Sport Columns

Opening day is Monday

For some people, this is the best day of the entire year. This whole thing reminds me of a picture I saw in an outdoors magazine about 40 years ago. The photograph showed five grown men, who were old enough to be World War II veterans, in what looked like a hunting cabin. The caption at the ...

Fighting to be a champion

This will be a special NASCAR Playoff column covering last week’s events at Phoenix Raceway and setting the stage for the upcoming Playoff races held at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All three NASCAR traveling series Championships will be decided there this weekend. I’m still not sold on ...

Banquet honors local drivers

On Saturday evening some of the best racers in the region gathered together in the Beverly Fire Hall for the final event of the 2017 season. The Elkins Raceway Championship Awards Banquet is always one of the most fun events of our season. It’s nice to clean up, put on our nicer clothes ...

Hunting vital to tourism

In a Nov. 3 news release, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced that three new initiatives are being considered to increase fishing and hunting opportunities for recreational tourism. The new concepts to expand state park hunts should be finalized and presented to the WVDNR ...

Titles won on the dirt tracks

There were several points titles settled in the two major dirt late model series. The Lucas Oil SLM series crowned Shinston’s Josh Richards Champion after his win in the Dirt Track World Championship race two weeks ago in Portsmouth, Ohio. This past weekend all eyes were focused on the ...

Small game season in high gear

It is now the first weekend of November. A large percentage of the leaves are still on the trees with about one-third of them still green. West Virginia’s fall hunting season is really in high gear. This past Monday, the split fall wild turkey season reopened for Grant, Pendleton, ...

Tempers flare in playoffs

“He didn’t slam ya, or hit ya. He rubbed you. son! And rubbin’ is racin!” This was a favorite line of mine from the movie “Days of Thunder.” This past weekend rubbin’ certainly was racin’ at the tough old short track. Martinsville’s half-mile race track is one of the oldest ...

Youth hunters bag deer

On Thursday, I tried squirrel hunting again using my favorite .22 rimfire rifle. The location I picked to go was the same location where I hunted on Sept. 30. This time, my luck was a little better. I didn’t get into the woods until about 9:30 in the morning. Within five minutes, I heard ...

Racing heats up in cool weather

The temperatures are dropping; however, the racing action is ramping up! This is a great time of year to catch some of the finest racing. All the Championships from all the major series in both dirt and NASCAR will be decided in the next few weeks. This coming weekend, the World of Outlaws ...

Take a youth hunting

This year’s youth squirrel season was Sept. 2. Today is the state youth deer antlerless gun season. All youth hunters must be at least eight years of age and less than 18 years old. Youth hunters, aged 15-17, must comply with all of the state licensing requirements, but the Class N or NN ...

Outlooks differ for hunting season

No person in their right mind should be complaining about all the rain we have been getting for this week. This precipitation has been desperately needed in this area for nearly a month. Last week, I got my 2017 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook Report from the West Virginia Division of Natural ...

Drivers strive to advance

Two of the three top NASCAR series were back home to race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Xfinity series raced on Saturday night after rain forced a five-hour delay on the start of the Drive for the Cure 300. Hurricane Nate played havoc with the weather in the south most of the weekend. ...

Hunting season off to a slow start

Last Saturday, I went squirrel hunting for the first time this fall. When I got back home, everyone started asking, “How did you do?” Well, there isn’t much to report. The woods where I hunted were practically dead. I got into the woods at daybreak. At about 8:45 am, I saw a gray ...

Playoffs heating up

This week’s column begins with special prayers and thoughts to those affected by the evil attack that was carried out last weekend in Las Vegas. Everyone I’ve talked to this week has the same question — why? The only answer I have is that it was just pure evil at work in the heart of ...

Virus proving deadly among deer herd

Ruth and I attended the September Mountaineer Chapter Izaak Walton League dinner/meeting this past Tuesday. I was able to ask a few sportsmen and women if they have been out squirrel hunting yet. They all gave me just about the same answer: “It’s just too hot.” These unseasonably ...

NASCAR playoffs roar again

Fall is starting out kind of hot. It has made for some beautiful race evenings. All the events that run this time of the year in our region have had large car counts and great races. It seems it’s always a struggle to get official results from some of these tracks. I will keep trying to ...

Too warm for hunting

The squirrel season has been in for two weeks, and I have only talked with one hunter who has taken any squirrels. Most people who do go squirrel hunting agree with me that it is just too warm to really enjoy yourself in the woods. Frankly,when the weather is this warm, I would rather be ...

Push for playoffs is upon us

This week’s NASCAR action saw all three top series travel to the Windy City, Chicago, illinois, and the Chicagoland Speedway. This 1 1/2-mile track is one of the more challenging because it has a lot of lower banking in the turns and handling plays a large role in a successful race. On ...

Squirrel season is upon us

The statewide squirrel season opened this past Saturday. I have only talked to two hunters who have been in the woods for this year. The first hunter told me that where he took his grandkids, there was plenty of hickory nuts, beech nuts and acorns, but no squirrels. They hunted all morning and ...

WVU teams still inspire the state

The Inter-Mountain is celebrating West Virginia University’s 150th anniversary with a special section included in today’s edition. Trying to describe how sports have and continue to impact a population is difficult to delve into. There are so many things to talk about, including how ...