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Sports Columns

OVAC Hall: A worthy honor for 16 more

If you say it once, you can say it a million times.The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference has its paws in several endeavors outside of the normal sporting championship. And everything the nation's largest high school sporting conference does is first class.And if you are disagreeing then you ...

Douglas reflects on valley wrestling

Returning to the Ohio Valley always holds a special place in Bobby Douglas' heart and it was no greater feeling than Saturday evening as the former Olympic wrestler had the opportunity to present his former Bridgeport wrestler Mike Kovalick in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of ...

BD’s Flip captures Winner’s Challenge

There's no place like home.Just ask Darren Henry Kennel trainer Donna Wilcox.Since BD's Flip returned to Wheeling after competing in the Twins Rivers Sprint at Lincoln, R.I., in July, he has been on fire - capturing four out of his five starts including last weekend's $5,000 Winner's Challenge ...

Celebrities flock to charity golf classic

A deadly accident four years ago has helped a local organization provide for those in need.Jeff Showalter was tragically killed in an automobile accident on Sept. 6, 2004.As a result of his untimely passing, the Jeff Showalter Celebrity Golf Classic was formed by the Ohio Valley Christian ...

Sam was all smiles Saturday

I don't know how many of you knew, or got to meet, Samuel A. Mumley.For those of you that did, you remember how Sam was and what he did, especially for the kids.For those of you that didn't have the pleasure of crossing paths with Sam, you didn't have the opportunity to meet one of the most ...

OSU’s Pretorius has a lot to kick about

With more than 105,000 pairs of eyes watching him week after week during the regular football season, Ryan Pretorius has proved he certainly knows how to block.And, his blocking is not physical but mental.The Ohio State place-kicker isn't on the field for every play, but he definitely draws ...

A wise decision

It was just a few days after the prep track and field season ended and Bellaire soon-to-be senior Megan Green had just earned all-Ohio accolades in the shot put.She was ready for a short break and anxious to enjoy her summer before starting volleyball preparations, which began early last ...

Ryan Farms pup Unclouded shines

He's relentless.Just like his daddy, Iruska All Star, Ryan Farms Kennel's Unclouded never gives up.The numbers paint the picture.In 138 starts, All Star had 60 wins, 34 seconds, 15 thirds and 14 fourths - an 89 percent mark on the pay sheet.Although Unclouded has had only 21 career trips at ...

Winner’s Challenge finalists set

Charter Kennel's Silver Jones tops all qualifiers for Saturday afternoon's final of the $5,000 Winner's Challenge at Wheeling Island.The Rodney Cooley-trained sprinter had a first and a second in his two qualifying rounds to accumulate a total of 25 points. Silver Jones won the Holiday Sprint ...

Addition of PSHS would strengthen OVAC mats

Wrestling season is months away, but the idea of the stepping back on the mat is in the minds of many as Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Executive Secretary Tom Rataiczak officially announced Parkersburg South High School has applied for re-admission into one of the largest high school ...

USS Race By steps up game

Last December, USS Race By left The Woodlands in Kansas for Tri-state Greyhound Park in West Virginia.She never got there.While stopping in Wheeling on her way to Charleston, Lester Raines Kennel trainer Joel Roden checked out the sprinter's lines and was immediately impressed. A couple phone ...

Flip, Tommy post victories in Winner’s Challenge

Darren Henry Kennel's BD's Flip and C and C Kennel's Tommy Commander posted opening round victories Wednesday in the Winner's Challenge at Wheeling Island.The stake field features the track's top 16 sprinters on the win leaderboard halfway through the 2008 racing season. The second round is set ...

OVAC Notebook: Timmersjo not awed by large OVAC crowd

Not until a few years ago did kicking specialists have a spot on the Rudy Mumley Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Charity Football Game rosters.However, with the emergence of placekicking in the sport - on each and every level - a roster exemption was granted for kickers-only.When ...

Give it a rest Favre

Enough is enough!I don't know about you readers out there, but I'm getting sick and tired of hearing about Brett Favre's saga.After the Green Bay Packers' All-Pro quarterback announced his retirement in early March, yours truly penned a column praising the signal-caller.Now, though, it seems ...

Youngsters fuel Wayne Ward surge

In their early years at Wheeling Island, the Wayne Ward Kennel was loaded with an endless list of young sprint stars.WW Time Warp, Itsjustplaingood, Its A Fancy Tune, WW Accelerator, Flaming Glory, WW Ruff Enough, WW Way Out, Ruff Running, Its Chewbacca, WW Nick Of Time, Luckydeals Honor, WW ...

For the Love of the game

For the love of the game.I know the phrase is often overused at times, but in this case, it's not.What do former high school and college baseball players do to bypass their time after their prep and collegiate playing days are behind them?Simple. They play in the Ohio Valley Baseball League.The ...

If it didn’t occur before, it has now

I'm not sure if it has ever happened, but if it hasn't, it has now.Eastern Ohio currently has three players in Major League Baseball - and all three saw action last weekend.St. Clairsville's Jeremy Sowers was the starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians; Dustin Nippert, a Beallsville alum, ...

Pirates: The Good, Bad and Ugly

It was a frustrating first half for John Russell and his Pittsburgh Pirates who resume play this evening in Denver with a four-game series against Colorado's Rockies.The Pirates have developed into an above-average offensive ballclub with the ability to score runs on a consistent basis. There ...

Flying Wheeling turns into force on the backside

For the first half of the 2008 racing season at Wheeling Island, TK Quick Strike and Starz Supreme dominated the 3/8 distance.Through mid-July, the two 3-year-olds were tied atop the track win leaderboard with 18 victories apiece.Now, there's a new kid on the block and he's making his presence ...

Interleague play is not my favorite

Are you a fan of Interleague play?Honestly, I'm not.Growing up near Cincinnati, I instantly became a National League fan - specifically a Reds fan - as a youngster. Now, 40-some years later, I still have the same beliefs.I was brought up to believe that the only two times the American and ...