Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper has worked at the News-Sun since 2002 and covers the city of Springfield for the Springfield News-Sun. He began as a sports desk clerk and was hired as a  full-time sports writer in 2005. In 2012, he began a new assignment as a city reporter. Cooper is a graduate of both Southeastern High School and Wilmington. He now lives in Springfield with wife, Carey. Cooper became interested in journalism from growing up and reading sports books. He fell in love with telling stories about interesting people.

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High School Football: With two weeks remaining, conference title races heating up
 With two weeks remaining in the regular season, several conference title races across the area are still very much up in the air. Here’s a look at how the conference races are shaping up across Clark and Champaign counties heading into Week 9: GWOC National East: Springfield’s two most important games of the season will come with...

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With two weeks remaining in the regular season, several conference title races across the area are still very much up in the air. Here’s a look at how the conference races are shaping up across Clark and Champaign counties heading into Week 9: GWOC National East: Springfield’s two most important games of the season will come with...
High School Soccer: Shawnee boys excelling under new coach
 With just 14 players and a new coach, the Shawnee High School boys soccer program wasn’t expected to do much on the pitch this season. However, coach Christian Davoli and his Braves squad proved they were up for the challenge. »RELATED: Monday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Monday’s high school scoreboard The...

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With just 14 players and a new coach, the Shawnee High School boys soccer program wasn’t expected to do much on the pitch this season. However, coach Christian Davoli and his Braves squad proved they were up for the challenge. »RELATED: Monday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Monday’s high school scoreboard The...
Week 8 Roundup: Anna upsets top-ranked Coldwater; Northmont, Alter, Troy move to 7-1
 Anna High School quarterback Bart Bixler found Isaac Lininger from 20 yards out late in the fourth quarter and the Rockets converted a two-point conversion to beat Division VI top-ranked Coldwater 21-20 in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Friday night. Anna’s Riley Huelskamp rushed for 164 yards and Lininger rushed for 133 yards...

Posted: 4 days ago

Anna High School quarterback Bart Bixler found Isaac Lininger from 20 yards out late in the fourth quarter and the Rockets converted a two-point conversion to beat Division VI top-ranked Coldwater 21-20 in a Midwest Athletic Conference game on Friday night. Anna’s Riley Huelskamp rushed for 164 yards and Lininger rushed for 133 yards...
Warriors fall to Indian Lake 8-7 in CBC Mad River Division thriller
 The Northwestern High School football team was four minutes away from clinching at least a share of its first conference title in more than 50 years. But after Indian Lake quarterback Clay Jacobs hit Ethan Cummins in the back of the end zone on a two-point conversion with 42 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a one-point lead, the Warriors...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Northwestern High School football team was four minutes away from clinching at least a share of its first conference title in more than 50 years. But after Indian Lake quarterback Clay Jacobs hit Ethan Cummins in the back of the end zone on a two-point conversion with 42 seconds remaining to give the Lakers a one-point lead, the Warriors...
Girls Soccer: Tecumseh wins first league title in 25 years
 As Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blared from the loud speakers, the Tecumseh High School girls soccer senior class embraced at the center of the pitch at Spitzer Stadium. After 25 years, the Arrows were champions. »RELATED: Thursday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Thursday’s high school scoreboard...

Posted: 5 days ago

As Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blared from the loud speakers, the Tecumseh High School girls soccer senior class embraced at the center of the pitch at Spitzer Stadium. After 25 years, the Arrows were champions. »RELATED: Thursday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Thursday’s high school scoreboard...
High School Football: Lemen’s 5 TDs lift KR past Shawnee in shootout
 Dylan Lemen wanted to send the Kenton Ridge High School football team’s senior class out in style against one of its biggest rivals. The junior quarterback accounted for five touchdowns and 369 yards of total offense as the Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak, beating Shawnee 47-30 in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division...

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Dylan Lemen wanted to send the Kenton Ridge High School football team’s senior class out in style against one of its biggest rivals. The junior quarterback accounted for five touchdowns and 369 yards of total offense as the Cougars snapped a two-game losing streak, beating Shawnee 47-30 in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division...
Thursday night football coming to Springfield
 Thursday night football is coming to the Springfield area the next two weeks. Shawnee (4-3) will travel to Kenton Ridge (4-3) on Thursday night for a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game that will have playoff implications for both teams. Shawnee will likely be ranked 10th in Division IV, Region 16, while Kenton Ridge will...

Posted: 8 days ago

Thursday night football is coming to the Springfield area the next two weeks. Shawnee (4-3) will travel to Kenton Ridge (4-3) on Thursday night for a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game that will have playoff implications for both teams. Shawnee will likely be ranked 10th in Division IV, Region 16, while Kenton Ridge will...
Week 7 Roundup: Fairmont, Miamisburg, Trotwood-Madison win; Bellbrook stays perfect
 Fairmont rushed for 437 yards on its way to a 46-7 victory over West Carrollton on Friday night. Aaron Jackson rushed 15 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while teammates Jesse Deglow added 100 yards and two TDs as the Firebirds improved to 6-1. Chase Fugate also had two TDs, while Braden Miller had 89 yards rushing and a TD for Fairmont...

Posted: 11 days ago

Fairmont rushed for 437 yards on its way to a 46-7 victory over West Carrollton on Friday night. Aaron Jackson rushed 15 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while teammates Jesse Deglow added 100 yards and two TDs as the Firebirds improved to 6-1. Chase Fugate also had two TDs, while Braden Miller had 89 yards rushing and a TD for Fairmont...
Behind potent triple-option attack, Urbana manhandles Shawnee
 The triple option offense is still new for the Urbana High School football team. Even with a half-season under their belts, the Hillclimbers are still learning the ins-and-outs of the system, Urbana coach Carleton Cotner said. On Friday, it worked to perfection. Urbana outscored Shawnee 34-6 in the second half en route to a 47-12 victory...

Posted: 11 days ago

The triple option offense is still new for the Urbana High School football team. Even with a half-season under their belts, the Hillclimbers are still learning the ins-and-outs of the system, Urbana coach Carleton Cotner said. On Friday, it worked to perfection. Urbana outscored Shawnee 34-6 in the second half en route to a 47-12 victory...
High School Football: Indians, Roughriders rivalry has new meaning
 Since 2001, Mechanicsburg and West Jefferson have met 17 times on football field. The traditional Week 1 matchup was usually a great measuring stick for both of perennial playoff programs early in the season. Now, the rivalry has even bigger stakes — the Ohio Heritage Conference North Division title. »RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings...

Posted: 13 days ago

Since 2001, Mechanicsburg and West Jefferson have met 17 times on football field. The traditional Week 1 matchup was usually a great measuring stick for both of perennial playoff programs early in the season. Now, the rivalry has even bigger stakes — the Ohio Heritage Conference North Division title. »RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings...
Tecumseh girls, Shawnee boys win Clark County cross country titles
 The Tecumseh High School girls cross country team are peaking at the exact right time. The Arrows placed three runners in the top 10 on their way to winning their first Clark County Cross Country Championship since 2013 at Young’s Dairy on Tuesday. Tecumseh scored 48 points, beating runner-up Shawnee by eight points. The Arrows&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Tecumseh High School girls cross country team are peaking at the exact right time. The Arrows placed three runners in the top 10 on their way to winning their first Clark County Cross Country Championship since 2013 at Young’s Dairy on Tuesday. Tecumseh scored 48 points, beating runner-up Shawnee by eight points. The Arrows&rsquo...