The ‘Word’ Man:  Hal McCoy, Beyond Hal McCoy

Wondering what you're going to read now that the Reds are done and Hal McCoy has moved on to a richer baseball palette? Take a moment to consider the man beyond balls and strikes. Learn why it's the way he writes about balls and strikes that makes him special. Something I'll never hear the end of...in today's inside feature.

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Paul Keels:  Sounds Like The Buckeyes….
Apr
4

Paul Keels: Sounds Like The Buckeyes….

In an industry of imitators, Buckeyes play-by-play voice Paul Keels understands that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, while appreciating that his voice alone…is the unique sound of Ohio State sports.

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Stories From the Minors:  A Most Unforgettable Boss…
Apr
1

Stories From the Minors: A Most Unforgettable Boss…

I worked for him for two years, and for his reputation and influence I marveled that he even bothered with baseball. An unforgettable tale of days in the minor leagues and reason to remember former Southern League president Billy Hitchcock (above). Today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Face To Face With Lou Holtz…
Mar
24

Face To Face With Lou Holtz…

Long retired from coaching, Lou Holtz still one of college football’s most popular personalities…because of what he says, but more, for the way he says it. Read more from my face to face meeting with a true football icon in today’s Press Pros encore feature from one year ago today.

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Josh Sagester, Patriots Turn The Page….
Jan
24

Josh Sagester, Patriots Turn The Page….

From Over New Madison Way…Josh Sagester and the reigning champs in Division IV boys basketball lost a lot from last year’s Tri-Village title team, but are still winning…thanks to a combination of coach, community, and culture. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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The Dust Clears For Brent Niekamp, Ft. Recovery…..
Jan
12

The Dust Clears For Brent Niekamp, Ft. Recovery…..

Then, And Now…Ft. Recovery’s Brent Niekamp (above, right) applauds his players as they take possession of the 2015 Division VII championship football trophy. Five weeks removed, he talks about the irony of accomplishment with Indians football, and his expectations for the future. Read more in today’s inside feature.

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Hoard: Vada Pinson, Another Memory, Another Lesson
Dec
25

Hoard: Vada Pinson, Another Memory, Another Lesson

His ability to hit a baseball, run like a deer, and catch anything that flew were just the baseball attributes of former Red, Vada Pinson. Later in life I was to find out that there was much, much more. He was one of the good guys, too.

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The Beauty Of Guys Like Paul Bremigan….
Dec
21

The Beauty Of Guys Like Paul Bremigan….

After three decades at Russia, Paul Bremigan is starting over in Troy, settled in, and re-energized by a different challenge. Read more on his story in today’s Press Pros inside feature. (Press Pros Photo Courtesy of Lee Woolery)

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An Artist’s Memories Of Troy, Eldean Bridge
Dec
9

An Artist’s Memories Of Troy, Eldean Bridge

The man who shared the scenes of the Miami River and the Eldean Bridge with the world is still painting, and remembers fondly his time spent a quarter century ago in Troy.

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If You Think College Football Is Better, Different….
Nov
25

If You Think College Football Is Better, Different….

What really happens to the local high school “can’t miss” when they get to a college sports program and suddenly disappear? Well, thanks to the human element, it’s not as tough to figure out as you might think.

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Reconsidering Tipp:  Face To Face With Joel Derge!
Nov
9

Reconsidering Tipp: Face To Face With Joel Derge!

We’re reminded this week that the worst underestimate of Week 1 playoffs…the worst prediction…was that we didn’t take the Tippecanoe Red Devils seriously enough against Piqua. But head coach Joel Derge is hardly bothered in today’s inside feature.

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Hooley:  Meyer Record, Pace, The Stuff Of Legends
Sep
10

Hooley: Meyer Record, Pace, The Stuff Of Legends

Reason To Smile…Woody Hayes, Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel may have been legends, but Urban Meyer is the first coach who’s taken every asset at Ohio State’s disposal and maximized it. Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Matt Burgbacher:  Risk, And (For Now) A Small Reward
Aug
30

Matt Burgbacher: Risk, And (For Now) A Small Reward

His first win as coach at Troy left Matt Burgbacher with a broad smile and even bigger appetite for more…and the satisfaction that (for now) he’s the happiest guy on Staunton Road. Read more in today’s inside feature.

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What We Could All Learn…From A.J. Ouellette
Jul
31

What We Could All Learn…From A.J. Ouellette

His story and his telling it on a recent Press Pros video provides a powerful contrast between how life is…and how most of us are telling our kids that it should be. Consider the lessons to be learned from Ohio University’s A.J. Ouellette in the latest inside feature.

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Runner’s “Lib” In Covington…..
Jul
21

Runner’s “Lib” In Covington…..

She runs 40 miles a week just for fun. And by the way, Libby McMaken Long (above, left) is in such good condition she doesn’t even pay attention anymore. Read more (if it doesn’t make you tired) in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Starting Over…In Troy
Jun
18

Starting Over…In Troy

Someone’s Watching?…In Troy they’re hoping that a new regime under Matt Burgbacher (above), and a constant reminder of the past, can turn around the bad fortunes of a once-proud football program. The question is…how, and how soon? Read more in the latest Press Pros inside summer profile.

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Summer Vacation…And A Second Lease
Jun
16

Summer Vacation…And A Second Lease

Road Map Of A Pitcher’s Journey…What it feels like to have that which you’ve done for so long, that which for a time was threatened, now restored in full bloom in the best summer of your life. Just ask Adam Niemeyer to show you his scar (top). Read more in today’s Press Pros inside feature!

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What 99.99% Of People In Sports…Can’t Do!
Jun
10

What 99.99% Of People In Sports…Can’t Do!

Forget LeBron and the repetitive stories about the Cavaliers trying to win a championship in Cleveland for the first time in 50 years. Try doing what Pat Venditte does and tell me if that’s not a whole lot tougher!

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Sam LeCure, And The Bumps In The Road….
Apr
26

Sam LeCure, And The Bumps In The Road….

A mainstay in the Reds bullpen for the past five seasons, Sam LeCure found himself on the outside looking in with a demotion to Triple-A Louisville in March. He took it as just another challenge from baseball, and life. Read more on how he’s working his way back in today’s Press Pros inside feature.

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Press Pros Replay:  A Broken Arm, And A Bond For Friendship…
Apr
2

Press Pros Replay: A Broken Arm, And A Bond For Friendship…

It Happened Here…McCarver Stadium, in Memphis, and in minor league baseball you amass a lot of great moments and even greater stories about people. Few evolve to better ends, but here’s one that did. Not so happy at the time, it turned out to be something I wouldn’t trade for anything now. Read today’s Press Pros replay feature.

Baseball This Weekend…The Ft. Loramie Invitational Tournament, on-air and online with Press Press, always the best call of the best games!

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From The State Tournament:  History That Almost Didn’t Happen
Mar
28

From The State Tournament: History That Almost Didn’t Happen

The story behind the Patriots’ title will last as long as the title itself. The best memories always do.

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