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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 ...

Chase Fieler enjoying life

When it comes down to it, things are going about as good as they could be for 2010 Parkersburg South first-team Class AAA all-state basketball player Chase Fieler. The Florida Gulf Coast University graduate, who was part of the famed “Dunk City” 2013 squad which became the first NCAA ...

New way for the NBA 

Eyes of fans from all 30 National Basketball Association teams collectively turn to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York later today as witnesses to the next wave of potential superstar players being drafted into the league. The Philadelphia 76ers own pick No. 1 after trading spots with ...

Marshall event was interesting

Not all, but a vast majority of sports fans in the Mountain State are either diehard West Virginia University or are all about the Thundering Herd of Marshall University. Growing up in the Mid-Ohio Valley, I always was a fan of both programs and hoped they each had success. On Thursday ...

Area golfers have avenue to compete

The Mid-Ohio Valley Junior Golf Association was a staple here in the area for many years. Not only did it provide area youth golfers a chance to hone their skills for their local middle school and high school teams, but it also allowed the upper division players to earn scholarships toward ...

Thanks to all the athletes

During my three years of employment in the News and Sentinel sports department I have given a shoutout to parents and defended coaches, however, there is another group responsible for a large portion of our sports coverage every morning throughout the calendar year I never talked about — The ...

MLB season moving along

After the completion of the next three games, the Major League Baseball season officially is one-third of the way over. The 2017 year has gone by surprisingly fast so far, and has been a lot less predictable than many preseason publications led fans to believe. World Series favorites in the ...

This week in MOV athletics

West Virginia High School softball and baseball grab the spotlight for the last three weeks of the 2016-17 scholastic sports calendar. Vienna plays host to the state softball tournament Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately, no Mid-Ohio Valley teams qualified for the event. Williamstown came ...

Wirt County’s Mike Sheppard ready for James “Lights Out” Toney fight

Wirt County fighter Mike Sheppard is leaving today to head to Ypsilanti and the Convocation Center of Eastern Michigan University where he will fight Saturday night for the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) heavyweight title against James “Lights Out” Toney. The event, which is set for ...

This week in MOV athletics

State championship tickets will be punched this week all across West Virginia as prep tennis teams duel for the right to end their seasons in well ... We aren’t really sure where in Charleston yet but ... but it is somewhere in the state capital. Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South ...

Williamstown’s Hoffman bubbly

A few chuckles and an “I don’t know” were the responses I got from Williamstown tennis player Alyssa Hoffman when asked to describe herself. “She is pretty quiet, but not totally quiet,” Williamstown tennis coach Diane Leo contributed in between the sound of silence. “She is not ...

Who needs home-field advantage?

It’s definitely not been the worst spring in recent memory when it comes to the wrath of Mother Nature. However, it’s also not been the best. For Wirt County sixth-year head softball coach Aaron Hill, Tuesday’s game at Williamstown was supposed to be played in Elizabeth, but the ...