The Press Box for 10/28
Every once in a while, you get that great team in the area, which revives the local sports community, and gives them back that sense of pride they once had. I remember the great football teams of years past, and the excitement that filled the area during shop talk hours at the plants and around town.
This past week was a good one as Tyler Consolidated traveled up to Magnolia for Friday night football, and what a game it was! With each team fighting tooth and nail to pull out a victory, it went as expected, right down to the last play. With the Silver Knights playing their hearts out and knocking on the door to victory in the last four minutes, it just wasn’t to be as the Blue Eagles stood tall on defense, stopping the Knights on a fourth and goal, and ending the game with one last defensive stand.
The rivalry kept the small (COVID Reduced) crowd on their feet, and those outside the fence never left, as both teams battled to the end never giving up. While the Knights went home on the short end of the score, they can hold their heads high knowing they gave their all and brought some excitement to the local sports scene, in what was one of the better ball games on the season so far.
Also bringing some excitement to town was Paden City’s girls volleyball team who won their fourth straight 1A OVAC volleyball championship. You had to be watching the game to get a taste of that feeling as the Cats went down 2-0 to Wellsville, Ohio, in what looked to be dooms day for the defending champs. However, the never say never attitude of coach Jen Yeaters team showed once again that anything can happen and usually does.
If you’ve been around high school volleyball much you know no lead is safe, and that was what Yeater told her team heading into set three. “I looked at the girls and they looked back, I said this is it, go out and show them who the champs are. That’s all it took,” said Yeater.
The Wildcats whose only defeat on the season came against Magnolia, was not to be denied in this one as they fought off one charge after another from Wellsville to win sets three and four 25-23, 25-23. That put the pressure on the shoulders of the visitors who didn’t have the same energy Yeater’s look instilled in her team. That look which only certain coaches have, the one which gives you the killer instinct.
The fifth set is a win by two contest to 15. Paden City didn’t need to worry about that at all, as theyjumped out to a quick lead and pushed forward to 15, while the visitors could only muster up 10 tallies. And just like that there was joy in Wildcat land.
In a time when nearly everything is on hold or brushed aside due to COVID-19, Paden City a school with no football team, and uncertainty in what’s to come next, danced in the streets as the bus arrived home from Union Local with another trophy to line the halls of Wildcat land.
With the state volleyball tournament not to far off and regional play about to begin, we can expect more of this kind of excitement to finish off the fall sports season.
Congratulations to Tyler Consolidated’s Kashia Brown, Hagen Baker, and Emily Ebert as they all qualified for the WVSSAC State Cross Country Championships to be held at Cabell Midland high school on October 31. Ebert qualified with a second place finish in the girls Region 1 meet. Brown and Baker also landed in the top 10 to secure their place.