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Local Sports Columns

Turner Hill wears the Marietta College pinstripes well

Turner Hill is good at hitting baseballs. He’s proven that over the last decade, whether he was playing for the Marietta High Tigers or the NCAA Division II Malone Pioneers. Hill has always known his way around the batter’s box. When Hill transferred to Marietta College before the 2021 ...

Lakyn Joy proved to be invaluable as ‘Jackets punched ticket to state

Lakyn Joy was pretty quiet. Nearly silent, in fact. She was one-for-something from the field with just three points. “I didn’t really know how the night was going to go,” she said. But that wasn’t the worst part. St. Marys, predictably, continued fighting in the third ...

Prep basketball season delivered excitement to area

Another high school basketball season has come and gone. Way back in late November when football season was wrapping up and we began to work on our annual Tip-Off basketball preview their was a feeling of uncertainty from area coaches as to how much, if any, of the 2020-2021 basketball ...

Caldwell sophomore Bede Lori set a state mark for free throw percentage

Bede Lori owns the free throw line. The Caldwell sophomore stepped to the foul line 188 times this season. The result was 180 makes, which equals a shooting percentage of 95.74%. That’s the Ohio High School Athletic Association boys basketball state record, as he topped West Saken ...

Excitement building for youth golf in the Mid-Ohio Valley

It was a tough one for the golfing world on Tuesday when news broke about Tiger Woods’ car accident. Forget the fact he already was debating about skipping the Masters because of recent back surgery. Following his plethora of leg injuries from the Tuesday morning crash, it’s safe to say ...

Final moments of Marietta’s sectional win were pressure-packed

Every basketball player dreams of being in the scenario Jessica Smith found herself in Saturday. It’s all up to you — tournament game, score tied, almost no time on the clock, and you’re at the free throw line with a chance win it. Facing Uniontown Lake in a Division I sectional ...

Column: A pattern of buzzer-beaters in prep basketball

Honestly, I’m trying to keep a positive outlook on the big picture. With that being said, when one gets locked inside their own townhouse it’s sometimes hard to keep the faith. I could go into great lengths, but I’m not sure it matters. Anyway, I’ll continue with a personal ...

Hard work pays off for Marietta junior Tyler Kytta

Sometimes, a player just gets in the zone. This was the case for Tyler Kytta Saturday. The Marietta High junior scored 32 points in a win over Federal Hocking at Sutton Gym. As Kytta said after the game, “I was just in the zone.” However, there’s a bit more to it than that. A player ...

Fort Frye’s Luke Huffman finally getting selfish

BEVERLY — Fort Frye senior Luke Huffman is capable of being a game-changing player for the Cadets. The problem, according to head coach Eric Henniger, is that Huffman sometimes isn’t selfish enough. What Henniger is really saying is that Huffman is a team-first player, and often will ...

LKC boys basketball will be loaded with talent this season

Everyone in the Mountain State continues to hold out hope a winter sports season indeed will happen. Staying on the positive side this actually will be the case means roundballs on the hardwood should start bouncing soon. I for one am more than ready to cover basketball in West Virginia, ...

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 ...

There’s ‘no playbook’ for 2020

Andy Waddle’s been involved with football for a long time, but he’s never had to deal with anything like this. Nobody has. “It’s a strange time for sure,” said Waddle, entering his eighth season as the Marietta College head football coach. “Everything just continues to be ...

Former Catholic coach impacted countless youth

Prep coaches in the Mid-Ohio Valley aren’t leading their respective teams for the paycheck. Rather, they often coach for the love of the game, their players and the program. Nowhere was that more evident than with now ex-Parkersburg Catholic head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula. Aside ...

Burrow shares similarities with another Ohio star

Everything Joe Burrow, a kid from Southeast Ohio, has been able to accomplish in the past year is nearly beyond belief. By now, most people around the Mid-Ohio Valley, and all over the country for that matter, are familiar with Burrow’s story. As a high school senior, he led the Athens ...

ALBRIGHT: Doddridge County’s Reese Burnside working through troubled times

What is a two-time Class A pole vault state champion and two-time All-American in the junior Olympics to do for practice in these troubled times? Of all the spring sports, Doddridge County’s Reese Burnside joins his track and field brethren in the high jump and long jump as those stuck ...

Transfer going to work out for Devin Hefner at Marietta College

Devin Hefner’s choice could have backfired on her. Brand new people to meet and brand new territory to tread at Marietta College posed quite the challenge. This transfer marked her decision to move to a new college, after all. Add in the facts MC women’s basketball head coach Kole ...

Column: Top 5 Reds games I’ve attended

I’ve always looked forward to Opening Day in Major League Baseball. This year, though, my excitement level was through the roof as my dad and I had tickets to the Cincinnati Reds’ season opener against the Cardinals. Attending a Reds Opening Day game has always been on my bucket list and ...

Fort Frye girls, Kellar in limbo

As the fourth-quarter clock wound down in Fort Frye’s 49-31 regional triumph over second-ranked Portsmouth Notre Dame last Saturday night at Pickerington North, Cadet head coach Dan Liedtke was able to sub for the five starters. When it came time for Kiersten Kesselring, Liv Schneider, ...

Fort Frye headed in right direction, state finals

PICKERINGTON — After the opening tip-off, Fort Frye sophomore Hannah Archer got the ball and both teams started towards the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans basket. Everyone except Kiersten Kesselring. She went the other, right way. “We’re not used to winning tips,” smiled the 5-foot-9 ...

Fort Frye headed in right direction, state finals

PICKERINGTON — After the opening tip-off, Fort Frye sophomore Hannah Archer got the ball and both teams started towards the Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans basket. Everyone except Kiersten Kesselring. She went the other, right way. “We’re not used to winning tips,” smiled the 5-foot-9 ...