Sport Columns

State parks to offer four controlled deer hunts

This year, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is going to have four state park controlled deer hunts. These parks are Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in Wood County, Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County, Cacapon Resort State Park in Morgan County and North ...

Race draws the biggest crowd in track history

The biggest weekend of Elkins Raceway racing for the year was planned for last Friday and Saturday nights along with the Wall of Fame induction ceremony planned for Saturday afternoon. On Friday afternoon, a crazy storm passed through the area and flooded the track and pit areas. The Red ...

Teammates in the big game of life

On the battlefields of sports, teams are forged in many ways. Sometimes there is a playbook issued, but often it is simply seeing the field and doing your job that wins or loses a momentary skirmish. The same old military cliches pop up again and again when observing and also participating in ...

Dirt racing spectacular set for this weekend

Rain, rain, go away and, for that matter, stay away from Elkins Raceway! This weekend will feature the largest local racing event of the year. This will be a two-day show. On Friday evening, the first annual Red Frederick Memorial Race will take place, featuring increased purses in all ...

EHS in need of an A.D., ASAP!

At Tuesday’s Randolph County Board of Education meeting, we all learned that Elkins High School is still without an athletic director — just weeks away from the start of football practice. During the public comment session of the BOE meeting, concerned parent Lisa Severino asked the board ...

Hunting seasons to feature changes

The 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations are now available online at www.wvdnr.gov. The regulations booklet should soon be available at the Elkins Operations Center and any place that sells hunting licenses. For all practical purposes, they are about the same as last year, with only one ...

Last tune-up before a big doubleheader

The Red Frederick Memorial looked like it was going to be an event to remember Friday night. Fans were backing up to get in the gate and even with the threat of rain the hill was filling up fast. The pits fewatured some of the finest race cars this region has to offer. And then it began, a ...

Youngsters enjoyed JAKES Day event

It was about two weeks ago when a person, whom I haven’t seen for several years, shook my hand and said, “Ken, let’s go fishing.” The only thing I could say in reply, “I haven’t done any serious fishing in 15 years. It may be even longer.” This past Saturday, I began to realize ...

Red Frederick Memorial set for tonight

Rain played havoc with the local racing and the threat of storms caused track officials to cancel last Friday night’s events at Elkins Raceway. Tonight brings one of the biggest events of the year — the first annual Red Frederick Memorial. The Jenkins Ford Super Late Models will be ...

Youth sports provide sanctuary

Sports and the venues where they are played are certainly a sanctuary for the competitive animals that are humans. We grow up finding peace and strength in the games while being able to focus on growth and stability in the environments reserved for competition. You can’t stay in the ...

DNR set to offer limited permits

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will soon be accepting applications for the limited permits for black bear gun hunting during the traditional two-week buck gun season in eight counties. This year, the DNR will issue 100 permits each for black bear gun hunting in the following ...

Thunder in the Mountains dodges rain

The rainy weather left town long enough for Elkins Raceway to get in another installment of Thunder in the Mountains last week. The wet conditions caused some issues with the track and there were several holes and ruts opened up and it made for some interesting choices of lines through the ...

It’s time to apply for antlerless season

Applications for the 2017 antlerless deer season in limited areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com. To apply for one of these limited antlerless areas, hunters must use the new Electronic Licensing System. This year, 10 counties, along with 10 wildlife management areas, will be open ...

Ballpark trip will cure all ills

If you’re ever feeling discouraged about our modern world, with its vicious politics and suffocating social media squabling, do yourself a favor — go to a youth baseball or softball game. You’ll find local parents not just spending time with their children, but rooting them on and ...

Weekend of wild racing

Summer racing action is in full swing. This past weekend it was the Texas Motor Speedway’s high banked turns, the tricky triangle that is Pocono International Raceway and the half-mile dirt oval at Eldora, Ohio, that saw action. Our own Elkins Raceway saw another great night of racing ...

Hunters looking to get ready

Schools are out for the summer in Randolph County. It is only natural for the kids to be excited about not having to think or even worry about school for the next two and a half months. Just how long it is going to take for this excitement to wear off can be anyone’s guess. The fall hunting ...

Summer days bringing hot racing action

Beautiful weather and hot racing action was the story of this past weekend. Whether it was the concrete high banks of Dover Downs Speedway in Delaware or the dirt corners at our own Elkins Raceway, the action was great. A great Fan Appreciation/Autograph night crowd was treated to some ...

Sports therapy is good math for all

Covering local prep sports is, and has been, a great blessing to me at this stage of my life. In late August, I will have been doing this for three years. I have played sports, stopped being good at math after passing Algebra, and appreciate the opportunity to do what I can to report the ...

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Historic, useful tree making a comeback

I started doing this weekly outdoor column in 2007. One of my first stories was about the “loss of the chestnuts” and the effects of this loss. The American chestnut was a tree that was a giant in the forests of the eastern United States. I don’t know how many times my mother would ...

One wild weekend of racing

Wet weather in West Virginia was the story of the Memorial Day weekend. Both Elkins Raceway and Tyler County Speedway canceled their weekend events. The World of Outlaw Late Models were to run the Earl Hill Memorial at Tyler, and Friday Night was to be the third night of Thunder in the ...