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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 ...

This week in MOV sports

If it is Monday morning and if you are looking at this special space in the paper, there is a good chance you, dear reader, have been accustomed to my usual update on the week ahead in the Mid-Ohio Valley sports scene. Thanks for coming back by and let’s get started with the athletic action ...

Wrestling season is heating up

Wrestling programs from the Mid-Ohio Valley continue to put in hard work, hoping it’s all going to pay off at some point next month in the postseason. On Friday and Saturday, both the Braxton County Invitational and the Winner’s Choice in Fairmont should undoubtedly bring about some stiff ...

This week in MOV sports

It is another busy week in the Mid-Ohio Valley for high school sports. We are one week closer to the playoffs and the competition is heating up at the halfway point of the season. As is usually the case in the MOV, Monday is not a heavy athletic day. Fans of boys basketball have a big matchup ...

Moving on from football

I’m not sure which was a bigger disappointment, having to watch the Ohio State game with the wife for a full four quarters or West Virginia’s nearly equally inept showing against the Hurricanes from Miami. Of course, the news wasn’t good late Tuesday night either as the WVU men’s ...

This week in Mid-Ohio Valley Sports

Hello everyone! Let me be the first (well maybe not exactly the first) to welcome you to 2017. We have our college football national championship game decided (a rematch I am looking forward to), the NBA is in full swing, the Cavaliers are on top of the East, and of course the Mid-Ohio ...

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 ...