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Ex-Tiger a college FB team captain

Justin Futrell dons a quarterback jersey number - 11.But, the ex-Marietta High Tigers football player is listed as a 6-foot-3, 205 pound senior tight end on the Cornell College roster.And, two games into this season, the only action he's seen has been on defense, where he's been credited with ...

Belpre senior doing both XC and football

At 6-foot, 175 pounds, Cray Sistrunk doesn't really look like an elite prep cross country runner.But the Belpre High senior definitely is.Most of the real good harriers are rail thin with little or no body fat.Sistrunk is more muscular and looks like a football player.Guess what, he is.That's ...

Warren senior setting the pace

Brent Ash has to be one of the favorites to finish first at the Scenic Hills Lions Club Invitational at Warren High this upcoming Saturday at 10 a.m.The 18-year-old cross country standout kicked off the Warriors' season last weekend with a win at the 16th Annual Elizabeth S. Broughton Memorial ...

Broughton one of best XC venues in Ohio

Dale Leeper has been in the Marietta High and Middle School cross country programs since 1996.The longtime running enthusiast, attorney (TheisenBrock), and current MHS XC head coach was pretty much at the starting line of what is currently the Elizabeth S. Broughton race course at the Broughton ...

Warren punter a weapon

VINCENT - Anthony Fish has a dilemma.The second-year Warren High head football coach has one of the best punters in the land in son Robert Fish.Since an early age, the younger Fish, from the third grade on, has been winning punt, pass, and kicking competions year-in and year-out. This year, ...

MHS keeper made the ‘perfect save’

Not to sound poetic, but if surfers are always seeking the perfect wave, do soccer goalkeepers look to make the perfect save?Well...Marietta High freshman goalie Brookelyn Heiss definitely had one last Saturday afternoon in Vincent.Before getting to that - the perfect save - though, a little ...

Coach could get people to smile

"I received some shocking news today."Jim Thrash said it best in an email that he sent me at the office Thursday night."My friend and former MHS head girls' basketball coach and assistant football coach Scott Miller passed away," continued the longtime Marietta Tigers' baseball skipper.Miller ...

‘Beard-twirling’ was a Brock trademark

Jerry Brock has a distinguished-looking beard, and occasionally at matches he would fuss with it during his soccer coaching days at Marietta High.A nervous gesture? Perhaps."That (beard-twirling) was a trademark," recalled eighth-year MHS boys soccer coach Todd Morris on "Jerry Brock Day" at ...

Dave Combs to be missed

Over the years, whenever you made a hole-in-one at Lakeside Golf and Country Club in Beverly, Dave Combs always made sure that you received the recognition that you deserved for the accomplishment.Almost immediately, or the following day, after the ace, Dave would fax The Marietta Times in ...

Morris even helped pick up rocks

Todd Morris, the man behind the scheduled Aug. 8 "Jerry Brock Field" dedication ceremony in Devola, was the Marietta High boys soccer team's goalkeeper from 1992 to 1995.After his playing days, he became an invaluable member of Brock's coaching staff. And, he didn't become a paid assistant ...

Warren coach plain spoken

VINCENT - Anthony Fish is very serious about winning football games at Warren.So serious in fact that the second-year Warriors' head coach dismissed last season's offensive coordinator. Himself."The problem was my offense wasn't very good." said Fish during a brief break at Warren's opening ...

Ohio St. offense just got better

Ohio State football fans have been preparing for the most unprecedented quarterback battle in the history of college football.In Braxton Miller (two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year), J.T. Barrett (fifth in 2014 Heisman voting) and Cardale Jones (winner of Big Ten Championship, Sugar ...

Post 389/750 looks to future

Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 had a good summer on the American Legion baseball diamond - but it, like the climate, probably could've been better."Our biggest hindrance all year has been the weather," said BevLow skipper Todd Engle."We just couldn't avoid the rain."After dropping two one-run ...

Former Buckeye personable

At the Future Stars Football Camp in Morgan County earlier this month, Jamal Luke looked fit enough still to play competitive football.But alas those days as an Ohio State player are far behind him - but certainly not forgotten. Ever.Luke after all was a member of the 2002 Buckeyes national ...

Carter’s sights on NFL

Chris Carter was an instructor at the Future Stars Football Camp at Kiwanis Jaycees Park in Malta this past Saturday.No, not the ESPN analyst and former Ohio State wide receiver, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. But the other one, an ex-Buckeye lineman who tips the scales at ...

One very lucky Reds fan

Joel Thrash should probably consider playing the Ohio Lottery some time soon.Not too long ago, the former Marietta High/Marietta College baseball player learned that he won a "once-in-a-lifetime trip" to Tuesday's 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in ...

Decisions coming for Reds

As the Major League Baseball season reaches the halfway point, the powers to be in Cincinnati have a whole lot on their plate.First of all the Reds will host the MLB All-Star Game on July 14 for the first time since 1988.While the Queen City will be in the spotlight for baseball's big ...

BevLow seeing too many showers

BEVERLY - Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 went from a world beater last Friday to a subdued ballclub Sunday.The Washington County American Legion baseball team is hoping to get back on the winning track in a scheduled 5:30 p.m. doubleheader at Athens Post 21 Wednesday.The operative word is ...

Lord handles adversity very well

WILLIAMSTOWN - There she sat with her friend to her right at the scorer's table on the stage in the Wood County Christian School gym Wednesday morning.To her left were a set of crutches, and looking further at the splint on her left leg, you could understand why."I'm the clock person," said ...

Rose a thorny subject

Pete Rose is in the news again - and it's not particularly good.Now, Major League Baseball's hit king reportedly also bet on games as a player as well as a manager."I'm just so tired of all that babble," said Cincinnati Reds Legends camp director Mike Wagner at the 22nd annual Reds Legends ...