Local Sports Columns

Parkersburg South’s Allie Taylor raising her game on the hardwood

One of my favorite things about sports is the fluidity. Things are always changing from one minute, game, or season to another. This is especially true for high school sports, where graduation is the great equalizer (well sometimes, but in this case the scenario works) and presents ...

This week in MOV athletics

Pardon my rant at the beginning of the column... Let me just say, if the PHS boys aren’t ranked in the Top 10 this week I really have no idea what is going on with the voters. Jeff Mennillo’s team now owns wins over the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 ranked teams in the state in a two-week time ...

Picking Patriots, Eagles again

In this era of binge-watching shows online and networks seeming afraid to air reruns, we’re getting a repeat Super Bowl. It’s been 13 years since the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles faced off in Super Bowl XXIX, and though a lot has changed, three factors remain the same: Tom ...

Roane County’s Lucille Westfall is hidden gemstone

For the love of the game. Not many people know this, but the great Michael Jordan loved the game of basketball so much he had a clause put into his contract stating he could play basketball whenever he wanted. Outside of the season, pick-up games over the summer, special celebrity contests ...

Miller does a lot for the Big Reds

A captain in two sports, soccer and basketball, and a pretty good player in both too. That’s Parkersburg High School senior Parker Miller, who is planning on majoring in college in such things as exercise physiology or medical microbiology among others. “But I don’t know for sure ...

Amy Deem’s life full of passion

Passion has defined Amy Deem’s feelings for track and field at every stop she has made along her route through her life. Deem’s love for the sport started at an early age, her dad ran and she was always racing people as a kid. “It (track and field) was really just something for me ...

Nick Swisher humbled by honor

Nick Swisher’s journey to the Parkersburg High School Sports Hall of Fame differed from fellow inductees Susan Gardner and Amy Deem. Whereas both Deem and Gardner grew up in the city and spent time at Big Red sporting events learning the culture and history of the school, Swisher didn’t ...

This week in MOV athletics

Two things before I get started with the sports goings-on in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Our sports crew needs a new sports writer/paginator (page layout). Qualifications include sports and page layout knowledge. If you know anyone who is interested or yourself are interested, please stop by ...

Big 12 in for a wild ending

A lot of early-season success has many Big 12 men’s basketball teams sitting in pretty positions as we enter the crunch period before conference tournament time. Every squad in the conference has a winning record. Four teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 (WVU, Kansas, ...

This week in MOV athletics

In loving memory of sports broadcaster Keith Jackson ... Woah Nelly! A Blasting of Ice and Snow (sorry, I am reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series right now) swept through the Mid-Ohio Valley last weekend and put a freeze on a really good sports weekend. Fortunately, ...

Looking back at football

Sadly, it appears Mother Nature is going to win out this weekend when it comes to the prep sports scene. As of press time Friday, there were still several events fans can take in throughout today, including a still currently scheduled Class A boys basketball showdown featuring Notre Dame at ...

Gordon feeling hopeful

While it is true the fires of competition rage through Parkersburg South's Rod Oldham Athletic Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, another flame takes center stage. Writers refer to this light as the human races' simultaneous source of our greatest strength and our greatest weakness. But come ...

This week in MOV athletics

Wow! There is a lot of action slated for this week on the Mid-Ohio Valley High School sports scene. If we are going to get to all of the big matchups, we had better jump right in. Local businesses should prepare for a quiet night Tuesday as the PHS Memorial Fieldhouse is the place to be for ...

South’s Braxton Amos staying focused

Let’s be honest for a minute ... There is nothing easy about being a teenager most, if not all, of the time. Teens have a lot going on between puberty, school, fighting with parents, a love life, friends, phones and extracurricular activities. Something almost always is cropping up. ...

This week in MOV Athletics

Happy New Year to all my readers! 2018 surely will be a blast. And we have some great sporting events to help ring in the New Year this week as well. Some of you may be wondering where this column was last week with expectations dashed when it didn't appear. Jay W. Bennett and I had so much ...

Red Devils still a work in progress

A pleasant surprise was sitting on my desk last week inside a vanilla envelope when I came into the office Wednesday afternoon. Lo and behold when I opened it up, there was the 2017-18 Runnin’ Red Devils basketball program. Although I’ve only had a chance to peruse the annual Ravenswood ...

PC’s Alkire sees things differently

Parkersburg Catholic student Mikalya Alkire is very smart. Being the recent recipient of a 30 score on her ACT is proof enough of this fact. The Crusaderette basketball player also was quick to deduce why I wished to speak with her when I showed up Tuesday at practice. “It is ...

A look back at Big Reds, South hoops Friday night

Friday night’s basketball game between rivals Parkersburg and Parkersburg South inside the Rod Oldham Athletic Center was quite the joy to cover. Granted, neither program could throw the ball into the proverbial ocean, but it sure wasn’t for a lack of trying. Especially in the first ...

This week in MOV athletics

Now the Winter Tab and schedule book are done and in reader’s hands, I can turn my attention to the action on the court, in the water and on the mats. Last year, I started a column to keep high school sports fans up-to-date with the happenings each week in the Mid-Ohio Valley prep sports ...

South starting something brand new

When Parkersburg South boys basketball coach Mike Fallon told me neither the girls program nor his squad had ever hosted a tournament at the school before I was shocked. Supporters of the Patriots love the hardwood game. Not to mention, a student fan base known throughout the state as the ...