Sports Columns

TWIB — Women’s college championships, USBC Masters and roll offs

My bowling week started in front of the TV last Sunday. Honestly, if the weather had not been so bad in Cleveland and Bristol I might not have seen much of two fascinating bowling tournaments. However, the Indians got rained out and NASCAR had rain and snow stoppages off and on, so bowling it ...

Ol’ Doc Stephenson drops in unexpectedly for a brief conversation

Everyone has one of them. You know the type I’m talking about. A distant relative, who’s very opinionated, who makes the kids scurry and adults sigh when he shows up. I have one named Ol’ Doc and the man made an appearance at my door this week. Who knows what he wanted, but our ...

For league bowlers, it’s roll-off time — but beware of distractions

With bowling leagues coming down the homestretch, it’s time to focus on the roll offs. Every league will proclaim a champion after the top teams meet to duke it out. It’s the best time of year to be a bowler, assuming, that is, that your team is in the roll off. Bragging rights and some ...

This Week In Bowling — The oldsters are switching gears in many ways

Ed Wise sends me the scores from the Allen Eiry Seniors bowling league faithfully every week. He informed that this week would be their last for the season. If you are not familiar with these folks, you might think that they don’t bowl all that well. Looking at their scores could give you ...

The Indians will win the Central, and other predictions for 2018

Last year was supposed to be the Indians’ year. It wasn’t. The Indians went all-in for 2017, and in doing so created a club as talented as a generation of Indians fans have ever seen. And the season was a historic success. The Tribe won more than 100 games, and somehow claimed 22 ...

Just what is the most difficult achievement in the sport of bowling?

The mind was turning. When asked the question that appears as the title of this column, I gave it some serious thought. The first thought I had — at least for me personally, particularly as I got older — was to not get hurt. Hey, that was an achievement! Perhaps that was not the most ...

Browns’ Joe Thomas calls it quits

Browns’ Joe Thomas calls it quits Ten-thousand, three-hundred and sixty-three consecutive snaps. Ten consecutive Pro Bowls. The best left tackle in the National Football League. The best player for the Cleveland Browns since the franchise relaunched in 1999. And, of course, zero ...

Karl, Buckeye Central are impressive and a lot of fun to watch

One theme was constant watching Buckeye Central this season. Jenna Karl is the real deal. Her leadership and effort is relentless on and off the court as Karl is always in the middle of everything the Bucks have done well over her four years. Not only has she basically broken every ...

Putting all your eggs into one basket can lead to a possible letdown

Not that many years ago, when I was in high school (I’ll pause for a minute to allow you to stop chuckling about the timeline), I played several sports. Some of those contests are still very vivid in my mind, no matter how long ago it was. When it came time to play our arch rival in ...

Nearly 90 years of bowling tournament action begins tomorrow

The third week of February means just one thing for this scribe. It’s city tournament time. I will be spending my evenings at Heritage Lanes to observe the action. This year marks the 88th consecutive Tiffin Men’s Bowling Association tourney. Nearly 90 years. That’s remarkable! The ...

Here’s a look at some of my favorite columns from 2008

As I did my research for last week’s column on 2008, I came across my column from that first week in February. I told you last week that my column concerned PBA bowlers and their place or residence. I also suggested that a similar story was written by me just a few weeks ago. Seeing that ...

Indians make right decision to move away from Chief Wahoo

It’s interesting how a little logo can create so much discussion. Earlier this week, the Cleveland Indians announced that after the upcoming season, they would no longer be using Chief Wahoo on their hats or uniforms. They’ll still market the logo. They’ll still sell the logo. They ...

What were you doing 10 years ago this week? 2008 revisited

Some nice compliments were sent my way about the “50 years ago column” I penned last month. A few of my readers weren’t even alive then, so the names and facts didn’t mean as much. To accommodate those younger people, this column will “only” go back 10 years. So what were you ...

Crusaders use second-half spurt to take down Heidelberg

Damon Goodwin wasn't thrilled with Capital's defense in the first half. The Crusaders held a 41-39 lead over Heidelberg at the half, but their coach thought his team was living dangerously. “We went into halftime, I was pretty upset that we'd give them 39,” Goodwin said. “Were a team ...

Thome’s flair for dramatic as important as his statistics

You don't remember, you can't remember, every home run that Jim Thome hit over the span of a more than two-decade career. But I remember the first one I saw him hit. The game. The moment. The sound of the ball when it hit the bat. That's what I thought of when I heard that Thome had been ...

New faces are bringing some big scores to Tuesday Alley Cats League

Looking over the bowling scores in The A-T is a favorite part of my morning. As the season wore on I couldn’t help but notice some outstanding scores in the Alley Cats League. Many of the scores were posted by some unfamiliar names. I wanted to put some faces to those names, so it was off to ...

How about a little bowling trivia, courtesy of the PBA membership

This writer spent a week in Florida recently. I was — as always — in search of a bowling story while playing the occasional round of golf. Seems this trip — similarly to all the others — had an emphasis on the links rather than the lanes. I fully expected to get in touch with Missy ...

Gillig works her way to remarkable record

NEW RIEGEL — Steve Lucius admitted he was in awe. The former head coach of the girls basketball team at New Riegel High School was trying to put into words what Brianna Gillig had just accomplished. Lucius — who is now an assistant on NR coach Cindy Walerius' staff — has coached so ...

A continued look back at 1968 — 50 years ago the world was different

Growing up in the village of Attica was like living in a shell. Tiffin was a big city and visiting it didn’t happen but maybe once a month. Attica had all one needed. There was Schild’s Clothing Store and Decker’s Furniture Store. We had a grocery store, a doctor and even a movie ...

Looking back 50 years at Tiffin, the world and the sport of bowling

The year was 1968. I was a senior in high school and the thought of bowling for 40 years and eventually writing a column about the sport had not even entered my head. As I perused old copies of the A-T for January of that year, I was struck by a number of thoughts, not the least of which is ...