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Columns

  • Headlines

    What a week in the sports world! Whether locally here in Marion County, here in the United States, or abroad and across the ocean, there is no shortage of exciting sports news. 

    At the national level, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was in some serious hot water because of the now well-known incident between himself and his wife. 

  • Welcome back to all fall athletes

    Welcome back Knights and Lady Knights!

    After a long summer, I’m ready to get back to covering Marion County High School’s athletic programs, as I’m sure many of you are eager to get back to playing and watching the games.

    Over the last two weeks, I’ve gotten to go to several games and was happy to get back to work - even though the heat is back with a vengeance.

  • What a bummer

     It’s Saturday night, and it has been a very long week. 

    Before I go on, I would like to say I had the majority of a welcome back Marion County Knights and Lady Knights column written up. 

    But because of the football Knights’ season opener has been rescheduled, I figured the welcome back column could wait a week, but something must be said about Aug. 23. 

  • Geronimo!

     It was somewhere between 9,500 and 6,000 feet that I learned what I’m made of. In that 3,500 feet, I learned that I’m a little bit crazy, just a little bit stupid, and have a whole lot of courage.

    That’s because I willingly trusted a complete stranger with my life and went tumbling out of a perfectly good airplane. In fact, I paid for the pleasure of it. 

  • Crime doesn’t pay

     Aug. 7 started like any other Thursday. I woke up, prayed, made coffee and went to get the trashcans from the side of the road. 

    On my way there, I saw a cigarette with a chewed up filter lying underneath my car on the passenger side. At the time, I hadn’t smoked a cigarette in 537 days. 

    Suspicious, I decided to give my car a once over to make sure no vandals had paid a visit. Thankfully, no one trashed my car, but it was apparent that someone had been in it.

  • Loving the 5K

     Last year, the inaugural Back Tutu School Family Fun Run/Walk raised more than $3,000 for Marion County’s Girls on the Run program. 

    On July 26, the run raised more than $4,000 for the cause. I would say that’s a huge success! 

    I want to congratulate Stevie Lowery for putting the event together, and I want to commend all those who participated. The Girls on the Run program is valuable to the community, and those who participated made a big difference.

  • What’s in a name?

     “Don’t kill the camera man!”

    That’s a quote I’m taking from an anonymous volleyball player.

    Last week, I went to one of Marion County High School’s volleyball practices. Going there allowed me to get some photos and a sneak peek of the team. It also allowed me get back into the rhythm of the game.  

  • Chins up and smiling

     Sometimes it’s not about winning and instead about the pursuit, journey, and lessons learned.

    On July 9, Marion County’s 11-12-year-old softball team fell to North Laurel twice in the Little League state championship. Unfortunately for the team, not only was their state title on the line, they had a lot of pressure to live up to. 

  • Sports can spur us to some serious discussions

    By Matt Overing 

    Rory McIlroy became just the third golfer in history to win three majors at the age of 25, joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He made it faster than former greats like Gary Player and Steve Ballesteros. 

    So, naturally, the sporting world has dubbed him the “next great golfer.” I’ve heard some proclaiming he is the “heir to Tiger’s throne” at the top of the golf world.

  • Decision 2.0 shows changes in culture

    By Matt Overing

    Germany won the World Cup over the weekend. It was the first time a European country won the World Cup in South America.

    And it wasn’t the biggest American sports story over the weekend.

    That title would belong to LeBron James and his “Decision 2.0.” He penned a letter to Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins, and on Friday, the news went public.