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Aug
5

Big Ten Moves Ohio State-Michigan Game To October 24

Just in case…Big Ten Conference wants best match-ups to be played earlier in order to give teams a fail-safe if positive tests for COVID-19 force postponements to later in the season. Mark Znidar writes today’s Press Pros update.

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Aug
4

Cates, Covington, Hope For Fun Farewell Tour….

Home, sweet home…In his four years as head football coach Ty Cates has found his footing, established as ‘the coach’ in Covington.  Now a new league and a new challenge loom…as the Buccaneers seek a happy farewell tour of the Cross County Conference.

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Aug
3

Gostomsky: Let Us Play…And The Politicization Of The Virus

The state’s weekend order for mandatory testing buys the governor time, costs athletes time, and shifts the burden of fall sports onto those who cannot defend themselves…or live their lives. What you might have missed over the weekend…in today’s Press Pros.

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Aug
2

Hal Answers: August 3, 2020

What Julia Child was to food, Hal McCoy is to the Cuban cigar and readers’ questions on all things baseball.  If you have questions on baseball for Hal, send them via the ‘contact’ prompt in his latest articles. Until then…enjoy today’s inside feature.

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Aug
2

DeWine, Faceless Bureaucrats Put Dark Cloud On Fall Sports

What’s taking so long to approve fall sports?  It might have something to do with state bureaucrats who don’t know the difference between what’s a contact sport, and what’s not.  Believe it or not, they can’t agree. Bruce Hooley tries to sort it out in today’s Press Pros.

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Aug
1

Are You Tired Of The Daily Dose Of ‘Stupid’?

At a time when we desperately need leadership at every level of culture, there’s only one person at the top that we blame.  In reality, we need to look to your left and your right.  We’re surrounded…by us. Something to consider in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
30

Perspective Gained Since Glory Days Resonates With St. Henry’s Legends In COVID Era

Three St. Henry legends, Jeff Hartings (with high school coach, Tim Boeckman, above), Bob Hoying and Jim Lachey, speak out on the array of emotional investments by coaches, fathers and parents – and the risks of indecision – associated with the decision to have school and sports. Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
28

What’s Relevant About Sports, And Live While You Can…?

A mini-fest of commentary on four points, about sports as a priority, athletes and when they become a priority, and the convenience of priorities, yours and mine. Enjoy your Wednesday with a read from Press Pros.

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Jul
28

McCoy At-Large: What Happened To The Game I Played?

Is this so hard? The game has changed so much they no longer play to win, but rather…to see who can hit it the farthest, strike out the most, and for television ratings.  So why did I spend all that time learning to catch…and bunt? Hal McCoy writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
27

Meeting A Hall Of Famer…Warren Spahn On Pitching

Forty years after the fact, I still have the notes from a conversation with whom many say was the best left-handed pitcher in the history of baseball.  His opinions pitching, and how to teach it, will make you shake your head. A good read about one of baseball’s best…in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
26

COVID Looms As Threat As Teams Lean Into Football…

As high school football and the Covid virus go forward on parallel paths, area high school coaches (Coldwater’s Chip Otten, below) speak to the values of routine, adjustment, and extra-curricular activity in the face of something you cannot control. Columnist Bruce Hooley writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
25

The Bear Story Is True…And The Taxpayer’s Ultimate Reprisal

Some weekend commentary and catchup from those who wrote to share their own version of a funny story…and from one who wrote, “Why are we paying so much for something we’re not getting?” Read more in the latest Press Pros feature.

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Jul
23

Baseball, Finally: Old Memories Are The Best

Do you remember?…Caught as we all are in the snare of Covid19, I find myself thinking about the things that matter most – memories from baseball.  Earl Lawson, the Hall of Fame baseball writer, and John McNamara, the former manager of the Reds, offered me their friendship and guidance in the early days of what turned out to be a long trail. Greg Hoard writes in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
22

The Reader Speaks: July 23, 2020…Those Wanting More!

The mailbox burst at its seams since July 7 with letters, especially those in response to Jerry Snodgrass being dismissed as Executive Director by the OHSAA.  Too many to share them all, but here is a sampling….! Read more in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
20

On Sports, Schools, Covid, and Who’s Lying…

After five months of scientific inconsistency and political maneuvering over a germ, I’m to the point of wanting to know, yes…and the only person left to trust is myself. Read more in today’s inside feature.

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Jul
17

It’s ‘Classic’…How Baseball Works In Minster

They start ’em young…Minster’s July festival of baseball (and softball) is for everyone, every age, and every skill. Even if all you have to offer is a good story…a guy fighting a bear, for instance! Read more in the latest Press Pros feature.

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Jul
16

‘Coons In The Corn…

For those who profess to love all God’s creatures without reservation, some words about those willing to reconsider when the creatures come between them and their stomach. Guest writer Tom Cappell provides the latest weekend feature update on Press Pros.

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Jul
15

More Questions Than Answers…The OHSAA’s Story

In an exclusive interview with OHSAA Director of Communications, Tim Stried, we pose some tough questions pertaining to the organization’s reasons for dismissing Jerry Snodgrass, and their goal for moving on. Read more in the latest Press Pros update.

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Jul
14

Secret To Moellers’ Success? ‘Go With The Flo’

The Marion Local Flyers name is synonymous with state championships. So is Florentine Moeller’s. The feisty great-grandmother has a direct link to 63 OHSAA state tournament appearances and 34 state championships. It’s a heckuva story, and you can read it in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
13

Hal Answers: Of The ‘Hidden Ball’ Trick And Other Items

It took half the regular baseball season to manifest, but finally…some energetic readers with a inquisitive mind have sent baseball questions to our more-or-less expert (his opinion, not ours), Hal McCoy.  Enjoy some Hal fun in today’s inside feature…and see why Davey Lopes (below) is featured on the front page.

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