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Fort Frye’s Kasey Buchanan attempts a spike during a high school volleyball match against Waterford last season in Beverly. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Cadets hoping to make another tournament run

BEVERLY - Fort Frye High advanced to the Sweet 16 last year before bowing out to Dalton High in an OHSAA Division IV, Region 13 volleyball semifinal at Lake High. The Tiffany Schob-coached Cadets would like to extend the postseason play further this fall, and with the talent they have, it's ...

Parkersburg South's Samantha Martin, right, dribbles by Parkersburg High's Jordan Balog, left, during girls soccer action Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility. South won 5-1. Photo by Ron Johnston.

South drills PHS, 5-1, on the pitch

PARKERSBURG — Jordan Huffman had to be assisted off the pitch with about 15 minutes left in the match. But the Parkersburg South junior was all smiles at the end after scoring two goals to help the Patriots defeat crosstown rival PHS, 5-1, in a season-opening soccer match Friday night at the ...

Frontier volleyball inexperienced

NEW MATAMORAS — Four years ago the Frontier Lady Cougars began a rebuilding process that culminated in them winning an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference title last season for the first time in 13 years. Veteran coach Donna Murphy hopes that the same type of success can be developed from a ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Warren’s Emily Jackson, center, attempts a spike during a high school volleyball match against Marietta last season in Vincent.

Warren to feature a veteran team on court

VINCENT — With a veteran roster, Warren head coach Michelle Tyo has at least seven senior reasons to be optimistic about the upcoming volleyball season. WHS had only three seniors — Katie Knowlton, Julia Hamrick, and Liz Wigal — on the 16-6 team of 2016. “Warren volleyball is ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Natalie Brooks, center, attempts a spike during a volleyball match against Warren last year in Vincent.

Lady Tigers volleyball team young, talented

Marietta High’s volleyball team will have just four people back from last year’s 11-player varsity roster. The Tigers will definitely miss seniors’ Hannah Grosel, Erica Roberts, Amber Brooks, and Alexis Palazzo, who helped the orange and black netters compile a 15-9 overall ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Williamstown goalkeeper Joseph James goes through a drill during a practice session Tuesday in Williamstown.

Williamstown boys soccer rebuilding after losing talented senior class

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown High will be featuring a junior-oriented boys’ soccer team on the pitch this upcoming season. Last fall, the Yellowjacket booters had 10 seniors on the roster, and of course they all graduated this past spring. “We have no seniors on the roster this ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Warren’s Shelby Lofty, left, battles Marietta’s Kyleigh Lewis for the ball during a soccer match last season in Devola.

Warren girls seeking improvement on the pitch

VINCENT — Andy Pinkerton will become the new girls’ soccer boss this upcoming season after coaching the Warren High boys on the pitch last fall. Ekrem Eksi, the Warriors’ girls coach a year ago, will be switching over to guide the boys this fall. “The transition from coaching the ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Williamstown’s Emily Pickering handles the ball during a high school girls soccer practice Wednesday in Williamstown.

Williamstown girls soccer sophomore-oriented

WILLIAMSTOWN — If the home pitch is an advantage, then the Williamstown High girls’ soccer team will have it for the first eight matches of the season. The Yellowjacket booters are scheduled to host Athens High of Ohio in their season and home opener at 4 p.m. Saturday. They’re ...

Belpre’s Britteny Schaffer hits a shot during the Parkersburg Country Club Invitational Monday in Parkersburg.

JOE ALBRIGHT The Marietta Times

Ward continues hot start to senior season

PARKERSBURG — Warren’s Nick Ward made a big statement amongst some of the toughest competition he will face all season long Monday during the Callaway Junior Tour’s 32-team Parkersburg County Club High School Invitational. The Warriors’ senior finished in a three-way tie for second ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Warren’s Zed Strahler (8) watches Jackson’s goalkeeper make a save during a high school boys soccer match last season in Vincent.

Eksi goes from girls to boys soccer coach at Warren

VINCENT — Ekrem Eksi is no stranger to coaching the Warren boys’ soccer team. Before leading the girls the past few seasons, he was at the boys’ helm for several successful fall campaigns. So, this will be his second tour of duty as headman. The WHS boys, who were coached by Andy ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Caitlin Thomas of Marietta College was the first female to cross the finish line in the Marietta Times 5K run Saturday.

