Archive for Features
Feb
19

Billing: Botkins Gets Scare, But Topples Bradford

Botkins, the ninth-ranked team in the Division IV state poll trailed five-win Bradford at halftime. A second-half surge and 28-0 run pushed the Trojans past the Railroaders and into next week. Greg Billing writes for Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Feb
19

Masteller’s ‘Big’ Night Powers Anna Past Mechanicsburg

Frustrated by a slow start, Anna’s Isaiah Masteller (below) warmed to the task and put on a show, driving the Anna Rockets to a workman-like win over Mechanicsburg in the D-III sectional opener at Northmont.

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Feb
18

Hooley: Buckeyes’ Backcourt Delivers Tough Win At Penn State

Buckeyes go on the road and win where they haven’t won much recently. Liddell, Washington, and the bench contribute big in a ten-point win over Penn State. Read Bruce Hooley in today’s Press Pros.

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Feb
18

East Bows Out To Cassoni, Waynesville In D-III

Miami East got off to a slow start…and never quite caught up with a mercurial talent named Isabella Cassoni (below) and the Waynesville Spartans. The Vikings bowed out of the Division III tournament sectional Thursday, 40-25. Read more in today’s Press Pros.

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Feb
18

It’s No Bull, There’s Some Bullwinkle in Holtmann’s Touch

Both ample skill and considerable good fortune lie at the root of Ohio State’s ascent to No. 4 in the country, but don’t overlook the masterful touch of Chris Holtmann in expertly mixing all the ingredients in the Buckeyes’ success.  Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Feb
17

Rematch Set…Anna, Arcanum Advance At Covington Div. III

It was no contest as Anna and Ella Doseck (below) easily wiped past Northridge, and Arcanum coasted over Indian Lake to set up the anticipated rematch of last year’s Division III sectional final. Read more in the latest Press Pros feature.

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Feb
16

The Reader Speaks…February 17

As per usual, a lot of first-time writers shared their opinions from recent posts – on will we have a state tournament…are the Buckeyes for real…and has the state sabotaged the future of high school sports? Another good read in the latest post of the ‘Reader Speaks’.

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Feb
15

How Do We Make Boys and Girls Tournament Basketball…Better?

Marooned with winter, snow, and awful TV, have you taken inventory on things you’ve seen enough? And more important, are lopsided tournament games one of those things? Do you care?  And how do you fix it? Opinion offered in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Feb
13

#10 Westerville Central Edges DeSales

Playing short-handed, DeSales put up a heckuva’ fight before bowing to #10-ranked Westerville Central in a Saturday showdown. Steve Blackledge shares the game story on Press Pros.

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Feb
13

Where You Least Expect Is Where OSU Does Damage

EJ Liddell was again unstoppable, and Ohio State won its sixth straight and ninth in the last ten – a complete win 78-59 win over Indiana. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Feb
13

From Dayton to Daytona: Racing Has Rich History In Miami Valley

It’s one of the largest auto racing fan clubs in the country. The Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club (DARF) even left a lasting impression on Richard Petty. As NACAR kicks off its season with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, here’s a look back to when The King made a pit stop in Dayton years ago.

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Feb
13

Worth The Wait: Botkins Claims Share Of SCAL Title

The Botkins Trojans took the Russia Raiders’ best shot Friday night. And despite being a little stunned in the first half, the Trojans rallied in the second to secure their first SCAL title since the 1992-93 season. Russia’s Jonathan Bell (pictured) came up with the loose ball in the game’s final seconds, but the Raiders ran out of time before a final shot. Read more Greg Billing.

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Feb
13

Top-Ranked Worthington Christian Rolls On With Win Over Whitehall

Top-ranked, Division III Worthington Christian marches on with a Friday night 58-48 win over talented Whitehall. Steve Blackledge shares the story in Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Feb
12

A Tale of Two Coaches That Ended Well For OSU

Indiana and Ohio State both hired new coaches four seasons ago, and so far the comparison isn’t close as the teams prepare for their only scheduled meeting of 2021. Bruce Hooley previews today’s Ohio State-Indiana coaching matchup.

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Feb
12

McCoy: Postponed Game Gives UD’s Flyers Much-Needed Rest

As Covid continues to put a damper on teams and travel, UD and center Jordy Tshimanga takes some time to rest and prepare for the homestretch of their season. Hal McCoy writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Feb
11

Best D-III Team You Don’t Know…Arcanum’s Mission

Hailey Unger (below) and Arcanum made a statement with their play Thursday, pursuing a season-long quest.  They easily dispatched Twin Valley South…with a bigger mission in mind.

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Feb
10

Watterson Claims CCL Title With Buzzer-Beater Win Over Hartley

Back and forth for four quarters, it took a buzzer beater Tuesday from Watterson’s Danielle Grim to claim the outright CCL championship with a 39-38 win over Hartley. Steve Blackledge writes the story for Press Pros Magazine.

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Feb
9

McCoy: VCU Strangles Crutcher, UD Flyers, Again

VUC came to UD Arena Tuesday night, subbing in for Covid-19 stricken Massachusetts and for the second time this season applied heavy defensive pressure to shut down Jalen Crutcher (eight points) and the Flyers, 76-67. Read Hal McCoy.

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Feb
9

‘Blackie’…Steve Blackledge Joins Press Pros

The latest edition to our Press Pros writers roster needs little introduction, and certainly no break-in period.  He’s been writing high school sports (and a bit of everything else) for three decades.

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Feb
7

Seriously, If You’re A Fan Of Football Recruiting….

I don’t get it, but maybe you do.  And in case you do, here’s some scouting comments about this year’s crop of college recruits that make the rest of us – the doubters – wonder. If you do get it, consider this photo. It’s worth at least a thousand words!

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