Local Sports Columns

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 ...

This week in MOV athletics

Three huge baseball games and a giant softball game highlight the upcoming seven days in the Mid-Ohio Valley Prep Sports’ scene. Fans will have to wait out the week to get to the biggest baseball game at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Wheeling’s I-470 stadium. Top-seeded Wheeling Park and ...

Rewind The Clock

Time goes by and doesn’t stop for anyone. It’s hard to believe how horrid this spring has been, but everyone on the local sports scene just has to push on and hope for warmer and drier days ahead. I’m unsure if anyone reading this ever has watched the 2016 movie titled “Bleed for ...

This week in MOV athletics

Predictions of rain mixed with sun make for another on-again, off-again week in the world of local high school sports. Sectional tournament time quickly approaches as does league title competition. Speaking of sectionals, keep an eye on the Parkersburg South baseball team. The Patriots ...

Big Reds’ Ian Domenick just felt like running

Ian Domenick without a doubt stands as one of the most talented cross country and long-distance track performers to ever come out of Parkersburg High School. The Big Reds senior possesses an edge in competition you can’t help but admire. PHS head track coach Rod O’Donnell called him ...

This week in MOV athletics

Mother Nature hasn’t been the most cooperative so far this spring sports season, but the prep campaign powers on regardless of delays and cancellations. PHS and South baseball try again for the first meeting of the season at 7 p.m. today after the Patriots field wasn’t ready last week. ...

Buckeyes fill holes in spring

With Ohio State already two-thirds of the way through spring football practice, there are still holes to fill for the upcoming season as there usually are yet in the spring. Of course, the No. 1 question on offense is who will take over at quarterback for J.T. Barrett, with apparently just ...