P.J. is back home. He returned to Northeast Ohio and joined the FOX 8 News team in June of 2011.
P.J. was Sports Director of WVVA-TV in Bluefield, West Virginia for over five years.
Prior to that he served as Sports Director of KAWE-TV in Northern Minnesota.
P.J. won the West Virginia Broadcasters Association “Best Sportscast” for his anchoring of the Greenbrier Classic in 2010. During his time at WVVA and KAWE, P.J. covered everything from high school football to NASCAR, the NFL, MLB, Division I hockey and even the PGA Tour. He also had the opportunity to work on assignment at the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl while covering West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
P.J. is a graduate of Kent State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. To get the latest local sports updates and to find out what P.J. is doing.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Daytona 500 is known as the big race, but it’s also known for the big one, the big wreck that changes the dynamics of a race. Sunday’s big one came with 10 laps to go and it wiped out both Hinckley native Matt Tifft and Trumbull County native Ryan Blaney. “I thought I saw the #95 or somebody get turned up front and I couldn’t see after that it was just melee. I tried to […]
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – When the green flag waves at this afternoon’s Daytona 500, the drivers will come to the start-finish line with the help from a northeast Ohio native. New England Patriots wide receiver and former Kent State football player Julian Edelman will do the honor. “I never could picture this, I never could picture this for sure,” Edelman told FOX 8 on Sunday morning in Daytona. “I’m very excited and honored to come out here and be hosted […]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — If you enjoy NASCAR and you enjoy the Great American Race, make sure you thank the folks in Akron. “We played a large role for 60 plus years now and that is how long Goodyear has been involved in the sport of NASCAR,” said Greg Stucker, Director of Racing for Goodyear Tire. Goodyear Tire and Rubber company, headquartered in Akron, makes every single tire for every single race for all three of NASCAR’s series. “It’s a […]
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — When the Monster Energy Cup cars roll to the green flag on Sunday afternoon, Hinckley, Ohio native Matt Tifft will be among the 40 drivers vying for the sport’s top prize. “It’s special to race here and it’s really cool but there is nothing like the Daytona 500,” said Tifft. “I still don’t know what that is going to be like on Sunday.” Tifft will race for the first time in the Monster Energy Cup Series […]
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA- Daytona Beach, FL–Sandusky may be known as the roller coaster capital of the world, but it is also home to the longest-tenured NASCAR Truck Series team in the sport. Thor Sport Racing is the only full-time team based in Ohio. They have been competing in the truck series annually since 1996. They enter the 2019 season with over 1100 starts. They have five teams competing in Friday night’s race and while everyone else calls Charlotte, North Carolina home, […]
GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Trinity High School graduate and Ohio Basketball Hall of Famer was honored at her alumna mater Thursday evening. Vonda Ward, Trinity High School Class of 1991, had her number 24 jersey retired by the school. Ward participated in basketball, softball, track and soccer, and earned 10 varsity letters in her high school career. As a center for the girl’s basketball team, Ward was voted MVP, Ohio’s Ms. Basketball and High School All-American. She was also voted USA Today […]
CLEVELAND — College football’s 2019 recruiting cycle came to an end Wednesday with the arrival of the sports tradition, National Signing Day. Student-athletes across northeast Ohio officially accepted their college scholarships Wednesday. At Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, our FOX 8 Friday Night Touchdown Player of the Year, C.J. Charleston, signed his letter of intent to play football at Youngstown State University. This past season, Charleston helped lead Gilmour to an undefeated regular season and the team’s first playoff win in five […]
CLEVELAND- He was one of Major League baseball’s best fielding shortstops and he had one amazing career in Cleveland. Omar Vizquel is in town Tuesday to be the featured speaker at an event; we sat down and talked to him before that. Vizquel won 11 Gold Glove Awards. He is tied for the highest-fielding percentage all-time among shortstops. In December, Vizquel was promoted to manage the White Sox class AA team, the Birmingham Barons. He got his start in coaching with […]
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — Winter in Northeast Ohio can be brutal, especially when it comes to getting around in the snow. Fortunately, the city of North Ridgeville has found a way to fight mother nature’s wrath with a unique substance: beet juice. “We’ve been using it, we love it,” said Street Foreman Jon Montgomery The beet juice is an organic beet based product from sugar beets. It’s best used to pre-treat the roads or during heavy snowfall. The plow drivers can actually […]
BEREA, Ohio — A local ice fisher is braving the cold with hopes of landing a big catch. “The colder it is, the safer it is out here, that’s the name of the game,” said Travis Sherman of Strongsville. He spent the day at Wallace Lake in Berea, where he described the conditions as perfect. “The fishing is dynamite in this lake,” he said. The Cleveland Metroparks recently stocked the lake with trout, which is a cold water fish. Sherman […]
ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL held its annual Pro Bowl Sunday and the Cleveland Browns had four representatives on the winning team. The game is called the Pro Bowl but it’s better known as the NFL’s version of an All-Star Game. The American Football Conference met the National Football Conference in wet and rainy Orlando, Florida in the second to last football game of the season. The AFC took no time getting into the endzone. Patrick Mahomes hit Eric Ebron on […]
PARMA, Ohio — For Rick Parschen, bowling is in his blood. “I watched my dad bowl. He knew the guy behind the counter and so he got me to bowl a few games extra while my dad was bowling,” Parschen recalled. Now at 66 years old he is considered a bowling perfectionist. “There is no entitlement in bowling. Just because you threw a good shot doesn’t mean you’ll carry it, so you have to stay focused,” he said. Parschen notched […]