Sport Columns

Wall of Fame nominees announced

First of all I want to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts during the last week. On Tuesday of last week I got the call that most people dread. My little brother called and said that our mom had died. She had been in bad health for a while but this was totally unexpected. I missed the ...

Statewide buck harvest is down

This past Tuesday, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources released the preliminary harvest figures for this year’s two-week deer-buck gun season. In 2017, hunters harvested 44,455 bucks statewide. This is down from the 2016 harvest of 46,071, or 3.5 percent. Like it has been ...

No doubt that blaze orange saves lives

No person in their right mind can dispute the fact that the “blaze orange” hunting regulation has dramatically reduced the number of hunting shooting accidents during the deer firearms season. When I was a teenager and learning how to hunt, the buck gun season (then only one week or six ...

NASCAR mourns loss of two great ones

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and remember, Christmas is just a few weeks away. I keep hoping Santa will bring that shiny new Modified for next season, or actually I’d settle for a slightly used newer model. I think that is the type of wish each racer has this time of year. ...

The gold and blue’s golden arm goes down

There is no doubt that the Mountaineer fan base will still care about, and take part in festive duties to root for WVU to get a win no matter what bowl game we end up in. Our spirits are down, however, as frustration has reared its ugly head once more over the course of the past two weeks in ...

Treat it right and it may last

People who have several guns often wonder about all of the ammunition they have had on their shelves for years. From my own experience, I have learned that ammunition that has been kept in a cool, dry environment is almost non-perishable. It was back in the 1990s when I fired some 30/40 Krag ...

NASCAR season’s end offered thrills, spills

The 2017 NASCAR season has come to a close and I’m sure the teams are already preparing for Speedweeks in Daytona. Drivers get a much-deserved few weeks off to enjoy families and the holidays and reflect on this past year. A few of the teams give crews some time off also before action ...

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 ...