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All-East District basketball teams are announced

What a season it has been for Fort Frye basketball. The Cadets, both the boys and girls teams, advanced to the Sweet 16 this year in Division III. For boys head coach Eric Henniger, it was Fort Frye’s first regional tournament berth since 2016. Henniger, whose squad finished 20-3, was ...

Leslie Huffman leads Parkersburg Catholic past Williamstown

PARKERSBURG — Two days after a “poor shooting performance” filled with “some questionable shots,” Parkersburg Catholic head coach Marty Vierheller thought his girls may have something to prove. Mainly because after the hard-to-stomach performance against St. Marys, he pushed them to ...

Waterford comes up short in state semi

DAYTON — Waterford proved a lot of doubters wrong this year. The Wildcats made an improbable run to the Final Four, claiming sectional, district and regional titles along the way. In Thursday’s state semifinal matchup against McDonald, Waterford came up short 57-29, but the ‘Cats left ...

Warren falls in double-overtime to Meadowbrook

CHILLICOTHE — In their second trip to the Sweet 16 in program history, the Warren Warriors left everything on the court. Unfortunately for the royal blue and white, they came up just short in a thrilling 52-51 overtime loss to Meadowbrook in a Division II regional semifinal Thursday at ...

Cadets end season with loss to Fairland in regional semi

CHILLICOTHE — Everything seemed to go Fort Frye’s way in the opening quarter of Wednesday nights Division III Regional Semi-Final versus Fairland at Southeastern High School. Unfortunately for the Cadets the second quarter proved disastrous as the Dragons went on a 19-2 run and never ...

THURSDAY’S PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

BOYS University 60, Parkersburg South 43 MORGANTOWN -- University used an 18-6 effort in the fourth quarter to earn a 60-43 victory against visiting Parkersburg South. Ryan Niceler had a game-high 19 points for the 1-0 Hawks, who also got double figures from Blake Barkley (17) and ...

Heartbreak for Warren in regional semifinal

CHILLICOTHE — Without question both Warren and Meadowbrook played well enough to win Thursday evening's thrilling Division II Regional Semi-Final at Southeastern. In the end it would be the Colts who found a way to win as they came up with a controversial 52-51 victory in overtime to put ...

Fort Frye falls to Fairland in regional semifinal

CHILLICOTHE — Everything seemed to go Fort Frye’s way in the opening quarter of Wednesday nights Division III Regional Semi-Final versus Fairland at Southeastern High School. Unfortunately for the Cadets the second quarter proved disastrous as the Dragons went on a 19-2 run and never ...

Long overdue: Tom Beckwith honored with All-Ohio plaque at Marietta

When spring sports were canceled last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, former Marietta baseball coach Jim Thrash had some time on his hands. He decided to use that time to compile some Tiger baseball history, when he stumbled upon something that caught his eye. Marietta High School ...

Close, Waterford back in state tournament; face McDonald today in semis

WATERFORD — The Waterford girls basketball team is back in the state tournament. The Wildcats (20-6), after a brief two-year absence, have made their return to the Final Four. It’s the team’s fifth state berth in program history after making it four straight seasons from 2015 to ...

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 ...

Belpre’s Dylan Cox commits to playing football at Mount Union

BELPRE — Dylan Cox might be getting ready for baseball season at Belpre High School, but the Golden Eagle made it official Wednesday afternoon that he will continue his career as a student-athlete for Division III power Mount Union and head football coach Geoff Dartt. Cox earned three ...

Parkersburg Catholic rallies late, pulls away from St. Marys

ST. MARYS — Through the first four games of the season, Parkersburg Catholic hadn’t been challenged for a full thirty-two minutes. In fact, no one came close to giving the Crusaderettes a full-game challenge. And yet, that didn’t deter PC head coach Marty Vierheller from feeling ...

Three Pioneers named to women’s All-OAC team

AUSTINTOWN — Marietta College placed three players on the 2020-21 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Team announced Wednesday (March 10) morning by the league office. In voting by the conference coaches, Bailee Brooks (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls), Erin Hahn (Louisville, ...

Culture prevails: Pioneers made most of unusual season

After Marietta College defeated Ohio Northern 100-49 in Saturday’s Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship, head coach Jon VanderWal drove off into the sunset. Literally. VanderWal and his family took a trip to Florida after the program won its sixth OAC title in the last seven ...

Warren’s Justin Pate to run at Ohio Northern

VINCENT — Warren senior Justin Pate prides himself on his endurance as a distance runner, and now, his endurance helped him commit to run track and cross country at Ohio Northern University. While at ONU, Pate will study engineering. He said the school’s engineering program was the ...

Trinity proves too tough for Wood County Christian

WILLIAMSTOWN — As the chance to start the season 4-0 stared Class AA Trinity in the face, the Warriors never blinked. They gathered themselves, rose up, and grabbed a 58-12 win over Class A Wood County Christian. As has been the case early in the season, Mike Baldy’s group used its deep ...

Lang, Hart lead Catholic to victory over Wirt County

PARKERSBURG — Ethan Lang scored eight of his 18 points during a 10-0 spurt to end the first half and host Parkersburg Catholic never trailed again here Tuesday evening as the Crusaders won their home opener for first-year head coach Daniel Collie by besting Wirt County, 71-54. Wirt County, ...

Cress leads Ritchie to first win over Williamstown in 13 years

ELLENBORO – With leading scorer Rebekah Rupert dealing not only with foul trouble but a stifling defensive effort from Williamstown after the first quarter, Ritchie County needed someone to step up. Minus their most decorated offensive player, the Rebels were looking at yet another potential ...

Waterford gets revenge on Peebles in regional

CHILLICOTHE — In each of the past two seasons, Waterford had been eliminated from tournament play by the Peebles Indians. The Wildcats gained a huge measure of revenge on the biggest of stages Saturday night as they broke open a tie ball game at halftime and pulled away to a 63-47 win in ...