2010 Around the Great Lakes columns

November 19, 2010
Trying to get some respect
Trine has gone 18-0 in the MIAA the past three seasons but has hosted just one playoff game (and it lost that one). The Thunder is trying to change that for the future with a playoff win.

November 12, 2010
A provisional career
Geneva's senior class has spent their entire career in transition from NAIA to Division III, with no hope of the playoffs and only some scant postseason recognition. But they play on.

November 5, 2010
Heidelberg seniors setting standards
Four years ago, this year’s crop of seniors had to adjust to the college game under a head coach that was new to the program and also deal with a stigma of joining a Heidelberg team that had gone 1-39 over four years under a previous coaching regime.

October 29, 2010
McGee makes Adrian better
“Right now, Mike’s playing very poised,” said Adrian coach Jim Deere. “He’s not making very many mistakes and is seeing the field very well. He does have a great arm, so he’s doing a great job."

October 22, 2010
CMU running a balanced attack
Longtime coach Rich Lackner does not have just one or two running backs he can depend on. He has five players who have gotten a substantial amount of work out of the backfield.

October 14, 2010
Salopek leads Gators through rough patch
“It’s been a tough start to our season,” said the Allegheny senior quarterback. “We had great expectations and we definitely still do to finish out the season. We played Wittenberg tough and then, we played tough at Case Western."

October 8, 2010
Bethany gets win for the program
The Bison pulled off a surprise by beating Waynesburg in PAC play last week. Is that the type of win that could turn this program around?

October 1, 2010
Ohio Northern gets defensive
Heading into Saturday's game at Mount Union, the Polar Bears are coming off a pair of strong defensive performances.

September 23, 2010
Sophomore a big-play guy for Albion
"He’s a big-play guy. Every time he touches the ball, he’s got a chance to go the distance. As a return guy, running the ball or catching the ball, he’s a threat any time the ball is in his hands. I think that’s important."

September 16, 2010
Baum takes control of Case's offense
Some people who have had to follow in the footsteps of a record-setting quarterback that took a program to previously unseen heights might be overwhelmed, but not Joey Baum.

September 8, 2010
Survivor on and off the field
Oberlin senior linebacker Ron Rupard has seen more than his fair share of challenges and that was long before he ever got to play in a NCAC football game.

September 2, 2010
10 games to watch for 2010
Equipment has been handed out, reservations have been made and buses are ready and waiting to be loaded as the 2010 college football season gets underway this weekend ... and not a moment too soon.

Brian Lester

Brian Lester is a reporter in Findlay, Ohio. He has 14 years of experience at newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, spending the last 10 at The Courier in Findlay. Lester also writes an Around the Region column for D3hoops.com. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois.

2011 columnist: Dean Jackson
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