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Pioneers ranked 13th in nation

The Marietta College men's basketball, which is ranked 13th in the 2017-18 D3hoops.com preseason poll, has been in the Top 25 for 42 consecutive polls — the longest streak in the nation in NCAA Division III. The streak started with the Dec. 8, 2014, national poll when the Pioneers cracked ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Waterford’s Morgan Lang, right, tries to block Notre Dame’s Lexi Smith’s spike attempt during a high school volleyball Division IV regional semifinal match Wednesday at Lancaster High School.

Lady Wildcats fall in regional semifinal

LANCASTER — Waterford High was able to overcome a two-set deficit in the district final but not in the regional semi. The Wildcats’ volleyball season came to a close Wednesday night at Lancaster High when its green and white netters dropped a straight-set setback to Portsmouth Notre Dame ...

TOM PERRY The Marietta Times
Fort Frye’s Tyler Fisher (7) stiff arms a Belpre player during a high school football game earlier this season at Ralph Holder Stadium. Fisher and the Cadets play host to Northmor at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Division VI, Region 23 quarterfinal.

Cadets play host to Northmor in regional quarterfinals

BEVERLY — The high school football playoffs are back in Beverly for the third straight year. After a 9-1 regular season which included a Pioneer Valley Conference championship, Fort Frye clinched the four seed in the Division VI, Region 23 playoffs and will play host to 8-2 Northmor at 7:30 ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Waterford’s Braden Bellville (30) carries the ball during a high school football game against Wahama. Bellville and the Wildcats play host to Sciotoville East at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Division VII, Region 27 quarterfinal.

Waterford ready to take on Sciotoville East in first round

WATERFORD — For the second consecutive season the Waterford Wildcats will open the postseason on their home field when they host the Sciotoville East Tartans Friday night in a Division VII, Region 27 playoff opener at Waterford Elementary. For the second straight year the Wildcats went 9-1 ...

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Belpre’s Eli Fullerton crosses the finish line at a Division III regional cross country meet last Saturday in Pickerington. Fullerton finished 18th to qualify for this Saturday’s state meet.

Local harriers go for All-Ohio status Saturday

By Ron Johnston The Marietta Times rjohnston@mariettatimes.com At the start of the Ohio cross country season in August, just about every runner in the state either dreamed or had a goal of competing on the 5K race course on the first Saturday of November. In Washington Country, Warren ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Fort Frye’s Kasey Buchanan (31) tries to block a spike attempt by Waterford’s Alli Kern during a high school volleyball match earlier this season at the Harry Cooper Annex.

Fort Frye an underdog with a pit bull bite

BEVERLY -- At 14-7, the Fort Frye volleyball team's overall record is a little misleading. The Tiffany Schob-coached Cadets "got game," and they're hoping to make believers out of some people when they play Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in an Ohio DIV regional semifinal match at 7:30 p.m. ...

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Fort Frye senior Kelsey Adkins is a standout volleyball and basketball player for the Lady Cadets.

Cadets senior rides horses when not on volleyball court

Kelsey Adkins Fort Frye Year: senior Age: 17 GPA: 3.7 Favorite subject: math Sports: volleyball, basketball Other activities: National Barrel Horse Association, National Honor Society, Safety Town and Outdoor Ed. College: undecided Major: nursing Family: Don and Sabrina ...

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Williamstown’s Carter Haynes (3) carries the ball during a high school football game against Wirt County earlier this season.

Williamstown hoping for a win, playoff spot

WILLIAMSTOWN — Williamstown coach Terry Smith is done trying to figure out what it will take for the Yellowjackets to qualify for the Class A state football playoffs. One thing he knows must happen is Williamstown must defeat Tolsia on Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 ...

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Parkersburg Catholic’s Jeb Boice (10) carries the ball during a high school football game against Wirt County earlier this season at Stadium Field in Parkersburg.

Crusaders close out season vs. Doddridge County

PARKERSBURG — Class A’s eighth-ranked team Doddridge County finds itself in a deja vu-like situation from 2014 heading in to a season-ending matchup with Parkersburg Catholic at 7 p.m. Friday on the turf at PHS Stadium Field. Then fourth-year head coach Bobby Burnside brought his Bulldogs ...

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Waterford’s Allex Teters (6) hits the ball during a high school volleyball match against Fort Frye earlier this season at the Harry Cooper Annex.

