Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper has worked at the News-Sun since 2002 and covers the city of Springfield for the Springfield News-Sun. He began as a sports desk clerk and was hired as a  full-time sports writer in 2005. In 2012, he began a new assignment as a city reporter. Cooper is a graduate of both Southeastern High School and Wilmington. He now lives in Springfield with wife, Carey. Cooper became interested in journalism from growing up and reading sports books. He fell in love with telling stories about interesting people.

Latest from Michael Cooper

Boys basketball: Stivers overcomes 18-point deficit to beat Northridge
 With his team trailing Northridge High School by 18 points with three minutes left in the first half, Stivers School for the Arts coach Felix Turner called a timeout. He gave his team a new goal: Cut the lead to 10 at the half. The Tigers far exceeded his expectations. With four seconds remaining, an old-fashioned three-point play by the...

Posted: a day ago

With his team trailing Northridge High School by 18 points with three minutes left in the first half, Stivers School for the Arts coach Felix Turner called a timeout. He gave his team a new goal: Cut the lead to 10 at the half. The Tigers far exceeded his expectations. With four seconds remaining, an old-fashioned three-point play by the...
Girls basketball: Minster knocks off D-II top-ranked Carroll
 The defending Division IV state champion Minster High School girls basketball team is peaking at the perfect time — early February. The D-IV second-ranked Wildcats used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from D-II No. 1 Carroll 50-35 in nonconference action on Saturday afternoon. “Honestly, this is exactly what we needed...

Posted: 7 days ago

The defending Division IV state champion Minster High School girls basketball team is peaking at the perfect time — early February. The D-IV second-ranked Wildcats used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from D-II No. 1 Carroll 50-35 in nonconference action on Saturday afternoon. “Honestly, this is exactly what we needed...
Boys basketball: Wayne outlasts Springfield in triple OT
 Ronnie Hampton wasn’t going to let a third chance to beat his team’s biggest rival slip away, especially on Senior Night. In his final home game, the Wayne High School senior scored 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Warriors kept their Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division title hopes alive with a 75-72...

Posted: 8 days ago

Ronnie Hampton wasn’t going to let a third chance to beat his team’s biggest rival slip away, especially on Senior Night. In his final home game, the Wayne High School senior scored 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Warriors kept their Greater Western Ohio Conference National East Division title hopes alive with a 75-72...
Boys basketball: Davis rewriting Emmanuel Christian record books
 In the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Christian Academy coach Danny Moore knew Adonis Davis was ready to the make leap from good to great. “Each year, he’s added something to his game,” Moore said. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard That summer, Davis...

Posted: 11 days ago

In the summer of 2017, Emmanuel Christian Academy coach Danny Moore knew Adonis Davis was ready to the make leap from good to great. “Each year, he’s added something to his game,” Moore said. »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school roundup »RELATED: Wednesday’s high school scoreboard That summer, Davis...
Boys basketball: Catholic Central wins second straight OHC South title
 Catholic Central High School senior Trey Dunn wore the net around his neck as he posed for photos with his teammates, raising his right index finger in the air. For the second straight season, the Irish are Ohio Heritage Conference South Division champions. Catholic Central held Cedarville to just two points in the fourth quarter en route...

Posted: 11 days ago

Catholic Central High School senior Trey Dunn wore the net around his neck as he posed for photos with his teammates, raising his right index finger in the air. For the second straight season, the Irish are Ohio Heritage Conference South Division champions. Catholic Central held Cedarville to just two points in the fourth quarter en route...
Girls basketball: After 0-3 start, West Liberty-Salem keeps winning
 Despite her team’s 0-3 start, West Liberty-Salem High School senior Gabby Hollar’s confidence never wavered. “I wouldn’t ever doubt us,” Hollar said. Two months later, the Tigers have done nothing but win. West Liberty-Salem (17-3, 14-0 Ohio Heritage Conference) has won 17 straight games, earning its fourth straight...

Posted: 12 days ago

Despite her team’s 0-3 start, West Liberty-Salem High School senior Gabby Hollar’s confidence never wavered. “I wouldn’t ever doubt us,” Hollar said. Two months later, the Tigers have done nothing but win. West Liberty-Salem (17-3, 14-0 Ohio Heritage Conference) has won 17 straight games, earning its fourth straight...
Boys basketball: Big fourth quarter lifts Centerville past Springfield
 With less than five minutes remaining and the score tied at 44 at Springfield, Centerville High School coach Brook Cupps had a simple message for his Elks team — slow down. “We just needed to calm down and stop turning the ball over,” Cupps said. “We looked like we had never seen a run-and-jump there for awhile. &hellip...

Posted: 16 days ago

With less than five minutes remaining and the score tied at 44 at Springfield, Centerville High School coach Brook Cupps had a simple message for his Elks team — slow down. “We just needed to calm down and stop turning the ball over,” Cupps said. “We looked like we had never seen a run-and-jump there for awhile. &hellip...
Boys basketball: Cross scoring in bunches for Cedarville

Posted: 16 days ago

At 5-foot-11, 145 pounds, Colby Cross admittedly doesn’t look like a basketball player. On the court, however, Cross is hard to handle. The Cedarville High School junior is averaging 17.2 points per game for the Indians (8-8, 7-5 Ohio Heritage Conference), who have won five of their last seven games. He uses his size to his advantage...
Girls basketball: Ware scores 1,000th point for Greenon
 Greenon High School junior Reagan Ware joined an exclusive club last month. The 5-foot-7 guard scored her 1,000th point on a free throw against Northeastern on Jan. 22. Ware scored 22 points in the 79-18 victory. “It was always one of my goals,” Ware said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches....

Posted: 18 days ago

Greenon High School junior Reagan Ware joined an exclusive club last month. The 5-foot-7 guard scored her 1,000th point on a free throw against Northeastern on Jan. 22. Ware scored 22 points in the 79-18 victory. “It was always one of my goals,” Ware said. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches....
Boys basketball: Catholic Central too much for Emmanuel Christian
 It didn’t matter what kind of defense the Emmanuel Christian boys basketball threw at Catholic Central on Tuesday night — the Irish couldn’t miss. Catholic Central shot nearly 50 percent from the field and pulled away in the second half to beat Emmanuel Christian 62-47 in an electric atmosphere on Tuesday night at Jason...

Posted: 18 days ago

It didn’t matter what kind of defense the Emmanuel Christian boys basketball threw at Catholic Central on Tuesday night — the Irish couldn’t miss. Catholic Central shot nearly 50 percent from the field and pulled away in the second half to beat Emmanuel Christian 62-47 in an electric atmosphere on Tuesday night at Jason...
Girls basketball: Centerville pulls away from Tecumseh in fourth
 For three quarters, the Tecumseh High School girls basketball hung with Division I powerhouse Centerville. In the final eight minutes, the Elks lived up to their No. 3 ranking in the D-I girls basketball state poll. Centerville scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, pulling away from the Arrows en route to a 73-56 nonconference victory on...

Posted: 19 days ago

For three quarters, the Tecumseh High School girls basketball hung with Division I powerhouse Centerville. In the final eight minutes, the Elks lived up to their No. 3 ranking in the D-I girls basketball state poll. Centerville scored 25 points in the fourth quarter, pulling away from the Arrows en route to a 73-56 nonconference victory on...