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Pios overcame tough stretch, now in ‘Sweet 16’

Set for an 8 p.m. tip-off Friday against No. 13 Rochester in the NCAA Division III Round of 16, the No. 7 nationally-ranked Marietta College men’s basketball team finds itself in the midst of another glorious postseason run. The road to this point, however, was not quite as smooth for the ...

Morris, ’Jackets ready for state

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown point guard Ashley Morris had just about done everything a basketball player can do during her time in a Yellowjackets’ uniform. The 5-foot-1 senior scored her 1,000th point earlier in the year, gained possession of both the steals and assists records at the ...

Marietta freshman perfect from the floor

Chances are in the very short period of time Guilford College head coach Tom Palombo had to put together a scouting report on the Marietta College Pioneers prior to Saturday night’s NCAA Division III second round clash at Ban Johnson Arena did the name Caleb Hoyng create much concern. As a ...

Marietta men dominate Calvin to open NCAA tourney

Calvin College was big, but Marietta College was better. The nationally-ranked Pioneers extended their winning streak to 16 with an 83-66 triumph over the Knights of Grand Rapids, Mi., in an NCAA D3 opening-round men’s basketball game at sold-out Ban Johnson Arena Friday evening. “I ...

Pioneers roll past Guilford to ‘Sweet 16’

Marietta College’s men’s basketball team advanced to the D3 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the third time in the program’s history. After winning an opening round game against Calvin College Friday night, the nationally seventh-ranked Pioneers did the same in the second round, beating No. ...

Cadets knocked out of tournament

BEVERLY — Fort Frye shot the lights out in the first half in Friday night’s Division III sectional championship game. Unfortunately for the Cadets it would be visiting Union Local who had the hot hand in the second half when it mattered the most as the Jets used a big final quarter to ...

Crusaders fall short to Ravenswood in sectional

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — Parkersburg Catholic made things as tough as possible for host Ravenswood in a Class A, Region IV, Section 1 final Friday at The Pit, but in the end the Red Devils persevered. Despite 15 turnovers, Ravenswood led start to finish, but never by more than 11, en route to ...

Defending state champs back in ‘Sweet 16’

JACKSON — South Webster was bound and determined not to let the Waterford duo of Megan Ball and Alli Kern beat them in the final seconds. By the same token Waterford's Hayley Duff was bound and determined not to let her team lose and bring their hopes of repeating as state champions to an ...

Marietta College opens NCAA tourney play tonight

How important has the homecourt advantage been to the NCAA D3 seventh-ranked Marietta College men’s basketball team this season? Very. The Pioneers (24-4) are undefeated at 15-0 on the Ban Johnson Arena hardwood — and senior All-American A.J. Edwards gives a lot of credit to the ...

Lady ’Jackets advance to state

WILLIAMSTOWN — There was no denying Williamstown Thursday night as the Yellowjacket girls basketball team bested visiting Tolsia 79-54 to make its first trip to the state tournament in four years. The Class A Region IV co-final victory puts Williamstown, now 19-5, in the state quarterfinals ...

Belpre can’t hold on, falls in sectional final

POMEROY — Belpre High was unable to protect the lead. After the seventh-seeded Golden Eagles squandered a 25-point advantage early in the second half, they went on to drop a 93-88 decision to second-seeded Trimble High in an Ohio Division IV sectional boys’ basketball final at Meigs High ...

St. Marys ousted by Central, 72-61

WHEELING, W.Va. — Through three quarters of Thursday’s W.Va. Class A, Region I Co-Final against St. Marys, Wheeling Central looked like it was in big trouble. That changed in a matter of 45 seconds. Clinging to a two-point lead, Wheeling Central scored three straight baskets to start ...

Lady Cadets dropped by Hiland in district semi

BYESVILLE — If there was any doubt that Berlin Hiland deserved to be the number one ranked girls basketball team in Division IV it lasted all of about four minutes Wednesday night in the Lady Hawks’ district semi-final matchup with Fort Frye. Hiland scored the first 14 points of the game ...

Catholic knocks off ’Jackets in sectional

PARKERSBURG — It was what you’d expect when visiting Williamstown and Parkersburg Catholic face each other with both their both boys basketball seasons on the line. After a back-and-fourth third quarter, it all came down to the final eight minutes Wednesday night at PCHS to decide which ...

Waterford girls set to play South Webster with regional bid on line

WATERFORD — Waterford High has had South Webster High’s number in recent years. Dating back to 2012, the top-seeded Wildcats have eliminated the second-seeded Jeeps in five consecutive postseason girls’ basketball games. The defending Ohio Division IV champion and fourth-ranked Cats ...

Basketball is Makayla Liedtke’s passion

Makayla Liedtke Fort Frye Year: senior Age: 18 GPA: 3.5 Sports: basketball, volleyball (freshman year) Height: 5-11 College: University of Rio Grande Major: education Family: Dan and Loretta Liedtke (father and mother); 2 older sisters — Morgan (Marietta College grad) and ...

Cadets to open tourney play vs. Jets Friday night

BEVERLY — Fort Frye should be well-rested and prepared when it hosts Union Local in an Ohio D3 boy’s basketball sectional co-final Friday at 7 p.m. “We’re excited to be playing a sectional game at our home gym,” said Cadets head coach Eric Henniger. “It’s a great reward for ...

District wrestling tournament this weekend

Casey Parsons will become Warren High’s all-time winningest wrestler with his next victory on the mat. The 160-pound senior grappler is expected to notch that triumph in the Ohio Division II District Tournament at Heath High this weekend. “Casey needs one win to pass Levi ...

’Jackets one win from dancing in Charleston

WILLIAMSTOWN — There will be no fire and brimstone speech by Williamstown veteran head girls basketball coach Fred Sauro prior to today’s 7 p.m. tip against visiting Tolsia, which will be eyeing an upset of the Yellowjackets in a Class A Region IV co-final. Sauro doesn’t need to stress ...

Sectional champs: Waterford Wildcats boys basketball team tops Green

POMEROY — It may have taken the Waterford Wildcats a few minutes to heat up in Tuesday night’s Division IV Sectional Championship game at Meigs High School, but once they did, they did so in a big way. Waterford connected on four straight triples in the first half and a grand total of 12 ...