Waterford plays in regional semifinal Wednesday

WATERFORD — With it being the Halloween season, the Waterford High volleyball team received a scare in its Ohio DIV district final match last weekend. But all’s well that ends well as the Wildcat netters treated themselves to a 3-2 come-from-behind triumph (17-25, 11-25, 25-22, 25-18, and ...

Cadets, Wildcats get home playoff games

The high school football playoffs return to Washington County Friday night. Fort Frye and Waterford High School, separated by less than a mile, both will take the spotlight at 7:30 p.m. when they welcome their respective opponents for opening round matchups. The Cadets (9-1) play host to ...

Tigers make All-ECOL teams

Marietta High’s fall sports teams were well represented on the All-East Central Ohio League teams released Monday. Senior Meredith Coil was named ECOL Player of the Year in tennis. Coil went undefeated in regular season No. 1 singles play. She was honored on the first team along with ...

The Williams-town girls cross country team won the W.Va. Class A state title Saturday at Cabell Midland. It was the program’s first cross country state title since winning the Class AA/A crown in 1997.
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Yellowjacket girls win cross country state title

ONA, W.Va. — Ripley’s Tori Starcher put on a dominating performance to cap her sophomore campaign while the Williamstown girls and the Doddridge County boys topped the field here Saturday at Cabell Midland High School during the state cross country championships. Parkersburg High School ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Warren’s Kyler Gardner (11) battles Athens’ Saad Alharbi for possession of the ball during a high school boys soccer district final match Saturday in Logan.

Warriors reach end of the road

LOGAN — Warren High’s third meeting against Athens High on the pitch was anything but charming. After beating AHS twice during regular-season play, the Warriors dropped a 2-1 double-overtime decision to the Bulldogs in an Ohio SE DII boys’ distict soccer final at Logan High Saturday ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Austyn Chen possesses the ball as Alexander’s Danny Goetz defends during Saturday’s high school boys soccer district final match in Logan.

Marietta boys drop nailbiter to Alexander, 2-1

LOGAN — Marietta High’s coaching staff was not exactly thrilled with the officiating on the pitch. But Michael Norris was the one person who really beat the Tigers. The Alexander senior striker scored two goals to lead the Spartans to a 2-1 triumph over the Tigers in a SE DII boys’ ...

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Waterford's Megan Ball (18) and Denise Young (16) go up for a block during a high school volleyball district final match Saturday in Jackson.

Waterford wins wild district final volleyball match

JACKSON — A 2-0 defecit wasn’t enough to stop the Waterford High volleyball team Saturday. In a Division IV Southeast District championship match, the Lady Wildcats rallied to defeat Portsmouth Clay in five sets by scores of 17-25, 11-25, 25-22, 25-18 and 15-13. With the district crown ...

Behind Roger Walker, Pioneers defeat ONU for third straight win

ADA — Michael Quealy knocked down a Polar Bear pass on fourth down at the Marietta 7-yard line with three seconds left in the game as the Pioneers defeated Ohio Northern 35-28 Saturday afternoon. The win was Marietta’s third straight as the Pioneers improved to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the ...

RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Fort Frye’s Tyler Fisher carries the ball during during a high school football game against Steubenville Catholic Central Friday in Beverly.

Fort Frye clobbers Catholic Central, 49-13

BEVERLY — Fort Frye passed with flying colors. The Cadets anticipated being tested by Steubenville Catholic Central, but it proved to be no contest as they routed the visiting Crusaders, 49-13, in a prep football game Friday senior night. “We were all saying that it would come down to a ...

Marietta’s Dominic Vanfossen (24) carries the ball as Zanesville’s Jonathan Lee (10) tries to bring him down during a high school football game Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium. Marietta won, 17-14.

TOM PERRY The Marietta Times

Tigers block kick, beat Zanesville

Dominic Vanfossen couldn’t stop crying. He couldn’t stop hugging his teammates and coaches either as the Marietta Tiger football season came to an end. The senior running back wasn’t alone, though, as emotions were running high after Marietta rallied for a 17-14 victory over Zanesville ...

MIKE MORRISON The Marietta Times
Waterford’s Braden Bellville (30) carries the ball as Belpre’s Tojzae Reams (4) tries to chase him down during a high school football game Friday at Ralph Holder Stadium. Waterford won, 44-3.

Wildcats finish regular season strong

BELPRE — Braden Bellville ran for 261 yards and four touchdowns while becoming Wateford’s all-time single season rushing leader to lead the Wildcats to a dominating 44-3 win over the Belpre Golden Eagles at Ralph Holder Stadium Friday night. Bellville came into the game needing 123 ...