From My View For May 29
With the spring sports ready to call it a season, I wanted to reflect on what I thought was achieved during my last full-time sports writer duty.
We started the fall season in hopes of a Super Six invite as well as a volleyball state appearance. And, with boys and girls soccer and golf added as well, it was a season to remember.
The first thing was the Hundred Hornets ending an 0-50 eight-year drought on the gridiron, as the defeated Hannan 42-26. The second was the Magnolia Blue Eagles football team defeating the No. 1 ranked and reigning WVSSAC Class-A State Champions Wheeling Central, 21-12.
It was another outstanding volleyball season with the Magnolia volleyball team, coming back to defeat Tyler Consolidated in 10-sets in the Region I, Section II Sectionals and moving on to win their second volleyball state title.
Staying with volleyball, the Paden City Wildcats overcame the loss of Head Coach Fred King and went on to claim back-to-back OVAC Class-A titles along with the Mason-Dixon title under rookie head coach Jennifer Yeater. She did a super job in winning the championships.
In golf, the Blue Eagles made history as the only team to go to state. Not only were they Region I runner-up, Trey Blain was the Region I medalist and was the runner-up state medalist.
The last thing in the fall was when former PCHS boys basketball head coach Bob Burton was enshrined as a recipient of the Wetzel County Hall of Fame. What a great honor by a great man.
Heading into the winter sports season, the Magnolia girls basketball team was the Region I and Sectional champions, and went back to state for the second straight year. Mady Winters scored 45 points against Trinity at the state tournament, setting a new single-game scoring record. In doing so, she was 20-23 from the floor and 5-8 at the line, while hauling in a dozen rebounds. Not only that, she scored her 1,000 points in her young career as she has two more seasons to add to it.
Also, teammate Kyndra Pilant not only celebrated 1,000 points, but 1,000 rebounds in her career and she has one more year to add to that. Also, teammate Aquera Cabral became the school’s single-season three-point record-holder.
Staying with basketball, the River girls won the OVAC Class-2A championship for the second straight years. In doing so, Lauren Flannery won back-to-back MVP honors in the OVAC Tournament.
In wrestling, Magnolia placed third in the 3A OVAC class, with both Mikey Hamrick and James Stillwagner placing. Both also earned a berth to the state tournament. It was Hamrick’s second straight state championship berth.
We are in the spring sports season, and loads of good things have happened that will stay with me for awhile.
The Hundred Hornets girls track team won their first Mason-Dixon Track Championship as Katherine Henderson was the high points winner, placing in all four events. The Lady Pilots’ Livi Beard won both the 1,600 and 3,200 events in the Shadyside Relays, while the Eagles[‘ Jakob Barrows won both the shot and discus in the regional track meet. Both the Magnolia boys and girls were second in the regional, and looks to finish the job at state this weekend. Mady Winters also won the Joseph high-point Award in the OVAC meet..
The Paden City Wildcats baseball team earned another OVAC Class 1A runner-up trophy. Finally, the Hundred Hornets got their baseball Field of Dreams and, better yet, won their first game in comeback fashion.