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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 ...

Wrestlers headed to nationals

Every summer when the calendar hits the middle of July, that means one thing for wrestling fans — the Fargo Nationals. Seven area grapplers are leaving today to make the trek to the Fargodome to compete in the U.S. Marine Corps Junior and Cadet Nationals and that includes Parkersburg South ...

Pirates at the deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in an interesting position at the approach of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Owners of a 42-47 record at the break and in fourth place of the surprisingly mediocre National League Central and seven games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers would be ...

Time to talk WVU, Marshall football

OK, last time out, it was Ohio State and Ohio University football. This time, we’ll see what the college grid prognosticators think about WVU and Marshall this coming season. Athlon tabs the Mountaineers as No. 26 in its preseason rankings while the Thundering Herd is at 107. Lindy’s, ...

Parkersburg’s Tim Phillips is hungry for Hungary

Parkersburg native Tim Phillips came close to declaring his retirement from the sport of swimming after the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Thankfully, the former Ohio State All-American held off on the decision and his patience was rewarded with a trip to the 17thFINA World Championships ...

Votto, Astros and Cubs, oh my!

Earlier this week, I dipped my foot in the fun MLB midseason award column writing. Everything I planned to cover was discussed with the exception of my suprises and disappointments throughout “The Show” to this point in the season. We look no further than Cincinnati, Ohio, for the first ...

MLB halfway awards

Sunday’s game for many teams marked the official halfway point of the 2017 Major League Baseball season. With the passing of the 82nd game of the season, one of my favorite times of the years arrives. What is it you ask? It is when media members and sports websites hand out their ...

Buckeyes, Bobcats, and football

Well, it’s the first of July, so college football is — really, honestly — not that far away. The 2017 preview magazines are on the newstands, led by the reappearance of the legendary Street & Smith’s, which I always bought as a kid — both the college and pro football ...

Better days coming for Calhoun football

Football, in its most basic form, is a simple game — score more points than your opponent and win. That’s something Calhoun County didn’t do too much of last year as evidenced by its 52 points scored. Only Hundred, which played nine games, amassed fewer points (50) in all of Class ...