Local Sports Columns

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 ...

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 ...