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The Press Box For May 3

By Staff | May 3, 2017

With professional baseball, NBA basketball playoffs, spring college football and a host of other things going on, it’s often hard to keep on track or for that matter even stay interested in local athletics. “That’s what one individual told me this week when I asked him about a certain team.”

I quickly changed the subject as I realized this person and I were on different pages. My thoughts at this time of year are normally focused on who wins the OVAC, the LKC, who’s going to do well in the softball and baseball sectionals and which teams have a chance to make it to state.

This past week has been a dandy when you think about some of the accomplishments of local athletes. The Silver Knights boys got hammered by a very good Fort Frye team in the OVAC semi-finals on Saturday but came right back with the fortitude of a quality team and won the Championship of the First annual Matt Boggs Memorial Wooden Bat tournament.

Matt Boggs was an asset to Tyler County and keeping his memory alive through sporting events is just a testimony of his love for sports. Matt was a quality catcher for the Silver Knights during his playing days and a member of the OVAC All-Star team. He also played in the North-South All-Star game.

Winning the first Boggs tournament was a big deal for this years’ team and gives them something to remember and build on as the post season play draws near.

“I am so proud of the way the kids came back in the championship game against Bishop Donahue. We wanted this win and we wanted it bad. It’s a testimony to the type of kids we have and the type of families they come from,” said Knights Head Coach Robby Jones.

The Boggs family is well respected business people in the community and Matt’s son Landon is following in the footsteps of his father. He is dedicated to carrying on the family sports tradition of his father as a first baseman on his little league team and was at the recent tournament to throw out the first pitch.

It was a great weekend of baseball and special thanks goes out to all you worked so hard to make it happen. Hopefully it will carry on for years to come. The Boggs family also sponsors an annual Boggs Pizza and Grill high school round ball classic each year.

This week has also been filled with area signings for high school athletes who will continue their skills at the next level.

Paden City had three athletes sign this week, as Wesley Smith and Jake Pierce both inked to attend WLU to run track for the Hilltoppers. Wildcat baseball ace Hayden Hizersigned up with Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg to continue his baseball career. Hizer is batting around 400 this season and as always has the golden glove of the team. Good luck to all three.

Tyler Consolidated’s Jarrett Lemasters, the schools all-time record holder in the pole vault with a recent vault of 14-4, signed on Tuesday, April 25, to attend Wheeling Jesuit where he will no doubt be an asset to the Cardinals. Also signing on Tuesday with Jesuit was the Silver Knights Trent Shepherd. Trent is undefeated in the 100-meter dash this year and has an 11.1 to his credit. He will make a great fit to the Cardinals program.

Paden City wonits Class A OVAC semi-final game on Monday, April 24 with an 8-2 blasting of Morgantown Trinity. Hizer, who we just spoke about signing at Ohio Valley, put a three run shot over the fence for the game winning runs. The win raised the Wildcats record to 13-7 on the season.

The Silver Knights boys’ track team has some of the states best athletes and have competed against the best in the state. They recently lost an important member of the team when senior Trent Shepherd, their ace sprinter, went down with an injury. Hopefully, he will be back for the regionals and the state meet.

I got a text the other day from my good friend Miles Layton who recently took over as the editor of a weekly paper in the outer banks area of North Carolina. Miles is a good guy who works hard and is a professional when it comes to journalism. He evidently knows a good thing when he seea it, his new sports column is named the Press Box. Made me feel good.

The Silver Knights got a good warm up for this year’s state track meet as they competed very well in the Charleston Gazette Relays Friday and Saturday. It’s always good to meet up with tough competition on the track where the state event is held. Especially when your only talking a few weeks apart.

I want to thank all the coaches who take the time to talk with me, text me back with information or email me stats, it means a lot when you can’t get around to everything going on. Thanks also to those that help out with pictures.

As the school year is winding down and spring sports is coming to an end, I want to wish all the area athletes good luck as you head into the playoff and track meets. Hopefully we can get some hardware for the school walls and trophy cases. God Bless everyone. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com.