Local Sports Columns

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 ...

Big Reds’ Madison Trippett healthy again

Something was off with Parkersburg High cross country runner Madison Trippett last season. One of the Big Reds’ most accomplished runners wasn’t meeting her usually high standards she regularly set for herself. There wasn’t a sophomore slump or the realization of all the attention on ...

COLUMN: Grant Hussey’s summer to remember

Baseball gifting big, shiny packages to Parkersburg South’s Grant Hussey shouldn’t be surprising by now. The Patriot dedicates sizable quantities of time, sweat and energy to the sport he has loved since childhood. This fall giving up basketball to focus on baseball fulltime. Effort not ...

WVU solid in opener

If you enjoy group sings, there wasn’t much better than listening to about 40,000 West Virginia football fans doing their version of “Country Roads” Saturday in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte at the end of the Belk Kickoff Classic. Meanwhile, while “Rocky Top” was a popular hit ...

Column: Are we sure big time college sports betting is a good thing? 

While West Virginia won’t be ready in time to accept college sports bets, three other states make history this weekend as the first outside of Nevada to allow mass legalized collegiate gambling in the United States. New Jersey, Delaware and Mississippi become first states flaunting victory ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: WVU to take opener

The West Virginia Mountaineers enter the 2018 season with a Top 25 ranking and projected by many to be a contender for one of the spots in the Big 12 Championship game. Indeed, WVU will have the best quarterback in the conference and plenty of talent at the wide receiver and running back ...

Pigskin Preview coming soon!

Golf and cross country are well underway around the Mountain State; however, the official start of the high school fall sports season comes Thursday evening. Friday night lights spark on a day early as the gridiron season opens for business around West Virginia. Wood County fans won’t have ...

Jared Haught did things his way

From his humble beginnings in Calhoun County to Parkersburg High School and then being a three-time All-American wrestler at Virginia Tech, Jared Haught was without question the epitome of what a student-athlete is all about. Relegated to third string once upon a time as a freshman for the ...

What a year for Post 15

It’s been nearly five decades since the Parkersburg Post 15 American Legion baseball team won the West Virginia state tournament. Now, second-year manager Mike Goodwin’s gang is heading to North Carolina for this week’s double-elimination Southeast Regional Tournament. “I talked with ...

Road to Wheeling starts now

While West Virginia is still 20 days away from the start of the high-school gridiron regular season, teams around the Mountain State started laying the ground work for an end-of-the-year trip to Wheeling Island Stadium this week. Ankles are being taped, helmets broken in, offensive linemen ...

Wright on the money

It’s always great when local student-athletes excel in their sport of choice. For Gilmer County High School graduate and now West Virginia University Mountaineer Sada Wright, that sport would be throwing. Wright’s two-day run at the AAU Junior Olympics came to a close on Wednesday at ...

An out-of-the-ordinary trip to Charleston

A leisure excursion to the Mountain State’s capital this past weekend was enjoyable, but a bit strange if I am being completely honest. Outings to Charleston or anywhere else aren’t a common occurence for someone as busy as a sports editor. I prefer to stay close to home during the year ...

Indeed a small world

Much like three-time All-American heavyweight wrestler Louden Haga of Parkersburg South, who recently gave his verbal commitment to join Robert Dutton Award winner Josh Humphreys at Lehigh University, I also have been out on vacation until returning the middle of this past week. While Haga ...

‘Austin’ City Limits inside Fort press box

Austin Baumgartner’s got a new ‘do. The Fort Frye High senior is sporting a very cool-looking, short Mohawk. It’s kinda reddish in appearance or in that family of colors. It also kind of lights up the Cadet baseball press box, where Baumgartner has been stationed during Beverly/Lowell ...

Sports Talk with Ron Johnston: LeBron’s excellent adventure

What does Los Angeles have that Cleveland doesn’t? Well, the most obvious answer right now is National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James. But then, there are other things, too, and some are not so very pleasant, like.... Earthquakes. With $154 million in his pocket, LeBron ...

I don’t wanna grow up

While the title of this column may not lend itself to being worthy of the sports pages, I ask you to keep reading for a deeper meaning. Toys ‘R’ Us stores around the world closed their doors for the final time late last week. Reaction among millennials, including myself, was shock as ...

Anna Hayton’s life stays eventful

Former Parkersburg South center Anna Hayton has had an eventful two years while a member of the University of Charleston women’s basketball program. Dull moments have been hard to come by as she has dealt with everything from injuries and culture shock to an increased school workload and ...