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Local Sports Columns

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 ...

Fun-loving Sheba waits at Rainbow Bridge

Sheba was soft to the touch. With a distinguishing black left eye patch, she was beautiful, so very beautiful. She was small with short, little legs. A low-rider. I always enjoyed watching her run outside and her interaction with the cats, who were actually taller than her. She was very ...

Warren girls having season to remember

VINCENT — Quietly the Warren girls basketball team wrapped up a spectacular regular season Monday evening with a 17-point victory over a 17-win team in the Unioto Shermans. The win was the 20th in a row for the Warriors and closed out their regular season with a phenomenal 21-1 ...

Pioneers earn a ‘must win’ vs. Baldwin Wallace

After taking it on the chin at Mount Union last Wednesday, Marietta College regrouped Saturday and rallied in the second half to defeat Baldwin Wallace, 85-76, at Ban Johnson Arena. It was a must-win for the NCAA Division III sixth-ranked Pioneers (15-2 overall, 9-1 Ohio Athletic Conference), ...

Golden era of Pioneer basketball enters second decade

Snow blasted against the windshield as the wind roared across the desolate landscape on Interstate 75 in Northwest Ohio. No music or podcasts, only the sounds of the heater running and the windshield wipers swiping back and forth. We all find different ways to slow down and reflect on things. ...

Marietta College men’s basketball all-decade team

With the 2010s winding down, I’ve seen people all over social media doing “all-decade” teams for various pro and college sports teams. Basically, the idea is to select the best player at each position from the past 10 years for a respective team and form the most optimal lineup. It’s ...

You don’t see many 51-point games at the BanJo

Zero. That’s the number of times a Marietta College basketball player scored 30 points in a game last season. And it’s not because the Pioneers didn’t have the talent. Quite the opposite, actually, as they advanced all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division III Tournament. ...

JOHNSTON: Fort Frye football and food for thought

BEVERLY — Fort Frye’s Braden Medley pounced on the Dalton fumble at the 2-yard line like it was a sirloin steak. Ah, the sweet taste of Fort Frye victory. Then, Cadet running back Tyler Fisher took an Ian Ellis hand-off and raced, like he was late for Mindy’s supper, 98 yards to the ...

ALBRIGHT: What a ride for Don Fosselman

Don Fosselman is hanging it up. No, I cannot believe it either. Father time usually always makes the final save. Fosselman laid out the plan to feed him an easy shot, too. “I always said when my youngest grandson reached his senior year I was going to walk away,” he said. But, ...

JOHNSTON: Joe Bergin feeling, looking good

Joe Bergin has had an amazing comeback. The seventh-year Marietta College men’s boss faced a life without Pioneer soccer for five-plus weeks last May and June with a heart issue and a journey to the Cleveland Clinic. But happy to say, Bergin, a former MC soccer standout and 1986 grad, was ...

Tigers looking for more payback against ’Dogs

Marietta High got some partial payback against Athens High during the regular season when it blanked the Bulldogs, 6-0, at Jerry Brock Field on Sept. 19. Now, the Todd Morris-coached Tigers, No. 8 in the OSSCA State Poll with a 17-0-1 record (5-0-1 ECOL), will be looking to end Athens’ 2019 ...

Warren headed in right direction

VINCENT — Friday’s football game between Warren and Williamstown will ultimately go down as a loss for the Warriors. In the grand scheme of things, though, it’s possible the game will be looked at as a turning point for the program. Williamstown, a perennial W.Va. Class A football ...

Marietta booters are still unbeaten

At halftime, during last Thursday night's Marietta High at Warren High rivalry girls' soccer match, the Jeff Price-coached Tigers got a rousing pep talk and cheer from senior Ethan Feathers. The score was 0-0 at the intermission. "We go to the boys' games all the time," said MHS girls' senior ...