Sports Columns

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 ...

Truly a team: W.Va. came together for OVAC

On July 19, strangers became friends. In the dormitories at Bethany College, those friends soon became brothers.Then, at Wheeling Island Stadium on Sunday, those brothers became winners.And they won't forget it for the rest of their lives."It was the most fun experience I ever had," said Aaron ...

Vargo is the man for the job

Franciscan University of Steubenville got it right.It hired George Vargo to run its men's basketball program.The 21-year Weirton Madonna boys basketball mentor, the one with 308 victories and a 2011 West Virginia Class A state championship, now turns left instead of right when he heads to a ...

Special training helps local athletes

Per capita, the Steubenville/Weirton area may have more athletic passion than any other region in the nation.However, on the playing field, there could still be some ground to make up. Compared to more heavily populated, urban areas the Upper Ohio Valley is a bit behind.Terrance Montgomery is ...

What’s the next phase of life?

I just think we sometimes forget about life.We can be so engulfed in our daily lives that we forget about others, we forget about the hardships that life can bring our way, but we also forget how great life is and the smile we can put on the face of people in our lives - or total strangers.We ...

It’s all about the team

I have said it many times in this column and will do so again - the team is far greater than any individual.That was proven in the United States' 5-2 victory over Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup final Sunday in Vancouver.Abby Wambach, who has scored the most goals (183) of anyone in ...

Recent no-hitter, fair or foul?

I never thought there would be a day that the baseball universe revolved around Jose Tabata. The much-maligned Pirates outfielder drew the hit heard 'round the world last Saturday when he was beaned in the elbow on a pitch from the Nationals' Max Scherzer.No biggie, right? Scherzer has hit 47 ...

Fox misses cut at Open

What a great U.S. Open.Thrilling.Adventurous.Heartbreaking.And, anywhere in between.Before anything else, Jordan Spieth deserved the win.He is now halfway to the Grand Slam and the week leading up to the Open Championship at St. Andrews is going to be outstanding.Dear Royal and Ancient Golf ...

Battery mate chemistry leads to success

On May 26, Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke was missing something that has helped define him over the past three years of his major league career. His shaggy brown locks of hair that hang outside his black hat were noticeably gone as he took to the mound before a start against the Miami Marlins at ...

Big Red seniors make mark

Although their time as Steubenville High School students ended on Thursday evening, the five seniors on the baseball team hoped to represent Big Red even longer.Robbie Agresta, Lucas Herrington, Branden Jones, Kasey Peterson and Travis Wolfe nearly carried the banner to Columbus to officially ...

Bucs have uphill battle

The recent decline in youth baseball players might be directly linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates' offense.While numbers in all sports have dropped off considerably as today's children have greater access to technology and other activities, baseball has taken the biggest hit. According to a story ...

See what you CAN do

Charlotte Brown finished third at the Texas State Track and Field Championships in the pole vault.She cleared 11-6.She finished fourth as a junior at 11-feet and eighth as a sophomore at 10-6.Charlotte Brown is blind.Legally blind.Brown developed cataracts when she was about four months old. ...

Where is your great?

Sometimes our great is really great.Sometimes our great is really terrible.And, most days, we have a little bit of both.Where is your great?Every day for me is a great day.Some, though, are greater than others for varying reasons.I can let my great day turn south because someone couldn't say ...

Baseball will always remain a child’s game at its roots

Baseball has got to be the most quotable of the major sports. From Yogi Berra to Bing Crosby, anyone involved with the game can say something classic or notable that will stand the test of time.Something said by Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella in the late 1940s will always resonate with ...

Opening Day is special wherever you are

CINCINNATI - It doesn't get much better than a vacation to Disney World or celebrating Christmas morning by opening presents.I had my version of both on Monday.Though the setting was Great American Ballpark instead of my beloved PNC Park, Opening Day in Cincinnati was the perfect day trip and a ...

Read the words, live the words

College is hard.It is also the best four or five years of a person's life.You meet people from all over the nation and, maybe, the world.You learn how to figure out life as you grow up.Teenagers quickly learn that high school, for the most part, was probably the easiest four years of their ...

’Eers have ability to pull off another upset

West Virginia gets another boundary rival in the same border state.The Big 12 is for the birds. Conference play doesn't matter anymore, as the Mountaineers are dominating the postseason in their home region.Playing less than three hours away from Morgantown, West Virginia has handled Buffalo ...

Cavs set for strong stretch

That headline has to be the most obvious statement made this year. Along with, "I'm ready for spring" and, "There's potholes everywhere."The Cavaliers were the hottest topic in the NBA even before the season started when LeBron James announced he was coming back to join his former team. Now as ...

More proof not to hit send

Curt Schilling, with the blessing of his daughter, went off Sunday on his blog, 38pitches.wordpress.com.The former Major League pitcher congratulated his daughter on Twitter on Feb. 25 after she was accepted into Salve Regina University, where she will continue her academic and athletic ...

Whatis in it for ME?

Whatis in it for ME?Everything, just as long as you put everyone on the team above yourself.There are x-amount of starters and a number on the bench.Regardless, everyone is a member of the team.Everyone has a role and those roles make up the complexity of the team.Each team has a unique ...