It's almost time for the beginning of the 2014-15 sports season here in the Ohio Valley. Things will be starting late this month with the Rudy Mumley OVAC Football West Virginia vs Ohio All-Star Game to kick things off July 28 at 7:15 p.m. at Wheeling Island.
It's not known yet what area graduated players, cheerleaders, and band members will be performing.
However, road races are going on.
First, in Reader, a 5K wet walk will start things off on July 12 beginning at 9 a.m. with registration. The walk will get underway at the Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Proceeds will help to pay for chemotherapy for Davie Sivert. who has been diagnosed with colon cancer.
In the second half of the 5K walk, there will be stations where people with squirt guns and water balloons will cool off the participants. Sivert was a member of the OVAC All-Star game a few years back and it would be nice to see all his fellow "jocks" out to support a great cause.
The other road race is the annual Jim Quinet Memorial Scholarship 5K race on July 27 - the morning of the OVAC football game. That race will start in downtown New Martinsville in front of Quinet's Court Restaurant with registration at 7 a.m. and the race at 8:30 a.m.
It was nice to see John Yevuta coming through with a couple sports celebrities reading the Wetzel Chronicle sports pages! I challenge my readers to come up with another sports figure reading the sport pages, too.
Lynne and I are going on our very first cruise soon and can chalk another one off our Bucket List. Many of my friends have told me it is one of their best vacations and it should be one of ours too. We will see. I hope so. Please keep us in your prayers.
With the high school football, golf, cross country, volleyball, and the boys' and girls' soccer season getting started in August, I will be as busy as ever trying to get all their schedules and previews done. However, I will also need to get the middle school football and volleyball schedules to put together a nice schedule booklet to go along with the high school sports so our readers will know when and where there is a game.
While trying to find sporting events to write about, I'm bringing in my oldest granddaughter, Tianna Crawford, to help me get my juices flowing again and to help me get prepared for what awaits me in the next few weeks.
Tianna has visited our home for the last several years and has helped me get focused. I don't know how she does it, but I'm sure glad she has. Being my oldest grandchild, she has a special place in my heart and words can't explain how that affects me in preparing to get started with fall sports programs.
We started the Friday Night Lights last season during the football season and will use it once more this season, expanding it to the other sports, as well. If anyone has any sport pictures they want to see in the paper, please fell free to send it to the paper.
It doesn't always have to be an action picture of the game. It can be the fans watching the games, referees and umpires doing their thing, or someone behind the scenes popping the popcorn, lining the fields, announcing the games, keeping the stats, watering down the players, or selling those 50/50 raffles or taking your tickets. Whatever it might be, I want to add it to the Friday Night Lights section. You can send it to me at Bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com.