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This week in MOV athletics

Busy, busy week in the sports world. A fantastic Wrestlemania 33 was last night, there will be new champions in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hoops (did anyone see the overtime buzzer-beater Mississippi State’s Morgan William sank against UConn - Wow!), and I will be in heaven as ...

Albright’s National League predictions

When the Chicago Cubs take the field against the St. Louis Cardinals at 7:35 p.m. Sunday, the Lovable Losers will begin their first reign as World Series champions in 108 years. Joe Maddon and his team also have their eyes set on doing something never before seen in the history of the ...

Albright’s American League Picks

Major League Baseball’s opening day is right around the corner and this writer’s giddiness level is at an all-time high. Not only will I still be riding on the euphoric wave of Wrestlemania 33 the night before, but my beloved Red Sox have a legitamate chance to win the World Series I ...

This week in MOV athletics

After a week break, yours’ truly is back to dish out knowledge on the upcoming action in Mid-Ohio Valley athletics this week. For those of you who excitedly opened the Sunday paper in anticipation of my column (which I have been getting some good feedback from ... thank you), I apologize. ...

Red Devils can win without shooting 3s

CHARLESTON — If you’ve watched any Ravenswood boys basketball this season, you probably know the Red Devils have buried more than one opponent with their ability to knock down 3-pointers in abundance. However, going into Wednesday’s Class A state quarterfinals against seventh-seeded St. ...

Albright’s Final Four predictions

Frequent readers know my favorite sports time of the year is happening right now. Major League Baseball is starting up and my Red Sox are less than a month away from making a run to the World Series. However, MLB isn’t the only reason I look forward to this time of year. Today begins one ...

This week in MOV athletics

Before we dive into this week of exciting sports action in the Mid-Ohio Valley, I would like to take a moment to recognize the PHS, Gilmer County, Ritchie County, and Williamstown girls basketball teams for great seasons. It was exciting watching you compete against some of the top talent in ...

This week in MOV athletics

There is a lot of information to cover for high school sports in the Mid-Ohio Valley this week, so I am going to waste no time with an introduction and jump right into the fun. The main event of the week, the high school girls state basketball tournament begins bright and early Wednesday ...

Wrestling with the roundball

Generally speaking when the month of March hits, it’s time to completely focus on basketball. Of course, that’s not the case this year since the state wrestling tournament isn’t over. Before I share a couple quotes from Parkersburg 120-pound state champion John Martin Best, who ...

This week in MOV athletics

Phew! What a period for Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports last week! Did anyone see the dramatic ending to the PHS and South girls sectional final game? How about the Ravenswood girls cutting a 21-point deficit down to three against Williamstown in the fourth quarter? Or, Yellowjacket point ...

Baseball is finally back

The pop of the catcher’s mitt and the crack of the bat. Those sounds, among others, are being echoed all across Arizona and Florida this week and can only mean one thing ... Baseball is finally back after an almost four-month break. When we last left America’s favorite past time, the ...

Wrestling not getting any easier

One thing which always holds true in the sport of wrestling is there really aren’t any shortcuts to success. Barring a rare egregious call by a referee, when the match is over the wrestler knows the effort they’ve put forth and they have to live with the result attained. Just like in ...

This week in MOV sports

One of my favorite times of the year is finally upon us for the Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports scene with the beginning of postseason play upon us. High school swim teams from around the Mountain State battled for the first of five state titles available from a full season of winter ...

Honoring Jim Goodwin

When I think of Jim Goodwin, who left us Sunday night, what comes to mind is a number of things. First of all, always a gentleman — what Jim was with me in my dealings with him as a reporter covering his more than 25 years as the head coach/manager of the Parkersburg American Legion Post 15 ...

This week in MOV sports

To borrow a word from former Texas governor Rick Perry — Oops. In my haste to kick off the Road to Huntington (sorry WWE CEO Mr. Vincent Kennedy McMahon but you haven’t trademarked the phrase “Road to Wrestlemania” so I am using a slight variation of it), I jumped ahead a week in ...

Big Reds will have their say

Going into the 2016-17 season Parkersburg High head boys basketball coach Jeff Mennillo had a feeling something was special about this version of his Big Reds. Not surprising after he returned every starter from a year ago minus the graduated Darrius Basta. Mennillo knew he had a team full ...

Busy weekend for MOV

Sometimes all it takes to pull something off is a little motivation and forethought. That’s exactly what’s transpired in the past year or so thanks to Ritchie County head mat coach Alan Davis and former longtime Calhoun County veteran head man Mike Stump. Having talked about the idea ...

This week in MOV sports

We have a great sports week ahead of us this week dear readers … Let us not waste any time with fancy introductions or plays on words and just jump right into it. Our first stop will be the Class AAA, Region I wrestling regionals Saturday inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, where the No. ...

An answer to Super Bowl apathy

Remember when watching the commercials was the biggest attraction of Super Bowl Sunday, or at least a reliable fallback plan in case the game got boring? More and more of those ads are debuting before the game. And, depending on your musical tastes (Lady Gaga is performing), halftime may not ...

Class A girls’ basketball title sleepers

A few weeks ago yours’ truly left you with his picks for top state title contenders, then at the end of the article promised a follow-up for darkhorse or sleeper picks for the Class A girls title. It took me a little longer to get in the correct mindset to write this column than I thought, ...