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How do you teach the game of football to kindergartners and first graders?

Very patiently, says Northwest Ohio Fellowship of Christian Athletes Campus Director Matt Medina.

“If you’ve been around my baseball teams, you know that we always teach everything the exact same way. From whatever grade to the time they get into college, you always want to keep it the same way,” Medina said. “The difference is in how it is structured and how they are playing the game. Of course, when they play flag football they are still playing football.”

The FCA and Maumee Bay Turf Center are teaming up to form an NFL Flag football league for kindergartners and first graders. Sign-ups will continue through August to see how much interest is there.

“I, personally, want to see what the interest is. We’re not interested in taking away from the soccer programs. When soccer is coming to an end is probably when the flag football is going to get going, so we don’t take anything away from the soccer,” Medina said.


The month of July was not particularly favorable to the Detroit Tigers, but forpic-oz2 local photographer Rick Osentosk it was a banner month.

Osentoski, proprietor of Oz Digital, LLC, a full-service photography studio located in Martin, had several of his action shots from various Tigers games published in Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. 

In back-to-back issues of SI in July Osentoski’s images of Miguel Cabrera, the Tiger’s star first baseman, were included in stories that the iconic sports magazine ran on  Cabrera’s bid to be the MVP of the American League.

“Cabrera is my money man” jokes Osentoski.

The photography bug first bit Osentoski at an early age. When he was 12-years-old he used his father’s Canon manual focus 35mm single lens reflex camera to shoot his brother and his friends racing motorcycles.  He then developed the black-and-white photographs in a darkroom that his father built in the basement of the family home.


Mayor, jeweler, banker, former pro join soothsayers
There will be some new faces among Press football soothsayers this fall. Four local business and government “celebrities” have been added to the mix.

Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian, Genoa Banking Company President Marty Sutter, Alan Miller Jewelers owner Alan Miller, and Big Apple Deli owner Tim Williams, a former NCAA Division I and professional football player, have agreed to be soothsayers this fall.

They will be joined by veteran sportswriter Mark Griffin, who will represent The Press, broadcaster and last year’s soothsayer champion Mark Reeves, Press contributing writer and author of Voice on the Street Deb Wallace, and former Owens Outlook editor and Press contributing writer Nick Huenefeld, who is known for his attempt at breaking the Guinness Book of World Records in ketchup drinking which earned him an appearance on the Jay Leno Show.


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