Local Sports Columns

Pioneers find the come-back spirit

Marietta College barely had a pulse. Down a run, 8-7, and with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in the nightcap of a Community Day doubleheader Sunday at Don Schaly Stadium, Mike Hale stepped into the right side of the batter’s box. Up to then, the 6-foot-3 senior first baseman ...

Gotta root for that team up north in the Final Four

Even though the Mid-Ohio Valley on the Ohio side of the river is predominantly “Buckeye country,” local college basketball fans will have at least one good reason to cheer for the University of Michigan in the NCAA Final Four at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tx., this upcoming ...

County leader in trips to state

After this week, Waterford High senior Kenzie Dietz is expected to exchange her basketball shoes for a pair of golf ones. Y'see, the 18-year Dietz is a pretty fair country golfer and a member of three state tournament Wildcat teams in the fall. Add that to her four consecutive state hoops ...

Crusader tennis player Nash Morris not resting on his laurels

Any person who was around Parkersburg Catholic No. 1 singles’ tennis player Nash Morris after his Class AA/A state finals matchup against Ravenswood’s Maximus Hilton could see the jubilation on his face. Charleston Catholic’s Andrew Jones wasn’t going to take anything away from Nash ...

Been one heckuva 4-year journey

One...two...three...four. If it sounds like I’m getting ready to start a song, I’m not. After Saturday night’s 47-42 regional final triumph against Fairfield Christian Academy, the Waterford High girls basketball team is headed back to the Schott and the Ohio state tournament. And four ...

ONU trifecta was a dagger to MC’s heart in 1st OT

Marietta College was so close to claiming the women’s program’s first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference basketball regular-season championship late Saturday afternoon at Ban Johnson Arena. How close? Like, 10 seconds close in the first overtime. With that much time remaining, the Pioneers ...

BanJo could be rockin’ and rollin’ Saturday

Here’s what would really be copacetic: A packed-to-the rafters BanJo at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Be there, or be square. Hey, there’s really no reason in the world why, when the Marietta College women’s basketball team hosts nationally-ranked Ohio Northern University in an Ohio ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Olivia Ullman on her long journey

The answer was unanimous among the entire Parkersburg Catholic girls’ basketball team when I asked them to identify the best shooter on the squad. “It is Olivia,” said Mikayla Alkire. “Olivia Ullman,” added Jenna Boice. “Oh, it is Olivia,” chimed in Kamaria Robinson. ...

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 ...