Toledo Central Catholic won that amazing Div. III crown back in 2014, but Ohio State recruit Joe Burrow (below) won the hearts of 10,713 who watched and the imagination of those who couldn't wait to see him play for the Buckeyes in the future. Few could have known then...they'd watch him play for a trip to the Super Bowl this coming weekend. Read Bruce Hooley's first-hand account of Burrow and his 446 yards and 6 touchdowns...that struck the match to future destiny.

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Buckeyes’ Backups Take Center Stage In Rout Of IUPUI
Jan
18

Buckeyes’ Backups Take Center Stage In Rout Of IUPUI

It was a night for everyone to feel good about themselves…everyone in an Ohio State uniform anyway, as IUPUI proved no match for E.J. Liddell and the Buckeyes, who soared above the Jaguars (Photo courtesy of Ohio State).

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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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Where Expectation And Preparation Come Together…
Jan
17

Where Expectation And Preparation Come Together…

At the mid-point of the high school basketball season, the future is in full view for area teams a year, or a player or two, short.  What do you do?  You work, you learn and prepare for success.

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Buckeye Baseball…The Best Surprise Is No Surprise
Jan
17

Buckeye Baseball…The Best Surprise Is No Surprise

Hoping to bounce back from a disappointing year offensively – and something better than the middle of the pack – Greg Beals and the baseball Buckeyes will turn to a proven commodity to help show the way. Read our latest pre-season baseball installment.

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MAC Shows Toughness In Fort Loramie’s MLK Classic
Jan
16

MAC Shows Toughness In Fort Loramie’s MLK Classic

How We Lookin’?…Minster freshman James Niemeyer gets caught in traffic underneath the rim, but got to the foul line in the waning minutes of regulation and overtime and those points helped deliver the Wildcats a win over Convoy Crestview in Sunday’s MLK Classic in Fort Loramie. Read more in the latest Press Pros update.

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OSU’s Win A Thing Of Beauty, To Holtmann, At Least
Jan
16

OSU’s Win A Thing Of Beauty, To Holtmann, At Least

E.J. Liddell’s 19 points were enough, just enough, for Ohio State to outlast an outmanned Penn State roster without its leader scorer Sunday at Value City Arena (Photo courtesy of Ohio State).

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Coldwater, Bruns, Bengals…Enjoy Winning Saturday
Jan
16

Coldwater, Bruns, Bengals…Enjoy Winning Saturday

Keaton Bruns lost the individual battle, but won the war Saturday as Coldwater outdueled New Bremen to maintain first place in the boys MAC bowling standings. Read about it in Press Pros bowling coverage.

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TC Fails Foul Line, Passes Test, Narrowly Beats Bradford
Jan
15

TC Fails Foul Line, Passes Test, Narrowly Beats Bradford

Troy Christian did what they could to make it as tough as possible, and still won an exhausting road contest Saturday night against Bradford…who, by the way, with Parker Davidson (#12, below) is not the Bradford you remember in basketball. Read about the game in Sunday Press Pros.

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McCoy: UD Practically Perfect In Rout Of Duquesne
Jan
15

McCoy: UD Practically Perfect In Rout Of Duquesne

The Flyers played their ‘best’ in terms of execution and efficiency, and extended their win streak to three with a commanding win in Pittsburgh, over Duquesne. Hal McCoy writes for Press Pros.

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Gahanna, Pick North Duel…Then Along Came Jones
Jan
15

Gahanna, Pick North Duel…Then Along Came Jones

Gahanna used its size inside, including 6-7 Javan Simmons (24), and a stellar effort from Marquette signee Sean Jones to pull away from Pickerington North (PressPros Feature Photos by John Hulkenberg).

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Marion Shows Patience In Win Over Zone, Fort Recovery
Jan
14

Marion Shows Patience In Win Over Zone, Fort Recovery

Fort Recovery challenged the patience and skill of Marion Local to win against the zone Friday, and Marion (below) made just enough shots to do it. Read about the game in the latest Press Pros area basketball update.

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A Change In Order, New Knoxville Knocks Off Minster
Jan
13

A Change In Order, New Knoxville Knocks Off Minster

In the end the scores reflected defense and the averages.  In between, New Knoxville flexed its muscle as the leader in the race for the MAC girls crown, and a change in the order of things, with a convincing win over Minster. Read about the game in today’s Press Pros.

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Timid Start Dooms Buckeyes To Rough Road Treatment
Jan
13

Timid Start Dooms Buckeyes To Rough Road Treatment

Justin Ahrens and his OSU teammates had little success from three-point range and thus found it hard to keep pace with No. 13 Wisconsin in a 10-point loss to the Badgers in Madison.

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Day Has Acted Quickly, Decisively To Renovate Buckeyes
Jan
12

Day Has Acted Quickly, Decisively To Renovate Buckeyes

There was a lot of slipping and slip-ups in 2021, and the head coach has always said that losing a game isn’t tolerated.  He’s backing up those words quickly as 2022 and spring practice looms.

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McCoy: Flyers Move Forward With Win Over St. Louis
Jan
11

McCoy: Flyers Move Forward With Win Over St. Louis

It was hard to get a handle on, but the Dayton Flyers finally got a grip on the St. Louis Billikens Tuesday for a 68-63 win and improved to 10-6 on the season. Hal McCoy writes the story for Wednesday’s Press Pros.

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Liddell Returns To Life, Leads Buckeyes, Absent Holtmann
Jan
10

Liddell Returns To Life, Leads Buckeyes, Absent Holtmann

It’s fun when it’s falling…OSU’s EJ Liddell returned to form to score a career-high 34 points and the Buckeyes improved to 10-3 with a 95-87 win Sunday over Northwestern at Value City Arena. Bruce Hooley writes the game for Press Pros.

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If They Play…Buckeyes Poised To Make It interesting
Jan
9

If They Play…Buckeyes Poised To Make It interesting

The ever-present cloud of uncertainty persists as Covid could again cast its shadow across college baseball? But if they play, the Buckeyes appear talented enough (with the right experience) to make 2022 a turnaround year.

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Billenstein, Versailles Tops Coldwater For Sole 1st In MAC
Jan
9

Billenstein, Versailles Tops Coldwater For Sole 1st In MAC

It drew a crowd and a best effort of the year. Versailles’ Emma Billenstein (below) rolled a 246 and the Tigers snapped a first-place tie with Coldwater Saturday to temporarily claim the top spot in the MAC standings. Read more.

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St. Hank Outlasts Anna In A ‘Character’ Win
Jan
9

St. Hank Outlasts Anna In A ‘Character’ Win

They built a commanding halftime lead, only to see Anna creep back in the second half, tie the game, and misfire on its chances to win.  But St. Henry and Sam Koesters (below) didn’t misfire, making shots and free throws down the stretch to win. Read about the game in Sunday’s Press Pros.

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McCoy: Flyers Bounce Back, Chop Down George Washington
Jan
8

McCoy: Flyers Bounce Back, Chop Down George Washington

The Flyers heard coach Anthony Grant loud and clear.  Play harder, share the ball, take care of the ball…and compete.  The message resulted in a Saturday blowout road win over George Washington. Hal McCoy writes the story for weekend Press Pros.

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