reached deeply to find the fortitude for a comeback win in the state semifinals. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
17

Botkins’ Advance to State Shows Powell’s Flexibility

Sean Powell came to Botkins with a plan to quickly achieve success, and while it appears that has worked to perfection, the truth is more a testament to what he’s learned since his arrival. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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