Sport Columns

Miller, Keith

Indoor racing at its best

I’m really not sure how to start this week’s column.  It’s that time of year where racing events are few and far between so two weeks ago I reported on one of the greatest indoor open-wheeled midget races in the country, the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was an awesome ...

Black bear harvest was down

On Jan. 10, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the preliminary figures for the total white-tailed deer and black bear harvests for last year. In 2016,  Mountain State hunters harvested a total of 112,384 deer from all of the various deer seasons (antlerless, buck gun, ...

Edwards’ decision a shocker

This is one of the down weeks in racing. However, news was announced Tuesday and clarified on Wednesday that has rocked the NASCAR world. Carl Edwards has retired from driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota Camry and driving in general. Mexican-born Xfinity Champ Daniel Suarez has been ...

Info on fishing changes available

The year 2016 is finally over, and just about everyone will agree that last year is one that will be remembered in many ways. The election results were stunning, and it still has a few people in a state of shock. The campaign was waged with extreme bitterness on the part of both major political ...

Extreme or just stupid?

It’s a debate that dates back to at least the 1970s heyday of Evel Knievel. The question: Is a daredevil a true athlete? This was something people actually spent time considering back in the day, when kids (like me) idolized Evel as he jumped over school buses on a motorcycle and tried ...

Event goes onto the bucket list

We find ourselves saying goodbye to 2016 and moving forward to 2017. Before we do, there was one of the biggest events of the year on New Year’s Eve. The 30th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals took place inside the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This year, 380 teams showed up ...

Year’s last chance to go hunting

With the sun shining and temperatures unseasonably warm Monday, I decided to try my luck at getting another squirrel or two for my freezer. I got into the woods a little before 8 a.m. and for the next four hours, the only thing I saw was an owl, about half a dozen deer and four people (two ...

Bad bowl, excellent season

You could hear it in everyone’s tone of voice Wednesday evening. Local residents’ speech sounded flat and lifeless. We spoke in slow monotones. We were depressed. Why? Because we’d just watched our beloved Mountaineers lose a bowl game. WVU started strong in the 2016 Russell ...

Racing changes with the times

The wrapping paper is thrown away and Christmas 2016 is behind us. I hope that some of the care and compassion carries on into 2017. I was fortunate to receive an unwanted gift. The Christmas Crud of ‘16, as I’m calling it, has me reaching for tissues and just feeling lousy. I really ...

Christmas gifts for hunters

Christmas is tomorrow, and I expect most people have completed their shopping.  However, if you still have an outdoor person on your gift exchange list, last-minute gifts are not difficult to find. A hunting and fishing license for next year makes an excellent gift for the sportsman or woman ...

WVU fans have their say about Holgorsen

In last week’s column, I publicly asked whether WVU’s extending head football coach Dana Holgorsen’s contract was a mistake. I requested your opinions on the subject, and over the past week you let me have them. Boy, did you let me have them! One reader called me a “hack” ...

Dirt track racing moves indoors

It’s only a few days until Christmas! Woohoo, I’m doing a happy dance! I love this time of year. I know many people struggle this time of year. It seems the emotions of the season are sometimes clouded by loss, sickness and financial issues. My wish for you and your family and friends ...

Turkey harvest figures up

Last week’s column may have been a bit depressing for some deer hunters in West Virginia. This week I have some good news, particularly for the wild turkey enthusiasts. This fall, wild turkey hunters harvested 2,066 birds. This is up from 1,137 wild turkeys, or 82 percent, that were taken ...

Is WVU’s extending Holgorsen a mistake?

The facts are clear: WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen was given a contract extension earlier this month, worth $18.6 million plus incentives over the next five years. The question is: Does he deserve it? The answer depends on who you ask. It’s clear the Mountaineers have had a ...

Changes coming to NASCAR

It’s the time of year when local racing is finished and teams are taking a break to be with family and friends for the holidays. Merry Christmas, by the way, and I hope this finds you well and we always need to remember the true meaning of the season. In that lowly manger, the Savior of the ...

W.Va. buck harvest is way down

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Division on Natural Resources released the preliminary harvest figures for the two-week firearms season. In 2016, deer hunters harvested 45,871 bucks during the buck-gun season, which ran from Nov. 2 through Dec. 3. This is down from 60,814 back in 2015, or 24.6 ...

Keith Miller

Elkins drivers honored

This past weekend, the American Motor Racing Association hosted the banquet for its open-wheeled modified racing series national championship. This series, based in Parkersburg, sanctions races in Ohio and West Virginia and reaches south into North Carolina. In 2016, more than 240 different ...

Keith Miller

NASCAR race kings compared

It’s winter and I find myself in that vacuum that happens when race season comes to an end. I’ve been looking back at the stories of 2016 and one of the biggest events of this year is that we have a new seven-time Sprint Cup champion. Jimmie Johnson has joined a very elite group. Only ...

Refs make calls, players make plays

ELKINS — A lot of responsibility rests with so many in order to end up at a prep sports venue with everyone accounted for, and ready to compete. Parents, players, coaches, a school day taught, and WVSSAC officials must all work toward the goal of the games being played. Once the contest is ...

Right place at just the right time

It was just a simple matter of being at the right place at the right time. About 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, I spotted a deer at a long distance away — at least 400 yards — on the side of a snow-covered hill. About an hour before, I had seen three does near this same location. At first, I ...