Local Sports Columns

Thoughts on Sonny Bidwell

Early Monday evening with the sun shining ever so brightly, a light shower escorted me to work. It was kind of strange wearing sunglasses and having the car windshield wipers on. Usually when it rains, it tends to get dark and cloudy. When I arrived at the Channel Lane offices, I was stunned ...

Tough decisions for the Redlegs

The Cincinnati Reds are almost certain to trade right handed pitcher and free agent to be Matt Harvey to a playoff contending team before the non-waiver Major League baseball deadline on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see the approach that new Reds General Manager Nick Krahl, along with ...

‘Austin’ City Limits in Fort press box

BEVERLY — Austin Baumgartner’s got a new ‘do. The Fort Frye High senior is sporting a very cool-looking, short Mohawk. It’s kinda reddish in appearance or in that family of colors. It also kind of lights up the Cadet baseball press box, where Baumgartner has been stationed during ...

Sports Talk with Ron Johnston: LeBron’s excellent adventure

What does Los Angeles have that Cleveland doesn’t? Well, the most obvious answer right now is National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James. But then, there are other things, too, and some are not so very pleasant, like.... Earthquakes. With $154 million in his pocket, LeBron ...

Three good guys fondly remembered

Dave Amos, Mike Metts, and Dan Brannan each was an engaging conversationalist, especially on the subject of sports. And, when they spoke, you listened. I knew all three and was better for it. Amos was 70, Metts 65, and Brannan 70 when each passed in June, May, and April, respectively. First ...

Pioneer booters to host matches on blue turf this season

Blue is considered to be the favorite color of most people. It is after all nature's color of water and sky. This upcoming fall, blue will be the featured color of the men's and women's soccer pitch at Marietta College. "This is the last thing we're doing on this (grass) field," said MC ...

Miss West Virginia made both BACF football sides grin

ST. MARYS, W.Va. — Chelsi Rose helped put a smile on the all-stars of both the Ohio and West Virginia sides. Last Friday night, Miss West Virginia presented the winning hardware to the Ohio stars after they defeated West Virginia, 47-13, in the silver edition of the Battle Against Cystic ...

Cheerio, Cunningham’s ball had a lot of English on it

Zach Cunningham has been swinging a sizzling bat of late. The Marietta Post 64 left fielder was a combined 5-for-6 with a couple of doubles in his team’s doubleheader sweep (11-6 and 8-6) of visiting Cambridge Post 64 at Legion Field last Thursday night. “Actually, I’m just trying to ...

Talking to someone not named LeBron

Instead of the “usual suspects,” like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Steve Kerr, and Tyronn Lue, in the postgame media room, let’s hear what Kendrick Perkins might say at the podium: Reporter: Kendrick, I’m Freddy from Fly-By-Night Sports News Services. And, before we get started, I’d ...

Dan Hughes is still rocking in WNBA

BEVERLY — Dan Hughes is a notable alumnus of both Fort Frye High and Muskingum University. At the latter in New Concord, he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame last fall. The 63-year-old Hughes is also the head coach of the WNBA Seattle Storm team, which has tipped off the season ...

Franklin Angelos weighing options

Within the next day or so, 14-year-old Franklin Angelos and his dad George could be on a training run in Athens. Wait a minute...not the university town in southeast Ohio but the one in Greece on the other side of the world. The Angelos family of Parkersburg is currently on holiday in ...

Ravenswood’s Chase Swain hard to stop

Chase Swain received an intentional walk in the bottom of the fifth inning. What was a little different about it was there were two outs and nobody on base in a 2-2 ballgame. Turned out to be a good call by Williamstown High skipper Terry Smith, because the next Ravenswood High batter, ...

Sarah Greenlee calm, cool and collected

VINCENT — Sarah Greenlee had a big smile on her face after she hurled a sectional final no-hitter in a 7-0 Warren win against Chillicothe early Wednesday evening. Other than that, the senior right-hander and her Warrior teammates were pretty laid back as they walked off the ...

Turner Hill, Ethan Estes honored

One college baseball career is coming to a close, while another is just getting started. West Liberty’s Ethan Estes and Malone’s Turner Hill both earned postseason accolades this week in their respective conferences. Estes, a senior who graduated from Warren in 2014, was a first team ...

Lefty trio leads Fort Frye to victory

BEVERLY — Fort Frye High threw three southpaws in its 8-5 come-from-behind triumph over visiting West Muskingum High in a sectional baseball opener Saturday afternoon. And, if that’s what it takes to win, Cadet skipper Sonny Bidwell will do it again when third-seeded Fort (15-4) hosts ...

Crusader Aiden Roberts’ eye of the tiger

Beneath Aiden Roberts’ polite and composed demeanor lies a caged beast he only lets out when on the tennis court. The Parkersburg Catholic tennis player’s competitive nature and a controlled fury explode out of him through his weapon of choice, a tennis racquet, aimed straight at his ...

Crusader Marie Discini’s edge is razor sharp

Marie Discini burst onto the Class AA/A high school tennis scene last season with a command and conquer attitude. No opponent was afraid of her which meant she had to bring her A game each and every match. Advantage for her ... The Parkersburg Catholic netter brought her years of United ...

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 ...