What a week of sports for local enthusiasts!
Time has really been of the essence has far as getting in as many contests as possible but it is always a fun time. Watching Paden City as it beat Beallsville on the home court, and Aaron Heasley tossing in 34 points in three quarters of play and then rushing home to catch the Mountaineers as they put a thumping on the nations number one team really was a great night of basketball. Heasley continued to impress on Friday night when he again poured in 27 against a tough Bishop Donahue team. All this sure does put a taxing on my time. If you don’t believe me, ask my wife. I could go to a game every night, but sometimes other things have to take precedence.
The next several weeks look to be extremely busy as far as sports go. So we’ll get a good chance to see who’s hen pecked.
The Silver Knights hosted their annual Boggs Pizza Roundball Classic this past weekend and it did not disappoint for action. The tournament opened up with girls’ play on Thursday with the Valley Lumberjacks defeating the Bishop Donahue Bishops. Next up was the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights, who battled hard but fell short in the end to Magnolia. Both teams got good scoring nights from their players, but the Blue Eagles led by Kelsi Chapman’s 23 points and a trio of double digit scorers were too much. Tyler had the game’s leading scorer in JoLee Walton with 25. Walton followed that up with 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals in the game against Cameron in two quarters of play time as the Knights defeated the Dragons to win the consolation game. In the championship game on Saturday, Magnolia freshman Kendra Pilant hauled in 24 rebounds and scored 11 points to lead the Blue Eagles past Valley.
Boys’ action started on Friday with Cameron defeating Valley and Tyler knocking off Magnolia behind 23 points from Jace Reed. Saturday’s boys’ championship round saw Magnolia come from 13 down in the fourth quarter in the consolation game to defeat Valley in OT. Tyler Consolidated, however, had a short-lived fourth quarter lead only to fall to Cameron in the championship contest.
A special thanks goes out to the Boggs family for so generously sponsoring this annual event and to all the behind-the-scene workers who help make it happen.
One of the hard parts of the day was trying to sneak into the hospitality room during and between games to watch the Mountaineers win another big game on the road against Texas, 74-72.
The hardest part was trying to stay away from all the good food. It didn’t happen!
Looking ahead to the schedule, things don’t slow down as the annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling tournament begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday. Tomorrow night is a big show down at West Liberty between the Hilltoppers and Wheeling Jesuit, who is seeing exceptional play from ex-Magnolia player Preston Boswell. I plan on attending a little of the wrestling and then heading out to Hilltopper land for the big game. Friday and Saturday will be spent at the wrestling match while trying to work in some local high school basketball games in between.
Coming up on Jan. 28, will be the big event in New Martinsville, the Rotary Basketball Classic. It’s an all day event with a total of six high school games. The tourney offers good chance to see the local teams all in action for only five dollars for the whole event.
With all this going on the highlight of it all for me happened on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the old Middlebourne Gym when the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights’ girls’ put on a basketball clinic for kids in grades K-2. What a great way to get kids interested in sports at a young age while also allowing them to have some fun and learn a little about the sport of basketball.
I’m not complaining because like I said I’m kind of a gym rat, but if I can make it through the next couple months I’m going to concentrate on spring sports except for track which I will put in the hands of the capable running enthusiast editor, Miles Layton.
Sorry I didn’t have anyone to pick on this week, but on occasion you just have to throw out the old and come in with new. Hopefully 2017 will bring lots of positive memories for our local athletes, coaches and fans. However, if you get any controversial or negative news don’t hesitate to let me know, which I know you won’t. firstname.lastname@example.org