Sports Columns

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 ...

Christmas is really all about family, as is this week’s column

For those little ones out there that have been waiting somewhat impatiently for the big day, Christmas is tomorrow. It’s also tomorrow for the adults who have been only slightly more patient. Christmas is all about family for me. This past week I have talked to several people who informed ...

Columbian senior embraces leadership role while reaching milestone

It was a small thing, but it was worth noting. Earlier this month, after Columbian's girls basketball team defeated Fostoria, I was in a conversation with a few people. Columbian senior Maddie Brisendine walked up to me. She looked at the people I was talking to, and politely said, “He's ...

TWIB Notes: Strikes — consecutively, under a minute and in bunches

By Al Stephenson There is a great feeling when you bury the ball in the pocket and 10 pins go in the pit. Strikes bring out those emotions. Now one that is sloppy and has no business taking place does not give bowlers that sense of accomplishment. We take it (it’s in the rules), don’t get ...

Some bowling advice from someone who has bowled a long time

The young man approached me with a question. He wanted to know, since I had bowled a long time, if I could give him some advice on the game of bowling. I was understandably moved, though a little skeptical. After all no one had ever asked me for bowling advice before. Those who have seen me ...

Browns change course, but problems are sure to continue

When the Browns fired Vice President Sashi Brown Thursday, it was something of a confession. After all the talk about the importance of continuity, about believing in analytics as some kind of organizational philosophy, owner Jimmy Haslam decided to change course. Again. Haslam was ...

A change is coming to the Tiffin Bowling Associations next season

As I looked around the room, familiar faces came into view. The Wizard was there, of course, as he would be presiding over the meeting. Kizzy was present with his handouts to show the treasurer’s activity. He would abstain from voting on approving his own work. “Dad” was on hand as he ...

Time to sit back and reflect about Browns

Thanksgiving is always a good time to reflect on things. Truthfully, the November holiday has long been one of my favorites, because it brings together three things I have grown to adore: Family, turkey and football. But it occurred to me this year that while Thanksgiving remains a joy, it ...

Summer bowling stories: perfection, frustration and a penny a pin

Since the end of last bowling season, I’ve kept an eye out for bowling stories. I was told about one and watched a bowling tournament for another. The other one came from noticing a billboard at a bowling alley. Let’s start with perfection. In 2014, I wrote about a perfect game bowled by ...

The search for league bowlers starts with this columnist’s plea

Over the last two weeks I have been reminiscing about “the good old days” at least as it applies to bowling. When I first started league bowling in the mid 1970s, Heritage Lanes was full of leagues and thus bowlers. That has changed and I’m about to give you some reasons for it. In ...

Local product Nye is succeeding as BC’s coach, which isn’t a surprise

Cindy Walerius didn’t say it, but when she coached Jackie Nye, she was working with a kindred spirit. Walerius, then the New Riegel volleyball coach, knew that Nye was talented. But there was something else about her that stood out. “She gave everything she had,” Walerius said. “She ...

More on politics and sports, thank you, President Trump

Politics and sports are often bedfellows. The positive side may see sport playing a role in diplomacy for nations at war (e.g., the Olympic Games or Nelson Mandela's declaration of sports serving as a tool to change the world). The negative side addresses manipulation and greed to circumvent ...