Sims’ Departure Leaves Many Asking ‘Why?’
The resignation of Josh Sims at Magnolia High School has plenty of Blue Eagle faithfuls wondering, “Why?” This comes after the Blue Eagles went undefeated during the regular season – taking out all the big dogs in the play-offs, including a 62-0 victory in the state championship to #2 East Hardy.
It has been reported that Sims wants to be near family and has accepted a teaching job at University High School in Morgantown.
As a sports reporter, I can say that Sims was very helpful in getting, to me, whatever I needed to write a good story. He called me every weekend to get me defensive stats.
Magnolia will regroup and hire a new guy to lead the Eagles once more. The bad thing is that the team only has a few weeks before the coaches have to get with the team to start getting prepared. Not having a head coach right before the season starts, as well as the defensive coordinator, doesn’t give the young Eagles a lot of time to get prepared to defend their WVSSAC Class A crown.
Magnolia lost 12 seniors to graduation and is returning only a handful of kids with a lot of playing time. Not having a couple key coaches back – John Smith and Moke Riggs – as well as Sims to get the party started, looks to be a thorn on whoever gets the job.
However, the Eagles do have returning coaches Dave Chapman, Travis Emch, and Kent Pilant, as well as quarterback Nick Priem, runningback Chase Street, lineman Miles Hostetler, and wide receivers Brooks Parsons and Peau Halahingano to rebuild around. The Blue Eagles do have some promising underclassmen, as well as a few guys that saw some varsity action on the field as well.
I personally don’t have any problems about Sims leaving and following his dreams, and being closer to his family. The timing is bad, but Magnolia will come together as a family and do whats best for the school and its team.
Coaches Riggs and Smith made it known for awhile that they were not coming back, and have still been their along with some past coaches to help get the players ready for whomever takes over the Head Coaching duties.
After a two-year absence from varsity football, Hundred High School is back and ready to get back to unfinished business – building a quality team that folks in Hundred to be proud of.
After the first year of not having football, the interest started to increase and the Hornets were able to have a team last year, playing only junior varsity teams.
Hundred did win their first football game in five years against Lincoln on Oct. 19, a 41-0 shutout. The win spearheaded a drive to help get more kids out to keep football alive and well in Hundred.
It must have worked, as over 30 kids have showed interest in playing football this season. Close to 40 have participated in weight-lifting over the summer, and 30 have participated in the three-week period that coaches can work with the kids.
They participated in seven-on-seven passing football show-cases throughout the area, as well as some linemen challenges that they did very well in, including one over at River where they won quite a few challenges against some top-notch high school squads.
Hundred Head Coach Greg Hostutler is excited about the turnout so far and welcomes anyone to come out and help him and his assistant coaches put Hundred back on track.
With football just a short couple weeks away, this means that volleyball, cross country, golf, and soccer are also on the horizon. Remember that anyone in middle school and high school, that will be participating in sports, will need to get a physical ASAP. Don’t be the one that goes to the first practice and says, “I don’t have a physical.”
Believe me, it irritates the coaches something awful. Get it done. You have three weeks to get it done. Parents – don’t get on the coach’s bad side right from the start. Get it done.