Future success of Ohio State hoops team hinges on point guard play

Matt HammondI cannot remember watching a team that provides as much frustration as this year’s Ohio State men’s basketball squad.

Getting a root canal provides as much pleasure as watching this Buckeyes team play. At times, they play really well. At times, they look like the worst team in the Big Ten. No lead is ever safe as the Buckeyes rarely play a consistent game from start to finish. There are more peaks and valleys in an Ohio State basketball game than there are on a Cedar Point rollercoaster.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

CBC, OHC meets full of talented wrestlers

League action hits the mat Saturday and all the area teams are in action. Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan and Indian Lake compete at Tecumseh in the Central Buckeye Conference meet.

The CBC meet begins at 11 a.m.

West Liberty-Salem and Triad battle in the Ohio Heritage Conference at Northeastern. The OHC meet begins at 10 a.m.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

Rodriguez admission reveals scope of baseball’s steroid problem

I was not very surprised to find out Alex Rodriguez took steroids.

It had already become apparent that steroid use was widespread in Major League Baseball during the 1990s and early 2000s. Jose Canseco, Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte had admitted to using them, several players have tested positive for banned substances over the last couple years and there has been a lot of smoke surrounding Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, among many other stars, and their possible steroid use.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND

Area wrestlers hitting home stretch

It’s hard to believe, but the Central Buckeye Conference and Ohio Heritage Conference tournaments are only two weeks away. This is the last weekend of regular season action before the area wrestlers hit the postseason trail.

Benjamin Logan has had the most success of area teams this year. The Raiders have won two tournaments and are undefeated in dual meets at 6-0. Five Raiders have records with less than five losses.

  • Written by AARON LaBATT

Buckeyes reel in a big group of new talent

National signing day for Division I college football coaches is a celebration of months (and sometimes years) of hard work. It also can be a headache as coaches nervously await letters of intent to fire through the fax machine.

For Ohio State and head coach Jim Tressel, it was mostly a day of joy Wednesday. While there was a little bit of disappointment — defensive back Justin Green went back on a previous verbal commitment to the Buckeyes and instead signed with Illinois — there were many reasons for pats on the back for Tressel and his staff.

  • Written by MATT HAMMOND