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The Press Box For Week of Dec. 23

By Staff | Dec 23, 2015

Here we are near the end of December, two days away from Christmas, 2015. I don’t know about you but shopping has not yet happened at my house. It use to be easy to do, new gloves, socks, tee-shirts and of course everyone got underwear. Then there was new ball gloves, basketball shoes (Nike) and maybe a new phone or some jewelry. Last year, at this time, I was just recovering from open heart surgery and I think they all took advantage of me.

They would go out and spend and spend and I didn’t really care. I was too sick and just wanted to be left alone! What a difference a year makes, they don’t even want to try that this year, so far I think the two little dogs have the most under the tree. I would rather wish someone Merry Christmas than spend money on gifts no one appreciates. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Scrooge and I am in the Christmas spirit and hope everyone enjoys their time with family and friends. I hope there is plenty to eat for all and no one goes with out. I wish for everyone to have warm clothes although I’m not sure we will need them.

Most of all, I am thankful for all the wonderful blessings of life. I am thankful for my Church, my family, my friends and my job at the Star News. I am thankful for my co-workers although I am still upset with Judy Light and Amy Witschey for hanging us out to dry. I hope they have repented.

It has been the tradition here to request Christmas gifts for the local coaches. I think I will change that a little this year. I do, however, want to wish them all a Merry Christmas along with their families. I also want them to know how proud I am of the way they have conducted themselves on and off the playing surfaces since I took over for Judy. You all have been kind and considerate and for that I am thankful. Not only coaches but school officials and parents. Thank you for all your help and understanding. I hope to continue to work for you and to make up for all the mistakes. It is my desire to give as much coverage as possible to all our area athletes and to get the stories and pictures right.

Thank you for your patience as we work long and hard on this transition. I don’t want to leave anyone out regardless of the sport. To those who send me pictures and stats I am grateful. For the volunteers and the concession stand workers, the scorekeepers and clock workers – it couldn’t get done without you. You are appreciated! Thank you to the Tyler County Board of Education for supporting high school activities and allowing them to travel by bus. Thanks goes out to the local schools principals and A.D.’s.

Some people say as you get older Christmas doesn’t mean as much as it used to; they say it’s not the same. To those I say Christmas is always the same, it has the same meaning, it is a celebration of the birth of our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas is a great time of year, a joyful time, a time to reflect on the precious gifts we have been given. As I watch the local sporting events, I think what a blessing to watch young people in competition, giving it their all for their schools, learning sportsmanship, following the rules, listening to their coaches, all these things I am thankful for.

I am thankful for my health, thankful for my country, my freedom, thankful I can go to West Liberty and watch my granddaughter cheer. I hope all area athletes can remain injury free, to be successful. This Christmas season I want to see Paden City’s teams compete well against the much larger schools they play. For Tyler Consolidated, I want you athletes to listen to Ryan Walton, Bob Jones, Cathy Boggs, Richard Summers, Brenna Haggerty, Scott Wall, Joe Griffith, Matt Kinnard, Chad Snider, Samantha Livingston and all the rest of the coaches and volunteers, they know what they’re talking about, you can learn a lot from them.

I truly love our two local schools and I wish you both the best for the remainder of this school year and the years to come. I also want to thank all the sponsors of our local sports teams, all of our communities are so kind and generous, from businesses to individuals, may you all have a blessed and Merry Christmas. If anyone wants to talk to me about sports, or if you have any questions you can call me at 304-652-4141 or e-mail me at eparsons@tylerstarnews.com. Good Luck to all athletes and coaches I wish you all the best.

Well I had to add to this column late, I guess I was wrong. I went to the basement to get some tools to finish a job I was working on, and there they were all wrapped and hid behind the tool chest. Covered with two blankets, four big boxes of presents already wrapped. Evidently I wasn’t watching my wallet close enough, oh well there’s always next year. Merry Christmas to all and to all a Happy New Year.