Local Sports Columns

Kicking the ball

I could go into a long diatribe about the importance of field goals, especially concerning West Virginia University’s loss Saturday night at Oklahoma State where head coach Dana Holgorsen opted to not take the three points in the first half and got stuffed on fourth down, but I won’t even ...

ALBRIGHT: Book it! South girls’ hoops headed back to Charleston

Parkersburg South girls’ basketball fell short of the ultimate goal of all Patriot teams this century— a state championship — by two wins last season. The bar established during Scott Stephens’ tenure (three state titles) remains unmoved since his departure. Third-year head coach Ed ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU creates a spark

Coming off a dramatic last second win at Texas the previous week, the major concern of WVU fans heading into last Saturday’s game against TCU was perhaps the Mountaineers would come out a bit flat and with a lack of focus. Those concerns appeared to be justified early in the afternoon, as ...

Good coaches, bad parents?

It was almost the perfect Saturday for Magnolia’s Pam Chapman. Earlier last week, I was trying to get in touch with the Blue Eagles’ head volleyball coach to talk about her team and their chances to win a state title in Charleston. Not long after I sent her a text message, she replied ...

ALBRIGHT: PHS girls’ hoops won’t be defined by losses

Windows of opportunity for success when special teams emerge don’t stay open long in high school sports. If a talented team hopes to make their mark on history, panes of glass must shatter early to signal a group’s matter-of-fact arrival. One of those windows currently stands paneless, ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU claims a thriller

It not only was the most exciting game of the season so far for WVU football fans, but perhaps the most entertaining game in all of college football this season. After a 33-yard touchdown pass to Gary Jennings with 16 seconds remaining there was no hesitation by head coach Dana Holgorsen. ...

Column: We meet again so soon?

Tonight’s loser of the No. 10 Parkersburg High vs. No. 5 Parkersburg South football game might not have to wait long to score revenge according to two WVSSAC playoff scenarios. If Mike Byus’ PHS club pulls off the upset, according to the SSAC ratings, and Huntington beats Spring Valley, ...

ALBRIGHT: Could Yellowjacket girls’ cross country go up a class?

If a single team at one school wished to play up a competition class in the past in West Virginia, the entirety of the athletic department had to follow along with the wishes for the desire to become a reality until a few months ago. A recent rule passed by the state’s board of education ...

ALBRIGHT: Can the Boston Red Sox repeat as World Series champions?

American League champion Boston dipped in 24 karat gold a dominant Major League Baseball season Sunday night with a World Series championship. National League winner Los Angeles became the final victim of a group responsible for a franchise-record 108 regular-season wins. Manager Dave ...

Need more good guys

One thing never lacking here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, for the most part, are good people. Working in the sports department through the years, I’ve had a plethora of opportunities to form relationships with countless coaches and folks who are always there to help our area youth. Two people ...

Patriots go for grand finale

PARKERSBURG — Forward Charley Taylor and the Parkersburg South girls’ soccer team hope the third time is the charm to advance to the state semifinals in their Class AAA Region IV final match at 5 p.m. today at Ripley High School. Cabell Midland ended the Patriots’ season each of the ...

Bengals’ Lewis has to go

A television camera picked up a telling look on the face of Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis during his Bengals’ 45-10 Sunday night primetime blowout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Lewis was visibly dumbfounded as Chiefs’ free safety Ron Parker picked off quarterback Andy Dalton for a ...

WVU slowly regains focus?

Virtually every college football team has moments during a season where it lacks focus and plays far from its best. The only hope is you are good enough to win with less than your best level of play, and your opponent isn’t good enough to take advantage. A scenario unfolding for West ...

Don’t count out the ‘Jackets

Wheeling Central’s dominant 31-14 win over Linsly Saturday set the Maroon Knights apart from the rest of the Class A field. Mike Young’s team handled a Keydets’ squad, which pushed Class AAA’s Morgantown to the limit in a 31-28 overtime loss, with relative ease. It was the type of win ...

ALBRIGHT: Is Tiger finally back? 

ESPN and others’ talking heads alike delighted in asking the question with every Tiger Woods’ comeback attempt: Is Tiger truly back? “He is healthy this time,” they said or “His swing looks great.” The golf world eager for the return to full strength of the most dominant player ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: WVU coasts vs. Wildcats

The last four seasons’ battles between WVU and Kansas State have been nailbiters decided in the final minutes. But this time the Mountaineers totally dominated the Wildcats in coasting to a 35-6 victory. After having an off week following the weather cancellation of the game at North ...

Big Red Madi Mace’s other sport

Being a professional, preparation is my key when requests are made for my contribution on a project. About a month ago, my writer friend Sean McNamara requested help with a PHS/Morgantown football preview on his new radio show. The health of Big Reds’ wide receiver Brenton Strange along ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: Big 12 shaping up to be tough

West Virginia’s scheduled game Saturday at North Carolina State was cancelled by approaching Hurricane Florence. It was unfortunate as it was an important game for both schools, and it does not appear it will be rescheduled. The circumstances remind us that although the outcome of football ...

COLUMN: An Xs and Os rain delay in Spencer

As soon as the first lighting bolt forked across the sky Friday night at Roane County’s County Stadium I thought, “Oh boy ... This game could take a while.” As an already steady rain became stronger by the minute and thunder boomed overhead late in the first quarter, the chances steadily ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: Rain no problem for WVU

It was a rainy afternoon for the home opener at Mountaineer Field but after a slow start West Virginia cruised to a 52-17 victory over Youngstown State. Recognizing its secondary would be overmatched against the WVU passing attack, the Penguins basically dropped seven into coverage and ...