Local Sports Columns

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 ...

Tiger swimmer prefers cool water

After Cooper Halliday swam in the league meet at the Coshocton High School Janet Jones Mulligan Natatorium last Friday, she was awarded a very prestigious honor.The Marietta High junior swim standout was voted the East Central Ohio League (ECOL) female Swimmer of the Year. "It was a meter pool ...

19 the lucky number for Pios

Marietta College's entire men's basketball roster saw action in this past Saturday's 109-58 triumph over visiting Otterbein University at Ban Johnson Arena."We played 19 guys," said ninth-year MC head coach Jon VanderWal, whose Pioneers are ranked No. 10 in NCAA D3 with a 13-2 overall record ...

Tom Siley was a good family friend

Whenever Tom Siley saw my wife Becca at a sporting event at Marietta College or Marietta High, he would always teasingly ask her what she was reading.Becca, a voracious reader, would then produce a book.Both would grin.A few years back, Tom "caught" Becca browsing through a paperback during an ...

Final season for MC junior

Morgan "Mo" Liedtke is a senior in her junior year at Marietta College.In other words, this will be her last season as a Pioneer basketball player, even though she'll have another year of eligibility."It's kind of like I'm a senior, because it's my last year," said the 5-foot-7 Liedtke after MC ...

Grenert makes presence felt

Eddy Grenert is listed at 6-foot-4 in the Marietta College men's basketball gameday program, but he plays bigger.Never was that more evident than when he had a double-double with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in MC's 81-72 triumph over Wilmington at Ban Johnson Arena Saturday.Every ...

Trio helps MC win Turkey Shoot

Marietta College won as a team Sunday, but a trio of sophomores really stepped up and were instrumental in helping the Pioneer women remain undefeated on the hardwood at 6-0.Their names are Ashley Frasure, Amisha Herd, and Brooke Borich.Frasure had nine blocks in MC's 57-50 triumph over ...

Ex-Buckeye gives local fans taste of OSU-Michigan rivalry

With the annual Ohio State-Michigan game slated for a noon kick-off Saturday, local fans gathered at the Marietta Shrine Club Friday to listen to somebody who experienced the rivalry first-hand - former Buckeye linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer.Katzenmoyer suited up in the scarlet and gray from ...

MC looking forward to ‘full-filling’ Thanksgiving

Head coach Jon VanderWal and his Marietta College men's basketball team had a long trip back from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., Tuesday night.The journey itself was about 180 miles and took close to three hours.And, after the 11th-ranked Pioneers (4-1) lost to the unranked Bearcats, ...

1 or 2 players aren’t going to beat the Pioneers

Marietta College probably won't be facing too many teams on the hardwood this winter as good as Catholic University of America.The 11th-ranked Pioneers (4-0) needed a late Dillon Young running, bank shot to beat the No. 6 Cardinals, 92-90, in Saturday's night's Shrine Tournament final at Ban ...

Pios seek improved effort on defense

Marietta College was a pretty good defensive team en route to a men's basketball program best 28-4 record last season.The Pioneers didn't allow an opponent to score 80-plus points until the 16th game of the campaign on Jan. 21, and even then they still defeated the University of Mount Union, ...

‘It all ended too quick’

BEVERLY - Eerily, the smoke, fog, mist or whatever it was drifted across the playing field late Saturday evening. It was both haunting and mesmerizing at the same time.It seemed to linger momentarily near midfield where Fort Frye possessed the football late in the fourth quarter. The Cadets ...

Former MC Pioneer defending J.T. Barrett

When Phil Templeton played football at Marietta College back in the 1980s, he liked to put pressure on the opposing quarterback.In his senior season, he shared the Pioneer team lead in sacks with three with teammate Duane Gentilucci.That same year (1987), Templeton was a first-team All-Ohio ...

Reds legend to be missed

Several years ago longtime Cincinnati Reds fan and director of the Reds Legends Baseball Camp Mike Wagner came up with the idea of creating a local chapter of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in the Mid-Ohio Valley.In February 2010 in an effort to promote the idea and generate membership Wagner ...

Great year for local golfers

What a year it was for high school golf in Washington County.The area has featured top-notch golf talent for awhile now and the 2015 season was a testament to that.Not only did Waterford send both its boys and girls teams to the state tournament, but Warren's Nick Ward qualified as an ...