Sports Columns

WIAA sparks a discussion; athlete benched

aThe Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association sent an e-mail to its schools last month outlining standards by which students sections at high school sports contests should follow.All positive, the WIAA wants.Nothing negative.Nothing, you know, fun."The intention of the message was ...

Walker’s faith is paramount in his career

So many people say they cannot afford the time to attend religious services on weekends. There's always an excuse.Busy schedules with errands, chores, birthday parties and basketball practices usually seem to take precedent over the hour, or so, it takes to spend some time in a church.To those ...

Happy New Year

"A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. " - Proverbs 29:23I've talked here for years about being a good teammate.The team is bigger than one person.Once a player understands the role given, the team will better.I am not sure how many college football ...

All oars rowing same way

I haven't had the pleasure yet to meet John Holman.But, I like the hire.A lot.The Buckeye Local Board of Education voted 5-0 last week to hire Holman, an Ohio State graduate and member of the football team, to take over its football program.Boom!I haven't read the message boards about the hire, ...

‘Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes’

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.And there were in the same country shepherds ...

More than a teacher, a coach and a friend

Rob Copeland could light up a room and often did.I had the pleasure to talk with him many times, and it wasn't always about sports.You left a conversation with Robbie in a better mood. He had that way about him and it wasn't a facade.He was a wonderful human being who would have been a success ...

Elliott’s statements a microcosm of our world

Ezekiel Elliott throwing the world under the bus after Ohio State's home loss to Michigan State is a microcosm of our society.Blame everyone else.Give no credit to others."I'm disappointed in the play-calling. I'm disappointed in the situations that we were put in, and I wish it all played out ...

Pittsburgh outfield could make history

Even without saying a word, Starling Marte is one of the most animated baseball players in the big leagues. Sit in the left field bleachers at PNC Park, offer an encouraging word to No. 6 and you'll get a wink and a wave in return.Cheer for Marte when he makes a signature diving catch, or when ...

Big games bring out the best

It came with the hype of Pacquiao-Mayweather and it will be remembered as if it was Ali-Frazier.And like the eventual "Thrilla in Manilla," Steubenville-St.Clairsville could turn into a trilogy that will be treasured for generations.For their first-ever meeting, Big Red and the Red Devils ...

Enjoy the playoff ride

Week 10 of the high school football season is here.After this weekend in Ohio, 491 football teams out of 715 will have played their last game.That is more than four times the amount of high school football teams in West Virginia.Wrap your mind around that.There are 116 high school football ...

Hudson plays the game the right way

I have sat in this chair for a little more than 10 years, talking and writing about and taking photos of a lot of high school athletes.It's great to be in this profession.Many went to play college athletics all over the spectrum.I have the pleasure of watching young men and women succeed on ...

Failure doesn’t mean time to stop being great

Kids fail.Every day.As do we adults.The questions are rather simple, what do we do when we fail and how do we get over the fear of failure.There are varying levels of failure - the kids who get 98 on a test have failed to get 100. Yet, it's still an A.Kids also fail to study for an exam and ...

Not to be cheesy, but my wedding has me giddy

I'm a simple man when it comes to my wishes and desires. Whenever I'm tasked to take part in a group ice-breaker activity, or even when I introduce myself to someone for the first time, I say, "My name is Matthew Peaslee, I like baseball, the city of Pittsburgh and macaroni and cheese."That ...

Holgorsen no fan of scheduling cupcakes, ahem, FCS teams

MORGANTOWN - The last time the West Virginia football team did not face an opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision was 2007. That year, the Mountaineers were still members of the Big East, under head coach Rich Rodriguez, and played out-of-conference teams in Western Michigan, ...

Please make a stand

And, so it has begun.Coaches sweating.Players getting after it.Adults whining.And, now, apparently, players attacking an official.The Associated Press story starts out: "A San Antonio School district has suspended from the team two football players who collided with a referee."I have watched ...

GSU more than worthy enough for WVU

MORGANTOWN - A pushover? Far from it. A cakewalk? More like marching on egg shells.West Virginia's season-opening game against Georgia Southern doesn't have the pizzazz of last year's Kickoff Classic game against Alabama, but the Eagles present an interesting challenge to the Mountaineers, even ...

Athletes make football stand above

During the past two weeks, I interviewed more than 20 local high school football players. It wasn't just an attempt to fill space in our daily pages and in our award-winning football preview magazine.This was a pursuit to dig into the minds of young athletes and see what makes them tick. I ...

Our words say a lot

I have already heard with my 55-year-old ears an adult complain about playing time.Already.And, it was in a scrimmage.Yes, a scrimmage.So, I headed to biblegateway.com and typed "mouth" under the English Standard Version and 330 references pop up.The top one - "Let no corrupting talk come out ...

Why is it some adults must get in the way of kids?

You could call it strategy.Sit your four best players on the team and see what happens, or, if anyone notices.You could outscore your opponents 21-3 in the first three games (all wins) and somehow, someway, lose 8-0 in Game 4.You could be position to win your pool play division and then not ...

Divine intervention writes its sports script

You always hear of the magic and miracles associated with sports.But how often do we truly believe it?We've all witnessed heartbreak and suffering with our favorite sports teams losing big games or just flat-out stinking all together. Sometimes, though, things come together in a positive ...