SOUTHWEST DISTRICT ATHLETIC BOARD ANNOUNCES
2015 MEDIA RECIPIENTS
The members of the
Southwest District Athletic Board would like to announce that Mr.
Matt Hammond and Mr. Eric Frantz are the Southwest’s 2015
recipients of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Media
Award. In 1991 the Ohio High
School Athletic Association initiated a program entitled the
Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Program. One aspect of this
program was to honor those special individuals who bring great
recognition to our high schools, coaches, and, especially, our
athletes through media’s various forms. Each of Ohio’s six athletic
districts was asked to put a process in place to gather nominations
of individuals who fit into this special category.
Honorees are to have given many years of service in
covering high school athletics. The members of the
Southwest District Athletic Board take great pride in honoring these
two gentlemen. They represent the finest in their profession, and
they do wonders for the athletes across our area of the state.
They are true believers in high school athletics and the benefits
that an athlete derives by participating in such activities.Congratulations!
Matt graduated from Marysville HIgh School and graduated from
Bluffton University in 1998. While attending Bluffton
University, Matt served as the school newspaper editor for two
years. In this position he started the Senior Athlete of
Upon graduation, Matt was hired by the
Bellefontaine Examiner to cover high school sports. This
position required him to cover the athletic programs in seven
high schools. One year after employment, he was hired as
the Sports Editor. Seventeen years later, he still
enjoys the same job. He classifies himself as an
old-time sports writer. He takes his own pictures and
features them in his articles. He also credits his
assistant for his able assistance. He covers his seven
districts and features middle school athletics as well.
Another responsibility is to cover the Ohio State Buckeyes.
His favorite part of the job is developing meaningful and
lasting friendships with coaches and athletic directors across
the Central Buckeye League.
Matt has earned numerous writing awards: Best Sports
Writer, five awards; Best Feature Writer, Best Sports Event
Coverage, and Best Sports Section, twice. He has been
recognized by both the Volleyball and Bowling Coaches in Ohio.
He summarizes his love for high school athletics by saying
that he has covered State Championships in Cross Country,
Golf, Football, Softball, Baseball, Track and Field,
Wrestling, and Swimming. He has watched 700 basketball
games and 175 football games. He considers this a real
labor of love.
Matt is married to Christa. She teaches in the
Bellefontaine City Schools. Christa has coached during
her teaching career. They have two boys: Austin
MR. ERIC FRANTZ
Eric Frantz is the managing editor for JJ Huddle.
Eric had an accomplished high school career at Bellbrook High
School where he played both football and basketball. His
teams won District Championships in basketball and were
regional runner-up in football. After high school, Eric
attended Ashland University where he played football. Upon
graduation from Ashland College, Eric was the sports editor
for the Centerville-Bellbook Times, contributing writer
for the Dayton Daily News, founder and publisher of the
Miami Valley Sports Magazine, Color Analyst for WING
Game of the Week, became managing editor for JJ Huddle in
2007, and still holds this position.
Eric has won
numerous awards covering high school athletics: Ohio
Prep Sports Writer of the Year (2002), Best Online Editorial
Writing Award (past two years), Ohio's Best Sports Coverage
(past two years), established the largest live Friday Night
Football Scoreboard, and established state-wide weekly Athlete
and Team of the Week. He serves on the OHSAA's Advisory
Committee, and also serves as the Vice-President of the Ohio
Prep Sportswriters Association. He shares that one of
his biggest accomplishments is transforming JJ Huddle from an
internet forum into a leading high school sports website.
This allows JJ Huddle to be the biggest and most complete
Friday Night Football Scoreboard.
Eric is married to
Carrie (Ernst) Frantz. She teaches first grade in the
Bellbook City Schools. They have two daughters--Ashley
and Jordan, and one son, JT.
Since the inception of this award,
the following individuals have been honored as Media Service Recipients by the members of the Southwest
District Athletic Board:
Ted Landis, Brookville Star; Warren Johnson, WPFB Radio,
1998-99: Dave Long, Dayton
Daily News; Duane Bachman, WPTW Radio, Piqua
1999-2000: Don McDermott, Greenville Daily; Dave
Schutte, Cincinnati Enquirer
2000-2001: Mike Hartsock, WHIO TV, Dayton; Mark
Huber, Wilmington News
2001-2002: Kert Radel, WMOH Radio, Hamilton; Bill
Liermann, WSWO Radio, Wilmington
2002-2003: Jack Gordan, WPFB Radio, Middletown; Joe
Neves, WPTW, Piqua
2003-2004: Tom Gambel, DSA Sports, Cincinnati; John
Popovich, WCPO Radio, Cincinnati
2004-2005: Omar Williams, WHIO-TV, Retired; Ron
Jackson, Dayton Daily News; Guy Fogle, WHIO TV
2005-2006: Roger Barger, WKFI WSWO Sabina; Tom
Groeschen, Cincinnati Enquirer
2006-2007: Tom Archdeacon, Dayton Daily News; Ken
Barhorst, Sidney Daily News
2007-2008: Sonny Fulks, WPTW, 1590WPTW.com; Jerry
Nardiello, Middletown Journal
2008-2009: Enos Pennington,
www.newrichmond.localsportsradio.com ; Richard Crawford, The Clermont
2009-2010: Chick Ludwig; Jack Pohl, WDTN-Channel
2 Sports Director.
2010-2011: Mike Dyer, Cincinnati Enquirer; Ron
Nunnari, Englewood Independent
2011-2012: Scott Ward, WTGR, Greenville; Jack
2012-2013: Dirk Allen; George Vogel
2013-2014: Mark Slaughter, WCPO-Channel 9; Rob
Kiser, Piqua Daily Call.
2014-2015: Matt Hammond, Bellefontaine Examiner;
Eric Franz, J.J. Huddle