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Warren matmen ready for stiff competition

VINCENT — After closing out last year with a win at the Devils Dungeon at Zanesville High on Dec. 28, the Warren High wrestling team is looking forward to a challenging January mat slate. “We will be heading into toughest stretch of our season with matches at Parkersburg South, Twinsburg, ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Warren’s Molly McCutcheon is back on the court for the Lady Warriors after missing the first nine games of the season. She’s planning to play college hoops at Gardner-Webb.

Warren hoops standout has committed to Gardner-Webb

Molly McCutcheon Warren Year: senior Age: 18 GPA: 3.8 Favorite subject: sciences Sport: basketball Hgt.: 5-foot-7 Honors: All-Ohio honoree two years in a row; first Warren girls’ basketball player to compete on an all-star team at the NIKE National Invitational Tournament (in ...

Frontier’s Logan Brookover shoots over Fort Frye’s Brayson Schilling (11) during boys’ basketball action at FHS Tuesday night.

Cadets victorious against Frontier

NEW MATAMORAS — Luke Nelson provided Fort Frye with a boost off the pine. The 5-foot-9 junior sharpshooter scored 13 points as the Cadets downed Frontier, 59-46, Tuesday night in Pioneer Valley Conference boys’ basketball action at Hank Morus Gymnasium. “Luke’s probably the best ...

MC women beat Muskies, improve to 12-0

NEW CONCORD — The No. 18 ranked Marietta College women’s basketball team ran its winning streak to 12 games with an 80-66 win at Muskingum University Wednesday evening. The Pioneers are 12-0 overall and 5-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Muskingum slips to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in ...

Marietta’s Mark Duckworth II, right, drives to the basket as Belpre’s Logan Adams defends during a game Friday at Ban Johnson Arena in Marietta.

JOHNSTON The Marietta Times

Tigers surge past Golden Eagles

Marietta High had its best offensive outing of the season. The Tigers never trailed en route to a 93-65 triumph over Belpre High in Peoples Bank River City Classic boys’ basketball action at Marietta College’s Ban Johnson Arena Friday night. “I felt like we got into a rhythm ...

Pioneer women remain perfect

WESTERVILLE — The No. 21 ranked Marietta College women’s basketball team picked up right where they left off before the Christmas break as the Pioneers downed Calvin, 64-56, Friday in the Otterbein Smokey Ballenger Classic. Marietta stayed perfect on the season moving to 10-0 overall. ...

Marietta men clip No. 16 Hanover

SPRINGFIELD — No. 19 ranked Marietta College defeated No. 16 Hanover College by the score of 63-53 Friday in the first round of the Wittenberg Kiwanis Holiday Classic. The Pioneers improve to 8-2 on the season, while the Panthers slip to 7-3 overall. In a game dominated by defense, neither ...

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times
Parkersburg Catholic’s Cade Ullman tries to make a pass into the paint during Friday night’s game at Ravenswood as Red Devils Jayden Rhodes (10), Isaiah Morgan (20) and Chase Swain (32) defend.

Late surge lifts Ravenswood past Catholic

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Cade Ullman’s huge 30-point effort wasn’t enough for Parkersburg Catholic here Friday night in “The Pit” as host Ravenswood received big games from both Isaiah Morgan and Stephen Dawson during a 71-54 pull-away Little Kanawha Conference West Division victory ...

Warren's Troy Huck plays tough defense as Parkersburg's Dylan Shaver looks for someone to pass to during the Big Reds’ 65-59 non-conference victory Thursday night at PHS Memorial Fieldhouse. Photo by Tom Perry.

PHS pulls through against scrappy Warren squad, 65-59

PARKERSBURG — As he chatted with his assistant coaches, Jeff Mennillo relaxed in a chair in the Parkersburg’s coaches office and just exhaled. The veteran coach was relieved the Big Reds found a way to hold on for a 65-59 victory over a scrappy Warren squad Thursday night at Memorial ...

Parkersburg Catholic guard Madeline Huffman (31) drives for a basket while being defensed by St. John Central’s Kaylin Nixon (10) Thursday night. Huffman earned MVP honors as Catholic downed St. John 78-40 to claim the 22nd annual Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic. Photo by Mike Morrison.

PCHS rolls to Mary ‘O’ title

PARKERSBURG — For the second straight night the Parkersburg Catholic Crusaderettes put on quite an exhibition on both ends of the court. One night after the host team rolled to an 89-25 win over Wirt County in the opener of the 22nd annual Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic, the ...

