Local Sports Columns

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 ...

Wirt County’s Hunter Moore got his

Wirt County captured the first Class A state wrestling championship last winter. This past weekend, the Tigers finished as the state runner-up to Madonna, but head coach Danny Life watched 170-pound senior Hunter Moore capture a thrilling 3-2 triple-overtime decision against Nitro’s Vinny ...

’Jackets’ Wager a total leader

Williamstown girls’ basketball coach Fred Sauro knew last spring he was only going to have one senior on the 2017-18 version of his Yellowjackets team. Bethany Wager was going to be asked to do a lot to help a young team trying to find its way after losing six seniors from last year’s ...

South mat not going anywhere

I suppose one could use a plethora of words to describe Parkersburg South’s state mat performance this past weekend in Huntington, but pure utter dominance comes to my mind first. Of course, in order to achieve goals and break school and state records, a lot of work has to take place behind ...

This week in MOV athletics

Basketball now takes center stage for the rest of the winter sports campaign after the completion of a fairly smooth state wrestling tournament Saturday in Huntington. Mountain State hoops fans will have a complete picture of who is playing in the girls’ state tournament and what the ...

A special day for the Patriots’ wrestling team

Parkersburg High School casts a towering, sometimes inescapable shadow over the other schools in the area, especially when it comes to sports. The School of Champions isn’t just a nickname, it is a way of life all Big Reds take pride in. PHS teams have accumulated enough state championships ...

Yellowjackets’ Bethany Arnold is a glass cleaner

Hanging on one of the walls inside Williamstown High School’s gymnasium is a banner with a single name printed on the material. Though hundreds of girls have passed through the Yellowjackets’ girls basketball program, Molly Kiger remains the only player to collect 1,000 career rebounds. ...

Big Reds’ Stephen Carder fine being top dog

Stephen Carder wasn’t favored to a win a state title last year, but things are different this time around. The Parkersburg Big Red 145-pound grappler enters his final state wrestling tournament with a target on his back. That’s quite all right with him. “Honestly, it makes me feel ...

This week in MOV athletics

Two teams and one motivated individual have chances at history when the W.Va. State Wrestling Championships kick off Thursday inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Parkersburg South’s grappling team can complete a four-peat as the team title winner. I say “can” but it is ...

Big Reds’ swimming Sniders want more hardware

A century of PHS athletics have seen 1,000s of athletes pass through the Big Reds’ ranks. Sometimes multiple athletes from the same family test their mettle in the same sport. Recently the Lindamoods were a clan standing out on the football field. Golf saw eight years of the Prine family. ...

Parkersburg South’s Dominic Collins a fast learner

Swimming easily stands as one of the most technical sports in the wide world of athletics. Those who wish to make waves are encouraged to start young with swimming lessons at their local YMCA or wherever else possible. Obviously, good technique early is a necessity if someone endeavors to ...

Parkersburg Catholic’s Olivia Ullman on her long journey

The answer was unanimous among the entire Parkersburg Catholic girls’ basketball team when I asked them to identify the best shooter on the squad. “It is Olivia,” said Mikayla Alkire. “Olivia Ullman,” added Jenna Boice. “Oh, it is Olivia,” chimed in Kamaria Robinson. ...

This week in MOV athletics

Championship season for winter sports is finally here. After two months of regular-season competition, plenty of heartbreak, and more blood, sweat and tears than can be imagined, the best of the best in the state and its leagues will be crowned. Three team state championships and countless ...

Spending time with South mat

Friday was one of those rare days, almost like having a Saturday off from work, where I didn’t find myself getting ready to cover a basketball game somewhere in the Mid-Ohio Valley. I figured what better way to spend part of the late afternoon and early evening than taking in some wrestling ...

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 ...