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Aug
1

Our Area Teams, League, Of Intrigue For 2021….

How do they do it? Despite graduation losses and the changing landscape of high school football, somehow Coldwater continues to win state titles – their seventh in 2020. No surprise, they’re one of our nine area teams of intrigue for 2021 in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Jul
30

‘Til We Meet Again (?)…Remembering ‘Roz’

One of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, and one I’ll certainly never forget.  Roz taught me to appreciate psychics for their ability to do things you cannot understand.  You just wonder how they do it.

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Jul
29

What Schmidt, Cards’ Know That They Didn’t Know Then

The reigning champions in Division VII open fall camp on Monday with a fresh respect for who they are, if others are still wondering.  Now New Bremen Cardinal coach Chris Schmidt hopes they understand, and remember, how they got there.

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Jul
26

The Week Of ‘PC’, Greed…Finally Is Heard A Discouraging Word

Following the headlines of the last week, opinions on the Cleveland Indians caving to political pressure over their iconic nickname – and Texas and Oklahoma crying hardship and saying they can’t compete unless they leave for the SEC.  So, how much money do you need?

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Jul
25

Jim Abrams: A Little Fishing…With ‘Bass’ Curtis

An early investment of time by his uncle, and some hard-earned gear helped Zanesville’s Solomon Curtis find a calling that brings him, and those he hopes will follow his example, a lifetime of peaceful satisfaction. Outdoors contributor Jim Abrams writes for Press Pros.

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Jul
24

The Reader Speaks (And Loudly)…July 24th, 2021

To our recent post about summer baseball, those who agreed and disagreed came out of the shadows to share their own views and experience on finding a better solution for those…who want to play without wearing a winter coat. Enjoy the latest comments from our readers.

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Jul
22

Roll, Lehman Set To Re-Emerge In The TRC

Roster numbers and optimism are up as Dick Roll and Lehman Catholic seek to rebound from a 3-3 Covid season in the new Three Rivers Conference. Read about them in Friday’s Press Pros.

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Jul
21

If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Right…And Difficult

Even if you deem the NBA unwatchable or irrelevant, there was an enduring moment that arose in the aftermath of the Finals that rang true for professional basketball and far beyond. Yes, all the way to the high school ranks of the State of Ohio. Bruce Hooley writes for Thursday’s Press Pros.

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Jul
19

Commentary: On The Last Day Of Baseball, 2021…

Despite the weekend turmoil in major league baseball, the enthusiasm and commitment to local amateur baseball and softball was never more impressive than what we observed in the season of 2021. Read more.

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Jul
18

All MVP…18s Bests 17s For Best Of Ohio Weekend Title

The wrap-up of the Best of Ohio summer tourney series came down to all area, and all Miami Valley Prospects, 17s vs. 18s, in the final weekend title game at Newton. In the end if was all Steve Jones (below) in a 4-0 18u win. Read more.

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Jul
17

On Your Worst Day…Baseball, Fun, The Warmth Of The Sun

Heavy overnight rains could not dampen the spirits or the enthusiasm for Saturday at the Minster classic.  St. Henry’s Rya Buschur fires a pitch (below), once again proving that on your worst day imaginable, baseball, like the warmth of the sun, can make life more bearable.

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Jul
17

Play Ball! … Or Soccer Or Run Cross Country While You Can!

Most of Rusty Allen’s baseball players are multi-sport athletes … and that’s just fine with the Ohio Starz 15U baseball coach. Allen and Monroe Swarm coach Ed Beck prefer trying a variety of sports compared to specialization, even if it means having to share athletes or find replacements for family vacations.

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Jul
17

Minster Classic: Once Again Proving…What’s In A Name?

There’s a reason why the annual Minster classic for baseball and softball is so popular, and why area teams participating in it have such a rich legacy of success.  Check the names here this weekend (like Minster’s James Niemeyer, below) and their relationship to winning.  It all adds up.

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Jul
16

Travel Team, 7-Year-Old Form Baseball Bond

It was a simple moment. But what was supposed to be a quick game of toss to fill time before a game ended up forming a lasting bond. The Butler County Bombers 16U baseball team earned a fan for life when they befriended 7-year-old Cody.

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Jul
15

Best Of Ohio: What I Did On Summer Vacation

On the final week of the Best of Ohio Tourney series, some thoughts about who improved in the past two months…and how? Northmont’s Jaren Slusher (below) showed his talent in an 8-0 Thursday win. Read More in Friday’s Press Pros.

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Jul
13

Bryce Schondelmyer Forces Change Of Heart, Direction

The junior quarterback at Arcanum led the Cross County Conference in passing yards in 2020 – by a lot – and is forcing some new tactics (tricks) on an old dog, his father and head coach, Jason Schondelmyer. Read about him in the latest Press Pros profile.

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Jul
11

The Reader Speaks…July 12, 2021

Mid-summer and many of the locals are traveling while lots of first-timers from our audience weigh in on pouting athletes,  Covid fear, community baseball….with some excellent ‘first-timers’. Read, and enjoy!

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Jul
10

Perfect Storm? Minster’s New Coach, And Old Standards

Six weeks into the job as Minster’s football coach, Seth Whiting will call on bedrock values – what he knows, what he believes – to keep the Wildcats on pace in the MAC. Learn more about the ‘Cats executive change in today’s Press Pros.

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Jul
10

Miami Valley Prospects Follow Advice Of Their Coach….

With emphasis…Cooper Cole’s grand slam (below) was the hitting highlight, while pitcher Kaden Echeman threw a complete-game gem in Saturday’s Miami Valley Prospect’s shutout win over Texas-Ewald. Greg Billing writes about it for Press Pros.

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Jul
9

Ohio Diamond Hawks Form Baseball Bond … Despite The Uniform

Often in opposite dugouts during the spring high school season, the Ohio Diamond Hawks come together to play the game they love as the boys of summer. The Hawks — a collection of players from Anthony Wayne, Findlay, Millbury Lake and Oregon Clay — teamed up again in the Best of Midwest tournament at Newton High School on Friday.

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