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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 ...

ALBRIGHT: What a long, crazy ride it has been, Don Fosselman!

Don Fosselman is hanging it up. No, I cannot believe it either. Father Time usually always makes the final save. Fosselman laid out the plan to feed him an easy shot, too. “I always said when my youngest grandson reached his senior year I was going to walk away,” he said. But, his ...

JOHNSTON: Fort Frye football and food for thought

BEVERLY — Fort Frye’s Braden Medley pounced on the Dalton fumble at the 2-yard line like it was a sirloin steak. Ah, the sweet taste of Fort Frye victory. Then, Cadet running back Tyler Fisher took an Ian Ellis hand-off and raced, like he was late for Mindy’s supper, 98 yards to the ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU loss not good for sleep

Those among you who attend WVU home football games may have noticed that for some reason the return trip from Morgantown across Route 50 seems to become longer and longer. That is what happens after three consecutive home losses, this one an embarrassing blowout to a Texas Tech team with a ...

ALBRIGHT: South’s Brandon Penn can add to Kennedy Award resume tonight

Raising the roof seemed appropriate. Hopefuls for the vacated South quarterback position needed to gain as much possible arm strength in the offseason. Nate Tanner’s hiring as the next Patriots’ grid-iron head coach marked a new era in more than one way. Throwing motions after all ...

JOHNSTON: Joe Bergin feeling, looking good

Joe Bergin has had an amazing comeback. The seventh-year Marietta College men’s boss faced a life without Pioneer soccer for five-plus weeks last May and June with a heart issue and a journey to the Cleveland Clinic. But happy to say, Bergin, a former MC soccer standout and 1986 grad, was ...

ALBRIGHT: Bulldogs versus Yellowjackets is as big as games come

One hearty “Thank you” goes out to the Williamstown and Doddridge County football teams. The Bulldogs and Yellowjackets successfully executing the game plan against Parkersburg Catholic and Valley (Wetzel) respectively last week brought to life this column. For now, Mid-Ohio Valley sports ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU needs to get more physical

In 2017 and 18, West Virginia University Mountaineer football fans enjoyed watching a prolific offense which averaged over 37 points per game during those two seasons. This success was almost entirely attributable to an outstanding quarterback in Will Grier along with three exceptional ...

Big week for area net teams

With the month of October nearly over and Halloween quickly approaching, that means the prep high school volleyball season is nearing official go-time. Area programs have been working on their rotations since the season started in early September. Soon, every squad will have the ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU thrashing not easy to stomach

There is more than one way to keep the Sooner Schooner off the field at Oklahoma home games. The preferred way, of course, is to stop the Sooners from scoring so often. Regretfully, the West Virginia Mountaineers couldn’t find a way to do that in Norman in Saturday. But the Schooner, a ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Cyclones were just much better

Saturday’s game against Iowa State had a similar look to the previous week. Down by the same score (21-14) late in the third quarter, West Virginia was hanging in a competitive game. But while a rash of turnovers spelled the Mountaineers doom against Texas, this time they were simply ...

ALBRIGHT: These Patriots are for real, folks

Parkersburg South High School’s football team could have left Cabell County Friday night with a 5-1 mark. But, that didn’t happen. Yes, Parkersburg High School head coach Mike Byus. You should be worried about this Patriots team. Nate Tanner’s excitement during a phone call ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Offensive futility haunts WVU 

West Virginia battled 11th ranked Texas well into the second half Saturday but in the end the Mountaineers futility on offense when the game was on the line resulted in a frustrating 42-31 loss. Entering the second half trailing 21-14, the defense did its job by holding Texas on five ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Results so far mixed for WVU

With losses of many quality starters from the previous year and a new coaching regime, the expectations of most WVU football fans entering the 2019 football season were modest. With one third of the regular season completed the results have been mixed, which was anticipated. On the down side ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Stepping back from the cliff

After a disastrous outing at Missouri two Saturdays ago, WVU football fans were already at the edge of the cliff believing we were looking into the abyss of a long suffering season. It is indeed human nature for fans to overreact to a single performance of our teams, and most of us were no ...

ALBRIGHT: Stay strong Roane County

Nothing again will be the same about another Week 3 of any high school football season in the state of West Virginia. Nothing again will be normal for the Roane County Raiders’ gridiron program, no matter the opponent or the venue. Raider No. 80 won’t take the field with his teammates, ...