Waterford's Alli Kern, left, battles Parkersburg's Maddi Leggett, right, for the ball during girls basketball action  Thursday night at the Cooper Annex. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Waterford downs PHS girls, 63-49

WATERFORD — Megan Ball had a monster game. The 5-foot-11 senior scored a career-high 29 points as Waterford High downed Parkersburg High, 63-49, in non-conference girls basketball action at the Cooper Annex Thursday night. “If it wasn’t for my teammates, basically they’re the reason ...

JAY W. BENNETT The Marietta Times
Wirt County’s Zakk Adams shoots the ball over the defense of Williamstown’s Josh Keiser (25) and Baylor Haught (15) during a Wednesday semifinal of the Wirt County Holiday Tournament in Elizabeth, W.Va.

Cutright’s dunks help Williamstown top Wirt, 61-47

ELIZABETH, W.Va. — Williamstown shot the lights out in the first half and Buffalo held on for a one-point victory here Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Wirt County Holiday Tournament. In the late game, the 5-1 Yellowjackets of head coach Scott Sauro shot 72 percent (18 of 25) in the ...

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Torrance Nonnenmacher makes a pass during a high school girls basketball game against Alexander Wednesday at Sutton Gymnasium. Alexander won, 62-44.

Alexander girls hold off Marietta, 62-44

For the second time this season, Alexander’s junior class was just too much for a very young Marietta Lady Tiger squad. Lady Spartan juniors Rachel Richardson and McKena Rice combined for 43 points as Alexander notched a 62-44 win over the Lady Tigers Wednesday evening at Sutton ...

TOM PERRY The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Kail Hill, right, guards Meadowbrook’s Trey Singleton during a high school boys basketball game Wednesday in Byesville.

Tigers fall again to unbeaten Colts

BYESVILLE — There were a few moments when you could see the potential. There was Kail Hill’s solid defense, Austin Witucky’s three quick baskets and Tony Munos’ late rebounds that led to four points. But there wasn’t enough of those moments - and way too much Trey Singleton - as ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Mikayla Alkire (34) goes up for a basket during a high school girls Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic basketball game against Wirt County Wednesday.

Catholic girls roll over Wirt in Mary ‘O’

PARKERSBURG — High-flying Parkersburg Catholic flew right into the finals of its annual Mary “O” Crusaderette Classic girls basketball tournament Wednesday night by an 89-25 margin over Wirt County. The other first-round contest Wednesday saw Bellaire (Ohio) St. John rally back in the ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Waterford High baseball players celebrate Clay Hayes’ walkoff RBI single against Southern last spring to finish undefeated in Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division play.

Looking back at high school sports in 2017

There’s no dispute that 2017 provided some epic moments in local high school sports. District and regional championships were won, All-Ohio athletes were recognized and history was made by multiple area programs. Though daunting, The Marietta Times narrowed down the calendar year in ...

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Belpre senior Bailey Sprague is a first All-Ohio punter in football and is also a standout in basketball and baseball.

Sprague is a three-sport captain for the Golden Eagles

Bailey Sprague Belpre Year: senior Age: 18 GPA: 4.23 Favorite subject: history Sports: football, basketball, baseball (4-year letter winner in football and baseball; three-year letter winner in basketball) (captain in all three sports) football honor: 1st-team All-Ohio ...

Fort Frye girls basketball head coach Dan Liedtke speaks to his team during a high school basketball game Thursday against River. Photo by Ron Johnston.

A lot of bus rides: Liedtke discusses 600th win

BEVERLY — Dan Liedtke shared an anecdote after the Fort Frye High girls' basketball team helped the longtime Cadet boss notch his 600th career coaching win last Thursday night. "Well, you know, one guy called me up, and said, 'Coach, 600 wins, that's a lot of bus rides.' And, I said, 'You're ...

Marietta's Hannah Kroft, right, makes a move with the ball during a high school girls basketball game against Coshocton Saturday at Sutton Gym. Photo by Ron Johnston.

Marietta defeats Redskins, 79-11

Marietta High went from being under the weather last week to overwhelming Cochocton High, 79-11, Saturday night in an East Central Ohio League girls' basketball game at Sutton Gym. "We had 11 kids at practice because of the flu and a couple of injuries Thursday, and we have 24 on the roster ...

Warren's Josh Huffman, right, and Morgan's Marty Sidwell battle for the ball during a high school boys basketball game Saturday in McConnelsville. Photo by Mike Morrison.

Warriors reclaim a win over Morgan, 56-46

MCCONNELSVILLE — After trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half, Morgan found itself down by just nine with eight seconds to play in the second quarter in Saturday night's rematch at home against Warren. Those eight ticks proved to be enough time for Warren junior Noah Nichols to ...