2010 In Review
With the calendar year 2010 now in the books, we must now look forward to 2011. It will be real hard to forget this year in local area sports. It was a banner year for Magnolia High School, ending with the school’s second state football championship.
Many awards tilted the Magnolia Blue Eagles’ way, like Justin Fox winning the Kennedy Award as the best West Virginia gridder. Stephen Rogalski was named Sophomore of the Year, while coaches Mark Batton and Bob Ripley received Coach of the Year and Defensive Coordinator of the Year, respectively.
This year’s team was the first to win 14 games in a season at Magnolia, and go out undefeated. Their team scored more points than any team ever at Magnolia and just missed out for the most shutouts in a season. The Blue Eagles also won the OVAC Class-AAA Title for the second consecutive year, Wow, was it ever a banner year for them in football!
However, the Eagle Nation wasn’t done. Their baseball, softball and boys’ basketball teams won sectional crowns, while the boys’ basketball team won the regional crown. In March 2010, the cheerleading squad finished as regional runner-up and in December, they took the regional crown. In addition, they finished as the runner-up in the OVAC Class-AAA.
The boys’ track team won the OVAC Class-AAA title and the boys’ basketball team made it back to state, beating Ravenswood to win the Region I championship. The Blue Eagle Boys’ Track Team won championships in the OVAC Class-AAA, the Wetzel-Tyler Track League and the Ritchie County Invitational meets, while finishing second in the regional by one point. The boys’ 2×200 meter relay team and the girls’ shuttle team won gold at the state track meet. The lone individual winner was Alli Childers who tied the school record, while winning the gold in the State Track Meet in the high jump.
In cross country, Billy Feeney and Alec Hinerman finished one and two, respectively, in the Region I Championship, while the MHS boys’ team placed second in the OVAC.
Also, Magnolia’s Jared Blatt, Malakai Anderson from Paden City and Jordyn Gorby from Hundred each tallied 1,000 points in their career in basketball for their respective teams.
In Paden City, the Girls’ Shuttle Team broke the school record, but finished second to Williamstown in the state track meet, as the Yellowjackets also broke their school record. The PCHS girls’ track team also won the Mason-Dixon Conference for the second straight season.
The PC volleyball squad won the championship in the Mason-Dixon Conference and finished runner-up in the OVAC Class-A regular season and tournament.
Trey Slider, a Paden City youth, won the OVAC foul shooting contest twice in 2010.
The Valley boys’ track team won the Mason-Dixon Conference Title for the second straight year.
Josh Bartrug from River High School won the 103 pound weight division in the OVAC Wrestling Championships and the Pilots Golf Team captured the OVAC?Class-AA title. The West Virginia All-Stars beat Ohio in the OVAC All-Star game to break a five game losing streak. The Diamond Queens, coached by New Martinsville’s Roy Arman, won the girls’ 18 and under ISA State Fastpitch Championship, marking Arman’s 28th state title won as the head coach.
The Wetzel County Hospital softball team came back from the losers bracket to win the annual Wetzel Chronicle Relay For Life Slowpitch Championship.
Everyone could use a second chance like my friend, Roger Kimble, who, in 2010, had a heart attack after a basketball game. But, the quick action by some good people at River High School saved his life.
We all can have a second chance to make the year 2011 the very best ever. We can’t all win state titles, but we can all practice hard and do the best than we can.
Some of the new year’s wishes I would like to see is for every coach to believe in his or her players and treat them as they would want to be treated. And, for MHS Coach Mark Batton — as well as all other head coaches in the area — another Blue Chipper like Justin Fox to lead your team to a state title. Good luck in 2011 and I hope you all had a Happy New Year!