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From My View For Aug. 23

August 23, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

When I started this job some time ago, I wanted to make sure I gave all the teams I cover, in Wetzel County and River High School, the same coverage. I believe I did, but on a few occasions, a few diehard Wetzel County residents believed that wasn't quite good enough.

They wanted their school on the front page, (which most of the time they were), but seeing River High School on the front page just wasn't right. As long as I'm the sports writer, they will be in the paper, period.

I check and double check to make sure that the coverage is equal, but when a team like River had the year that Magnolia had the previous year, it was hard. I didn't cover them as much as any other team though; in fact, I was at each high school the same through the regular season.

They deserve just as much recognition that our kids in Wetzel County do. We should be thankful we have a local paper to cover them in.

I just want to be open before the season begins. I will try my hardest to cover all five schools, that I cover, as equally as I can. There will be occasions where teams don't have the stats for a big write-up. Those stories will be shorter. Some won't send stats at all. However, all schools will get their fair share of coverage.

Another thing: We don't cover middle schools unless someone sends in information. We have five high schools that have volleyball and football teams, three with golf and cross country, and one with boys' and girls' soccer. We will be busy; however, if someone sends in something, we will do what we can to get it in if there is space available. These athletes do need covered, but they will get their due when they move up to high school.


My heart was broken the other day when I heard that a dear young lady, that I coached at Paden City, passed on. It's sad when a young person dies so young. I miss her, even though I only saw her four to five times since she graduated high school. When I did see her, she always came running and game a me a hug, calling me "Coach." She loved her pappy and grandma, and introduced me to them. Very good stuff. I do miss coaching, but I miss the players that played for me more.

It was hard for me to go visit her, so I just want to express my sincere condolences to her family and friends for our loss, no words can be said to bring her back, or heal our hearts.

I had the pleasure to watch an ArtsLink musical play of Seussical Jr. at the historic Lincoln Theater in downtown New Martinsville last weekend.

The acting, for a bunch of very young actors, was superb, as well as the singing and dancing, the make-up and the costumes they wore. The set was breathtaking from a bunch of kids doing most of the work. The Cat in the Hat, played by Rachel Price, did an exceptional job entertaining the crowd as well as her spot on humor and singing. She was loud enough for everyone to hear her. Great job to the wonderful actors - JoJo played by Talan Chambers, Horton the Elephant played by Isaac Price, Gertrude McFuzz played by Tabitha Straub, Mayzie La Bird played by Serenity Strother, Sour Kangaroo played buy Faith Yoho, Mr. Mayor played by Zerihun Biram, Mrs. Mayor played by Cheyenne Beasley, the Grinch played by Everett Poole, Yertle the Turtle played by Haven Blough, Vlad Vladikoff played by Ryan Brown, Thing #1 played by Brooke Hoskins, Thing #2 played by Brynna Hoskins, and the Wickersham Brothers played by Nathan Schramm, Spencer Cannizzaro, Wyatt Hakes, Victorino Valentin, Wesley Wallace, Simon Cannizzaro and Trevor Hakes.

Also there were Savana Hoagland, Emerson Barcus, Lex Jones, Alyssa Boggs, Nardos Biram, Myra Clinton, Ciera Slater, Lily Haught, Kaylee Haught and Haven Anderson who all played Citizens of Whoville. Plus Zoey Tharp, Ava Gorrell, Meadow Smith, Makayla Salisbury and Fay Salisbury were Jungle Citizens.

The Bird Girls were played by Breigh Stillwagner, Makenzie Hakes, Analeleigh Hakes, Hana Biram, Jourdan Schramm, Kaylyn Wallace and Kate Gorrel.

Lastly, I was in my hot-tub and saw my second shooting star of the summer. I quickly wanted to wish all the area teams the best this week - including the River Pilots, playing their first game this season on their new turf field; the Valley Lumberjacks at Tygarts Valley; Hundred at Clay-Battelle; Paden City at home against Symmes; and Magnolia at Parkersburg Catholic Saturday evening.

The area golf teams are playing nearly 3-4 times a week, while the cross country teams and the soccer teams have just begun, while some of the volleyball teams will get underway with their games next week, and the rest in early September.

The season has begun; time goes by fast, so enjoy the years that you have left. You don't know when your time comes.



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