The Press Box for October 2
Paden City ran their record to 2-3 on Friday night with a lopsided win over homestanding Hundred high school. The Wildcats under first year coach Zach Heasley used a power running game and accurate passing attack to take down the Hornets 54-0. The Cats are improving with each outing and for the third straight week never had a turnover.
The Silver Knights improved to 2-2 with their second straight win as Coach Ryan Walton’s squad overpowered the Wirt County Tigers 28-14 with a superior running attack and special teams play. Mark Rucker and Gage Huffman both had outstanding games for the second week in a row. The Knights are back on track after dropping the first two on the season and are looking to get four or five more wins to make the playoffs.
The Wildcats volleyball team is shining as they now stand at 19-3 with the OVAC tournament on the horizon. Coach Jennifer Yeater’s team is a legitimate contender for the state tournament for the first tie ever. It won’t be easy however as the section is loaded with squads like reigning state champs Magnolia, Tyler Consolidated who is a regular to the event and a tough Ritchie County squad.
Richard Summers whose teams play the top of the line in volleyball year in and year out are a solid squad despite their record. The Knights have lost to several AAA teams, while also playing the best schools the state has to offer.
The highlight of the weekend for sports in the area was the induction of Paden City’s legendary football, and basketball coach into the Wetzel County Hall of Fame. A large crowd gathered for the event and several speakers brought back to life their memories of Coach and his time spent at Paden City high school. No one I can think of is more deserving of the award. While at Paden City Coach Healey guided the Willdcats to the 1960 state basketball championship over favorite Ansted High School. He also led the Cats to the Championship football game for three straight years in 1968, 1969, and 1970. His team took the title in 1970 with a 20-6 win over Wirt County. This was in the age when only the top two teams in the state made the playoff.
Speakers for the induction were ex-Wildcat, Sryacuse University football player Dennis “Dink” Blatt. Coach Bob Burton a Wildcat Coaching legend himself and Wetzel County Museum hall of famer, plus Healy’s daughter Linda Alexander a longtime teacher and cheerleader coach at PCHS.
I want to give a big shout out to Tyler Consolidated Coachs Joe Griffith (golf), and Richard Summers (Volleyball) for keeping me informed on their teams matches and for coach Summers weekly article the net product. If you have never read it, you need to take time to do so.
Also, a shout out to Paden City football coach Zach Heasley for keeping us up to date on the stats and performance of his team.
He’s off to a great start. Thanks to PC Volleyball Coach Jennifer Yeater for getting the volleyball stats to us after every match.
The Silver Knights football team also does a great job with the stats and we generally have them on the night of the game. Any coaches who wants to send stats, quotes or pictures to us you can do so to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The RegattaFest in New Martinsville provided area residents with some excitement pover the weekend as they hosted the APBA Powerboat Championships. If you are a race fan and missed the event you missed out on some top notch racing . Several of the boats may have been nearing the 100 MPH mark. Just the excitement of the close finishes and the great view from the riverbank made it one of the area’s premier events.