Local Sports Columns

Serving up to Big Red Watson

Quiet confidence.If ever there were better words to describe someone than those two for PHS senior Will Watson, I have yet to find them.Yours truly maybe spoke to the Big Red tennis player for a total of twenty minutes this year but every time I did there was nothing but respect and power ...

Rallying with PHS’ Wells

Hard-working. Fun-loving. Dedicated. Caring towards others. Marching to the beat of his own drum.Those five phrases are a perfect beginning description of PHS senior tennis player Landon Wells."I can be friends with pretty much anybody," said Wells. "I like seeing people succeed at what they ...

Don’t forget the parents

Over the course of the next few weekends, West Virginia high school sports will complete another season of competition.The wind down began this weekend at Schoenbaum Courts in Charleston during the state tennis tournament.(And let me tell you if you enjoy tennis, there is going to be some ...

The real McCoy steps up

WESTERVILLE - If Marietta College senior Tim McCoy's back was a little sore Sunday morning after a cold, rainy, damp day in Westerville Saturday, it's understandable.The 5-foot-11, 195-pound slugger swung a hot bat in helping carry the Pioneers to a 6-5 triumph over Baldwin Wallace University ...

Satterfield’s patience is rewarded

NEW MATAMORAS - Kurt Satterfield was faced with a tough decision late in Saturday's D4 sectional semifinal baseball game.Does the first-year Frontier High baseball coach relieve starting pitcher Brent West or not with two outs in the top of the seventh inning? The Cougars led 6-4, but visiting ...

Holgorsen: Father and Coach

To a lot of people in the state of West Virginia, WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen is just that ... a football coach.What many may not know is he also has another important title ... something which takes precedence above being a coach.When he is not on the turf with his team or out ...

Holgorsen: Father and Coach

To a lot of people in the state of West Virginia, WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen is just that ... a football coach.What many may not know is he also has another important title ... something which takes precedence above being a coach.When he is not on the turf with his team or out ...

‘Competition breeds excellence’

Those words from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, who was visiting the great state of West Virginia for the first time, were perhaps the most poignant spoken Friday afternoon at Ravenswood High SchoolJohnson spoke to a jam-packed auditorium of middle school and high school ...

Catcher lone senior on team

When Rachel Montgomery was a Marietta College freshman, she was one of 10 rookies on the 2013 softball roster.Fast-forward to this spring, the Pioneer catcher and petroleum engineering major is the only senior on the team."I'm the only one who's lasted," said Montgomery after MC (16-16 ...

Sports has wild evening

If you were a sports fan, or more to the point a basketball fan, Wednesday evening was definitely fun for you. I was fortunate enough to have the night off and had the pleasure of watching my Celtics overcome a 26-point deficit to secure a win on ESPN while my Red Sox used a late-innings rally ...

Rosie’s time to bloom

One of the most notable bowlers in the Mid-Ohio Valley will have the honor of being enshrined in the Parkersburg Bowling Hall of Fame Saturday at Emerson Lanes.Rosie Abdella started bowling at age 15 at the Coliseum formerly on 7th Street in Parkersburg. She competed in two or sometimes four ...

Uncut Diamond Memories

The return of spring and high school baseball brings dim memories flowing back ...Ernie Harwell summed up my hardball career perfectly."I wanted to play baseball in the worst possible way," the legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster once said."...And that's exactly how I played it."One of my main ...

Crazy time in sports

Honestly, I don't even know where to begin.Basketball season is finally over and boy what a great run by Villanova to beat preseason No. 1 North Carolina. Of course, we can't leave out the Connecticut women, who cruised to a fourth straight NCAA title behind All-American Breanna Stewart.Also of ...

My MLB wild card selections

If you have been reading the sports section the past few days you will know I have given my picks as to who I believe will win the divisions in the National and American Leagues during the 2016 season.If you haven't, first of all ... Shame on you, there is some really good stuff in this paper ...

On to my NL picks

When the regular season comes around, I probably won't follow the National League as closely as I follow the junior circuit. But in the offseason, I like to absorb as much information as I can because I have to get my baseball fix. This is what my baseball-filled noggin is telling me about the ...

My American League Picks

My American League PicksRegular-season baseball is just around the corner and I can hardly wait. My beloved Red Sox made so many big moves this offseason to get better and I am definitely ready to get the taste of two straight last-place finishes out of my mouth.In what has become a bit of an ...

WVU has some work to complete

Next to the entirety of the Major League Baseball season, the men's NCAA Basketball Tournament is my favorite sporting event of the year. I don't know what it is about the tourney but I always get excited doing my due diligence in trying to fill out the elusive perfect bracket (I have been ...

All-in for Gilmer County

A great deal of any sports team's success can always be attributed to the intelligence of the head coach and the talent, tenacity and ability of the players on it but an often overlooked part, and perhaps the most important, the fans, can greatly sway the mood and motivation of a team through ...

One special team

I suppose I shall become professional soon enough.I will, before long, acquire the manner of the ideal reporter who views the results dispassionately, not caring who wins, and certainly never conceiving special sporting affections."Reporters are not fans!" my editor marked sternly in the margin ...

Wildcats lived up to the hype

It seemed like an eternity had passed since the last time the Waterford High girls basketball team had played in a close game.Entering Saturday's Division IV state championship, which the Wildcats won, 29-27, over St. Wendelin, the Jerry Close-coached squad defeated its postseason opponents by ...