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MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Trent Dawson goes up for a basket during a sectional semifinal basketball game against New Lexington Wednesday at Jim Myers Gymnasium in Logan.

Tigers advance: Marietta mauls New Lex; will play for sectional title

LOGAN — One season ago Marietta Tiger Zach Deskins was robbed of his chance to participate in the postseason after he lost the second half of his junior year to a severe knee injury. A full year of hard work later, Deskins saw that hard work pay off as he tossed in a game-high 17 points to ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Belpre’s Mythius Houghton (21) makes a move with the ball as South Gallia’s Caleb Henry looks on during a sectional semifinal boys basketball game Wednesday at Meigs.

Belpre boys breeze past South Gallia, 59-45

POMEROY — Chad Williams tweaked Belpre High’s line-up a little bit. The third-year BHS boys’ basketball coach inserted 6-foot-4 sophomore Jerimiah Stitt into the starting five and the move paid off dividends as the Golden Eagles defeated South Gallia, 59-45, in a Division IV sectional ...

STEVE HEMMELGARN The Marietta Times
Calhoun County’s Trevor Carder (25) attempts a jumper as Williamstown’s Bryce Haer (1) and Cullen Cutright defend during a high school boys basketball game Wednesday.

Yellowjackets take down Calhoun, 60-39

WILLIAMSTOWN — A 22-4 run in the first half for host Williamstown propelled it into a 27-9 lead and the Yellowjackets never looked back in registering a 60-39 regular season-ending boys basketball win over Calhoun County Wednesday night. Both teams will now play in the same sectional ...

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Warren’s Molly McCutcheon, right, handles the ball as Marietta’s Morgan Connolly defends during a high school girls basketball game last week at Sutton Gym.

Local hoops teams have pivotal tournament games upcoming

With high school basketball postseason tournaments in full swing, several local teams await must-win games this week. All six Washington County schools will have a team in action from today through Saturday, hoping to “survive and advance” as the old saying goes. Below is guide to when ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Travis Moore hopes to play football or track, or both, at the collegiate level.

Moore an all-around Tigers’ athlete

Travis Moore Marietta High Year: senior Age: 18 GPA: 3.5 Sports: basketball, football, track&field College: Undecided (looking at Marietta and Ashland) Major: Mechanical engineering Family: Scott Moore and Kim Smith (father and mother); 2 older sisters — Alle Moore and ...

Sectional wrestling tournament this weekend

Tuning up for this weekend’s sectional meet, Belpre heavyweight Dakota Ross was Washington County’s lone Tri-Valley Conference wrestling champion at Trimble High last Saturday. The 285-pound sophomore decisioned River Valley’s Robert Drummond, 5-4, in the title bout. Ross was 3-0 in ...

Williamstown’s Bethany Wager (33) and Bethany Arnold (44) behind Bethany Wager secure a rebound together during the Yellowjackets’ 96-51 Class A Region IV, Section 1 semifinal win Tuesday night over Calhoun County. Photo by Joe Albright.

Williamstown cruises into finals with 96-51 win

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown came up four points short of cracking triple-digits, four Yellowjackets threw up double-digit point totals, and the maroon and gold cruised to a 96-51 win over Calhoun County Tuesday night to advance to the Class A, Region IV sectional final. Ashley Morris and ...

Ravenswood’s Ali Westenhaver (32) passes to a teammate as Parkersburg Catholic’s Alexis Saunders (13) defends during a high school basketball game Tuesday in Parkersburg. Photo by Steve Hemmelgarn.

Devils slip past PCHS girls, 46-43

PARKERSBURG — Ravenswood belied the old axiom, third time’s the charm, Tuesday night as the visiting Red Devilettes clipped Parkersburg Catholic 46-43 in the semifinals of the Class A Region IV, Section 1 girls basketball tournament, keyed mightily by 6-0 junior center Ali Westenhaver’s ...

Marietta College’s RaNeal Ewing attempts to shoot against a Heidelberg player during a college basketball Tuesday at the Ban Johnson Arena. Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel.

MC men survive in OT thriller

Marietta College’s cagers needed an extra session to subdue a scrappy Heidelberg University ballclub. The NCAA D3 eighth-ranked Pioneers outpointed the Student Princes, 18-4, in overtime en route to a 94-80 triumph in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament men’s quarterfinal game at Ban ...

Marietta College’s Brooke Borich shoots against a Capital player during a college basketball game Tuesday at Ban Johnson Arena. Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel.

