Local Sports Columns

Pioneers showed grit, toughness

Never ever give up. That's what the Marietta College men's soccer team did Sunday afternoon on the artificial surface at Don Drumm Stadium, and it produced an amazing 3-2 come-from-behind overtime triumph over Baldwin Wallace University. It was amazing, because the Pioneer booters trailed ...

Former Warrior starring for MC

Raeli Barnes is a road warrior. The Marietta College freshman striker leads the women's soccer team in scoring with five goals, and all of the net-benders have come at away games. On Tuesday, Barnes notched a hat trick in MC's 3-2 triumph at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. Earlier, this ...

Warren XC sophomore having team impact

A year ago at this time, Trent Sayre was on the Warren freshmen football roster.He donned the number 19.Last winter, Sayre wrestled in the 126-pound weight class on the Jim Rhodes-coached Warriors wrestling squad.In the spring, he was running on the 4x800 relay team competing in the regional ...

5 things to watch on the gridiron

One week down and nine more to go. Mother nature gave area teams a balmy 90- degree night to open the prep football season last Friday night. This week the temperatures look to be near perfect. Here are five things to look for in week number two:SOPHOMORE SENSATIONS: After playing outstanding ...

SF QB Kaepernick knows not what he does

Colin Kaepernick was born in Milwaukee in the year 1987.If the San Francisco 49ers quarterback had been born in 1917, he might have served in the U.S. military in World War II.If he'd been in the Pacific theater, he might've been with the Marines on the blood-soaked beaches of Iwo Jima.He ...

Keep an eye on Marietta College men’s soccer

At one point last season, the Marietta College men's soccer team was undefeated on its home pitch.The Joe Bergin-coached Pioneer booters finished 6-2 at Marietta Field, losing only to two of the better squads in the Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio Northern University and Capital University.This ...

Friday night delight for the Marietta Tigers

Jason Schob called a timeout.He then called another.The third-year Marietta High head football coach was trying to ice Morgan High field goal kicker Ethan Newton in the closing seconds of last Friday night's season-opening thriller McConnelsville at The Pit.The Tigers led 51-48, but if the ...

5 things to watch on the gridiron

With another prep football season ready to begin, here are five things to keep an eye on under the Friday night lights in week number one. The Heat - With temperatures expected to be in the low nineties Friday in the area and many teams down in numbers, the heat and humidity are bound to play a ...

Post proves to be Warren’s best friend

VINCENT - In soccer, it is said that a tie is comparable to "kissing your sister."Warren boys' soccer coach Andy Pinkerton had something else in mind after the host Warriors (0-0-1) rallied twice to tie rival Marietta High, 2-2, in a season opener Saturday night."It seemed like last year, the ...

Get ready for fall sports

For fall sports teams from high schools all over Ohio, the 2016 season kicks off Aug. 1, when coaches are allowed to officially hold practices.This means that, despite last fall seeming like it was just yesterday, a new season is right around the corner. With all the local fall athletes ...

Comedy of errors not so funny

Derek Layton had every reason in the world to be upset.The former Fort Frye pitching standout easily had grounds to sue his Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 defense for non-support in Saturday night's American Legion baseball Region 8 elimination game against Cadiz Post 34 at Don Coss Field.But ...

Former Tiger rower Hannah Gammon now an Alabama girl

Hannah Gammon has become a Bama girl.The former Marietta Tiger Navy rower will be a "rising junior" at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa next school semester. There, she's also on the Crimson Tide women's crew team."It's definitely a dream come true," said Gammon at late Thursday ...

Could LeBron leave Cleveland?

Four days ago, LeBron James, the ender of Cleveland's championship woes, opted out of his deal with the Cavaliers to become a free agent. While many people are speculating this is just a formality to get a new deal under the new salary cap rules to stay with his home state team, some are saying ...

Thomas was a team player

Eddie Thomas was a team player.And, he really didn't care about accolades.After being named The Employee of the Year at the Parkersburg News & Sentinel, I kidded him that he actually should've been named The Employee of the Century.He just kind of ignored me, and moved on to another ...

Area All-Ohioans all persevered

COLUMBUS - Mason Pilkey, Alyssa Tabler, Cray Sistrunk, and Rhys Ramirez each earned All-Ohio track and field honors this past SaturdayBut the foursome also has another thing in common. All of them persevered.Let's start with Pilkey.No one really had any inkling when Pilkey was a freshman ...

Bogard has cool jump on hot day

Erin Bogard has pole vaulted in all kinds of weather extremes this spring, starting with the season-opening Fairweather Relays to last weekend's regional competition with a trip to state on the line.Ah, speaking of Saturday's Division II, Region 7 track and field meet at Athens High's R. Basil ...

Pilkey must deal with discus ‘blowing in the wind’

Mason Pilkey was just a spectator Saturday.The 2015 All-Ohio discus thrower was there under the Warren Warriors tent in the bleachers at Athens High's R. Basil Rutter Field to cheer on his track and field teammates during the second day of the Division II, Region 7 meet. On the first day at the ...

Wildcats might’ve benefitted from instant replay

LANCASTER - Too bad instant replay wasn't available in the Ohio Region IV baseball semifinal game between Waterford High and fifth-ranked Newark Catholic at Beavers Field Thursday afternoon.If it had been, the Green Wave's run in the bottom of the third inning might have been taken off the ...

Flat tire may have been an omen

CAMBRIDGE - Frontier High benefitted from a lift on the highway Monday, but couldn't get one on the diamond.The Cougars' team bus had a flat tire on I-77 North in Noble County, near Caldwell. But fortunately several parents and fans had been trailing the bus, and were able to transport the team ...

Pioneer ace Herstine ‘flings the mud’ in relief

WESTERVILLE - Christian Herstine was Marietta College's "bullpen guy" Saturday after pitching a 1-0 shutout against Baldwin Wallace University last Thursday in the opening day of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament at Fishbaugh Field."He wanted to throw in the bullpen, and he did that," ...