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Local Sports Columns

Moving Olympics costly for Japan

TOKYO, Japan — This should not come to be a surprise to anyone. The 2020 summer Olympics have been postponed to 2021. This is the first time since 1944 that the games were moved. In ‘44, they were cancelled outright due to the ongoing World War II. This postponement is obviously ...

ALBRIGHT: Madeline Huffman takes place among MOV greats at point guard

Three young ladies hold perhaps the highest spot in the pantheon of great Mid-Ohio Valley high-school point guards. Parkersburg South, St. Marys and Parkersburg Catholic fans certainly know their names well. Each young lady contributed heaps of everything to their teams during the time spent in ...

ALBRIGHT: W.Va. should still name high school hoops’ state champions

Parkersburg High’s girls basketball team largely rolled through its in-state regular-season schedule. University and Williamstown’s boys alongside North Marion’s and Huntington St. Joe’s girls then similarly followed suit. As a result, all performances earned these groups the No. 1 ...

Historic time in sports

Not sure what the silver lining is just yet with this whole coronavirus COVID-19 ongoing situation, but perhaps at some point there will be one. I sure can’t come up with any off the top of my head though. It’s hard to fathom less than 48 hours ago as I type this I watched Parkersburg ...

ALBRIGHT: Is Amos the greatest wrestler this state has seen?

Three years ago, West Virginia’s most recent and perhaps permanent face of high school wrestling walked onto the mat as a sophomore clad in a Parkersburg South uniform. He was fresh faced, eager and more than prepared. Awaiting him was 220-pound senior Dylan Miller from Wadsworth High ...

ALBRIGHT: Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt painted inspiring comeback picture

After spending last season on the bench away from the game she loved healing an ACL tear and heartache, believing Annie Hunt’s plans for 2019 was easy. She’d pulled herself back together after the horrible news. Information causing her mother MOV Hall of Famer Mary Beth Varney Hunt and her ...

ALBRIGHT: PHS girls’ hoops most valuable asset? Its bench.

There are five big reasons one could point to when asked about the most crucial part of the PHS girls’ basketball team. Each one accompanied by a pair of state championship rings on their ring finger. And while the seniors are indeed valuable, once you look down the bench you start counting ...

BEVINS: Picking a Super Bowl LIV team to root for

As a Washington fan who cheers for the Browns as long as they’re not matched up against my Redskins, it’s been a long time since I’ve had much of a rooting interest on Super Bowl Sunday. I came close this year, since my oldest daughter is a Tennessee Titans fan, by virtue of them having ...

ALBRIGHT: Giving everything, even when you owe nothing

These have been good times for Magnolia’s volleyball and girls’ basketball programs. The simultaneous high levels of success have kept the party going even through the cold months. And it might be coincidence or it might not, but Kyndra Pilant has participated on both teams since her ...

ALBRIGHT: Is anything going to matter in Class A girls’ basketball?

Surprise, surprise? Defending Class A state champion Huntington St. Joe’s basketball machine powerfully churns out Ws, once again. The loss of two NCAA Divison I basketball players to graduation? Yeah it hurt, but proved little in the way of a speed bump. Shannon Lewis’ plug in of ...

ALBRIGHT: Lance Binegar takes over as the Williamstown football coach? 

This column may be a little late, but here are 13 possibile happenings for the Mid-Ohio Valley sports world in 2020. Will they be wrong or will they be right, who knows? This is the joy in making predictions: 1. Lance Binegar assumes command of the Williamstown football machine. ...

ALBRIGHT: Gilmer girls claim top moment of decade in MOV

Upon further review, watching the post-game jubilation proved just as entertaining as the game. The girls in the blue jerseys with red numbers were crying, high-fiving and celebrating at center court. The 6-foot-4 center hugging her generously reported 5-foot-4 friend stood out like an ...

ALBRIGHT: Girl power rocked the hardwood in the 2010s

Can Mid-Ohio Valley sports fans please get another decade of high school girls’ basketball just like this one? No one needs a break from the constant barrage of talent. Enthusiasts like me being repeatedly punched in the face has never felt so good. There was no hide-and-seek. One simply ...

ALBRIGHT: Kennedy Award voting process is a disservice to the kids

The voices are still ringing. First came a local coach sounding so sure all season long. Then, one of the assistant coaches from the best team in the state couldn’t say enough positives about his young man at the Super Six meeting. After this, more and more men spoke passionately and ...

ALBRIGHT: Tough choices make up 2019’s top sports moments

Decisions, decisions … Wow, there were a lot of hard decisions. This past year in sports provided the Mid-Ohio Valley plenty of great moments. Winter, spring, fall you name it and something big happened in every season. There were state champions. There were major award winners. There were ...

Last of the fall

I might be grasping at straws here, but officially we’ve got a few days of fall left. Although it sure hasn’t seemed like fall for quite some time, the “winter” sports are in full swing. I already have had the opportunity to take in a few basketball games and suffice it to say ...

ALBRIGHT: Tanner, company deserve community’s support

Brandon Penn is back home after a successful surgery. It is a development inserting another happy note on the best Parkersburg South football season since 2003. More good times arrive in a few weeks. The release of the Kennedy Award, where Penn is in the running, and the Class AAA all-state ...