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Mar
20

More Questions (And Some Of Yours) For Jerry Snodgrass…

The Executive Director of the OHSAA sat down at last week’s state tournament to bring clarity to issues of our and your asking. And in the end, he’ll tell you…there’s always more questions than answers, but we’re working on it. More with the Commissioner of the OHSAA, Jerry Snodgrass, in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mar
18

Our 2019 Girls Hoops Coach Of The Year…Back-To-Back, Mike Wiss

Is it coincidence that the area team that won back to back state titles in Division IV basketball would also have a coach that earned similar recognition for taking them there?  We think not, and proudly tab Minster’s Mike Wiss as our 2019 Coach of The Year.

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Mar
17

Whew! Buckeyes Win One The Old-Fashioned Way….

They got a quality start from Seth Lonsway (below), some timely hitting, and a nail-biter finish from reliever Joe Gahm (yes, that Joe Gahm). The Buckeyes hold on to take a series from Lipscomb Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium. Read about it….

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Mar
16

Crowning Achievement…Minster Repeats In Div. IV

Give yourself a hand, ladies….It was Courtney Prenger in the paint (16 pts) and Janae Hoying (19 pts) from the outside, and it added up to the Minster Wildcats claiming their second consecutive Division IV title in girls basketball yesterday at Value City Arena. Read about it on Press Pros.

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Mar
15

Minster Blasts Way Past Cornerstone To D-IV Finals….

Courtney Prenger (below) scored 18 points to lead ’em, and the Minster Wildcats punched their ticket for Saturday’s championship round in Division IV Friday afternoon with a more-than-convincing 65-31 win over Cornerstone Christian. Read more in our latest update from the state tournament.

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Mar
14

Is There A Better Story Than Coldwater, And ‘Fish’….?

Defending champs Minster leads Cornerstone Christian at halftime, 34-19. Center Courtney Prenger (below) is 5 of 6 from the field and has 10 points. Meanwhile, Coldwater Cavaliers and coach Nick Fisher are standing on the threshold of doing what a month ago…no one dared dream! Read more…

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Mar
14

To Those Who Wait…Anna Earns The Regional Final

In a tale of two games, and two fortunes, it was a Wednesday split for area boys teams in Division III.  Versailles fell to Purcell Marian, but the Anna Rockets, and Riley Huelskamp (above, #21) powered past Stivers to earn their first regional final berth in a decade. Read more in today’s Press Pros. (Cover Photo by Julie McMaken Wright)

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Mar
13

Kids Behaving Badly At A Basketball Game, And How Do They Learn?

We’re rapidly coming to a point where if we don’t want incidents to happen at basketball games that cannot be justified, or that overshadow the game itself, it’s time to face the reality that bad behavior deserves consequences.

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Mar
13

Defense, Defense…JC, St. Henry Reach Reg. Finals

On a night dictated by hard, physical defense, Jackson Center out of the Shelby County League (above)…and St. Henry, from the MAC…advanced in the Division IV regional semis to meet come Friday for a trip next week to the Final Four. Read how they did it in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mar
10

Players Playing For When, And Where….

Aside from the record itself, the final southern tuneup stands as the last impression for some as to playing time when the team comes north, and in conference play. Greenville, SC – No one says as much, but this is how college baseball works. These first four weeks in Florida, Texas, and South Carolina count […]

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Mar
9

Pitching Dominant In Buckeyes’ Opener In Carolina…

On a cold, damp, misty night in North Carolina, pitching took center stage as MSU’s Mike Mokma and Ohio State freshman TJ Brock dazzled. Read more in today’s series notes from the First Pitch Invitational in North Carolina.

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Mar
8

Radio History…And Songs Like You Just Don’t Hear Anymore

Written as a theme for a movie of the same name, ‘A Summer Place’ was subsequently recorded and released in the fall of 1959…and became such a popular tune that it set records that stood for decades.

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Mar
8

Mother Nature Having The Last Laugh Down South…And Words On Area Hoops!

In South Carolina for their final southern tuneup, the Buckeyes look to for some last-minute fixes before coming north next week to what promises to be a frigid home debut. And Mother Nature is doing her part here in the Smokies.

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Mar
8

#1 Fort Loramie, #2 Minster To Play For A Trip To Columbus

Minster and Fort Loramie both had their stressful moments Thursday, but in the end both advanced for a rematch of last year’s Division IV regional final…with a berth in Columbus at stake. Joe Neves writes the story in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Mar
6

Too Much, Too Far…Tigers’ Comeback Falls Short

They probably dug themselves a hole too deep at the outset, but they definitely ran into a talent the likes of which you remember (Rachel Murray, #21, left). The Versailles girls staged a valiant comeback attempt in the second half Wednesday, but fell in the Div. III regional semi-final to Waynesville, 55-45. Read about it today’s Press Pros.

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Mar
5

How 2 For 21 Can Get You Beat…St. Henry Drops Minster

‘Big’ defense…St. Henry’s Caden Niekamp (left, #40 in white) got a hand on the shot attempt of Minster’s Jarod Schulze, and it set the tone for Tuesday’s district tourney encounter. A frightening start doomed the Minster Wildcats Tuesday in the Division IV semi-final at Wapakoneta. Read more about the game in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Mar
4

Adults Behaving Badly…At A Basketball Game?

It’s happening on an increasing scale – people being escorted from high school sporting events for behavior unbecoming the example of character and sportsmanship, the thing we most want to teach the kids. And the question is…why does it matter that much? Read more in today’s inside feature.

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Mar
3

What Real Reds Fans Will Miss When Marty’s Gone….

The clock is ticking on the final days of Marty Brennaman’s tenure as Reds broadcaster, and with it…probably the last days of someone with a legitimate platform telling us the truth about athletes, sports, and what he sees.

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Mar
2

The ‘Dirvish’ Rolls On: “Like Beating Auriema…”

Off and running…Fort Loramie has stormed through the Division IV tournament so far. Saturday they won their 24th district title, and did it so convincingly as to bear comparison to an even higher standard of basketball. Read more in the latest Press Pros feature.

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Mar
2

The ‘Dirvish’ Rolls On: “Like Beating Auriema…”

Off and running…Colleen Brandewie’s feet barely hit the floor (left), symbolic of how Fort Loramie has stormed through the Division IV tournament so far. Saturday they won their 24th district title, and did it so convincingly as to bear comparison to an even higher standard of basketball. Read more in the latest Press Pros feature.

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