From My View For May 30
The 2018 spring sports season is completed, and with that, the 2017-2018 high school sports season. Now we have to wait a few months, so we can do it all over again.
There were plenty of good sports accomplishments during the 2017-2018 season, and I would like to acknowledge a few in this week’s sports column.
It begins, of course, in August when every football team started out in quest of a winning record and a state title. It was the River Pilots football team which took most of the spotlight. The Pilots also got a face lift with a brand-new turf field, and the team went on to end with a perfect 10-0 season.
The Pilots had the best overall area athlete in Lukas Isaly, who led the Pilots to a perfect regular season.
Magnolia started out on fire, and ended on fire. In between, the Blue Eagles took their lumps and fell short in a quest to make it to the playoffs.
The Hundred Hornets’ season started with a washed-out field, due to severe flooding in July. The Hornets had to play all their games at Clay-Battelle.
The Lumberjacks were on fire to start the season and just missed the play-offs.
Meanwhile, the Paden City Wildcats’ volleyball team won the OVAC and Mason-Dixon crown, while having the OVAC Player and Coach of the Year in Hope Weber and Fred King.
The Blue Eagles volleyball team also had a very good season, but lost their bid in making it back to states. Also, the Magnolia golf team had another nice season, with sophomore Trey Blain making it back to the states for the second straight season.
In the Winter season, it was River that controlled most of the spotlight as the Pilot boys and girls each won the OVAC championships in Class 2A with Isaly and Lauren Flannery each winning the MVP honor.
The Magnolia girls basketball team won sectional and regional titles, earning the team a trip to the state girls basketball championship in Charleston.
The Lumberjills’ Sophie Palmer was honored as the Mason-Dixon Player of the Year, while scoring more than 1,000 points in her career and breaking numerous school records.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles archery team won its own tournament, while advancing Hunter Higgins, Damon Witschey and Kameron Melott to the state championship. Witschey was the top male-shooter – scoring 291 points out of 300 at state, while earning a spot in the nationals. Huggins just missed making it to the nationals by a single point, but scored 283 points.
The Hundred Hornets also sent an archer to the state tournament in Destiny Eastham.
Just finishing the spring season, we had several teams do well. The Paden City Wildcats baseball team played for the OVAC Class 1A title for the past several years and finished runner-up to Weirton Madonna. The Magnolia Blue Eagles won the Region I, Section II championship – coming up from the fifth seed and knocking off the top seed St. Marys and the second seed Tyler Consolidated to win the title.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles softball team had a great season, too, but fell a little short in the sectional. The River Pilots’ girls team also had a great season, but fell in their sectionals as well.
In track, the Magnolia Blue Eagles’ boys team won the OVAC Class 3A championship and finished runner-up in the regionals, and finished the season with a WVSSAC Class 1A state title.
In the state tournament, Brooks Parsons came in third in high points, but won the high jump and was the anchor in the 4×4 relay team with Jason Beisel, Ethan Herrick and Pat Mirandy that broke a meet record. Jakob Barrows won the shot put.
In the Region I championships, the Lady Hornets’ Katherine Henderson won the high and long jump, while the Eagles’ Mady Winters and Kyndra Pilant won the shot and discus, respectively.
Magnolia’s Brooks Parsons was in on three first places in the regionals in the 4×100 and 4X400 meter relays, and the open 400 meter run. Jared Barrows and Jack Booth won the discus and 300 meter hurdles, respectively.
In tennis, the Blue Eagles’ girls team of Logan Riggs, Raegan Hale, Clara Moore and DeMarco Smith won school’s first-ever Region I Class-A Tennis Title. Riggs also earned a spot in the state meet singles match, while she and the other girls went to the state in doubles competition.
It has been a great run in the Wetzel Chronicle area in high school sports, but after the baseball regional, and hopefully state, the 2018 season is over. We will have to wait once again and do it all over again, come August.