Local Sports Columns

BENNETT: Enjoyed covering the Open

Just speaking from personal experience, two of the best things about a golf course are playing it and perhaps having an adult beverage. However, when one is covering a golf tournament the scribe can’t do either one. Being able to cover the final two days of the 86th West Virginia Open ...

BENNETT: Marshall flavor in W.Va. Open field

Guys like Will Evans and Davey Jude most likely are going to be in the running to win the 86th West Virginia Open, which starts Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club. The two former Marshall University standouts are far from the only golfers in the field who competed for the Thundering Herd. ...

ALBRIGHT: Plenty to look forward to in the 2019-20 prep sports season

Melancholia often sets in as the calendar flips from May to June. Unavoidable as it is, the end of the high school sports season always stings a little bit. Seniors graduate, special teams break up, and several good byes are uttered for the last time after year(s) of kinship. Releases of the ...

South names new hoops coaches

It’s not too often a pair of prep basketball head coaching jobs come open at the same time. However, that was the case at Parkersburg South as the Patriots had both Mike Fallon (boys) and Ed Davis (girls) step away. On Tuesday night, the Patriots officially filled both of their vacancies ...

ALBRIGHT: Patience pays off for Ravenswood tennis player Maximus Hilton

Ravenswood Red Devil Maximus (Max) Hilton entered the end game of his prep sports career at 8 a.m. Saturday on Court 2 of the Charleston YMCA. He arrived exactly at the desired destination for his final representation on any athletic playing surface for the Class A red and black. After ...

ALBRIGHT: Patriots’ Mike Fallon more than a coach

Mike Fallon dealt with an array of topics as the head coach of the Parkersburg South boys’ basketball program this past season. He struggled with the loss of his brother James and friend Keith Barker, battled with his team to a state-tournament first round exit, and dealt with changes in ...

ALBRIGHT: Patriots’ Ed Davis steps down

Ed Davis never came close to standing as tall as Scott Stephens. His voice didn’t have quite the same boom either. The often soft-spoken Davis did though bring with him the same amount of excitement and optimism to coaching as his long-time friend and predecessor. Davis needed both of ...

Wrestlers had big weekend

The beat seems to just keep going for Parkersburg South head coach Shaun Smith’s wrestling program. Aside from winning a record fifth straight Class AAA state team crown this past winter, the Patriot grapplers continue to prosper in the “offseason.” At last week’s 30th annual ...

ALBRIGHT: Maddi Leggett commands the Big Reds

Jolts of energy race through Parkersburg High point guard Madi Leggett’s body shortly after the ball touches her hands in a varsity game. She stands charged with the leadership of the No. 1 high school team in the Mountain State from her command atop the key. One of the most devastating ...

ALBRIGHT: Plan for South Bend now Thundering Herd fans

Marshall University Athletic Director Mike Hamrick alongside the football program scored a golden scheduling win yesterday. One victory bringing an incredible amount of respect to the entire university. The Thundering Herd and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet for the first ...

ALBRIGHT: Every team needs a Jenna Boice

As an opposing player runs through a doublescreen from wing-to-wing in an effort to avoid her defender, frustration mounts on her face as the Parkersburg Catholic player assigned to her closely follows behind the drawn-up play route. Quick backdoor cuts under the basket in a further effort to ...

ALBRIGHT: Keep on dreaming Harper

Manny Machado’s monster 10-year, $300 million deal from the San Diego Padres erased one of the two biggest names from the Major League Baseball Free Agency list last Monday. His move possibly setting in motion the falling dominoes triggering the eventual commitment of remaining big fish ...

ALBRIGHT: Another trip into the record book for South wrestling

History again. One year after becoming the first team to pass rival PHS for most state team titles, Parkersburg South’s wrestling bunch put its mark on the sport once more Saturday inside Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Coach Shaun Smith’s group became the first Class AAA ...

ALBRIGHT ON WVU MEN’S BASKETBALL: No one blames you, miss

Photographers’ duties when taking pictures of a sporting event are not confined to game action. Crowd shots or bench photos often aid tone setting of a contest when used in newspapers, on websites or social media outlets. Floor rushing shots after major upsets are some of my favorites. No ...

ALBRIGHT: Patriots’ Mike Eddy leaving is a big loss

Wrestling, a fight between boys’ and girls’ basketball, and then comes into the picture football. The above ranking stands as the heirarchy of Parkersburg South High School’s Top 4 sports in order of importance. Sure football might fill the seats, but the grapplers’ and hoops’ ...

ALBRIGHT: Another big game for the Class AAA champs

Boyd County head coach Pete Fraley and Parkersburg High head coach Scott Cozzens share a similar mindset when it comes to playing top competition — Bring it on. In their minds only positive results can surface from facing strong opponents. Players and coaches alike learn what they need to ...

T. BENNETT: Don’t confuse me with Jay W.

Hello, my name is Tyler Bennett and I am the newest sports reporter here at The News and Sentinel. I was raised in Ravenswood, W.Va. where I graduated from Ravenswood High School in 2010. I knew that I wanted to do something in sports, but I wasn’t sure about what I could do after realizing ...

Looking forward to sharing stories

My name is Josh Hughes, and I am the newest sports reporter here at The News and Sentinel. I grew up around the area, and I can’t wait to become more involved in the community. I graduated from Parkersburg High School in 2013 with my sights set on a career in covering sports. I always ...