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Local Sports Columns

ALBRIGHT: Crusaderettes aren’t guaranteed a spot in 2022 state title game

The Parkersburg Catholic girls basketball team faces a few hurdles going into next season. Not any problems with in-fighting or squabbles over playing time. By all accounts, those issues have never been concerns. Picture, instead, a pie chart with 11 pieces. Now, take out the chunks ...

BENNETT: South’s Gage Wright’s 10 second pin one for the record books

It’s not very often in life one gets to see history. I fully admit watching Aubrey Huff hit for the cycle back in 2007 at Camden Yards was quite the spectacle to take in. At that time, Huff was just the third Baltimore Oriole to pull off the feat, then joining Cal Ripken Jr., and Brooks ...

ALBRIGHT: Ravenswood’s Hunt rises to the occasion

Give it up for Ravenswood point guard Annie Hunt. Commend her in any way you choose, it really doesn’t matter. Perhaps, deliver her a round of applause. Or throw your hands in the air and wave them around like you just don’t care. Maybe, whip your head back and forth, whip your head back ...

BENNETT: Catching up with Braxton Amos

I had a more than interesting catch-up conversation earlier this week with Wisconsin’s Braxton Amos, who last weekend finished runner-up in Greco-Roman at 97 kg to G’Angelo Hancock at the United State Olympic Team Trials. Many subjects were broached, but suffice it to say Mr. Amos ...

BENNETT: State swim format change not for best

Here we go again. Instead of putting any blame on anyone, perhaps there is still time to make a wrong a right. Last Thursday, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, which included a majority vote by the swimming coaches’ committee of seven members, agreed to change the ...

BENNETT: Beauty of basketball

Many things are interesting. For instance, off the top of my head I could pick a plethora. The simplicity of basketball is honestly my favorite. There is just one ball and 10 players. The sole goal of said game is to have one more point than your opponent when time expires. Anyone who ...

BENNETT: Sports and Hoops

It’s been a crazy time in the sports department to say the least. The calendar has reached March already, but the Mountain State is just now starting basketball season, and the crazy part is spring sports will be upon us quite soon. Wrestling finally got going, and it was definitely weird ...

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 ...