The Press Box For Oct. 18
Every once in a while the unexpected happens. Something beyond our imagination or belief, things that we can’t explain no matter how hard we try. Just the other day after a big underdog won a major college football game over a top rated team, the question came up “How did that happen?” The response was “I have no clue.” (Talking about Saracuse and Clemson)
This past week has been one of those weeks of sports that is hard to explain. The unexpected happened, several teams came through in a big way while many of the top ranked squads fell by the wayside.
It’s almost impossible to predict winners let alone scores. What a week, Tuesday, was another one of those days, the Silver Knights got their second 1-0 win this year over Magnolia in boys soccer when the Referee called the match with 10 minutes to play in the second period after some controversy. The second year in row for that.
Also on Tuesday night top seeded Paden City won their OVAC semi-final match against Weirton Madonna to advance to the finals against Beallsville. Thursday night, the Wildcats hosted a tri-match with John Marshall and Tyler Consolidated. The Silver Knights knocked off John Marshall in two straight sets to set up the bout with Paden City. What a match it was! The Silver Knights won 2-1 in one of the most exciting volleyball matches I’ve seen in a long time. The tough competition proved to be perfect timing for the Wildcats with the OVAC finals on the horizen.
The Knights should do well in the LKC as the two teams they beat on Thursday won the OVAC tournament in 5-A and 1-A on Saturday at Union Local. Sure would have enjoyed watching Tyler win the OVAC this year!
Friday night was another big night of sports as the Paden City Wildcats traveled to Hannan and got their second football win of the year with a 26-0 thrashing of the Hannan Wildcats. Someone told me the Wildcats would win!
Tyler Consolidated ran wild over a good Tolsia team on Friday night, (just a tune up I think for this weeks romp over Magnolia) to improve to 4-3 while staying in the playoff hunt.
Saturday, was a 14 hour sports day as we headed over to Morgantown for the Mounties and Texas Tech game. After watching mostly Texas the first half, and with the eer’s down 35-17, it was off to Union Local for the Class A OVAC match with P.C. and Beallsville. Never count out those Mountaineers though as they took the field in the second half and ran the table with 29 straight points to deliver a killer blow to the boys out West, 46-35. As the old say’n goes “it ain’t over till it’s over.” Quarterback Will Grier went nuts going 32-41 for five T.D.’S and wide receiver David Sills doing his usual thing grabbing six passes for three scores. Should have stayed!
The trip to Union Local payed off as Paden City came out on fire and took the first two sets. Beallsville wouldn’t be denied however and responded by claiming sets three and four, to set up the tie breaker. Set five was nip and tug until the Wildcats received three spikes by Hope Weber to take a 10-7 lead.
The Cats went up 12-8 but Beallsville got a point on what looked like a four hit no-call. to make it 12-9. Coach King and his Captain Malyana Price contested and the call was overturned and a replay was called. Paden City took advantage and scored three of the next five points to take the match 15-10 and bring home the Championship trophy. The Cats who won the regular season had now taken the tournament as well. Great match between two great Class A schools.
Now, in between all of that the Silver Knights cross country team traveled to Cowen, WV, down in Webster County, (only 190 miles away, not sure what time they got home) for the LKC championship. They did very well finishing sixth and placing two runners in the top 20. Freshman Spencer Corley the states 13th ranked distance runner placed sixth overall and landed a spot on the All-LKC first team. The girls team also did well placing sixth in their division. Glad they did well, just couldn’t find the time or energy to make that 380 mile round trip. Sorry about that!
Well as much as I would have liked to go to Cowen, Hedgesville, sounded even better but couldn’t make that one either. That’s where the Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights volleyball team spent a couple days as they toured the civil war battlefields and then took part in the all day Saturday, Hedgesville volleyball tournament. Right now it’s 12:30 Sunday, morning and I’m writing this thinking, will this madness ever end!
That’s only a small portion of the sports that went on this week. There was also a double header high school soccer match at Middlebourne, on Wednesday, as the Knights girls and boys both played on senior night. The boys got a big 6-0 win over Parkersburg Catholic.
The girls also played in the soccer sectionals on Monday, at Weirton Madonna, in a match that was changed from 5:30 to 7:30, meaning they probably got home around Midnight on a school night. The boys soccer team played a sectional game against Magnolia, on Tuesday, in New Martinsville, for their third meeting this year.
While up at the OVAC volleyball match on Saturday, a young man was pointing out to me some little kids who were on their cell phones, he said they were only about 10 years old and he hadn’t gotten a phone until he was 19. I quickly responded, “that’s not to bad, I was 55 before I got mine.”
One more thing that made my week and keeps be going is the great help from coaches, A.D.’s. Special thanks to Tyler Golf Coach Joe Griffith who never fails to get me great information and quotes. Fred King is also a great help, very easy to communicate with and stats are right there when you need them. Knights, girls soccer coach Ben Thomas really has the kids at heart as he sends me great stuff. Richard Summers is another one you can count on as he always gets me the stuff I need and his column the “Net Product” is my favorite part of the sports page. The Silver Knights football program wouldn’t be the same without Jeff Lancaster, he makes it easy, you can count on his e-mails shortly after each game. Thanks also to some great officials, who do a job not to many want.
It has been a good week of sports and hopefully our local teams will see much more success as the season winds down. If I missed anything please let me know so I can worry myself sick over it.