Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • Wilson inks professional...

    The River City Rascals do not play the Florence Freedom until August, but odds are good that the stadium will be packed. Not so much because of the two teams who will be playing, but rather because of a certain player.

    Former Williamstown High School and Berea College standout Ryan Wilson recently signed a contract with the Rascals, who are members of the Frontier League and are are based out of O'Fallon, Mo.

    The Frontier League is comprised of independent professional baseball teams.

  • All In The Family

    For the Guffey family, basketball is their life. Darrell and Sonia Guffey may be husband and wife, but their bond went much deeper this season as the two shared the bench during the Grant County High School girls' basketball season.

    Darrell served as the varsity coach, while Sonia was the junior varsity coach and varsity assistant. It marked the first time that the two had coached the same team together.

    And the move proved to be a successful one, as both guided the Lady Braves to a 9-18 season in their first year at Grant County High School.