Author: Tim Miller

Hayden Simpson (27) of Triad picks up yardage against Fairbanks. Also pictured are Joe Graham (68) of Triad and Brice Phelps (12), Ethan Hoffman (66) and Mason Eagon (21) of FHS. The Cardinals will conclude the regular season tonight at West Liberty-Salem. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) While the Triad Cardinals have suffered through a difficult football season, there is something for which to play tonight when they travel to West Liberty-Salem. Whichever team comes out on top will capture its only Ohio Heritage Conference victory of the campaign. Both Triad (2-7 overall) and the Tigers (1-7) are 0-4 in…

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Marysville defensive lineman Ben Bickerstaff takes care of two Olentangy Berlin players in making this tackle. Bickerstaff helped lead the unbeaten Monarchs to a huge victory over the Bears. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) Marysville High School football coach Brent Johnson checked off one season goal last Friday evening when the Monarchs clubbed Olentangy Berlin on Senior Night. The victory assured the team of defending its Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division championship. A win at Olentangy this Friday would add another milestone. MHS (8-0) would finish the regular season unbeaten with a triumph. “We haven’t had too many of those…

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Brogan Green (8) of Fairbanks attempts to avoid a tackle by Triad’s Luke Reveal during a game from earlier this season. The Panthers will close out the regular campaign at Northeastern on Friday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) The Fairbanks Panthers are itching to get back on the winning track. FHS put together a four-game winning streak during the middle portion of the season. The Panthers (5-4), however, have dropped their last two games to state-ranked Mechanicsburg and West Jefferson. Fairbanks will close out the regular season on Friday with a game at Springfield Northeastern (6-3). FHS and the Jets…

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Dylan Tobe (11) of Fairbanks moves the ball past a leaping Delaware Christian opponent Wednesday evening. The Panthers advanced in the Division III tournament with a 5-0 victory. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Cade Ziegler and Cade Feller both tallied a pair of goals Wednesday evening for the Fairbanks High School boys soccer squad. They helped lead the No. 5-seeded Panthers (12-5-1) to a 5-0 opening-round Division III tournament victory over No. 23 Delaware Christian. The contest marked the first post-season contest for the school under the new lights on the soccer pitch. Fairbanks tallied its initial goal nearly nine…

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Claudia Mueller of Fairbanks (right) goes up for a block against Centerburg Tuesday evening. The Lady Panthers advanced in the Division III tournament with a five-set triumph over the Trojans. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Volleyball matches that go a full five sets are awfully tough on the nerves. The battle is tied two games apiece and someone is going to go home unhappy after a time-consuming and agonizing fight. When that type of match happens during tournament play, it means the end of the season for someone. Fairbanks fans were left drained, but happy Tuesday evening when their favorite…

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association state football playoffs could very well see four Union County-area teams in its field next week. That would be the most local teams in the post-season in a non-COVID 19 campaign in history. Every team had the opportunity to see action in the playoffs last year during a coronavirus-shortened (six games) regular season. This year, there were no virus restrictions on the 10-game season, even though some teams did not play a full slate of contests. Marysville, for example, has played only eight games during the past nine weeks as Cleveland Collinwood canceled its…

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Jonathan Alder head football coach Nathan Snedeker, left, listens to an explanation by an official. Pictured to the right is JA assistant coach Craig Kyle. The Pioneers will host Springfield Shawnee Friday for Senior Night. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) It will be a battle for second place or possibly even a share of a title on Jonathan Alder’s Volunteer Field Friday evening. The Pioneers and Springfield Shawnee are both 3-1 in the Central Buckeye Conference’s Kenton Trail Division. They follow London (7-2 overall), which stands at 4-0. The Red Raiders will wrap up the regular season on Friday at…

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Marysville’s Griff Johnson (22) picks up yardage against Olentangy Berlin. The Monarchs have climbed to No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press Division I poll. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) It would appear as though some other folks are starting to really take notice of the Marysville High School football team. The Monarchs (8-0) have climbed three spots in this week’s Associated Press Division I state poll. For the past few weeks, Marysville has been rated at No. 5. With last Friday’s impressive 34-6 victory over Olentangy Berlin (7-2), MHS has been elevated to No. 2. That is the highest…

