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From My View For Oct. 5

By Staff | Oct 5, 2016

The high school football season is halfway over, while golf, cross country, and soccer are winding down. Volleyball is also nearing its halfway point of the season.

The Blue Eagle golf team placed a freshman and a senior in the state tournament, while the Pilots send Issac Curtis and Ridge

Thompson to the districts, as well as Sierra Knowlton for the RHS girls. The MHS boys’ soccer team participated in the all-class OVAC soccer tournament, and finished fourth.

In addition, the Lady Eagles, Wildcats and Pilots have won a good portion of their volleyball matches and look to do well in the Mason-Dixon and OVAC as well as the sectionals, regional and hopefully state.

It looks like the River Pilots will be the only area team that may make the football playoffs, but don’t forget the season isn’t over until its over; play to the final whistle until the season is officially over.

Just because you didn’t win a large amount of your regular season matches, it doesn’t mean your not going to do well in the sectionals and regionals.

It has been a rewarding season for some and not so well for others, but I can say this: almost all our area teams that haven’t won a big portion of their games compete as hard as they can each and every game.

For the biggest part of the season, attendance at the games is about the same for most of the area sporting events. Cross country, volleyball and boys soccer has increased attendance all over the valley as well as football across the river in larger numbers than usual.

College and professional basketball have started, and it won’t be long that we will have hoops and wrestling matches to watch.

I wish new Magnolia head wrestling coach Eric McKeever the best as Dr. Vince Monseau (retired) and Danny Doyle (went to Brooke) have left the program. McKeever will do just great. He has learned a lot from Coach Monseau, and I know he will be just what the doctor had ordered for the Blue Eagle Nation keep on winning matches and championships.

Good luck this week to both Peyton Moore and Trey Blain in the state golf tournament, as well as Issac Curtis and Ridge Thompson as well as Sierra Knolwton for the RHS girls’ in the Ohio District tournaments.

I also would like to congratulate MHS Head Coach Dave “Doc” Chapman in getting his first head coaching win against Monroe Central Friday night against the Seminoles. Coach Chapman has went through a little turmoil with the loss of 14 seniors to graduation after going undefeated and winning the state championship.

His coaching staff never gave up on these kids, and they too have grown up in a hurry as most of the players didn’t see much playing time, if any last, season and have done their very best, always.

With basketball and wrestling seasons just weeks from starting, the participants that aren’t playing in fall sports must have their physicals and sports packets filled out and have ready to give the coaches before they will be allowed to practice. And I can assure you that if your son or daughter comes to practice, and doesn’t have their physical, it will make their chances harder to be able to make the team as well as earning a starting position.