Local Sports

It’s been a long road back to hoops for Kroll

LORETTO, Pa. — Sometimes you don’t realize just how much you love something until it’s taken away. That thing for Caitlyn Kroll is the sport of basketball. It’s a cruel lesson she unfortunately had to learn the hard way. The Bridgeport graduate made an impressive return to the ...

Ohio Valley Unsung Hero: Roe has been a staple at Buckeye

BRILLIANT — Devotion to country. Devotion to community. Devotion to youth. Rodney Roe is a man for all seasons and a man who’s made a deep impression on all those he’s come in contact with. Roe, who recently completed his 42nd, and last, season as a high school football equipment ...

Area trio competes at state CC

HEBRON — Harrison Central’s Jasmine Arnold turned in the area’s top performance Saturday at the Ohio High School Cross Country Championships at National Trail Raceway. The freshman turned a 19:47.6 clocking, good for 58th place in the Division II event. Chagrin Fall’s Annie Zimmer won ...

Bridgeport’s Dulesky captains T-L volleyball

MARTINS FERRY — Area volleyball teams put their best foots forward once again this season, with many putting forth memorable campaigns. Monroe Central didn’t make the OVAC Tournament, but the Seminoles made history, reaching the regional tournament for the first time by topping Malvern in ...

River holds off Harvest Prep, 39-34

CANAL WINCHESTER— River was labeled as underdogs entering Friday’s first round playoff game at Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, but coach Mike Flannery and his squad are at their best with the odds against them. River found the end zone on every possession of the first half, except the ...

Mistakes prove costly for St. Clairsville in loss

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brett McLean has said — on countless occassions since the summer — that his St. Clairsville Red Devils would need to play well to win games. They simply couldn’t afford to be their own worst enemy and expect success. That philosophy reared its ugly head Friday ...

Ferry’s upset bid falls short at Portsmouth West

PORTSMOUTH — Martins Ferry’s six-game winning streak and season came to an abrupt half Friday night here at ‘The Rock’ as the Purple Riders dropped a 10-6 decision to homestanding Portsmouth West in a Division V, Region 19 quarterfinal playoff game. The visitors (7-4) led 6-0 at the ...

Shadyside routed by Nelsonville-York

NELSONVILLE - Nelsonville-York showed why it’s the top-seeded team in Division VI, Region 23 Friday night. And it did so early. With a full moon hovering above, the Buckeyes put on a dominating first-half performance, scoring 28 points, including 14 in the final 2-plus minutes, en route ...

Late rally subdues Union Local, 13-6

MORRISTOWN - A season to remember concluded in heartbreaking fashion for Union Local Friday night. The proud and gritty Jets of Coach Bruce Stiles have achieved many noteworthy accomplishments this fall. Unfortunately, Union Local ran into a highly touted squad in the form of Columbus ...

Area trio set for state CC

HEBRON — The cross country season began in the summer heat as long-distance runners pounded mile after mile to prepare themselves for the rigors of the upcoming season. Now, after more than a two month journey of training and racing, the season has reached its climax. And three area ...

Monroe Central eliminated

LANCASTER — Fairfield Christian let Monroe Central rally once Wednesday night. It didn’t let it happen again. Sparked by dominant efforts in the third and fourth sets, the Warriors posted a 23-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-17 victory against the Seminoles in an Ohio Division IV regional ...

St. Clairsville preps for stern test from Philo

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — They’re back. After a one-year absence, the St. Clairsville Red Devils are back in the football postseason. Coach Brett McLean’s team will set sail on its 13th voyage into the postseason in school history Friday night when seventh-seeded Philo makes the short trip ...

Martins Ferry back in the D-V postseason

PORTSMOUTH — Martins Ferry has been playing football for 110 years and recently picked up career win No. 700, becoming one of only four high schools in the Buckeye State to achievement that lofty total. However, the Purple Riders have only won one of their previous six playoff games. Dave ...

Shadyside facing tough road assignment

SHADYSIDE — The OHSAA football playoff road is one heavily traveled by the Shadyside Tigers. The Orange & Black have been in the state post-season grid party every year since 2000 except for 2004. Moreover, the Tigers have advanced to the state championship game on two occasions. This ...

Union Local must navigate an acid test in D-V

MORRISTOWN — For only the second time in the 58-year history of Union Local football, the Jets will be playing at home in week 11. Head coach Bruce Stiles’ squad went 8-2 in the regular season which was good enough for a fourth-place finish in Division V, Region 19. The Red-and-White ...

River set to take aim at talented Harvest Prep in D-VII

CANAL WINCHESTER — For four years, Daniel Bangura has run roughshod through, around and over opposing defenses. Friday night, Mike Flannery and his River coaching staff will get their chance to slow Ohio’s all-time leading rusher. The Pilots (6-4), winners of three of their last four, ...

Could Ohio State be facing a ‘trap’game Saturday?

COLUMBUS — On the surface, Saturday’s trip to Iowa City looks like the classic trap game for Ohio State. Sandwiched in between home dates against Top 25 foes Penn State and Michigan State, the Buckeyes’ Big Ten crossover contest against Iowa might be looked upon by some as a small step ...

Barnesville graduate Moxley remembers his trip to Iowa

ORLANDO — It was like any normal Monday for Tim Moxley. He was sitting in a business meeting for his construction company in Central Florida, going over different plans and such for the week. All of the sudden, just before noon, his cell phone started going crazy. “Everything just ...

’Noles are regional ready

WOODSFIELD — Troy Baker is coaching basketball and volleyball this week. And, for him, that’s not a bad thing. The longtime Monroe Central girls’ hoops coach is extending his volleyball duties into November for the first time as the Seminoles make their initial foray into regional ...

Five area grid teams make Ohio playoffs

COLUMBUS — Five area teams received their formal invitation to the coveted Ohio postseason Sunday morning when the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the final computer rankings. St. Clairsville, Union Local, Martins Ferry, Shadyside and River are all returning to the ...