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Local Sports Columns

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 ...

ALBRIGHT: Girl power rocked the hardwood in the 2010s

Can Mid-Ohio Valley sports fans please get another decade of high school girls’ basketball just like this one? No one needs a break from the constant barrage of talent. Enthusiasts like me being repeatedly punched in the face has never felt so good. There was no hide-and-seek. One simply ...

ALBRIGHT: Kennedy Award voting process is a disservice to the kids

The voices are still ringing. First came a local coach sounding so sure all season long. Then, one of the assistant coaches from the best team in the state couldn’t say enough positives about his young man at the Super Six meeting. After this, more and more men spoke passionately and ...

ALBRIGHT: Tough choices make up 2019’s top sports moments

Decisions, decisions … Wow, there were a lot of hard decisions. This past year in sports provided the Mid-Ohio Valley plenty of great moments. Winter, spring, fall you name it and something big happened in every season. There were state champions. There were major award winners. There were ...

Last of the fall

I might be grasping at straws here, but officially we’ve got a few days of fall left. Although it sure hasn’t seemed like fall for quite some time, the “winter” sports are in full swing. I already have had the opportunity to take in a few basketball games and suffice it to say ...

ALBRIGHT: Tanner, company deserve community’s support

Brandon Penn is back home after a successful surgery. It is a development inserting another happy note on the best Parkersburg South football season since 2003. More good times arrive in a few weeks. The release of the Kennedy Award, where Penn is in the running, and the Class AAA all-state ...

Monday Morning Quarterback: WVU picks up W for the road

When the WVU football team flew to Fort Worth to play TCU Friday everyone knew that this would be the final game in a disappointing 2019 season. A losing record was assured. There would be no bowl game. To the casual observer there wouldn’t be much difference between a 4-8 and 5-7 ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Missed chances cost WVU, again

For the second straight week the West Virginia Mountaineers battled a ranked team to the wire, but this time a final drive to win or tie the game came up short in the final minutes. It was the fourth straight home conference loss. As we all by now recognize, this WVU team is not good enough ...

ALBRIGHT: Big Reds’ Kristen Lowers can answer the call in 2019-20

Fans should take a moment to re-adjust when in attendance of a Parkersburg High girls’ basketball game this season. Some things are going to feel a little weird. Where is Mary Ostrowski Award winner Shay-Lee Kirby one might ask? She’s playing NCAA Divison I basketball at Austin Peay. ...

ALBRIGHT: We should be able to avoid 84-0 in the playoffs

Change is hard, but in this case it is necessary. Are you listening, WVSSAC? Hopefully, Bernie Dolan and company felt the winds during an opening round playoff game Saturday from Cobourne Field. Precious gates can be locked up. This was just ugly. And it was cruel. I challenge anyone ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU grabs big win

Despite a 35-17 loss to Texas Tech on November 9, head coach Neal Brown reaffirmed that his team would get significantly better and a successful program would be built at WVU. The mood of Mountaineer fans was understandably skeptical, having just witnessed the low point of the 2019 season to ...

ALBRIGHT: Forget about Ravenswood’s Annie Hunt? Oops.

This certainly wasn’t the plan. Annie Hunt earned better. Of this, there is no doubt. The Ravenswood point guard completed a freshman season full of promise and potential in 2017. Toe stepping wasn’t on her agenda. But, her genetic gifts and hoops’ IQ still emerged inside the ...

ALBRIGHT: What a long, crazy ride it has been, Don Fosselman!

Don Fosselman is hanging it up. No, I cannot believe it either. Father Time usually always makes the final save. Fosselman laid out the plan to feed him an easy shot, too. “I always said when my youngest grandson reached his senior year I was going to walk away,” he said. But, his ...

JOHNSTON: Fort Frye football and food for thought

BEVERLY — Fort Frye’s Braden Medley pounced on the Dalton fumble at the 2-yard line like it was a sirloin steak. Ah, the sweet taste of Fort Frye victory. Then, Cadet running back Tyler Fisher took an Ian Ellis hand-off and raced, like he was late for Mindy’s supper, 98 yards to the ...

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: WVU loss not good for sleep

Those among you who attend WVU home football games may have noticed that for some reason the return trip from Morgantown across Route 50 seems to become longer and longer. That is what happens after three consecutive home losses, this one an embarrassing blowout to a Texas Tech team with a ...

ALBRIGHT: South’s Brandon Penn can add to Kennedy Award resume tonight

Raising the roof seemed appropriate. Hopefuls for the vacated South quarterback position needed to gain as much possible arm strength in the offseason. Nate Tanner’s hiring as the next Patriots’ grid-iron head coach marked a new era in more than one way. Throwing motions after all ...

JOHNSTON: Joe Bergin feeling, looking good

Joe Bergin has had an amazing comeback. The seventh-year Marietta College men’s boss faced a life without Pioneer soccer for five-plus weeks last May and June with a heart issue and a journey to the Cleveland Clinic. But happy to say, Bergin, a former MC soccer standout and 1986 grad, was ...

ALBRIGHT: Bulldogs versus Yellowjackets is as big as games come

One hearty “Thank you” goes out to the Williamstown and Doddridge County football teams. The Bulldogs and Yellowjackets successfully executing the game plan against Parkersburg Catholic and Valley (Wetzel) respectively last week brought to life this column. For now, Mid-Ohio Valley sports ...