Sports Columns

The power of a seed

I received a Facebook message last week from a former player at Jefferson County Christian School and it brightened my life. We never really know the impact we make on people unless something is said. You can never underestimate the power of a seed. You can also never underestimate what ...

What the flag means

What the flag means Please understand that I see the flag and the national anthem disrespected each week during football season. I watch people as they walk through the parking lot while it is being played and do not stop. Because, apparently, you can only stand at attention while ...

What I did on my summer vacation

We ended the best season in school history March 21st after falling to eventual NCAA champion UConn in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Following that exciting time, we had a few days off before starting our postseason workouts. Postseason lasted about two weeks, and then we were ...

We are here to sharpen each other

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27:17 School is here. Sports are here. Band is here. Cheerleading is here. It’s time. Homework, laughs, hard work and disappointment. Tears of joy and tears of heartache. Leaders and followers. Parents ...

Thank you to a lot of people

Thank you to a lot of people Today is the last chance we get to look over our 2016 Gridiron, our annual high school football publication that will be introduced to the public on Aug. 23 and delivered in our newspaper on Aug. 24. There is an insane amount of work that goes into it by a ...

Time is now for Taillon, others

The Pittsburgh Pirates are truly hanging in there at the most important part of the season. The Pirates have, honestly, been fairly consistent this season despite the underperformance of key players like centerfielder Andrew McCutchen and third baseman Jung Ho Kang. However, the offense as ...

Football outlook remains optimistic

With just under 20 days until the high school football season kicks off in the Ohio Valley, optimism abounds at each school's preseason camp.As I've traveled to various team picture days and talked to some of the players, their goals for the season are straight-forward and simple.Go 10-0.Of ...

Time for us to start using a new dictionary

I don't understand hate.I don't understand the vitriol that is taking place daily.We need a new dictionary in every aspect of life.There are words which we use far too often.This is not about Blue Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter.It is a heart thing - always has been and ...

These kind of rivalry games always pack a punch

WHEELING - It's an all-star game, through and through. The Ohio Valley's best come out to play in this storied contest in front of thousands of fans at Wheeling Island Stadium.The OVAC All-Star Football Game is tradition and passion.It's also a rivalry game.The players, many of whom are playing ...

Josh Bell’s moment will be one to remember

As thousands of revelers from around the region descend upon Morristown for the annual Jamboree in the Hills, there is a common theme among the crowd.It goes beyond their love of drinking alcohol and listening to country music.Nearly everyone in attendance, or at least those within shouting ...