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Spending Christmas With The Crawfords

January 18, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

After having Christmas on Dec. 25 with two of my sons, Greg and Chris, and their families, we had another Christmas this past week with my youngest Jeremy and his bride, Janine.

Jeremy and Janine live in Canada; his wife was working, and Jeremy was busy with his auditioning and couldn't make it in for our family Christmas on Christmas.

The first Christmas with Greg, Candace and my lovely three granddaughters, as well as with Chris, Alania and Christian was so special, watching them open their gifts.

To have all four of my grandchildren in one place, at one time, is awesome. To watch them open their gifts, just reminded me of all the Christmases of the past with just my boys.

It's a lot different with the girls, but it was more exciting knowing they really are my grandchildren and having the same mannerisms as my kids was exciting to watch.

Then there was Jeremy and Janine having their first Christmas. Event if it was in January, it was breathtaking too.

After watching them open their gifts, we started to watch home movies I took back when the kids were young.

I have never seen these home movies before (at least I don't think I did), but anyway we watched and watched as Janine wanted to see Jeremy as a little boy growing up.

There were other movies of wrestling, basketball, track and shows that he was in, but we will not go there, as that might take some time.

However, just watching my kids, my sister (Sheila and Dale Estep) and her girls; my mother and step-father (Bartley McCraken); my mother-inlaw (Hazel Blair); and my dad and step-mother (Lois), as well as my sister in-law (Barbie and Jay Yeager) as well as my nephews and nieces, was special.

But, to see the difference from then to the present, I was feeling pretty good in myself and my wife (Lynne), to be able to see the difference in ourselves and our kids.

I love my boys dearly, and to see their materialism - I felt that Lynne and I did a pretty good job in raising them (Knock on wood). From raising them, to see them raising their kids, was just like waking up in the past to Christmas present.

To be able to watch the Christmases of the past and to be able to see things change, some good and some not as good was great. And I recommend for young parents to capture as much as you can, while you can, to watch them years later.

I also got to watch an outstanding Boggs Pizza and Grill Boys and Girls Roundball Classic tournament on two days.

The finals consisted of the Magnolia girls playing county rival Valley in the girls championship; later Saturday night, the Magnolia boys also played Valley in the consolation game of the boys.

The 'Jills were heading into the title game with only one loss, and nine wins. However, the loss was to Magnolia, who has been up and down for the biggest part of the season.

The Eagles lost Autumn Cecil, a senior, in the opener to a knee injury that will cause her to miss the remainder of the season. She will now serve on the sidelines, as a cheerleader and a motivator.

Meanwhile, the 'Jills were on a roll, winning three straight to start the season, and six more in a row, to be ranked in the top 10 in the state. The Lumberjills were ready to make a statement, but the loss of Cecil woke up the Magnolia girls, especially Kyndra Pilant, who looked like a senior out their in a freshman body.

To make a long story short, the Lady Eagles won, with the help of a girl on crutches and a team that needed a spark. It is so sad to see a girl go down, especially my cousin. The loss of her put a heavy load on a very nice freshman ball player.

It's also hard to watch two teams I cover daily playing each other, but I have some of the greatest coaches, players, and fans a sports reporter could have.

The Valley girls are well coached, and I'm positive they will come out of the loss a better team.

It's hard to cover these guys every game, and when they play each other, not feel for them. When they do well, I'm happy, and I'm sad when they lose or don't do as well, but they understand and I'm grateful as can be.

In the boys game, Magnolia had been fighting the flu bug and have not peaked as of yet, while the Lumberjacks lost so much last season, and they have been struggling to put the ball in the basket of late.

It was a game of two halves. Valley was on for most of the game, and when the 'Jacks leading scorer went out because of fouls, the Eagles took advantage and put on a clinic late in the game to force overtime.

Magnolia never led until the first basket in overtime, and they erased a fourth quarter double-digit score to win. They needed it so bad, and I felt good for them. I felt really bad for the Lumberjacks though. These boys played hard and deserved to win, but that doesn't always happen. I wish them all the luck in the world, to come back harder and finish this season with a HIT Championship.

Whoever it is, whether it be in Paden City, Hundred, Valley, Magnolia or River... I'm for them to win and play well.

 
 
 

 

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