Local Sports Columns

The real McCoy steps up at the plate

WESTERVILLE - If Marietta College senior Tim McCoy's back was a little sore Sunday morning after a cold, rainy, damp day in Westerville Saturday, it's understandable.The 5-foot-11, 195-pound slugger swung a hot bat in helping carry the Pioneers to a 6-5 triumph over Baldwin Wallace University ...

Danford puts ball in play — and Tigers in district

Marietta High was in good shape when the right-handed-swinging Isaac Danford stepped into the batter's box in the bottom of the eighth inning of Thursday's D2 sectional final against visiting Warren High at Legion Field.No one else on the Tigers' squad had hit the ball harder in the game and ...

Frontier skipper’s patience rewarded

NEW MATAMORAS - Kurt Satterfield was faced with a tough decision late in Saturday's D4 sectional semifinal baseball game.Does the first-year Frontier High baseball coach relieve starting pitcher Brent West or not with two outs in the top of the seventh inning? The Cougars led 6-4, but visiting ...

Rivalry between ’Cats and Cadets alive and well

Before Tuesday's scheduled baseball showdown between Waterford High and host Fort Frye High, first-year Wildcats' skipper Doug Huffman approached veteran FFHS head coach Sonny Bidwell near the Cadets dugout on the first base side of the diamond.Huffman wanted to know where the visitor's bullpen ...

Pioneer shortstop on home run tear

When Kaitlin Klinchock was informed that she currently led the Ohio Athletic Conference in homers with nine, she just grinned."I did know that," the Marietta College junior shortstop said.Before game 1 of MC's doubleheader against visiting Wilmington University on Sunday, the ...

Lady Cougars prepping for tourney time

BEVERLY - For Frontier, Monday's 6-2 victory over Fort Frye was a big one.Not just because it was a win over a county rival, and not just because it was a key Pioneer Valley Conference game - the win also got the Cougars one step closer to tournament time.For head coach Russ Morris and his ...

MC catcher lone senior on softball team

When Rachel Montgomery was a Marietta College freshman, she was one of 10 rookies on the 2013 softball roster.Fast-forward to this spring, the Pioneer catcher and petroleum engineering major is the only senior on the team."I'm the only one who's lasted," said Montgomery after MC (16-16 ...

Thinclads not competing in ideal weather conditions

Al Riffey wore a baseball cap at The Marietta Night Relays at Don Drumm Stadium Tuesday.Normally, the veteran Warren track and field boys coach doesn't don any kind of head gear at meets, but it was pretty cold that evening, a "balmy" 46 degrees.Chances are, Riffey will probably have that same ...

Tackling a big, big challenge

Apparently Tim Carver enjoys tackling a really big challenge.Warren High hired Carver as its new varsity head football coach at an evening board meeting on Monday, March 21.He will be succeeding Anthony Fish, who "guided" the Warriors to a 1-19 overall record in two years at the helm. Last ...

Love for each other was key

COLUMBUS - Dani Drayer is one of four seniors on Waterford's Ohio D4 girls basketball state championship team.And, after the Wildcats downed Fairfield Christian, 70-38, in the regional final at Pickerington North to clinch a berth in the Final Four at Value City Arena for the second straight ...

Waterford lived up to the hype

It seemed like an eternity had passed since the last time the Waterford High girls basketball team had played in a close game.Entering Saturday's Division IV state championship, which the Wildcats won, 29-27, over St. Wendelin, the Jerry Close-coached squad defeated its postseason opponents by ...

Pioneers missed ‘the backbone of its team’

Had a strange feeling while Marietta College was warming up before Friday night's opening round men's basketball game against Gwynedd Mercy University at the BanJo this past Friday night.Something was definitely out of sync. Not whole.Eddy Grenert was not in uniform due to concussion ...

Pet fish inspires Lady Wildcats

Waterford High is really second to none in the state in attacking the rim.And, there's a reason why."We have a team fish," said 5-foot-8 senior standout Dani Drayer after the Wildcats routed South Webster, 62-27, in a Sweet 16 girls basketball regional semifinal at Jackson High Thursday night.A ...

Pioneers, Blue Streaks put on a show at the BanJo

With 35 seconds left in a tight ballgame, John Carroll University's David Linane drove to the hole and scored on a spectacular layup.How the 5-foot-9, right-handed-shooting junior guard was able to penetrate and get the shot off - left-handed, no less - with Marietta College's 6-5 A.J. Edwards ...

Cadet standout had a game for the ages

BYESVILLE - Justin Anderson put on quite an offensive show in last Friday's Ohio Division 3 boys' basketball sectional semifinal at Meadowbrook High.The 6-foot-3 Fort Frye junior scored nearly three-quarters of his team's points in a 42-40 comeback win against Magnolia Sandy Valley.Usually, one ...

Coach stood up for his player

Mark Hannuksela is not a throw-your-chair-across-the-floor kind of basketball coach.Oh, the veteran Marietta High boss'll get after his players and raise his voice if they're not competing or executing on the court, like any good hoops coach does.But Hannuksela also protects them, like, again, ...

‘Cats dig down deep to win

WATERFORD -- Waterford High features one of the deepest boys' basketball teams in southeast Ohio.Head coach Tom Simms can play more than 10 or more players in a game and often does."We're fortunate," said the Wildcats' boss after WHS rallied in the second half to defeat Belpre High, 67-56, in a ...

Raiders reveling in success on court

McCONNELSVILLE - As a senior for the Morgan boys basketball team in 2002, Adam Copeland helped lead the team to newfound success.That year, the Raiders won the only district championship in school history.These days Copeland is still leading Morgan to success, but as a coach. In his third year ...

Bucheit, MC coach still good friends

In 11th-ranked Marietta College's 82-71 triumph over visiting Heidelberg University Saturday, there was only one deadlock, 8-8, at the 14:51 mark of the first half.After the Pioneers (15-2 overall, 9-1 Ohio Athletic Conference) regained the advantage on Eddy Grenert's three, they never looked ...

MC women could benefit from 6th man (fans)

Stacia Shrider could've almost stood at the exit, extended her right hand, and thanked each and every fan for coming Wednesday night.According to the stat sheet, only 310 spectators were in attendance at Marietta College's 64-61 loss to visiting Mount Union that evening.That's four more people ...