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Cancelation of OHSAA’s winter sports tournaments ends FFHS Lady Cadets’ season prematurely

For Ohio’s winter high school teams and athletes that were still participating in the postseason, their year came to a premature end on March 26. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that the winter sports tournaments of wrestling, basketball and ice hockey, which were postponed indefinitely, are now canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wednesday 03/25/2020
Rob Justice steps down as leader of Morgan’s ‘Raid City Bomb Squad’

"Coach Justice brought energy, passion and wore his heart on his sleeve. We, as a Raider family, will miss him, and we wish him all the best," said Athletic Director Adam Copeland after Morgan Raider basketball coach Rob Justice announced his resignation last week.

Posted: March 25, 2020
Social media plays role during shutdown of high school sports

The Ohio High School Athletic Asso­ciation postponed the winter sports tournaments and the start of the spring sports season after Governor Mike DeWine closed schools for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Posted: March 25, 2020
Wednesday 03/18/2020
Lady Cadet state semifinal postponed

Students were beginning to file into the high school gym for a “send-off” of the Fort Frye Lady Cadet basketball team. The Lady Cadet squad was just a couple of hours away from boarding a bus for their Division IV State Semifinal contest at 8 p.m. that night (March 12) with Minister, at St. John Arena in Columbus, when the word came from the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Posted: March 18, 2020
Schools’ spring sports season on hold

Governor Mike DeWine’s recent order mandating schools in Ohio be closed, through at least April 3 to combat the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, has also postponed the start of the spring sports season.

Posted: March 18, 2020
Morgan Winter Awards Canceled

Morgan Athletic Director Adam Copeland announced the Winter Awards Night scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, has been canceled.

Posted: March 18, 2020
Raiders off the mark in district finals setback

An off shooting night doomed the Morgan Raiders basketball team’s magical tournament run. The Raiders fell to the Ridgewood Generals 65-48 in the Division III District Finals at Muskingum University.

Posted: March 18, 2020
Thursday 03/12/2020
OHSAA Postpones All Remaining Winter Tournaments

At 12:45 p.m. Thursday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced that all remaining winter tournament contests are immediately postponed due to the growing situation with the coronavirus COVID-19.

Posted: March 12, 2020
Wednesday 03/11/2020
Team effort sends Lady Cadets to Division IV State Final Four

It was hugs and tears of joy all around for the Fort Frye Lady Cadets as they celebrated winning the Division IV Regional title at Pickerington North High School Saturday night. In a three day period, the unranked Lady Cadets had disposed of two of the top four teams in the final Division IV Associated Press state basketball poll to advance to their first “Final Four” since 2013. The Fort Frye squad eliminated fourth-ranked Sugar Grove Berne Union 37-28 in the semifinals last Thursday, and fourth-ranked Portsmouth Notre Dame 49-31 to advance to the state semifinals at St. John Arena, Columbus, on Thursday night.

Posted: March 11, 2020
Waterford wrestlers fall short at districts

Waterford wrestlers Haden Offenberger, Lane Cline and Ethan Root wrestled Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at Heath High School for the district wrestling tournament.

Posted: March 11, 2020
Raiders ‘charge’ past Fort Frye in Route 60 tournament battle

The atmosphere was “electric,” at the place nicknamed the “Power Plant,” when Morgan and Fort Frye battled at the home of the Philo Electrics.

Posted: March 11, 2020
Tuesday 03/10/2020
OHSAA tournaments to continue with limited spectators

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday afternoon that all indoor sporting events in Ohio, including high school, collegiate and professional sports, shall continue without most spectators in attendance as Ohio seeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Posted: March 10, 2020
Wednesday 03/04/2020
Bomb Squad raids ‘The Hanger’

It took 12 minutes of heart-pounding bonus basketball, but the Morgan Raider basketball team hit the big shots when they needed them most to claim a 49-46 triple-overtime sectional championship victory at Belmont Union Local. The Raiders reached the title game with a 55-45 victory at Cadiz Harrison Central.

Posted: March 04, 2020
Waterford, Fort Frye send wrestlers to districts

Waterford will send three wrestlers and Fort Frye qualified one for the Division III District Wrestling Tournament at Heath High School this Friday and Saturday.

Posted: March 04, 2020
Defense cements Lady Cadets first district title since 2015

The Fort Frye Lady Cadets clamped down defensively on both Beallsville and Monroe Central to win their first district championship since 2015.

