Sports Columns

HU is back in World Series on talent, confidence and work ethic

It’s been nine years since Heidelberg made the Division III World Series. None of the players from that team remain, obviously. Only one member of that coaching staff is still there. That’s Heidelberg head coach Chad Fitzgerald, who was an assistant on the 2010 squad. It’s a ...

The tournament brings fun and excitement, heartbreak as well

Any student who participates in high school athletics does so for one primary reason: to have fun. They enjoy playing a given sport, competing against others and being part of a team effort. When tournament time rolls around the fun does not stop. The excitement level does tick up a notch ...

Golf course quest for married couple hits home for this columnist

A buddy of mine handed me a newspaper article at — appropriately enough — the golf course this past week. He thought I might enjoy reading it. He was right. The story appeared in the Findlay Courier last month and featured the end (at least for now) of a six-year journey to play the game ...

Think you know baseball? Some interesting facts about the game

Without apologies I admit to being a baseball fan. I’m sure many of you are as well. How much we know about the game is subject to debate, but it’s hard to find things that totally surprise us. Am I right? Well I found a few things that I did not know and I’m going to share that ...

Going to the Kentucky Derby was a indeed a wild and crazy experience

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby took place yesterday. The race is the oldest continuous sporting event held in the United States. It beats another by one year. Do you know what is second? If you said the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you know your sports history! Perhaps you ...

Biochemistry failing elite athletes in human rights decision

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, the independent judicial tribunal in Switzerland presiding over many international cases, released its landmark verdict setting limits on testosterone levels in females competing in international mid-distance track races ranging between 800 meters and a mile. ...

2019 NFL Draft show rivals some Super Bowl halftime performances

You have to hand it to the National Football League. No other professional sports league puts on a show like the NFL. This would be true if I was referring to the pageantry of the Super Bowl and the magnificent halftime extravaganzas. But when you realize that I am referencing the offseason ...

As MLB celebrates Robinson, Doby gets overlooked

Every April 15, Major League Baseball has all of its players where No. 42. The league celebrates the anniversary of the big-league debut of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player of the 20th century. Robinson is always celebrated, as he should be. And that honor extends beyond a ...

Here are some new ‘rules’ to aide the older, more mature golfer

It’s now springtime in Ohio and young men’s thoughts turn to … well, I don’t really know what young men think about this time of year. What I do know is that my thoughts, as well as those of my links buddies, turn to golf. Despite the fact that you may well wake up tomorrow to some more ...

The End of March Madness: Duke’s departure means no sure bets in 2019

Over $300 million was legally wagered on the NCAA I men’s basketball tournament last year — all in the state of Nevada (Las Vegas). Guess how much was bet illegally? The Madness of March will likely see the “legal” amount wagered on the tournament skyrocket this year since the Supreme ...

2020 NASCAR Monster Energy Series schedule has race fans buzzing

My affinity for NASCAR racing began some 40 years ago. It nearly ended before it ever began. Let me explain. In the late 1970s a few friends rented a big yellow Ryder truck and we made our way to Michigan International Speedway. A dozen guys stuck a keg in the back of the truck and drove ...

Opening Day — when everyone’s team has a chance to win the pennant

The words just ooze hope. Opening Day! No other team is ahead of yours. You have no ground to make up and there is indeed hope. For some baseball fans the operative term might be confidence. You are positive this will be the year for your favorite team. Now whether you have hope or confidence ...

Magers sets the standard, and now he’s a hall of famer

Pat Magers has a style that so many of us try to emulate. Magers — a St. Wendelin graduate and A-T contributor — was inducted into the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Hall of Fame Saturday at halftime of the Division I boys basketball championship game in Columbus. In a career that has spanned ...

The madness is here — why sports fans love the road to the Final Four

It’s that time. Perhaps the biggest sporting event of the year — combined with two of the lowest work production days — bring smiles, tears, heartbreak or unbridled joy to millions. March Madness is upon us! It began last Sunday with the selection committee report. Sixty-four (68 if ...

Dream achieved — Columbian boys bowling team goes to state

If one was to look up the definition of culmination it would read as thus: the highest point of something, especially as attained after a long time. When the Columbian boys team arrived in Columbus for the state bowling tournament last weekend it was a culmination of sorts. For the bowlers, ...

Rebuild is over, glory days could be ahead

Finally, it’s here. The Browns are going for it. After nearly a quarter century of waiting for next year — or, in the late ’90s, waiting out three years — the Cleveland Browns are here. Contending. Thinking playoffs. Thinking AFC championship. Thinking Super Bowl ...

Heading south in February for family, weather … and a little sports?

Last month my wife and I hit the road for Florida. The main purpose of the trip was twofold. We wanted to spend some time with our daughter in Port Charlotte. We also were looking for some relief from the cold winter days here in Seneca County. The first purpose was a given. The second was up ...

Did you see? So many crazy and wonderful moments happen in sports

The beauty of going to a ballgame is that something totally unexpected can happen. Oh sure, we get the occasional boring event, but sometimes, you see something so incredible that you are talking about it for years. It’s why we plunk down the big bucks to go and potentially be part of ...

Sports nicknames that we all know — and a few that are very obscure

Many athletes have notable nicknames. Some of them are a little catchier than others. In fact, you may well know the nickname of a sports star without knowing his given name. In my research I came across the name of Samuel Byrd. I had never heard of him, but his nickname(s) are worth sharing. ...