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Local Sports Columns

BENNETT: Braxton Amos back on mat

As the old adage goes, nothing worth having comes easy. Former Robert Dutton and Dave Schultz Award winner Braxton Amos certainly could attest to that. Going back to his high school days at Parkersburg South, Amos missed his freshman year due to injury before absolutely dominating the Class ...

HOLLAND: Fort Frye’s Luke Huffman finally getting selfish

BEVERLY — Fort Frye senior Luke Huffman is capable of being game-changing player for the Cadets. The problem, according to head coach Eric Henniger, is that Huffman sometimes isn’t selfish enough. What Henniger is really saying is that Huffman is a team-first player, and often will look ...

BENNETT: LKC boys will crown new POY

Everyone in the Mountain State continues to hold out hope a winter sports season indeed will happen. Staying on the positive side this actually will be the case means roundballs on the hardwood should start bouncing soon. I for one am more than ready to cover basketball in West Virginia, but ...

ALBRIGHT: Sophie Nelson and Ritchie County girls’ basketball are a good match

Sophie Nelson’s overjoyed to be a member of the Ritchie County girls’ basketball team. Good. Good, because she’s often going to be playing in front of her aunt Missy Spangler (aka the school’s all-time leading scorer). So, there’s no pressure or anything waiting for Nelson. Instead, ...

BENNETT: Going on with life

Trying to do anything “normal” in this day and age is anything but easy. However, at least it appears there is some hope to have a winter sports season in the Mountain State. Normally at this time of the month we’re in full swing with basketball every night and lots and lots of ...

HOLLAND: Browns seek more than just a playoff win

Browns fans vividly remember the last time Cleveland visited the Pittsburgh Steelers for a playoff game, at least the ones who are old enough. It was January of 2003, and the Browns were playing in their first postseason since returning to the NFL in 1999. The Kelly Holcomb-quarterbacked ...

BENNETT: High school wrestling continues to wait

The best gift of 2020 from Jim Justice, the governor of West Virginia, had to be his announcement a week ago Wednesday where he came out and pushed back winter sports. “We are targeting March 1, now, to be a startup,” he said. As tough as 2020 had been on everyone, whether financially, ...

ALBRIGHT: Braxton Amos claims 2020’s top MOV sports moment

While it may be easy for some people to say COVID-19 robbed 2020 of enough great sports moments to fill a top 5 list, that is codswallop. Curious minds need only dig a little deeper. Then the many victorious moments pop out like a sore thumb, this first one however may have been a bit obvious: ...

WEEKEND MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU sends fans home happy

For the past three decades, WVU Mountaineer fans have become accustomed to dreary holiday bowl seasons. Take away the four years of Pat White at quarterback and West Virginia’s bowl record since 1987 was a paltry 3-18. During one stretch of Don Nehlen’s tenure the Mountaineers lost 11 of 12 ...

ALBRIGHT: In a very different year, PHS girls just need to go to work

Despite enjoying a nearly perfect state champions’ existence over the past three years, the PHS girls’ basketball team isn’t immune to the passage of time. Ask anyone inside the program if the good times could flow in perpetuity, and they’ll tell you that graduations still impact ...

BENNETT: LKC was proactive

Basketball coaches across the Mountain State had a monkey wrench thrown at them last month when Jim Justice, the governor, squashed the start of winter sports until at least Jan. 11. Like golf and volleyball before them, high school coaches and athletic directors went into scramble mode ...

HUGHES: Williamstown cross country keeps on growing

WILLIAMSTOWN — What can be said that hasn’t already been said about Williamstown cross country? Years at the top for Larry Cassady’s girls and a breakthrough with a state meet appearance in 2020 for Cliff Taylor’s boys give the ‘Jackets plenty to be excited about in 2021 and ...

BENNETT: It’s easy to say no

That’s exactly what the governor of the Mountain State, Jim Justice, did last month when he axed winter sports until at least Jan. 11. Needless to say, basketball coaches and other winter sports leaders were none too happy about his executive order. I talked with veteran Ravenswood head ...

Albright: Gilmer girls have great trio to lead them on title quest

Highest on the list of problems the opposition faces when it comes to the Gilmer County girls’ basketball team is the fiery trio of Trinity Bancroft, Emma Taylor, and Carrah Ferguson. Highest on the list of problems is their combined will to win. Highest on the list of problems is their ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU is clear underdog vs. ISU

Late Wednesday afternoon it was announced that the Saturday game with Oklahoma was postponed due to Covid issues in the Sooner program. It has been rescheduled to December 12th. But Mountaineers fans were not deterred, as they immediately pivoted their focus to watching Bob Huggins and his ...