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By Staff | Sep 19, 2018

Well, there sure has been a lot of action around the area this past couple weeks. West Virginia and North Carolina State had to cancel their football game due to Hurricane Florence. Magnolia had to move its annual Mud Run cross country meet, scheduled at home on Saturday, to River after hard rains flooded the Eagles’ course.

Paden City had a very nice event at the high school on Wednesday, Sept. 12, prior to the school’s volleyball match with Beallsville. The Paden City American Legion Post #86, Women’s Auxiliary sponsored the event, in honor of Patriot Day. The event began at 5:30 p.m. in Bob Burton Gymnasium and featured the PCHS Band playing the National Anthem. The volleyball team wished to honor and recognize veterans and first responders, admitted free to the event.

To top off the night, the Lady Wildcats took the match in three straight sets.

Unfortunately, the Wildcat football team has fallen on hard times lately as the injury bug has just about depleted the team. The team was down to 13 players for the game with Bridgeport, Ohio, on Saturday.

Tyler Consolidated got its first football win of the season as the Knights pounced all over Calhoun County on Friday, at Mt. Zion, by the score of 47-6 – which could easily have been double that. The Knights are 1-2, but with a little luck, and less turnovers and penalties, could be 3-0. I look for them to win five of the next seven games. They just might make the playoffs!

The Silver Knights’ volleyball team is improving with each outing; they are a well-oiled machine. They possess hard hitting, good hit placement, and great serving. Their skill at digging is as good as I’ve seen, and their passing and setting cannot go unnoticed. With 8-9 girls who can play and six seniors with four years experience, they play great as a team, and that’s how you win. I look for them to be on top of their game as the season progresses. They played well against an extremely good Warren team and took them to the fifth set before falling in a close one.

The Wildcat girls are another team that can’t be taken lightly; they are young but are learning quick. They play well together and hit the ball hard. Keep your eye on them as the OVAC tournament is right around the corner. They have a good shot at making the finals and hopefully bringing home the conference championship in Class A.

The Silver Knights’ boys and girls soccer teams are struggling but are still exciting to watch. It just so happened I got to watch a couple weeks ago as the boys won 6-2 over rival Magnolia. The girls also managed a tie with Magnolia. The boys got a tie with Ravenswood last week. Both teams are working hard to improve, but the boys team is short on players, while the Lady Knights are still learning the game.

Don’t miss a cross country meet if you can help it. You have the chance to see one of the area’s finest distant runners in Knights sophomore Spencer Corley, so don’t pass it up.

I’m still having a hard time getting over the small crowds at Paden City’s sporting events. Paden City has always been a community you could count on to back its athletes and fill the stands. Even the other night, when the Wildcats had the special night for veterans and first responders, the crowd was very small. The Wildcats put on a show most schools would be proud of. Why the small crowds? One of my friends from the Intelligencer, sports writer Cody Tomer, drove down to cover Paden City volleyball the other night. He wasn’t sure they were playing; he found a parking spot with no trouble.

There have been several volleyball matches, soccer matches, cross country meets and football games, and the weather here has been great. The adults always complain about the kids staying at home and not wanting to go outside, but the kids may be getting it from the adults. It’s been that way at all the events I’ve been to, not just Paden City. Someone said there were more at the bar watching Pittsburgh and Cleveland than at the high school games.

Oh well. Times, they are a changin.’ I don’t understand it; the Wildcats have one of the best high school bands I’ve heard in a long time. The performance of the National Anthem the other night was bone chilling. Why would only about 45 people come to an event where a great volleyball team was playing and veterans and first responders were being honored in remembrance of 9-11. It’s enough to turn my stomach. For those of you who support your teams, thanks for standing by the kids.

I used to enjoy writing about all the parents and fans who screamed and hollered at the officials. I talked about those who were bad sports and how they were hurting the kids with their actions. Well, maybe I made a mistake; you don’t have to worry about it now. No one shows up.

One event that is coming up in a couple months is nearly sold out. The WVU Men’s Basketball Team will be playing in the Myrtle Beach Classic. It is an ESPN sponsored event, and tickets for the entire tournament are only $130 each. I know a lot of WVU fans have already purchased them. The tournament will be held at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. It only seats about 3,000. So, with several teams playing, it might be tough to get in. Get your tickets now. See ya there! The tournament will be held Nov.14-18. The Mountaineer Basketball team will not play that Saturday. They know that’s party night for WVU fans. If Huggins and team makes the finals they will play Sunday night. Makes for a good late fall vacation one way or another. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com