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Local Sports Columns

BENNETT: Excitement builds for youth golf in the MOV

It was a tough one for the golfing world on Tuesday when news broke about Tiger Woods’ car accident. Forget the fact he already was debating about skipping the Masters because of recent back surgery. Following his plethora of leg injuries from the Tuesday morning crash, it’s safe to say ...

HOLLAND: Final moments of Tigers’ sectional win

Every basketball player dreams of being in the scenario Jessica Smith found herself in Saturday. It’s all up to you — tournament game, score tied, almost no time on the clock, and you’re at the free throw line with a chance win it. Facing Uniontown Lake in a Division I sectional opener ...

BENNETT: No escape from here

Honestly, I’m trying to keep a positive outlook on the big picture. With that being said, when one gets locked inside their own townhouse it’s sometimes hard to keep the faith. I could go into great lengths, but I’m not sure it matters. Anyway, I’ll continue with a personal ...

BEVINS: Bucs? Chiefs? May as well root for somebody

I always look forward to the Super Bowl, even though my favorite squad, the Washington Team Who Must Not Be Named, hasn’t darkened that gridiron in 29 years. I eventually started writing an annual piece to help people in my boat decide who to root for while watching the game. That was back ...

Hard work pays off for Marietta’s Tyler Kytta

Sometimes, a player just gets in the zone. This was the case for Tyler Kytta Saturday. The Marietta High junior scored 32 points in a win over Federal Hocking at Sutton Gym. As Kytta said after the game, “I was just in the zone.” However, there’s a bit more to it than that. A player ...

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, baseball’s Home Run King, dies

ATLANTA (AP) — Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died ...

ALBRIGHT: St. Marys girls’ hunger and depth puts them in a good place

When we last saw the St. Marys’ girls basketball team, it was an energetic and fulfilling experience. Take your pick of adjectives. Whichever you choose, the Blue Devils’ delightful run to the state tournament in Charleston highlighted an overall strength that helped the program all ...

BENNETT: Braxton Amos back on mat

As the old adage goes, nothing worth having comes easy. Former Robert Dutton and Dave Schultz Award winner Braxton Amos certainly could attest to that. Going back to his high school days at Parkersburg South, Amos missed his freshman year due to injury before absolutely dominating the Class ...

HOLLAND: Fort Frye’s Luke Huffman finally getting selfish

BEVERLY — Fort Frye senior Luke Huffman is capable of being game-changing player for the Cadets. The problem, according to head coach Eric Henniger, is that Huffman sometimes isn’t selfish enough. What Henniger is really saying is that Huffman is a team-first player, and often will look ...

BENNETT: LKC boys will crown new POY

Everyone in the Mountain State continues to hold out hope a winter sports season indeed will happen. Staying on the positive side this actually will be the case means roundballs on the hardwood should start bouncing soon. I for one am more than ready to cover basketball in West Virginia, but ...

ALBRIGHT: Sophie Nelson and Ritchie County girls’ basketball are a good match

Sophie Nelson’s overjoyed to be a member of the Ritchie County girls’ basketball team. Good. Good, because she’s often going to be playing in front of her aunt Missy Spangler (aka the school’s all-time leading scorer). So, there’s no pressure or anything waiting for Nelson. Instead, ...

BENNETT: Going on with life

Trying to do anything “normal” in this day and age is anything but easy. However, at least it appears there is some hope to have a winter sports season in the Mountain State. Normally at this time of the month we’re in full swing with basketball every night and lots and lots of ...

HOLLAND: Browns seek more than just a playoff win

Browns fans vividly remember the last time Cleveland visited the Pittsburgh Steelers for a playoff game, at least the ones who are old enough. It was January of 2003, and the Browns were playing in their first postseason since returning to the NFL in 1999. The Kelly Holcomb-quarterbacked ...

BENNETT: High school wrestling continues to wait

The best gift of 2020 from Jim Justice, the governor of West Virginia, had to be his announcement a week ago Wednesday where he came out and pushed back winter sports. “We are targeting March 1, now, to be a startup,” he said. As tough as 2020 had been on everyone, whether financially, ...