Great Lakes

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.

November 20, 2013
Sirianni seeing familiar faces
Former Mount Union player and assistant coach Mike Sirianni sees the Purple Raiders fairly often as coach of Washington and Jefferson.

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 national champion and used it to get their bearings on the kind of team they need to become. One more win, and the Britons are back in the playoffs.

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 for an upset comes down to learning how to be a Mount Union football player.

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 on finishing the season strong.

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 new player steps up, good things still happen. All four starting running backs have logged 150-yard games.

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 start for the first half of the season, including a one-touchdown victory over Trine early this month.

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 preseason poll. Thanks in part to a stifling JCU defense, the team hopes to have more surprises for its opponents.

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 collapse with injury. Now, though, he's at full speed -- with 547 yards under his belt this fall.

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 NCAC title would be disappointing to the senior quarterback.

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 the Flying Dutchmen. But the senior co-captain excelled and this year has been making his share of big plays to help Hope get off to a 2-0 start.

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. For 2013, the Heidelberg rusher expects to be back in action.

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 preview of what games could be the most important this fall.

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
2007-10 columnist: Matt Florjancic

Previous Columns

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...
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...

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