Sport Columns

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 ...

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 ...