Archive for Central Ohio Feature
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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Jul
2

Best Of Ohio: Why These Games Mean So Much…!

Baseball games on the fourth of July used to be a matter of routine and tradition.  Now, they’re something to be taken more seriously…with colleges, scholarships, and futures on the line.  You never know who’s watching, and they may be watching you! Read why so many kids are playing this weekend in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
2

“A Blessing To Play”…But Can You Make Up For Lost Time?

Baseball players from around the state aren’t shy about expressing an opinion on lost time due to Covid.  Some are frustrated, while others (Dublin’s Patrick Joyce, below) are already considering their options.  In the meantime…they play as much as they can, while they can.

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Jun
14

Division I: Close, And A Cigar…New Albany Wins

It was wide open for five innings, and then Elder made it interesting.  But New Albany coach Dave Starling had it pegged about right.  His starter delivered, his offense produced, and his bullpen finally nailed down the 2021 Division I title in a wild finish.

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Jun
12

Shocker: New Albany Powers Past Walsh To D-I Final

After a nervous start…great pitching, great defense, and timely hitting powered New Albany to reliever Brady Conley (below, middle) and past favored Walsh Jesuit to play in Sunday’s Division I final. Read about the game on Press Pros.

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Jun
5

Conley’s Stellar Relief Helps New Albany Edge Orange

Things in and out of its control conspired against New Albany for the last two seasons, but the Eagles were tired of waiting for a trip to the state baseball tournament’s final weekend and made it happen Saturday against OCC rival Olentangy Orange. Bruce Hooley writes for 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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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
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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