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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 ...

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, ...