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From My View For Sept. 26

September 26, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

I wish I was there when the 0-50 Hundred Hornets took out Hannan to break Hundred's national losing streak in high school football.

However, talking with Hornets' Head Coach Shayne Minor right afterward, and seeing all the photos on Facebook, I actually felt I was there.

Year in and year out, I have been faithfully reporting every Hundred football game throughout the losing streak, and I wanted to be there to capture the smiling faces when the game was over, along with all the faithful Hundred Hornet fans.

Many of the die-hard fans who couldn't be at the game for very good reasons, I feel your pain. To be able to catch those big smiles on the players' faces, once the final horn sounded, is something I would cherish. I have had the pleasure of catching these smiling faces plenty of times when my teams have won state, regional, sectional, OVAC, and Mason-Dixon championships throughout my years as the sports writer, for all five of my high schools that I have covered.

But this was special. I have been present when a few of my teams were undefeated and captured their emotions and heartaches that accrued when they won, and even when they lost. Not just taking of their photos, but being present at the game, always meant a lot to me.

However, when talking to Coach Minor just after winning, I felt the adrenaline of the game as he spoke; I felt the emotion just by listening to him, and that was awesome. I wish I could have seen the happy faces when the game was finally over.

I'm sorry for the losing team though. With Hundred finally getting the monkey off its back, the team can now start a new record, but I'm sad for the Hannan team that lost. Notably, Hannan has the state's first female head coach, Kellie Thomas.

It might seem strange that a women is a head football coach with all the young men around, but you can say the same thing about a man coaching a girls team, too. Football is different, one may say. It really isn't. As long as he or she is a teacher, or someone who has gotten themselves legal in going to classes and passed, that is the only thing that matters.

It hasn't been that long of a time that I watched a movie, "Wildcats," that also had a female coach in Goldie Hawn. It was a great movie and she, like Kellie, was a very knowledgeable coach that took a bunch of football players from a losing season to being a winner.

If you have a chance to watch the movie, it was really good.

Besides all the hoopla that has gone by in winning a game, now it's the time to put it to bed and start all over. I'm not saying that they can match the 0-50 and turn that around and do the opposite, but anything is possible.

Coaches Minor and Kimble have done a great job in turning the team around after all the mess it has endured in losing the program because not having enough players to field a team.

When they got the numbers, they lost not only their homes, but their football field as well due to the devastating July 2017 flood. But through it all, Minor and Kimble have done what seemed to be an impossible task with all they were faced with.

Let's not forget former head coach Greg Hostetler, who came back just to coach the kids at Hundred after also being a coach at Clay-Battelle. He could have stayed at Clay-Battelle, but there were kids wanting to play football, and they didn't have anyone bid on the job. He then reached out to Shayne and Corey to take it over, because he knew that these kids needed a fresh and young face to build a program, and they did.

Minor and Kimble have a lot to do with the turnaround, and I hope it spreads to the other sports as well. Hundred Principal Beth Sigley has a lot to do with it too, along with Jeremy Kelch as the athletic director.

When the boys came home from the trip from Hannan, there were balloons and signs everywhere, along with streamers as well as close to 100 fans to welcome the team on its achievement with fireworks and a police and fire department escort to Cosgray Field.

You see, if it wasn't for Facebook, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to feel what the players, coaches and fans felt, that witnessed the victory.

The Hornets played Paden City before this paper was printed, and all I can say is "Good Luck" to both teams, because I cover both, so win or lose, I will have a winner and a loser. So, it's good luck Hundred, and good luck Paden City. That's all I'm going to say about that.

West Virginia's archery and crossbow season opens up Sept. 29; be safe and if you happen to get a big buck, send a picture and details to me at bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com

 
 
 

 

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