Local Sports Columns

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 ...

This week in MOV athletics

The completion of the spring tab means a return to a somewhat normal schedule for yours’ truly. In additon, I can finally turn my full attention to the spring athletic slate which means I once again bring you the sporting events to keep an eye on in the area. Several local baseball ...

Pride of the Devil

One of the best things about working in sports are the relationships one builds over time. That goes for myself personally, but also for a plethora of coaches. In the case of veteran Ravenswood head boys basketball coach Mick Price, things are definitely going to be different next ...

Waterford’s Kenzie Dietz leads Washington County in state tourney trips

After this week, Waterford High senior Kenzie Dietz is expected to exchange her basketball shoes for a pair of golf ones. Y’see, the 18-year Dietz is a pretty fair country golfer and a member of three state tournament Wildcat teams in the fall. Add that to her four consecutive state hoops ...

Crusader tennis player Nash Morris not resting on his laurels

Any person who was around Parkersburg Catholic No. 1 singles’ tennis player Nash Morris after his Class AA/A state finals matchup against Ravenswood’s Maximus Hilton could see the jubilation on his face. Charleston Catholic’s Andrew Jones wasn’t going to take anything away from Nash ...

Big Reds’ Aleea Crites raised up her game

Expectation-changing freshmen classes don’t come along very often for high school sports programs. Talented incoming groups can be broken up before they collectively step foot on campus by a number of factors from transfers, injuries or sometimes parents. Parkersburg High School girls’ ...

Madeline Huffman makes PC go, go, go!

Sports teams are a lot like sports cars. Each requires a number of pieces working in combination with each other to work toward one goal .... Moving. However, if you don’t have a strong engine you aren’t going anywhere. Parkersburg Catholic’s girls’ basketball team has about as ...