Jones’ New Book Revives Middies’ Basketball Dynasty from 1940s-‘50s

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“The Second Dynasty” takes readers back to the time when Middletown reigned supreme on court.

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The Second Dynasty is packed with fast, play-by-play basketball action that recreates the energy and excitement of an era when the high school team from Middletown, Ohio shattered the state's record books and that city was crowned the Basketball Capital of Ohio. Author Richard Paul Jones puts the reader right in the stands, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the game and cheering for the Middies.

Jones' thorough research will open the reader's eyes as he traces the origins of Ohio's greatest basketball dynasty to the bold initiatives of the 1920s and '30s and tracks the step-by-step development of the school's basketball program as it parallels Middletown's transformation from a pork-shipping hub to a thriving steel town.

And his vivid descriptions bring to life the unparalleled period of basketball success that followed in the 1940s and '50s. Jones takes the readers to the Columbus Coliseum in 1944, where the Middies won their first state championship, launching a dynasty that dominated the basketball scene for sixteen glorious years: ten Final Fours, seven state championships, two national titles, an astonishing seventy-six game win streak that remains unmatched a half century later.

The Second Dynasty is a great read for all those who love the game of basketball and those who wish to remember the thrill of high school sports.

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About the Author
Richard Paul Jones earned his BA from the University of Minnesota and enjoyed a fruitful business career before finding his passion for writing. He stumbled into sports reporting and moved to short stories, publishing both fiction and nonfiction on the Prairie Home Companion and other websites. After sweeping nine of Georgia Writers' monthly contests in 2010, Jones made the leap to full-length books. He begins Dynasty with his own recollections of seeing the Middies wallop a tourney opponent 50-7.

The Second Dynasty * by Richard Paul Jones
When Middletown Reigned Supreme in Ohio Basketball
Publication Date: April 3, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 215 pages; 978-1-4797-5870-8
Trade Hardback; $28.99; 215 pages; 978-1-4797-5871-5
eBook; $7.45; 978-1-4797-5872-2

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