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May 20, 2004 - 11:04pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Keri Hamsher is still thinking about her top five.

But she is no longer picking a starting lineup at Muskingum College.

Hamsher told WHIZ that she turned in her resignation as the Muskies' head women's basketball coach on Wednesday.

Citing family reasons, Hamsher accepted a job as the Athletic Director at Waynedale High School. Waynedale is near Wooster and the Hamsher family's hometown of Orrville.

"I'm a wife and a mother first," Hamsher, mother of...
May 19, 2004 - 11:41pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
Katie Castor tried pole vaulting because, as the John Glenn senior admits, she only runs when being chased.

"I don't really like to run," Castor said after finishing second in the D-II Districts at Meadowbrook High School. "I thought (pole vaulting) would be a lot better than the 400 meters or something. But actually, you have to run a lot to get moving."

Castor qualified for the D-II Regionals with a jump of 8'6". That was the same height she used to win the MVL...
May 19, 2004 - 11:06pm
5 years 7 weeks ago
WHIZ's Howard Chen describes it as the biggest moment in the last 15 years of his life.

More important than graduating high school or college. More vital than landing a job at WHIZ.

More dear to his heart than a family trip to Taiwan for his grandfather's 80th birthday?

"Hang on...I'm watching a replay of old-school Flames," Chen said Wednesday night, fighting back tears. "Actually, there's no doubt in my mind. It definitely is.

"Hockey is life."...
May 18, 2004 - 10:54pm
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The Zanesville area boasts two pro golfers on the LPGA tour. Now one can say that she's a Hall of Famer.

The Ohio Golfing Hall of Fame will induct Tammie Green into its newest class come August. The Somerset native won the tour's Rookie-of-the-Year Award in 1987. Her first tour win came at the du Maurier Classic two years later. Green finished in the top 10 three times last year.
May 16, 2004 - 11:02pm
5 years 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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...
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