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Jul
14

Secret To Moellers’ Success? ‘Go With The Flo’

The Marion Local Flyers name is synonymous with state championships. So is Florentine Moeller’s. The feisty great-grandmother has a direct link to 63 OHSAA state tournament appearances and 34 state championships. It’s a heckuva story, and you can read it in today’s Press Pros.

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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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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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Apr
22

Batter Up! Area players Step To Plate For PPM Survey

In the absence of baseball itself, Press Pros columnist Greg Billing surveyed five area players to find out their most relevant, most memorable, and the just plain silly experiences they’ll remember most about high school baseball. Our thanks for their time…and yours for reading.

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Apr
9

Only game in town…Is A Waiting Game

Currently sitting and waiting, Coldwater enjoys it’s seventh state title in baseball from last June (below), and a commanding legacy in area championship baseball. Greg Billing writes for today’s Press Pros feature.

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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. Greg Billing writes for today’s Press Pros tournament feature.

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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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Mar
7

Fort Loramie, Jackson Center Cut Down Nets Again

The Shelby County Athletic League cut down two more nets on Friday as Fort Loramie and Jackson Center both captured Division IV district championships. The Redskins pulled away behind its defense while the Tigers, well, they did enough to hold on, too.

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Mar
6

Loramie Reaches Regional Final; Tri-Village Comes Up Short

Fort Loramie’s defense led the way to instant offense in a 60-point victory, while Tri-Village struggled in the second half to fall in the Division IV regional semifinals for the fourth straight season. Greg Billing writes for today’s Press Pros tournament feature.

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Feb
28

Just win … Jackson Center, Troy Christian Stay Alive

They took different paths to get there, but Jackson Center (below) and Troy Christian both won their sectional tournament games to set up a district semifinal showdown on Saturday. Greg Billing writes about the action in Thursday’s Piqua sectional.

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Feb
24

Versailles Dominates Inside For Shot At District Title

Versailles struggled early to find its shot. But once the Tigers did … there was no stopping them as Tracy White’s team cruised to a seventh straight district final appearance with a 62-39 win over Middletown Madison. Lindsey Winner (pictured) dominated inside with 16 points despite missing much of the first quarter in foul trouble. More from Greg Billing Monday Night.

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Feb
22

UD Goes Over The Top(pin) To Dunk Dukes

Obi Toppin, UD’s national player of the year candidate, hit a few monster dunks and a milestone in the Flyers’ comeback victory over the Duquesne Dukes on Saturday. The victory was the 16th straight for the team ranked No. 5 in the nation. Read about UD’s win from Greg Billing in today’s feature.

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Feb
22

Botkins Junior Takes Over Trojans Win Against Newton

The Newton Indians stayed around for three quarters against the Botkins Trojans on Friday night, nagging and annoying the higher-seeded Trojans. That changed in the fourth with Botkins’ game-clinching 28-5 outburst in the Division IV sectional tournament. Jayden Priddy-Powell (Pictured) was poetry in motion in the fourth quarter with 14 of his game-high 19 points. More from Greg Billing Friday Night.

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Feb
20

What A Blast: Anna Pastes Northridge In 47-Point Win

The Anna Rockets cruised into the Division III district semifinal … setting up another meeting with Miami East … with a stout defense effort that put a deep freeze on the Northridge Polar Bears on Thursday night. Anna’s Lauren Barhorst (pictured) was one of 10 players to score for the Rockets, she finished with 10. Read Thursday’s story by Greg Billing inside today’s Press Pros.

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Feb
20

A Shore Thing: Miami East’s Girls Wrestling Team Gets Boost From Club

Readers of Press Pros Magazine might do a double take seeing a wrestling story. Though there are no plans to add extensive wrestling coverage into the fold at this time … there are stories worth sharing. The very first Miami East Vikings all-girls high school wrestling team … and the first girls state championship tournament in Ohio … is one of them.

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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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Feb
15

Team Chemistry Bonds Versailles, Run To MAC Title

The brotherhood enjoyed by the Versailles boys basketball team will make the Tigers a tough out in the Division III postseason tournament.

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Feb
8

Troy Stays Alive In MVL Chase, Knocks Off Tipp

The Trojans used a pair of defensive stops late, then hit a clutch free throw with 52 seconds left to avenge an earlier loss to the Red Devils in a key Miami Valley League game Friday night. (Pictured) Troy’s Landyn Henry hits the game-winning free throw in front of the Red Devils Den. More from Greg Billing Friday Night.

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Feb
4

Sidney Holds Off Troy For Key MVL Win

After an ugly first quarter, Sidney and Troy settled down for a Miami Valley League clash that came down to the final seconds. The Yellow Jackets held on for the 60-54 victory to sweep the season series on Tuesday. Read about the game in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Feb
1

Shoot! Offensive Woes Hurt Milton-Union In Tough Loss

Milton-Union has struggled since a 10-2 start, but the Bulldogs are confident they can rebound to post the program’s first winning season since 2012-13. More from Greg Billing Friday Night.

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