WHEELING - The proposed sale of the Wheeling Nailers is about to reach its second stage, according to the team's Vice President of Business Operations Craig Bommer.
That step will be the formal exchange of financial numbers between current owners Rob and Jim Brooks and the five known potential ownership groups, three of which are local and would keep the team in Wheeling.
"We've taken a ton more calls but I don't know how serious some of them are," Bommer said prior to Friday night's Nailers game at WesBanco Arena against the Reading Royals.
The Brooks brothers asked that all interested parties sign non-disclosure agreements, the last of which arrived at their Main Street offices Friday. The owners then finalized their financial package, which includes, among other things, the sale cost, which Jim Brooks identfied as in the "mid-six figures," and the type of work the team does in the community.
Basically, it's a list of what makes the team important to the Ohio Valley.
Bommer said groups are hoping to begin going over the financial packages as soon as Monday.
"It's going to move pretty quickly" from this point, Bommer said.
Bommer said "without a doubt" the feeling around the franchise is much better than a little more than a week ago when Jim Brooks announced the team was for sale.
"It's really good. My gut says the team will be here next year," Bommer said. "We knew there would be interest, but had no idea there would be this much."
Jesuit's Good, Too
West Liberty gets a lot of the headlines, and rightfully so with the way it has played the last two seasons. But Wheeling Jesuit University has a pretty doggone good men's basketball team as well.
The Cardinals are 13-5 overall this season, with two of those losses coming to Bellarmine and West Liberty, who just so happen to be ranked No. 1 and 2 in the country. Not only that, but Wheeling Jesuit is ranked third in the country in assists per game (20.5), fourth in points per game (86.9), sixth in field goal percentage (52.3), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.37-to-1), 18th in 3-pointers made per game (8.6), and 29th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.1).
Coach Danny Sancomb has something special going on in Wheeling, too. Check the Cardinals out when you get a chance.
Bethany Softball Clinic
Aspiring softball players should get up to Bethany College on Feb. 19. That's when highly successful Bison coach Jan Forsty and assistants Kristen McGaughey and Ashley Marinacci will hold their annual softball clinic.
Also on hand will be current players from the 2011 Presidents' Athletic Conference team. The hitting-based instruction is available to all interested participants and will take place at 10 a.m. in the Thomas P. Johnson Recreation Center on the Bethany campus.
The cost of the one-day clinic is $40 per player. For more information, contact Marinacci at (304) 829-7153 or (740) 296-4668 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.