Sports Columns

Silver Jones wins $50,000 Holiday Sprint Championship

The late Johnny Biehle wasn’t one to boast or tout young greyhounds. After getting the pups track-ready at his Texas farm, Biehle would let the greyhounds do the talking on the racetrack. One exception was Silver Jones. “Johnny didn’t brag much, but the last time I talked to him I ...

Better competition produces better wrestlers

    Anyone competing in any sport wants to be the best they can be, which is to be expected. A clique, when you have a bad kid beating up on another bad kid you think you’re good, can sometimes be used in the Ohio Valley. There’s no mistake when I ...

Holiday Sprint Championship set for tonight

Going out with a bang. A fantastic field of greyhounds will hit the lid tonight in the final of the $50,000 Holiday Sprint Championship at the Wheeling Island racetrack. Qualifying for the final are Braska Cando (Darren Henry Kennel), 40 points; WW’s Green Apple (Wayne Ward Kennel), 28 ...

2007: A year of success and even tragedy

It’s hard to believe that in less than 48 hours, we’ll be celebrating another new year. You might need all of that time to digest what’s ahead. It’s time for 2007 to officially be etched into our memories and time for us to make room for another year of what always starts with great ...

WVU interim head coach got start at Salem College

While everyone has been well-informed of Bill Stewart’s coaching resume, one stop has repeatedly been omitted. The interim West Virginia University head football coach actually had a brief 2-year tour of duty at tiny Salem College back in the late 1970s under Joe Ault to start his ...

Wrestlers: Looking forward to two-pound weight allowance

The holiday season can mean only one thing to wrestlers – weight allowances. Yes, every wrestler can breath a sigh of relief as weight allowances will be in affect in Ohio and West Virginia when they hit the mat next. "They feel that kids are still growing and this two-pound weight ...

Destiny on hold

CINCINNATI -- It was simply too much prosperity for one team to handle. When confronted with a 'win and you're in' scenario, the Browns were visited by the ghost of seasons' past. Sunday's bitter 19-14 loss here may have cost them a playoff berth. For sure, it makes for an unsettling week on ...

Mountaineers come to terms

MORGANTOWN — First, they lost to Pitt. Then, they lost their coach. The Mountaineers insist they won’t lose their bearings between now and Jan. 2 when they oppose Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Talk about tumultuous times in the Mountain State! December came in like a lion, all ...

Apple Lyde brings ‘A’ game to Wheeling

For the first six months of the 2007 racing season, Kiowa Apple Lyde was arguably the best distance runner at Southland Greyhound Park. A Night of Stars victory in May, a track record and 19 wins were a few of his many accomplishments. Now, Kiowa Apple Lyde is trying to make his mark at the ...

Bellaire native Fitch preparing for Hawaii Bowl

Todd Fitch is only 43 years old, but he’s already seen the country and numerous college campuses. Stops at Ohio Wesleyan, Bowling Green, West Virginia, Colorado State, Connecticut, South Carolina and Iowa State dot the Bellaire High graduate’s resume. However, now that he’s the ...

Adversity fails to slow down Flat Out Ady

Flat Out Ady holds a special spot in owner Dean Miner’s heart. It’s not her number of Grade AA victories or the amount of her earnings. Ady’s story goes far beyond her accomplishments on the racetrack. It’s about heartache, perseverance, hope and determination. “She’s the only ...

Prep Basketball Still Has A Lot To Be Sorted Out

Basketball season is in full swing. To me, that’s great news. The local basketball season is shaping up early as one of the most balanced in a long time. There doesn’t seem to be a real juggernaut and there also seems to be a lot of teams that can win a lot of games and then again they ...

Cousins Making each Other Better

Tension could be on the rise in one Ohio Valley wrestling family this holiday season fueding as to which cousin is the better wrestler — Zack Kosky or Bryan Skoff. The cousins have a family blood line that runs deep in the sport of wreslting and is only heating up after the weekend’s ...

Early speed fuels Keeper at Wheeling

Expectations were high in the Charter Kennel camp when Switzler Keeper was purchased at the 2006 National Greyhound Association Fall Meet in Kansas. Keeper was a standout at the meet, easily winning both of his rounds and dipping under the 30-second mark in each race. He looked like a ...

Finding a females’ place on the mat

I was approached this past weekend at a junior high wrestling tournament about why you don’t see more girls wrestle. My response was simple, they are not made for the sport. Generally, wrestling has been for the elite athletes among all sports. Ones that are willing to go through more than ...

Old Hickory: A good act for OSU to follow

OHIO STATE head football coach Jim Tressel isn’t in the same line of work as Andrew Jackson, but both have been aware of the need to plan for a battle in New Orleans. Of course, it’s been more than 190 years since Old Hickory won the famous battle by defeating the British (even though the ...

Old warrior Prince Joe still shines in AA

Greyhounds like Kay V Prince Joe are few and far between. With nearly 170 starts on his resume at the Wheeling Island racetrack, Prince Joe is an absolute warrior. Even more impressive is the fact Prince Joe is still competing against the track’s top sprinters. Since Prince Joe turned 4 ...

WAHA gaining popularity in Ohio Valley

Hockey is on the rise in Wheeling. No, I’m not talking about the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. No, I’m not talking about the high school teams at Wheeling Park, Wheeling Central, Linsly or John Marshall. What I am talking about is the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association. The ...

Browns wish list: January football

CLEVELAND — Upon further review..... Calling them the ‘real deal’ still doesn’t feel quite right. But calling them legitimate playoff contenders is certainly within the realm. And why not? There’s a short list of AFC teams on the postseason fast track and considerably more who ...

Prep Football 2007: A year to remember

Hard to believe, this may be my final prep football column of the season. Where did the time go? It’s a cliche to say the high school football season is the fastest 10 weeks of the year, but it’s probably true. The reason high school football goes so quickly for most people is the fact ...