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

Southeastern senior on breaking 21-year-old rushing record: ‘It was like the Red Sea parted’
 It wasn’t just a breakout game for Southeastern High School senior running back Lane McCombs — it was a full-blown Dude Alert. McCombs rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries as Southeastern beat rival Northeastern 41-27 at Trojan Stadium on Sept. 14. “When I ran, it was like the Red Sea parted,” McCombs...

Posted: 13 hours ago

It wasn’t just a breakout game for Southeastern High School senior running back Lane McCombs — it was a full-blown Dude Alert. McCombs rushed for 295 yards and four touchdowns on 27 carries as Southeastern beat rival Northeastern 41-27 at Trojan Stadium on Sept. 14. “When I ran, it was like the Red Sea parted,” McCombs...
One touchdown enough for Mechanicsburg to snap Greeneview streak
 The Mechanicsburg High School football coaching staff had a simple message for head coach Kurt Forrest at halftime on Friday night: Get the ball to Joey Mascadri. The senior running back carried the ball just twice in a scoreless first half against Ohio Heritage Conference crossover rival Greeneview at Don Nock Field on Friday night. »...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Mechanicsburg High School football coaching staff had a simple message for head coach Kurt Forrest at halftime on Friday night: Get the ball to Joey Mascadri. The senior running back carried the ball just twice in a scoreless first half against Ohio Heritage Conference crossover rival Greeneview at Don Nock Field on Friday night. »...
Wiffle ball tournament to raise money for Springfield child with heart defect
 An annual charity wiffle ball tournament is raising money for a local family whose son was born with a rare heart defect. The 15th annual Stevie’s World of Wiffleball event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the UAW Local 402 Recreation Park, 4945 Derr Road. This year, the tournament will raise money for the family of Zach and Amanda...

Posted: 5 days ago

An annual charity wiffle ball tournament is raising money for a local family whose son was born with a rare heart defect. The 15th annual Stevie’s World of Wiffleball event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the UAW Local 402 Recreation Park, 4945 Derr Road. This year, the tournament will raise money for the family of Zach and Amanda...
OHC showdown: Rams, Indians will meet in battle of unbeatens
 When one streak ended in Mechanicsburg last season, another streak continued in Jamestown. This year, the Indians will have a chance to play spoiler against their Greene County rival. Two nearly identical programs will meet in an early season battle of 3-0 teams on Friday night when Mechanicsburg High School travels to Greeneview High School&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

When one streak ended in Mechanicsburg last season, another streak continued in Jamestown. This year, the Indians will have a chance to play spoiler against their Greene County rival. Two nearly identical programs will meet in an early season battle of 3-0 teams on Friday night when Mechanicsburg High School travels to Greeneview High School&rsquo...
Greenon girls soccer off to best start in a decade
 The Greenon High School girls soccer team is off to its best start in a decade. The senior-laden Knights are 6-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 42-5. Greenon beat Springfield 8-2 on Monday night. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup “We expected...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Greenon High School girls soccer team is off to its best start in a decade. The senior-laden Knights are 6-0 this season and have outscored their opponents 42-5. Greenon beat Springfield 8-2 on Monday night. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup “We expected...
High School Football: Northeastern’s Buchholtz earns first victory
 An epic fourth quarter comeback gave Northeastern High School football coach Jake Buchholtz his first coaching victory. The Jets (1-2) trailed 16-9 after the third quarter against Madison Plains on Friday night. Northeastern scored 14 points in the final 12 minutes to earn their first victory of the season. »RELATED: Week 1 state football...

Posted: 7 days ago

An epic fourth quarter comeback gave Northeastern High School football coach Jake Buchholtz his first coaching victory. The Jets (1-2) trailed 16-9 after the third quarter against Madison Plains on Friday night. Northeastern scored 14 points in the final 12 minutes to earn their first victory of the season. »RELATED: Week 1 state football...
High School Football: Glass leads Shawnee past Thurgood Marshall
 It’s no secret who’s getting the football for the Shawnee High School football team. Since the beginning of the season, Braves coach Rick Meeks has said junior Robie Glass would be featured in Shawnee’s spread offense, including seeing time at multiple positions — quarterback, running back and wide receiver. »...

Posted: 12 days ago

It’s no secret who’s getting the football for the Shawnee High School football team. Since the beginning of the season, Braves coach Rick Meeks has said junior Robie Glass would be featured in Shawnee’s spread offense, including seeing time at multiple positions — quarterback, running back and wide receiver. »...
High School Football: Northwestern happy but not ‘content’ with 2-0 start
 The Northwestern High School football team may be 2-0 for the second straight season, but it is far from playing its best football. Just ask second-year coach Shane Carter. “We have to put four quarters of football together,” Carter said. “We have to get our guys playing hard in all three phases. I’m happy with where...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Northwestern High School football team may be 2-0 for the second straight season, but it is far from playing its best football. Just ask second-year coach Shane Carter. “We have to put four quarters of football together,” Carter said. “We have to get our guys playing hard in all three phases. I’m happy with where...
Graham pulls away in second half, beats Southeastern
 Earlier this week, Graham High School senior running back Camron VanHoose was named a team captain for the Falcons – despite not playing last season. VanHoose proved he’s ready to the lead his teammates under the Friday night lights this season. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as the Falcons beat Southeastern...

Posted: 19 days ago

Earlier this week, Graham High School senior running back Camron VanHoose was named a team captain for the Falcons – despite not playing last season. VanHoose proved he’s ready to the lead his teammates under the Friday night lights this season. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries as the Falcons beat Southeastern...
College Football: Wittenberg expects stout test in season opener
 Entering his 23rd season, Wittenberg football coach Joe Fincham knows you can’t look at the big picture in August. The storylines entering the season are similar to what they’ve been in the past – Wittenberg opens the season ranked 14th in the d3football.com poll and were also picked to repeat as the North Coast Athletic...

Posted: 19 days ago

Entering his 23rd season, Wittenberg football coach Joe Fincham knows you can’t look at the big picture in August. The storylines entering the season are similar to what they’ve been in the past – Wittenberg opens the season ranked 14th in the d3football.com poll and were also picked to repeat as the North Coast Athletic...
Dragons fall 6-2, officially eliminated from Midwest League playoffs
 The Dayton Dragons’ slim playoff hopes were officially dashed Thursday night. The Dragons lost their third game in a row, falling to the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-2 in front of 7,899 fans at Fifth-Third Field. Dayton fell to 25-40 in the second half and 56-77 overall with five games remaining this season. The Dragons were seeking back-to-back...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Dayton Dragons’ slim playoff hopes were officially dashed Thursday night. The Dragons lost their third game in a row, falling to the West Michigan Whitecaps 6-2 in front of 7,899 fans at Fifth-Third Field. Dayton fell to 25-40 in the second half and 56-77 overall with five games remaining this season. The Dragons were seeking back-to-back...