Local Sports Columns

ALBRIGHT: Young Yellowjackets grew up

If Terry Smith’s annual review of his Williamstown football team isn’t a positive one, something is wrong. Every year, Smith sits down and asks if his team got better and it did. Pay no mind to Wheeling Central’s second handling of the Yellowjackets in 2018. Creating ideal competitive ...

Another year of picking

As hard as it is to believe, some “winter” sports are already underway. Despite the calendar saying it truly is still fall, it sure hasn’t felt like it outside the past couple of days. Nonetheless, we continue to push on here in the sports department and we are down to our final two ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU’s missed chances

For the average college football fan it may have been the most entertaining game of the year. Two of the best quarterbacks in America. Points galore. Excitement to the finish. But for Mountaineer fans it was a roller coaster of emotions, from euphoria to dread and back and forth again several ...

ALBRIGHT: Big Red girls’ top my AP preseason Class AAA poll

One of the best sports times of the year is right around the corner! Basketball begins within the borders of the Mountain State in the final week of November. The start of the hardwood sport brings my attention to girls' basketball as I vote on the all-state committee. A duty taken ...

ALBRIGHT: Big Reds made the correct gridiron hire with Mike Byus

Mike Byus brought a winning pedigree with him two years ago to a Parkersburg High School football program stuck in a rut. One of the winningest head coaches during his time at East Lincoln High School (including two state titles and a 28-game winning streak) in North Carolina, Byus was used ...

Kicking the ball

I could go into a long diatribe about the importance of field goals, especially concerning West Virginia University’s loss Saturday night at Oklahoma State where head coach Dana Holgorsen opted to not take the three points in the first half and got stuffed on fourth down, but I won’t even ...

ALBRIGHT: Book it! South girls’ hoops headed back to Charleston

Parkersburg South girls’ basketball fell short of the ultimate goal of all Patriot teams this century— a state championship — by two wins last season. The bar established during Scott Stephens’ tenure (three state titles) remains unmoved since his departure. Third-year head coach Ed ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU creates a spark

Coming off a dramatic last second win at Texas the previous week, the major concern of WVU fans heading into last Saturday’s game against TCU was perhaps the Mountaineers would come out a bit flat and with a lack of focus. Those concerns appeared to be justified early in the afternoon, as ...

Good coaches, bad parents?

It was almost the perfect Saturday for Magnolia’s Pam Chapman. Earlier last week, I was trying to get in touch with the Blue Eagles’ head volleyball coach to talk about her team and their chances to win a state title in Charleston. Not long after I sent her a text message, she replied ...

ALBRIGHT: PHS girls’ hoops won’t be defined by losses

Windows of opportunity for success when special teams emerge don’t stay open long in high school sports. If a talented team hopes to make their mark on history, panes of glass must shatter early to signal a group’s matter-of-fact arrival. One of those windows currently stands paneless, ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU claims a thriller

It not only was the most exciting game of the season so far for WVU football fans, but perhaps the most entertaining game in all of college football this season. After a 33-yard touchdown pass to Gary Jennings with 16 seconds remaining there was no hesitation by head coach Dana Holgorsen. ...

Column: We meet again so soon?

Tonight’s loser of the No. 10 Parkersburg High vs. No. 5 Parkersburg South football game might not have to wait long to score revenge according to two WVSSAC playoff scenarios. If Mike Byus’ PHS club pulls off the upset, according to the SSAC ratings, and Huntington beats Spring Valley, ...

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 ...