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Columns

  • 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. 

  • Soccer will keep growing

    By Matt Overing

    Enterprise intern

    Soccer is growing in America. The United States made it out of the “Group of Death” and into the knockout round of the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world.

    The United States Men’s National Team lost, but the legacy that the 2014 team left should be lasting.

  • Wrong side of history

    By Matt Overing

    Enterprise intern

    I’m not Native American. I’m not a fan of any NFL team. But I think Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, is fighting a battle that he should unquestionably lose.

    Snyder made news Wednesday, June 18, because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office eliminated his team’s trademark on the name “Redskins,” calling the nickname “disparaging,” or derogatory.

  • Skate park?

    Two weeks ago, I wrote a story on some local skateboarders, Michael Truitt and his son, Jackson. 

    I wanted to do the story for several reasons, the biggest one being that I think skateboarding is cool. Probably the second biggest reason is because I had a chance to feature a unique sport.

  • Disc golf

    I’m not an athlete. Never have been, never will be.
    In middle school, I lagged behind in all of our runs. In high school, it was the same way. I’ve never played basketball or football in any sort of competitive form. I’ve never played tennis or rode a bike in any competitive form.
    Because of this, it’s hard for me to say that I love playing a particular sport.
    It does not mean, however, that I haven’t enjoyed some athletic activities. Some of these include: paintball, bike riding and disc golf.

  • Enjoy Tim Duncan while you still can

    By Matt Overing

    Enteprise intern

  • ‘Group of Death’ awaits US soccer

     The most popular sport in the world will kick off its most popular event on Thursday, June 12.

    Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup. ESPN and its affiliates will air every single game – 64 of them in just over one month of action.

  • A little goes a long way

     With Marion County High School’s sports programs in hibernation at the moment, I am left dipping my thoughts and hands into the hidden world of athletic activities in Marion County. While I do like putting a focus on some of the lesser known activities, it means I have to work just a little bit harder. I have to approach these activities from a completely different angle than I did at the high school. 

    It also means the beat of the rhythm I have been dancing to has changed.