Local Sports Columns

ALBRIGHT: Could Yellowjacket girls’ cross country go up a class?

If a single team at one school wished to play up a competition class in the past in West Virginia, the entirety of the athletic department had to follow along with the wishes for the desire to become a reality until a few months ago. A recent rule passed by the state’s board of education ...

ALBRIGHT: Can the Boston Red Sox repeat as World Series champions?

American League champion Boston dipped in 24 karat gold a dominant Major League Baseball season Sunday night with a World Series championship. National League winner Los Angeles became the final victim of a group responsible for a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins. Manager Dave ...

Need more good guys

One thing never lacking here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, for the most part, are good people. Working in the sports department through the years, I’ve had a plethora of opportunities to form relationships with countless coaches and folks who are always there to help our area youth. Two people ...

Patriots go for grand finale

PARKERSBURG — Forward Charley Taylor and the Parkersburg South girls’ soccer team hope the third time is the charm to advance to the state semifinals in their Class AAA Region IV final match at 5 p.m. today at Ripley High School. Cabell Midland ended the Patriots’ season each of the ...

Bengals’ Lewis has to go

A television camera picked up a telling look on the face of Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis during his Bengals’ 45-10 Sunday night primetime blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Lewis was visibly dumbfounded as Chiefs’ free safety Ron Parker picked off quarterback Andy Dalton for a ...

WVU slowly regains focus?

Virtually every college football team has moments during a season where it lacks focus and plays far from its best. The only hope is you are good enough to win with less than your best level of play, and your opponent isn’t good enough to take advantage. A scenario unfolding for West ...

Don’t count out the ‘Jackets

Wheeling Central’s dominant 31-14 win over Linsly Saturday set the Maroon Knights apart from the rest of the Class A field. Mike Young’s team handled a Keydets’ squad, which pushed Class AAA’s Morgantown to the limit in a 31-28 overtime loss, with relative ease. It was the type of win ...

ALBRIGHT: Is Tiger finally back? 

ESPN and others’ talking heads alike delighted in asking the question with every Tiger Woods’ comeback attempt: Is Tiger truly back? “He is healthy this time,” they said or “His swing looks great.” The golf world eager for the return to full strength of the most dominant player ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: WVU coasts vs. Wildcats

The last four seasons’ battles between WVU and Kansas State have been nailbiters decided in the final minutes. But this time the Mountaineers totally dominated the Wildcats in coasting to a 35-6 victory. After having an off week following the weather cancellation of the game at North ...

Big Red Madi Mace’s other sport

Being a professional, preparation is my key when requests are made for my contribution on a project. About a month ago, my writer friend Sean McNamara requested help with a PHS/Morgantown football preview on his new radio show. The health of Big Reds’ wide receiver Brenton Strange along ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: Big 12 shaping up to be tough

West Virginia’s scheduled game Saturday at North Carolina State was cancelled by approaching Hurricane Florence. It was unfortunate as it was an important game for both schools, and it does not appear it will be rescheduled. The circumstances remind us that although the outcome of football ...

COLUMN: An Xs and Os rain delay in Spencer

As soon as the first lighting bolt forked across the sky Friday night at Roane County’s County Stadium I thought, “Oh boy ... This game could take a while.” As an already steady rain became stronger by the minute and thunder boomed overhead late in the first quarter, the chances steadily ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: Rain no problem for WVU

It was a rainy afternoon for the home opener at Mountaineer Field but after a slow start West Virginia cruised to a 52-17 victory over Youngstown State. Recognizing its secondary would be overmatched against the WVU passing attack, the Penguins basically dropped seven into coverage and ...

Big Reds’ Madison Trippett healthy again

Something was off with Parkersburg High cross country runner Madison Trippett last season. One of the Big Reds’ most accomplished runners wasn’t meeting her usually high standards she regularly set for herself. There wasn’t a sophomore slump or the realization of all the attention on ...

COLUMN: Grant Hussey’s summer to remember

Baseball gifting big, shiny packages to Parkersburg South’s Grant Hussey shouldn’t be surprising by now. The Patriot dedicates sizable quantities of time, sweat and energy to the sport he has loved since childhood. This fall giving up basketball to focus on baseball fulltime. Effort not ...

WVU solid in opener

If you enjoy group sings, there wasn’t much better than listening to about 40,000 West Virginia football fans doing their version of “Country Roads” Saturday in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte at the end of the Belk Kickoff Classic. Meanwhile, while “Rocky Top” was a popular hit ...

Column: Are we sure big time college sports betting is a good thing? 

While West Virginia won’t be ready in time to accept college sports bets, three other states make history this weekend as the first outside of Nevada to allow mass legalized collegiate gambling in the United States. New Jersey, Delaware and Mississippi become first states flaunting victory ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: WVU to take opener

The West Virginia Mountaineers enter the 2018 season with a Top 25 ranking and projected by many to be a contender for one of the spots in the Big 12 Championship game. Indeed, WVU will have the best quarterback in the conference and plenty of talent at the wide receiver and running back ...

Pigskin Preview coming soon!

Golf and cross country are well underway around the Mountain State; however, the official start of the high school fall sports season comes Thursday evening. Friday night lights spark on a day early as the gridiron season opens for business around West Virginia. Wood County fans won’t have ...

Jared Haught did things his way

From his humble beginnings in Calhoun County to Parkersburg High School and then being a three-time All-American wrestler at Virginia Tech, Jared Haught was without question the epitome of what a student-athlete is all about. Relegated to third string once upon a time as a freshman for the ...