Sports Columns

OSU headed to N.Y.C.

COLUMBUS — NCAA Tournament: Who needs it? Sweet 16: Does it really matter? In all honesty, it most certainly does mean something. However, don’t tell the sell-out crowd that jammed inside of Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center Wednesday night to ...

Stellar field set for stake championship

Charter Kennel’s Makin Bakin tops all qualifiers for Saturday afternoon’s final of the $10,000 Superstar Challenge at Wheeling Island. The Rodney Cooley-trained sprinter had two victories and a sixth in her three qualifying races to accumulate a total of 33 points. Makin Bakin was the ...

Front speed sparks Raines Kennel trio

Three of a kind. USS San Juan, E’s Sweet Fay and USS Ricochet. All fueled by speed and enjoying success in Grade AA. The Lester Raines Kennel trio have stepped up their games since coming to the Wheeling Island racetrack. Juan and Fay spent parts of 2007 at Wheeling while Ricochet arrived ...

Afleet Alex named A-A first team

Afleet Alex is an All-American. The former Wheeling racer was named to the 2007 American Greyhound Track Operator Association’s All-America first team earlier this week at the group’s convention in Las Vegas. Joining Afleet Alex on the first team are Flying Stanley (captain), Flyin ...

Whitmore will be missed by many

Ohio track and field has lost one of its staples. The Buckeye State track and field community is mourning the loss of track and field historian Craig Whitmore who passed away last weekend in his suburban Columbus home after a lengthy bout with cancer. Whitmore, 71, has been involved with the ...

Nothing flashy about Pirates

COLUMBUS — The Garaway Pirates don’t do much of anything flashy. The Garaway Pirates don’t have any rim-rocking Division I recruits. The Garaway Pirates have one thing that many don’t. They have a date in the Division III state championship game ...

Former OVAC coach, official now refereeing at national tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – When you are in a tournament with the quality of wrestlers as in the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament you want the best officiating in your match and former Ohio Valley Athletic Conference referee Merle Tournay is one of those high caliber ...

Rotilio has Big East hardware heading to NCAA meet

April Rotilio showed up in Morgantown after a brilliant prep career. However, her first year of collegiate track and field didn’t go nearly as well as she had hoped or even planned. After battling through an ankle injury much of the season and missing the latter part of her freshman indoor ...

Wrestlers succeeding after wrestling

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – When you are looking for the best in wrestling all you have to do is head to a premier wrestling state. One hundred forty wrestlers fought the sweat, blood and tear over the past year to qualify for one of wrestling’s premier events – the ...

Kiowa Nephew, Starz Supreme bring ‘A’ game

Kiowa Nephew and Starz Supreme have each raced at three different tracks across the country. During their careers, they also have competed in multiple stake races with marked success. Now the Flying Eagles-Miner Kennel duo are making their presence felt at the Wheeling Island racetrack. ...

Valley duo forms bond on the way to national tourney

Coming from the Ohio Valley wrestling community there is always one thing for certain — it’s a close knit group and no one is ever going to break stereotype. Regardless of where you choose to go in life or where you choose to wrestle you are always a part of that ...

Vavrek enjoying hoops life at Fairmont State

    Ashley Vavrek showed up at Fairmont State University fresh off a high school career in which she scored more than 2,000 points for Bellaire High School.     However, despite investing a whole lot of time into the sport of basketball, ...

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 ...