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The Press Box for June 26

By Staff | Jun 26, 2019

I have had quite a time the past 10 days. I won’t get into it in detail, but I will say God is Great “all the time.” The local swimming pools have been fighting the weather, making it difficult to stay open or have a schedule. Seems like it’s just day by day. Hopefully the weather will change soon, and the kids can get some swimming in before it’s time to go back to school activities.

If you’re looking for things to do this summer, Paden City has good free entertainment in the park every Thursday night from 7-9 weather permitting. There have been ball games at all the area little league fields since before school was out. Summer Basketball league games are going on at Sistersville park a few nights a week. The New Martinsville Vintage Hydroplane Regatta with boats traveling over 100 miles per hour was held on the weekend of June 15 and was a success. A couple local guys performed pretty well for the crowd. Dave Bridgeman and Mitch Herrick both had their boats flying up and down the river.

TCHS held its annual Linda Putzulu volleyball tournament recently with 12 teams taking place. Two local squads – the Silver Knights and Paden City’s Wildcats – gave us a preview of what’s to come later in the year. Paden City has everyone back from last season and should be a pretty good Class A team. They were a couple players short, but still performed well. The Silver Knights are rebuilding after losing six seniors to graduation, but by mid-season they could be a tough matchup in Class A. Class AAA Hedgesville won the tournament for the second straight year.

Little League Baseball had some good games this season. Seemed like there were games nearly every night and on weekends. Congratulations to all the kids and coaches who took part. Little League Baseball helps kids decide if they have the skill to continue playing once they move through high school. I still remember playing little league in Paden City; I was on the Braves, coached by Bud Raper and Bill Hissom. There were four teams in town: the Braves, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Athletics. We didn’t go out of town to play; we stayed in town in our own league.

We (the braves) were in the championship game at the end of the year. We played in the south/west corner of the football field. With one out, I got on base by walk. We were down one run in the last inning. The next batter up had not had a hit all season and it looked bad for us. Coach hollered loud “come on hit the ball.” I was on first and the batter hit the ball over the center fielders head. I took off, but on my way to third I was passed by the batter as he was running the wrong way. We were both called out on what should have been a home run and the game winner. There are good memories of youth days in Paden City. I’m sure most of the towns were much the same.

Making my way around to the schools, I see there is a lot of interest in the weight rooms this year. Summer time is a great time to get fit. That’s one of the great things about high school sports.

Kids who put in extra time and work hard can make a difference from one season to the next.

You might want to take in the Back Home Appalachian Music Festival this weekend in New Martinsville. It’s become a big event and will draw thousands of visitors to downtown as some of the best blue grass in the country can be heard free of charge. Big names are coming this year including one of the countries hottest acts Emi Sunshine. If you haven’t seen her, don’t miss the opportunity. I was in Pigeon Forge about six years ago when she was first getting started and she was playing on the street with her father and uncle. I could tell she was a natural, I was amazed at how good she was for a seven or eight year old. She has been on the Grand Old Opry since then and made numerous appearances on national T.V. She’s not only a good musician but a great entertainer as well. Her music is a mix of old time gospel, with some blue grass, blues, and old time country mixed in. Nineteen bands and performers will be entertaining, and a huge fireworks display will also take place.

Paden City and Tyler Consolidated football teams have both played in 7-7 football scrimmages with both teams looking pretty good. The Wildcats under first year coach Zach Heasley has around 24 kids working out, they have good size and some speed. They might surprise some people this year. Let’s hope so. Tyler Consolidated has around 24 also with good skill players, speed, and some size. They’re going to win some games. The Basketball teams for girls and boys have also been busy. I look for both schools to have a decent year.

The official start of the season is only about a month away. The OVAC football All-Star game will take place in late July, and from there it’s downhill to the first high school kickoff. We will be doing our pre-season football tab in the next few weeks, so get ready Football 2019 is on its way. Here come the Mountaineers. New Coach Neil Brown starts a new era in Morgantown and it looks like the fan base is fired up. Should be some great times at Milan Stadium this season. Hope to see you there.

I saw two boys down by the Hannibal Locks and Dam fishing the other day and ask them if they were doing any good. They looked to be around 10 or 12 years and answered back no; the water is to muddy they said. I told them to keep trying because I heard Long John Silvers was paying pretty good for fresh catfish. The red headed one looked up at me and said we threw five back in the other day!

If you are an alumni of Paden City, don’t forget the golf tournament, basketball game, volleyball game, and softball game will all be played on Saturday. The Fire Hall will also have the All-You-Can eat breakfast Saturday Morning from 8-12. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com or editor@wetzelchronicle.com