Archive for Features
Jun
14

Advice From A Past Winner…To 2021 MAC Scholar Athletes

He was the first recipient of the Press Pros sponsor scholar-athlete scholarship award seven years ago.  Since then, Marion Local’s Dustin Rethman (below, center) has put the money and his time to good use.  Now, he shares what he knows with 2021 winners, Brady Klingshirn and Ellen Naumann.

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Jun
13

Tourney Update: Lincolnview’s Magical Ride Derailed in D-IV

Hard to watch it end…Lincolnview’s magical tourney run came to an end at the hands of the most improbable baseball champion in modern OHSAA history. With just eleven players on their roster, Warren took the Division IV title, 4-0.

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Jun
13

Tournament Update: Akron Hoban Skips To Div. II Title

It took them five tries and and ten innings to do it…Akron Hoban wins its first OHSAA baseball title in ten innings over Bloom-Carroll. Read about the game on Press Pros.

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Jun
13

From The Tournament: CHCA Claims Division III Title

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy claims the Division III baseball title with a 4-1 win over Archbold. Read details of the game on Press Pros.

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Jun
13

OHSAA Gets It Right With Akron, Dayton….

The choice to move the basketball and baseball tournaments from traditional venues has been met with some skepticism and disregard.  Here are some words of support for change…and getting it right.

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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 (above) 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
12

Canes 16U, Wood Bat Classic Heats Up

The weather was throwing heat on Saturday. That didn’t slow the Canes 16U team at the Best of Ohio Buckeye Wood Bat Classic. The four-day 15U, 16U and 18U tournaments wrap up Sunday at select sites in the Miami Valley.

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Jun
12

Price Is Right, Lincolnview Advances To D-IV Final

Ohio State recruit Landon Price delivered the pitching gem of the tourney thus far, striking out 14 in a two-hit complete game win over Lucasville Valley in day two’s first Division IV semi-final. Read the game story on Press Pros.

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Jun
12

Jim Abrams: More Fishing Than Catching Just Fine…

Fly fishing for trout, like life, is often about the journey and not the destination.  It’s fine, and those that do like it that way. Outdoors columnist Jim Abrams writes for Press Pros.

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Jun
11

From The State Tournament: Images From Opening Day…..

In perfect weather the 2021 OHSAA state baseball tournament got underway Friday with good play, and one very ‘big’ surprise in Division II. On day two Lincolnview and Fort Loramie play for a spot in the Division IV Finals on Sunday.

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Jun
11

Colts Elite Brings Hilliard Rivals Together

Hilliard’s three high schools are rivals, but when it comes to baseball they’re often teammates with the Colts Elite. The Elite are one of the many 18U, 16U and 15U teams taking their swings at the Best of Ohio Wood Bat Classic this weekend at various sites around the Miami Valley. Greg Billing writes.

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Jun
11

From The State Tournament: If You Don’t Think We Need Some Baseball….

Anyone who questions baseball for being slow, boring, not enough action…and excluding to kids who can’t afford a $300 Rawlings glove, consider some of the other nonsense we’re being asked to swallow at this year’s state tournament.

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Jun
10

Batter Up! Wood Bat Tourney Swings Into Action

In a rematch of the 2020 18U championship game, the Miami Valley Prospects gave defending champ Springfield Armoloy a scare in the bottom of the seventh in the Best of Ohio Wood Bat Classic. Armoloy pitcher Nick Whalen -pictured (Springfield Shawnee) was dialed in Thursday. Read the “Best of Ohio Wood Bat Classic” by Greg Billing inside today’s PressPros.

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Jun
9

Jared Hoying Remembers The First One….

It’s been fourteen years since Ft. Loramie won its first title in baseball, shocking a heavily-favored New Catholic team.  Now, on the threshold of winning their fourth since 2007, former Redskin, former Texas Ranger, and current Toronto Blue Jay farmhand Jared Hoying shares the memories of a day that time can’t diminish.

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Jun
7

Commentary: Good As It Is, It Deserves Better…

Will it take an act of Congress (Rep. Warren Davidson, below)? On the occasion of Bradford winning its first state title ever (softball)…and Fort Loramie vying for its fourth baseball title this weekend…think about how much better it could be if kids didn’t have to compete with Mother Nature, too! Read more…..

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Jun
6

“Really Good”: Bradford Wins In Softball For First Title Ever

Skipp Miller (below) overcame an admitted case of early nerves to pitch a one-hit shutout…and the Bradford Railroaders garnered universal praise as they won the Division IV title in softball – the first team title in the history of the school. Greg Billing writes the story for 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 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

Loramie Outplays, Outlasts Russia, Returns To State

Piling on? They were steady, and methodical.  And when they needed a lift on the pitching mound Derek Meyer came on and gave them a relief performance a coach, and a grandfather, can only wish for.  Fort Loramie was too much for rival Russia in the Division IV regional baseball final. Read about the game on 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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