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August 2014 Officer Meeting:

Officers of the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association will meet in August with Tim Stried, Director of Information Services. More information will be available closer to the meeting.

2013-14 Officer Press Release

President

• Randy Heath, a member of the OPSWA Hall of Fame, has worked in the newspaper business for 30-plus years. He was a longtime writer for the Jackson County Times Journal and also worked in radio in Jackson. Heath has served as the OPSWA president on numerous occasions and played a primary role in the recent revitalization of the OPSWA. He is currently the mayor of the Jackson and President of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

 

First Vice President

• Eric Frantz has covered high school sports for the past 14 years after graduating from Ashland University in 1998. He started his career at the Centerville-Bellbrook Times and the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette before starting the Miami Valley Sports Magazine and Miamivalleysports.com. Frantz is currently the managing editor of JJHuddle.com and is an active writer for MaxPreps.com. Frantz was named the OPSWA’s D-III Sportswriter of the Year in 2002.

 

Second Vice President

• Rob McCurdy is a 1988 graduate of Marion River Valley and a 1992 journalism grad of Bowling Green State University. He has worked in newspapers since 1990 and currently works at the Mansfield News Journal. He is a past president of OPSWA and was also a part of the group that resurrected the association.

 

Secretary

• Todd Stumpf has been covering high school sports for 20-plus years for the Medina Gazette and Post Newspapers, in addition to freelancing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, among others. He has a Master’s degree in communication studies with published thesis on newspaper coverage of high school sports by gender. Stumpf is also a four-time OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year, including the 2012 Sportswriter of the Year in Division V.

 

Treasurer

• Jamie Baker has worked at The Findlay Courier for 18 years, taking over as the newspaper’s sports editor on Jan. 1. A member of the OHSAA’s Media Advisory Committee, Baker oversees a staff of three full-time and three part-time sports writers covering high school sports for 31 schools in Northwest Ohio as well as three colleges.

Officer Duties

The initial list of possible officer duties includes:

 

- Review membership and new registrations

- Create a process for publicly honoring sportswriters at OHSAA state tournaments

- Assist with the annual writing contest

- Determine membership benefits

- Plan the annual statewide sportswriters meeting

- Have oversight of the OPSWA budget

- Update district media directories for posting on OPSWA website

- Serve on the OPSWA Hall of Fame committee

- Develop a process for future officer selections.

 

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