Pioneer women advance to OAC semifinals

Marietta College’s women’s basketball team will be getting another crack at Ohio Northern University. The offensive-minded Pioneers (16-10) went on a scoring binge, defeating Capital University, 89-64, in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at Ban Johnson Arena Tuesday ...

Marietta College’s Dillon Young attempts to shoot against an Ohio Northern player during a college basketball game Saturday. Photo by Tom Perry.

Pioneers down Ohio Northern, 100-85

Jack Thome felt right at home. The 6-foot-6 senior post player scored a career-high 25 points as nationally ninth-ranked Marietta College downed Ohio Northern University, 100-85, to claim its third consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season men’s basketball championship outright at ...

TOM PERRY The Marietta Times
Marietta College’s Kyle Dixon (21) goes up for a basket during a college men’s basketball game against Ohio Northern Saturday at Ban Johnson Arena.

OAC doubleheader: Pioneer men, women open tournament play tonight

Marietta College is the place to be tonight for local basketball fans. The Pioneers, both the men’s and women’s teams, open up Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament action at 6 p.m. at Ban Johnson Arena. The women entertain Capital at 6 followed by the men taking on Heidelberg at 8. Both ...

Warren’s Katie Liston drives for a basket in sectional tournament action Saturday afternoon at Logan High School. The Warriors scored a 52-42 win over Fairfield union to claim a sectional championship. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Warren stretches lead in Division II final, 52-42

LOGAN — Warren saved it’s very best for last in its Division II sectional final against Fairfield Union Saturday inside the Jim Myers Gymnasium at Logan High School. The Warriors entered the final period leading the Falcons by a single point, before dominating the final eight minutes to ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Gage Herb (1) brings the ball up the court as Zanesville’s Aronde’ Myers (23) and Clayton Foreman (22) defend during a high school boys basketball game Friday night at Sutton Gym.

Marietta rolling: Balanced Tigers best Zanesville, 80-67

Once the Tigers got rolling, there was no slowing them down. Marietta fell behind to visiting Zanesville 19-14 after a quarter Friday night at Sutton Gym, but the Tigers (12-9, 8-5 East Central Ohio League) outscored the Blue Devils (11-11, 6-7 ECOL) 49-27 over the next two quarters and went ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Belpre’s Deijon Bedgood, left, handles the ball as Waterford’s Isaac Huffman defends during a high school boys basketball game Friday night.

Waterford boys too much for Belpre

BELPRE — Waterford sizzled, while Belpre fizzled. The Ohio Division IV 10th-ranked Wildcats never trailed en route to an 81-42 triumph over the host Golden Eagles in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division boys basketball game Friday on Senior Night. “We came out and we got going,” ...

Belpre aiming for another sectional title

BELPRE — Out to notch a second straight Division IV sectional championship today, Belpre’s girls basketball team will face a TVC foe that it already has two wins over this season in Southern at 2:45 p.m. at Meigs High School in Pomeroy. The Golden Eagles own a 15-7 record and third seed ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Trimble’s Sydney Hardy, left, looks to pass as Waterford’s Emily Kern, right, and Megan Ball defend during a high school girls sectional basketball game Thursday in Pomeroy. Waterford won, 51-24.

Lady Wildcats claim sectional championship

POMEROY — Waterford High tipped off tournament play in championship fashion. The defending Ohio IV champion Wildcats never trailed en route to a 51-24 triumph over Trimble High in a sectional girls basketball final at Meigs High Thursday night. “Any tournament win is good,” said WHS ...

Photo courtesy of Nate Knobel
Marietta College’s Dillon Young (1) goes up for a basket during a college men’s basketball game against Muskingum Wednesday at Ban Johnson Arena.

Pios hoping to ‘White Out’ Polar Bears

While going for their 12th win in a row, the Marietta College Pioneers are focused on a different number — one. Marietta can clinch the No. 1 seed and homecourt advantage in next week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament with a win over Ohio Northern, which visits Ban Johnson Arena at 3 ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Belpre’s Cheyenne Barker, left, handles the ball as Williamstown’s BreeAnn Reynolds defends during a high school girls basketball game Wednesday. Williamstown won, 80-75.

Belpre falls in shootout to Williamstown

BELPRE — Williamstown’s Ashley Morris and Belpre’s Cheyenne “Chey” Barker are two of the better senior backcourt players in the Mid-Ohio Valley. On Wednesday Senior Night at BHS, the duo put on a show. The 5-foot-1 Morris scored a team-high 23 points, including four freebies at ...