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Column: Browns seek more than a playoff victory

Browns fans vividly remember the last time Cleveland visited the Pittsburgh Steelers for a playoff game, at least the ones who are old enough. It was January of 2003, and the Browns were playing in their first postseason since returning to the NFL in 1999. The Kelly Holcomb-quarterbacked ...

Fort rolls over Marietta

Right now, the undefeated Fort Frye Cadets want one thing — good competition. They got a taste of that Saturday night against a Marietta team that trailed them just 15-12 after a quarter. However, the Cadets turned it on in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 19-5 to take a 34-17 lead ...

Suprano helps Wildcats claw past Lancers, 56-29

WATERFORD — After getting off to a sluggish start, Waterford got things in order in a big way in Wednesday night’s 56-29 Tri-Valley Conference victory over the visiting Federal Hocking Lancers. Leading by just two points at the break, the Wildcats out-pointed Federal Hocking 34-9 in the ...

W.Va. winter high school sports delayed again until March

PARKERSBURG — The winter sports season is delayed. Again. West Virginia Governor Jim Justice made the announcement to push back the start of the season to March 1 at the earliest during Wednesday’s statewide COVID-19 briefing. Initially, the winter sports season was pushed back to Jan. ...

Williamstown to rely on senior duo for leadership

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Williamstown High School girls basketball team of head coach Fred Sauro is just hoping to get back on the court and play some roundball. Coming off a 15-11 campaign last year, which featured eight Yellowjacket setbacks to teams in the top five, WHS will be led by two ...

Warren sweeps: Warrior wrestlers take down Waterford, Marietta

WATERFORD — Coen Wagner and Haden Offenberger collected two pins apiece and teammate Ethan Beardmore also went 2-0 for host Waterford during Wednesday’s tri match inside the Harry Cooper Annex, but the Wildcats watched as Warren head coach Jeff Parsons’ squad left town with two match ...

Marietta tops Eastern for second straight win

The Marietta Tigers capped off a successful short week Thursday night with a dominating 79-53 win over the visiting Eastern Eagles at Sutton Gymnasium. Senior Morgan Altenburger led the way for Marietta with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Tigers jumped out to a double-digit first quarter ...

Waterford earns hard fought win over South Gallia

WATERFORD — Cara Taylor’s team-high 22 points led the way against South Gallia on Thursday, as Waterford toppled its TVC-Hocking foe 59-45 from the Harry Cooper Annex. Waterford (2-1) has seen its schedule dwindle due to complications with the pandemic, as this was only the team’s third ...

Golden Eagles breeze past Tornadoes, 64-36

BELPRE — Belpre scored the first nine points of the game here Thursday night and never looked back as the Golden Eagles routed visiting Southern, 64-36, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt. The Tornadoes of head coach Ronnie Quillen were making their season debut, but the ...

‘Dawg’ Offenberger chooses Rio Grande for wrestling

WATERFORD — Waterford senior Haden Offenberger is a “dawg” in more ways than one. When he was in eighth grade, he advanced far in a spelling bee before coming up against the word “dogfight.” “I thought they were trying to trick me,” Offenberger recalled, “so I spelled it ...

Xavier Caruthers, Sam Cremeans ready to hoop again for ’Jackets

WILLIAMSTOWN — Last year’s Williamstown Yellowjackets were on a collision course towards a deep run at the Class A state basketball tournament in Charleston before current events put an end to the 2020 postseason. Ask any Yellowjacket, and they’ll tell you the team’s focus is on this ...

Grant Barnhart steps into new role for Devils as a junior

ST. MARYS — Basketball is a team game and no one understands that more than St. Marys High School junior standout Grant Barnhart. Although he didn’t start as a freshman, Barnhart was a key player for the Blue Devils off the bench as seniors like Dakota Sampson and Isaak Mooney led the ...

Warren bests Fort Frye in county showdown

BEVERLY — Fort Frye is a tough place to play for a lot of opposing players and teams. For Joel Chevalier, it’s like a second home. “I love this gym here,” he said. “I always like the environment they bring in here. It’s always a loud environment.” Even with a smaller crowd ...

Milestone win for Tom Simms as Waterford tops Southern

WATERFORD — An 11-0 spurt in the third quarter along with a balanced scoring effort led by Luke Teters’ game-high 15 points allowed host Waterford to fend off Southern, 53-47, here Tuesday night inside Harry Cooper Annex and give Wildcat head coach Tom Simms career win 200. Southern led ...

Altenburger’s big night propels Tigers over Cambridge, 65-39

Senior Morgan Altenburger tossed in a game-high 17 points to lead four Marietta scorers in double figures as the Lady Tigers rolled to a 65-39 East Central Ohio League win over the visiting Cambridge Lady Bobcats Monday evening at Sutton Gymnasium. The Tigers pulled out to a 20-point ...

Crusaderettes are early LKC frontrunners

PARKERSBURG — For the last two seasons, the Little Kanawha Conference girls’ basketball title game consisted of the same two teams and similar outcomes. LKC West champion Parkersburg Catholic beat East champion Gilmer County. Should COVID-19 not force the cancellation of the upcoming ...

Curstin Giffin leads Golden Eagles past Buckeyes

BELPRE — Potential game-tying field goal attempts in the waning seconds by Nelsonville-York’s Kalina Hernandez and Ashleigh Cantrell didn’t fall here early Saturday afternoon as host Belpre survived the Buckeyes, 46-44, to improve to 2-3. Airah Lavy canned six trifectas for visiting ...

Warrior wrestling places 3rd at Hickory Grove

VINCENT —The 2020 Hickory Grove Market Invitational is in the books, and in a year where this wrestling event saw the number of participants was whittled down by dozens, there were still plenty of local grapplers looking to leave an impact on Saturday. Waterford was among the teams unable to ...

Cadets edge Fairland in early season test

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Fort Frye at Fairland lived up to its billing. The Cadets (3-0) edged the Dragons 54-53 Saturday night at the Carl York Center in a battle of two of the state’s Division III boys high school basketball powers. The Dragons’ Jacob Polcyn’s 18-foot shot at the ...

Warriors escape with thrilling OT victory over Tigers

VINCENT — A.J. Graham’s potential game-winning corner 3 as time expired for visiting Marietta went off the iron here Friday night as Warren survived the rival Tigers in overtime, 56-55. Seth Dennis led all scorers with 23 points as head coach Blane Maddox’s squad improved to 3-0 with a ...