Sanders, a 1989 Fort Loramie graduate who’s in his first year as head coach at the high school, pitched for the Flyers from 1990-93 and credits the experience for teaching him valuable life lessons. He remembers the 6 a.m. wake-up calls for workouts among other things.
“It’s true for sports and with everything in life,” Sanders said. “When you’re in high school and you graduate from high school, you think you know everything and you find out you don’t. When I got to experience college baseball, I realized there was a lot more to life and the game of baseball than I ever realized. At the time, Dayton went through some rough times, and they started recruiting from this area.”
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Harlamert remains the school’s all-time leader in games played (230) and ranks second in home runs (38). He was inducted into UD’s Hall of Fame in 2013. He has been the head coach at his alma mater, Coldwater, since 1998.
Harlamert and Wiss were housemates for three years at UD and were in each other’s weddings. Wiss, a 1989 Minster grad, has coached at his alma mater since 1995 and has coached against Harlamert many times over the years in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
“The friendships on and off the field are great,” said Harlamert, whose team plays Minford at 4 p.m. Thursday, “and the competition is just as good.”