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Change Is Happening All Around

By Staff | Jul 5, 2017

By the time you read this column, I will be back for my 16th full season as your sports writer for the Wetzel Chronicle. I worked 27 years in the coal mine before taking this job. What was I thinking? From a coal miner to a sports writer – that is certainly a change. Writing stories and digging coal is as far off as you can get, but I’ve changed as well.

I started out with a regular film camera to a Nikon and Canon digital camera. That is a change. The way the paper comes together is different. We have different software to input text. Our pages are laid out differently.

For the most part, I have changed a great deal from the way I cover and write my games, to how I take pictures. Even with spell checker, I sometimes misspell some names, but not as frequently.

I have gone from only a few coaches sending me stats, to only a few that didn’t. That’s a change I needed to happen, to be able to cover the schools that I do.

The change of getting older, you see the difference daily – not only in the way you look. You get up in the morning to go to work, and things that didn’t hurt, now do. This isn’t the case just for me though. Some just don’t admit it.

I can see all the changes in my world that I like.

River High School is getting new turf on its football field, and the Wetzel County Board of Education purchased Hundred’s football field so it can make repairs and the field can have what all the other schools have, a field they can be proud of. That’s all good change!

The New Martinsville Parks and Recreation has changed, for the good. It has more on its plate than years past, and that’s good for the town.

From a facelift at Lewis-Wetzel’s pool, to changes at Brooklyn Park and Bruce Park – they are getting bigger and better. Don’t blink, because it will still keep getting better.

The tennis courts received a facelift, and there is new playground equipment, and of course, a new putt-putt course. There are boat ramps and ball fields in the Hydro park area.

Another change is that Tyler Consolidated has left the OVAC and is now in the LKC. That is change for the Silver Knights, and I will leave it at that. I have my opinion, but it is only mine. They are making a change that is best for Tyler Consolidated, and that is the only thing that matters.

There are changes in the county coaching ranks. At Paden City, Fred King – the long time AD and boys’ basketball coach – has retired and David Riggle will be taking his place as the new athletics director, while Jeff Hohn will take over as boys’ head basketball coach. There are others, but they haven’t been confirmed yet.

Change happens in the coaching world all the time. We just have to go with the flow, and hope that they will do a great job.?

To finish this column, what never changes is getting your physical before the fall seasons start if you are going to participate in middle and high school sports. Get it done, and if you don’t and wait until the season starts, I guess you will find out the hard way when your butt gets sore on the bench or running extra laps. Who knows, the coaches might change and let you slide. Sorry it’s not going to happen, it’s the law!

I will have loads to tell you when I get back from vacation, because I’m leaving with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Mr. Claus will tell me who was naughty and who was nice.

More on that in a future column!