Sport Columns

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 ...

Running wild at Richmond

Leaves are beginning to change. Hurricanes have played havoc in Texas and Florida. Racing action is swinging into high gear as NASCAR begins the playoffs to determine the 2017 National Champions in its three top divisions. This past weekend action moved to the short track that thinks it’s ...

Holiday racing roared all weekend

Labor Day weekend is always a busy race weekend! This year was no exception. There was great NASCAR action at two different venues. The largest regional dirt track event and one of the biggest in the nation was held at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne Sunday evening. The Hillbilly ...

Is the famous .30-30 Winchester obsolete?

The original .30 Winchester Center Fire (WCF) was introduced to the public in 1895. At that time, it was viewed as an outstanding deer cartridge. The first loading was a 160-grain bullet advertised at 1,900 feet per second (fps). The cartridge got its popular nickname, “the .30-.30 ...

Racing season ends with a roar

Racing season ends with a roar The 2017 local racing season has drawn to a close with the final night of racing last Saturday evening with the Fall Brawl 40. Rain had been the story of the year and Mother Nature would be the track champion with multiple wins. There were only nine regular ...

Farmers, landowners facing a dilemma

Throughout West Virginia, “No Hunting” and “No Trespassing” signs are a common sight. New land uses sometimes encourage this, like small tracts being used for second homes. Larger tracts of acreage can be leased out to elite hunting clubs. Open land is more prevalent today than ...

Busch dazzled at Bristol

This week’s column has to go back to last Wednesday, Aug. 16, for the UNOH Camping World Truck series night race at Bristol, Tennessee. Kyle Busch was the story of the night. Even a pit road penalty couldn’t stop him from taking all stages and the win in his KBM Tundra. He put on a ...

Time for hunters to sight in guns

We are still in the midst of summer, but the kiddos are now back in school. Hopefully, the weather will soon cool down, and they will soon be going to dances, football games, and all sorts of other school and social activities. When I was their age, I had life made and didn’t know it. Last ...

Rain held off for race day

The weather held off Friday night and we finally got another race in at Elkins Raceway. The threatening skies kept the crowd and car count down. Those who took the chance saw some great racing. The Mini-Mods saw Chandi Currence grab another older group win over Dalton Goode. Ryan Hare had ...

From Wimer and back

It has been a wild week of nosing around the gridiron for this reporter, and very enjoyable to say the least. My seven-day stretch of getting out and about started Aug. 5 at Wimer Field, doing a photo shoot in preparation for The Inter-Mountain’s upcoming football preview guide. Fittingly, ...

Memorial race was a great event

A picture-perfect day and evening brought out the fans and cars for the first annual Red Frederick Memorial event at Elkins Raceway on Saturday night. The Mini-Mods kicked of the night with Chandi Currence winning over Dalton Goode. Luke Hire finished third. Ryan Hare and Blake Runyon ...

EHS shows class

ELKINS — A simple reporter’s pictures could have been gone forever Saturday, if not for hospitality and kindness of a local team. I left my camera behind by accident at Wimer Field. I was there to take pictures and interview players from many local teams, and a kid from Lewis County got ...

Memorial race set for Saturday

Oh my, it seems that Fridays are just rain magnets! This past week it was not only a rainout but flash-flooding that put Elkins Raceway under more than a foot of water in the pits and out to the main road. This week, the racing is moved to Saturday evening and once again we will try to get ...

Hunting those rascally rodents

Last week, I made a brief mention about doing some groundhog hunting for the first time in several years. Here is one way any hunter who hunts with a rifle can keep his shooting skills tuned up. Several years ago, I read an article in the Saturday Evening Post magazine titled, ...

Rain washes out racing

Rain is the story of the week for both Elkins Raceway and Tyler County Speedway. I’m not sure of the results from Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex because they don’t publish results. Ohio Valley was able to race Saturday night and, by looking at results, none of our local guys took the ...

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 ...