The Press Box For Aug. 29
Things didn’t work out too well for Tyler Consolidated and Paden City this past Friday as both football teams dropped their home season opener. I still think both teams, if they stay healthy, will pick up some nice wins. They have some skilled players who can make things happen. If they can get more stops on the defensive side, I believe things will work out fine. Don’t give up men, keep right on fighting!
West Virginia will open up this Saturday, Sept. 1, against Tennessee at Charlotte, NC. Looks like the Mountaineers will be a tough team for all on the schedule.
If all preseason forecasts hold true, WVU could come out with a possible Heisman candidate, a Big 12 Championship and possibly a major bowl game. The Big 12 Conference championship game will be played on Saturday Dec. 1, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Will the Mounties be there?
The Mountaineers’ first home contest will be Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. Stay tuned, as things look good for the Gold and Blue. Two preseason All-American pics and a preseason A.P. Ranking of 17th.
Doesn’t get much better than this.
There will be plenty for Mountaineer fans to cheer about during the month of November. The Myrtle Beach Invitational Basketball Classic will take place at Coastal Carolina University; WVU, right now, looks to be the favorite to win the event. I know there will be lots of requests for vacation time from fans. Everyone likes a Myrtle Beach trip, but it will be extra special with Coach Huggins and the boys down there. $130 buys tickets for the whole tournament. Get them early, as the place only seats about 3,000. It all takes place the week prior to Thanksgiving, Nov. 15,16,-19. The next week the Mountaineer football team will host Big 12 favorite Oklahoma on Friday night. If that doesn’t make your holiday special, nothing will.
Tyler’s Silver Knights open their volleyball season on Saturday in the annual Oak Glen Tournament. The Knights are returning all starters from last year’s team which made it to Charleston. The Oak Glen Tournament offers some tough competition, and the home team has a habit of coming out on top. Let’s hope the Knights can turn the tide and bring home the win.
The Paden City Wildcats’ volleyball team will open their regular season on Sept. 4, at home against Bridgeport.
The Wildcats don’t have a senior on the team; they are a young team but have some good players who will make it tough on most teams on their schedule. Jennifer Yeater has taken over the head coaching job, replacing longtime coach Fred King. Get behind Jennifer and support her as she tries to keep the winning tradition.
I appreciate all the coaches who help get me stats and provide me with information. It’s hard to get around to all the events, especially when there are multiple games happening at the same time. We’re in the time of year when there is something every night, and it’s next to impossible to make all the rounds.
It’s also nice to have people sharing pictures with me. We try to get as many pictures in the paper as possible and to give fair coverage to all the athletes. We’re just not able to get them all, but thanks for helping; if I can help you, please let me know.
Speaking of big events, Paden City’s Bob Burton will be inducted into the Wetzel County Museum Hall of Fame on Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. The event is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Burton has quite the resume as a high school athlete at Magnolia, a college quarterback at West Liberty and successful coach and athletic director at Paden City.
During his time at Paden City, which began in 1963, Burton won two state championships as head basketball coach, including his 1987 team which went 27-0. He was also track coach and had a couple state winners as well. The Wildcats also won the 1970 Class A Football Championship when Burton was an assistant under Coach Hen Healy.
This will be a special night for all Paden City and New Martinsville fans, so mark your calendars and make your plans to usher Coach Burton into the Wetzel County Hall of Fame. He’s a well deserving choice. Burton also is a member of the OVAC Hall of Fame.
Burton was not just a great coach for Paden City, he was also a great example for his athletes to follow. He is still that type of person. Kind, considerate, compassionate and a good Christian man. We could use more men like him in the world today.
I want to give a shout out to Robert Henry of Paden City for his loyal support of Paden City athletics. Robert doesn’t make it to many games but rest assured, he’s on top of what’s happening, and win, lose or draw – he’s always positive and encouraging. A true Wildcat fan is Robert Henry. Even though the Wildcats were losing big on Friday night, Robert was jumping with joy when they scored. He never gives up until the final bell. Good job Robert.