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Jul
20

Blackledge: Hartings Building More Than Just A Program…

Five years ago St. Henry native and former NFL All-Pro Jeff Hartings said he had a calling to become a high school head coach.  That calling is amounting to more than just a football program at Worthington Christian. (Press Pros Feature Photos by Brian Bayless)

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Jul
14

L’backer Bloodlines Run Deep In Future Buckeye Powers

Gabe Powers appears cut from the same cloth as legendary as Ohio-born and bred Ohio State linebackers Randy Gradishar, Chris Spielman and A.J. Hawk. But before becoming a Buckeye he will serve as the cornerstone of Marysville High School’s hopes for an extended playoff run his senior season.

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Jun
19

Signs Of The Times: Blackledge…The Past Wouldn’t Compute Today

Looking back to when it started, my impression of journalism then, to what it’s become today, couldn’t be more different – right down to the computers we use.  Does anyone remember…Tandy? Steve Blackledge writes for weekend Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Braun’s Historic Triple Powers Central Ohio Domination

It’s rare air that Westerville Central’s Justin Braun is breathing with his sprint triple, highlighting a dominant performance by Central Ohio track and field stars, including a D-I team title for Pickerington Central’s boys thanks to a clutch effort from Steven McElroy. Steve Blackledge writes for Sunday’s Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Braun’s Historic Triple Powers Central Ohio Domination

It’s rare air that Westerville Central’s Justin Braun (below) is breathing with his sprint triple, highlighting a dominant performance by Central Ohio track and field stars, including a D-I team title for Pickerington Central’s boys thanks to a clutch effort from Steven McElroy. Steve Blackledge writes for Sunday’s Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Blackledge: Jumpers Take Center Stage At Friday State Meet

Saturday’s races got a great preliminary boost with Friday’s state tournament action.  Long jumpers and pole vaulters got a lot of attention with some big efforts. Steve Blackledge writes for weekend Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Ailing Wolfe Powers Orange Advance To Meet New Albany

Two scintillating semifinals in an All-Ohio Capital Conference Central Regional went down to the wire, setting up an Olentangy Orange vs. New Albany final for a berth in the state’s final four. (Press Pros Feature Photos by Mike Munden)

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Jun
5

Ailing Wolfe Powers Orange Advance To Meet New Albany

Two scintillating semifinals in an All-Ohio Capital Conference Central Regional went down to the wire, setting up an Olentangy Orange vs. New Albany final for a berth in the state’s final four. (Press Pros Feature Photos by Mike Munden)

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May
29

‘Grinder’ DI Regional Features Some Impressive Performances…

Despite the rotten weather and cold temps, Westerville Central’s Justin Braun opened eyes by taking the 100, 200, and 400mm sprints at the Division I regional tract meet at Pickerington North, part of an impressive tease to next week’s state track tournament. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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May
26

Worth The Wait, W’ville South Finally Gets That District Title

Cel-e-brate good times….It took almost thirty years, but Westerville South finally clinched a long-awaited district title in baseball Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Hilliard Darby. Columnist Steve Blackledge writes for Thursday’s Press Pros.

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May
26

Worth The Wait, W’ville South Finally Gets That District Title

Cel-e-brate good times….It took almost thirty years, but Westerville South finally clinched a long-awaited district title in baseball Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Hilliard Darby. Columnist Steve Blackledge writes for Thursday’s Press Pros.

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May
5

The Next Natural? Meet Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax

Accustomed to competition and expectation, Bishop Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax makes it look easy as one of the top players in the country.  And she doesn’t get it from strangers. Steve Blackledge writes about her in the latest Press Pros.

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Apr
27

Jace Middleton: En Route With A Family Tradition

Jace Middleton says he was born on a baseball diamond, and seems destined to follow in the steps of his father as a Buckeye recruit and as far as his talent and pedigree will take him. Steve Blackledge writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Apr
25

Blackledge: The Truth Of The Matter Lies Somewhere In Between

According to survey, the percentage of coaches favoring playoff expansion to those who don’t is about 50-50.  But the inconsistencies between stories, and demographics, and regions of the state lead one believe that we might never know the truth. Steve Blackledge shares perspective from central Ohio.

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Mar
21

DeSales Overwhelmed By St. Vincent-St. Mary Feeding Frenzy

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary threw off its first half doldrums to storm past Columbus DeSales for the Division II title. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
21

Westerville Central Grits Out Win Over Taller St. Ignatius

More about heart than size…Westerville Central and Tasos Cook (below) used speed and determination to knock out Cleveland St. Ignatius in the Division I semifinal Saturday night at UD Arena. Steve Blackledge writes the story for the latest Press Pros update.

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Mar
20

Centerville Punches Through To The D-I Finals

They used patience and defense…and a pair of guards (Tom House, below) that Mentor simply couldn’t play through.  Add a tough schedule of preparation and Centerville’s playing for its first-ever title in basketball.

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Mar
20

Watson, Defense Propels DeSales To Win Over C-J

DeSales proved to be better on both ends of the court, and Davidson recruit Desmond Watson (below) was the offensive catalyst as the Stallions moved past Chaminade-Julienne to the Division II championship final.

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Mar
19

Moore’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Worthington Christian To Win Over Cincinnati Taft

Junior DJ Moore ended it with the “biggest shot of my career”, as Worthington Christian knock Taft out of the Division III tourney on a last-second shot. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
19

Late Surge Helps Columbus Grove Beat New Boston Glenwood

Down by double digits in the second half, Columbus Grove’s fourth quarter surge breaks the hearts of New Boston Glenwood in the Div. IV semi-final. Steve Blackledge writes the story for Press Pros.

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