Local Sports Columns

MHS soccer has a Bayern Munich look about it

Marietta High kind of resembled Bayern Munich on the boys’ soccer pitch at Jerry Brock Field Tuesday night. Seriously. Bayern Munich is a powerhouse “futbol” team in Germany. And, while the Todd Morris-coached Tigers obviously aren’t pros, they’re pretty darn good prep soccer ...

Here’s to Nathaniel’s opening day

Marietta High won going away against Morgan of McConnelsville, 56-14, Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium. It was the Tigers’ 2019 football lid-lifter. It was also Nathaniel’s opening day — and someday when he’s old enough, I’ll try to describe “the first day of the rest of his ...

JOHNSTON: Sarah Biehl mourns teammate

Earlier this month, Sarah Biehl was driving on the highway when she had to pull over to the side of the road. “My college coach called me and told me that Jeremy had passed away,” recalled the 25-year-old Biehl after finishing the 33rd annual Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon ...

Look out for the ‘Trump Bump’

Can you imagine President Donald Trump visiting and playing golf at Marietta Country Club or Parkersburg Country Club? Never gonna happen. Well...maybe I shouldn’t say never, because since 1980 two former Presidents were on the campaign trail in the Mid-Ohio Valley — Ronald Reagan and ...

Reds buyers, sellers at deadline?

To buy or to sell? That is the magic question for Cincinnati Reds general manager Dick Williams and his staff as the Major League Baseball trade deadline quickly approaches at the end of July. The Reds suddenly find themselves in the hunt for a playoff spot for the first time in five seasons ...

On the ‘Trump Bump’ lookout

Can you imagine President Donald Trump visiting and playing golf at Marietta Country Club or Parkersburg Country Club? Never gonna happen. Well...maybe I shouldn't say never, because since 1980 two former Presidents were on the campaign trail in the Mid-Ohio Valley -- Ronald Reagan and Bill ...

Reds’ Votto an enigma

Ask any Cincinnati Reds fan you know for their thoughts on first baseman Joey Votto and you are likely to get a variety of answers. “He is a sure-fire hall-of-famer,” one might say. “He has seen his better days and not worth the money he is being paid,” is another reply you might ...

Soccer stars, President could help each other

Many years ago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers were invited to the White House. And, according to Jeff Pearlman, the author of “Showtime,” the 7-foot-2 Laker center before leaving shook hands with President Ronald Reagan and informed the Leader of the Free World that he ...

Heartbreak at Reds Legends camp

A.J. Jones had a Semper Fi plan. The 2019 Warren High School and Washington County Career Center grad wanted to serve his country, and was scheduled to join the U.S. Marine Corps. “He was supposed to leave in October for boot camp, but I believe he was leaving two months early in August,” ...

Life in the fast lane with Meadow Benton

Give me an M-E-A-D-O-W. What’s that spell? Meadow! Again. Meadow! One more time. Meadow, as in Meadow Benton! Yea! The Marietta High senior was a Tigers’ cheerleading co-captain. So, she might get a kick out of that little cheer for her. Thing is, Benton’s also a track standout, ...

Fort Frye runner Justin Anderson goes by ‘Beddy’

BEVERLY — “It’s a dumb story.” Justin Anderson smiled as he explained why he was addressed the moniker “Beddy” by his Cadet track and field teammates Wednesday evening at the final Pioneer Valley Conference Championship at Fort Frye Cadet Stadium. The senior long distance running ...

Warren’s Bogard fearless, will bounce back

VINCENT -- With a bag of ice in her right hand, Erin Bogard was nursing a broken nose and sitting "Native American style" on the ground not far from the pole vault pit at Warren High field. It was late Saturday afternoon, and the annual Warrior Track&Field Invitational was in the process ...

Pioneers couldn’t turn off scoring machine

Marietta College got beat by one player. That shouldn't happen. I mean, basketball is a team game. But after the Pioneers dropped a 91-87 decision to Wheaton (Ill.) College in front of 359 spectators Saturday night in an NCAA Division III men's basketball sectional final at the Carver PT ...

‘Doink’ and other things at the BanJo

Marietta College fan Barry Taylor, who was sitting with Cathy Binegar behind press row, yelled out to yours truly during second-half action at Fenton Court Saturday night. He had to holler, because the BanJo was so alive, so noisy. “Do you know what the record is for fouls in a game?” ...

Pioneers shot the lights out but still 2 points shy of 100

Marietta College could’ve hit the century mark for the third time this season Wednesday night at Ban Johnson Arena. The Pioneers — who are No. 19-ranked in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll with a 19-5 overall record (13-4 Ohio Athletic Conference) — were leading rival Muskingum University ...

Catching up with French and some other good people

A few years ago, Warren High boys’ basketball standout Evan French wrote and mailed a thank-you card to me for covering the Blane Maddox-coached Warriors. What was special about it is that he took the time to do this in his own hand-writing. Honestly, I felt like French had just passed the ...

Jon VanderWal’s look was amusing, priceless

Early in the second half of Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game at the BanJo, Marietta College sophomore Tim Kreeger made a highlight film shot in the paint. The 6-foot-7 pivot player — who is right-handed — left-handed about a 10-foot hook off the glass to give the Pioneers a ...

Pioneers need Corrie Burkhardt for stretch run

Cross your fingers and hope that Marietta College senior Corrie Burkhardt will be available for court action this upcoming week. Last Friday night at the 7:01 mark of the fourth quarter against visiting Baldwin Wallace, the 5-foot-9 Pioneer forward assumed a defensive stance and collided with ...

Let’s call it ‘Chew the Coffee Bowl’

If an arctic blast visits Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday night, the AFC championship game between the host Chiefs and New England Patriots should be postponed and rescheduled. Let’s face it, an arctic struggle is not really a fair test of football. There, I said it. The ...

Pios got ‘hooked’ at the BanJo

Marietta College suffered a mortal wound when Capital University’s Austin Schreck made a baseline hook shot at the 4:49 mark of Wednesday night’s men’s basketball game at the BanJo. Anthony Wallace, arguably MC’s best one-on-one defender, couldn’t have played any better D on Schreck. ...