Sports Columns

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 ...

Athletes’ role isn’t always model

We wear their jerseys and talk about them like we've been buddies since childhood. We chant their names in happiness and curse their existence in scorn.We think we know our favorite athletes but, truthfully, we don't know them at all.As much as we want to believe that "athletes are normal ...

What makes the best?

Ask anybody who the best player ever in the NBA?was and Michael Jordan's name will come up a lot.Football is Tom Brady or Joe Montana?Golf has Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods (although numbers say Tiger isn't close).Baseball?Soccer?People have been on Peyton Manning for years that, while he is ...

Billy Joel knocks it out of the park for baseball

On Friday, the greatest American songwriter performed a sold out concert at the greatest ballpark in America.The Piano Man, himself, Billy Joel was at Pittsburgh's picturesque PNC Park and dazzled the masses who came out to catch a glimpse of the 67-year old and his talented bandmates.Now, Joel ...

Coaches and their influence

Candace Parker played women's college basketball at the University of Tennessee under former head coach Pat Summitt.The current member of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks posted a Twitter picture of the letter she received from Summitt while being recruited, saying "You held true to your promises ...