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

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...

Posted: 8 days ago

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...
Wright State’s Anglin showing off power for Champion City
 Gehrig Anglin’s first name is exactly what one might think it is – an homage to the great New York Yankees first baseman, Lou Gehrig. He’s even got a sister named Tristen after Hall of Fame center fielder Tris Speaker. “My parents are just big baseball fans,” Anglin said. “They were looking at some other...

Posted: 9 days ago

Gehrig Anglin’s first name is exactly what one might think it is – an homage to the great New York Yankees first baseman, Lou Gehrig. He’s even got a sister named Tristen after Hall of Fame center fielder Tris Speaker. “My parents are just big baseball fans,” Anglin said. “They were looking at some other...
Kings’ Acker on record pace for Champion City
 Champion City Kings center fielder Joe Acker is on pace for one of the best seasons in the club’s five-year history. As of July 5, Acker was leading the Prospect League in hitting with a .391 batting average – a mark that would break the Kings single season mark by 50 points. In 87 at-bats, the University of Nebraska junior outfielder...

Posted: 12 days ago

Champion City Kings center fielder Joe Acker is on pace for one of the best seasons in the club’s five-year history. As of July 5, Acker was leading the Prospect League in hitting with a .391 batting average – a mark that would break the Kings single season mark by 50 points. In 87 at-bats, the University of Nebraska junior outfielder...
Raterman named athletic director at Northeastern High School
 Chuck Raterman has been named the new athletic director at Northeastern High School. Raterman, who served as a teacher, coach and AD at Urbana High School for 20 years, replaces Darin Binkley, who died unexpectedly last spring. Raterman served as a career-based intervention teacher, while also teaching technology and strength and conditioning...

Posted: 13 days ago

Chuck Raterman has been named the new athletic director at Northeastern High School. Raterman, who served as a teacher, coach and AD at Urbana High School for 20 years, replaces Darin Binkley, who died unexpectedly last spring. Raterman served as a career-based intervention teacher, while also teaching technology and strength and conditioning...
Baseball: Champion City Kings veteran Marchant finally wins honor
 A big week on the mound led to a big honor for one of the Champion City Kings’ longest-tenured players — and it could pave the way to an even bigger opportunity. On June 20, Champion City Kings pitcher Austin Marchant, an Indianola, Iowa native was named the Prospect League Pitcher of the Week for the Kings. Marchant, a relief...

Posted: 16 days ago

A big week on the mound led to a big honor for one of the Champion City Kings’ longest-tenured players — and it could pave the way to an even bigger opportunity. On June 20, Champion City Kings pitcher Austin Marchant, an Indianola, Iowa native was named the Prospect League Pitcher of the Week for the Kings. Marchant, a relief...
Shawnee grad, Wright State standout Gray starring in Cape Cod league
 Shawnee High School graduate and Wright State University baseball player Seth Gray may be spending his time at the beach this summer, but he hasn’t had much time to work on his tan. The Cape Cod League, a prestigious summer collegiate baseball league in Massachusetts, is all baseball, all the time, he said. “It’s an opportunity...

Posted: 21 days ago

Shawnee High School graduate and Wright State University baseball player Seth Gray may be spending his time at the beach this summer, but he hasn’t had much time to work on his tan. The Cape Cod League, a prestigious summer collegiate baseball league in Massachusetts, is all baseball, all the time, he said. “It’s an opportunity...
The annual Welding Rodeo is coming to the SCCTC
John Wolfe, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.

8:06 PM Thursday, Apr. 19, 2018

John Wolfe, a junior in the welding program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, participates in the 4th annual Welding Rodeo.
How a Philly cheesesteak goes from the grill to Carnegie Hall
 “Can I get one with whiz, no onion?” a hungry young man called into the window of Pat’s King of Steaks. The counterman deftly flipped a sizzling skein of thinly sliced steak onto a roll and then applied a lacquer of Cheez Whiz to create a classic Philly cheesesteak. Taking it all in with a digital recorder and high-end binaural...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018

“Can I get one with whiz, no onion?” a hungry young man called into the window of Pat’s King of Steaks. The counterman deftly flipped a sizzling skein of thinly sliced steak onto a roll and then applied a lacquer of Cheez Whiz to create a classic Philly cheesesteak. Taking it all in with a digital recorder and high-end binaural...
After record Clark County drug deaths, big drop in fatal overdoses
 Clark County saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year for the third straight year, but a significant drop in recent months has local leaders optimistic the crisis might have peaked. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 104 people in Clark County in 2017 — an average of one drug death every 3.5 days, according to data from...

2:00 PM Sunday, Apr. 01, 2018

Clark County saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year for the third straight year, but a significant drop in recent months has local leaders optimistic the crisis might have peaked. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 104 people in Clark County in 2017 — an average of one drug death every 3.5 days, according to data from...
Springfield leaders: New red light camera bill unconstitutional
 Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...

10:00 AM Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018

Some Ohio lawmakers want to put up more hurdles for cities that use automated cameras to enforce traffic laws — including cutting their state funding — but Springfield leaders say the latest effort is unconstitutional. If red light cameras are used for safety, cities shouldn’t profit off of their use, said state Rep. Kyle...
Springfield commissioner wants to examine goal-setting process
 A newly elected Springfield city commissioner wants to change the way the city sets and evaluates its annual goal-setting process. City Commissioner David Estrop has asked city staff members to present a resolution with goals for commissioners at the city’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 27, including an updated five-year financial...

11:00 PM Monday, Mar. 26, 2018

A newly elected Springfield city commissioner wants to change the way the city sets and evaluates its annual goal-setting process. City Commissioner David Estrop has asked city staff members to present a resolution with goals for commissioners at the city’s next meeting on Tuesday, March 27, including an updated five-year financial...