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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: One very long day for WVU

Those of you who have read this column for a long time will recall that for many years a companion Monday Morning Quarterback column was written by Oz Campbell. Oz would occasionally make a profound comment that would say it all, and one of those occurred to me as the game against Missouri was ...

Sitting at 0-2

I don’t know Matt Lacy from Adam. The beauty of the gig at times is meeting new people. Although I’d spoken with the Morgantown High School head football coach on the phone leading up to the Big Reds’ 27-21 “upset” of the Mohigans in the West Virginia MetroNews Chick-fil-A Class ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU has more work to do than previously thought

Most WVU Mountaineer football fans knew the 2019 football season was to be a work in progress, but for most of the first half in Saturday’s season opener matters looked even worse than we envisioned. Despite forcing two turnovers West Virginia could do nothing to take advantage. James ...

ALBRIGHT: Who’s got two thumbs and is ready for some football?

Counting down to the high school football season upon the conclusion of the state baseball tournament lessens in length the more years I log as one of two associate sports editors. Increased familiarity with an ever growing number of athletes and their summer activities provides our sports ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU’s new era begins Saturday

The WVU Mountaineers will begin a new era in 2019, as former head coach Dana Holgorsen has moved on to Houston after 8 years and Neal Brown comes to West Virginia from Troy University. The 2018 season was the best opportunity since joining the Big 12 for West Virginia to have gained a berth ...

JOHNSTON: Sarah Biehl mourns teammate

Earlier this month, Sarah Biehl was driving on the highway when she had to pull over to the side of the road. “My college coach called me and told me that Jeremy had passed away,” recalled the 25-year-old Biehl after finishing the 33rd annual Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon ...

BENNETT: Enjoyed covering the Open

Just speaking from personal experience, two of the best things about a golf course are playing it and perhaps having an adult beverage. However, when one is covering a golf tournament the scribe can’t do either one. Being able to cover the final two days of the 86th West Virginia Open ...

BENNETT: Marshall flavor in W.Va. Open field

Guys like Will Evans and Davey Jude most likely are going to be in the running to win the 86th West Virginia Open, which starts Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club. The two former Marshall University standouts are far from the only golfers in the field who competed for the Thundering Herd. ...

ALBRIGHT: Plenty to look forward to in the 2019-20 prep sports season

Melancholia often sets in as the calendar flips from May to June. Unavoidable as it is, the end of the high school sports season always stings a little bit. Seniors graduate, special teams break up, and several good byes are uttered for the last time after year(s) of kinship. Releases of the ...

South names new hoops coaches

It’s not too often a pair of prep basketball head coaching jobs come open at the same time. However, that was the case at Parkersburg South as the Patriots had both Mike Fallon (boys) and Ed Davis (girls) step away. On Tuesday night, the Patriots officially filled both of their vacancies ...

ALBRIGHT: Patience pays off for Ravenswood tennis player Maximus Hilton

Ravenswood Red Devil Maximus (Max) Hilton entered the end game of his prep sports career at 8 a.m. Saturday on Court 2 of the Charleston YMCA. He arrived exactly at the desired destination for his final representation on any athletic playing surface for the Class A red and black. After ...

ALBRIGHT: Patriots’ Mike Fallon more than a coach

Mike Fallon dealt with an array of topics as the head coach of the Parkersburg South boys’ basketball program this past season. He struggled with the loss of his brother James and friend Keith Barker, battled with his team to a state-tournament first round exit, and dealt with changes in ...

ALBRIGHT: Patriots’ Ed Davis steps down

Ed Davis never came close to standing as tall as Scott Stephens. His voice didn’t have quite the same boom either. The often soft-spoken Davis did though bring with him the same amount of excitement and optimism to coaching as his long-time friend and predecessor. Davis needed both of ...

Wrestlers had big weekend

The beat seems to just keep going for Parkersburg South head coach Shaun Smith’s wrestling program. Aside from winning a record fifth straight Class AAA state team crown this past winter, the Patriot grapplers continue to prosper in the “offseason.” At last week’s 30th annual ...

ALBRIGHT: Maddi Leggett commands the Big Reds

Jolts of energy race through Parkersburg High point guard Madi Leggett’s body shortly after the ball touches her hands in a varsity game. She stands charged with the leadership of the No. 1 high school team in the Mountain State from her command atop the key. One of the most devastating ...

ALBRIGHT: Plan for South Bend now Thundering Herd fans

Marshall University Athletic Director Mike Hamrick alongside the football program scored a golden scheduling win yesterday. One victory bringing an incredible amount of respect to the entire university. The Thundering Herd and the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet for the first ...

ALBRIGHT: Every team needs a Jenna Boice

As an opposing player runs through a doublescreen from wing-to-wing in an effort to avoid her defender, frustration mounts on her face as the Parkersburg Catholic player assigned to her closely follows behind the drawn-up play route. Quick backdoor cuts under the basket in a further effort to ...

ALBRIGHT: Keep on dreaming Harper

Manny Machado’s monster 10-year, $300 million deal from the San Diego Padres erased one of the two biggest names from the Major League Baseball Free Agency list last Monday. His move possibly setting in motion the falling dominoes triggering the eventual commitment of remaining big fish ...

ALBRIGHT: Another trip into the record book for South wrestling

History again. One year after becoming the first team to pass rival PHS for most state team titles, Parkersburg South’s wrestling bunch put its mark on the sport once more Saturday inside Huntington’s Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Coach Shaun Smith’s group became the first Class AAA ...