Saturday Morning Scores
Depending on when you read this note, sunrise is/was at 7:05 a.m. and the temperatures today will range between 31 and about 50 degrees.
That’s sort of a nice warm-up sentence before leading into saying that TCHS volleyball senior Madison West broke the record for points in a single set with 25 to help her teammates defeat Moorefield in three sets 25-2, 25-14 and 25-14 to reach the semifinals Friday at the state tournament in Charleston. The Silver Knights fell in four sets to Wirt County by a 28-26, 14-25, 25-11 and 26-24 count ending the season one match shy of the state championship.
The team had a good ride and was a point of pride for the school, Tyler County.
“It was a great match between two very good teams,” Coach Richard Summers said. “Our girls played well, but came up short. They had a great season and a lot to be proud of.”
More about the match will appear in the next edition of the Tyler Star News.
W.Va. Route 18 was filled with lots of inspiring signs leading away from Tyler County and deep into the woods where the Silver Knights played the Cougars many miles away in Baker. East Hardy may have defeated the Silver Knights 54-22 in the state playoffs, but that doesn’t change the fearless spirit that spurred this team onward this season.
East Hardy ended last season as runner-up when the Cougars were defeated by Magnolia on a chilly night at the state title game held in Wheeling Island Stadium. Undefeated this season, the Cougars (11-0 now) are on the prowl.
That said, the Silver Knights displayed a strength of will by fearlessly going into the arena against a stronger opponent. It takes guts to go onto the field when victory is far less than certain. Then, athletes are playing not necessarily for glory, but for the spirit of the game by reaching deep down inside to play for what’s important. That kind of courage lasts long after any game ends. No matter what the score, no one can take that undaunted spirit away from any Silver Knights’ team, cross country to volleyball.
Much thanks goes to Shari Smith for providing photos.
More about the state playoff game will be in the next edition.