Local Sports Columns

Lincicome enjoying her time off

Last year after Brittany Lincicome hosted her annual clinic and played 18-holes of exhibition golf, she and now-husband Dewald Gouws, were back on the road not even two hours removed from her appearance at the 44th annual Sour Mash Memorial Open.The pair jumped in a rented mini-van and headed ...

My MLB second-half thoughts

Now before you avid baseball fans say anything ... Yes, I do know the second half has already started and most teams will be one or two games into the home stretch before many read this column. However, such a small sample size of games is negligible when it comes to writing a column like this ...

UFC sale to WME-IMG spells more media for fighting future

The UFC officially completed its sale to entertainment behemoth WME-IMG over the weekend, signaling a huge step up for the fighting promotion company. For those who have followed the numerous events through the early 2000s to now, the media expansion of the UFC is nothing to be ...

Baseball projections, summer lemonade might leave fans feeling sour

We're not quite a month into summer and it definitely feels like it outside lately.I'm happy to report there still happens to be a little entrepreneurial fervor in the Mid-Ohio Valley.The better half and I happened to pass a lemonade stand Wednesday on 23rd Street in Parkersburg. It's not ...

Helping out flood victims

Getting back into the flow of things at the office following vacation is never an easy task.Of course, small problems like that are a far, far cry from the devastating flooding the Mountain State received in late June.Since my sister came in from Baltimore to visit family in Wirt County last ...

Could LeBron leave Cleveland?

Three days ago, LeBron James, the ender of Cleveland's title woes, opted out of his deal with the Cavaliers to become a free agent. While many people are speculating this is just a formality to get a new deal under the new salary cap rules to stay with his home state team, some are saying he ...

7 p.m. prep kickoffs becoming the norm

I'm glad to see that more and more and little by little, the high school football teams in the Mid-Ohio Valley are opting to start their home night games at 7 p.m. instead of the usual 7:30 p.m. anymore.Parkersburg South, Parkersburg Catholic, Williamstown, Marietta, Warren and Calhoun County ...

Looking at WVU, Marshall

Since last week I delved into Ohio State's 2016 outlook in a trio of college football preview magazines, this week it'll be WVU and Marshall's turn.First the Mountaineers, who are seen as a middle-of-the-pack to low-middle finisher in the nine-team Big 12 this season. Still WVU made huge ...

OSU still ranked high

Thumbing through three of the first college football preview magazines on the newstands now, you would think Ohio State hadn't lost a bushel basket of talented players to this year's NFL draft.After all, who spurred the Buckeyes on the past two seasons? First, to a national championship in 2014 ...

Reds’ clinic adds softball

MARIETTA?- Joselyn Trent and Laura Wagner both play on a youth softball team in Vienna.On Monday, they were two of 15 girls receiving softball tips at the 23rd annual Reds Legends Youth Baseball Clinic at V.F.W. Field in Marietta."This will be my third year at this camp," said the 13-year-old ...

Casto to play for W.Va Wesleyan

PARKERSBURG - Cary Casto, who swung a big bat this season for Parkersburg Catholic, is headed to West Virginia Wesleyan for college this fall to play baseball for the NCAA Division II Bobcats.Basically a first baseman/DH for the Crusaders, Casto hit for a .378 average this spring, hammering ...

LeBron, Cavaliers make history with championship

As many of my loyal or not loyal readers, just if you picked up the paper the day my colleague and mine's NBA Finals columns ran, you will remember I picked the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the NBA Finals.Truthfully, I didn't think Cleveland stood much of a chance against one of the best teams in ...

Chapman enjoyed North-South contest

For the first time in a decade, a high school girls basketball all-star game was played in the state of West Virginia. Selected athletes from around the state were selected to participate in the event Sunday at the Waco Center in Glenville.The star power was high and the North team coached by ...

Eddy to share race journey

In two months time, runners and walkers from all over the world will descend upon Parkersburg for the News and Sentinel Half Marathon. Race day will be the culmination of training for thousands of competitors with some having different goals from winning the race, to setting a new best time, to ...

Area Ohio all-staters persevered

Mason Pilkey, Alyssa Tabler, Cray Sistrunk, and Rhys Ramirez each earned All-Ohio track and field honors this past Saturday.But the foursome also has another thing in common. All of them persevered.Let's start with Pilkey.No one really had any inkling when Pilkey was a freshman thinclad at ...

Which team will claim the Larry O’Brien trophy?

It isn't the most popular pick and according to most of the oddsmakers in Las Vegas that is a smart decision. What am I talking about?The Cleveland Cavaliers triumphing over the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals and finally bringing a championship back to the beleaguered city of ...

Golden State will be victorious

The Golden State Warriors are returning to the NBA Finals!Yes, after coming back from an almost daunting 3-1 deficit against the Oklahoma City Thunder during theirWestern Conference Finals series, Golden State won a thrilling Game 7 this past Saturday, 96-88, against OKC and will find ...

Pilkey throwing in the wind

Mason Pilkey was just a spectator Saturday.The 2015 All-Ohio discus thrower was there under the Warren Warriors tent in the bleachers at Athens High's R. Basil Rutter Field to cheer on his track and field teammates during the second day of the Division II, Region 7 meet. On the first day at the ...

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 ...