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.
Officer Press Release
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.
• 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.
• 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
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.
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.
The initial list of possible officer duties includes:
- Review membership and new registrations
- Create a process for publicly honoring sportswriters at OHSAA state
- Assist with the annual writing contest
- 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