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“From My View” For Jan. 27

By Staff | Jan 27, 2016

I was fortunate to be able to witness my first (of what I hope will be many) collegiate men’s basketball games last week when Wheeling Jesuit University and West Liberty locked horns inside the Alma Grace McDonough Center at WJU.

I have seen a couple WVU women’s games, but never a men’s game. Even though it was only a Division II contest, I would love to see a Division I men’s contest, after seeing the speed of the game.

The first half was close; it went back and forth with the No. 1-ranked Division II West Liberty Hilltoppers scoring the final basket of the half to grab a 43-41 lead.

However, Wheeling Jesuit – with Magnolia’s career-scoring leader Mark Winters on it – gave the Hilltoppers all they could handle and more. The Cardinals outscored WLU, 65-40, in the second half to blow out the Hilltoppers, 106-83, in front of a jam-packed crowd.

The atmosphere was awesome, just the way I pictured it would be. It was just like the game I officiated some time ago at Cambridge High School with “The Legend” Bob Montgomery of the OVAC.

The Jesuit “Bird Cage” (student body) was in the zone and gave the Cardinals all the energy they had – and the Cardinals responded in a big way.

When I refereed with Montgomery at Cambridge, the fans were right on top of you. And, as a referee, you just were more focused especially since there were only two of us and thousands of them (fans). You must be at your best or get run out of town afterwards.

The referees did an exceptional job, and I was pleased that you can go to a game and enjoy the play and let the kids be the sixth man out on the floor without any malice at all. So nice.

Wheeling Jesuit was awesome to me, and had a place for me to sit at mid-court with all the other press people. They even had a hospitality room with all the bells and whistles.

I hope I don’t have a game to cover when the rematch takes place in a nationally televised Feb. 27 game at West Liberty University, so I can re-energize myself again.

Well, we finally got the snow. I hope that’s all we get, and it all came at once. I was just glad my wife had the weekend off and didn’t have to travel to OVMC to work.

She baked two loaves of homemade bread, and had an awesome home-cooked meal every day. Of course, I had to shovel and shovel. I tried to stay ahead of it, but after three times, I just waited for it to be over before heading out there again.

My nephew, Ryan Yeager, stayed with us since he had to go to work early in the morning hours. He was there to help shovel – that was icing on the cake. My back hurt. It is awful that we are getting older and can’t do the things we used to do.

Besides eating and shoveling snow, we watched a lot of shows that we had taped that we hadn’t seen yet, and watched a movie on Netflix.

We did get to do some things that we needed to do, like getting prepared for tax time. With all the postponements of games and wrestling matches, there will be quite a few make-ups. Read next week’s Wetzel Chronicle for an updated schedule of games.