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Sports Columns

Littermates step up for C And C

With sprint star Van Do sidelined for most of May and early June, three youngsters have stepped up to the plate and delivered for the C And C Kennel at Wheeling Island. Although a month shy of being 2 years old, littermates Huge Lee, Spectacular Lee and Large Lee have each climbed the ladder ...

Wuzinyurwallet tops qualifiers for stake final

Green-Maupin Kennel’s Wuzinyurwallet tops all qualifiers for Saturday afternoon’s final of the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Derby at Wheeling Island. The Jim Grace-trained middle distance runner won all three of his qualifying races to accumulate a ...

Experience to be a key for Bucks

OHIO STATE head football coach Jim Tressel considers the Buckeyes’ experience to be one of their principal strengths this fall. He apparently goes along with the idea expressed by author/historian Henry Adams, who wrote, “All experience is an arch, to build on.” Tressel talked about ...

Arivada-Plum Creek rockin’ in Wheeling

They rocked the music world in the 70s and 80s. David Bowie, Creedence, Aerosmith and Van Halen. Now their namesakes are making music at Wheeling Island for the Arivada-Plum Creek Kennel. “They all have the speed to compete and win in Grade AA at Wheeling,” said Arivada-Plum Creek ...

Doc Christy was there in spirit

I only met Dr. Glenn Christy one time, and then I didn’t know who he was. I still really don’t know the man, but from what I’ve been told he was a true Buckeye fan. “Doc Christy was one of the originals when we started this event back when Earle Bruce was the head coach,” ...

Lady Devils excel

PICKERINGTON — Beallsville has a rich athletic history for both girls and boys. Whether it’s volleyball, basketball, softball for the girls or football, basketball, wrestling for the boys, the Blue Devils have tasted their fair share of success. Well, it’s time that track and field is ...

Quick Strike captures Mountaineer Classic

Charter Kennel trainer Rodney Cooley calls TK Quick Strike a “freak of nature.” He’s fast. He’s powerful. He’s explosive. He’s determined. He’s exciting. Cooley said Quick Strike reminds him of Talentedmrripley, the All-American who shined on the Florida circuit in 2001-2002. ...

St. John Central project on track

    You don’t get something like this done overnight.     But Jeff Paolina of Irish Junior Sports is one determined guy. He envisions St. John Central kicking off its 2010 football season in an attractive new facility. ...

Quest for Columbus set to begin

If you are a little confused on how the Division II track and field district is going to unfold this week, join the crowd. A PhD would be required to fully understand it, but after weeks of talking to people and trying to make heads or tails of this, I think I’ve basically got it figured ...

Fortunate Son: Mr. Blue Collar

He’s not among the win leaders at Wheeling Island. He’s not going to rip off four or five victories in a row. Although far from a star, Fortunate Son is a greyhound who will give an honest effort each time he goes to the box. The Wayne Strong Kennel sprinter is a true blue-collar worker. ...

Quick Strike breaks own mark

TK Quick Strike opened the first round of the $10,000 Mountaineer Classic at Wheeling Island Monday afternoon with a bang. The Charter Kennel middle distance dandy not only romped to an 11 1/2-length victory, but rewrote his own track record in the process. Quick Strike’s time of 37.27 ...

Glory finds new home

The writing was on the wall. WW Has Glory needed a change. After winning his Maiden debut late last year at Wheeling Island, the Wayne Ward Kennel youngster experienced traffic problems in several of his seven Grade D 5/16 races — most of it brought on by himself. “Glory started slowing ...

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 ...