Local Sports Columns

Cadets ‘pick off’ Tigers

BYESVILLE — Fort Frye High enjoyed a pick-fest. The second-rated Cadets had five interceptions, three in the second quarter alone, en route to an 18-6 triumph over fourth-rated Shadyside High in an OHSAA Division VI, Region 23 championship football game Friday night at Meadowbrook ...

JOHNSTON: Solid finish to season for Cats

COSHOCTON — Waterford High enjoyed one last drive. Never mind that it was very late in the final quarter, colder than a well-digger’s ditch, and the fourth-seeded Wildcats (9-3) were trailing, 33-6, they were determined to get to the house and did when senior quarterback Peyten Stephens ...

Wildcats’ Peyten Stephens conducts a clinic at quarterback

WATERFORD — Waterford High played inspirational first-half football. The fourth-ranked Wildcats scored on their first four offensive possessions en route to a 34-14 triumph over the visiting Berne Union Rockets in an OHSAA Division VII, Regional 27 playoff opener Saturday night. And, while ...

Cadets moved the ball at will in playoff opener

BEVERLY — Fort Frye High moved the ball pretty much at will in its 34-14 triumph over visiting Milford Center Fairbanks in an opening-round OHSAA Division IV, Region 23 playoff game Friday night. The undefeated Cadets (10-0) amassed 499 yards of total offense, 271 rushing and 228 passing, ...

ALBRIGHT: Can the Red Sox repeat as World Series champions?

American League champion Boston Red Sox dipped in 24 karat gold a dominant Major League Baseball season Sunday night with a World Series championship. National League winner Los Angeles became the final victim of a group responsible for a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins. Manager ...

Barker tried hard to ‘stop the bleeding’

JACKSON — With a 2-0 advantage in sets and needing one more to secure a berth in Saturday’s OHSAA Division IV district final volleyball match at Jackson High, top-seeded Waterford High seemed almost a lock to advance this past Thursday night But fifth-seeded Bainbridge Paint Valley proved ...

A diving extraordinaire

Many people were always awed whenever mom effortlessly knifed into the pool water after a dive off the board. Barely a ripple. She reminded me of the late actress/diver Esther Williams in the movies, and I often told her that whenever I saw or talked to her on the phone -- and she would just ...

COLUMN: Parkersburg South’s Grant Hussey has summer to remember

Baseball gifting big, shiny packages to Parkersburg South’s Grant Hussey shouldn’t be surprising by now. The Patriot dedicates sizable quantities of time, sweat and energy to the sport he has loved since childhood. This fall giving up basketball to focus on baseball fulltime. Effort not ...

Sports Talk: Are we sure big time college sports betting is a good thing? 

While Ohio won’t be ready in time to accept college sports bets, three other states make history this weekend as the first outside of Nevada to allow mass legalized collegiate gambling in the United States. New Jersey, Delaware and Mississippi become first states flaunting victory after a ...

Marietta, PHS boys play to 2-2 draw

DEVOLA — Marietta High was 2 minutes and 19 seconds away from a win on the pitch. But it was at that time on the clock that Parkersburg High senior captain Isaiah Owen booted home the equalizer, and the two cross river rivals ended up tying 2-2 in boys’ soccer action at Jerry Brock Field ...

Thoughts on Sonny Bidwell

Early Monday evening with the sun shining ever so brightly, a light shower escorted me to work. It was kind of strange wearing sunglasses and having the car windshield wipers on. Usually when it rains, it tends to get dark and cloudy. When I arrived at the Channel Lane offices, I was stunned ...

Tough decisions for the Redlegs

The Cincinnati Reds are almost certain to trade right handed pitcher and free agent to be Matt Harvey to a playoff contending team before the non-waiver Major League baseball deadline on Tuesday. It will be interesting to see the approach that new Reds General Manager Nick Krahl, along with ...

‘Austin’ City Limits in Fort press box

BEVERLY — Austin Baumgartner’s got a new ‘do. The Fort Frye High senior is sporting a very cool-looking, short Mohawk. It’s kinda reddish in appearance or in that family of colors. It also kind of lights up the Cadet baseball press box, where Baumgartner has been stationed during ...

Sports Talk with Ron Johnston: LeBron’s excellent adventure

What does Los Angeles have that Cleveland doesn’t? Well, the most obvious answer right now is National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James. But then, there are other things, too, and some are not so very pleasant, like.... Earthquakes. With $154 million in his pocket, LeBron ...

Three good guys fondly remembered

Dave Amos, Mike Metts, and Dan Brannan each was an engaging conversationalist, especially on the subject of sports. And, when they spoke, you listened. I knew all three and was better for it. Amos was 70, Metts 65, and Brannan 70 when each passed in June, May, and April, respectively. First ...

Pioneer booters to host matches on blue turf this season

Blue is considered to be the favorite color of most people. It is after all nature's color of water and sky. This upcoming fall, blue will be the featured color of the men's and women's soccer pitch at Marietta College. "This is the last thing we're doing on this (grass) field," said MC ...

Miss West Virginia made both BACF football sides grin

ST. MARYS, W.Va. — Chelsi Rose helped put a smile on the all-stars of both the Ohio and West Virginia sides. Last Friday night, Miss West Virginia presented the winning hardware to the Ohio stars after they defeated West Virginia, 47-13, in the silver edition of the Battle Against Cystic ...

Cheerio, Cunningham’s ball had a lot of English on it

Zach Cunningham has been swinging a sizzling bat of late. The Marietta Post 64 left fielder was a combined 5-for-6 with a couple of doubles in his team’s doubleheader sweep (11-6 and 8-6) of visiting Cambridge Post 64 at Legion Field last Thursday night. “Actually, I’m just trying to ...

Talking to someone not named LeBron

Instead of the “usual suspects,” like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Steve Kerr, and Tyronn Lue, in the postgame media room, let’s hear what Kendrick Perkins might say at the podium: Reporter: Kendrick, I’m Freddy from Fly-By-Night Sports News Services. And, before we get started, I’d ...