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May 16, 2004 - 11:02pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
It turns out Andy Jones, Howard Chen and the since-departed Adam Kuperstein weren't just appreciated by their loyal local followers in Zanesville. Judges in Arizona decided the WHIZ Sports Team was the best in small-market Ohio.

WHIZ was awarded the Associated Press' Ohio award for best TV sports operation amongst small-market stations. WHIZ-TV also boasts the top two sportscasters in small-market Ohio. Jones and Chen beat out their competition in Parkersburg WV, as well as Lima...
May 14, 2004 - 10:44pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The NBA released its list of early entrants for the league's June 24th draft.

As promised, Zanesville native Kevin Martin was on there.

The Western Carolina guard told WHIZ in April that he would probably declare for the NBA after his junior year. He did so officially one week later.

Martin says he will not hire an agent to retain his college eligibility.

94 players declared early for the draft. That figure includes: 13 high school players, 38...
May 14, 2004 - 10:07pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Muskingum coach Donna Newberry feared this situation.

Two-time All-America selection Erica Hoyt left after two innings in Muskingum's 2-0 win against Wheaton College (Mass.) in the opening round of the D-III College Softball World Series.

Hoyt's dad tells WHIZ's Aaron Spragg that Hoyt didn't feel well before the game and that she has a blood sugar problem. The condition, Hoyt's father says, causes the sophomore to experience migraine headaches, have seizures and feel weak...
May 13, 2004 - 9:19pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
A record number of Muskingum softball players were named All-Americans Thursday.

At the annual All-America dinner on the eve of the D-III College Softball World Series in Salem, Virginia, four Muskies were named either first, second or third team All-America.

Sophomore pitcher Erica Hoyt received first team All-America laurels for the second consecutive season. Hoyt leads the nation in wins entering the World Series, 37. She also set a Muskingum and Ohio Athletic...
May 13, 2004 - 4:47pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
In a ceremony that at one point made him cry, Mark Dantonio thanked everybody associated with Zanesville football for getting him to the point he is at today.

Dantonio, the first-year head football coach at the University of Cincinnati, was honored Thursday at the North Terrace Church of Christ by the ZHS Quarterback's Club in the organization's annual Past Presidents dinner.

"It's a very humbling experience to come back to your home town and see all the people that you...
May 13, 2004 - 4:42pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The OHSAA introduced David Ross on Thursday as the ninth commission in the association's history. Ross replaces Clair Muscaro, who is retiring effective July 31.

Ross, 54, currently serves as the Superintendent of the Avon Lake City School District, where he's been for the past seven years. The Ph.D. has been a teacher, coach, principal, counselor and superintendent in Ohio for 30 years.

“I am truly excited about this challenge,” Ross said. “High school athletics have...
May 12, 2004 - 11:13pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
An apparent mailing labels screw-up has people running a fast break to register in time for next month's Zanesville Gus Macker tournament.

Zanesville Downtown Association Manager Dana Matz tells WHIZ Gus Macker officials didn't mail applications for the June 5th and 6th tournament to anyone in Muskingum County.

Matz says the Zanesville Welcome Center has applications now, but the deadline to mail them is Friday.

You can also register online at www.macker.com,...
May 11, 2004 - 11:09pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
The NBA's rookie of the year may soon be an Olympic rookie.

A report states LeBron James will be invited to join the US Olympic team for the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, Greece.

James more than likely will take the spot of Kobe Bryant, who says it's unlikely he'll play in the Olympics because of his pending sexual assault trial in Colorado.

Bryant has left open the possibility that he will play if his trial doesn't start until September.

This season,...
May 11, 2004 - 11:04pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Rudi Johnson returned to the Bengals Tuesday, perhaps because nobody else wanted to pay the price to get him.

Cincinnati's leading rusher last year signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with the Bengals.

Any team could have matched the Bengals offer, but also would have had to give up first- and third-round draft picks as compensation to acquire the restricted free agent.

Johnson rushed for 957 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The former Auburn Tiger...
May 5, 2004 - 10:01pm
5 years 6 weeks ago
Ohio State football's latest legal troubles involve freshman punter A. J. Trapasso and quarterback Troy Smith.

Trapasso pleaded not guilty to underage drinking. That's a penalty that could leave him facing six months in jail and a $1000 fine. Te 18-year-old was ticketed by police on April 25th.

Meanwhile, Smith pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. That charge came from a campus fight last fall.

All this comes in the midst of the Ira Guilford/Louis Irrizary...
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