Local Sports Columns

Big Red girls in the spotlight

No. 1 vs. No. 2. Top dog against second banana. Great taking on really, really good. Any way you wish to call a matchup like this there is no denying it is going to be special. While a contest of this caliber usually would come toward the end of the year during state tournament time, ...

PHS boys have a big game tonight

The 2017-18 hardwood season may be a few days old, however this fact doesn’t mean teams are scheduling easy opponents to give them a chance to warm up. Parkersburg High School’s boys basketball program already has been hard at work against a number of tough foes. Through the first three ...

The joy of basketball

I suppose, like any sport, the reason one plays something is because they like or love the activity. As we quickly approach winter, that means my favorite sport will be heating up on the hardwood. I’ve already been able to take in several different basketball games in the early going, but ...

Stanton is now a Yankee

Oh man... Why couldn’t it all have been just a bad dream? Did Giancarlo Stanton really put on the dark blue pinstripes at an introductory press conference Monday at the Winter Meetings? Could it be true the reigining National League Most Valuable Player joined the team with the reigning ...

Don’t forget about the Winter Tab!

The Super Six was something else this season. All three games were good for a while, which isn't always guaranteed to happen. All the exciting action almost made you forget the temperature outside at Wheeling Island Stadium. It was pretty cold, except for a few glorious moments during the ...

Exciting time for sports

Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports fan sure have a plethora of options today, especially if they like to travel. Class AAA defending state wrestling champion Parkersburg South hits the road to Lakewood St. Edward in Ohio while the Big Reds of Parkersburg High also head to the Buckeye State with a ...

Super Six is here at last

Here we go folks! One of the most exciting times of the W.Va. prep sports season is here once again! After 689 games over three classes the last 14 weeks (yes, I counted), we finally have our six competitors for three gridiron state championships today and tomorrow inside Wheeling Island ...

Talking Time: Kennedy Award

About eight days ago, I began to wonder when my Harrison H. Kennedy Award ballot would make an appearance in my email. Super Six week and the all-state meeting were drawing near and I knew we (the West Virginia Sports Writers Association) usually had the prize for the top football player in the ...

St. Marys’ rare chance

A great opportunity awaits St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote and his Blue Devils when they take the field against Wheeling Central in the W.Va. Class A state championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday inside Wheeling Island Stadium. An elusive feat all but 43 other football squads in the 195 state ...

PHS fans, jot down these dates

One year after an energetic run to the Class AAA state tournament, the Parkersburg High School girls basketball team is set up for even more success with the return of experienced players all over the floor for first-year head man Scott Cozzens. Expectations are high for the Big Reds, but ...

WVU game all down to just one play

It isn’t often when a competitive game is decided on a first-quarter play, but to the dismay of West Virginia fans that is what occurred on Saturday. Late in the first quarter in a scoreless game quarterback Will Grier dove for the end zone on what was first ruled a touchdown. After ...

Weight loss and wrestling

WHEELING — After the deaths of three collegiate wrestlers in the 1990s due to extreme Yo! Yo! Dieting, the NCAA and the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) made it their mission to drastically improve their weight management programs to eliminate all unhealthy dietary ...

Another draining contest

It was a draining afternoon for West Virginia football fans for a sixth consecutive week, but the Mountaineer defense for the second straight time saved the day to preserve a 28-23 win over Kansas State on Saturday. The WVU offense did manage to tally 28 first half points with quick scoring ...

One wild weekend for Wirt

Mrs. November was at it again this weekend. Veteran Wirt County volleyball head coach Janet Frazier, who affectionately picked up the aforementioned tag following the Tigers’ 10th net crown in 2015, added another state championship to the school’s trophy case on Saturday. Obviously, the ...

WVU has more close calls vs. ISU

No one can say it has been boring. For the fifth straight week a Big 12 Conference game for the West Virginia Mountaineers was in doubt in the fourth quarter, with the last four involving one team clinging to leads that were once from 18 to 23 points. This time it was the Mountaineers who ...

MLB not finished just yet

Now that the Houston Astros have claimed the first World Series title in franchise history, many baseball fans are turning their attention to the offseason and hot stove coverage as rumors begin to flow about big-name free agents and trade talk runs amok. This can be a very hard time for fans ...

Flint quite appreciative of Glenville

I’m not sure exactly when the first time it was I met John Flint, the current superintendent of Wood County Schools, but I reckon it’s going on nearly two decades. One thing which I always could bank on when it came to seeing him was a friendly smile, a firm handshake and some good ...

My week (almost) without sports

Going back as far as I can recall, sports has always been a huge part of my life. Every day has consisted of some interaction with the topic I love maybe too much. Whether watching, playing (recreationally of course), discussing, writing, or covering some event, sports was always on the ...

Miscues lead to WVU loss

The West Virginia Mountaineers incurred their second loss of the season to a good team by an identical 31-24 score. And similar to their season opening loss to Virginia Tech, key special teams miscues led to their downfall at TCU Saturday. With the WVU defense playing well a fumble was lost on ...

WVU gets to catch a breather

With the Big 12 Conference having a championship game for the first time since West Virginia joined the league the regular season must be concluded by the end of November. The effect on conference teams is that instead of two bye weeks there is only one in 2017. That may not seem to be ...