Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am an avid reader. I love all types of books, from fictional suspense novels to autobiographical books about presidents; if I can be entertained or learn something from it, I’ll give it a shot.

I was reached out a while back about a local book from my hometown of Fort Loramie called “Titles and Tears: A True Story About Girls’ Basketball in the Heartland” and to be quite honest, I forgot about that email until I saw a sign for the book a few weeks back. So first and foremost, my apologies for that. Fortunately I had the chance to sit down and read it this weekend, and it’s hard to put my true feelings of the work into words.

It’s hard because the story, which seems like a script for Hollywood, is so real. As someone who grew up in the foundational period of the Redskins’ girls’ basketball program, I have strong emotional ties to the program and immense respect for Coach Siegel. Heck, a lot of the “characters” of this book are my friends... or the siblings of my friends... or the cousins of my friends (I somehow doubt there’s a more Fort Loramie-sentence out there than that last one). As I read through the pages it kept bringing back visions of the very same girls beating me all the time in those driveway basketball games as we were growing up.

“Titles and Tears” made me beam with pride, and within a few chapters had me holding back tears. These are stories I know, but Jeff Hewitt and Hillary Benanzer bring them back to life, and all the emotions and memories with them. “Titles and Tears” manages to give a small snippet of what it is like to be a part of the small-town community of Fort Loramie. 

At the end of the day, I was reminded me of an old saying that I used to hear around the Ludlow house on Miami Street growing up:

Fort Loramie. A great place to learn,
a great place to live.

To purchase your copy of “Titles and Tears” CLICK HERE.
For people in the Shelby County/Loramie area, the book can also be purchased at Silver Cross Catholic Books in Fort Loramie.
Also, there will be a book signing on Friday, November 25 from 5:30-7:30 at the Fort Loramie Legion with Hewitt, Benanzer, Coach Siegel, and former players.