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Grasshopper: Future Roundball Stars

By Staff | Jan 14, 2017

Photo by Tammie Weekley Coach spurs the team to success.

Good evening Tyler County.

West Virginia Fairs and Festivals Pageant will crown a queen tonight. So…we’ll see how our trio of Tyler fair/festival queens may do.

In sports news, Grasshopper League basketball transforms kids into the stars that you see playing roundball for teams in Tyler and Wetzel Counties. River, Shortline, Tyler, Sistersville, Paden City and Newport played in the league this season.

“The action is always fun with these kids,” said Lyle Barker, whose son, Justin, is an emerging hoops star. “River has some great coaching at this level and generally dominate the league in all age groups.”

Martial arts master from the 70s show “Kung Fu” called his lead student “grasshopper.” Maybe he got the idea from Paden City.

Posted on our Facebook site is a picture by Susan Stackpole. Thanks.

Speaking of hoop dreams, Tyler Consolidated’s boys’ basketball team defeated Magnolia’s Blue Eagles 61-52 Friday at the Boggs Roundball Tournament at the Silver Knights’ home turf. Tyler was led by Jace Reed who tallied 23 points followed by Quintin Richmond who added 12. More on that tournament will be ahead.

Bishop Donahue’s boys’ basketball team defeated Paden City’s Wildcats 73-69 Friday in McMechen. Aaron Heasley scored 27 points.

Thursday, though the Blue Eagles’ girls’ basketball team defeated TCHS 62-51 Thursday in Middlebourne, the Silver Knights made Magnolia work for every point. JoLee Walton scored 25 points. Thanks for the photo Tammie Weekley. More of her photos will be appearing in the next edition. Thanks.

Sports writer Ed Parsons will have more about these high school games and more in next week’s Tyler Star News.

In other news, there is an ice storm headed this way and the Ohio River is up, but most folks living beside the muddy river know that. I don’t think we’ll get flood stage, more like a few riverside parks are not going to be places to play. Of course, who wants to play at the park during an ice storm? Anyway, stay warm, stay safe.