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Local Sports Columns

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 ...