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On Your Marc: 5/2

Hall of Fame material Remembering basketball coach Mike Haley By Marc Katz   There is no Roosevelt High School anymore, but Mike Haley won there. There is no Roth High School anymore, but Haley won there, too. There is a Dunbar High School, but no one won there like Haley did. These are the things […]

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On Your Marc: 4/25

Late life of the party Remembering the rise of Fifth Third Field By Marc Katz Freddie Benavides, now a coach for the Reds, heard whispers on his bus from staff members and even some players as they stopped at Fifth Third Field a few weekends ago for the Futures game. “This is Low A [baseball]?” […]

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On Your Marc: 4/18

In a puff of smoke Marijuana is still considered bad news for athletes By Marc Katz Speaking of sports and marijuana, which I wasn’t, I do have a confession to make up front: I’ve never tried marijuana. I also don’t care if you have, unless you’re driving in a car coming the other way from […]

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On Your Marc: 4/11

Flying home Basketball coach Anthony Grant returns to UD By Marc Katz A not so funny story: Two coaches prior to Anthony Grant becoming the Alabama basketball coach in 2009, plaid coat-clad Wimp Sanderson was the ultra successful coach of the Tide, until it was discovered he was having a long-term affair with his secretary. […]

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On your Marc: 4/4

Winning big It’s Archie Miller’s time to shine at Indiana By Marc Katz   What Archie Miller has been asked to deliver as the new coach at Indiana and Brad Brownell is being asked to deliver at Clemson—where he has coached seven years since leaving Wright State—are the same thing. Except they’re not. What Miller […]

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On Your Marc: 3/28

What a time to be a sports writer Remembering OSU football coach Woody Hayes By Marc Katz You’re probably wondering why most of the sporting world is going crazy over the NCAA basketball tournament, and I’m thinking of Woody Hayes. For some of you youngsters in the crowd, Hayes coached Ohio State football for 28 […]

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On Your Marc: 3/21

Technology flub One writer’s race to find a working computer By Marc Katz Sure, this wireless internet age we’re in is great now, Mr. Obvious, but there were some growing pains. In the middle of Dayton’s 1984 Elite 8 run in Los Angeles, I had to exchange my broken computer with the one being used […]

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On Your Marc: 3/14

A worthwhile bid The Dayton Flyers make it in to the 1984 NCAA By Marc Katz   Just the year before, with the same 18-10 record, University of Dayton officials were awaiting word from their “friends” at the NIT (National Invitational Tournament) for an invitation to that still-relevant tournament after the NCAA made its then-53 […]

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On Your Marc: 3/7

Local Raider Wright State’s Mark Alstork explains the benefits of playing ball close to home By Marc Katz Now that we’ve had this colossal Best Movie mishap, I don’t feel so nervous writing about a Wright State men’s basketball player even though last weekend’s Horizon League Tournament could have ended the Raiders’ season. After all, […]

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On Your Marc: 2/28

More alternative facts By Marc Katz Are we still talking about fake news, alternative news, personal opinions, and lies? Yes, we are. I’m going to tell you something that was told to me 48 years ago—actually typed on a piece of scrap paper that has since turned to dust on a typewriter that I’m assuming […]

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On Your Marc: 2/21

Guns and Gatorade don’t mix Josh Holden’s story proves sports are nothing like war By Marc Katz Sports are a battle, and a war, and hand-to-hand combat, if you listen to those of us who write and talk about the games. But they’re not, really. They’re just… games. War is war. I know a guy […]

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On Your Marc: 2/14

Switch hitter Dayton’s Mike Schmidt jumps from football to baseball in a career-defining move By Marc Katz His given name is Michael Jack Schmidt, but we used to write about him so much in the old Dayton Daily News, we joked his middle name was really Mike. That’s because every time we referred to him, […]

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On Your Marc: 2/7

In charge of everything Former Dragon Luis Bolivar slides into a management position with the team By Marc Katz We are approaching 1,000 players who have appeared in Class A Midwest League games for the Dayton Dragons over the past 17 years, almost all of them thinking their careers would wind up in the major […]

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On Your Marc: 1/31

Home runs and charity Carlos Pena’s reach extends beyond the baseball field By Marc Katz You pass through this town, even for an instant, you’re one of us. That’s the way it works. And Carlos Pena is one of those you’re glad to consider your own. In a capsule, he spent 1996 at Wright State […]

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On Your Marc: 1/24

A woman for baseball Alyson Footer makes strides for women in sports By Marc Katz It is 2017, and we’re still grappling with race, gender, and sex issues, although from what Alyson Footer told me the other day, progress has been made, especially in locker rooms. I wish we could treat the chancellor of Germany […]

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On Your Marc: 1/17

Defend to the end Scott Nagy rebounds as the Raiders’ new coach By Marc Katz Don’t get nervous. I’m going to throw a couple of scores and stats at you this week, just for reference. Normally, I try to stay away from scores and stats here. They sometimes get in the way of a good […]

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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]