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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 ...

Mountaineer defense slipped up vs. Kansas

After a slow start Saturday the West Virginia offense scored on four consecutive long drives to build what appeared to be an insurmountable 28-3 lead late in the second quarter. Everything looked easy as expected against a weak Kansas squad, and Mountaineer fans put up their feet to relax and ...

Who are the best pitchers?

Major League Baseball enthusiasts know we are among the final games of the season this upcoming week. There are a few division titles and wild cards left to be decided, but we have a good blueprint at most of the teams qualifying for the postseason. Wrapping up another year of baseball also ...

Heading into fall

It’s hard to believe summer is almost over and October is right around the corner. Football Friday night this week marks the beginning of fall, which means golf season is quickly winding down. In fact, all of our Mid-Ohio Valley golf programs will be in action on Monday with hopes of ...

Week 4 prep grid takeaways

The emergence of a legitimate Class A Kennedy Award candidate, two AA schools on win streaks, and three down-to-the wire finishes highlight last week in high school football. St. Marys and Marietta (Ohio) kicked off the gridiron action last week on Thursday. The reigning Class AA champions ...

West Virginia shakes off Delaware State

West Virginia and Delaware State were two teams woefully mismatched last Saturday in Morgantown. But the Mountaineers did their best to be in the role of gracious hosts in an early effort to play down to their level of competition. Dropped passes, fumbled snaps, and a blown coverage on an 81 ...

Week 3 prep grid takeaways

There can never be enough football talk this time of year. One of the most watched sports in the Mountain State is in full-swing and with it comes me catching up on all the action around the state from the previous night, which kicks off an always busy Saturday for me afterwards. Here are a ...

Delaware State is up next

After a disappointing close loss to Virginia Tech the previous weekend, the West Virginia Mountaineers took out their frustrations on an overmatched East Carolina squad Saturday in Morgantown. WVU fans were all smiles in the first half as the Mountaineers were nearly flawless on their way ...

Position made the Virginia Tech game

West Virginia and Virginia Tech played one of the best games of the first college football weekend on a national television stage Sunday night, but that was little consolation for Mountaineer fans who endured a tough 31-24 loss. As we mentioned here last week, WVU had won all four of its close ...

Middle of the pack for WVU?

It is hard to believe that this begins the 30th year writing the Monday Morning Quarterback Column. By my estimate we are approaching 400 columns, but with WVU football one never runs out of things to say. Thanks to all you loyal readers. The Mountaineers overachieved in 2016, taking advantage ...

Pigskin Preview is coming

Every year I have worked on the football tab (three years now), I have learned something new about completing one of our most important sports sections. My first year in charge of filling in the pages taught me photos can be your best friend for blank space. Next season, I learned how ...

JT Kemp amped for senior year

Less than a week away from the start of the prep gridiron season, Ripley’s JT Kemp is more than a little anxious. The Parkersburg South transfer, who arrived in Jackson County this past December, already has paid dividends for the Vikings. During baseball season, he played first base and ...

Titan Wright has passion for throwing

The third time proved to be the charm for Gilmer County senior-to-be Sada Wright at the AAU Junior Olympic Games. Wright made her third career trip to nationals and walked away with All-American honors for the first time last week while competing inside Rynearson Stadium at Eastern Michigan ...

Parkersburg South football selects captains

Parkersburg South football hopefuls for captaincy of the gridiron squad in 2017 faced a much harder route to their goal than a vote from their peers Sunday inside the Parkersburg South main office conference room. Instead of a peer election, each of the seven applicants attended a job ...

What are you doing Kyrie?

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ tumultous offseason gained another soap-opera installment last Friday when news broke 25-year-old point guard Kyrie Irving asked Cavs owner Dan Gilbert for a trade to get away from LeBron James. He sighted wanting to be on a team where he is the focal point as one ...

Indians at the deadline

There is little doubt the AL Central first place Cleveland Indians will be buyers on or before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The only question is where does Cleveland look to improve internally and where do they get better from trades? Last year around this time, they made a big ...

Reds’ only option is to sell

For awhile, it appeared the Cincinnati Reds might be able to stumble into contending for a National League Central title. In a down year for the division, the Reds had some bright spots through the first half of the season which had fans believing the team could surprise some people. However, ...

WVU better than 6th? 

The countdown to college football stands at 42 days away. Many, if not all, Division I programs began official team activities earlier this month. Each team has conference and national title aspirations on their mind at this very moment as everyone sits at 0-0. Countless media outlets have ...