Posted: March 04, 2020
Defense, rebounding powers Cadet's sectional title

The Fort Frye Cadets forced 32 turnovers and outrebounded their opponents 78-42 in sweeping past Bellaire (64-32) and Martins Ferry (47-36) to win a Division III Sectional title.

Posted: March 04, 2020
Wednesday 02/26/2020
Raiders claim tournament victory as Myers scores 1,000th career point

Junior Carver Myers scored his 1,000th career point, leading four Raiders in double figures, in a 69-50 team-victory over Buckeye Trail in the Division III Sectional Quarterfinal contest, at the Morgan High School gym.

Posted: February 26, 2020
Raider wrestlers complete regular season; compete in sectionals Saturday

The Morgan Raider wrestling team finished off the regular season at the John Deno Invitational and swept a tri-match with Marietta and Meigs.

Posted: February 26, 2020
Lady Raider season ends at Union Local

The Morgan Lady Raider basketball team opened sectional play with a 60-27 victory over Buckeye Trail. However, the tournament trail came to an end when Union Local used a late surge for a 55-36 victory in the sectional finals.

Posted: February 26, 2020
Lady Cadets roll to 11th straight sectional title; District semifinal set tonight at Cambridge

The Fort Frye Lady Cadets rolled past Newcomerstown and Toronto to claim their 11th-straight sectional title and 22nd overall.

Posted: February 26, 2020
Cadets shoot their way to OVAC title

The Fort Frye Cadets shot lights out to claim the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference 3-A Championship with a 57-47 victory over Union Local at OU Eastern.

Posted: February 26, 2020
Wildcats claw back for sectional win over Southern; play sectional final tonight

The Waterford Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat Southern 47-42 to advance to the sectional finals in the Division IV Southeast Sectional/District tournament at Wellston High School.

Posted: February 26, 2020
Wednesday 02/19/2020
The Wildcat Watch: Lady Cats claim sectional title; Wildcats open sectional play tonight

Lady Wildcats in District Action Saturday

Posted: February 19, 2020
BACF All-Star Classic set for Friday, April 10

The 19th Annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Basketball All-Star Classic will take place on Friday, April 10, at Parkersburg South High School.

Posted: February 19, 2020
Raiders win two of three in final regular season; Host D-III Sectional game Saturday

Morgan completed a busy final week of the regular season with two wins in three contests.

Posted: February 19, 2020
Lady Raiders basketball team completes winning regular season; Turns attention to postseason

The Morgan Lady Raider basketball team finished off the regular season with a nonleague victory at Zanesville. However, they fell in their Muskingum Valley League finale at John Glenn. The Lady Raiders will take a 13-9 record into tournament play this evening (Wednesday) at the Morgan High School Gym.

Posted: February 19, 2020
The Cadet Report: Cadets win OVAC title

The Cadet basketball team won an OVAC 3A title. The Lady Cadets and Cadets will both host sectional basketball games.

Posted: February 19, 2020
Offenberger earns 100th career win

Haden Offenberger earned his 100th career high school win on Wednesday, Feb. 12, when Waterford hosted Fort Frye for its annual Student Body dual wrestling match. Offenberger pinned Fort Frye’s Joe Duskey in 11 seconds in the 160-pound weight class. A junior at Waterford High School, Haden is currently ranked 20th at 160 pounds in Ohio Division III. Also at the dual, Fort Frye’s Thomas Lenhart beat Waterford’s Quentin Doak in the 220-pound weight class. Waterford won the dual. Waterford will wrestle at the Tri-Valley Conference tournament on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Posted: February 19, 2020
Wednesday 02/12/2020
Lady Cadets’ defense is key to OVAC title run

"I don't think we played our best game, but our defense really held us in there. It helped us get this victory."

Posted: February 12, 2020
Community Calendar

The Morgan County Family and Child­ren First Council will meet at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, for a regular monthly meeting. This month’s meeting will be held at Morgan Behavioral Health Choices. For more information, contact Council Coordinator Lisa A. King at 740-962-6933.

Posted: February 12, 2020
Lady Raiders repel Lady Marauders on senior night

The resilient Morgan Lady Raider basketball team used yet another late-game run as they beat the Meigs Lady Marauders in a nonleague contest on Senior Night.

Posted: February 12, 2020
Raiders hook John Glenn with four solid quarters

The Morgan Raider basketball team put together their most complete game of the season as they rolled to a 61-47 victory over John Glenn.

