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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 ...

MC missed ‘the backbone of its team’

Had a strange feeling while Marietta College was warming up before Friday night's opening round men's basketball game against Gwynedd Mercy University at the BanJo this past Friday night.Something was definitely out of sync. Not whole.Eddy Grenert was not in uniform due to concussion ...

Pet fish inspires Wildcats

Waterford High is really second to none in the state in attacking the rim.And, there's a reason why."We have a team fish," said 5-foot-8 senior standout Dani Drayer after the Wildcats routed South Webster, 62-27, in a Sweet 16 girls basketball regional semifinal at Jackson High Thursday night.A ...

Area girls’ hoops teams to watch

As we approach the end of another prep basketball season, several area teams are still in the mix to make it to Charleston and be the ones to cut down the nets at the Civic Center after the final buzzer sounds.Unlike in past years working here, whether it be because I was laying out the sports ...

Looking back at state mat tourney

The 69th edition of the West Virginia state mat tournament is in the books.Even the best author on the planet couldn't write some of the story lines that were produced inside Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena.For starters, first-year Parkersburg South head coach Shaun Smith might not have ...

Time to shine on the mat

It's hard to believe yet another wrestling season is nearly in the books.The 69th annual West Virginia state wrestling tournament is set to get underway this evening in Huntington and the three-day event should be exciting.Although it doesn't appear likely either Class AA/A Independence or ...

Wow! What a Friday!

I am not a morning person.Anyone who knows me will tell you I keep late hours and enjoy the quiet time of the early morning during my gaming or reading sessions. I also work late and need some unwinding time when I get home in order to relax and calm down from the hustle and bustle of work ...

Best of the LKC West, part two

Welcome back to our star-studded awards spectacular, and thank you, Dom DeLuise. We now continue our commemoration of the year's best in area small-school girls' basketball.The Annie Oakley Award for top sharpshooter is a no-brainer. St. Marys' Ashley Hall lit up the scoreboards night after ...

Best of the LKC west, Part One

As the paper's go-to-guy for small-school girls' hoops coverage, I have probably seen more different Little Kanawha Conference West matchups this year than anyone other than the referees, and possibly Fred Sauro. Therefore, I humbly submit my nominees for players of the season, arranged in a ...

LKC chat, continued

Wednesday night at Parkersburg Catholic, I was fortunate enough to cover a girls basketball game attended by Danny Tennant, Fred Sauro and Dave McCullough, three top coaches with a cumulative lifetime's experience in the LKC, and the best of guides to its labyrinthine ways.After hearing them ...

Balanced schedule needed

Generally, I tend to be a proponent of Stoicism.My inclination is to agree with philosophers such as Seneca and Marcus Aurelius that misfortunes and injustices, because they stem from the inherent unfairness of the human condition, should be borne with quiet dignity and a minimum of ...

Who to root for

People still make almost as big a deal about the Super Bowl TV ads as the game itself, but in recent years, I haven't seen much in the commercial breaks to talk about at the water cooler.And even if I had, we don't have a water cooler in the newsroom.But hey, the game can still be entertaining, ...

Taking roundball seriously

Although some disturbing news broke earlier this week about the boys basketball team from Wheeling Park, it seems that muddied situation is best to leave alone at this point in time.Another murky area, at least for me, is being an Associated Press boys basketball voter. That's especially true ...

Pirates built for the future

One of the often overlooked aspects of professional baseball is the minor league system.There are a lot of players throughout and not all of them will make it to "The Show" but there are those who are worth talking about as having a chance to break into the major league roster.Nowhere has this ...

Bucheit, MC coach still good friends

In 11th-ranked Marietta College's 82-71 triumph over visiting Heidelberg University Saturday, there was only one deadlock, 8-8, at the 14:51 mark of the first half.After the Pioneers (15-2 overall, 9-1 Ohio Athletic Conference) regained the advantage on Eddy Grenert's three, they never looked ...

Warming up with wrestling

Truth be told, I'm ready for the month of March to get here with spring.As it currently stands, it looks like there is going to be a long wait until we get some warm weather.However, one place where it's always hot and heated is on the wrestling mat and fans of grappling have several options to ...

WVU playing hard

The West Virginia Mountaineer men's basketball team has enjoyed quite the run of late.Last Tuesday, WVU took the court against top-ranked Kansas in a pivotal matchup in Big 12 play and emerged with a 74-63 victory in Morgantown, for its first win over a No. 1 ranked team in 33 years.A victory ...

Slew of key OSU players opt for NFL

This fall in Columbus, there'll be a lot of new faces not too familiar to Ohio State football fans what with a slew of key players gone, either having graduated or the nine underclassmen declaring for this spring's NFL draft April 28-30 in Chicago.Of course, most of those leaving early for the ...