Local Sports Columns

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. ...

Warren rallies, makes every minute count

VINCENT — Before Monday night’s opening tip-off between host Warren High and Fort Frye High, the Warrior band played “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” an oldie but goodie from the distant past. Can’t say that I’ve ever heard the Iron Butterfly’s signature song before at a basketball game. ...

Cadets ‘pick off’ Tigers

BYESVILLE — Fort Frye High enjoyed a pick-fest. The second-rated Cadets had five interceptions, three in the second quarter alone, en route to an 18-6 triumph over fourth-rated Shadyside High in an OHSAA Division VI, Region 23 championship football game Friday night at Meadowbrook ...

JOHNSTON: Solid finish to season for Cats

COSHOCTON — Waterford High enjoyed one last drive. Never mind that it was very late in the final quarter, colder than a well-digger’s ditch, and the fourth-seeded Wildcats (9-3) were trailing, 33-6, they were determined to get to the house and did when senior quarterback Peyten Stephens ...

Wildcats’ Peyten Stephens conducts a clinic at quarterback

WATERFORD — Waterford High played inspirational first-half football. The fourth-ranked Wildcats scored on their first four offensive possessions en route to a 34-14 triumph over the visiting Berne Union Rockets in an OHSAA Division VII, Regional 27 playoff opener Saturday night. And, while ...

Cadets moved the ball at will in playoff opener

BEVERLY — Fort Frye High moved the ball pretty much at will in its 34-14 triumph over visiting Milford Center Fairbanks in an opening-round OHSAA Division IV, Region 23 playoff game Friday night. The undefeated Cadets (10-0) amassed 499 yards of total offense, 271 rushing and 228 passing, ...

ALBRIGHT: Can the Red Sox repeat as World Series champions?

American League champion Boston Red Sox dipped in 24 karat gold a dominant Major League Baseball season Sunday night with a World Series championship. National League winner Los Angeles became the final victim of a group responsible for a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins. Manager ...

Barker tried hard to ‘stop the bleeding’

JACKSON — With a 2-0 advantage in sets and needing one more to secure a berth in Saturday’s OHSAA Division IV district final volleyball match at Jackson High, top-seeded Waterford High seemed almost a lock to advance this past Thursday night But fifth-seeded Bainbridge Paint Valley proved ...

A diving extraordinaire

Many people were always awed whenever mom effortlessly knifed into the pool water after a dive off the board. Barely a ripple. She reminded me of the late actress/diver Esther Williams in the movies, and I often told her that whenever I saw or talked to her on the phone -- and she would just ...

COLUMN: Parkersburg South’s Grant Hussey has summer to remember

Baseball gifting big, shiny packages to Parkersburg South’s Grant Hussey shouldn’t be surprising by now. The Patriot dedicates sizable quantities of time, sweat and energy to the sport he has loved since childhood. This fall giving up basketball to focus on baseball fulltime. Effort not ...