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Lets Talk Sports

By Staff | Nov 5, 2014

With the fall sports season almost winding down and the winter season crawling upon us, I would like to address complaints I get from time to time about “not giving enough coverage to Wetzel County sports.”

First, I cover Hundred, Magnolia, Paden City, Valley and River High Schools. Yes, River High School. And other schools in Ohio, as needed. We have paid subscribers in Clarington, Sardis, New Matamoras, and Woodsfield. And advertisers, also, who help pay our bills.

Folks they are in our “marketing” area. We have an obligation to them to cover their news and sports events. What their children do is important to them. It is also important to us.

But this is not new. Bellaire is not in Wheeling or Ohio County. But the Wheeling newspapers carry stories on Bellaire Big Red and St. John. And for the very same reason we carry stories on River High School.

I do not “stack” my reports, giving preferential page number or position to anybody based on geography. If a team at Paden City High School is on a roll, you can expect to see it on page one of the sports section, with photographs. Neither do I short-sheet a school, just because it is not on a roll.

In short: the teams who are doing the most and are the best at it dictate what my reporting priorities are. When more than one school is on a roll, I’ll ask for more pages in the sports section. Of course, that is not a guarantee that I will get them.

Oh. And by reporting on the Tyler County Speedway and bowling, I try to include sports of interest that are often marginalized in many newspapers.

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In the past, I have commented about my son Jeremy, who went to Magnolia High School and went on to college at Fairmont State. He then went to Glasgow, Scotland, for his master’s degree. He is an actor who has preformed at the Globe Theater in Scotland and on stages in Arizona, Boston, and now Canada.

He will portray Little John in the “Heart of Robin Hood” in Winnipeg at the John Hirch Main Stage from Nov. 12 through Dec. 6. Performances in Toronto begin at the Royal Alexandra Theatre from Dec. 23 through March 1. If you get a chance, check it out on the web and go see a show in Toronto. (It’s only about an eight-hour drive).

Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this re-imaging, Robin Hood and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. However, when the wicked Prince John threatens all, the bold and beautiful Marion steps in to protect the poor and transforms the sluggish Robin from hood to good.

I don’t want to give away all the rest of the story line, but Jeremy performs stunts and tricks from ropes as well as in fighting scenes. As you remember, my son isn’t a tall guy, like the Little John we know. However, he does an exceptional job in transferring Little John in this version of the story line.

I hope anyone that can make their way to Toronto won’t regret it and will go support a hometown guy trying to make it as a professional actor.