Trent Shepherd, Tyler Consolidated's sprint star, has the fastest 100 clocking in the area with an 11.11,. He is consistently in the low 11s and could easily work his way under 11. Shepherd is one of those kids who's never satisfied and always looking to better himself. He has shown interest from several universities, including Wheeling Jesuit, West Liberty, Glenville, Shenandoah and Alderson Broaddus. Shepherd could easily get some D1 attention if he can knock a couple tenths off that 11.1. Last year his best time was 11.45 and his 11.1 this year is an example off time and hard work to better himself. As of this writing he is still undefeated on the year.
When it comes to spring sports, the hardest part for a sports writer is making the rounds and trying to give every team coverage. The schedules have been changed around quite a bit due to a lot of rainouts, so it's often hard to find out when there are DH games and what schools are playing who. However, it all works out in the end.
Made it out to the WTTL on April 11, only to have the action stopped for thunder and lightning. I enjoyed watching and talking to some of the kids. There are great kids on these teams boys and girls and they are very polite.
I watched as Jarrett Lemasters put together another good pole vault with a 13-6. I saw Tyler Anderson win the 400 meters and watched as Gavin Corley gave a sparkling performance in the 3200 meter, an event he doesn't usually compete in.
I saw Nick Gorby clear the bar to win the high jump but also got a nice bump above his left eye when this knee came in contact on the way down. Emily Lancaster gave a good effort winning the pole vault.
Nate Barker looked like a seasoned pro as I watched him warming up but unfortunately he never got to compete. Several kids were willing to pose for pictures for me and most of them I got a chance to talk to. I look for this group to be very successful as they head towards the post season.
The Silver Knights boys baseball team got a big comeback win over Magnolia on Thursday while the girls softball team made it a sweep with their win as well
The Knights baseball and softball teams are playing at a high level with both teams sporting winning records. The Knights girls are the states number two ranked team and the boys are 9-1. Paden City's boys baseball team is currently 11-5 and in the number two position in the OVAC and looking to move up. The tournament cutoff date is April 19, with semi-final games scheduled for April 22.
Speaking of hard work, Tyler Consolidated middle school distance runner Spencer Corley showed what he is made of as he turned in a very good 4:53 time in the 1600 at Wednesday's middle school meet at Ritchie County. Looking a head to next season it looks like the Knights will have another quality runner to join his brother Gavin who is in his junior year. The distance runners look to be the Knights strong point in the future with runners like Joshua Frum, Brandon Wise, Trey Keys and Dan Miller to go along with the Corley brothers. Things are looking up for Tyler County sports , the track team could easily take state honors. Lets hope there are no injuries or let downs.
Building for the future takes a lot of planning and work on everyone's part. I like to see the younger kids get in the games some times. If you get big leads or know you are playing a weak team try and get some of those freshmen in, that little bit of playing time might just be the motivation they need to work harder and become an asset to you school and team. It also helps their self esteem. I've seen some kids never get in a game and they end up saying what's the use. Some kids have gone the wrong direction in life because they were never given an opportunity.
Big news out of Paden City is the retirement of Fred King as a teacher and basketball boach. Fred will be back for at least another year as the athletic director and volleyball coach. Coach King will be missed and hard to replace, ask any former athlete who played for him and they will tell you they enjoyed the opportunity. I think Fred has been good for the high school as he provides the discipline schools so badly need. I wish the school the best on their hunt for a new basketball coach, it's not an easy job as the small schools have a time competing with the much larger ones. Paden City has been able to hold their own unlike any other their size. We will be running an exclusive article on coach King sometime soon. If anyone wants to add to the column, especially ex-players please contact me. There are some quality kids coming back next year and some new ones moving up, lets hope we can keep the program going.
I want to thank the coaches who are sending me information when I can't make a game or meet and thanks to those who provide pictures. There has been saw excellent sportsmanship so far this season both from the players and coaches. That's good news, plus the fans have been outstanding. There's a lot to cover and it's just hard to try and make them all. Send anything you have to email@example.com.