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Today's Sports

  • Williamstown baseball will lean...

    When Williamstown High School baseball coach Buck Walter discusses this year's team, he casts an eye toward the pitcher's mound and smiles.

    The reason?

    Williamstown brings back senior pitcher Michael Walter, who last year set the school record for strikeouts in a season and is also drawing attention from several colleges. In addition, the Demons will lean on the arm of sophomore Joel Price, who Walter says is "a crafty guy."

  • Braves continue to work toward...

    Grant County High School baseball coach Van Duncan has two goals heading into the regular season opener on March 25.

    One his team can control—making Grant County High School and the Grant County School District proud.

    The other depends solely on whether or not the weather will cooperate with the Braves, allowing them to get some time on the field.

    "The weather has greatly limited what we can and can't do, but the players have been extremely flexible and we've had some good indoor practices," said Duncan.

  • Grant County's Thompson...

    When he had doubts about whether or not he could adapt as a starting player this season, Grant County High School junior Kody Thompson thought back to his childhood and the guidance he got from his parents.

    "When I was old enough to pick up a basketball, I began playing. A lot of that has to do with my parents, who got me interested and pushed me to be the player I am today. It was a scary experience when I started, but I have learned to love it. I love playing basketball with my teammates. It has been a combined effort between me and my parents," said Thompson.

  • Mother Nature continues to beat...

    A combination of straight-line winds, rain and snow has Mother Nature one up on the county's spring sporting teams with their respective opening days two weeks away.

    The weather has created headaches for coaches, who have tried to plan practices and scrimmages only to be forced either indoors or to cancel the events altogether.

  • GCHS Lineman headed to...

    For Grant County senior offensive lineman Eric Strevels, being overlooked is something he became familiar with.

    "I have never been the fastest or the strongest, and I've never been the greatest. As a result, I've had to put in a lot of hard work, effort and time," said Strevels.

  • Grant County girls squad looks...

    The record may indicate that the Grant County High School girls' basketball team finished the season with a 9-18 record, but coach Darrell Guffey viewed his first season as a success, especially when one considers all the Lady Braves endured this season.

    "We rode a roller-coaster all season long, and at times, it was a very tough ride," Guffey said.

    The "roller-coaster ride" began early in the season as injuries and illness decimated Grant County and continued when junior point guard Candace Gorby was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

  • Wilhoit rips down rebounding...

    Oftentimes this season, Williamstown High School girls' basketball player Tori Wilhoit was among the smallest players on the court.

    However, when the basketball came off the rim, it was usually Wilhoit, who is 5-feet-6-inches tall, coming down with the rebound, making the accomplishment something she not only is earning a reputation for, but she is also rewriting the history books.

    Wilhoit surpassed the old school record for career rebounds, which was 629, this season.

  • Williamstown Lady Demons already...

    When the season began, the Williamstown High School girls' basketball team had three goals: win 10 games, win the All "A" Tournament and advance to the region tournament.

    While they were unable to accomplish all three goals, coach Mark Wilhoit said the season featured several high points for the Lady Demons, whose season came to an end last week following a 73-38 loss to Simon Kenton in the first round of the 32nd District Tournament.

  • Steroid issue will not curb...

    Opening Day for baseball season is March 31 for Cincinnati Reds fans, and while the sport has already been hammered recently about whether or not two of the game's greatest players took steroids, none of that seems to matter to die-hard fans, including me.

  • Williamstown's Jaclyn Stith...

    Each time Williamstown junior girls' basketball player Jaclyn Stith scores a basket, she recalls all the people who told her as an eighth grader that she couldn't play on the varsity team and uses her points as a way to quiet her critics.

    That determination is just one reason why Stith was named the Grant County News All-County Miss Basketball. The selection was based on coaches' nominations and stats.

    "Nobody believed I could ever do it, and I try to prove them wrong each time I play," said Stith, who averaged 16 points per game this season.