Great Lakes

November 19, 2014
Smooth sailing for Ruffing
Ryan Ruffing was W&J's backup running back his first two seasons, but as a junior, he's rolled up more than 1,500 yards to help lead the Presidents back to the playoffs.

November 11, 2014
He's come a long way
An injury early in his career nearly cost him more than just a season of football, but Evan Killilea recovered and has come on strong to lead Wittenberg's defense.

November 4, 2014
'Out of my comfort zone'
Alana Gaither never planned to play football. She played on an all-boys soccer team as a child and her first love was always soccer, that is until the high school team at Akron Firestone needed a kicker.

October 28, 2014
DePauw turning it around
After hitting rock-bottom, with a 2-8 season and just one touchdown, total, in three Monon Bell games, DePauw has been putting it back together under coach Bill Lynch.

October 21, 2014
Finding a home
Taylor Masiewicz has always wanted to be a starting quarterback at the college level. He found a home at Trine.

October 14, 2014
Making his own name
Luke Riemenschneider's connections to Baldwin Wallace go back generations. And while his great-grandfather's name is on the music school, Luke's name is in the Yellow Jackets' record book.

October 7, 2014
Blinn driving Bethany's strong start
Eric Blinn has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Midway through his junior season, Bethany’s star wide receiver has already broken two school records, in just 25 games.

September 30, 2014
Running all over
After playing corner, wide receiver and returning kicks, Sean Hackel has found his home at running back for Wooster and has thrived for the Scots.

September 23, 2014
Deflecting passes
Ellis Ewing picked off three passes for Adrian in the Bulldogs' win vs. Benedictine on Saturday. But he's quick to credit the folks up front.

September 16, 2014
ONU taking a new angle under center
After a year settling into the role, Patrick Angle, a transfer from Youngstown State, is off to a strong start at quarterback for Ohio Northern.

September 9, 2014
The littlest Tartan
Carnegie Mellon’s most inspirational member of the team wasn’t on the field for the Tartans on Saturday night. But the impact a player can make isn’t always measured in touchdowns and tackles.

September 3, 2014
10 games to watch for 2014
Around the Great Lakes is back for the 2014 season with a look at the top games involving teams from the region, which includes the MIAA, NCAC, OAC and PAC.

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.

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Previous Columns

November 19, 2014
Smooth sailing for Ruffing
Ryan Ruffing was W&J's backup running back his first two seasons, but as a junior, he's rolled...
November 11, 2014
He's come a long way
An injury early in his career nearly cost him more than just a season of football, but Evan Killilea...
November 4, 2014
'Out of my comfort zone'
Alana Gaither never planned to play football. She played on an all-boys soccer team as a child and...
October 28, 2014
DePauw turning it around
After hitting rock-bottom, with a 2-8 season and just one touchdown, total, in three Monon Bell...
October 21, 2014
Finding a home
Taylor Masiewicz has always wanted to be a starting quarterback at the college level. He found a...
October 14, 2014
Making his own name
Luke Riemenschneider's connections to Baldwin Wallace go back generations. And while his great-grand...
October 7, 2014
Blinn driving Bethany's strong start
Eric Blinn has accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Midway through his junior season,...
September 30, 2014
Running all over
After playing corner, wide receiver and returning kicks, Sean Hackel has found his home at running...
September 23, 2014
Deflecting passes
Ellis Ewing picked off three passes for Adrian in the Bulldogs' win vs. Benedictine on Saturday. But...
September 16, 2014
ONU taking a new angle under center
After a year settling into the role, Patrick Angle, a transfer from Youngstown State, is off to a...
September 9, 2014
The littlest Tartan
Carnegie Mellon’s most inspirational member of the team wasn’t on the field for the...
September 3, 2014
10 games to watch for 2014
Around the Great Lakes is back for the 2014 season with a look at the top games involving teams from...

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