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OPSWA Officers

President

Jamie Baker has worked at The Findlay Courier for 18 years, taking over as the newspaper’s sports editor on Jan. 1. A member of the OHSAA’s Media Advisory Committee, Baker oversees a staff of three full-time and three part-time sports writers covering high school sports for 31 schools in Northwest Ohio as well as three colleges.

First Vice President

Eric Frantz has covered high school sports for the past 14 years after graduating from Ashland University in 1998. He started his career at the Centerville-Bellbrook Times and the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette before starting the Miami Valley Sports Magazine and Miamivalleysports.com. Frantz is currently the managing editor of JJHuddle.com and is an active writer for MaxPreps.com. Frantz was named the OPSWA’s D-III Sportswriter of the Year in 2002.

Second Vice President

Todd Stumpf has been covering high school sports for 20-plus years for the Medina Gazette and Post Newspapers, in addition to freelancing for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, among others. He has a Master’s degree in communication studies with published thesis on newspaper coverage of high school sports by gender. Stumpf is also a four-time OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year, including the 2012 Sportswriter of the Year in Division V.

Secretary

John Cummings has covered high school sports for the over 35 years beginning as a stringer for the Greenville Daily Advocate when he was in high school. A 1991 graduate of the University of Findlay, Cummings strung with the Fremont News-Messenger in college. After working as a sports writer at the Piqua Daily Call, Cummings was the sports editor at The Miamisburg-West Carrollton News where he won numerous OPSWA awards, including Writer of the Year honors. He has been a contributing writer for Cox Media since 2006 and earned the Media Service Award as voted on by his peers at the state wrestling tournament in 2016.

Treasurer

Scott Halasz has been covering sports in the Dayton area for nearly two decades. He began his career at the then-daily Beavercreek News-Current. He moved on to the Dayton Daily News for several years prior to leaving the business for a while. For some reason he got back into it in 2014 and has been covering news and sports for the Xenia Daily Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald and the Beavercreek News-Current since 2014. 

Officer Duties

The initial list of possible officer duties includes:
  • Review membership and new registrations
  • Create a process for publicly honoring sportswriters at OHSAA state tournaments
  • Assist with the annual writing contest
  • Determine membership benefits
  • Plan the annual statewide sportswriters meeting
  • Have oversight of the OPSWA budget
  • Update district media directories for posting on OPSWA website
  • Serve on the OPSWA Hall of Fame committee
  • Develop a process for future officer selections