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Williamtown’s Kayla Bauman, right, attempts to spike the ball during a high school volleyball W.Va. Class A state tournament match against Ritchie County Friday in Charleston, W.Va.

Williamstown falls to Ritchie in 5 sets at state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Little Kanawha Conference programs Ritchie County and Wirt County will collide at 9:30 a.m. today inside the Charleston Civic Center with the victor earning the Class A state volleyball championship. The Rebels ousted defending state champ East Hardy in the semifinals — ...

Marietta College’s Ryan VanMeter (15) catches a pass during a college football game against Muskingum earlier this season at Don Drumm Stadium. Photo by Jordan Holland.

Pioneers seeking 5th straight win, play Otterbein Saturday

Marietta College won seven football games under the guidance of the late Gene Epley during the fall of 1996. Twenty-one years later, the Andy Waddle-coached Pioneers (6-3 overall, 5-3 Ohio Athletic Conference) could do it again if they defeat Otterbein University (5-4, 4-4) on Veterans ...

Mullen district Player of the Year

When Lexie Mullen touches the soccer ball on the pitch, she's a threat to put it in the back of the net at any time. This past fall, the Marietta High junior striker scored a school-single season record 29 goals and added three assists to help the Jeff Price-coached Tigers post a 15-3-1 ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Waterford senior Megan Ball signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Walsh University Monday at the Harry Cooper Annex in Waterford. Sitting from left to right are Travis Ball (brother), Darren Ball (father), Megan, and Lisa Ball (mother). Standing, left to right, are Waterford assistant Todd Hilverding, head coach Jerry Close, assistant Kevin McCutcheon, and AAU coach Jeff Smith.

Waterford’s Megan Ball taking versatility to Walsh

WATERFORD — Megan Ball is one of those basketball players who can play any position on the hardwood. “We can put Megan wherever we want to,” said Waterford girls’ head basketball coach Jerry Close. “She can bring the ball up the floor. We’ve also used her in the post and coming off ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Waterford senior Alli Kern signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Ohio Dominican University Monday at the Harry Cooper Annex in Waterford. Sitting from left to right are Luke Kern (brother), Dan Kern (father), Alli, and Cindy Kern (mother). Standing, left to right, are Waterford assistant Kevin McCutcheon, assist Todd Hilverding, head coach Jerry Close, and AAU coach Jeff Smith.

Waterford’s Alli Kern headed to Ohio Dominican

WATERFORD — Alli Kern has been a Waterford High varsity basketball starter since she was a freshman. That in itself says a lot about her hoops ability on the court. The 5-foot-9 cager’s “got game.” On Wednesday morning in the Cooper Annex gym, the 17-year-old Kern signed a National ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Fort Frye’s Evan Schob (33) carries the ball during a high school football Division VI, Region 23 quarterfinal against Northmor last Friday in Beverly.

Fourth-seeded Fort Frye matches up with top-seeded Nelsonville-York

BEVERLY — Fort Frye head football coach Eric Huck likely will need to get a little more out of his offense in Friday night’s Division VI, Region 23 semifinal tilt against top-seeded Nelsonville-York in New Lexington than he got last week in their thrilling 6-0 win at home over Northmor, but ...

Williamstown’s Donathan Taylor (5) carries the ball during a high school football game earlier this season.

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’Jackets face top-seeded East Hardy Friday

BAKER, W.Va. — Williamstown isn’t talking about payback, but the Yellowjackets could get some Friday night. No. 16 WHS travels to Baker to take on top-ranked East Hardy (10-0) in the opening round of the Class A football playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Cougars ended the ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Waterford’s Teddy Smith has been a force on the Wildcats’ defensive line each of the last three seasons.

Waterford senior more than holds his own on the line

Teddy Smith Waterford Year: senior Age: 17 GPA: 3.5 Favorite subject: biology Sports: football, baseball, track and field Hgt.: 5-foot-8 Wgt.: 180 pounds College: undecided Major: biology (pre-med) Family: Gerry and Amy Smith (father and mother); younger sister ...

JOE ALBRIGHT The Marietta Times
St. Marys’ quarterback Eric Illar (5) thorws a pass during a high school football game against South Harrison earlier this season at Bill Hanlin Stadium. St. Marys is scheduled to play host to Doddridge County at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a W.Va. Class A playoff game.

St. Marys begins quest to repeat as Class A champs

ST. MARYS, W.Va. — Opportunities to make history don’t present themselves every day in the realm of sports. St. Marys High School’s football team received one of those rare chances last season when it brought home the first gridiron state championship in the 106-year history of the ...

Williamstown’s Skyler Chancellor spikes the ball during Saturday’s Class A regional tournament in Elizabeth, W.Va., as teammates Bethany Arnold (20) and libero Skylar Watson (7) look on. The Yellowjackets face Ritchie County at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the state quarterfinals at the Charleston Civic Center.

