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By Staff | Nov 9, 2016

Sometimes the unexpected just happens, and that was the case this past week as the Silver Knights’ football squad lost a closer than the score indicated football game. Their hopes of making the playoffs looked dim. However, with some upsets along the way, the Knights found themselves in the 16 spot and a journey to meet top ranked and undefeated East Hardy in the first round.

Don’t count out the Knights yet as they have plenty of fire power. They are a well disciplined, well coach and a very talented hard working team. With a few questionable calls and a couple mistakes plus some penalties going against them this past Friday, they still managed to make things interesting. I have said it before and I’ll say it now – this is a good team that’s not afraid to hit. Look for them to put up a good fight this week.

Something is expected to happen and that was the case this past week as the Silver Knights’ volleyball team looked impressive in winning all of their sets in the regional event to punch their ticket to the state tournament. This team has the potential to bring home the championship. They are loaded with power hitters, play fine defense plus are and excellent serving team. The one advantage they do have, without a doubt, is they are supremely well coached. This group of girls with one win in Charleston can be the first Knights team to ever record 44 victories in a season. The Knights are led by three superb seniors and all three are All-State candidates. However, they are loaded with skilled underclassman who seem to be getting better with each outing. One of their strong points is that they play well together as a team and they encourage each other.

Tyler Consolidated has something to be proud of as they have two teams from their school competing in state events this weekend. Lets hope they can live up to expectations and provide some excitement for all of Tyler County to enjoy.

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Paden City High School on a fine season of volleyball as they ended with 27 wins and 16 losses. That is a good record and they to are a good team and are well coached by Fred King and Jeff Bowers. The Wildcats will lose three seniors from this year’s squad, but will also return most of their starters, so look for big things next year from the Wildcats’ volleyball team.

Wildcats’ Coach Croasmun and staff has done a tremendous job this year and with a few breaks could easily have had a couple more wins. The football team was led by four great seniors, but will return with a nice core of athletes next year. It makes me proud to see all the Wildcat fans come out to the games even when the going is tough. It shows your true spirit! Paden City has one of the states best boosters clubs and that is a plus for P.C. students.

It was good this past week to see former Paden City baseball star Luke Cooper listed on the roster for West Liberty’s baseball squad. Luke is a fantastic pitcher and at 6’4″ 210 lbs he can throw the heat. Cooper also swings a big bat. It will be interesting to see the impact he may have on WLU’s team. Cooper is also a fine young man with a great Christian background.

Most of the young people I’ve been around as I’m covering sports are great kids with good attitudes and good family support and as fans of the local area we should be proud of every thing are kids accomplish. Most importantly, our kids have good schools to attend and great teachers and coaches, athletic directors and principals. We also have, as far as I’m concerned, the two best superintendents in the state. Let’s get behind them and keep our schools among the best.