Local Sports Columns

Watch for Pioneers soccer

At one point last season, the Marietta College men's soccer team was undefeated on its home pitch.The Joe Bergin-coached Pioneer booters finished 6-2 at Marietta Field, losing only to two of the better squads in the Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio Northern University and Capital University.This ...

Thoughts on WVU’s ’16 campaign

Trying to predict how a football season will play out is indeed a dubious task. Question marks about our favorite teams are always on the horizon, and the same uncertainty exists about the 12 teams on the schedule to be faced. But unpredictability is part of what makes being a sports fan such ...

Football season is upon us

While every single team in the Mid-Ohio Valley opens its season on Friday aside from Federal Hocking heading this evening to Alexander, the wait is nearly over for prep gridiron fanatics.Head coaches and players alike are ready to leave the practice field behind in hopes their preparation is ...

Pigskin Preview coming Thursday

About two weeks ago, the sports department began the process of gathering information from 31 area football teams for the construction of our 2016 Pigskin Preview, which coincidentally hits newsstands Thursday.Everyone put in a lot of mileage and worked a lot of long hours (especially Jordan ...

Warren soccer loved by goal post

In soccer, it is said that a tie is comparable to "kissing your sister."Warren boys' soccer coach Andy Pinkerton had something else in mind after the host Warriors (0-0-1) rallied twice to tie rival Marietta High, 2-2, in a season opener Saturday night."It seemed like last year, the post wasn't ...

Weighing Olympic positive over Lochte scandal

Even if you've managed to avoid most of the coverage for this year's Olympics in Rio, it's quite possible you've heard about some of the more controversial mishaps in lieu of positive messages of unity and sportsmanship that the games represent.The big topic right now is Olympic medalist Ryan ...

Timing is always critical

It's hard to believe we are exactly a week away from the publication of our annual Pigskin Preview edition.I spent a little time Wednesday at Parkersburg's football practice, mainly because I needed to track down signal-caller Ethan Airhart for an interview.Needless to say, after basically ...

Wrapping up the summer heat

It's that time of the summer when pools close and work in the classroom starts back up.Here in Wood County, the teachers have been back and students are welcomed in today. The same holds true for Roane, Ritchie, Tyler and Pleasants counties. Calhoun County has one more day of reprieve before ...

Making the Tribe great again

As all avid baseball fans and probably most casual ones as well know, the Major League Baseball trade deadline came and went Monday at 4 p.m. In one of the most active deadlines in history, 40 trades were made as teams made a definitive decision (well, not the Pittsburgh Pirates, but I digress) ...

Pamela Reeves remembered

For those of you who are regular readers of my column ... You will know I enjoy mixing in pop culture references into whatever I write. Usually with a column such as this, I wouldn't mess around with cutesy bumbling references but there is a line out of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and The ...

Fulmer could be American League rookie of the year

At this point in time, it appears Major League Baseball's American League Rookie of the Year award is likely a three-man race.Although there is still plenty of season left, two outfielders - Texas Ranger Nomar Mazara and Cleveland Indian Tyler Naquin - along with Detroit starting pitcher ...

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 ...