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JOHNSTON: Fort Frye football and food for thought

BEVERLY — Fort Frye’s Braden Medley pounced on the Dalton fumble at the 2-yard line like it was a sirloin steak. Ah, the sweet taste of Fort Frye victory. Then, Cadet running back Tyler Fisher took an Ian Ellis hand-off and raced, like he was late for Mindy’s supper, 98 yards to the ...

ALBRIGHT: What a ride for Don Fosselman

Don Fosselman is hanging it up. No, I cannot believe it either. Father time usually always makes the final save. Fosselman laid out the plan to feed him an easy shot, too. “I always said when my youngest grandson reached his senior year I was going to walk away,” he said. But, ...

JOHNSTON: Joe Bergin feeling, looking good

Joe Bergin has had an amazing comeback. The seventh-year Marietta College men’s boss faced a life without Pioneer soccer for five-plus weeks last May and June with a heart issue and a journey to the Cleveland Clinic. But happy to say, Bergin, a former MC soccer standout and 1986 grad, was ...

Tigers looking for more payback against ’Dogs

Marietta High got some partial payback against Athens High during the regular season when it blanked the Bulldogs, 6-0, at Jerry Brock Field on Sept. 19. Now, the Todd Morris-coached Tigers, No. 8 in the OSSCA State Poll with a 17-0-1 record (5-0-1 ECOL), will be looking to end Athens’ 2019 ...

Warren headed in right direction

VINCENT — Friday’s football game between Warren and Williamstown will ultimately go down as a loss for the Warriors. In the grand scheme of things, though, it’s possible the game will be looked at as a turning point for the program. Williamstown, a perennial W.Va. Class A football ...

Marietta booters are still unbeaten

At halftime, during last Thursday night's Marietta High at Warren High rivalry girls' soccer match, the Jeff Price-coached Tigers got a rousing pep talk and cheer from senior Ethan Feathers. The score was 0-0 at the intermission. "We go to the boys' games all the time," said MHS girls' senior ...

JOHNSTON: MHS girls’ booters have a legit squad

DEVOLA — Marietta High’s girls soccer team welcomed back Gretchen Lankford on Senior Day Saturday at Jerry Brock Field. The starting junior defender had gone four weeks and two days since playing in her last match due to a copperhead snake bite in the Broughton Nature Preserve. The ...

Tigers and Lions on the pitch Saturday night, oh, my

DEVOLA — Sean Fournier made an unbelievable goal Tuesday night at Jerry Brock Field. Late in Marietta High’s match against Zanesville High, the 6-foot, 175-pound senior lined up to boot a corner kick from the left side. Usually, co-captain Jake Craven takes the CKs, but he was rested with ...

There will never be another Marty Brennaman

My first memories of the great game of baseball date back to when I was a 7-year-old kid growing up in Reno. I barely remember Bob Robertson slugging a pair of home runs in a single game in the 1971 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles. In ’72 my ...

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 ...