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Crying is not allowed

One of the first rules in life I think which stuck with me was there’s no crying in beisbol. After thinking about things for a little bit, it definitely was one of the firsts, but probably not the first. Beisbol, or rather baseball, is just a slang term for the grand old game on the world ...

ALBRIGHT: Mary O title doesn’t bother Shay-Lee Kirby at next level

Shay-Lee Kirby is a warrior on the basketball court. Coaches, players or onlookers taking in her mad skills on either the offensive or defensive end of any past game could see as much for themselves. No scorer intimidates her when she’s guarding them. No shot is too big for her to take ...

ALBRIGHT: Calhoun girls met expectations, now comes the hard part

Imagine you are a member of the Calhoun County girls’ basketball team. Staring you down every campaign is the fact the program has never had a winning season. It is an unblinking and unavoidable mark weighing on your mind year after year. There’s no escaping the weight until it is lifted. ...

Ritchie’s Dave Mossor ready to play ball

Veteran Ritchie County head softball coach Dave Mossor is ready to get back on the diamond and play softball. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, only time will tell if spring sports will take place at all in 2020. At this point the Rebels should’ve been heading toward the 10th ...

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 ...