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Local Sports Columns

ALBRIGHT: PHS girls’ hoops most valuable asset? Its bench.

There are five big reasons one could point to when asked about the most crucial part of the PHS girls’ basketball team. Each one accompanied by a pair of state championship rings on their ring finger. And while the seniors are indeed valuable, once you look down the bench you start counting ...

BEVINS: Picking a Super Bowl LIV team to root for

As a Washington fan who cheers for the Browns as long as they’re not matched up against my Redskins, it’s been a long time since I’ve had much of a rooting interest on Super Bowl Sunday. I came close this year, since my oldest daughter is a Tennessee Titans fan, by virtue of them having ...

ALBRIGHT: Giving everything, even when you owe nothing

These have been good times for Magnolia’s volleyball and girls’ basketball programs. The simultaneous high levels of success have kept the party going even through the cold months. And it might be coincidence or it might not, but Kyndra Pilant has participated on both teams since her ...

ALBRIGHT: Is anything going to matter in Class A girls’ basketball?

Surprise, surprise? Defending Class A state champion Huntington St. Joe’s basketball machine powerfully churns out Ws, once again. The loss of two NCAA Divison I basketball players to graduation? Yeah it hurt, but proved little in the way of a speed bump. Shannon Lewis’ plug in of ...

ALBRIGHT: Lance Binegar takes over as the Williamstown football coach? 

This column may be a little late, but here are 13 possibile happenings for the Mid-Ohio Valley sports world in 2020. Will they be wrong or will they be right, who knows? This is the joy in making predictions: 1. Lance Binegar assumes command of the Williamstown football machine. ...

ALBRIGHT: Gilmer girls claim top moment of decade in MOV

Upon further review, watching the post-game jubilation proved just as entertaining as the game. The girls in the blue jerseys with red numbers were crying, high-fiving and celebrating at center court. The 6-foot-4 center hugging her generously reported 5-foot-4 friend stood out like an ...

ALBRIGHT: Girl power rocked the hardwood in the 2010s

Can Mid-Ohio Valley sports fans please get another decade of high school girls’ basketball just like this one? No one needs a break from the constant barrage of talent. Enthusiasts like me being repeatedly punched in the face has never felt so good. There was no hide-and-seek. One simply ...

ALBRIGHT: Kennedy Award voting process is a disservice to the kids

The voices are still ringing. First came a local coach sounding so sure all season long. Then, one of the assistant coaches from the best team in the state couldn’t say enough positives about his young man at the Super Six meeting. After this, more and more men spoke passionately and ...

ALBRIGHT: Tough choices make up 2019’s top sports moments

Decisions, decisions … Wow, there were a lot of hard decisions. This past year in sports provided the Mid-Ohio Valley plenty of great moments. Winter, spring, fall you name it and something big happened in every season. There were state champions. There were major award winners. There were ...

Last of the fall

I might be grasping at straws here, but officially we’ve got a few days of fall left. Although it sure hasn’t seemed like fall for quite some time, the “winter” sports are in full swing. I already have had the opportunity to take in a few basketball games and suffice it to say ...

ALBRIGHT: Tanner, company deserve community’s support

Brandon Penn is back home after a successful surgery. It is a development inserting another happy note on the best Parkersburg South football season since 2003. More good times arrive in a few weeks. The release of the Kennedy Award, where Penn is in the running, and the Class AAA all-state ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: WVU picks up W for the road

When the WVU football team flew to Fort Worth to play TCU Friday everyone knew that this would be the final game in a disappointing 2019 season. A losing record was assured. There would be no bowl game. To the casual observer there wouldn’t be much difference between a 4-8 and 5-7 ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Missed chances cost WVU, again

For the second straight week the West Virginia Mountaineers battled a ranked team to the wire, but this time a final drive to win or tie the game came up short in the final minutes. It was the fourth straight home conference loss. As we all by now recognize, this WVU team is not good enough ...

ALBRIGHT: Big Reds’ Kristen Lowers can answer the call in 2019-20

Fans should take a moment to re-adjust when in attendance of a Parkersburg High girls’ basketball game this season. Some things are going to feel a little weird. Where is Mary Ostrowski Award winner Shay-Lee Kirby one might ask? She’s playing NCAA Divison I basketball at Austin Peay. ...

ALBRIGHT: We should be able to avoid 84-0 in the playoffs

Change is hard, but in this case it is necessary. Are you listening, WVSSAC? Hopefully, Bernie Dolan and company felt the winds during an opening round playoff game Saturday from Cobourne Field. Precious gates can be locked up. This was just ugly. And it was cruel. I challenge anyone ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU grabs big win

Despite a 35-17 loss to Texas Tech on November 9, head coach Neal Brown reaffirmed that his team would get significantly better and a successful program would be built at WVU. The mood of Mountaineer fans was understandably skeptical, having just witnessed the low point of the 2019 season to ...

ALBRIGHT: Forget about Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt? Oops.

This certainly wasn’t the plan. Annie Hunt earned better. Of this, there is no doubt. The Ravenswood point guard completed a freshman season full of promise and potential in 2017. Toe stepping wasn’t on her agenda. But, her genetic gifts and hoops’ IQ still emerged inside the ...