Local Sports Columns

An out-of-the-ordinary trip to Charleston

A leisure excursion to the Mountain State’s capital this past weekend was enjoyable, but a bit strange if I am being completely honest. Outings to Charleston or anywhere else aren’t a common occurence for someone as busy as a sports editor. I prefer to stay close to home during the year ...

Indeed a small world

Much like three-time All-American heavyweight wrestler Louden Haga of Parkersburg South, who recently gave his verbal commitment to join Robert Dutton Award winner Josh Humphreys at Lehigh University, I also have been out on vacation until returning the middle of this past week. While Haga ...

‘Austin’ City Limits inside Fort press box

Austin Baumgartner’s got a new ‘do. The Fort Frye High senior is sporting a very cool-looking, short Mohawk. It’s kinda reddish in appearance or in that family of colors. It also kind of lights up the Cadet baseball press box, where Baumgartner has been stationed during Beverly/Lowell ...

Sports Talk with Ron Johnston: LeBron’s excellent adventure

What does Los Angeles have that Cleveland doesn’t? Well, the most obvious answer right now is National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James. But then, there are other things, too, and some are not so very pleasant, like.... Earthquakes. With $154 million in his pocket, LeBron ...

I don’t wanna grow up

While the title of this column may not lend itself to being worthy of the sports pages, I ask you to keep reading for a deeper meaning. Toys ‘R’ Us stores around the world closed their doors for the final time late last week. Reaction among millennials, including myself, was shock as ...

Anna Hayton’s life stays eventful

Former Parkersburg South center Anna Hayton has had an eventful two years while a member of the University of Charleston women’s basketball program. Dull moments have been hard to come by as she has dealt with everything from injuries and culture shock to an increased school workload and ...

Reds’ legends open camp

VIENNA — Micah Atkinson is looking forward to working on his pitching this week at the silver edition of the Cincinnati Reds Legends Clinic. “I don’t have much control of my fastball,” said the 12-year-old, who plays for the Blue Jays in Vienna. “So, I’m a slow ...

Lucas on other side of BACF

Friday evening in St. Marys, the 25th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis All-Star Football Classic will take place. A pair of old colleagues have had the chance to hang out and enjoy some memories from the past as Ohio head coach Mike Flannery, who is the head man at River, asked former ...

Talking ’Eers & Bucks

They’re here, and it seems like they’re getting earlier and earlier every year. They are the preseason college football preview magazines on the newstands. Amazingly, West Virginia is seen by both Street & Smith’s and Athlon Sports finishing at No. 22 in the nation, Athlon at 8-4 ...

Sheppard hanging up gloves

Following more than 100 professional bouts, promoter Mike Sheppard officially has decided to hang things up and retire as a fighter. “I’m just not going to compete anymore. I’m 43 and I’m tired,” admitted Sheppard, who noted his 40th show will take place on Saturday, July 28 at the ...

Doddridge County Burnside’s honor obvious

Allegiances as a sports journalist don’t last long once you secure a job. Some writers may begin their career with preferences, but this shouldn’t last long. Staying focused on one team, especially when coverage can span across a large area like the Mid-Ohio Valley, leaves one uneducated ...

Wiggins set for summer

Dalton Wiggins sure hopes his new gig lasts all summer long. The recent Parkersburg South graduate, who earned second team Class AAA all-state honors in 2017, just completed his freshman season as a pitcher for Marietta College and head coach Brian Brewer. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound righty was ...

Meadows waiting for a ring

Former Williamstown football standout and ex-West Virginia University long snapper Nick Meadows is in a pretty good place at the moment. The 5-11, 225-pounder not only played 26 games for the Mountaineers, but he also was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. Currently, he’s working ...

Bulldogs’ Jonna Ferrell is on fire

Doddridge County sprinter Jonna Ferrell is a bilingual athlete in an unconventional sense. She speaks English, but also is well versed in the language of speed. The Bulldogs’ sophomore always has been fast. During her time at Doddridge County Middle School, she would race the boys in gym ...

University of Charleston’s Hunter Riffle making his name known

The phrase “wasting time” doesn’t exist in the vernacular of University of Charleston distance runner Hunter Riffle. He quickly introduced himself to the rest of the Little Kanawha Conference with his blend of talent, athleticism and speed as a freshman at Doddridge County High ...

Ravenswood’s Chase Swain is the total package

Chase Swain received an intentional walk in the bottom of the fifth inning. What was a little different about it was there were two outs and nobody on base in a 2-2 ballgame. Turned out to be a good call by Williamstown High skipper Terry Smith, because the next Ravenswood High batter, ...

Patriots’ Jordan Mader didn’t settle

As the number implies, competition in high school No. 1 singles’ tennis isn’t easy. A leap in playing ability for anyone new to the position can be an eye opener. Physically, players must be ready to put opponents away with hard shots and tough serves, while possessing the mental mindset of ...

Crusader Aidan Roberts’ eye of the tiger

Beneath Aidan Roberts’ polite and composed demeanor lies a caged beast he only lets out when on the tennis court. The Parkersburg Catholic tennis player’s competitive nature and a controlled fury explode out of him through his weapon of choice, a tennis racquet, aimed straight at his ...

This week in MOV athletics

Hold on to something strong Little Kanawha Conference baseball fans, because we have some drama ahead this week in the final games of the league’s regular season. Ritchie County’s 8-6 road win over LKC West foe Williamstown Saturday meant the battle to join Ravenswood, Gilmer County and ...

Crusaders’ Marie Discini is razor sharp

Marie Discini burst onto the Class AA/A high school tennis scene last season with a command and conquer attitude. No opponent was afraid of her which meant she had to bring her A game each and every match. Advantage for her ... The Parkersburg Catholic netter brought her years of United ...