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September 5, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

Now all the fall sports have started, there will be loads of sports stories every week until the winter sports season begins in December.

Also, now that the fall season is among us, there will be loads of class reunions happening, and this year it will be mine. The River High School Class of 1973 will be having our 45-year class reunion on Oct. 5 at RHS starting at noon.

It will be great to see all the people you have seen almost every day growing up, from grade school to high school. Being a sports writer, I have had the pleasure of seeing a good many of my fellow classmates here and there at a lot of sporting events I have covered.

Even though I have seen a good many of my fellow classmates, there are many that I haven't, and hope they come. I normally wouldn't say too much about a class reunion, but we aren't getting any younger. There have already a bunch of my classmates who have passed away, and it will be nice to see the ones that are still alive and kicking.

Many won't come because they live too far away, and may not remember it's been 45 years. I know there are many of my classmates that read our paper for the coverage we give the Pilots.

The Pilots will have their homecoming game Oct. 5 against the Bridgeport Bulldogs, with kick-off set at 7:30 p.m. I hope to see many of my classmates there.

Magnolia was my only area team that won during the first week of high school football, but I can tell that Hundred, River, Paden City and Valley will all come back stronger and start getting that first win under their belts.

I was at the Valley game last week, and their offense looked pretty good except for the fumbles. Knowing the 'Jacks coaching staff, that will be taken care of in a hurry. Even though the Hundred Hornets got hammered by Clay-Battelle, they had several nice drives on the Cee-Bees' first team defense and showed some promise.

If it wasn't for the fact they lost their starting quarterback just a week before the game, as well as their tailback, the Hornets didn't do bad. The Hornets will get one of their offensive weapons back this week's game from concussion-like systems. However, their quarterback is lost for the season, and if the Hundred coaches can find the diamond in the rough, they could get their first win in the next couple weeks.

I'm not worried about River; they have the athletes and will come back and have another great season, and possibly get back into the playoffs. I didn't get to see or hear about what the Paden City team looked like.

But I have watch them practice a couple times, and I believe that the coaching staff down there will put things together and make some doubters eat their words.

It will take me a few weeks to see how the volleyball teams will do this season, but what I can tell you, Magnolia and River have very solid teams. Paden City has the OVAC Class-A Player of the Year back and her side-kick.

It might take a few weeks for the girls to get used to a new coach, but I'm sure they will be fine.

The Lady Hornets have more girls out this season and will get better each week, however they're very young, but they look to be something to deal with in the near future.

Last on the list is my friend Gary Partridge and the Valley Lumberjills. The 'Jills worked really hard over the summer and were in most games. Look for these girls to get better and better every day, and make some noise before the season is over.

Next week, I will cover the area soccer teams and golf. If you see me at one of the games or matches I'm covering, let me know your there. You just might be my Fan of the Week!



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