Local Sports Columns

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 ...

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 ...