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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," ...

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 ...