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Local Sports Columns

Writing and the process

Pfffffffffft. Sometimes it’s just good to let out some air and take a deep breath. I wouldn’t say that’s out of frustration or anything. I try not to go that route in general. It seems like only yesterday it was all the sunshine and warmth anyone could handle. Now, it’s feeling ...

ALBRIGHT: Even without three-peat, PHS girls left behind a big message

What the Parkersburg High School girls’ basketball team accomplished over the last four years has been incredible. With each all-state selection, Mountain State Athletic Conference title, and state championship won, it became harder not to see the truth that the team’s 2020 class ultimately ...

BENNETT: Chatting with Lou Molinaro

It’s been more than a month since the 24th annual Vienna River Road Race was canceled by a COVID-19 pandemic. Lou Molinaro, who always brings a smile to my face, is trying to keep his spirits as high as possible. Other than the fact he’s a good guy, maybe the reason I like talking with ...

Trying to keep track

Sports usually brings out passion. That can come from the participants, the coaches or even scribes. Rod O’Donnell, the boys track coach at Parkersburg High, has done his utmost best through the years to keep track and field as relevant as possible. He still pens a monthly column for ...

Burrow similar to other Ohio star

Everything Joe Burrow, a kid from Southeast Ohio, has been able to accomplish in the past year is nearly beyond belief. By now, most people around the Mid-Ohio Valley, and all over the country for that matter, are familiar with Burrow’s story. As a high school senior, he led the Athens ...

South AD Roger Thompson refocuses

Parkersburg South High School currently has some openings. One of those should be filled in the not too distant future — the head boys basketball coach. Brett Rector recently stepped down to take an assistant job for University of Charleston men’s head basketball coach Dwaine Osborne. ...

Laughter is good medicine

The times continue to be trying indeed, especially in the world of basically no sports. Any morsel of potential good news and a break in the pandemic cycle is welcome. That’s why it was great to hear the PGA Tour is planning to resume action starting on June 11 with the Charles Schwab ...

ALBRIGHT: Doddridge County’s Reese Burnside working through troubled times

What is a two-time Class A pole vault state champion and two-time All-American in the junior Olympics to do for practice in these troubled times? Of all the spring sports, Doddridge County’s Reese Burnside joins his track and field brethren in the high jump and long jump as those stuck ...

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 ...