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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, ...

West Virginia Class A boys’ basketball state title contenders

About this time last week, yours truly devoted his column space to bring you, the readers, a look at the Class A girls basketball title competition picture. Some may have wondered if I was going to leave the boys out in the cold but fear not dear reader ... I am back to satiate your appetite ...

This week in MOV sports

Another sports week in the Mid-Ohio Valley is upon us, but instead of my usual orderly preview this week we are going to jump around throughout the seven days to switch things up a bit. Let’s go straight to the middle of the week, where defending Class A girls champion and current No. 3 ...

Let the coaches coach

Coaching and healing. At first glance one may not think coaches and doctors have a lot in common, yet with the availability of YouTube and sites like WedMd there is one big link between them. With the dizzying amount of information available at people’s fingertips, everyone thinks they ...

Top recruiting class: OSU or Alabama?

It looks like it’ll be a race to the finish next Wednesday, Feb. 1 between Ohio State and Alabama for the best college football recruiting class for 2017. But it really makes no matter who comes out on top on National Signing Day, as both ’Bama and the Buckeyes will enrich themselves ...

This week in MOV sports

Another Monday is upon us and with it comes a new sports week for the high school teams in the Mid-Ohio Valley. It should come as no surprise by now there is little going on in the prep sports scene until Tuesday. January 24 is chock full of good sports around the area. Starting off, Class A, ...

Class A girls’ basketball title contenders

I regularly joke with some of my other colleagues in the office I have become a West Virginia Class A basketball hoops savant over the past year or so. Whether it is because your sports writers have so many teams in the classification, there is so much talent, or because I am always covering ...