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Carys Gossett of MHS goes up for a block Monday evening against Westerville North. The Lady Monarchs fell to the Warriors, 3-1, during the Division I tournament match. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Marysville High School assistant volleyball coach Monica Miller said it best Monday evening … “The tournament can be unpredictable.” She could not have been more correct as the No. 21-seeded Lady Monarchs dropped a 3-1 Division I post-season verdict on their home court. Marysville finished the season with a 10-13 record after a 17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 11-25 setback at the hands of No. 29 Westerville North (9-14).…

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Jonathan Alder’s Lizzie Lombardi returns the ball over the net. The Lady Pioneers opened D-II tourney action by beting Columbus School for Girls on Monday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) Jonathan Alder’s varsity volleyball team made short work of the Columbus School for Girls Monday evening. The Lady Pioneers opened Division II tournament action by sweeping the Unicorns, 25-8, 25-11, 25-21. In doing so, Jonathan Alder upped its season record to 17-7. The Lady Pioneers, who finished as runner-up in the Central Buckeye Conference’s Kenton Trail Division to London, went into the match as the No. 8 seed. Columbus School…

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Bryn Hothem (left) and Bailey Gross (far right) of the Lady Monarchs run during a stretch of the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division meet on Saturday at Olentangy Berlin. The MHS girls placed third as a team. (Photo submitted) The Monarch cross-country teams competed in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division meet on Saturday. The Lady Monarchs placed third, one point behind Thomas Worthington. The boys claimed fifth-place honors. Team scores were as follows: Girls -Dublin Jerome-54, Thomas Worthington-66, Marysville-67, Olentangy Berlin-74, Hilliard Darby-88 and Olentangy-162. Boys -Dublin Jerome-24, Olentangy-70, Thomas Worthington-77, Olentangy Berlin-88, Marysville-93 and Hilliard Darby-145. Individual results…

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Fairbanks’ girls cross-country squad took third-place honors during the Ohio Heritage Conference meet on Saturday. West Liberty-Salem captured top team honors with 20 points. The Lady Tigers were followed by Cedarville-58, Fairbanks-67 and Mechanicsburg-92. Northeastern, Greenon, Madison-Plains, Triad and Southeastern did not have enough runners for team scores. Local runners finished as follows: -Addie Thrush (F), fourth, 20:31.7; Rachael Hoover (F), fifth, 21:03.1; Elaina Lahmers (F), seventh, 21:29; Abby Overfield (T), 26th, 24:56.7; Kayden Fields, (F), 38th, 27:16.7; Tabitha Gaier (T), 40th, 27:56; and Alondra Bosworth (F), 46th, 31:10.5. West Liberty also won the boys meet with 21 points. Mechanicsburg…

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Marysville’s Ben Bickerstaff (64) hauls down Olentangy Berlin quarterback Harrison Brewster. Erryl Will (40) of MHS is pictured in pursuit. The Monarchs clubbed the Bears, 34-6. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) Any thoughts Olentangy Berlin had of knocking the Marysville Monarchs off their undefeated perch Friday evening were ill-timed and just as badly conceived. The Monarchs’ 34-6 victory also probably left the Bears leaving Monarch Stadium a little sick to their stomachs. The showdown pitted a pair of teams that were sitting in lofty positions within the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division. State-ranked Marysville (No. 5 in the Associated Press…

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Jonathan Alder’s Cameron Jewell (2) picks up yardage at Tecumseh. The Pioneers won, 14-10. (Photo submitted) Triad’s Hayden Simpson (27) moves out to block for quarterback Derek Bails (3). The Cardinals lost to Northeastern, 51-14. (Photo submitted) A wet and muddy field did not prevent Jonathan Alder from moving over the .500 mark Friday evening. The Pioneers scored a 14-10 victory at Tecumseh to up their record to 5-4. The win continues quite a turnaround for an Alder squad that began the season with three consecutive losses. The Arrows took advantage of a Pioneer turnover to put their first points…

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Brice Phelps of Fairbanks returns the ball during a game earlier this season. The Panthers will take a 5-4 record into Friday evening’s game at state-ranked West Jefferson. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — The Ohio Heritage Conference North Division meat-grinder continues this week for the Fairbanks High football squad. The Panthers (5-3 overall) are coming off a 42-14 setback at the hands of Mechanicsburg. The Indians are currently ranked No. 1 in the state’s Division VI football poll by the Associated Press. FHS stands at 2-1 in the North Division going into Friday’s road game at West Jefferson. Both…

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