The Press Box for September 18
- Coming up soon is one of the biggest events of the year if you like racing. The New Martinsville Regatta will kickoff on the weekend of September 28-29 in downtown New Martinsville. This years evet will feature activities for all age groups, including a coloring contest for kids, inflatables, and an appearance from the Sheriff’s Depatments canine officer.
Something new will be happening this year as Kayak and Paddleboard racing competition will take place. The Regatta committee in cooperation with EcoVapurz and Mountainside Outfitters have joined forces to add this initial event which is scheduled for Sunday September 29. The point to point casual competition is participant friendly and open to everyone at least 18 years old. There will be three age divisions: 18 – 35, 36 to 49, and 50 and up. The entry fee is $15 per person and each entry receives a VIP band for Sunday afternoon hospitality on the RegattaFest grounds.
Registration will be held at the marina in downtown New Martinsville (plenty of parking) between 9 and 10 a.m., with the first boats launched by 10:15 a.m. The course, an approximate 20 minute run, starts from the launch ramp at the marina, runs to the mouth of the creek, then turns right hand up the Ohio River around a course/turn buoy above the city docks then back down to the checkered flag finish at the takeoff point on the RegattaFest grounds. This is a times race, and the top three finishers in each age group will race a trophy-dash sprint on a triangular course on the Ohio River for te trophy (one in each age division) and, of course bragging rights.
This years racing promises to be extra exciting as the APBA sanctioned North American Championships will take place. It will feature powerboat racing at one of its highest levels. There will be something for everyone to enjoy including good music, the kids zone, casual games, exhibits, vendors and great food. It all happens in downtown New Martinsville, at Fireman’s Park on the banks of the Ohio River. Since the beginning in 1938, New Martinsville has been a well-known powerboat mecca for this part of the country. Come out and support one of the greatest and most exciting events in racing you’ll find anywhere in the world.
- Three of our local girls are making quike the name for themselves in area volleyball this season. Regan Smith has been a steady player for the Silver Knights since her freshman season. This year (junior) she has taken it to another level an has developed into an all-around player who can play the net, back row and serve with the besat of them. In a recent game against St. Marys she served up a school record 43 points which included 8-Aces as the Knights defeated the Blue Devils in three straight sets.
Paden City has a nice veteran club who as of this writing is 6-0. They have two of the premier players in class A with junior Hope Weber a strong talented front row hitter and net player.
Weber was the OVAC Class A player of the year as a freshman and had an outstanding season as a sophomore as the team captured their second straight OVAC title. Along with Weber is her junior teammate Mallory Yeater a three year starter who is having a breakout season and in a match against Beallsville passed the 1,000 assist mark. As a setter she has great location and gets the ball where it needs to be. She is also an all-around player who serves very well and strong. Last week she served up 20 straight points with 8-Aces in a match with Hundred. Look for these two juniors to lead the Cat’s to there third OVAC title.
- Speaking of Sports, it’s sad to hear about a loss to one of Tyler Consolidated’s students. As always it’s a tragedy to have to deal with the loss of a loved one and words can never replace what has been taken away. However from what I have heard this 16 year old young man loved to hunt and fish and that is just as much of a sport as any athletic team one can belong to. I pray for everyone affected by this tragic event. God Bless and have mercy on his loved ones.
- While many around the state were celebrating their wins this week in football some very sad news came out of Roane County, where a senior wide receiver on the team collasped during the game and later passed away after being taken to a hospital. It is always sad when any athlete suffers and injury, but it’s extremely sad and difficult for classmates, teammates, friends and especially family when a tragedy of this nature happens. Please keep the family and friends in your prayers. Pray also for the rest of the season, that all athletes will be safe and injury free.
- Paden City came very close to getting their first win under Coach Heasley, as they led Van high school for most of the game only to fall in the final seconds. Hang in there, Cats this might be your week. Play hard and fast, and as Coach Bill Stewart said stay within the legal limits of the game. While they make no excuses, I’ve been told there were some very questionable calls that went against the Wildcats which made the difference in the ball game.
- West Virginia got rolling on Saturday and improved to 2-1 on the young season with a 44-27 thumping of North Carolina State. The Mountaineers found their lost running game on Saturday as they racked up 173 yards on 28 carries while scoring three touchdowns. Austin Kendall fired three T.D. strikes and ended with 272 yards on 27-40 attempts and one interception. State had won it’s first two games by a total of 75-6, but WVU was just to much with nearly 56,000 people rooting them on. Saturday the Mountaineers open Big 12 play on the road against Kansas. Look for another win for the visiting Mountaineers.
- Longtime Sistersville Resident, retired Tyler County Educator, Coach and former athlete Jimmy Willison passed away last week at the age of 70. I remember playing basketball against him and with him, he was a tough competitor. Jimmy loved sports, mostly his long fishing trips to Canada. He would often stop in to the Tyler Star News and talk about them. In the past few years he took up golf more seriously and enjoyed spending time at Sistersville Country club. He was a verey skilled individual who could to most anything he put his mind to. He was a hard worker and spent much of his summer time away from school doing roofing jobs for people in the area. We will miss seeing him around town. God bless his family.
- The Silver Knights play football at home this week against Calhoun County. I see them getting their first win of the season 35-14. Paden City will entertain Bridgeport, Ohio and I am picking the Wildcats over the Bulldogs 21-20 for Coach Heasley and his clubs first win. firstname.lastname@example.org.