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March 20, 2019

It's been a a couple weeks of firsts for me. Other than previewing the 2019 Paden City Baseball team, I haven't, for the first time in years, had had most of the baseball, softball, track and tennis previews done.

I got to see my youngest granddaughter sing and recite a couple paragraphs of a musical performed by over 50 kindergarten students at the school Sofia (Cheese Fondue) Crawford attends in Fredricksburg, Virginia.

I've seen many musicals and plays by middle school, high school and colleges, but never as young as kindergarten kids. It was only an hour long, but to see those kids up on stage warmed my heart, especially my little Sofia.

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Photo by Bruce Crawford
The Magnolia Volleyball team celebrates the arrival of their championship rings.

I have gotten to see my oldest granddaughter Tianna and my middle one Kyra each perform, and last year I got to see my grandson Christian sing in preschool - all firsts, and I had a ball.

I also had a first in getting a complete body message, while celebrating Lynne and I's 45th wedding anniversary. Ninety minutes of pure relaxation. These professional masseuses did a tasteful massage, and of course both Lynne and I wore our bathing suits and felt so relaxed my wife fell asleep. She thanked me so many times in making our 45th anniversary so relaxing.

In doing so, I missed an opportunity to watch Mady Winters tear it up in the WVSSAC Class A Girls Basketball state tournament, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I know the players, coaches and fans all understand and it's all good.

I got to see MHS Head Coaches Pam Chapman and Roger Clegg and their 2018 WVSSAC Class A Champion Volleyball Team get their championship rings this past weekend. It was only the second volleyball state championship at Magnolia and Pam's first, and I was so thrilled to have been invited to come down and cover it. It's like everything Wetzel County Schools do, perfection, other than not many fans attending. But they just got the rings, along with the huge state championship photo to be hung in the gymnasium.

It was great to find out legendary Valley High School Football coach Tom West was recognized as the 2019 retired Coach Of The Year at halftime of the AAA boys basketball championship. I will have a story for you next week.

I was there when the Wildcats' legendary Bob Burton was honored last year, and wish I could have been there for Tom. I wasn't the sports writer when he took his guys to the state championship in Class A football year after year, but was on the sidelines when he came back. I was right beside him when he was injured at Hundred. He ALWAYS gave me quotes and statistics after every game when I was at the game, and always called me every Sunday when I wasn't present to make sure I had all I needed to write a story about his football team. Congrats Tom and his wonderful family.



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