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Senior Athletes Season Cut Short

By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer | Oct 14, 2020

It’s been a good while since my last column, and wanted to catch up a little before getting with the program. When the coronavirus took out our sports early 2020 I didn’t quite know what was going to happen.

I felt miserable for all the 2020 seniors, especially the spring sports senior athletes that didn’t even get to play. The Hundred Hornets baseball team was a team that looked like they were going to compete with other Class-A teams in the state.

Not only them, but the Magnolia boys and girls track teams were both ready to do what they do the best and that is compete at the highest level. I also felt for the Magnolia boys basketball team, who I felt had a chance to win another state championship. It was going to be an up-hill battle, but those boys after losing their top two players were awesome to watch, and were on a mission.

But, it was not to be. The world was all at risk and most of the country was put on hold, that is when I didn’t work for a long while because the paper wasn’t going to have any sports because of the shut-down. I came back to help get our football preview out because there was still hope that sports just might get started and for the most it has.

While covering the games and matches, I can tell you everyone is doing their best by wearing their masks and having many different ways in handling the corona-virus. My hats off to the Wetzel County schools for all they are doing.

What was bad, is there are many people that love high school sports and don’t get to watch. But, the schools are trying their best to someway make it possible to see it through many different ways.

The Ohio schools went to a different format to play their high school games, and all that wanted would make the football playoffs after their sixth game. There were games lost because of this, but they did what they could to be fair to all, and they have.

I covered 4 football games, Hundred twice, River, Valley and Magnolia once, while catching two volleyball matches, one with Valley and one with River when they played the Eagles.

I got to cover a Magnolia Boys soccer match and haven’t got to take in anymore sporting events. The reason I’m saying all of this, is that I have told all high school teams that since I’m only working part time, they would need to send in stats to the paper. Only the River Girls volleyball and Valley football coaches have religiously sent them in.

I don’t know if we will get the fall season in or not, but we all must do what we can, while we can.

Lastly, I challenge the high school athletic directors and coaches to send in your stats in a prompt way. Because this could be a good way to give our loyal fans an opportunity to read and see photographs of what has been happening around our area.

(You can reach this sports writer at bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com.)