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OSU Soccer Coach visits BHCC

What do Jim Tressel, Thad Matta and John Bluem have in common? All three led their respective Ohio State University athletic teams to NCAA championship games in 2007. However, unfortunately, all three lost. But, I was always told that there is no disgrace in losing in the championship ...

OVAC calendar year coming to an end quickly

The past two weekends have been some of the busiest for the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. Championships in tennis, softball, track and field and baseball have all been crowned. That puts the finishing touches on a year when the conference crowned champions in 13 sports, held all-star ...

Trust Fund Baby captures Juvenile

After Trust Fund Baby smoked a 14-length, 29.52 victory in the semifinals of the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile at Wheeling Island, trainer Jim Grace was a bit uneasy. The Green-Maupin Kennel handler was hoping Trust Fund Baby — a virtual lock for ...

Bridgeport bullet now firing on all cylinders at Akron

Brittany Hocker left Bridgeport High School as one of the area’s most decorated sprinters of all time. She earned that tag seeing she won six state championships, including 100 and 200 meter sweeps during both her junior and senior seasons as a Lady Bulldog. She’s quickly moving up the ...

Valley duo honored for 30-year tenure in Detroit

Time flies when you’re having fun. Eastern Ohio natives and Bethany College products John Ciszewski and John Kapral can certainly relate. The two are celebrating 30 years in high-profile administrative positions with the Detroit Pistons. At a recent surprise gathering, both were honored by ...

CHASING THE CHECKERED

I’ve went out on a limb before, but this time I’m positive. There is no way that Joe Nemechek is going to win today’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. Bet the ranch, house, condominium or whatever type of structure you reside in. It ain’t gonna happen. I don’t care ...

Suspense taken out of the draft

So much for suspense. The Miami Dolphins took care of that Tuesday by signing former University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long as the No. 1 pick in this Saturday’s NFL Draft in New York. Yes, you read that right! The annual selection process is still days away and the ...

Grayson: Hotshot pup

Very few pups make the climb to Grade AA at Wheeling in less than 10 starts. Often, when they do, racing against the top sprinters at one of the most competitive tracks in the country proves quite a challenge. Not so for BD’s Grayson. The Green-Maupin Kennel youngster not only moved up to ...

Finalists set in $35,000 WVGOBA Juvenile stake

Littermates Trust Fund Baby and Wuzinyurwallet are the top qualifiers for Saturday afternoon’s final of the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile at Wheeling Island. Racing out of the Green-Maupin Kennel, the Tri-state invaders each posted three victories ...

Bertolino eyeing the Olympics

It has been a roller coaster month for former Buckeye Local wrestler David Bertolino. The May graduate of Iowa State University recently took second at University Nationals in Akron to put himself in position to qualify for the Olympics trials in Las Vegas. “I have been there ...

KB’s Best Buy following in his dad’s footsteps

Back in 2005-06, Tempo Petrocelli was one of the most consistent top grade greyhounds at Wheeling Island. In 127 starts, Petrocelli had 37 wins, 21 seconds, 12 thirds and 19 fourths — a 70 percent mark on the pay sheet. All but 16 of his trips were in Grade AA. Now, one of Petrocelli’s ...

Littermates top qualifiers for WVGOBA Juvenile

Littermates Trust Fund Baby and Wuzinyurwallet are the lone undefeated greyhounds after the first two rounds of the $35,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Juvenile at Wheeling Island. Racing out of the Green/Maupin Kennel, the Tri-state invaders notched their second ...

Ferry set to unveil new softball diamond

“If you build it, they will come.” That was the catch phrase for the movie “Field of Dreams.” Well, Martins Ferry has built them (baseball and softball fields), but thanks to Mother Nature and some on-going construction, no one has shown up on the hilltop overlooking the Purple ...

Gaudio has been on coaching fast track since 1975

    Dino Gaudio would have been just fine had he stayed in his hometown Yorkville, coached at the local high school, conducted basketball camps throughout the Ohio Valley and become some kind of local coaching legend.     But then that would ...

HC Wrestling: Making history

  Every team sets goals and looks ahead to where it wants to be and that is slowly starting to form for Harrison Central mat coach Todd Dunlap after being notified that his squad has qualified for the Ohio Division II State Duals for the 2008-2009 season.     ...

Sprint star Blazing Chad wins six in row

Drawing the eight hole last Sunday, Blazing Chad looked like a lock to hike his winning streak to six in a row at Wheeling Island. And why not? The Grade AA sprinter, who runs as wide as the racetrack, has been on a mission this year after missing the final two months of the 2007 racing ...

Surprises aplenty at Fight Night XIX

I had the opportunity to take in my first professional boxing card at Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Racetrack last weekend. The wife and I were ringside for the six-bout Fight Night XIX card, staged by West Virginia Sports Promotions guru Jerry Thomas. Although there was only one local ...

Another opening day downer

PITTSBURGH — One minute they’re on their way to an opening day embarrassment. The next, they’re blowing opportunities left and right to pull off an improbable comeback win. Welcome back, Buccos! As hundreds streamed across the Clemente Bridge — apparently more interested in ...

Phil Niekro: 69 and feeling fine

Fifty years ago this spring, he had just turned 19...a year removed from high school graduation at Bridgeport. “I was still playing (right here) in the sandlot leagues,” Phil Niekro recalls. One of the most heralded athletes in Bulldogs’ history, Niekro realized he possessed some ...

Van Do wins Superstar Challenge

Van Do may have romped to a 5-length victory in the final of the $10,000 Superstar Challenge at Wheeling Island last weekend, but there were some anxious moments early in the race. Locked in a speed battle with BD’s Flip to the first turn, a lot could have happened. Van Do made sure it ...