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Where Are You Now? Mike Dawson

Not many high school athletes earn 12 letters in 4 sports. Mike Dawson (Magnolia High School) was that standout athlete, lettering in football (76-78), basketball (76-78), baseball (75-78), and track (77-78). Mike did not only letter in them, he excelled in every sport. The 1978 Blue Eagles ...

“The Press Box” for March 17, 2021

Jogging was really a rage a few years ago, both for the young and the old. It was not unusual to head out for a five mile run and see many others everywhere you went. I jogged in all kinds of weather and dressed in various types of outfits. For me the hotter the weather the better I liked it. A ...

Where Are You Now? Richard Summers

No matter how impressive or record setting a performance is, dig a little deeper and you will always see the record breaker stood on someone else’s shoulders. Most likely they mastered what other talented athletes before them already knew. The record breaker incorporated that knowledge and ...

“The Press Box” for March 10, 2021

Remember the famous opening of Wide World of Sports on ABC in the 60s and 70s? I am sure athletes today have never heard of it, but they can Google it or catch it on YouTube. The show opened with inspiring music showing a race car driver shaking a bottle of champagne surrounded by beautiful ...

Where Are You Now – Dennis ‘Dink’ Blatt

Located in upstate New York, Syracuse University is buried under some pretty deep snow by this time of year. It has earned its reputation as one of the snowiest areas in the country with an average annual snowfall of 124 inches. I can relate to this number. Spending 25 years along the shores ...

“The Press Box” for March 3, 2021

The excitement is about to start. After a year of waiting and inactivity, the high school sports scene is in the spotlight. Boys and Girls basketball kicks off this week with several games on tap. It looks like the big game of the week will be at Magnolia High School where the Blue Eagles Boys ...

Where Are You Now? Ted Talkington

Many great athletes and scholars have walked the halls of Magnolia High School in New Martinsville, WV., and went on to excel in athletics and academics. Enter Ted Talkington, (2004 Graduate), a standout basketball player for Coach Dave Tallman’s Blue Eagles who led the team to a Class AA ...

“The Press Box” for February 24

No playing the snooze game. We all have done it a time or two. It’s the one where you hit the snooze button on your old fashioned alarm clock to get just ten more minutes of coveted sleep. Younger generations won’t get this. Heck, they don’t own alarm clocks, but they can play something ...

Where Are You Now? — Cameron Yoho Brown

I don’t care if you cheer for the Mountaineers or consider yourself a Thundering Herd fan. There isn’t a person alive today that doesn’t get a lump in their throat recalling the catastrophic event that claimed the lives of 75 souls on November 14, 1970. That’s the night a chartered ...

The Press Box for February 17, 2021

It’s been a bumpy start to my journalism career. Just as I was getting my sports reporter feet wet the pandemic hit, and the stories and games especially on the high school level I thought I would be covering evaporated. I along with all sports writers across the county have had to dig ...