JAY W. 
BENNETT The Marietta Times

Williamstown making fourth straight appearance at state

WILLIAMSTOWN — There was a chance Little Kanawha Conference volleyball programs Wirt County, Ritchie County, Williamstown and Tyler Consolidated could meet in the Class A state semifinals on Friday evening inside the Charleston Civic Center. As it turned out, such wasn’t the case as ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
From left to right, Payton Henderson (right tackle), Brendan Mullholland (center), Anthony Jalowiec (left guard) and Caleb Riggleman (left tackle) help make up Marietta College’s offensive line. The Pioneers are second in the Ohio Athletic Conference in rushing yards per game and are 6-3 this season, due in large part to the success of the guys up front.

‘Blue-collar group’: Marietta’s linemen relishing team’s success

Caleb Riggleman is a very personable young man off the gridiron. On it, the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Marietta College junior football player is very competitive and one heckuva left tackle, who would move “heaven and earth,” so to speak, to spring standout Pioneer running back Roger Walker for ...

Local volleyball players honored

Several area high school volleyball players were recognized in District 13 this week. Local District 13 schools include Marietta, Warren, Waterford and Belpre. In Division I, Marietta junior Natalie Brooks was voted Defensive Player of the Year while Ron Kidder was selected as the Coach of ...

MAC leaders Ohio, Toledo meet tonight

ATHENS — If you’re around Athens tonight, it might be worth getting a ticket to the Ohio-Toledo game. There’s a strong possibility it will serve as a preview of the Mid-American Conference championship game, which will be played Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ford Field in Detroit. Ohio leads the ...

Marietta Pioneers set records in win

COLUMBUS — Marietta College finished with more than 500 yards of total offense as the Pioneers defeated Capital, 49-21, Saturday in Bernlohr Stadium. Marietta improved to 6-3 overall and 5-3 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The six wins are the most since the Pioneers went 6-4 in 2006. A ...

Williamstown's Faith Hoosier records one of her 13 kills during the Class A, Region IV semifinals against Tolsia on Saturday in Elizabeth, West Virginia. The Yellowjackets finished runner-up to host Wirt County and advanced to the state tournament, which begins Friday in Charleston. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

Williamstown netters off to state tourney

ELIZABETH — Freshman Emma Wyer's mash on a bad serve-receive set up match point and sophomore Kylie Stephens followed with the final kill of the evening as host Wirt County swept its way to the Class A, Region IV championship by topping Williamstown 25-13, 25-13 and 25-17. Williamstown, ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Fort Frye’s Tyler Bradford (10) carries the ball as Northmor’s Ryland Thomas (21) and Ryan Moore (40) try to bring him down during a high school football Division VI, Region 23 quarterfinal Friday night in Beverly. Fort Frye won, 6-0.

Defense, late touchdown lift Fort Frye past Northmor, 6-0

BEVERLY — The offense made the game-winning play, but the defense won the game for Fort Frye. Tate Engle’s 26-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Fisher with seven seconds left lifted the fourth-seeded Cadets (10-1) to a 6-0 victory over fifth-seeded Northmor (8-3) Friday night in Beverly. The ...

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Waterford’s Peyten Stephens (12) carries the ball during a high school football Division VII, Region 27 quarterfinal against Sciotoville East Friday night. Sciotoville East won, 16-8

Tartans stun Wildcats, 16-8, in playoff opener

WATERFORD — Waterford High was plagued by turnovers. The Wildcats bowed out of the Ohio Division VII football playoffs with a 16-8 setback Friday night to the visiting Sciotoville East Tartans. “We’re disappointed,” said second-year WHS varsity coach Eric McCutcheon. “We just had ...

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Williamstown’s Carter Haynes, left, fakes a handoff to Evan Amos during a high school football game against Tolsia Friday night.

Williamstown dominates Tolsia, 42-0

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown needed a few pieces to fall into place Friday night to make the Class A playoffs, but none of those mattered if the Yellowjackets lost. WHS (5-4) didn’t have any problems getting a win in the regular-season finale, as the Yellowjackets rolled to a 42-0 victory ...

Zeps fall to Cole Grove

COAL GROVE — Sam Angelo hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Harmon to tie the score and the extra point from Evan Holmes proved to be the difference in Coal Grove's 7-6 playoff victory over Shenandoah Friday at Patterson Field. Angelo's TD reception came with 5:14 to go ...

JEFF BAUGHAN The Marietta Times
Parkersburg South’s Tyee Gibson (32) and Parkersburg’s Seth Dailey (2) go up for a ball during a high school football game Friday night at Erickson All-Sports Facility in Parkersburg.

Parkersburg rallies to defeat rival South, 27-24

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South played a football game Friday night that saw both squads give it their all, but the visiting No. 7-ranked Big Reds tallied the last two touchdowns to overcome the Patriots 27-24 at the Erickson All-Sports Facility to secure a home ...