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Sports Columns

B-MAC Scramble comes up big for scholarships again

Golf scrambles are held throughout the Ohio Valley all summer long, raising money for a variety of causes.One of those area golfers look forward to the most was held last week at Bec-Wood Hills Golf Course when the Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club held one of its biggest fundraisers with its ...

Oh what might have been

PITTSBURGH -- If the New York Yankees lose the American League East by one game, or less, they only have their extended trip to Pittsburgh to blame.Forced to travel to the Steel City for the first time since Tiltonsville's Bill Mazeroski hit the 'Shot Heard Around the 'Burg' that ended the 1960 ...

Large Lee captures Firecracker Sprint

Norm Secia painted the picture.Large Lee did the rest.Going into the Firecracker Sprint final at Wheeling Island July 4, the C And C Kennel manager knew exactly what Large Lee needed to do after drawing the five box."He doesn't have the greatest hole, but he's fast enough to go to the front," ...

Quick Strike breaks record

TK Quick Strike is making a strong case for All-America honors.Only halfway through the 2008 racing season at Wheeling Island, the Charter Kennel distance dandy has already captured the Mountaineer Classic and broke the 3/8 track record. He also is second in wins at the track with 17.On ...

Stellar field set for Firecracker Sprint

Lester Raines Kennel's Sol Reign tops all qualifiers for Friday afternoon's final of the $10,000 Firecracker Sprint at Wheeling Island.The Joel Roden-trained sprinter won two out of his three qualifiers to accumulate a total of 35 points. He has won eight out of his last 10 Grade AA starts.Also ...

Memories are …

It was once said that memories are what you make of them.Well, Phil Niekro has a lot of memories - both good and bad.However, it is likely that all the memories he is sharing today during a golf scramble bearing his name to benefit his alma mater will be good ones.The 69-year-old Major League ...

Charter pups shine

The Charter Kennel has reloaded at Wheeling Island.Re-armed and firing bullets.Although setting the pace in the kennel standings since the beginning of the 2008 racing season, trainer Rodney Cooley said upgrading the operation is constant and necessary because of the high level of competition ...

‘The Beast’ celebrates 20 years this summer

After enduring some not-so-good fortunes while coaching a travelling team of Ohio Valley baseballers back in the late 1980s, B.A. Crawford had an idea. “Let’s get out of the travel team business and hold a tournament of our own,” he recalled, saying to co-coach Ray Bauer, and ...

Good for Junior; Gordon is this week’s winner

Every NASCAR fan knew it was bound to happen. How long do you think the talent-ladened Dale Earnhardt Jr. would go without a win in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series? And, as if poetic justice, it was Junior picked up his first checkered flag for HMS last Sunday at Michigan International ...

Wuzinyurwallet wins WVGOBA Derby

Deja vu. The brother-sister act was at it again last Saturday at the Wheeling Island racetrack. Only this time, Wuzinyurwallet got the best of his littermate sister Trust Fund Baby by closing in the stretch to capture the $65,000 West Virginia Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association Derby ...

Nailers coaching search coming to an end quickly

The deadline for ECHL teams to submit their season-ending rosters is rapidly approaching, and it’s a good thing that the names of head coaches are not included. Why, you ask? Because the Wheeling Nailers are nearing the end in their search for their 11th head coach in their 17 seasons ...

Two OV legends reminisce about their playing days

A couple of Ohio Valley legends recently took some time out of their busy schedules to compete in the Buckeyes’ Boosters Golf Scramble at Belmont Hills Country Club. Allan Hornyak, a former St. John Central and Ohio State University basketball standout, and Jim Bradshaw, a terror on the ...

St. John grad ready for busy Sunday at MIS

A 1984 graduate of St. John Central High School in Bellaire has been a busy man this week. Dennis Bickmeier is the Vice President for Consumer Sales and marketing at Michigan International Speedway, which, of course, hosts the NASCAR LifeLock 400 today at its Brooklyn-based track. What does ...

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. ...