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Local Sports Columns

ALBRIGHT ON WVU MEN’S BASKETBALL: No one blames you, miss

Photographers’ duties when taking pictures of a sporting event are not confined to game action. Crowd shots or bench photos often aid tone setting of a contest when used in newspapers, on websites or social media outlets. Floor rushing shots after major upsets are some of my favorites. No ...

ALBRIGHT: Patriots’ Mike Eddy leaving is a big loss

Wrestling, a fight between boys’ and girls’ basketball, and then comes into the picture football. The above ranking stands as the heirarchy of Parkersburg South High School’s Top 4 sports in order of importance. Sure football might fill the seats, but the grapplers’ and hoops’ ...

ALBRIGHT: Another big game for the Class AAA champs

Boyd County head coach Pete Fraley and Parkersburg High head coach Scott Cozzens share a similar mindset when it comes to playing top competition — Bring it on. In their minds only positive results can surface from facing strong opponents. Players and coaches alike learn what they need to ...

T. BENNETT: Don’t confuse me with Jay W.

Hello, my name is Tyler Bennett and I am the newest sports reporter here at The News and Sentinel. I was raised in Ravenswood, W.Va. where I graduated from Ravenswood High School in 2010. I knew that I wanted to do something in sports, but I wasn’t sure about what I could do after realizing ...

Looking forward to sharing stories

My name is Josh Hughes, and I am the newest sports reporter here at The News and Sentinel. I grew up around the area, and I can’t wait to become more involved in the community. I graduated from Parkersburg High School in 2013 with my sights set on a career in covering sports. I always ...

ALBRIGHT: Top 5 MOV sports moments of 2018

One of the best parts of covering high school sports in the Mid-Ohio Valley every season is the abundance of great athletic feats within the News and Sentinel's coverage area. An actual cornucopia of success annually spreads joy around the area from January to December because of the ...

Winter tab publishes Thursday

­-Mountain State online message boards overflowing with reasons (some irrational) why the West Virginia Sports Writers Association screwed up the all-state football teams means only one thing: Winter sports season is underway. Debates raging on throughout December and shifting toward the ...

ALBRIGHT: Young Yellowjackets grew up

If Terry Smith’s annual review of his Williamstown football team isn’t a positive one, something is wrong. Every year, Smith sits down and asks if his team got better and it did. Pay no mind to Wheeling Central’s second handling of the Yellowjackets in 2018. Creating ideal competitive ...

Another year of picking

As hard as it is to believe, some “winter” sports are already underway. Despite the calendar saying it truly is still fall, it sure hasn’t felt like it outside the past couple of days. Nonetheless, we continue to push on here in the sports department and we are down to our final two ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU’s missed chances

For the average college football fan it may have been the most entertaining game of the year. Two of the best quarterbacks in America. Points galore. Excitement to the finish. But for Mountaineer fans it was a roller coaster of emotions, from euphoria to dread and back and forth again several ...

ALBRIGHT: Big Red girls’ top my AP preseason Class AAA poll

One of the best sports times of the year is right around the corner! Basketball begins within the borders of the Mountain State in the final week of November. The start of the hardwood sport brings my attention to girls' basketball as I vote on the all-state committee. A duty taken ...

ALBRIGHT: Big Reds made the correct gridiron hire with Mike Byus

Mike Byus brought a winning pedigree with him two years ago to a Parkersburg High School football program stuck in a rut. One of the winningest head coaches during his time at East Lincoln High School (including two state titles and a 28-game winning streak) in North Carolina, Byus was used ...

Kicking the ball

I could go into a long diatribe about the importance of field goals, especially concerning West Virginia University’s loss Saturday night at Oklahoma State where head coach Dana Holgorsen opted to not take the three points in the first half and got stuffed on fourth down, but I won’t even ...

ALBRIGHT: Book it! South girls’ hoops headed back to Charleston

Parkersburg South girls’ basketball fell short of the ultimate goal of all Patriot teams this century— a state championship — by two wins last season. The bar established during Scott Stephens’ tenure (three state titles) remains unmoved since his departure. Third-year head coach Ed ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU creates a spark

Coming off a dramatic last second win at Texas the previous week, the major concern of WVU fans heading into last Saturday’s game against TCU was perhaps the Mountaineers would come out a bit flat and with a lack of focus. Those concerns appeared to be justified early in the afternoon, as ...

Good coaches, bad parents?

It was almost the perfect Saturday for Magnolia’s Pam Chapman. Earlier last week, I was trying to get in touch with the Blue Eagles’ head volleyball coach to talk about her team and their chances to win a state title in Charleston. Not long after I sent her a text message, she replied ...

ALBRIGHT: PHS girls’ hoops won’t be defined by losses

Windows of opportunity for success when special teams emerge don’t stay open long in high school sports. If a talented team hopes to make their mark on history, panes of glass must shatter early to signal a group’s matter-of-fact arrival. One of those windows currently stands paneless, ...