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Jul
18

The GWOC’s Worst-Kept, Little-Known Secret…

Small, but mighty, Troy’s Jaydon Culp-Bishop returns as the GWOC North’s premier running back this fall – a fact that coach Matt Burgbacher would rather no one knew. But after his break-out season a year ago, the word is out. A summer football profile in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
16

Home Run Derby…As It Was, With “The St. Wendelin Walloper”

Before you get blown away by today’s home run derby, once upon a time it seemed much more real…and St. Henry’s Wally Post will immediately make area readers of Press Pros sit up and take notice of how it was then, and should be again. The story and “The St. Wendelin Walloper” in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
16

Culture Catches Up To Mike Matheny

Culture, as much as the record, will account for the dismissal of St. Louis Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny on Saturday. A reality that cooks at a slow boil in sport at every level.

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Jul
15

Most Influential: Bob Huelsman…And Home Is Where Your Heart Is

He devoted nearly four decades of his life to Covington, as a teacher, coach, and administrator. But statistics aside, the greatest impression Bob Huelsman made was in creating standards to which opponents aspired. In retirement, what he helped build stands as a lasting legacy. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jul
14

To The Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, And Home…Then And Now

The new bridge in Ironton, Ohio rises like a nighttime peacock across the Ohio River. Signs of progress and change in the community and amongst the people I still call home. They say the older you get the harder it is to go home to past places, old haunts, and family. Here’s how I do it…in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
8

On This Date In 1965….Hang On Sloopy!

For fifty three years it has been the iconic rally song of the Ohio State Marching band, but few no much if anything about, Hang On Sloopy, or even ‘The McCoys’, the group that gave it life. Read about Ohio’s official ‘rock’ song in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
8

Most Influential: Don Flinn…And Why There Is No Good Writing!

Of all the influential people in my life, one educator heads the list for making the most lasting of impacts. Not music, not business, or even baseball, it was my high school English teacher, Don Flinn (above), who heads the list of people who helped me find my eventual calling. Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
7

Leroy Anderson…And The Music That Made People Happy

You won’t know the name, and you’d never pick him out of a police lineup. But composer Leroy Anderson left a musical legacy unlike few before or after him. He wrote the songs that sounded like everyday life, songs that have made people smile…for years!

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Jul
7

A Conversation About Competitive Balance…And What It Cannot Solve!

With the advent of another year, another OHSAA commissioner, there are still the questions as to how to make the playing field more level between those that do…and those that dream of doing. Here’s some thoughts on why things may never change. From the staff at Press Pros…enjoy your weekend!

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Jul
3

Happy 4th Of July: And…What ‘Is’ America’s Song?

The story behind two of America’s most recognizable songs, traditional favorites from the 19th century…and how Ray Charles would make one of them a contemporary patriotic masterpiece that sealed his place as an American musical icon. The story behind the story in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
27

Buckeye Bash In ‘Champion City’….

Five Ohio State players counted on to anchor the 2019 Buckeyes (including Celina’s Seth Lonsway, above) were on hand Wednesday when Springfield (aka Champion City) hosted Chillicothe in Prospect League play. There’s work to be done for each in the summer proving ground…today’s inside story.

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Jun
26

Summer Hoops, And Tourney Talk In June….

Amidst this week’s summer league basketball tourney play for area high schools (Russia’s Mason Dapore, above), the subject of the much bigger OHSAA state tournament was the topic for question to some area coaches. What to change to make it better? Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Jun
25

Griffan Smith Reintroduces Himself In Chillicothe…..

The Ohio State freshman lefthander struggled through the second half of the Big Ten season, and now works in the Prospect League to prove to the Buckeyes that he’ll be part of the 2019 picture…if not the weekend rotation. Read more in a summer report on Buckeyes playing in the wood bat leagues…on Press Pros!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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