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The Press Box For April 12

By Staff | Apr 12, 2017

The past several weeks have shown just what our local kids are made of. Several boys and girls from Tyler Consolidated and Paden City have received many awards and honors.

Just to name a few, we have had kids from both schools mentioned as All-State players. Paden City’s Aaron Heasley played in the OVAC All-Star game ,and played well. Josey Jones continues to sharpen her basketball skills as she plays on a traveling team.

Not to leave anyone out, I also enjoy seeing the kids who made the Peoples Bank academic awards banquet. This is a big deal and it pays off like all hard work does. Ask Hayden Hizer, who received a $1,000 scholarship at the banquet.

The two local baseball teams are both on top of their game with winning records, and the Silver Knights girls are top notch. Paden City’s softball team is playing hard in every game but they are extremely young, yet they never give up.

All the coaches are working hard to keep the kids on top of their game. This past week, Tyler Consolidated proved that never giving up pays off as they came from six down in the last inning to gain an 8-7 win over Parkersburg Catholic.

Weather has played havoc on the ball games, hopefully we can get them all made up.

One of the highlights so far this spring has been the emergence of the Silver Knights sprinters and distance runners, and then the team coming together in the relays and field events to hang with the big schools.

So far this season Jarrett Lemasters, has set the bar, as he cleared the pole vault in 14-0 at Clay Battelle to set the Tyler Consolidated school record, previously held by his brother. Sprinters Trent Shepherd and Tyler Anderson give the Knights one of the best 1-2 punches in the state.

Tyler Consolidated senior Tessa Boyd, is proving her worth to the team in the field events. On April 4, at the Clay Battelle meet she got first place in the discus with a heave of 82-05 and finished second in the shot put with a toss of 26-09. Earlier this seson she had a discus toss of 84-0. She is providing quality points for the Lady Knights team. Boyd has also been a four year cheerleader for the Knights. In last weeks paper I mistakenly wrote that Tessa had a shot put toss of 84-00, we could only hope for that, turns out it was a miss print and should have read discuss.

Trey Slider, of Paden City came within one out of pitching the areas first no-hitter of the season when the Wildcat’s defeated Cameron.

When I look at Paden City’s baseball team I see a team that is loaded with underclassmen who all have good attitudes and are getting better with each outing. Next year could be their year, but don’t count them out this year, anything can happen if you get hot.

The Silver Knights boys and girls are also loaded with underclassmen and will provide plenty of excitement for at least the next few years. Both schools also have plenty of talent coming in from the middle schools.

As with most everything, it takes a team effort to be successful. We have that here locally with quality coaches, athletes, parents, grandparents, fans and volunteers.

If you aren’t involved in some way, try and find something to do. Concession workers are always needed.

I mentioned the underclassmen and what they mean to the teams but don’t overlook the leaders of these teams, the seniors. These are the ones who have paid their dues and lead the teams in many areas, besides being some of the finest athletes they also lead by example and are role models for the younger kids.

I truly enjoy watching the field play of our seniors, (baseball, softball and track). The Knights softball team has two of the areas best pitchers in seniors Madison West and Vanessa Templeton.

The WVU baseball team is playing at a high level and are exciting to watch. If you get a chance make the trip and take in a major college game. They have a beautiful facility plus parking is free and within walking distance for all.

With so much going on and weather canceling games and makeups being scheduled it’s impossible to get to every game If you are a picture taker, you are welcome to send me photo’s. Just identify who they are and I will use what I can. Make sure you let me know who took the pic. so I can give them the credit.

Coaches, you can email, text or fax me any information on any games including quotes if you like. My fax number is 304-652-1454, phone is 652-4141 or 771-9373.

Looking for something to do on a nice Saturday, night? Don’t forget about the Tyler County speedway, we run information nearly every week in the sports section, to keep you informed of what events and races are occurring. Last year I was able to make two races and they were the highight of my week. I never really thought I would enjoy it but with the excitement and crowd participation it was an amazing time. I coughed up dust for several days, (nothing new for this old ex-coal miner), saw a few crashes, near misses, watched as the winners crossed the finish line, saw the teams celebrating, heard a few choice words from fans and family members, ate some good concessions and utterly enjoyed the roar of the cars as they sped around the track. It was a good time and I would recommend it for the young and old.

We have much to be thankful for here in this little part of West Virginia. Parents, stay involved with your kids activities, keep an eye on where they go and what they do. With this age we live in and the constant threat of violence and drugs, talk with your kids, let them know you love them and stand beside them in all their decisions. They are a gift from God! eparsons@tylerstarnews.com.