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Keeping your cool on the wrestling mat

March 8, 2015 Whenever wrestling, use your head! A few years ago, a wrestling coach told me that his boys would not be intimidated on the mats. more »»

PVC’s future up in the air with Trail’s departure

March 1, 2015 Conference upheaval has been running rampant at the college level for the last several years. It’s trickling down to the high school level, too. more »»

Being a good loser is an important part of sports, too

March 1, 2015 Too often we talk about winning and fail to mention the other side of sports—”Losing!” If you take the time to consider the latter of the two, I am sure you have witnessed some great losers. more »»

Wrestling seeds now determined by computers

February 27, 2015 For those high school wrestling fans scouring the Internet in search of first round pairings for today’s Division II and III sectional tournaments at Buckeye Local and Barnesville high schools,... more »»

Walter looking forward to his first spring training

February 22, 2015 WHEELING — Hope springs eternal. Especially in baseball when players and teams report to Arizona and Florida for spring training. more »»

The importance of the assistant wrestling coach

February 22, 2015 What role must the “assistant coach” play in the development of a successful wrestling program? Primarily, the assistant coach needs to understand the head coach’s philosophy, and believe in it. more »»

Ellzy is key as Huskies capture title

February 15, 2015 ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Katie Ellzy is a big-time athlete. It doesn’t take much to figure that out. After all, she is signed to play Division I softball at Robert Morris. more »»

Dealing with the good and bad of wrestling and life

February 15, 2015 In wrestling, as with life, you’ve got to learn to take the bad with the good. Why is it that people tend to forget their good fortunes and think only of those bad breaks— dwelling on them for day. more »»

Tips for motivating youth and high school wrestlers

February 8, 2015 All coaches must constantly come up with ways to motivate their young charges. And it’s no different in wrestling. Even more than most athletes, a loss is very difficult for a wrestler to accept. more »»

St. C. grad Brown excited to be back on the oval

February 8, 2015 YOUNGSTOWN — Jaylon Brown loved football and always had the dream of playing it at the collegiate level. He also loved track and field, shining in that for four years as well. more »»

TL Super Bowl Poll: Patriots expected to hoist the trophy

February 1, 2015 The voters have spoken. The National Football League can begin polishing the Lombardi Trophy for the long flight back to New England. more »»

The “State of the NFL”: Because we all care deeply about extra points

February 1, 2015 On Friday afternoon, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped up to a podium, poised to make his much anticipated “State of the NFL” address. “It has been a tough year,” he said. more »»

The official’s responsibility to sportsmanship

February 1, 2015 In recent years, I have stressed time and again the importance of sportsmanship in athletes, coaches, and fans. I think we also should consider the same from officials as well. more »»

Saffield and stories won’t be forgotten

January 30, 2015 You can certainly touch and impact the lives of many in 74 years. When you consider that, of those years, more than 40 were spent in education and coaching, one’s reach grows even further. more »»

What to say to your son before he wrestles

January 25, 2015 Since all three of my sons wrestled, I attempted to give them some advice that would not only help them in wrestling, but also in life. Below are suggestions I made: 1. more »»

Sacrifice: Is it good or bad

January 18, 2015 “Sacrifice — The Essence of Excellence or the Folly of Fanaticism” This “Saga of Two Wrestlers” is true, except for the two wrestlers’ names. In the end, you will have to judge for yourselve. more »»

Future NFL commish defends her disdain for current regime

January 18, 2015 Last week, two of my fellow sports colleagues suggested I am too tough on Goodell in my column. more »»

OVAC mat tournament has history

January 15, 2015 The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament has been around since 1954. Bridgeport, with the legendary George Kovalick as head coach, was crowned the initial team champion. more »»



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