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Sports Columns

Finishing the Ogden is a humbling experience

There are few things I have experienced that compare to rounding the final turn of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon and seeing the finish line after grueling 13-plus mile trek through Wheeling. They announce your name as you get near the finish, music is playing and in that brief moment, ...

COLUMN: Who will hoist Lord Stanley?

Hockey fans rejoice! After the long, grueling grind of an 82-game season, the most wonderful time of the year is upon us. The Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hockey, maybe more so than any other sport, is one where anything really can happen. A team that gets hot at the right time to sneak in the ...

COLUMN: Local swimmers deserve spotlight

When one thinks of local high school sports, it is quite likely that swimming is not the first athletic competition to come to mind. Maybe it should garner more attention. Last Wednesday night at the Big Red Natatorium, local teams competed during senior night. The balcony bleachers were ...

COLUMN: High school hoops can improve

There is just something about high school basketball — boys or girls — that cannot be matched in many aspects. Yes, high school football in this area is king, and nothing comes close to it. But, one cannot deny the intensity and impact of basketball. The back-and-forth momentum swings, ...

COLUMN: It’s time to change high school schedules

Snowing during local baseball and softball games, sizzling hot conditions on the gridiron, basketball players contending less than a week after football season concludes? Anyone from this area knows these are all legit possibilities. Depending on what school one hails from, any one of these ...

COLUMN: Playoff is in need of changes

It is time to take a long, hard look at the College Football Playoff system, because simply put, the current model just is not cutting it. Every season since its inception, the criteria used to determine the four teams seems to be completely different. In 2014, the first season for the ...

NASCAR is need of changes

Anyone who follows NASCAR knows things are headed in the wrong direction. It seems there is another story every week about the troubles the sanctioning body is having with ratings and attendence. Everyone seems to have their own set of solutions, some more valid than others. Even the drivers ...

Why are the Penguins fighting for a playoff spot?

The Pittsburgh Penguins came out of their bye week Saturday in a position that no one would expect the winner of the last two Stanley Cups to be — on the outside looking in for a playoff spot. A 4-1 win over Detroit on Saturday swiftly pulled them back into a wildcard spot in the extremely ...

10-year contracts are just simply too long

Imagine your boss wanting to give you a long contract with the company. It doesn’t matter what profession it is, whether that’s a construction worker, janitor, billionaire playboy. It really doesn’t matter. Long-term contracts are nice, but picture your company offering you a 10-year ...

Happy Mother’s Day & thank you to all

I graduated college because of my mom. I am a writer because of my mom. While God gave me the tools to use the English language, my mom forged those tools into reality. It was the fall of 1981, Thanksgiving break, when I told my mom that I was homesick and not going back to college. ...

Feelings to Tribe changed over time

My father was correct all those years ago when he told me that my taste buds would change. Growing up, I had an immense disdain for broccoli and tomatoes. Now, I find them tolerable and can eat them regularly. I’m still working on bananas and egg whites. What my father did not tell me ...

The Gift could keep giving for Bucs

The Pirates season could have started better, but it could have definitely been worse. Flirting around the .500 mark at the end of the first month of the season is a position that many people thought the team would be in right now. However, Pittsburgh may have recently received an unexpected ...

The line between life and sports is thin

My heart breaks for Todd Heap and his family. My heart breaks for the family of Mikayla Focht. Will can all be so fortunate to have people talk about us after we’re dead the way those within the Pittsburgh Steelers organization talked about Dan Rooney. I listened to Jim Rome interview ...

Not a Lexi thing

The list of what’s wrong with TV viewers calling in potential rules violations on professional golfers is rather extensive. It came to light again Sunday when someone with nothing better to do e-mailed the LPGA and said that Lexi Thompson allegedly did something wrong the previous day. The. ...

Kids and what is expected

Two really good college basketball coaches talked within the past week of kids, adults and parents. Pretty enlightening stuff. Geno Auriemma has been the head coach of the UConn women’s basketball program since 1985. The Huskies have 11 national championships and are going for their ...

Life around the wide, wide world of sports

I think I have seen about a half-dozen adults thrown out of high school basketball games. That’s about a dozen too many. I’ve witnessed fan bases whine about the number of fouls being called. Yes, the same fan bases who were complaining when it was 8-2 or 9-1 against their team, had ...

Happy trails at Montour

Because it’s still January, local gyms and health clubs are likely filled with people who made New Year’s Resolutions to get in shape and loose some pounds. As the treadmills and ellipticals are in overdrive, there’s still an outlet that remains wide open. Our local outdoor trails ...

Turn the page

We get 365 chances to turn the page this year. That’s a lot of opportunities to go left, right, stay straight, throw a U-turn, travel in the fast lane, the carpool lane on just cruise as a nice speed in the right lane. We wake up every morning making choices — some calculated, some on a ...

It’s the most wonderful day of the year

For some, Christmas Eve is the busiest day of the year. Right now, thousands of people in the Tri-State Area are running out to do some last-minute shopping. Even more people are wrapping those last-minute gifts. Maybe, this newspaper will serve as last-minute wrapping paper. There is so ...

‘When the angels had left them and gone into heaven’

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over ...