2011 Around the Great Lakes columns

November 3, 2011 Albion's scheduling pays off It was a familiar question that Craig Rundle fielded in the offseason. “Who in the world does your schedule?” Rundle chuckles, “It's me. I'm the idiot.”

October 26, 2011 Working toward a new tradition Westminster (Pa.) was an NAIA football power, winning six titles and playing for the title three more times. But the Titans have not lived up to their nickname in Division III, yet. What are they going to change?

October 18, 2011 Comets say good-bye to three years of frustration Don't confuse the tears and hugs at Olivet on Saturday for consulation or sorrow.

October 13, 2011 Not settling for 'good' When Jim Hilvert took the reins at Thomas More he inherited a program that had tasted some success. But he wasn't interested in just some success.

October 6, 2011 A midseason roundup We are six weeks into the season and it's an opportunity to look at some storylines developing in the region.

September 28, 2011 A new era at Muskingum? Like most team building efforts, progress is often gauged in microscopic measurements, but this past week the Muskies took a pretty symoblic leap forward.

September 22, 2011 W&J tackle relishes role as protector, leader If Presidents left tackle Gary Flavion is a little over-protective of his quarterback, the only guy in a house full of sisters comes by it honestly.

September 14, 2011 Moving across the street Kalamazoo will get a taste of the big time this season, playing in Western Michigan's home stadium while the Hornets' home is redone.

September 7, 2011 Witt builds on family ties No matter the era, no matter what year, Wittenberg transcends time. Coach Joe Fincham thinks he understands why.

August 31, 2011 Ten games to watch for 2011 Introducing new columnist Dean Jackson, who takes us through the key games for the upcoming season in Around the Great Lakes.

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 and lives in Ottawa with his wife and daughter.

2011 columnist: Dean Jackson
2007-10 columnist: Matt Florjancic

Previous Columns

November 20, 2013
Sirianni seeing familiar faces
Former Mount Union player and assistant coach Mike Sirianni sees the Purple Raiders fairly often as...
November 13, 2013
Albion builds off its 2011 postseason stint
Two years ago, Brett McCarty and his teammates took a 59-0 shellacking at the hands of the future...
November 6, 2013
At Mount, practice wins out over pressure
For quarterback Kevin Burke, staying focused each week on a team in which every opponent is hunting...
October 29, 2013
Geneva linebacker: ‘Hard work pays off’
The Golden Tornadoes have had to weather injuries, but Dillon Goodell said the focus of the team is...
October 22, 2013
Wabash goes to great depths to find rushers
Injuries have knocked the Little Giants’ top two rushers out for the season, but each time a...
October 15, 2013
Kalamazoo's quarterback has his head in the game
Justin Danzy, who his coach calls “a really brilliant kid,” has helped his team to a 3-2...
October 9, 2013
John Carroll steps up its shutouts
The undefeated Blue Streaks have already beaten two teams the coaches picked ahead of them in the...
October 1, 2013
Thomas More's Hayden bounces back from injury
A year after being named PAC Player of the Year as a sophomore, Domonique Hayden saw his season...
September 25, 2013
Espinosa helping to put OWU in the hunt
Coming off the Battling Bishops’ best season in more than 20 years, anything short of another...
September 17, 2013
Senior defender helps get Hope's season flying
Santino DiCesare was "a little nervous" last year being asked to move to free safety for...
September 9, 2013
After injury, Brooks stronger than ever for Heidelberg
Last year, Cartel Brooks sat on the sidelines in the postseason, all but powerless to help his team....
September 3, 2013
Games to watch for 2013
In his second year on the job, Brian Lester again takes you inside the Great Lakes and gives you a...
November 14, 2012
W&J finds triumph amid tragedy
Few things hit a football team harder than the loss of a fellow player. But Washington and Jefferson...
November 6, 2012
Mount, Wabash meet you coming and going
Playing both sides of the ball isn't as common in college as it is in high school, but when a coach...
October 30, 2012
Fortunes have turned for OWU, Waynesburg
Ohio Wesleyan and Waynesburg are off to their best starts in at least half a decade. And both are...
October 23, 2012
Former Guardsman at Witt knows how to be a defender
Jon Daniels walked away from the Wittenberg football team eight years ago and wound up joining the...
October 16, 2012
Case's Ferguson grown into impact player
The numbers tell the whole of Ryan Ferguson's story: Despite being only 180-pounds, the outside...
October 9, 2012
Transfer Fairchild one of Otterbein's biggest catches
All-American wide receiver Trey Fairchild has been part of a revival season for the Cardinals, who...
October 2, 2012
Waynesburg quarterback sloughs off slow start
In his first game as starting quarterback, Waynesburg's Tyler Fatigante went 6-of-24 for just 16...
September 24, 2012
CMU has a hard-hitting humanitarian
Linebacker Akwasi Brefo came from West Africa to the U.S. as a child knowing little to nothing about...
September 17, 2012
Kenyon has put losing streak in rearview mirror
Since its second-place finish in the NCAC back in 2005, Kenyon has struggled -- failing to break...
September 11, 2012
Puryear wastes no time making mark at Trine
After leaving Grand Valley State to play for Trine last fall, Myron Puryear played well enough to...
September 4, 2012
Diabetes is no deficit for Yellow Jackets rusher
Tyler Lohr's career in the Baldwin Wallace backfield bloomed after a slow start last season -- an...
August 28, 2012
10 games to watch for 2012
In his debut column, Brian Lester dives into some of the most anticipated games of the region --...

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