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OPSWA Officers

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.

Vice President

Greg Shoemaker (TriState Football/TriStateFootball.com) Graduated from Springfield Catholic Central High School in 1984. Earned BSBA-Marketing from Xavier University. Out of college spent 15 years in the toy industry with Mattel/Fisher Price/Kransco.

Co-founded TriStateFootbal.com (with Dan Clasgens), Began coverage in 2007. TriState Football covers more than 150 schools in Southwest Ohio (125), Northern Kentucky (30) and Southeast Indiana (8). Currently co-host High school Football Tonight pregame and postgame shows on ESPN 1530 AM and FOX SPORTS 1360 AM (simulcast) every Friday night during the season for the last six seasons. Have been a voting member of the All-Southwest District Football team for the last six years.

Vice President

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.

Vice President

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