Local Sports Columns

Taking a look at my MLB picks

About six months or 163 games ago, I came to you in this space and gave my predictions for the division and wild card winners for the 2016 Major League Baseball season. I was sitting in bed last night and it hit me in previous years I had written these columns but had never followed up to see ...

WVU wins despite big mistakes

Since WVU joined the Big 12 Kansas State had been a nemesis. In four years the Mountaineers were winless against the Wildcats, three when West Virginia was favored. The recipe for Kansas State was to control the clock, avoid mistakes, exploit the errors of their opponent, and be solid on ...

Hanging in there with WVU

WVU football fans endured a harrowing fourth quarter before the Mountaineers survived a Brigham Young rally to hang on for a 35-32 victory Saturday. After a 99-yard West Virginia scoring drive to take a 35-19 lead with 11:27 remaining it looked as if the game was well in hand. But in college ...

Who wins the American League MVP award?

With another Major League Baseball season quickly winding down, many fans’ minds will turn to the playoffs (and the crazy race for the American League wild cards, am I right)? The 2016 season has been filled with ups and downs and twists and turns. Those ups are what I am focusing on today as ...

Devils, Jackets pass tests

Even though we are only in Week 4 of the West Virginia High School football season, it is never too early for any game to be labeled a big one — especially if all teams involved are playoff hopefuls. A pair of games last Friday could be billed as playoff type atmospheres and the Mid-Ohio ...

Special season in the making

PARKERSBURG - For those as yet unacquainted with this year's Parkersburg South girls' soccer team, it appears something special may be brewing at Erickson Field. Coach Ron Bucholtz' young squad is developing defensive solidity and a thoughtful, constructive attacking style which bodes very well ...

For West Virginia, a win is a win

It is always easy for players and fans to look at what appears to be a subpar opponent on the schedule and assume that the outcome of the game is a forgone conclusion.But as we see in many examples in college football throughout the country each week, if a team does not show up focused and ...

WVU answers questions

The West Virginia Mountaineers opened the 2016 football season with a solid performance in defeating Missouri 26-11 on a beautiful day Saturday at Mountaineer Field.The biggest question mark coming in was a West Virginia defense with 8 new starters. Admittedly they were matching up against a ...

My 2016 College Football Playoffs Final Four picks

There may be some people out there who read this column today and think it is a few days late after the college football season kicked off last Friday night but I don't think anyone is picking Cal or Hawaii be in the national title picture in 2016 so I am going to go ahead and say I am safe ...

Watch for Pioneers soccer

At one point last season, the Marietta College men's soccer team was undefeated on its home pitch.The Joe Bergin-coached Pioneer booters finished 6-2 at Marietta Field, losing only to two of the better squads in the Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio Northern University and Capital University.This ...

Thoughts on WVU’s ’16 campaign

Trying to predict how a football season will play out is indeed a dubious task. Question marks about our favorite teams are always on the horizon, and the same uncertainty exists about the 12 teams on the schedule to be faced. But unpredictability is part of what makes being a sports fan such ...

Football season is upon us

While every single team in the Mid-Ohio Valley opens its season on Friday aside from Federal Hocking heading this evening to Alexander, the wait is nearly over for prep gridiron fanatics.Head coaches and players alike are ready to leave the practice field behind in hopes their preparation is ...

Pigskin Preview coming Thursday

About two weeks ago, the sports department began the process of gathering information from 31 area football teams for the construction of our 2016 Pigskin Preview, which coincidentally hits newsstands Thursday.Everyone put in a lot of mileage and worked a lot of long hours (especially Jordan ...

Warren soccer loved by goal post

In soccer, it is said that a tie is comparable to "kissing your sister."Warren boys' soccer coach Andy Pinkerton had something else in mind after the host Warriors (0-0-1) rallied twice to tie rival Marietta High, 2-2, in a season opener Saturday night."It seemed like last year, the post wasn't ...

Weighing Olympic positive over Lochte scandal

Even if you've managed to avoid most of the coverage for this year's Olympics in Rio, it's quite possible you've heard about some of the more controversial mishaps in lieu of positive messages of unity and sportsmanship that the games represent.The big topic right now is Olympic medalist Ryan ...

Timing is always critical

It's hard to believe we are exactly a week away from the publication of our annual Pigskin Preview edition.I spent a little time Wednesday at Parkersburg's football practice, mainly because I needed to track down signal-caller Ethan Airhart for an interview.Needless to say, after basically ...

Wrapping up the summer heat

It's that time of the summer when pools close and work in the classroom starts back up.Here in Wood County, the teachers have been back and students are welcomed in today. The same holds true for Roane, Ritchie, Tyler and Pleasants counties. Calhoun County has one more day of reprieve before ...

Making the Tribe great again

As all avid baseball fans and probably most casual ones as well know, the Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went Monday at 4 p.m. In one of the most active deadlines in history, 40 trades were made as teams made a definitive decision (well, not the Pittsburgh Pirates, but I digress) ...

Pamela Reeves remembered

For those of you who are regular readers of my column ... You will know I enjoy mixing in pop culture references into whatever I write. Usually with a column such as this, I wouldn't mess around with cutesy bumbling references but there is a line out of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and The ...

Fulmer could be American League rookie of the year

At this point in time, it appears Major League Baseball's American League Rookie of the Year award is likely a three-man race.Although there is still plenty of season left, two outfielders - Texas Ranger Nomar Mazara and Cleveland Indian Tyler Naquin - along with Detroit starting pitcher ...