Author: Tim Miller

MHS junior running back Braden Deere looks for open space during a drill earlier this week. The Monarchs completed their two-week camp session today. Preseason practices begin on Monday, Aug. 2. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Marysville High School’s football team put the finishing touches on its work before the start of the 2021 preseason. The Monarchs wrapped up their second week of camp this morning and will now take off next week. “We’ve been taking the week of the Union County Fair off for a number of years,” said Marysville High School head coach Brent Johnson. “A lot of…

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Former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden speaks to associates of the Scotts Company in this file photo. Bowden spoke during a luncheon several years ago at the Union County Family YMCA. On Wednesday, the 91-year-old Hall of Fame coach revealed he has a terminal medical condition. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Some very sad news from the world of college football was revealed on Wednesday. The legendary Bobby Bowden, the Hall of Fame coach from Florida State University, revealed he has a terminal medical condition. He did not reveal the nature of his illness. It’s been a number…

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Marysville’s Tristan Burns slides into second base during a 2021 game. The Monarchs will resume full team activities in September. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Many high school athletic programs are taking advantage of the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s unlimited workout regulation. The rule was implemented a year ago due to the coronavirus pandemic and continues at the present time. One organization, however, that really hasn’t done that is the Marysville High School baseball program. “We’re not doing anything structured this summer,” said Monarch head coach Nick Blake. The reason for that? “We’ve got so many of our guys…

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Marysville High School student Jaxon Watson is pictured during shooting practice. Watson is in Lincoln, Neb., where he is competing in shooting events. The events are part of the National High School Rodeo Championships. (File photo) A local high school student will once again represent the state of Ohio in a national sporting event. Jaxon Watson, who will be a senior this fall at Marysville High School, is competing this week in the National High School Rodeo championships. It is the second consecutive year in which Watson will compete in shooting events during the national event. He is the reigning…

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MHS’ Abby Gindlesberger watches her fly ball during a 2021 game. She hit more than .500 during a season in which the Lady Monarchs finished as Division I district runner-up. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) A season away from the high school softball diamond didn’t have an adverse impact on Marysville High School junior Abby Gindlesberger. The 2020 campaign, which would have been her sophomore season, was wiped out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gindlesberger, however, showed Monarch coaches and fans what she was capable of during her 2019 freshman season. She pitched well for Marysville that season as the…

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Audrey Spooner (top photo) clears the high jump bar Wednesday evening. In the bottom photo, Mason Lamb (center) races toward the finish line of the kids fun dash. The events were held during the inaugural Community Track and Field meet at Marysville High School. (Journal-Tribune photos by Tim Miller) The weather was hot and sticky. That, however, didn’t keep a number of track and field enthusiasts away from the Marysville High School facility on Wednesday. The temperature hovered slightly above 90 and the humidity was thick as athletes of various ages participated during the inaugural Community Track Meet. Competition began…

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The Union County Joint Recreation District Complex on County Home Road is hosting Buckeye Elite baseball tournament games on its turf fields this week. The above picture was taken during a 15U contest on Thursday between Demand Command Toledo and Tigers Elite from Dublin. (Journal-Tribune photo by Kevin Behrens) A late pinch-hit has turned into a grand slam homer for the city of Marysville. “I was approached by Buckeye Elite Baseball on Monday to see if one of our turf fields (at the Union County Joint Recreation District Complex) could be used for their tournament this week,” said Dave Raymond.…

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In the above photo, Jacob Markert of the Marysville Stingrays competes in the 18U breastroke medley relay Wednesday evening against Dublin Atlantic. In the bottom photo, Patrick Filbert swims in the butterfly medley. The Stingrays won the meet against the Dublin squad. (Journal-Tribune photos by Kevin Behrens) The Marysville Stingrays swimming teams split meets with Dublin Atlantic on Wednesday. The Stingrays captured the boys contest by a score of 295-258. Dublin won the girls competition by a 425-310 count. Stingrays swimmers placed in the top three as follows: -Girls 9-10 100 IM: Emma Hubbard, first, 1:27.72; -Boys 9-10 IM: Braden…