Angelos sets pace in Marietta Times 5K race

Franklin Angelos was unchallenged. The 13-year-old Wood County Christian School student/athlete dominated the 15th annual Marietta Times 5K male running field with a winning time of 18 minutes, 51.65 seconds at Marietta’s Muskingum Park Saturday morning. “I was just running to get ready ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Lexie Mullen, right, battles teammate Paige Hartley, left, for the ball during a practice drill last week in Devola.

MHS girls soccer returns talent, has high expectations

DEVOLA — Marietta High has raised the bar and will be seeking a deeper run in the D2 girls’ soccer playoffs this fall. With the talent that the Tigers have, there’s really no reason why they can’t accomplish their goals. “I just like the trajectory so far,” said veteran MHS head ...

Chris Cunningham (right), the Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Baseball League president, gets into fielding position during a game earlier this season in Parkersburg.

Photo courtesy of Robin Pannell

Local baseball league a hit among adults

PARKERSBURG — Danny Pannell is currently on vacation but is hoping to be at Bennett Stump Field in City Park Sunday. That would be the third and final day of the Mid-Ohio Valley Adult Baseball League postseason tournament, which is scheduled to begin Friday. The wooden bat championship ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Waterford High’s Alicia Dickinson hits an iron shot during the Waterford Invitational Wednesday at Lakeside Golf Course in Beverly. The Lady Wildcats won the girls team championship.

Lady Wildcats win Waterford Invite championship; Marietta boys 2nd

BEVERLY — Waterford High's girls continued their winning ways on the links. The Lady Cats, who will be seeking a third straight trip to the state tournament this season, dominated their home Waterford Invitational Wednesday at Lakeside Golf Course, beating second-place Logan High by 77 ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Austyn Chen battles for the ball during a high school soccer match last season in Devola. Chen, now a senior, leads a deep Tigers with high expectations into the 2017 fall season.

Marietta High boys soccer team features depth

DEVOLA — Austyn Chen is a proven scorer. The 5-foot-9 Marietta High senior striker figures to be a marked player on the pitch this upcoming season. Recently, the speedy forward received the Golden Boot award after scoring eight goals in the Athens Preseason Soccer Shootout. “Scoring is ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
The Warren golf team poses after 3-peating as Washington County champions Friday at Oxbow Golf Club. Left to right, front row, are Caden Eddy, Cole Fairbanks, and Owen Richardson. In the back row, l to r, are Seth Dennis, Casey Rafferty, Nick Ward, and (unidentified).

3-peat: Warriors win third straight Washington County title

BELPRE — Owen Richardson provided his team with a boost on the links. The Warren High freshman carded a 9-hole 36 to co-medal with senior teammate Nick Ward as the Warriors three-peated as Washington County champions in a season opener at Oxbow Golf Course Friday. “I was just making ...

Photo courtesy of Maren Derlien, row2k.com
Marietta College grad Jack Gleim, second from left, contributed to the United States’ first medal in the Men’s Lightweight 4 at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships since 2010.

MC’s Gleim helps U.S. earn medal

For the first time since 2010, the United States earned a medal in the Men’s Lightweight 4 at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Marietta College graduate Jack Gleim led the Red, White and Blue to the silver medal finishing just behind Italy. Battling with Germany ...

Bev/Low ousted from regional

NAPOLEON — Caleb Helms threw eight strong innings and Rockport Post 254 scored 11 runs on 12 hits to oust Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 from the Great Lakes Regional Tournament Thursday at Mercy Field. Rockport took a 5-0 lead after three innings of Beverly/Lowell starter Tanner Neal. Post ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Waterford High junior Braden Bellville gets ready to catch a pass during football practice Wednesday in Waterford.

Wildcats back on practice field after historic season

WATERFORD — Peyten Stephens believes that opponents will be gunning for Waterford High on the gridiron this upcoming season “The targets are on our backs,” said the Waterford junior quarterback before the start of Wednesday’s practice. “I’m ready for it, and we’re all going to ...

Times file photo
Warren High golfer Nick Ward follows through on a drive during a high school golf match last season. Ward returns to the Warriors for his senior season this fall.

Warren seeking 3-peat at county golf tourney Friday

Warren High started last season at the Washington County Championship golf tournament at Oxbow and finished the fall at state on The Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course. In between, the Warrior linksters won district, sectional, SEOAL, OVAC (5-A) titles to name but a few. Even though ...