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Local Sports Columns

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 ...