Hoist it high...The Russia Raiders are the 2022 Division IV state champions in baseball after defeating Lincolnview 10-4 in the first of Saturday's four title games in Akron. Read game details in the latest Press Pros update.

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Jun
11

‘Price’ Not Right, Russia Claims Division IV Crown

Hoist it high…The Russia Raiders are the 2022 Division IV state champions in baseball after defeating Lincolnview 10-4 in the first of Saturday’s four title games in Akron. Read game details in the latest Press Pros update.

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History Flipped, Russia Reminds Loramie In Reg. Win
Jun
3

History Flipped, Russia Reminds Loramie In Reg. Win

Final out, and celebration…Russia’s pitcher Xavier Phlipot fires his glove over the final out, and the Raiders celebrate their first trip to the state Final Four since 2017…hoping for their first win since 1971. Read more about Friday’s regional final win in today’s Press Pros feature.

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Motivation Galore:  Loramie And Russia In Reg. Rematch
Jun
2

Motivation Galore: Loramie And Russia In Reg. Rematch

The two Shelby County League rivals got through their respective regional semi-final matches to set up Friday Finals reprise from a year ago – Loramie (below) vs. Russia for the chance to go to Akron next week.

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So, Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Russia (or Newton)…?
May
2

So, Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Russia (or Newton)…?

They’re 11-5 after five weeks of off and on baseball, and their five losses have all been to state-ranked teams.  So with the tourney draw this weekend, why isn’t Russia (and pitcher Xavier Phlipot, below) being talked about more favorably in area Division IV baseball?

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Making A State-Ment: Russia’s Defense Stops Fort Loramie
Apr
21

Making A State-Ment: Russia’s Defense Stops Fort Loramie

The Russia Raiders secured a firm grip on the SCAL after throwing out three Fort Loramie runners at the plate, and getting another in a rundown. Russia’s 7-1 win was the 11th straight for the Raiders, who debuted at No. 2 in the D-IV state poll. Read Greg Billing softball this coming Saturday.

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Sarver’s 20, Suggs’ Trey, Defense, Hand Tri-Village Title
Mar
13

Sarver’s 20, Suggs’ Trey, Defense, Hand Tri-Village Title

Some sage motivation at the right time resonated with Tri-Village’s players over the summer and echoed loudly as an explanation for their ability to extend their own state title dreams, while ending Botkins’ attempt for a second straight championship. Bruce Hooley writes.

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Size Inside, Shooting Beyond Arc Lift Botkins Over SCC
Mar
9

Size Inside, Shooting Beyond Arc Lift Botkins Over SCC

The Pleiman brothers put Botkins in front early and the Trojans’ sharp-shooting backcourt took the baton from there in a comfortable regional semifinal win that moves the defending Division IV champs within one win of a return trip to UD Arena. Bruce Hooley writes the story of Wednesday Press Pros.

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Botkins’ Flexes Depth, Size, Maturity To Overwhelm Russia
Feb
26

Botkins’ Flexes Depth, Size, Maturity To Overwhelm Russia

The exact scenario Russia might have envisioned to further its upset hopes instead conspired against the Raiders, which shows just how talented defending state champion Botkins is and what the Trojans may be capable of again. (PressPros Feature Photos By Julie McMaken Wright).

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Loramie, Tri-Village Look The Part Of No. 1, No. 2
Feb
26

Loramie, Tri-Village Look The Part Of No. 1, No. 2

Fort Loramie and Tri-Village focused on the business at hand Saturday, dispatching their respective opponents with second-half, running-clock dominance, with Loramie’s Skylar Albers’ defense making it rough on Bradford’s Austy Miller (PressPros Feature Photo by Lee Woolery).

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Loramie Drops Troy Christian; Jackson Center Awaits
Feb
22

Loramie Drops Troy Christian; Jackson Center Awaits

Ty Ruhenkamp, scoring here on the break against Troy Christian’s Chase Dohme, led four Redskins in double figures to set up a Friday district semifinal against Shelby County League rival Jackson Center. (PressPros Feature Photo by Julie McMaken Wright)

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Botkins, Russia Handle Nerves, Opening Tests
Feb
19

Botkins, Russia Handle Nerves, Opening Tests

It took longer than anticipated, but Russia’s Brayden Monnin helped his team advance without incident, just like defending state champion Botkins, in first-round sectional tournament action Saturday at Piqua (PressPros Feature Photos by Julie McMaken Wright).

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Jackson Center Edges Anna In A Heart-Stopping SCL Thriller
Feb
12

Jackson Center Edges Anna In A Heart-Stopping SCL Thriller

Game winner….Jackson Center’s Camdyn Reese releases the game-winning shot with 4.7 seconds left to play Friday, lifting the Tigers to a heart-stopping 57-56 win over Anna. Read about the game in Saturday’s Press Pros.

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#1 Loramie Tested, Survives To Beat #4 New Knoxville
Jan
25

#1 Loramie Tested, Survives To Beat #4 New Knoxville

In a defensive struggle between two of the state’s top five teams in Division IV, unbeaten and #1-ranked Fort Loramie pushed past #4 New Knoxville in the second half to come out the winner, 44-39. Read about the game in Wednesday’s Press Pros.

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They Win The Close Ones…Botkins Squeezes Past Russia
Jan
18

They Win The Close Ones…Botkins Squeezes Past Russia

Botkins used its size, experience, and some big defensive plays from Carter Pleiman (below)Tuesday to defy the odds and beat Russia. Read about the game in Wednesday’s Press Pros.

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Loramie Sizzles From Three-Point Line To Beat Russia
Jan
6

Loramie Sizzles From Three-Point Line To Beat Russia

Fort Loramie showed their pressure defense (below) along with torrid three-point shooting Thursday to remain unbeaten with a 59-37 win over Russia in Shelby County League play. Read about the game in the latest Press Pros update.

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‘Skins, Sholtis Shellac West Liberty For Tenth Straight Win
Dec
30

‘Skins, Sholtis Shellac West Liberty For Tenth Straight Win

Senior Ava Sholtis (below) scored 14 of her game-high 21 points in the first half and the Fort Loramie Redskins cruised to their tenth straight win with a romp over West Liberty Salem. Read about the Redskins in the latest Press Pros feature update.

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Russia Wins At Covington’s Expense, Turnovers Costly
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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Jackson’s Defense, Offensive Fireworks Crush Fairlawn
Dec
15

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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‘Pleimanized’…Brother Act Scores 38 In Win Over Minster
Dec
7

‘Pleimanized’…Brother Act Scores 38 In Win Over Minster

The Pleiman brothers, Jacob (below) and Carter, did the heavy lifting, scoring 38 of their team’s 48 points in Botkins’ Tuesday win over Minster. Read about the game in today’s inside feature.

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Watkins’ Time:  Russia Gets Past Fairlawn In Dist. Semis
Oct
26

Watkins’ Time: Russia Gets Past Fairlawn In Dist. Semis

Kate Sherman (below) and company got hot at just the right times to send Russia past Fairlawn, 3-1, in Tuesday’s Division IV district final at Troy High School. Read about the match in Wednesday’s Press Pros.

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