Sport Columns

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 ...

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 ...

Spring gobbler harvest is up

From the looks of the preliminary figures, it appears that Mountain State spring gobbler hunters had a good year. According to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, a total of 11,539 gobblers were harvested this spring. This is up from 10,361 taken in 2016, or 11.4 percent. The 2017 ...

Longest NASCAR race of the season on tap

The racing was hot and heavy last weekend, both locally and at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I want to get right to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series All-Star races. I want to mention that the Camping World Truck series did race Thursday night, and it turned out to be a Kyle Busch benefit. ...

Wildlife watcher saves life of bear cub

Two weeks ago I wrote a column about leaving young wildlife alone. Better than 95 percent of the time, this is the correct thing to do. However, there are rare times when the momma will leave their young. Not long ago in Monroe County, a momma bear and her three cubs tried crossing a road. ...

Racers hope rain holds off

Rain washed out all the activities at Elkins Raceway last week. We had the John 3:16 Mud Bus all ready to race and hauled it up to the Mountain School so the students could see it before it gets all banged up. We will have the car in the Strawberry Festival’s Junior Royalty Parade on Thursday ...

Teaching children about firearms

Spring is now fully upon us. School will be out for the summer in less than a month. I could see the excitement on some of the grade school children’s faces when I saw them leave an Elkins grade school one day this week. The children are almost a year older than what they were when school ...

Don’t diss the Donald (Nehlen, that is)

Last week in this column I asked West Virginia University fans to speak their mind about who they thought was the greatest Mountaineer quarterback of all time, Major Harris or Pat White. I got some feedback on that question, but I also got some serious blowback on something else I’d written ...