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The Press Box For June 20

By Staff | Jun 20, 2018

Good kids don’t always make good athletes, and good athletes are not always good kids. There’s a famous Bible verse which says something like this, “Raise a child in the way that they should go, and when they’re old they won’t depart from it.” I have watched some very well-mannered and well-behaved athletes in my days. Most have come from very good families who put everything they had into their kids to help make them successful, whether it was in sports or just life in general. Those kids, more often than not, turned out to be very good people.

Family support is one of the most important parts of a child’s life. There is a lot of summer activity going on in the area with just about something for everyone. Once again, I got to watch an American Legion baseball game as New Martinsville. Post 28 has a full schedule and is using kids from four local schools. They are holding their own, not winning much but picking up valuable experience for the future.

I tell kids all the time, when I talk to them around the schools, “Stay involved in something – whether it’s your church, your community, or your school.” The best thing a person can do is keep their kids involved. It’s probably one of the hardest things to do. Not everyone thinks the same. I believe we should support our coaches and our athletes in all that they do. There are a lot who disagree with that. They believe if a team doesn’t win all the time, the coach is a jerk and doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Get in his or her shoes sometime, and see what it’s like. It’s not an easy job trying to win ball games with a bunch of people riding your back all the time. It’s even harder when they are going behind your back and talking.

There is nothing wrong with disagreeing. It happens everywhere from the home to the work place, all the way to the White House. It’s what makes us the greatest country in the world. What is wrong though is plastering coaches’ names all over the place and putting up signs degrading them. At least be man enough to go tell him to his face.

What hurts the most is when small factions take matters into their own hands and try to destroy what others have spent years building on. Everyone makes mistakes. No one’s perfect. If you believe in the Bible, you can find that in many places, starting with the beginning of man.

One of the biggest struggles in a person’s life is to admit when they’re wrong. Sometimes it leads to even more problems when they have to lie to cover up their mistake. I, for one, try to tell things the way I see it. Recently I made a mistake about the Paden City pool, although it was an honest mistake. After being told the pool probably wouldn’t open, I wrote about it. I stated it was unsafe, and later I was told different. I still haven’t gone to the park to check it out, but from what I hear, the pool is up and running with great attendance. I am told they are having many free swim days for the community kids, and other events are being planned.

Thanks goes out to all involved. Several individuals, and quite a few businesses are making it possible.

The Friends of Paden City Pool have given the children and adults of Paden City a safe place to cool off, relax and enjoy. Hat’s off to them, and if you can help in any way, I’m sure they can use it and it will be appreciated. The Paden City pool holds a special place in my heart and many others that know the history behind it. And we sure don’t want to lose anyone to the waters of the Ohio river for lack of a swimming pool.

The Tyler Consolidated and Paden City girls volleyball teams showed they will be forces to reckon with in Class A this coming season. Each team took part in the annual Putzulu volleyball tournament at TCHS on Saturday. Both teams played hard against top-notch competition. That’s what it takes to get better. The Wildcats failed to advance out of pool play but had some good moments against, possibly, the toughest bracket in pool play. They had to go up against Marietta, Tyler B, Parkersburg and eventual champion Hedgesville.

The Silver Knights advanced to the championship round after playing aginst Frontier, Parkersburg South, Ritchie County and last year’s state double A winner – Bridgeport. It was a good day of volleyball, and if you got to stick around and watch the championship match between Hedgesville and Bridgeport, you now know what good volleyball looks like.

My great friend Bruce Crawford, who just happens to also be one of the nicest and caring people you could ever meet, had surgery on the tendon in his left upper arm around the muscle. Bruce is always there for the kids and really enjoys taking pictures and writing stories about our local high school teams. He is as honest as the day is old. Many times I have told him we need to go watch a big game that’s coming up, and many times he has responded with something like, “I would like to, but I haven’t gotten any pictures of Hundred, or Paden City, or Valley. He doesn’t discriminate. His work is to cover all the schools the best he can, and he does a great job of it.

I am hoping he is able to come back to work soon, no way can I do all the stuff he does. Together we cover seven schools, and for the most part, Bruce does five and I do two. However, he even helps with one of mine. Believe me, it’s a lot of work, and we can’t get to them all, but thanks to a lot of people who send us pictures and stats, we manage. The stats mean a great deal as that is what most people look at when they are handing out awards or naming All-Star teams.

Paden City’s new volleyball coach Jennifer Yeater is molding the girls into a team. She has some good athletes, but also some new inexperienced kids. Give them a little time; I think they will be quite good. Tyler Consolidated recently hired a new basketball coach, which makes the fourth one in four years. There is a lot of talent coming up for the Knights in 2018 – three great skill players and several others who should give them some depth and make for a very nice hard-to-beat team. Hopefully a repeat to the state tournament will be in the works.

Even though there is so much going on and so much to do right now with the good warm weather, as we head into summer, take time to enjoy yourself. Get with family and friends. Take a ride in the country. Go to a good restaurant; take in a movie, or just relax and lay around the house. Summer’s a great time of the year, so don’t waste it. Pick good friends, and enjoy life. If you can take a vacation, do so. To all the kids: stay cool; stay out of trouble; be a friend to someone – they will always remember it. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com