Local Sports Columns

Warren girls looked really sharp in opener

Molly McCutcheon was there to support the Warren High girls’ basketball team in its season and home opener Saturday night. The 5-foot-8 senior guard was unable to play due to a nagging injury, and you just knew she had to be a little frustrated not being in the action on the court. After ...

Watch out for Tigers’ offense

Marietta High’s offense may have several new faces starting this year, but the Tigers picked up in week one close to where they left off last season. MHS scored 36.7 points per game in 2016, but graduated their quarterback, top two receivers and three starting linemen. Naturally, some ...

Belated kudos to Pioneers hoops fans

On the evening of January 25 of this year, when one of Otterbein University’s basketball players desecrated the flag by sitting during the singing of the National Anthem at Ban Johnson Arena, the Marietta College student section had the best response to his demonstration. “USA! USA! USA! ...

Bellville mentally tough on mound

LANCASTER — Braden Bellville was clutch on the bump. The Waterford sophomore never panicked when South Webster got baserunners in scoring position early on and late in Thursday's D4 regional baseball semifinal at Beavers Field. "Braden's just a really nice kid, but he's really tough ...

Bev/Low blonds having more fun

Whether you believe that blonds have more fun (or not), there’s no question that the Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 American Legion baseball team had a blast Tuesday night, routing Marietta Post 64, 13-3. Many of the B/L players, but not all, had dyed their hair blond before the start of the ...

Marie Discini finds success at USTA Midwest Closed

PARKERSBURG — A lot of talented participants went winless in the 128-player field of the 2017 USTA Midwest Level 1 Closed Championships — Girls 16 this past week in Indianapolis, Ind. Mid-Ohio Valley local Marie Discini was not among them. Victory did not come immediately, however, as ...

McElroy best distance runner not at state meet

BEVERLY -- Mary Kate McElroy is the best 3200-meter distance runner in Ohio Division III and the Mid-Ohio Valley not competing at this weekend's OHSAA Track & Field State Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. The Fort Frye senior finished ...

Bellville mentally tough on the mound

LANCASTER — Braden Bellville was clutch on the bump. The Waterford sophomore never panicked when South Webster got baserunners in scoring position early on and late in Thursday’s D4 regional baseball semifinal at Beavers Field. “Braden’s just a really nice kid, but he’s really tough ...

Warriors unable to capitalize on short fences

PICKERINGTON -- Warren played top-ranked Lakewood in a home run-friendly ballpark at Pickerington Central Wednesday. All a batter had to do was get the ball in the air to the outfield, and it was gone as the fence down the left and right field lines said 185 feet and dead center was 200. The ...

Baseball addict? Get your fix today.

So much baseball will be played today. Five of the six Washington County high school baseball teams are scheduled to compete in district semifinal games this evening, with a spot in their respective district finals on the line. For good measure, Warren softball also has a district semifinal ...

Mixed reviews for new pitch count rules

If you’ve been to a high school baseball diamond over the last week, you’ve probably heard discussion about the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s new pitch count rules. The rules, which went into effect on March 25 when the spring sports season in Ohio officially began, have ...

Albright’s NCAA Final Four predictions

Frequent readers know my favorite sports time of the year is happening right now. Major League Baseball is starting up and my Red Sox are less than a month away from making a run to the World Series. However, MLB isn’t the only reason I look forward to this time of year. Today begins one ...

VanderWal has reunion with mentor

Jon VanderWal had not one but two basketball reunions at the NCAA Division III tournament this past weekend at Ban Johnson Arena. On Friday night, the 10th-year Marietta College men’s basketball boss coached against veteran Kevin Vande Streek of Calvin (Mi.) College, and the Pioneers ...

Richardson’s hustle helps Pioneers ‘roll’

If ever a play exemplified the Marietta College men’s basketball team, it was Keith Richardson’s hustle and steal just before the intermission on Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena.With the half winding down, Ohio Northern University — which trailed 50-41 at the time — rolled the ball ...

Cougars get a gut check and victory

NEW MATAMORAS — “Who are those guys?” That’s what actor Paul Newman’s character Butch said to actor Robert Redford’s character Sundance about the trackers pursuing them in a scene from the classic movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” That same question ...

A hug for Amisha

Amisha Herd got a hug. The 5-foot-3 Marietta College junior guard was embraced by Muskingum University women's head basketball coach Beth Fox in front of the scorer's table after the Fighting Muskies defeated the Kole Vivian-led Pioneers, 75-62, in an Ohio Athletic Conference rivalry game at ...

PHS’ Way excited for WVU, VPI

With the prep football season quickly winding down, the Mid-Ohio Valley is left with St. Marys trying to carry the torch to Wheeling Island Stadium. While prep basketball and wrestling practices are fully underway, grapplers on the collegiate level are well into their season. We are now a ...

Wildcats’ Nose Tackle Teddy Smith shines

DUNCAN FALLS, Ohio — On a cold, dark Saturday night, Waterford star Teddy Smith shone brightly on the Sam Hatfield Stadium gridiron. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound junior noseguard simply could not be blocked as the Wildcats (11-1) blanked Trimble, 22-0, in an Ohio Division VII, Region 27 ...

TOM PERRY The Marietta Times
Fort Frye’s Tate Engle (12) looks to pass as teammate Garrett Lochary (7) blocks during Friday’s Division VI, Region 23 semifinal at Don Drumm Stadum.

Fort kept its cool during ‘foot-brawl’

Fort Frye won the game and also benefited from a “foot-brawl” incident. Late in the third quarter with the Cadets leading Barnesville, 33-12, Fort senior Casey Lewis tackled Shamrock senior running back Caide Bunfill — and that’s when all heck broke out. “He (Bunfill) caught ...

Pioneer booters underdogs with a bite

Marietta College has emerged arguably as the most dangerous men’s soccer team in this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. “We hope to be,” said MC junior defender Brent Huck after the Pioneers (11-8-1) defeated Heidelberg University, 1-0, on Cole Pappas’ golden goal in ...