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Leasure takes over Belpre boys hoops

BELPRE -- Former Belpre High School basketball player Tyler Leasure is the new head varsity coach for Golden Eagles boys basketball, as of May 15 when he was hired by the Belpre City Schools Board of Education. Leasure, 25, takes over the reins from Chad Williams, another ex-Belpre cager ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Instructors Jenn Castle and Scott Williamson chat at the 24th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Clinic at the Vienna, West Virginia, Recreation Sports Complex at Jackson Park Wednesday morning.

MC softball assistant cherishes opportunity to work with kids

VIENNA — Girls just want to have fun on the diamond. And, pitching instructor Jenn Castle made sure they did Wednesday during the last session of the 24th annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Clinic at the Vienna, West Virginia, Recreation Sports Complex at Jackson ...

Impressive incoming talent for MC men’s hoops

Marietta College should be pretty deep in the backcourt next winter. Ridge Young and Griffin Lutz, a couple of 1,000-point-plus career high school scorers, each has committed to the MC men’s basketball program. Another addition to the roster will be 6-foot-7 transfer Avery ...

Parkersburg South’s Dalton Wiggins made his decision on Monday afternoon to continue his career for the Pioneers of Marietta College. Photo by Joe Albright.

Wiggins joins Pioneers for baseball

PARKERSBURG — Class AAA second-team all-stater Dalton Wiggins of Parkersburg South made the announcement Monday afternoon he is going to continue his baseball career here in the Mid-Ohio Valley with the Pioneers of Marietta College. “We think he has a big upside, especially on the ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Reds Legends clinic director Mike Wagner tests the pitching speed of youngsters during a drill Tuesday at Jackson Park in Vienna.

Annual baseball clinic continues success in Vienna

VIENNA — Despite a new location, the annual Cincinnati Reds Legends Youth Baseball/Softball Clinic is still producing a good crowd. About 170 kids attended Day 2 of the camp Tuesday at Jackson Park, the new home for the clinic after 25 years in Marietta. “I’m a traditional guy,” ...

Local Marie Discini returns a shot during a Parkersburg Catholic regular season tennis match earlier this year. Discini qualified for the Midwest Closed event this past week in Columbus, Ohio.

Discini to compete in USTA event

PARKERSBURG — Going into any United States Tennis Association event unseeded usually isn’t recommended. A lot of the time draws for unseeded players can prove overwhelming if not impossible. Don’t tell any of the above information to Parkersburg Catholic sophomore Marie Disicini, who ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Beverly/Lowell catcher Logan Isner gets ready to tag Tuscarawas's Seth Johnson out at the plate during first-game action Sunday at Fort Frye.

Beverly/Lowell to play in S.C. this weekend

BEVERLY — Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 will be seeking a taste of both the Atlantic Ocean and victory this weekend. With bags and equipment packed, the B/L American Legion baseball team headed southeast to Sumter and Florence, S.C., today (Wednesday) to compete in the sixth annual Palmetto ...

Eight-year-old Jonah Hollis of Little Hocking makes a save between the pipes at a goalkeeping camp at Marietta College Monday night. Photo by Ron Johnston.

MC hosts goalkeeping camp

Enthusiasm abounded on the Marietta College soccer pitch Monday night. Former MC keeper standout and current Pioneer men’s head coach Joe Bergin was in his element as he helped provide instruction to youngsters from ages 6 to 14 on the finer points of goal-tending. “This is the second ...

Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association driver Nathan Skaggs captured his second consecutive victory at the Legendary Hilltop Speedway Friday night and his third win in as many attempts on the quarter mile dirt track this spring. Photo courtesy of Zach Yost.

Skaggs claims win at Hilltop Speedway

For the third time this season, the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association brought their show to the Legendary Hilltop Speedway and for the third straight time Circleville native Nathan Skaggs claimed the win on the quarter-mile dirt track. Skaggs led the first 20 laps of the 25-lap feature event ...

Beverly/Lowell’s Konnor Roberts, right, is congratulated by third-base coach Tyler Engle after hitting a solo home run in Game 1 at Fort Frye High Sunday afternoon. BevLow dropped a 10-8 decision to Tuscarawas Post 205 in the first game. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Beverly-Lowell swept by Tuscarawas 205

BEVERLY — Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 is scheduled to play in a Beach Tournament in Florence, S.C., later this week. The change of scenery just might be beneficial for BevLow. Host B/L dropped a doubleheader for the second straight day, losing 10-8 and 9-0 to Tuscarawas Post 205, in ...

