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Dec
26

Abysmal Shot Selection Late Dooms OSU In One-Point Defeat

Leading by seven points most of the last 10 minutes, and by five with 3:29 to play, Ohio State came unhinged down the stretch and handed what should have been an easy victory to Northwestern on Saturday. Bruce Hooley writes the story for today today’s Press Pros.

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Dec
23

Bucks’ Comeback Powers Provide Another Rescue

The offense came alive in the second half and the defense clamped down. The Buckeyes wiped out a 16-point lead to beat 11th-ranked Rutgers. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Dec
19

OSU’s Freshman Prove Capable Despite Lack of Hype

Freshmen Zed Key and Eugene Brown didn’t inspire the optimism of Chris Holtmann’s previous headline recruits, but they came up big for the No. 20 Buckeyes in a 77-70 victory over UCLA on Saturday.

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Dec
17

Lineup Changes Throw A Wrench Into OSU’s Plans

The penalty for coming apart down the stretch is a loss that could have been a highly-prized road win over a team likely to finish near Ohio State in the same group seeking NCAA Tournament recognition a tier below the Big Ten’s best.

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Dec
15

Mr. Spielman Returns to Detroit For Such A Time As This

There’s a difference between being drafted and being selected, between being ready and being equipped. That’s the distinction between Chris Spielman’s arrival in Detroit as a rookie linebacker in 1988 and his arrival as a newly-hired team executive. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Dec
8

Ahrens Keeps OSU Close Until Liddell’s Late Rescue

An impressive road win in front of a limited crowd at Notre Dame won’t give Ohio State a perfect dress rehearsal for the challenges of the Big Ten, but it will still look good on the Buckeyes’ resume come Tournament time. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Dec
3

It Was A Squib Kick, And Nothing More, No Matter What They Tell You

Equality must mean something different than it used to, given the fawning esteem lavished on a Vanderbilt women’s soccer player’s modest kickoff.

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Nov
29

OSU’s Survival Of UMass-Lowell More Than Expected

It was no Sunday afternoon pick-up game…UMass-Lowell led by as much as five points during the second half before Duane Washington, Jr.’s 21 points (below) spurred the Buckeyes to an eventual 74-64 win. Bruce Hooley writes the story for today’s Press Pros.

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Nov
23

Coldwater Finds A Way In The Last Second Of Title Thriller

In the middle, and in the books…Brady Klingshirn’s 26-yard field goal split the uprights with no time remaining to give Coldwater a 38-35 win over New Middletown Springfield in the Division VI title game – the Cavaliers’ seventh title in school history. Bruce Hooley writes the game for today’s Press Pros.

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Nov
21

Kirtland Sprints To Third Straight Div. V Title

A rematch of the 2019 Division V state championship proved more of a mismatch, with Kirtland flexing its dominance over the past decade in an 38-0 takedown of Ironton. Bruce Hooley writes the latest Press Pros update from the state tournament.

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Nov
19

New Bremen’s Title Quest Puts Muscle In An Old Adage

They’ve interrupted the plans of more than one traditional football power (Marion Local, below) on their way to tomorrow’s OHSAA Division VII title game. But how have they done it, and can New Bremen do it one more time? Bruce Hooley shares their remarkable story in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Nov
16

Thrill Of Victory-Agony Of Defeat…Every Parent’s Crisis

The fulfillment of watching sons and daughters achieve provides a mom and dad untold pleasure, but doesn’t spare them the somersaults of emotion that come with watching from the stands.  And no parent, regardless of personal experience, is immune. Bruce Hooley writes the story of the Hoying family in today’s Press Pros.

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Nov
10

If You Wonder Why Something Did Or Didn’t Happen, Try This All-Purpose Answer

There’s a lot of what’s-good-for-thee-isn’t-good-for-me going around these days.  It’s almost as if we’re all getting either a lot dumber or a lot less tolerant. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Nov
8

Opportunities To Reconnect May Seem Unlimited, But Time Is Not

Friends aren’t supposed to die at age 61, so it wasn’t on my radar that the best friend of my post-college years, Jim Witmer, would pass away before I acted on the urge I’d long put off to reconnect with him. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Oct
25

Hooley: It’s Ohio State-Clemson At Season’s End

The doubt over whether Ohio State’s season would ever get started is finally behind us. And although it’s now a long way from over, there’s a likely inevitability to where the Buckeyes will wind up, and who they’ll see once they get there. Commentary from Bruce Hooley in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Oct
25

Versailles Moves On With Pile-Driving, Throwback Win

Borrowing from a bygone era that built the foundation on which Versailles’ tradition stands proved the perfect tonic for the Tigers, who bounced back from a head-scratching defeat in their most recent game to breeze into the Region 20 semifinals. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Oct
3

Sarver, Wehr Lower Boom On Loramie In Tri-Village Title Win

Quarterback Lane Sarver (below) and teammate Reed Wehr showed the way for Tri-Village in a Friday Cross County Conference battle of unbeatens that resembled a heavyweight fight…with both boxers throwing haymaker after haymaker. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros feature.

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Sep
19

Coldwater Shakes Off Injuries, Throttles New Bremen

Coldwater persevered through a growing list of injuries to show considerable teeth defensively with a Friday road win over New Bremen. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Sep
16

Battle of Ohio Leaning On Baker vs. Burrow To Breathe Life Back into Rivalry

The stories about the Browns vs. Bengals have become better than the football itself.  And until one or the other (or both) of the present quarterbacks goes boom or bust that’s about all the Battle of Ohio has left for meaning. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Sep
5

Troy Christian Loss To McComb Reveals The Mettle Nolan Is Working To Develop

Although the result isn’t as preferred, it’s possible to learn more from a loss than from a win. That’s where Troy Christian landed after battling uphill all night in a 28-14 loss to Division VII powerhouse McComb.

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