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The Press Box For Jan. 17

By Staff | Jan 17, 2018

The Sistersville winter basketball league has been underway for a few weeks now, and according to all reports, it is running rather smoothly. It used to be that there were leagues in nearly every community, and the ones that didn’t have a league usually got guys together at some point during the week for pickup games.

Times have changed, however, and it seems as though there isn’t the interest as in the past. If you go to some of the bigger towns, you find they have recreation centers and YMCA facilities where you can go in and shoot, practice your skills and perhaps get in a game or two.

I feel like the Sistersville league is really something special. They play two to three nights a week and alternate back and forth between the James Willison center (old Sistersville high school gym) and the Stealy Greene Center (old Middlebourne Gym).

It not only provides for some good entertainment, but it also is a chance to get some high energy physical fitness. The league has several teams and they are made up of players young and old.

It’s good to see there are still people in the communities willing to take over and run the league, while others put in a lot of time to keep the books and do the refereeing. Keep up the good work!

The weather has caused some high school game cancellations this past week, but there has still been plenty of action. The Mountaineers dropped their second basketball game of the year on Saturday, in a game they really could have, and should have, won.

The Steelers got knocked out of the playoffs, courtesy of some brilliant play calling and a defense that might have been able to win a high school game.

I saw a lot of whining about Big Ben, but when you throw for 469 yards and five touchdowns, while being pressured the whole time, it’s hard to lay the blame there. It all boiled down to the onside kick and lack of confidence in the running game on fourth and one -Twice.

Paden City was supposed to wrestled at the Magnolia quad, but that didn’t happen. The Silver Knights took part in the St. Mary’s wrestling tournament on Saturday in one of the only events to take place in the area. They performed well and ended with one champion and three making the podium.

The Boggs Roundball Classic kicked off on Thursday night with two girls games that were both thrillers. Valley High School came from 12 down in the second half to beat Beallsville, with one second left on the clock when Sophie Palmer hit three straight free throws after Beallsville had hit two foul shots with 11 seconds to play for a two point lead.

The second game of the evening saw Magnolia using a decided height advantage to gain a close win over the Silver Knights.

Friday night’s boys games were then canceled due to the big storm. They were reset for Saturday, but once again, the snow came quick, and they had to be canceled. I had a coach tell me the other day they had some great outside shooters. I said, “Well, that’s good, but all the games are played inside.”

We have reached the mid-way point in high school basketball already, but there is still plenty left to play. We know spring sports are right around the corner, but keep focused on the season you’re partaking in. Don’t give up, and keep with it until the last whistle blows. You never know what might happen, and it sure would be great to get to Charleston. I think we have teams that can do it. Fight with all you have, and good things will happen.

I saw where they had some indoor track events at Marietta, Ohio. On Sunday, several kids from Tyler Consolidated took part. That is the way to get better. Go up against tough competition, and work hard to be competitive at a higher level. Glad to see the desire to become the best you can be. The 2018 Marietta Ice Breaker event for high school track and field draws some of the toughest competition throughout the tri-state area.

The Silver Knights had Nathan Barker running the 55 meter dash, 55 meter high hurdles and 200 meter dash. Spencer Corley entered the 1600 and 3200 races, while also competing in the high jump. Gavin Corley ran the 400 meter dash and the 800 meter dash. Jahnvi Duncan also took part in the meet.

Let’s hope the weather breaks and we can get some of these cancellations made up. In the meantime stay in the gym and keep working. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com