Summer Sporting Events Looking Good
Paden City, Magnolia, Valley and Hundred High Schools played in multiple sporting events in several different sports, although not all games in this summer pre-season were played in regulation format.
On Thursday, the Lady Wildcats, Hundred Lady Hornets and the Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles basketball teams competed against one another in Hundred’s Hornets Nest. Hundred played the Valley ‘Jills in the first game with a running clock set at 10 minutes, stopping only on time outs and the last two minutes of each quarter. Hundred prevailed in the most quarters.
Next up was Magnolia against the Paden City Lady ‘Cats, with the Lady Eagles getting the best of Paden City in a close contest. Paden City then played two quarters against Valley and two quarters against the host Lady Hornets, with the ‘Jills and Hornets winning the most periods.
The PCHS boys’ basketball team held a shootout the same day the girls’ teams, but no results were known at press time.
The Class AA state runner-up Magnolia Blue Eagle Football Team traveled to Morgantown June 19-20 to play in a 44-team 7-7 football game, placing sixth for a nice start to the three-week period that coaches are allowed to be with their players.
The Eagles played three games Friday, June 19, beating Clay-Battelle and Bridgeport, before falling to Fairmont Senior. On Saturday, June 20, the Eagles won the opener over Oak Hill then lost to Martinsburg by three, before winning three games in a row over Fort Hill, a team from Maryland; Jefferson County, W. Va., High School and a team from Pennsylvania. The Blue Eagles then dropped a second game to Fairmont Senior.
“It was a great experience for our kids against top quality programs, mostly Class AAA schools from all over the country,” said Magnolia Head Coach Mark Batton. “We stayed all night and the guys had a great experience in playing at the colosseum.”