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Sports Columns

Fishing frees the mind for Spehar family

Nighttime is the right time for angler Linda “Lynn” Spehar, but she will make time anytime to fish with husband Ivan or in the annual United Way bass tournament. Spehar has fished most of her life, enjoying saltwater trips for bluefish off the New Jersey coast, family outings and lately ...

Hustosky reflects on lifelong love for fishing

Al Hustosky was bitten by the fishing bug early, and his resulting angling affliction manifested itself in ways that no doubt raised a few eyebrows. A former resident of Lisbon and Salem, Hustosky resides today back in his childhood town of Maple Heights, where he first experienced the magic ...

Listening, learning, delivering key for Waikem

Businessman and angler Dave Waikem is living proof that the key to success is listening, learning and delivering what the customer wants. Whether the “customer” is a car buyer, fishing tackle shopper or smallmouth bass, Waikem knows he will not win the sale by force-feeding them inferior ...

Gradishar’s selection a long time coming

It’s over. It’s finally over. It might be 35 years overdue, but the wait for one of football’s greatest linebackers, Champion alumnus Randy Gradishar, has finally come to an end. The cynic in me wants to point out that if Gradishar were a Cowboy or a Steeler, he would have been ...

Muransky sees competitive side of angling

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers suiting up for tonight’s Super Bowl have something in common with anglers that the casual observer might not realize. But Youngstown businessman Ed Muransky can see it clearly. He is a passionate angler who happens to own a Super Bowl XVIII ...

Schrader’s ‘why’ is enjoying nature, learning

Intuition driven by the experience Bill Schrader of Canfield gained across the Great Lakes region prompted him to flip the switch last June to win the Muransky Companies Bass Classic, hosted by Aqua Ohio at Pine and Evans lakes. Schrader and teammate Eric Sevenich blew up the scales with ...