Archive for Features
Dec
30

Opt-Outs Force Ohio State To Make Major Personnel Changes

Senior Thayer Munford was back at left tackle and backup Matthew Jones was at left guard Wednesday during a practice for the Rose Bowl. Not having Olave and Wilson has made Smith-Njigba the No. 1 receiver and punt returner.

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Dec
30

Russia Wins At Covington’s Expense, Turnovers Costly

Covington played arguably its best fifteen minutes of basketball this year before turnovers and cold shooting in the second half helped Hayden Quinter (below) Russia to its fifth win of the year. Read about the game in Thursday’s Press Pros.

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Dec
29

‘Festivus’ Grievances For The Rest Of Us, 2021

Frank Costanza provided us all with the perfect template to say publicly what’s built up all year long…just never the right time to share.  Having failed miserably with the feats of strength part of it, ‘Festivus’ allows for more.

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Dec
27

Olave, Wilson, Petit-Frere, Garrett Opt Out Of Rose Bowl

Ryan Day’s world has been rocked since late November…first with his initial Big Ten loss at Michigan, and now with the opt-outs of four players whose decision to sit out the Rose Bowl will inspire much conversation before the Saturday kickoff against Utah.

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Dec
27

No question, Ohio State Offensive Line Has Been a Dud

The group failed to convert on third down, was heavily penalized and hot and cold when it came to protecting quarterback CJ Stroud when hit in the mouth by Oregon, Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan.

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Dec
25

Christmas Memory: ‘Good Will Hunting’, And Pheasants In The Snow

We all reflect upon our lives and memories at Christmas, and I’m no different for times spent hunting at Christmas with my dad, family, and friends.  Here’s a particularly good one for those who grew up with a love of the outdoors. Merry Christmas to everyone, and a Happy New Year from Press Pros.

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Dec
23

Buckeyes’ Smith-Njigba Ponders Life After Olave, Wilson

Nothing has been said by Olave or Wilson about opting out of the Rose Bowl against Utah, but Smith-Njigba is preparing himself to be the leading man in the receivers room. A Mark Znidar pre-Rose Bowl profile in today’s Press Pros.

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Dec
22

Holiday Music: “Our Little Song Broke Us Up”…Do You Hear What I Hear?

One of the most popular holiday songs in history, it was written as a protest warning during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, adapted to a Christmas tune, and made famous by a man searching for one more hit record. An interesting read on an all-time Christmas favorite.

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Dec
22

Schulze, Coldwater Face Climb To Maintain Sovereignty, Title

Nine months removed from winning the Division II state title in girls bowling, junior Jasmine Schulze and Coldwater are back in a familiar position of trying to peak at the right time to defend that title, come February.

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Dec
22

McCoy: Flyers Survive Late Furious Southern Rally To Win

The University of Dayton Flyers constructed a 20-point lead with six minutes left, 61-41, Tuesday at UD Arena, then had to fend off a 17-1 run over a five-minute span by the Southern University Jaguars as guard Kobe Elvis hit a fast break reverse layup in the final two minutes to stop the rally and preserve Dayton’s eighth win against five losses in nonconference play. Read Hal McCoy.

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Dec
20

What I Saw Over The Weekend…December 20

Nixon never looked this good…There really aren’t that many good teams in any sports anymore, and if you doubt that statement…just listen to how hard the talking heads work to make it sound like there are with Monday morning analysis. Read more in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Dec
19

How Charlie Brown’s Christmas Theme Came To Be…

It’s been around for 56 years, and everyone loves it, but few actually know that the Charlie Brown Christmas Theme has nothing to do with the Christmas season, at all. Here’s the story.

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Dec
19

Munford Bristling About Michigan Chirping About Its Victory

The senior offensive lineman could have opted out of the Rose Bowl and prepare for the NFL draft, but he wants to leave Ohio State a winner after a 42-27 loss to the Wolverines. Mark Znidar writes for Sunday Press Pros.

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Dec
17

The Reader Speaks…December 17, 2021

Holiday cheer, some ho-hum, and even humbug…from our legion of readers responding to December articles appearing on Press Pros. As always, we appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts.

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Dec
16

Basketball…And A Difference In Personality

For years I’ve noticed a difference in talking with basketball coaches as opposed to football coaches. And is there really a difference?  Veteran coaches shared with me their thoughts.

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Dec
14

Jackson’s Defense, Offensive Fireworks Crush Fairlawn

For a while they couldn’t miss. Nolan Fark (below) and the Jackson Center Tigers put on a shooting show Tuesday while holding an opponent to less than twenty points for the third game in a row. Fairlawn was the victim this time, losing to JC, 64-18. Read about the game in today’s inside feature.

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Dec
8

Heisman Trip Great, But Stroud Focused On Winning

Some OSU fans weren’t sure about C.J. Stroud after the Buckeyes’ loss to Oregon in Week Two, but they’ve hopefully come around now that he’s among the top four finishers for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded Saturday night in New York.

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Dec
7

Versailles’ Ryan Jones Is Press Pros’ 2021 COTY

In three short years he ended one of the area’s longest-standing expectations…of how and when the Versailles Tigers would again reign as a power in the Midwest Athletic Conference and the champion of OHSAA Division V football.  It made Ryan Jones our 2021 area Coach of The Year in football.

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Dec
6

OSU Repels Penn State Rally With Well-Timed Triples

Ohio State continues to flirt with disaster by giving away big leads, but a victory in the Big Ten opener on the road is nothing to nit-pick.

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Dec
5

McCoy: UD Flyers Score Another Romp, Over Northern Illinois

Rolling now, UD extended its win streak with a blowout win over Northern Illinois for their fifth straight victory. Hal McCoy writes for Sunday Press Pros.

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