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Sports Columns

Heads up at the old ballgame

There are signs all over the lower level of PNC Park and in professional ballparks across the country.Heck, you are even warned at area high school and little league games about the dangers of foul balls and flying objects leaving the playing field.On April 20, 2015, Wendy Camlin bought a ...

Chemistry: A little bit of this, a little bit of that

A pinch of this.A dash of that.A drop of this.A sprinkle of that.A hint of this.A tinge of that.Take something from any one of the 118 atomic numbers - from hydrogen to ununoctium - from any of the periods, from any of the groups, and see what you come up with.It's, you know, chemistry.And, ...

Student support makes games great

The purpose of a student section at a basketball game is to provide vocal and visual support to the team on the court.Of course, parents and alumni can provide that same enthusiasm from the stands, but fans within the student body make games more special. Just seeing fellow classmates at games ...

Which one would you pick?

Giraffe. Gorilla. Cheetah.Dog. Turtle. Ant.Which creature has the best perspective of life?The giraffe sees a lot, but cannot see what the ant sees.The cheetah can see things quickly, but that is something the turtle cannot do.If you have been to any zoo and you witnessed that the gorilla can ...

UFC Pittsburgh packs a punch, gains a fan

After sitting through five hours of power-punching, kicking and hitting, I was confused as to why a UFC fighter would "tap out" after laying on the ground for about 30 seconds.Mind you, this was my first time watching a live Ultimate Fighting Championship match. In fact, it really was the only ...

Can OSU recruits be repeat of 2013 class?

COLUMBUS - Three years ago Urban Meyer signed one of the greatest recruiting classes in Ohio State football history.But one of the things that comes with signing a lost list of great athletes is that eventually they have to be replaced, sometimes sooner than expected.Six of the nine OSU ...

Life continues around the wide world of sports

The dab.It's pretty much everywhere.Cam Newton introduced the world to it.I've seen it on vines, memes and gifs in all sorts of circumstances.But, I saw it recently at a place I never thought I would.During the national anthem.A couple of high school students thought it was cool.Funny, ...

Life around the wide world of sports; no Ws

Today is the cutoff date for the OVAC Girls Basketball Championships Feb. 6 at Ohio University-Eastern.Except for Class 4A, the top four in each classification are set.In Class 5A, it is Morgantown, Steubenville, Cambridge and Parkersburg South, with the final two percentage points apart.It ...

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 ...