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Local Sports Columns

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU is clear underdog vs. ISU

Late Wednesday afternoon it was announced that the Saturday game with Oklahoma was postponed due to Covid issues in the Sooner program. It has been rescheduled to December 12th. But Mountaineers fans were not deterred, as they immediately pivoted their focus to watching Bob Huggins and his ...

ALBRIGHT: Webster County’s Sydney Baird is must-see this season

A young Webster County girl showed a flair for the game of basketball from the time she was four-foot-six and playing with boys in AAU tournaments. During her first few contests, her enjoyment was plain to see. Smiles and a willingness to go up against the boys signaled she was right at home ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU heading in right direction

In the eight years since WVU joined the Big 12, Mountaineer fans have been accustomed to weekly shootouts which became the norm of conference play. During the tenure of Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia won 33 conference games, but only four of those were achieved by scoring less than 28 points. ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: WVU hurt by lack of key plays

The Texas Longhorns are considered the flagship university of the Big 12 Conference and West Virginia was reminded of that designation in an excruciating 17-13 loss in Austin Saturday. WVU played a solid competitive game and controlled most of the second half but came up short by not being ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU pulls off upset

As sports fans, many of us fall into the trap of putting far too much emphasis on the most recent game played by our favorite team. When an outcome is negative, we often view future prospects through a dark, cloudy prism. So after the losing performance at Texas Tech a couple of weeks ago ...

TUESDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU’s fight falls short vs. Raiders

The West Virginia Mountaineers had fought back from an early deficit to tie the game against Texas Tech. With nine minutes to go the WVU defense, after a rocky start, seemed to be taking control. With a strong fourth quarter wind at their back the Mountaineers began a series at the Red Raiders ...

Keeping head on a swivel

I’ve always joked the only goal after covering a high school football game on the sideline is to walk off the field without getting trucked. If one doesn’t know what getting trucked is, it’s basically when you get gobbled up and knocked to the ground after you get smashed by one or more ...

Tricking the brain

It's hard times for a lot of folks at the moment and I'm not just talking about the sports world. Basically five months into this COVID-19 pandemic, national health official experts have been warning of the dreaded possible second wave. I'm not going to get into the stats of things, but if ...

There’s ‘no playbook’ for 2020

Andy Waddle’s been involved with football for a long time, but he’s never had to deal with anything like this. Nobody has. “It’s a strange time for sure,” said Waddle, entering his eighth season as the Marietta College head football coach. “Everything just continues to be ...

Best laid plans may not work

New Parkersburg South athletic director Jennifer Null and first-year Paden City head football coach Zach Heasley might have two entirely different jobs, but they’re trying to put in all the necessary work to be as successful as possible. Indeed, Null has a plethora of things to concern ...

Trying to figure out next move

Each day folks are hoping for more clarity about what the future in the sports world will hold. When I was at Parkersburg Country Club on Monday to cover the Callaway Junior Tour playoff series event, I had several interesting conversations. One of those was with St. Marys High School head ...

ALBRIGHT: Maybe it is time to brace ourselves, just in case

Friday nights without the lights and empty stadiums? Sounds like horrible no-good very-bad days, doesn’t it? But the scenario may soon come to pass. Sadly, 2020’s firm grasp tightens daily on the award for the most horrible no-good very-bad year. COVID-19’s rampage continues to leave ...

Golfing for joy

My buddy made a valid point to me while we were attempting to play golf Sunday. He’s like we really should be wearing GoPro cameras. The more I thought about it the more I figured he was right. Then I kept thinking and pondering and now I’m not too sure. I won’t go into full ...

Wondering or maybe pondering

I don’t even know where to begin anymore. Things are getting better it appears in the sports world, at least when it comes to them making a return. The eternal optimist has high hopes for the summer months ahead and beyond, but are we fooling ourselves? More than three months into the ...

BENNETT: Moving on but never forgotten

Influential people are often remembered for a myriad of reasons. Someone doesn’t have to be a sports figure to be a leader of people. I know when I was younger I had a lot of great teachers who probably never got enough credit for shaping the lives of so many students. On Sunday, I ...

Fist bump or elbow?

It’s good to see at least a little progress when it comes to the slow return of sports. What has now turned into nearly a three month long ordeal hopefully will be a thing of the past in the not too distant future. The three-week summer period for coaches is underway and at least that ...

Now’s the time for youth golf

When it comes to the game of golf, everyone has to start somewhere. For area parents who are trying to get their child involved in a lifelong sport, there’s no better time than the present. The West Virginia Golf Association’s Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ...

Working overtime

Prep coaches in the Mid-Ohio Valley aren’t leading their respective teams for the paycheck. Rather, they often coach for the love of the game, their players and the program. Nowhere was that more evident than with now ex-Parkersburg Catholic head boys basketball coach Rob Strcula. Aside ...

The then and now of Jett

The first thing which comes to my mind when I think about the last name Jett is pure Olympic gold medal speed. For the younger crowd perhaps checking in, that would be Mr. James Jett of West Virginia fame. He’s a former Jefferson High Cougar, Los Angeles/Oakland Raider, top of the Olympic ...

Difficult decision

Throughout any given day one often makes numerous decisions. Granted, most might be mundane like figuring out what to eat or wear. However, there are also times when a choice can have profound consequences. Sometimes the options, especially when it comes to a line of work, could be both ...