Local Sports Columns

Who needs home-field advantage?

It’s definitely not been the worst spring in recent memory when it comes to the wrath of Mother Nature. However, it’s also not been the best. For Wirt County sixth-year head softball coach Aaron Hill, Tuesday’s game at Williamstown was supposed to be played in Elizabeth, but the ...

This week in MOV athletics

The final postseason of the school year gets underway early this week, with several MOV teams vying for conference championships. Parkersburg High’s girls’ tennis team gets the first crack at picking up some hardware when the Big Reds travel to the Mountain State Athletic Conference ...

Parkersburg’s Casto talks sports, hobbies and future plans

When I first approached Ashley Olson ... wait that isn’t right, hold on ... Alex Casto? No, those names together don’t sound right either. Wait! Oh I got it ... Ashley Casto! Third time was the charm Albright. (Yours’ truly had a very difficult time getting the names of ...

South’s White on the move

Always on the move. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s phrase to describe Anakin Skywalker during their rescue attempt of Chancellor Palpatine during Start Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith fits well when paired with Parkersburg South senior tennis player Ben White. “I stay active,” said White. ...

This week in Mid-Ohio Valley athletics

For those of you disappointed my weekly preview was not in the paper at all Sunday, I am going to borrow a phrase from my favorite tesla cannon-wielding intelligent gorilla Winston from Blizzard’s Overwatch (a hyper-competitive video game, just ask my fiance) — Sorry about that! Page ...

Cavs vs. Warriors Part III?

Almost all preseason predictions for who would meet in the NBA Finals at the end of this year were the Cavaliers and the Warriors for the third straight season. It was easy to see why both were expected to battle for the Larry O’Brien trophy, too. Cleveland still had the best player in ...

Doddridge County’s Hunter Riffle enjoys giving back

Being a standout athlete at any small high school in West Virginia is not for the faint of heart. Your pure athleticism puts your services in popular demand for just about any sport imaginable. Whether it is basketball, football, or running, Doddridge County’s Hunter Riffle is always on ...

This week in MOV athletics

What crazy weather we have been having lately, huh? First we get beautiful spring time and then we are thrust right back into the harshness of winter ... Certainly isn’t helping my sinuses at all. My body isn’t the only thing this weather has messed with though. Local baseball, softball, ...

Takeaways from MLB Opening Day

I was hoping to write this column for you, the readers, last evening but my collegue Jordan Holland and I got wrapped up in watching the men’s college basketball national championship game and the Indians complete a comeback against the Rangers on Monday Night Baseball. Anyway, better late ...

Rallying with Parkersburg Catholic’s Chidester

Busy and inquisitive. Those may be the best two words to describe Parkersburg Catholic tennis player Noah Chidester. “I do stay pretty busy,” said the Crusader senior. “I guess tennis takes up a lot of my time right now.” Chidester started playing when he was 5 or 6 years old, but ...

This week in MOV athletics

Busy, busy week in the sports world. A fantastic Wrestlemania 33 was last night, there will be new champions in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hoops (did anyone see the overtime buzzer-beater Mississippi State’s Morgan William sank against UConn - Wow!), and I will be in heaven as ...

Albright’s National League predictions

When the Chicago Cubs take the field against the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:35 p.m. Sunday, the Lovable Losers will begin their first reign as World Series champions in 108 years. Joe Maddon and his team also have their eyes set on doing something never before seen in the history of the ...

Albright’s American League Picks

Major League Baseball’s opening day is right around the corner and this writer’s giddiness level is at an all-time high. Not only will I still be riding on the euphoric wave of Wrestlemania 33 the night before, but my beloved Red Sox have a legitamate chance to win the World Series I ...

This week in MOV athletics

After a week break, yours’ truly is back to dish out knowledge on the upcoming action in Mid-Ohio Valley athletics this week. For those of you who excitedly opened the Sunday paper in anticipation of my column (which I have been getting some good feedback from ... thank you), I apologize. ...

Red Devils can win without shooting 3s

CHARLESTON — If you’ve watched any Ravenswood boys basketball this season, you probably know the Red Devils have buried more than one opponent with their ability to knock down 3-pointers in abundance. However, going into Wednesday’s Class A state quarterfinals against seventh-seeded St. ...

Albright’s Final Four predictions

Frequent readers know my favorite sports time of the year is happening right now. Major League Baseball is starting up and my Red Sox are less than a month away from making a run to the World Series. However, MLB isn’t the only reason I look forward to this time of year. Today begins one ...

This week in MOV athletics

Before we dive into this week of exciting sports action in the Mid-Ohio Valley, I would like to take a moment to recognize the PHS, Gilmer County, Ritchie County, and Williamstown girls basketball teams for great seasons. It was exciting watching you compete against some of the top talent in ...

This week in MOV athletics

There is a lot of information to cover for high school sports in the Mid-Ohio Valley this week, so I am going to waste no time with an introduction and jump right into the fun. The main event of the week, the high school girls state basketball tournament begins bright and early Wednesday ...

Wrestling with the roundball

Generally speaking when the month of March hits, it’s time to completely focus on basketball. Of course, that’s not the case this year since the state wrestling tournament isn’t over. Before I share a couple quotes from Parkersburg 120-pound state champion John Martin Best, who ...

This week in MOV athletics

Phew! What a period for Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports last week! Did anyone see the dramatic ending to the PHS and South girls sectional final game? How about the Ravenswood girls cutting a 21-point deficit down to three against Williamstown in the fourth quarter? Or, Yellowjacket point ...