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“The Press Box” for 1/13

When the phone rings at the office, we all seem to hold our breath wondering who is this one for? There has been a barrage of bad news lately, the calls range from, are schools still closed? Is there going to be a winter sports season? Will we have basketball this year? Did you hear about this ...

WVU Defeats Army in 62nd Annual Liberty Bowl, 24-21

December 31, 2020, the West Virginia Mountaineers beat the Army Black Knights in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl played in Memphis, TN. Coach Neal Brown’s Mountaineers used a strong defense and a quarterback change in second half to come from behind for the 24-21 victory. Army averaging 282 ...

Can Girls Compete With Boys?

The news last month about Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller becoming the first woman to play NCAA Division I football for a Power Five Conference got me thinking about girls who had played on boys’ teams closer to home. I thought of a few in Wetzel and Tyler County and I would love to hear from ...

“From My View” for 12/30

Its easy to say we all hope that we don’t see anything like 2020 to ever trickle into the 2021. But with all the Corona-virus and election stuff not yet behind us, and the start a new year a couple days away, lets have an open mind and hope for a Winter and Spring sports season. With only ...

Lady Pilots Lose A Pair

The Steubenville Big Reds were down one point with 4:15 left in regulation, but out-scored the River Pilots 14-6 to win, 50-43 Dec. 23 in Steubenville Big Red Field House. The Big Reds senior center Makayla Abram keyed the run scoring nine of her game-high 26-points just inside the 4:15 ...

Alternatives to Regular High School Sports

No school, no play! That is the rule from state educators and the WVSSAC. With the state map dictating who can have school and who can’t, it also controls the state sports scene. Right across the River on the Ohio side, schools have been open a few days per week, allowing basketball season to ...

“From My View” for December 23

With Christmas and a new year soon approaching, I wanted to be able to wish all our Wetzel Chronicle sports readers the most joy-est of holiday’s. With our second day of snow-falls, I did what I have always told my sons, keep your steps and walk-ways cleared so nobody gets hurt. Well, with ...

Long Lead Pilots To a 81-65 Win over Bulldogs In Home Opener

The River Pilots scored 50-points in the opening half and went on to defeat the Bridgeport Bulldogs, 81-65 Dec. 15 in their home-opener inside RL Potts Gymnasium. Pilot sophomore Ty Long scored a game-high 26-points, including one basket from beyond the arc. He also hit on 9-12 from the free ...

Local Volleyball Players Selected to WV North/South All-Stars

Each year, seniors from around West Virginia are selected to take part in the annual North/South Volleyball All-Star Showcase. These matches are played at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley and showcase the top talent from all regions of the state. However, this year the All-Star game, like ...

“The Press Box” for December 23

Practice. The word often induces fits of whining, tears and tantrums from grade school students when parents schedule practice time for things like piano and reading. I don’t have any musical talent, so my parents never made me play an instrument, but I do remember my folks making me practice ...