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River Days Festival full of activities

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By Wayne Allentallen@civitasmedia.comThousands of people lined the streets of downtown Portsmouth Saturday morning to watch the annual River Days Festival Parade.The annual parade featured representation from many organizations — including local candidates for Miss River Days, high school marching bands and many others. The route started at Spartan Stadium, north on Boundary, west on Jackson, north on Offnere, west on Gallia, north on Gay ending at Tracy Park.


Command performance for Barrett

James NaveauBALTIMORE – Three weeks ago, if J.T. Barrett gave any thought to what he’d be doing after Ohio State’s season opener against Navy, he probably figured it would go something like this:First, make a quick change out of a uniform that was so lightly used he could probably wear it again the next week without throwing it into the laundry. Then grab one of the pizzas in boxes on a table outside the locker room for his post-game meal, head for the ...

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OSU beats Navy 34-17

By Jim Naveaujnaveau@civitasmedia.comBALTIMORE — Two hours after Ohio State’s 34-17 win over Navy on Saturday, all the Navy logos had been scrubbed and washed from the artificial turf at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Stadium.Much like Navy’s hold on the game, they were temporary, not permanent.But for too long for comfort for Ohio State, Saturday’s season-opening game looked like it could become an indelible, unforgettable ...

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Friday night roundup

Newark Catholic 7, West 0 1st2nd3rd4thFWest00...

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Local sports update

Thursday’s ScoresGOLFWest 179, Waverly 181, Wheelersburg 195WESTJordan Tieman 37Aaron Dyer 45Trenton Cole 46Marty Knittel 51...

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Musketeers look turn page in rebuilding project

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorLLOYD, Ky. – Three years ago, Chris Mullins was the head coach of a Greenup County Musketeer football team that finished the 2011 season as a beaten up and broken down 15-man football roster.However, Mullins did not let his inaugural season at the helm of the Musketeers get the best of him. Instead, he rose above two winless seasons in 2011 and 2012 by scouring the Greenup County High School hallways in an effort to get ...

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Vikings trade size for speed in 2014

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comWILLOW WOOD, Ohio —The Symmes Valley Vikings lost 14 seniors off a team that finished with a 6-4 after the 2013 season. Most of those seniors were role players, complimenting the younger players who gained valuable experience during a transition year. After week five last season, Symmes Valley started six sophomores and five freshman.On the offensive line, the Vikings lost their center, right guard and right tackle. Coac...

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Green looks to get back to past glory through the trenches

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorFRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio – During the last decade, the Green Bobcats have found very little success on the gridiron.Green has only had one winning record since the turn of the new millennium (a 6-4 mark in 2005) and has not made a playoff appearance since 1990.With the struggles of the football program, the Bobcats are hoping a change in philosophy will garner different results.

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Bucks commit Gerald leads massive Tartan line

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comSCIOTOVILLE, Ohio — With just 125 students, East is one of the smallest public high schools in the state of Ohio. But don’t tell that to the Tartan offensive line.With nearly a ton and a half of muscle and brute force combined in the offensive front five, the East offensive line will be the focal point of perhaps one of the best rushing offenses in the area.

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Johnson ushers in new era of West football

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comWEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — The West Senators are coming off a 5-5 season. Head coach Merrill Triplett is gone, deciding to retire at the conclusion of the 2013 season. Only two starters return from last year’s squad.A new coach, new system, new team; the 2014 season doesn’t look promising for the Senators. But then again, West fans should feel reinvigorated and optimistic about their team as the new season appro...

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Defense keys Falcons’ victory over Pointers, 37-14

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorMINFORD, Ohio – When an offense is having trouble finishing off drives and putting points on the board, the game becomes reliant on whether or not the defense can protect its own territory from getting raided by the opposing team. Sometimes, the defense’s overall wherewithal can be used to jump start the offense as well.The Minford Falcons defense faced that very test Friday night as a fumble and a bad snap on a pu...

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‘Burg blasts Ironton 42-16

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comWHEELERSBURG, Ohio— The Wheelersburg Pirates pulled away from the Ironton Fighting Tigers in the second half en route to a 42-16 victory Friday night.Senior quarterback Austin May — who started his first game under center after replacing record-breaking signal caller Eddie Miller III, who graduated at the end of last season — dominated the Ironton defense with his arm and his legs.May finished the ...

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Heritage Ohio assists local properties

By Frank Lewisflewis@civitasmedia.comAlmost every community has one: the local historic landmark that has fallen on hard times. Whether due to changing market conditions, neglectful building owners, or a lack of awareness about development incentives, buildings that once reflected community pride now reflect the neighborhood disinvestment the community has suffered.

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Tiger run over Redstreaks

Alex Hiderahider@civitasmedia.comPIKETON, Ohio — Things could not have gone worse for the Piketon Redstreaks in their season opener Friday night.Piketon (0-1) lost their defensive leader, linebacker Matt Smith, to injury early in the second quarter. Their star quarterback, Devon Brewster, would be ejected a quarter later, earning himself a subsequent suspension for week two. And, to top it all off, they lost to their county rival, Waverly, 34-6....

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Friday night scores

PDT Sports ReportThe following are finals from Friday’s High School football contests. Will be updated with statistics when they become available.Wheelersburg 42, Ironton 16Minford 37, South Point 14Waverly 34, Piketon 6Racine Southe...

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Falcons look to reload, eye playoff return

Chris Slonecslone@civitasmedia.comMINFORD, Ohio — It’s not everyday a team only suffers three losses during a season, yet doesn’t have the opportunity to participate in the postseason. Unfortunately for the Minford Falcons, they are coming off a 7-3 campaign, which wasn’t good enough to earn them a playoff berth a season ago.If the Falcons have any aspirations of making the postseason in 2014, they are going to have to replace a success...

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Pirates look to build around stout line in 14

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorWHEELERSBURG, Ohio – For the vast majority of high school programs, replacing a 2,500-plus yard passer in Eddie Miller III and two 900-plus yard receivers in Dylan Miller and Tyler Claxon would be an impossible task in one offseason.However, the return of several talented offensive and defensive lineman, in addition to the abilities that new Pirate quarterback Austin May has been showing during the offseason, the Wheeler...

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Fighting Tigers look to restore winning tradition in ‘14

Kevin ColleyPDT Sports ContributorIRONTON, Ohio – For the past four decades, the winning pedigree that the Ironton Fighting Tigers have built has been considered by many to be the best of any football team in the Tri-State area.However, many people would think that after a season that ended in a 3-7 mark and resulted in Ironton’s first sub-.500 season since 2007 (and second in three decades), one would expect the Fighting Tigers’ expectations...

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