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Top MOV sports moments of 2016

Last year about this time, yours truly established a new Christmas tradition here at the paper. I brought to you the top moments in the Mid-Ohio sports world for 2015 with the plan of making the list an annual thing. Well another year has gone by and fortunately I am once again able to share ...

This week in MOV sports

During football season, we here at your News and Sentinel sports department provide a space in the Friday paper for a section on some of the top football matchups of the night around the Mid-Ohio Valley. I have received a lot of positive feedback on these sections as long as I have been at ...

Flo’s Kyle Bratke set for dual

Kyle Bratke, a four-time state place-winner for Parkersburg High School and the 2010 Class AAA 130-pound state champion for the Big Reds, might be the most excited person come Sunday afternoon inside Memorial Fieldhouse when Virginia Tech squares off against West Virginia University in a ...

Winter sports starting

Anyone who knows me or has found their way to my little spot in the sports section knows I am a nerd. Sports, video games, pop culture ­— you name it. I am an endless well of useless information. Anyway, I am getting off track. So a few days ago, we started assembling the winter sports ...

Wrestling, football and picks

What a year it was for the St. Marys football team of head coach Jodi Mote. You know a team doesn’t have trust issues when it goes for it on fourth-and-inches just outside of its own 10 like the Blue Devils did against East Hardy in the Class A state championship game. Although that led ...

Does the NFC have a favorite?

In just a little more than two months, the champions of the American and National Football Conference will get together for a little matchup known as the Super Bowl. Anyone at the game surely will be blinded by the amount of camera flashes going off and ticket prices may cause some to take out ...

St. Marys: Purple People Eaters

Before we kick things off here, St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote would like to thank all law enforcement and fire departments in the counties of Ohio -Wheeling; Marshall-Moundsville; Wetzel-New Martinsville and Paden City; Tyler-Sisterville and Pleasants County-St. Marys and Belmont for the ...

Mountaineers top Baylor in sloppy showdown

There is no rule that says a win has to be pretty to count. The first quarter of the West Virginia game against Baylor Saturday portended how things would progress the rest of the afternoon. The quarter took nearly an hour to play. Neither team could move the ball with any consistency. At one ...

Coming together as a team

Team. This single word has been the motto of the St. Marys football squad through the first thirteen games of this gridiron season. The shirt for spirit pack week featured the word on it and so do the helmet decals for the 13-0 football squad. Not only was the four-letter word adopted by ...

WVU botches key plays

The Saturday night game between West Virginia and Oklahoma began in a blizzard. The snow soon stopped. But the avalanche was just beginning. If one were to pen a worst case scenario for how the battle with the Sooners was to play out, the Mountaineers achieved the vision and then went a few ...

Next WVU game won’t be so easy

The weakest opponent on WVU’s schedule probably came at a good time for the Mountaineers as they played in fits and starts on the way to an expected easy 48-21 win over Kansas. WVU played much of the game as if their minds were elsewhere. The offense was sluggish through most of the first ...

Nine day wonder

In 1553, Edward VI, only son of England’s Henry VIII, died childless. On his deathbed, he named as his successor his 16-year-old cousin Lady Jane Grey, bypassing his sisters Mary and Elizabeth. Upon ascending to the throne, the well-educated, pious and idealistic young queen announced that ...

St. Marys rooting for Yellowjackets?

One of the unusual parts of being a sports fan of any team usually happens around the time the postseason approaches. During the jockeying for certain playoff positions or just trying to qualify to get in, fans of teams can sometimes find themselves rooting for a school’s heated ...

WVU shows improvement with TCU win

It turned cool and windy in Morgantown but the West Virginia Mountaineers remained red hot as they trounced TCU 34-10 for their second straight unexpected one sided victory. The win leaves WVU at 6-0 and near the top ten, far exceeding virtually all preseason expectations. Coach Dana ...

Do not count out the Tribe

In just a few hours, the Chicago Cubs will step out on to a World Series field for the first time in 73 years, looking to end a 108-year championship drought. The team known as the ‘Lovable Losers’ were anything but its nickname this season. Chicago stormed out of the gate at a ...

Looking at West Virginia Class A girls hoops

While some of my readers who pick up this column will look at the calendar and still see football on the menu for the next few weeks and wonder why I am writing about basketball, others will be very excited to see this column come out because we are quickly approaching basketball ...

WVU still going strong

After two games in which the West Virginia Mountaineers overcame numerous mistakes but still escaped with victories, fans wondered how high the ceiling might be if the flaws were somehow corrected. We got a glimpse of the potential in the unexpected one sided 48-17 thrashing of Texas Tech on ...

What’s next for the Mountaineers?

In an unusual scheduling anomaly, West Virginia had a second Saturday off over the last four weekends. The plus side of that circumstance is the Mountaineers had an opportunity to rest some players with nicks and bumps, which occur over the course of a season, but the flip side is the remainder ...

Football season in the air

While I’ll get to some gridiron thoughts shortly, I’m still in a state of utter disbelief of how Baltimore’s season ended late Tuesday night against Toronto. Early Tuesday, long before first pitch, I ran into meet director Sam Vincent at the Wood County Middle School cross country ...