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From My View For Nov. 7

November 7, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - STAFF WRITER (BCRAWFORD@WETZELCHRONICLE.COM) , Wetzel Chronicle

I got to witness the first three Magnolia and Tyler Consolidated volleyball matches, but heard the fourth was a Jim-dandy in the Region I, Section II finals that went 10 sets. I would have loved to been there to see these two fine teams play each other for the fourth time, but I went to cover the Valley Lumberjills instead.

It was my own choice, nobody twisted my arms. I haven't seen many of Valley and Hundred's volleyball matches this season. I saw Valley early in the season, as well as Hundred, but I didn't cover them as much as I have in the previous seasons.

I didn't know that Hundred and Valley were playing each other on Tuesday until that morning, or I would have gone then.

The Valley Lumberjills have improved so much from the start of the season. My friend Gary Partridge is the head coach and he has done a fine job. The girls didn't have a serving fault in all three matches and attacked the net more than I have ever seen them during the last two seasons. They spiked the ball a lot more than just holding back and lofting a dink. A dink is a thing of beauty when a team continues to attack and then dink one that lands for a point.

I was impressed with their talking and communicating on the floor; I really was. If the season would have just started, they could have been a team to be reckoned with. They aren't up there with Magnolia, Tyler and Ritchie, but they are improving if they just keep doing what I saw Wednesday evening.

I have really tried not to cover sports on church nights this season, and I told myself that I would only miss when I needed to cover tournaments, special games, and matches.

Speaking of church, I was a little bummed Sunday after church when I stopped at Walmart to get something for dinner and saw high school and grade school kids at the doors, asking for money for their wrestling teams. If they want to ask for donations, it's my view - and my view only - that they shouldn't ask for a donation on Sunday morning. This goes for any organization.

Enough of that. If you like Christmas as much as I do, watch for my youngest son from now and until Christmas in Five Below commercials. He is the head elf and has played that part the last several years. My sister and brother in-law got into the spirit and put up their tree. I know many put their trees up on Nov. 1, but even though I love Christmas, I don't put mine up until after Thanksgiving. I don't know why, but that's what I do.

The Magnolia, Paden City and Valley cheerleading squads are competing this weekend in the Region I cheerleading tournament, and I wish them luck and hope to have something in this week's paper.

Thursday, my nephew Ryan Yeager is taking me to my first-ever Pittsburgh Steelers football game, and I'm pumped.

Ryan is a die-hard Steelers fan, as well as I. I can't wait to tailgate and watch Big Ben and company take out the Carolina Panthers. I suppose I will be writing about my first experience at a Steelers game next week.

I attended a Cleveland Browns game back in the day for my first and only experience at a professional football game. It was in the old Cleveland Browns football stadium, and they were playing the Washington Redskins the year before they moved to Baltimore. I went with my Dad and Woodsfield Moose members.

That's another story; we sat in the Dog Pound, and what a night that I will not forget. My Dad passed soon after, due to cancer.

Basketball has started professionally, and soon the college teams will be starting too. Teams were picked in junior high, and soon high school will follow. I love basketball; it's my favorite sport. However, football, baseball, golf, softball, soccer, track, tennis, cross country, volleyball, wrestling and now bow-shooting have me excited to be a high school sports lover.

I wish the River Pilots well when they play Lucas in the Ohio playoffs. It's their fourth straight playoff appearance, and after losing all the outstanding seniors to graduation last season, Coach Michael Flannery and his staff has done an outstanding job with this year's team, and I hope it will trickle-down to a Ohio Coach of the Year.

Talking about playoffs, Magnolia and Tyler both have a chance to make it. The Eagles are in for sure, but we must wait until Saturday for the Silver Knights. I wish them both the best.

I will most likely have a lot to say in next week's column, but I hope I can catch match #5 with Magnolia and Tyler. I got a glimpse of what to expect on Facebook by a host of Magnolia and Tyler fans, during their Sectional title match.

Last thing, once again: if you are not playing a Fall sport and plan on playing a winter sport in high school, as well in junior high, you must get a physical and fill out a school pamphlet before you're allowed to try out.

 
 
 

 

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