Sports Columns

Area natives reflect on time with Earle Bruce

To say coaches have a huge impact on people’s lives is selling them short. That’s especially true at the major college level where players spend far more time with their coaches than they do with their families. To hear many tell it, Earle Bruce relished and welcomed the role of ...

Seamon battles brutal weather in Beantown

WHEELING — Walter Seamon has authored a memorable resume at the Boston Marathon. The 77-year-old has enjoyed numerous high age-group finishes in the granddaddy of all marathons, including a runnerup trophy in 2009. The Wheeling resident placed fifth last April. So this past Monday, Seamon ...

Wheeling Park Golf Club holds first two events

The Wheeling Park Golf Club resumed its play earlier this month and will continue throughout the summer with a host of events. The Undo’s Bestball Scramble was held on April 15. The duo of Lightner and Kupfer prevailed with a score of 62. They were four shots better than Melnik and ...

Lewicki ponders future following initial pro season

GLEN DALE - Kristin Lewicki has achieved a lifetime goal. Now it is time to step back and ponder her future. The John Marshall grad just recently completed her first year as a professional hockey player after a remarkable collegiate career. She helped the Buffalo Beauts reach the National ...

OFF THE TEE: Glitch claims victory in Oglebay Park Golf Club

The Oglebay Park Golf Club took advantage of the sunny skies last Sunday for its second event of the young season, the Allen Kage Memorial Snowbird. The event featured 51 players at the Crispin Center. By virtue of a score-card playoff, Bill “Tice” Glitch won the championship with a ...

Seamon still in stride at age 77

WHEELING - Walter Seamon is a running marvel. His running prowess is so adept that even Father Time can’t catch him. The lifelong Wheeling resident is currently winding down his training for the Boston Marathon, an event he knows quite well. When Seamon toes the starting line in ...

OFF THE TEE: Ferry graduate Chlon making presence felt at WJU

Welcome to the team, Andrew Chlon. That must have been the reaction last week at the Oglebay Resort Intercollegiate Golf Tournament that was shortened to one day because of inclement weather. Making his debut as a Wheeling Jesuit Cardinal, former Martins Ferry standout Andrew Chlon was ...

OVAC is still going strong as it hits 75 years

WHEELING - High school sports play big in the Ohio Valley lifestyle. To that end, the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference is the vehicle that drives prep athletics. The OVAC is comprised of 51 schools, encompassing more than 18,000 students. Tuesday marks a special day for the OVAC -- ...

OFF THE TEE: Oglebay GC crowns first champions of ’18

Though the weather hasn’t cooperated as well as many would like, you know it’s officially golf season when you receive an email from Bill “Tice” Glitch with the results of an Oglebay Park Golf Club event. The club kicked off its 2018 season on March 25 with 90 players taking part in ...

Cadiz native Gladman enjoys NASCAR life

DAYTONA -- Kevin Gladman is living in the fast lane. Literally. The Cadiz native is member of the Richard Childress Racing Team on the NASCAR circuit. More specifically, he is a mechanic for Austin Dillon. Dillon reached the pinnacle of his profession when he won the Daytona 500 last month. ...

Dailers enjoy two crowns in one day

WHEELING — The Dailer Double. Winning a state championship is the ultimate prize in high school sports. Turning the trick twice in the same day is remarkable. That is the exact scenario the Dailer family experienced last Saturday. Former Wheeling Central athletic great Suzie Dailer is ...

Crutchfield enjoys time in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE — Jim Crutchfield embraces a challenge, make that major challenges. Fourteen years ago, he took over a 4-23 West Liberty men’s basketball team. He turned the Hilltoppers into 20-game winners in his initial season at the helm. The Clarksburg native followed that ...

Barnesville grad helps to shape Olympic success

BARNESVILLE — Nicole Detling is one of the finest athletes in Barnesville High history. Now, some 25 years later, Dr. Detling is helping elite athletes excel at the highest of levels. Detling was a track and hoop star for the Shamrocks before taking her vast athletic and academic talents to ...

Joseph remembered for more than track and CC

SHADYSIDE — In nearly 20 years in this profession, I’ve written a handful of memorial columns. And in full disclosure mode, none are easy, but the one you are about to read was by far the most difficult. Monday afternoon at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, the Ohio Valley sports ...

OV Coaching Clinic moving to Weir High

WEIRTON — The third annual Ohio Valley Coaching Clinic is on the move. The popular football session is the brainchild of Ohio Valley native and current Emporia State University defensive coordinator Bryan Nardo. The first two clinics were staged in Wheeling and met with solid ...

Ejections occurring all too frequently in hoops

COLUMBUS — Sportsmanship has been a hot-button issue with the Ohio High School Athletic Association for many years. The OHSAA has poured a lot of effort into its ‘Respect the Game’ moniker. Unfortunately, as it’s pertained to this basketball season, the message has evidently ...

Young Hartlieb taking artistic gymnastics to new heights

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Big things can come in small packages. Austyn Marsala Hartlieb is 11 years of age and packs just 51 pounds on her 4-6 frame. The diminutive dynamo, however, performs at a huge level when it comes to gymnastics. So much so, Hartlieb, with deep Ohio Valley roots, has a ...

Brilliant High HOF announces initial honorees

BRILLIANT — The Blue Devil Nation will return to life this summer. Brilliant High consolidated with Smithfield High in 1972 to form Buckeye North High School. Eighteen years later, Buckeye North merged with Buckeye South and Buckeye West high schools to create the current Buckeye Local High ...

Times Leader Super Bowl Poll leans heavily toward Patriots

The wait is almost over. The players are ready. The fans are ready. Even the commercials are ready. The NFL season comes to a close tonight with Super Bowl LII taking center stage. Helping to get you ready for what may transpire tonight in Minneapolis between New England and Philadelphia is ...

Super Bowl Special for Glen Dale Couple

GLEN DALE -- Super Bowl 52 will be extra super for a Glen Dale couple. Joe and Trudy Blake are in Minnesota today for the NFL championship game, pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the New England Patriots. They have a vested interest in the game -- their son, Craig, is the assistant ...