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Aug
1

Our Area Teams, League, Of Intrigue For 2021….

How do they do it? Despite graduation losses and the changing landscape of high school football, somehow Coldwater continues to win state titles – their seventh in 2020. No surprise, they’re one of our nine area teams of intrigue for 2021 in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
30

‘Til We Meet Again (?)…Remembering ‘Roz’

One of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, and one I’ll certainly never forget.  Roz taught me to appreciate psychics for their ability to do things you cannot understand.  You just wonder how they do it.

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Jul
29

What Schmidt, Cards’ Know That They Didn’t Know Then

The reigning champions in Division VII open fall camp on Monday with a fresh respect for who they are, if others are still wondering.  Now New Bremen Cardinal coach Chris Schmidt hopes they understand, and remember, how they got there.

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Jul
26

The Week Of ‘PC’, Greed…Finally Is Heard A Discouraging Word

Following the headlines of the last week, opinions on the Cleveland Indians caving to political pressure over their iconic nickname – and Texas and Oklahoma crying hardship and saying they can’t compete unless they leave for the SEC.  So, how much money do you need?

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Jul
25

The Most Approachable Pros You’ll Ever Meet…

The guys you watch on ESPN will be here in three weeks to compete in the annual Coldwater PBA Classic, only they don’t seem like people you watch on TV.  Professionals at their craft, the most impressive thing is that they’re just regular people. Read about bowling in Press Pros Sunday feature.

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Jul
22

Roll, Lehman Set To Re-Emerge In The TRC

Roster numbers and optimism are up as Dick Roll and Lehman Catholic seek to rebound from a 3-3 Covid season in the new Three Rivers Conference. Read about them in Friday’s Press Pros.

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Jul
19

Commentary: On The Last Day Of Baseball, 2021…

Despite the weekend turmoil in major league baseball, the enthusiasm and commitment to local amateur baseball and softball was never more impressive than what we observed in the season of 2021. Read more.

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Jul
18

All MVP…18s Bests 17s For Best Of Ohio Weekend Title

The wrap-up of the Best of Ohio summer tourney series came down to all area, and all Miami Valley Prospects, 17s vs. 18s, in the final weekend title game at Newton. In the end if was all Steve Jones (below) in a 4-0 18u win. Read more.

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Jul
17

On Your Worst Day…Baseball, Fun, The Warmth Of The Sun

Heavy overnight rains could not dampen the spirits or the enthusiasm for Saturday at the Minster classic.  St. Henry’s Rya Buschur fires a pitch (below), once again proving that on your worst day imaginable, baseball, like the warmth of the sun, can make life more bearable.

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Jul
17

Minster Classic: Once Again Proving…What’s In A Name?

There’s a reason why the annual Minster classic for baseball and softball is so popular, and why area teams participating in it have such a rich legacy of success.  Check the names here this weekend (like Minster’s James Niemeyer, below) and their relationship to winning.  It all adds up.

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Jul
15

Best Of Ohio: What I Did On Summer Vacation

On the final week of the Best of Ohio Tourney series, some thoughts about who improved in the past two months…and how? Northmont’s Jaren Slusher (below) showed his talent in an 8-0 Thursday win. Read More in Friday’s Press Pros.

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Jul
13

Bryce Schondelmyer Forces Change Of Heart, Direction

The junior quarterback at Arcanum led the Cross County Conference in passing yards in 2020 – by a lot – and is forcing some new tactics (tricks) on an old dog, his father and head coach, Jason Schondelmyer. Read about him in the latest Press Pros profile.

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Jul
12

Lonsway To Giants, Burhenn To Detroit: “Just The Start”

Ohio State pitcher Seth Lonsway bet on himself in passing on last year’s major league draft, counting on a bigger, and more lucrative 2021 college season. Through Sunday’s first round he came up a couple of cards short.  And by the time the call came on Monday (San Francisco, 6th round), he was more convinced than ever that baseball is never easy!

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Jul
10

Perfect Storm? Minster’s New Coach, And Old Standards

Six weeks into the job as Minster’s football coach, Seth Whiting will call on bedrock values – what he knows, what he believes – to keep the Wildcats on pace in the MAC. Learn more about the ‘Cats executive change in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
9

Perfect Storm? Minster’s New Coach, And Old Standards

Six weeks into the job as Minster’s football coach, Seth Whiting (below) will call on bedrock values – what he knows, what he believes – to keep the Wildcats on pace in the MAC. Learn more about the ‘Cats executive change in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
6

Summer Of Discontent: Bucks’ Okuley Seeks The Fix

Playing Prospect League baseball in Springfield this summer, the Buckeyes’ Mitchell Okuley is looking for a solution to a month-long slump that saw his Big Ten average, and his confidence, plummet.  But he’s confident that time away and a return to routine is just the fix he needs. Read more in Wednesday’s Press Pros.

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Jul
6

The Realities Of Name, Image, And Likeness…And Caesar

The path may have been cleared for college athletes to benefit financially from their name and stardom, but the pitfalls and realities of how to do it limit those that will to a particular few.  Here’s why.

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Jul
4

Your 4th Of July In Music, 56 Years Ago….

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but 56 years ago, in 1966, the Beach Boys were at their peak on America’s 4th of July, and this was the song that people were playing all over the world.

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Jul
4

When I Went To A Game And Had Nothing To Write…But This

There is a realization that comes with athletes and sports of all sorts…that sometimes we get ahead of ourselves – push the envelope – a sense that sometimes we’d be better to just wait, and let kids be kids a bit longer.

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Jul
3

The Unpopular, Forgotten Irony Of The 4th Of July

We celebrate your independence as Americans this weekend – all of us – but only a few actually appreciate (and remember) the cost of what it took to be what we are.  I would suggest that those who do not remember take time to figure it out…and soon.

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