Sports Columns

Kropka, Davia to represent HC in Ohio All-Star Game

Harrison Central’s football program struggled in its infancy. There’s no two ways about it. They went through several coaches and several winless seasons and just three years ago the Harrison Hills Board of Education hired a bright-eyed young coach to take over the Huskies program. And ...

Buckbeak: Mr. Consistency

Don’t look for Gable Buckbeak on the win leaderboard. Since coming to Wheeling in February 2007 from Corpus Christi, the middle distance racer has only tasted victory 11 times in his 60 starts and just four times in his 34 Grade AA trips. However, in the eyes of Gable Kennel trainer Wayne ...

Zorro: The total package

In late August 2007, Legend Of Zorro went to post in her first Grade B race at Wheeling Island. Zorro had captured three out of her first four races — Maiden by 2 lengths, Grade D by 7 1/2 lengths and Grade C by 4 1/2 lengths — and was the betting favorite to continue her rapid climb up ...

Knight’s a winner with this writer

Although I’m a sports writer, I wouldn’t consider myself a basketball junkie. I do like the sport, especially high school and college, but that’s where it stops. I’m nearing my 49th birthday and as long as I can remember, Ohio-born Bobby Knight has been roaming the courtsides. ...

Passing the torch: Manning to Manning

GLENDALE — Not bad, little bro. Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning wasn’t the only family member inside a wild New York Giants lockerroom. You couldn’t miss Peyton in the crowd. The Colts’ quarterback who celebrated a SB win just a year ago, didn’t mind joining in this party for the ages. ...

Girls teams happy to have earned their championships

In sports teams earn the right to be called champions. The New York Giants aren’t the only ones who woke up this morning calling themselves champions. The girls basketball players from St. John, Monroe Central, Barnesville and Indian Creek went back to school today with some shiny new ...

T-L Super Bowl Poll: Pats have date with destiny

    What this game needs is a one-for-the-ages upset.     According to the Times-Leader’s annual Super Bowl Poll of area prep coaches and media reps, it aint happening this year.     An overwhelming ...

Super Bowl notebook

PHOENIX — WILL PLAY FOR FREE: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are not being paid to perform their 12-minute set for tonight’s Super Bowl. Petty and past SB artists such as Paul McCartney, Prince, the Rolling Stones and U2 are more than willing to provide their services, ...

Party Central: What Game?

PHOENIX — There are literally thousands of out-of-towners here who have no intent of viewing Sunday’s Super Bowl. You’ll find them stationed in hotel lobbys but mainly outside dozens of the area’s most popular nightclubs and restaurants. They’re armed with cameras, autograph books ...

Truth be told Giants have already been

    PHOENIX — Truth be told, the Giants have already been written off.     They’re only here to observe New England’s official coronation as one of the National Football League’s elite teams for the ...

Wheeling Hospital OVAC Basketball Championship didn’t happen overnight

In less than 24 hours, we’ll know who the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball champions are for the 2007-08 season. And all of the decisions will be made right where they should be...on the court. There are no point systems or talk of schedules. It’s all about who shows ...

Palm Beach invader shines

Owner Norm Rader expected Escrow Officer to be a “usable” greyhound when he shipped her from Palm Beach, Fla., to Wheeling in September 2007. What Rader never expected was for Escrow Officer to win five straight Grade AA sprint races. “I thought she’d be a money-maker at Wheeling, a ...

Spring boarding into the sectional tournament

Coming off an emotional high from the Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament, Beallsville’s Jimmy Reisz was on a roll being unmarked for the year until he stepped foot in Hannibal this weekend. The OVAC champion was stunned by Barnesville’s Kurtis Jefferis in a sudden-death overtime matchup. ...

Buckeye 8 Thriving in Prep Sports

The idea makes perfect sense. Schools of the same size and reasonable distance from one another playing in all common sports. Pretty simple right? Well, it was something that wasn’t done on a lot of fronts for one reason or another until a couple of years ago and it’s still not totally ...

Park’s Waugh recovering after sustaining serious injury at OVAC

Wheeling Park High School’s Jason Waugh is recovering well and is expected to be released today after undergoing emergency surgery for a tear in his stomach lining, which caused severe internal bleeding. The Patriot wrestler finished the three-day grind at the Ron Mauck OVAC ...

Gable Pimiento, Makin Bakin share 2007 ‘Top Dog’ honors

Top dogs. Sprint stars Gable Pimiento (Gable Kennel) and Makin Bakin (Charter Kennel) shared top honors at the Wheeling Island racetrack in 2007 as they each notched 30 victories to top the win leaderboard. Mulberry Gus (Majestic Kennel) was third with 26 victories. It was only the second ...

Martins Ferry girls closing in on several goals

Prior to the season, this writer sat in Lady Rider head coach Dave Reasbeck’s classroom at Ferry High School conducting an interview for the season preview. He stated that one of his goals for the season was “to win something.” And he didn’t mean it had to be a state, regional or ...

Porter Brothers leave their mark at OVAC

One of the busiest times of the year for me is wrestling season and this past weekend I continued to prove that to myself sitting at the head table of the 55th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament, but for one family it was much busier. Susie Porter, mother of Zack, Aaron and Derek, ...

OVAC Wrestling Tourney is a true family affair for everyone

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has long been the biggest prep sporting conference in the nation. With 45-members strong, the conference has a glowing history of producing fine athletes in a bevy of sports. However, there’s something about those three chilly days in January, ...

Ex-OVAC Champ Braunlich has good reason for missing reunion

The OVAC wrestling tournament means many things to many individuals who have competed on the mats over the past 55 years, but one of those wrestling standouts will not be joining the 25 year past champions and for good reason. Fritz Braunlich, the 1983 OVAC champion at 185-pounds, has been ...