Sports Columns

Wrestlers are starting at younger ages now

As I stood in the interview room at the 71st annual Ohio state wrestling championships I listened to the Toledo Blade interview a kid that said he had been wrestling since age four or five. It was so long ago he couldn’t even remember. So as this eventual four-time champion ...

Cooper eyes transition

MORGANTOWN — His stock is rising. And so will Zac Cooper’s minutes on the field of play this season. A junior-to-be this fall with the Mountaineers, Cooper saw action in all 13 games last year. But as WVU’s defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel pointed out Wednesday, Cooper’s playing time ...

Brothers shine on backside

Expectations were high when littermates Hallo Mr Brendon and Hallo Mr Pete arrived in Wheeling late last summer. So far, they haven’t disappointed Steubenville Kennel trainer Debbie Schweizer. Both have climbed the ladder to Grade AA and have become solid 3/8 racers. “We had high hopes ...

‘Pete’ Jasper: ‘A great kid’

Jeremy ‘Pete’ Jasper was a good man. He was kind and he was caring. Although rather quiet, he had a great sense of humor. He was always his friendly self, whether it be a smile, a “how you doing,” or a conversation about the greyhounds he deeply cared for in the Lester Raines Kennel ...

Buckeye’s revolving hoops door continues

That revolving door at Buckeye Local is revolving once again and this time the folks in Panther country are looking for a couple hoop coaches. It just seems that Buckeye has had a hard time holding onto varsity coaches and at the most recent Board of Education meeting, the board accepted two ...

Young grapplers learn the ropes

COLUMBUS — Unless you have ever been to the state wrestling tournament in Ohio you don’t truly understand the caliber of wrestlers that are showcased on the mat. In a three-day grind you have 672 wrestlers from the three classifications. “To get better you have to wrestle better ...

Davis ready for AFL

Eventually, if you work hard enough, your dream will come true. Well, former Bellaire High School all-state quarterback Jose Davis has dreamed of playing football his entire life. In fact, he almost has. The 6-ft.-1 Kent State University graduate started playing Pee-Wee football. He ...

Wrestler with no limbs advances in state meet

COLUMBUS – One step closer to a dream come true. Hillsboro’s Dustin Carter isn’t your typical wrestler, but his goals are similar to most other high school wrestlers. First he wanted to get to the state and now he wants to win a state title. Carter, who ...

Quick Strike barely misses track record

He is one of the most dominating 3/8 greyhounds to ever race at Wheeling Island. He has speed and he has power. In the eyes of Charter Kennel trainer Rodney Cooley, TK Quick Strike is the “perfect 3/8 greyhound.” A July 2005 greyhound out of Flying Penske-Joanne’s Peach, Quick Strike ...

Same old, same old

It doesn’t matter how you color it, it’s still a loss. I’m talking about Wheeling’s 5-4 loss to Reading Sunday night at WesBanco Arena in ECHL action. The contest could very well describe the Nailers’ frustrating season in itself. The home team allows the first goal of the ...

St. C., Shadyside carrying the O.V. flag

Both Kim Clifford and Ed Andes have been down this road before. The veteran head coaches have guided St. Clairsville and Shadyside to several appearances in the district tournament. However, while both are highly successful, neither has claimed a spot in the Ohio Sweet 16 in their careers. ...

Meintel prime for collegiate debut today

Michael Meintel has been working toward the opportunity he’s about to receive this afternoon for quite sometime. From the time he was old enough to pick up a baseball, Meintel has been honing his pitching skills. Whether it was in Mustang, Bronco, Pony or during his high school days at ...

Shadyside’s Meintel prime for collegiate debut

Michael Meintel has been working toward the opportunity he’s about to receive this afternoon for quite sometime. From the time he was old enough to pick up a baseball, Meintel has been honing his pitching skills. Whether it was in Mustang, Bronco, Pony or during his high school days at ...

Flying Eagles-Miner duo fueled by desire

One is a veteran with stops at four different racetracks. The other is a newcomer with only 16 career starts. As different as Flying Rugby and Flying Wheeling are in experience, they do have one common denominator: a burning desire to compete and a refuse to lose attitude. “Both Rugby and ...

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 ...