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Jonathan Alder swimmer Eli Stoll is pictured before a meet. Stoll said his Olympic Trials experience was a valuable learning experience. (Journal-Tribune file photo) A Jonathan Alder High School swimmer recently came up short of qualifying for the United States Summer Olympics team. Eli Stoll, however, said the experience of competing in the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. was “awesome.” “It was very much a great experience,” said Stoll, who will be a junior at JA in the fall. Stoll qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.89. He finished in the upper half…

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Abri Schmutz of Marysville attempts to put down a bunt during a 2021 game. The Lady Monarchs are going through summer workouts to help prepare for the 2022 season. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Although the summer months are here, it doesn’t mean the Marysville High School softball team is taking time off. The Lady Monarchs began summer workouts a few weeks ago and will finish the middle of this month. The team conducts sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays of each week in order to help prepare for the 2022 season. ‘This is a good way to introduce our incoming…

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Brynn Rychlik clears the pole vault bar during one of Marysville High School’s 2021 meets. Rychlick competed during Thursday’s national high school meet in Eugene, Oregon. She tied for 19th. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) “It was a very good experience… I was surrounded by the best high school girls vaulters in the country.” Those were the words of Marysville High School graduate Brynn Rychlik. The former Lady Monarch standout tied for 19th out of 28 pole vaulters during Thursday’s National Scholastic Athletic Foundation track and field meet. Rychlik tied with Tatum Richards of Emmett, Idaho with a vault of…

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Former Marysville High School boys basketball coach Ryan Grose watches the action during a 2020-21 game. Grose, who resigned from the MHS position this past spring, has joined Jonathan Alder as a boys assistant coach. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) When Ryan Grose stepped down as Marysville High School’s boys varsity basketball coach, he told the Journal-Tribune he wasn’t done with the profession. He was absolutely right and it didn’t take him very long to find a new position at a nearby school. Grose resigned as the Monarchs’ head coach in the middle of April. He had compiled a 112-140…

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Marysville Stingrays swimmers dive into the pool at the start of an event during a recent meet. The Stingrays fell to the Muirfins on Wednesday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Kevin Behrens) The Marysville Stingrays swimming teams dropped meets to the Muirfins squads on Wednesday. The Stingrays lost the girls meet, 837-430, while the boys fell, 381-171. Marysville placed in the top three in the following events: -Girls 9-10 100 IM: Emma Hubbard, first, 1:26.50; -Girls 11-12 100 IM: Aurora Matsuura, first, 1:21.06; -Boys 11-12 100 IM: Cody Byrd, first, 1:28.57; -Boys 15-18 100 IM: Jacob Markert, first, 1:07.31; Nate Moledor, second,…

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There has been some confusion regarding today’s posting of an athletic director vacancy within the Jonathan Alder school district. “I bet I’ve had 20 athletic directors call me and ask if I was all right,” laughed incoming Jonathan Alder High School AD Scott Reule. The job posting is for a middle school athletic director-assistant principal in the district. Eric Pettit, who held both positions for Jonathan Alder, recently resigned to become the middle school principal in the Cardington-Lincoln school district. Reule, who is finishing his duties as athletic director at Benjamin Logan High School, was hired this past spring as…

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North Union’s Trevyn Feasel (3) picks up yardage during a game. The photo was taken by the late Todd Ridgeway. Ridgeway provided the Journal-Tribune and Richwood Gazette with NU gridiron photos for a number of years. (Journal-Tribune file photo) I just got back from a week’s vacation and heard some startling and sad news on Monday. Todd Ridgeway recently died as a result of injuries from a tragic motorcycle accident near Marion. His funeral was held yesterday. Todd was an unsung, yet valuable contributor to the Marysville Journal-Tribune and Richwood Gazette sports departments. He enjoyed taking North Union football pictures,…

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