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.

Latest from Michael Cooper

Five seasons of Kings baseball big for Springfield
 Brandon Beegle was a senior at Springfield High School when the Champion City Kings collegiate summer baseball team debuted in 2014. He sat in the stands at Carleton Davidson Stadium hoping to one day pitch for his hometown’s new club, attending multiple games that summer. “I thought it was a great thing coming to the community...

Posted: 2 days ago

Brandon Beegle was a senior at Springfield High School when the Champion City Kings collegiate summer baseball team debuted in 2014. He sat in the stands at Carleton Davidson Stadium hoping to one day pitch for his hometown’s new club, attending multiple games that summer. “I thought it was a great thing coming to the community...
Young Shawnee looks to compete in tough CBC Kenton Trail
 The Shawnee High School football team may be young this season, but that doesn’t mean it won’t compete in the ultra-competitive Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division. The Braves graduated 15 seniors – including Kenton Trail Division defensive player of the year and Ohio University recruit Jack McCrory –...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Shawnee High School football team may be young this season, but that doesn’t mean it won’t compete in the ultra-competitive Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division. The Braves graduated 15 seniors – including Kenton Trail Division defensive player of the year and Ohio University recruit Jack McCrory –...
College Football: Wittenberg gunning for third straight NCAC title
 The first day of practice for the Wittenberg University football team didn’t go quite as planned for Tigers head coach Joe Fincham. A thunderstorm hit Springfield about an hour into the first of the Tigers’ two split-squad practices on Wednesday evening, forcing the team into the nearby HPER Center. After the storm blew over,...

Posted: 5 days ago

The first day of practice for the Wittenberg University football team didn’t go quite as planned for Tigers head coach Joe Fincham. A thunderstorm hit Springfield about an hour into the first of the Tigers’ two split-squad practices on Wednesday evening, forcing the team into the nearby HPER Center. After the storm blew over,...
What Springfield’s football coach is seeing that makes him feel good about 2018
 In less than a week of preseason practice, Springfield High School football coach Maurice Douglass can already see a big difference in this Wildcats team. “They’re holding each other accountable,” said Douglass, who is entering his fifth season in Springfield. “In the past, we had some guys who wouldn’t say the...

Posted: 10 days ago

In less than a week of preseason practice, Springfield High School football coach Maurice Douglass can already see a big difference in this Wildcats team. “They’re holding each other accountable,” said Douglass, who is entering his fifth season in Springfield. “In the past, we had some guys who wouldn’t say the...
High School Football: Preparation for season sending Southeastern to unusual location
 The Southeastern High School football team is headed to an unusual location this preseason, summer camp. Starting Monday, the Trojans will practice at Camp Clifton in nearby Yellow Springs. Southeastern will hold its normal two-a-days practice schedule, while also performing other team-building activities, second-year coach Payton Printz...

Posted: 11 days ago

The Southeastern High School football team is headed to an unusual location this preseason, summer camp. Starting Monday, the Trojans will practice at Camp Clifton in nearby Yellow Springs. Southeastern will hold its normal two-a-days practice schedule, while also performing other team-building activities, second-year coach Payton Printz...
Dragons nearly pull off comeback, fall 8-7 in series finale
 The Dayton Dragons nearly pulled off a late-inning comeback for the second time in four games. Trailing the Lansing Lugnuts 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Dragons designated hitter Hendrik Clementina bashed a 409-foot home run to cap a five-run rally to pull his team within one run. Dayton was unable to pull even in its final at-bat...

Posted: 13 days ago

The Dayton Dragons nearly pulled off a late-inning comeback for the second time in four games. Trailing the Lansing Lugnuts 8-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Dragons designated hitter Hendrik Clementina bashed a 409-foot home run to cap a five-run rally to pull his team within one run. Dayton was unable to pull even in its final at-bat...
Six-run sixth inning lifts Lansing past Dragons, 8-3
 For five innings, Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Patrick McGuff did more than enough to give his team a chance to win. McGuff – who entered the game with a 1.80 earned run average and 13 strikeouts in 15 innings in his previous three starts since being signed as a free agent on July 9 – was strong for the fourth straight start...

Posted: 14 days ago

For five innings, Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Patrick McGuff did more than enough to give his team a chance to win. McGuff – who entered the game with a 1.80 earned run average and 13 strikeouts in 15 innings in his previous three starts since being signed as a free agent on July 9 – was strong for the fourth straight start...
It was a first for the Champion City Kings, and two pitchers teamed up to do it
 Two Ohio State University baseball players made history for the Champion City Kings last week. Left-handed pitchers Seth Lonsway and Jonathan Jahn tossed the first no-hitter in the Kings’ five-year history in a 10-0 victory against Chillicothe on July 16. Lonsway struck out nine and walked four in six innings, picking up the victory...

Posted: 24 days ago

Two Ohio State University baseball players made history for the Champion City Kings last week. Left-handed pitchers Seth Lonsway and Jonathan Jahn tossed the first no-hitter in the Kings’ five-year history in a 10-0 victory against Chillicothe on July 16. Lonsway struck out nine and walked four in six innings, picking up the victory...
Springfield Bats headed to Babe Ruth regional tournament
 A local youth baseball team is headed to the Babe Ruth regional tournament in West Virginia next weekend. The 15-and-under Springfield Youth Baseball Association Bats finished second in the Babe Ruth state tournament last weekend, qualifying for the Ohio Valley regional tournament in Elkins, W. Va., July 26 through 30. “I knew we were...

Posted: 25 days ago

A local youth baseball team is headed to the Babe Ruth regional tournament in West Virginia next weekend. The 15-and-under Springfield Youth Baseball Association Bats finished second in the Babe Ruth state tournament last weekend, qualifying for the Ohio Valley regional tournament in Elkins, W. Va., July 26 through 30. “I knew we were...
HS Football: Buchholtz seeks to restore tradition at Northeastern
 After three seasons as defensive coordinator, Jake Buchholtz has been hired as Northeastern High School’s head football coach. Buchholtz, 29, takes over for Tim Houseman, who coached Northeastern for three seasons. The Jets went 1-9 last season after finishing 5-5 in 2016 and 2-8 in 2015. »RELATED: Raterman named athletic director...

2:09 PM Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018

After three seasons as defensive coordinator, Jake Buchholtz has been hired as Northeastern High School’s head football coach. Buchholtz, 29, takes over for Tim Houseman, who coached Northeastern for three seasons. The Jets went 1-9 last season after finishing 5-5 in 2016 and 2-8 in 2015. »RELATED: Raterman named athletic director...