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

Girls basketball: KR’s Morris nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game
 Kenton Ridge High School senior Mikala Morris was nominated for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game earlier this month — and she found out about it on Twitter. When one of her former AAU teammates retweeted the nominations, Morris clicked on the list to see if she had played with any of the girls selected. She quickly...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Kenton Ridge High School senior Mikala Morris was nominated for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game earlier this month — and she found out about it on Twitter. When one of her former AAU teammates retweeted the nominations, Morris clicked on the list to see if she had played with any of the girls selected. She quickly...
Boys basketball: Irish roll past West Jefferson
 Sabien Doolittle is hitting his stride at the perfect time — and that could be trouble for the remaining teams on the Catholic Central boys basketball schedule. The senior scored a game-high 23 points as the Irish beat West Jefferson 66-54 in an Ohio Heritage Conference crossover division game on Friday night at Jason Collier Gymnasium...

Posted: 2 days ago

Sabien Doolittle is hitting his stride at the perfect time — and that could be trouble for the remaining teams on the Catholic Central boys basketball schedule. The senior scored a game-high 23 points as the Irish beat West Jefferson 66-54 in an Ohio Heritage Conference crossover division game on Friday night at Jason Collier Gymnasium...
Boys basketball: Springfield ready for big challenge at Flyin’ to the Hoop 
 The Springfield High School boys basketball team has never shied away from a challenge. The Wildcats motto has always been to play anyone, anywhere at anytime, said coach Isaiah Carson. On Saturday night, Springfield (8-3) will face one of its biggest tests in years when it plays Napa, Calif.’s Prolific Prep Academy at the 17th annual...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Springfield High School boys basketball team has never shied away from a challenge. The Wildcats motto has always been to play anyone, anywhere at anytime, said coach Isaiah Carson. On Saturday night, Springfield (8-3) will face one of its biggest tests in years when it plays Napa, Calif.’s Prolific Prep Academy at the 17th annual...
Boys basketball: Shawnee’s McGuire honored for 200th win
 Chris McGuire had no idea why he was being called to center court before Shawnee High School’s game against Kenton Ridge earlier this month. The Braves head coach won his 200th game in the Division II sectional tournament last season, but was never recognized for the accomplishment. The surprise ceremony honored McGuire, but he was...

Posted: 4 days ago

Chris McGuire had no idea why he was being called to center court before Shawnee High School’s game against Kenton Ridge earlier this month. The Braves head coach won his 200th game in the Division II sectional tournament last season, but was never recognized for the accomplishment. The surprise ceremony honored McGuire, but he was...
Boys basketball: Cougars hold off Warriors in fourth quarter

Posted: 5 days ago

The Kenton Ridge High School boys basketball team led by as many as 15 points in the first half against Clark County rival Northwestern, but did just enough when it mattered most — the fourth quarter. The Cougars hit 4-of-6 free throws in the final minute to seal a 50-45 victory at Northwestern on Tuesday night, withstanding a furious...
Girls basketball: Northwestern improving under new coach
 After 35 years of coaching basketball in Indiana, Rich Bagienski was ready to get back onto the sidelines. Bagienski moved to Ohio two years ago to be closer to his grandchildren and eventually found his way back into the classroom at Northwestern High School. The former Madison (Ind.) HIgh School and Noblesville (Ind.) High School coach...

Posted: 6 days ago

After 35 years of coaching basketball in Indiana, Rich Bagienski was ready to get back onto the sidelines. Bagienski moved to Ohio two years ago to be closer to his grandchildren and eventually found his way back into the classroom at Northwestern High School. The former Madison (Ind.) HIgh School and Noblesville (Ind.) High School coach...
Boys basketball: Defense lifts Shawnee past Kenton Ridge
 The Shawnee Braves used a stingy man-to-man defense Friday night to disrupt Kenton Ridge’s high-scoring offense, beating the Cougars 58-48 in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division contest. “We knew we had to protect and cover the basket first and foremost,” said Shawnee coach Chris McGuire. “If they were...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Shawnee Braves used a stingy man-to-man defense Friday night to disrupt Kenton Ridge’s high-scoring offense, beating the Cougars 58-48 in a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division contest. “We knew we had to protect and cover the basket first and foremost,” said Shawnee coach Chris McGuire. “If they were...
Boys basketball: Kenton Ridge starting to put pieces together
 Every season is like a puzzle with different pieces, said Kenton Ridge High School coach Kris Spriggs. “You’ve to got see how they fit within your puzzle,” he said. Midway through the season, the Cougars’ puzzle is starting to come together. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Every season is like a puzzle with different pieces, said Kenton Ridge High School coach Kris Spriggs. “You’ve to got see how they fit within your puzzle,” he said. Midway through the season, the Cougars’ puzzle is starting to come together. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday&rsquo...
Girls basketball: Knights riding four-game winning streak
 After starting the season 2-4, the Greenon High School girls basketball team has reeled off four straight victories. The Knights (6-4, 6-2 Ohio Heritage Conference South Division) and new coach Lonnie Robinson are finally getting situated, he said. “We’re getting more comfortable with what I’m trying to do with them,&rdquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

After starting the season 2-4, the Greenon High School girls basketball team has reeled off four straight victories. The Knights (6-4, 6-2 Ohio Heritage Conference South Division) and new coach Lonnie Robinson are finally getting situated, he said. “We’re getting more comfortable with what I’m trying to do with them,&rdquo...
Boys basketball: Springfield’s defense stifles Fairmont; Wayne up next
 With its roster finally back at full strength, the Springfield High School boys basketball team is running on all cylinders where it matters most — the defensive end of the floor. The Wildcats pressured Fairmont into 23 turnovers Tuesday night, routing the Firebirds 67-44 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division game...

Posted: 12 days ago

With its roster finally back at full strength, the Springfield High School boys basketball team is running on all cylinders where it matters most — the defensive end of the floor. The Wildcats pressured Fairmont into 23 turnovers Tuesday night, routing the Firebirds 67-44 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division game...
Legacy Christian tops Emmanuel Christian in MBC showdown
 The Legacy Christian Academy boys basketball team hadn’t played a game in its home gym all season. Back in Xenia after 10 straight road games to open the season, the Knights were happy to finally be home in one of their biggest Metro Buckeye Conference games this season. Legacy Christian senior Keano Hammerstrom scored 19 points and...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Legacy Christian Academy boys basketball team hadn’t played a game in its home gym all season. Back in Xenia after 10 straight road games to open the season, the Knights were happy to finally be home in one of their biggest Metro Buckeye Conference games this season. Legacy Christian senior Keano Hammerstrom scored 19 points and...