Ohio High Magazine Football Preview Issue


Ohio High Magazine July 2007

Welcome to the 19th edition of Ohio High magazine! The July issue is highlighted by our extensive annual football preview. We take a look at each Division region-by-region with team previews, player information, thoughts from coaches and staff predictions. Plus we have our spring players of the year, a round-up of the spring sports season and much, much more!

A note from the editors:

Welcome to the 19th edition of Ohio High magazine!

We wrapped up this issue in early June, just after the OHSAA state tournaments in baseball, softball, boys and girls track and field and boys tennis.

As always, we provide a complete wrap up of each of the spring tournaments with full coverage from Eric Frantz, Matt Natali, Dave Biddle and a team of contributors. We had staff on hand for the spring state tournaments and more complete coverage will not be found anywhere else.

We also name our Ohio High players of the year in each of the OHSAA-sanctioned spring sports with boys and girls track & field athletes of the year, the top baseball and softball players and well as the top boys tennis player in the state.

From the spring sports season, Frantz has a feature on Woodmore High School discus throwers Emily and Erin Pendleton following the tremendous spring both had.

We also name the Ohio High Coach of the Year, Ray Neill, who coached Sandusky Perkins to the state final four in girls basketball and baseball.

Following the spring sports season, Steve Helwagen checks in with the final Ohio High Cup standings and the winner of the 2006-07 Ohio High Cup. Past winners have included Versailles, Walsh Jesuit and Cincinnati St. Xavier.

And of course, the July issue is highlighted by our extensive annual football preview. We take a look at each Division region-by-region with team previews, player information, thoughts from coaches and staff predictions. Our staff interviewed over 120 coaches throughout the state for the preview and with the divisional realignments this past off season, the Ohio High football preview will give all Ohio High school football fans what they need to know for the 2007 season.

Helwagen also examines the top match-ups with a week-by-week look at the top games on tap for the season.

Natali takes an in-depth look at the Steubenville football program as the the Big Red attempt to become part of Ohio high school football history going for their third straight state championship. But the road will be quite different this year with the Big Red now in Division IV.

Recruiting Editor Duane Long checks in on the July issue with his updated rankings of the top players in the class of 2008. Following an eventful spring and summer combine circuit, there has been a whole lot of shifting going on in his rankings.

Long also examines Ohio's classes of 2009 and 2010 and the top players emerging there.

Contributor Paul Boggs catches up with Washington Court House Miami Trace standout LB Nathan Williams, who is coming off his recent commitment to Ohio State.

From the hardwood, Natali has a feature on Cincinnati Withrow standout and University of Cincinnati recruit Yancy Gates, while Helwagen takes a look at the top girls players in the state.

Finally, we will have full coverage of the summer all-star action from the Ohio North-South Classic and the Big 33 game.

With full coverage from every angle by a talented staff and hundreds of photos of the top high school athletes from every corner of Ohio, the July issue of Ohio High will not fail to impress.

Ohio High is the first extensive, statewide publication that covers both Ohio high school athletics and recruiting. Ohio High is arguably the top prep state-specific sports publication in the country.

One exciting aspect about Ohio High is the fact we are able to “bundle” it with subscriptions to our popular JJHuddle.com web site.

The best deal on the board is purchasing a one-year premium subscription to the JJHuddle.com web site for $59.95. That subscription comes with a free one-year subscription to Ohio High.

However, for a limited time, we are allowing new subscribers to purchase one-year (six-issue) subscriptions for just the magazine for the old five-issue price of $29.95.

All told, that one-year subscription for the package of JJHuddle.com and Ohio High magazine represents a savings over the course of a year of over $50 from the monthly JJHuddle.com subscription charge ($6.95 per month) and a separate charge for Ohio High.

Nobody has ever attempted to produce a magazine that contains coverage of Ohio high school athletics and recruiting. We’re pretty proud of how this magazine has grown over the past couple of years and we look forward to the year ahead.

Going forward, here are general topics that will be covered in each edition of Ohio High magazine:

* September (Due out Aug. 15) – Top 100 senior prospect bios updated.

* November (Due out Oct. 15) – Basketball preview issue, football playoff preview.

* January (Due out Dec. 15) – Football playoff and fall sports recap, top 100 senior prospect bios updated.

* March (Due out February 15) – Previews of the OHSAA state basketball and wrestling tournaments, signing day recap, Duane Long's top junior and sophomore football players.

* May (Due out April 15) – Unveiling of Recruiting Editor Duane Long's top 100 senior prospects, coverage from the OHSAA winter sports tournaments and  winter players of the year.

Thanks again for your patronage of Ohio High magazine!

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