Sport Columns

Racing changes with the times

The wrapping paper is thrown away and Christmas 2016 is behind us. I hope that some of the care and compassion carries on into 2017. I was fortunate to receive an unwanted gift. The Christmas Crud of ‘16, as I’m calling it, has me reaching for tissues and just feeling lousy. I really ...

Christmas gifts for hunters

Christmas is tomorrow, and I expect most people have completed their shopping.  However, if you still have an outdoor person on your gift exchange list, last-minute gifts are not difficult to find. A hunting and fishing license for next year makes an excellent gift for the sportsman or woman ...

WVU fans have their say about Holgorsen

In last week’s column, I publicly asked whether WVU’s extending head football coach Dana Holgorsen’s contract was a mistake. I requested your opinions on the subject, and over the past week you let me have them. Boy, did you let me have them! One reader called me a “hack” ...

Dirt track racing moves indoors

It’s only a few days until Christmas! Woohoo, I’m doing a happy dance! I love this time of year. I know many people struggle this time of year. It seems the emotions of the season are sometimes clouded by loss, sickness and financial issues. My wish for you and your family and friends ...

Turkey harvest figures up

Last week’s column may have been a bit depressing for some deer hunters in West Virginia. This week I have some good news, particularly for the wild turkey enthusiasts. This fall, wild turkey hunters harvested 2,066 birds. This is up from 1,137 wild turkeys, or 82 percent, that were taken ...

Is WVU’s extending Holgorsen a mistake?

The facts are clear: WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen was given a contract extension earlier this month, worth $18.6 million plus incentives over the next five years. The question is: Does he deserve it? The answer depends on who you ask. It’s clear the Mountaineers have had a ...

Changes coming to NASCAR

It’s the time of year when local racing is finished and teams are taking a break to be with family and friends for the holidays. Merry Christmas, by the way, and I hope this finds you well and we always need to remember the true meaning of the season. In that lowly manger, the Savior of the ...

W.Va. buck harvest is way down

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Division on Natural Resources released the preliminary harvest figures for the two-week firearms season. In 2016, deer hunters harvested 45,871 bucks during the buck-gun season, which ran from Nov. 2 through Dec. 3. This is down from 60,814 back in 2015, or 24.6 ...

Keith Miller

Elkins drivers honored

This past weekend, the American Motor Racing Association hosted the banquet for its open-wheeled modified racing series national championship. This series, based in Parkersburg, sanctions races in Ohio and West Virginia and reaches south into North Carolina. In 2016, more than 240 different ...

Keith Miller

NASCAR race kings compared

It’s winter and I find myself in that vacuum that happens when race season comes to an end. I’ve been looking back at the stories of 2016 and one of the biggest events of this year is that we have a new seven-time Sprint Cup champion. Jimmie Johnson has joined a very elite group. Only ...

Refs make calls, players make plays

ELKINS — A lot of responsibility rests with so many in order to end up at a prep sports venue with everyone accounted for, and ready to compete. Parents, players, coaches, a school day taught, and WVSSAC officials must all work toward the goal of the games being played. Once the contest is ...

Right place at just the right time

It was just a simple matter of being at the right place at the right time. About 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, I spotted a deer at a long distance away — at least 400 yards — on the side of a snow-covered hill. About an hour before, I had seen three does near this same location. At first, I ...

Honoring all the winners

Local drivers were honored and national champions were decided this past weekend. The Elkins Raceway finished up the 2016 season with the Awards Banquet at the Beverly Fire Hall. More than 300 fans, drivers, crews and sponsors shared along with track management a wonderful meal and night of ...

Deer gun season begins Monday

The two-week deer-buck gun season starts Monday. This traditional deer season has opened on the Monday before Thanksgiving every year since 1965. When I was in my youth, the bucks-only gun season often opened the Monday after Thanksgiving and was open for only six days. No hunter could take ...

Lacrosse team helps Kump Education Center

Kump Education Center is lucky to have energetic community service done by lacrosse team members from Davis & Elkins College. This year D&E athletic teams are competing to offer the most community service in Elkins and Randolph County. Student athletes will not only be more ...

Champs will be crowned

The final event of the 2016 Elkins Raceway Season will take place this Saturday evening at the annual awards banquet, as the champions are crowned and other drivers are recognized for finishing in the top 10 in the points in their respective divisions. The champions this year are Billy ...

Time to sight in deer rifles

West Virginia’s traditional two-week deer/buck gun hunting season opens in less than 10 days. For more than 300,000 hunters in the state, this is the best day of the entire year. Like all years, a few thousand hunters will have purchased a new centerfire rifle and are dreaming of getting ...

Awards banquet set for Nov. 19

Local racing has pretty well come to a close for 2016, but he Elkins Raceway awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, and the deadline for ordering tickets is Saturday, Nov. 12. Tickets will not be sold at the door. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered ...

Trapping season opening

The West Virginia fur-bearer trapping seasons open today. Trappers harvesting beaver, bobcat, fisher and otter are required to electronically register their catches within 30 days after the close of the respective season. However, those trapping coyote, fox (gray or red), opossum, raccoon, ...

Local drivers race at Charlotte

It was World Finals weekend for the Craftsman Tools World of Outlaws Series. I’m focusing on the Super Late Model division because it has the largest following in our area. Several area teams make the trek each year to the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for this great event. This ...