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Past articles by Mark:

High school football | Pickerington Central tops Hilliard Davidson in OT

Pickerington Central players celebrated with gusto with their fans in front of the visitors' grandstands after their dramatic victory Friday night, but → Read More

Columbus Clippers | Ken Schnacke voted IL executive of the year for 3rd time

Clippers president and general manager Ken Schnacke has been voted International League executive of the year for the third time. Each team’s representative on the league’s board of directors voted.Columbus did not make the Governors’ Cup playoffs, but the team hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game for the first time since 1989 and the Triple-A National Championship game. No other team has hosted… → Read More

Blue Jackets | Liam Foudy and family excited for his NHL debut

The juiciest news for Sean and France Foudy coming out the Blue Jackets morning skate was not that Artemi Panarin was up to full speed after sitting out → Read More

High school football | Pickerington North rolls over Westerville Central 52-7

There were questions to be answered by Pickerington North with all-everything quarterback Jimmy Weirick, top receiver Ty Wiley, linebacker Nick Giardina → Read More

High school football | Hilliard Davidson tops Bradley 17-10

Hilliard Davidson coach Brian White was full of energy before, during and after the game and looked to be in excellent health. Just the same, he was asked → Read More

High school football | Hartley wins big over Wheelersburg

The theme for Hartley’s game Friday night was superheroes, with cheerleaders decked out in Superman, Captain America and Batman capes and → Read More

Chiefs 5, Clippers 3, 10 innings

There usually isn’t much idle talk in the clubhouse after the last game of a homestand with players packing duffel bags and personal belongings for the next road trip, but the Clippers were angry, muttering and milling about after an opportunity lost Sunday afternoon.Only 14 games remain in the International League season for Columbus to win its fourth West Division championship in five seasons… → Read More

Clippers 8, Chiefs 4 | Win keeps Clippers in thick of tight West, wild-card races

Connor Marabell has played in only 16 games for the Clippers, but the outfielder has become the triple-A baseball version of a YouTube video gone viral → Read More

Baseball | Red Wings 8, Clippers 0: Plutko called up to Tribe

The Clippers game hadn’t been over for more than five minutes when Adam Plutko pulled on a black cap, laced on black sneakers, grabbed a black duffel bag and headed out the clubhouse door Tuesday night.The Rochester Red Wings had touched up four Clippers pitchers for 14 hits in an 8-0 victory before 8,085 at Huntington Park, but Plutko wasn’t bailing on his teammates by any means.Instead, Plutko… → Read More

Clippers 2, Red Wings 1 | Clippers in thick of playoff race despite poor metrics

The Clippers went into game No. 120 having defied modern baseball metrics in that they were sitting in wild-card spot for the International League playoffs and still in the hunt for the West Division championship despite having some pretty awful numbers. How can a team that has been outscored 570-532 on the season and leads the league in having struck out 1,102 times and hit into 91 double plays… → Read More

Going Camping | Players at Dublin Jerome get an education

Dublin Jerome offers an optional course that does not count for a single credit hour and is open to only football players for a limited time. The board of → Read More

Going Camping | After so-so season, Central Crossing seniors bond for success

Trevor White has coached so many high school football playoff teams that the idea of a senior tackle was almost foreign to him as an assistant at Marion- → Read More

Going Camping | Assistant coach takes over, New Albany marches on

The person taking the equipment order at Alleson Athletic must have thought something was off base when New Albany ordered nothing but No. 11 practice → Read More

Going Camping | New coach brings passion, experience to St. Charles

It was the dead of winter when St. Charles athletic director David Lawler and his search committee began looking for a football coach when Bob Jacoby resigned after two seasons.Lawler and his group vowed to pore over resumes and conduct one interview after another until they got the right man for a job that had lost a lot of appeal with seasons of 1-9, 3-7, 3-6 and 2-7.Almost seven weeks later,… → Read More

Going Camping | Dublin Coffman takes controlled approach to winning

Dublin Coffman football players already had been going at it hard for a couple of hours in their third preseason practice when a whistle blew and they → Read More

Going Camping | After tasting playoff success, Walnut Ridge wants more

It was raining so hard Tuesday morning that traversing the practice fields at Walnut Ridge was like walking through one car wash after another. The path → Read More

Baseball | Clippers 10, Indians 9, 12 innings: Clippers in playoff hunt, but roster is shifting

It can be said that the Clippers’ fate is in their hands when it comes to winning the International League West, getting the wild card for the Governors’ Cup playoffs or competing for the league championship in that they are a workable 2½ games out of first place in the division with 33 games remaining in the season.But controlling one’s destiny isn’t entirely possible in the minor leagues,… → Read More

Going Camping | Hilliard Davidson seeks return to playoffs but faces tough schedule

The rhythmic clapping and primal screams became so unbearable that Brian White had to leave the building for open spaces to continue a conversation about → Read More

Ex-Clipper Shawn Armstrong still looking for big-league opportunity

Pacific Coast League batters are finding out what those in the International League knew all too well the previous three seasons — that it’s an uphill battle to win a game in the late innings when Shawn Armstrong is pitching.Armstrong, a right-hander for Tacoma, was an easy choice to make the Triple-A All-Star Game for the third time in four seasons with a 2.04 ERA, seven saves and 54 strikeouts… → Read More

PCL batters steal Triple-A All-Star spotlight at Huntington Park

The Clippers have been one of the model franchises in minor-league baseball since 1977 and Huntington Park has been a gem for a decade, and finally the → Read More