Posted: February 12, 2020
Wildcat Watch: Lady Cats head to sectionals; Wildcats record bounce-back win against WCC

The Waterford Lady Wildcats will be in sectional action on Thursday. The Wildcats rebounded from two close losses to Eastern and South Gallia to beat Wood County Christian.

Posted: February 12, 2020
Morgan, Fort Frye, Waterford learn tournament placement

The boys’ tournament draw on Sunday saw the Fort Frye Cadets named the second-seed and the Morgan Raiders tabbed as the eighth-seed in the Division III Sectional/District Tournament. Waterford received the 20th-seeded in the Division IV Southeast Sectional/District Tournament.

Posted: February 12, 2020
Wednesday 02/05/2020
The Cadet Report: Lady Cadets explode past four; Cadets win pair of road contests in Noble County

Lady Cadets Dial-in From Long Range

Posted: February 05, 2020
Lady Raiders persevere to beat Philo

Perseverance paid off for the Morgan Lady Raider basketball team when they hosted Philo, last Wednesday. After struggling for most of the game, Morgan outscored the Lady Electrics 13-3 in the final quarter for a 41-32 Muskingum Valley League victory.

Posted: February 05, 2020
Generals surge past Morgan Raiders

A late second-quarter Sheridan surge allowed the visiting Generals to create some separation in an 89-64 Muskingum Valley League victory at Morgan.

Posted: February 05, 2020
The Wildcat Watch: Lady Cats go 2-2 in TVC play; Wildcats drop two on the road

The Lady Wildcats split their last four Tri-Valley Conference contests. The Wild­cats dropped road games to Miller and Federal Hocking.

Posted: February 05, 2020
Fort Frye, Morgan to host sectional contests; Waterford to face Miller at Wellston

The Fort Frye Lady Cadets were voted the top-seed while the Morgan Lady Raiders and Waterford Lady Wildcats received the seventh-seed in their respective sectional/ district tournament draws on Sunday.

Posted: February 05, 2020
Wednesday 01/29/2020
Lady Raiders pull away in fourth quarter for two home wins

The Morgan Lady Raider basketball team found themselves in two hard-fought battles at the Morgan High School gym. In the end, the Lady Raiders methodically pulled away in the fourth quarter for victories over Zanesville Rosecrans and West Muskingum.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Young Raider wrestlers improving on and off the mat

Morgan Raider Wrestling Coach Dirk Ponchak says his young team, who doesn't have any seniors on the roster, has grown on and off the mat.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Raiders slip past Fort Frye in close contest

A fourth-quarter push helped the Morgan Raiders slip past Fort Frye 58-54 in a battle of regional rivals at the Morgan High School gym.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Third quarter pivotal in win at Philo for Raiders

The Morgan Raider basketball team split its two most recent Muskingum Valley League encounters. Morgan drop­ped a 54-48 decision at home to New Lexington. They came back to win at Philo 56-39.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Lady Cadets to host OVAC Tournament game

The Fort Frye girls basketball team has qualified for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Baseball, softball umpire classes offered

The Muskingum Valley Umpires Association will be conducting baseball and softball umpiring classes beginning on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Curt Kuntz Hired by NFL's Dolphins

Morgan County native Curt Kuntz was one of five assistant coaches recently hired by the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

Posted: January 29, 2020
Wednesday 01/22/2020
Cadet Report: Lady Cadets and Cadets put together winning streaks

The Lady Cadets and Cadets both put together four-game winning streaks in recent action. The Lady Cadet junior varsity girls won three of four.

Posted: January 22, 2020
Smith beats the buzzer for win at New Lexington

Sophia Smith's long-range buzzer-beater completed Morgan's second-half comeback bid in the Lady Raider's 54-53 victory at New Lexington. However, they could not overcome a second-half deficit in a 76-66 loss to Maysville.

Posted: January 22, 2020
Raiders blow past Tornadoes; Fall at JG in OT

The Morgan Raider basketball team had mixed results in back-to-back trips to the I-70 corridor of Muskingum County. A quick start led to a 62-44 victory at West Muskingum. However, Morgan would drop a 57-52 overtime decision at John Glenn.

Posted: January 22, 2020
The Wildcat Watch: Lady Cats blitz TVC opponents; Wildcats fall in battle of the Cats

The Waterford Lady Wildcats claimed Tri-Valley Conference victories over Miller and Federal Hocking. Trimble won the battle of the Cats at Waterford.

Posted: January 22, 2020
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