Marietta Post 64’s Clay Hayes is congratulated by the umpire after the Marietta American Legion baseball team mercied Hebron Post 285, 12-2, in 8 innings at Don Schaly Stadium Friday night. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Marietta Post 64 mercies Hebron, 12-2

Clay Hayes didn’t get too many good pitches to hit after his first at-bat. The Waterford graduate slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning as Marietta Post 64 mercied Hebron Post 285, 12-2, in eight innings Friday night at Don Schaly Stadium. “Coach (Brian) Brewer ...

Ruth named MHS girls’ hoops coach

Allen Ruth will be donning orange and black on the hardwood sideline next winter instead of red and white. The former Parkersburg High boys’ basketball assistant has been named Marietta High’s new varsity girls’ hoops coach. “The position came open, and I just applied for it,” ...

Ron Johnston, THE MARIETTA TIMES 
Marietta Post 64’s Zach Cunningham slides safely into home during second inning action Wednesday night at Athens High.

Marietta Post 64 rolls

THE PLAINS, Ohio — Marietta Post 64 looked sharp in its retro baseball short pants and knee-high socks. After mercying host Athens Post 21, 25-2, in five innings at Rannow Field Wednesday night, the Marietta American Legion team probably should consider wearing its “hitting clothes” ...

Beverly/Lowell’s Trace Shafer looks into home plate before firing a pitch against a Parkersburg Post 15 batter Wednesday night at Parkersburg City Park.
Photo by Mike Morrison

Beverly/Lowell Post 389/750 sweeps Parkersburg Post 15

PARKERSBURG — Trace Schafer fired a four-hitter and fanned 11 as Beverly/Lowell Post (389/750) downed Parkersburg (Post 15) 7-1 in the second game of a double header Wednesday evening at Bennett Stump Field in Parkersburg. After pounding out 14 hits in the opener en route to a 10-5 win, ...

Photos by Ron Johnston
Marietta Post 64 right-hander Zach Cunningham pitches to a Cambridge Post 84 batter Monday night.

Marietta Post 64 swept by Cambridge Post 84

Marietta’s American Legion baseball team might have benefitted from a timely hit here and there. Post 64 stranded a combined 21 baserunners in 3-0 and 6-4 setbacks to Cambridge Post 84 at Don Schaly Stadium Monday night. “We haven’t played in a week,” said Marietta Post 64 skipper ...

Sour Mash accepting grant applications

PARKERSBURG — The 46th annual Sour Mash Memorial Golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 1 is accepting grant applications through July 14. The Sour Mash is a collaboration of the Parkersburg and Wood County rotary clubs and this year will honor the late Daniel Barry Wharton Sr., who was born ...

MOV Hall of Fame­ inducts 10 in Class of 2017

VIENNA — The 20th anniversary induction class of the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame took place Saturday night with 10 more enshrinees at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center in Vienna. Taking their places with their MOV Sports HOF predecessors were John “Gus” Bell, Sam ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Members of the Ohio BACF team gang-tackle West Virginia’s Braden Barnhart during Friday’s 24th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic at Don Drumm Stadium. Ohio won, 50-33.

Ohio flies by West Virginia, 50-33, in 24th annual BACF game

An interception in the fourth quarter by Frontier’s Wyatt Smitley turned the tide for Ohio here Friday evening at the 24th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic inside Don Drumm Stadium as the Buckeyes snapped a two-game losing skid during their 50-33 victory versus West ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Ohio’s Casey Lewis, left, carries the ball against West Virginia Friday at Don Drumm Stadium.

Lewis carries load for Ohio

Casey Lewis got the Don Drumm Stadium crowd buzzing Friday night after front-flipping into the end zone for a touchdown late in the third quarter. The 6-pointer, his third of the 24th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic, gave the Ohio All-Stars a 34-26 lead. The Ohioans ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
West Virginia quarterback Will Billeter stiff arms an Ohio defender on a carry Friday at Don Drumm Stadium.

West Virginia MVP honors go to St. Marys QB Billeter

Will Billeter did about all he could do Friday night to try and get visiting West Virginia a win in the annual BACF Football Classic over Ohio at Don Drumm Stadium. But in the end after W.Va. got within 36-33 late in the third quarter, a pair of Ohio touchdowns in the final 2:10 gave the ...