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The Press Box for November 27

By Staff | Nov 27, 2019

Attending high school sporting events in Charleston and watching the excitement on the faces of athletes who perservered throughout the season is great. For the athlete it has to be the ultimate experience of their high school career.

For Paden City it had been 32 years since they represented their school on the civic center floor, and they performed very well winning two matches to eventually fall in the finals.

Three local girls made all-state volleyball with Hope Weber and Mallory Yeater of Paden City grabbing first place spots while the Silver Knights Regan Smith landed on the second unit. All three girls are juniors. The Knights Caleigh Phillips and Paden City’s Cora Anderson both were awarded honorable mentioned.

I enjoy writing about our local athletes, but I am considering concentrating more on editorials because they seem to draw more attention. Its (I mean it’s) more fun when you write about politics. The reviews sure come in quicker and with more regularity, (ok, I know that means basically the same thing) but it sounds good. The problem is I’m not exactly sure what they are talking about. I showed a couple of my letters of concern to a young high school kid who read them with an open mind and replied “how come both sides are upset.”

See, that is what is nice about sports, you don’t have to worry about getting confused. It’s either right or wrong. With politics you can confuse people easily by just stating an opinion on what is happening. It’s one of those things where you are going to step on someones shoes no matter what, and they will let you know about it.

There is a very fine line which is easy to cross, and when that happens it all explodes. You get slammed for not knowing what you’re talking about and your opinion gets picked apart to fit someone elses agenda. Talk about fair and balanced, that’s an impossibility when your talking politics today. Most people will read a few lines and make a conclusion before ever reading the entire story.

For example, I received several emails and a few fax letters which I couldn’t respond to. They were diverse in many ways. One was complaining I was biased and picking on democrats while another was bashing me for being a Trump hater, (which I am neither of) while still another went to work on my puntuation and grammer. Anyway it was great to see all the response both positive and negative.

My hope for the readers is to figure out what I’m talking about, because most of the time I just make it up as I go along. It’s kind of like when you go to bed at night at all the great stuff comes into your head and then you forget it! That is (I have to refrain from the it’s or that’s as much as possible ) why I like writing off the top of my head. That means whatever pops up. Sometimes it comes out like I might be at the local pub having a drink, but rest assured I do not drink and as far as I know there aren’t any local pubs.

One thing I do like, is seeing parents and volunteers working with the youth in the grasshopper leagues. That’s where it all starts. Kids actually decide at a young age whether they want to continue playing ball. Give them good solid instructions and make it fun for them and more kids will continue than will quit.

Tyler County youth leagues seem to be really busy with games going on nearly every night at the Stealy Greene Center. Paden City youth can be found about any night of the week at the old Middle School gym. Everyone involved with youth sports should be commended for volunteering their time to help make sports fun for the young kids. It’s not the easiest job, so if you can help in any way get involved it rewarding. Also if you can referree, I am sure they would appreciate your help.

I am highly disappointed that several kids I thought would standout in high school basketball this season, decided not to play. I don’t understand it. you have a once in a lifetime chance to etch your name into the school stat books and don’t take advantage of it. Oh well, if you don’t want to play they probably are better off without you anyway.

Next week will be the official start of High School sports here in Tyler County. Paden City girls basketball begins with the Cats at home on Tuesday, against Hundred and Thursday against Valley. They have eight games scheduled leading up to the Christmas break. The PC Middle School play at home on Wednesday, December 4 against Shortline.

Tyler Consolidated girls open up at home next Friday Dec. 6, when they entertain South Harrison. The TCMS boys open up December 5, at home against Wirt County while the TCMS girls travel to River to open their season on Tuesday, December 3. Parsons can be reached at: eparsons@tylerstarnews.com