Sports Columns

Coaches, players remained stoic about approach

CLEVELAND — Aside from the hundreds, if not thousands, of reporters watching the players’ every move on Wednesday, batting practice before Game 7 of World Series was like any other session from any point of the year. Players were taking their cuts, laughing with each other and running the ...

Confident Perez had the best moment to remember

CLEVELAND — Driving up to Cleveland on Tuesday, I thought that I was the luckiest 27-year old in Northeast Ohio. Turns out, it wasn’t me at all. It was Indians catcher Roberto Perez. Though, Perez’s heroics in Game 1 of the World Series weren’t based solely on luck, it was his ...

Athlete personality makes games fun

In Sunday’s victory over the New York Jets, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown did the unthinkable after scoring a touchdown. He calmly walked to the back of the end zone and handed the ball, thrown by Ben Roethlisberger, to a fan sitting in the front row wearing a No. 84 Brown ...

The King and his people

You know how big a person is when Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are in the supporting cast. That’s Arnold Palmer. The King died Sunday at the age of 87. He brought golf to the masses in a way no one else has ever done. He’s the one who allowed PGA Tour players to play for more ...

Negativity has to end

We live in a negative society. Just look around us. A sports win is dissected in too many ways, and a loss even more so. For some reason, there has to be someone to take the blame, take the fall, you might say. We have a hard time giving others their due. The D our children just ...

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 ...

Angela Staffileno-Duquesne University

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

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 lot of people (and, yes, there will ...