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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Bryce Schondelmyer Forces Change Of Heart, Direction
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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Lonsway To Giants, Burhenn To Detroit:  “Just The Start”
Jul
12

Lonsway To Giants, Burhenn To Detroit: “Just The Start”

Ohio State pitcher Seth Lonsway bet on himself in passing on last year’s major league draft, counting on a bigger, and more lucrative 2021 college season. Through Sunday’s first round he came up a couple of cards short.  And by the time the call came on Monday (San Francisco, 6th round), he was more convinced than ever that baseball is never easy!

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The Reader Speaks…July 12, 2021
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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Perfect Storm?  Minster’s New Coach, And Old Standards
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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Miami Valley Prospects Follow Advice Of Their Coach….
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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Ohio Diamond Hawks Form Baseball Bond … Despite The Uniform
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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Perfect Storm?  Minster’s New Coach, And Old Standards
Jul
9

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

Six weeks into the job as Minster’s football coach, Seth Whiting (below) 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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Summer Of Discontent:  Bucks’ Okuley Seeks The Fix
Jul
6

Summer Of Discontent: Bucks’ Okuley Seeks The Fix

Playing Prospect League baseball in Springfield this summer, the Buckeyes’ Mitchell Okuley is looking for a solution to a month-long slump that saw his Big Ten average, and his confidence, plummet.  But he’s confident that time away and a return to routine is just the fix he needs. Read more in Wednesday’s Press Pros.

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The Realities Of Name, Image, And Likeness…And Caesar
Jul
6

The Realities Of Name, Image, And Likeness…And Caesar

The path may have been cleared for college athletes to benefit financially from their name and stardom, but the pitfalls and realities of how to do it limit those that will to a particular few.  Here’s why.

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Liddell Returns To OSU, And All That Comes With It…!
Jul
5

Liddell Returns To OSU, And All That Comes With It…!

E.J. Liddell listened to what the scouts said and will return to Ohio State for his junior season, which raises the stakes for the Buckeyes on the court and establishes a test case for the value of an OSU basketball player in a football-obsessed market. Bruce Hooley writes for Monday’s Press Pros.

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Your 4th Of July In Music, 56 Years Ago….
Jul
4

Your 4th Of July In Music, 56 Years Ago….

It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but 56 years ago, in 1966, the Beach Boys were at their peak on America’s 4th of July, and this was the song that people were playing all over the world.

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When I Went To A Game And Had Nothing To Write…But This
Jul
4

When I Went To A Game And Had Nothing To Write…But This

There is a realization that comes with athletes and sports of all sorts…that sometimes we get ahead of ourselves – push the envelope – a sense that sometimes we’d be better to just wait, and let kids be kids a bit longer.

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The Unpopular, Forgotten Irony Of The 4th Of July
Jul
3

The Unpopular, Forgotten Irony Of The 4th Of July

We celebrate your independence as Americans this weekend – all of us – but only a few actually appreciate (and remember) the cost of what it took to be what we are.  I would suggest that those who do not remember take time to figure it out…and soon.

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Best Of Ohio:  Why These Games Mean So Much…!
Jul
2

Best Of Ohio: Why These Games Mean So Much…!

Baseball games on the fourth of July used to be a matter of routine and tradition.  Now, they’re something to be taken more seriously…with colleges, scholarships, and futures on the line.  You never know who’s watching, and they may be watching you! Read why so many kids are playing this weekend in today’s Press Pros.

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Lost Ballparks, And The Subtleties Of A Photo….
Jul
2

Lost Ballparks, And The Subtleties Of A Photo….

Old photos never die, they just get better.  And what people remember about old ballparks and old ballplayers is often better than the experience when it happened.  Read and enjoy what someone sent this week to Press Pros.

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“A Blessing To Play”…But Can You Make Up For Lost Time?
Jul
2

“A Blessing To Play”…But Can You Make Up For Lost Time?

Baseball players from around the state aren’t shy about expressing an opinion on lost time due to Covid.  Some are frustrated, while others (Dublin’s Patrick Joyce, below) are already considering their options.  In the meantime…they play as much as they can, while they can.

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Ted Peacock, And The Four Best Years Ever (In Covington)
Jun
30

Ted Peacock, And The Four Best Years Ever (In Covington)

His record was astounding, his personality unforgettable, and the impact he had on his players coaching football at Covington High School is irrefutable.  Hometown guy Ted Peacock had arguably the best four years of any coach in Buccaneer football history. Where is he now? Read the latest Press Pros feature profile.

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Nothing’s Guaranteed With Fall Sports…Likely More Fear
Jun
29

Nothing’s Guaranteed With Fall Sports…Likely More Fear

If you think that fall sports – football and volleyball – and the others are a certainty in wake of Covid 19, guess again.  Dollars to dimes we’ll be told that the only way we’ll play is to do exactly as the politicians say.

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Hooray, Ohio State Players Can Cash In…But, Now What?
Jun
29

Hooray, Ohio State Players Can Cash In…But, Now What?

Governor DeWine adds to the whip-saw remake of college athletics and gives OSU coach Ryan Day everything he wants, which is likely to thrill Ohio State fans…if and until it doesn’t. Bruce Hooley writes for Press Pros.

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Commentary:  If You Build It…Will They Come?
Jun
27

Commentary: If You Build It…Will They Come?

As questions persist as to why more kids don’t play baseball – what kind of incentive will it take to bring them back? One obvious answer, some say, is facilities, like Newton High School (below). Read more in Monday’s Press Pros feature.

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