The Press Box For September 2
Well what we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. The 2020 fall high school sports season is underway with Volleyball season kicking off tonight, and local football teams taking the field for their first game of the season on Friday. High School golf has been underway for a week and a half now with area teams seeing lots of action thanks to a little help from mother nature.
We have some excellent volleyball players in the area, with Paden City, Magnolia, and Tyler Consolidated all capable of making a run for the state title.
When we look at football, Magnolia and Tyler both open on Friday and should pick up wins. Paden City only has 13 players, but they will fight hard each game and try to stay competitive. It’s going to be an interesting season with the COVID-19 virus still hanging around. Hopefully we will not have a local outbreak and the season can continue on.
Some big volleyball matches are on tap for tonight as Valley kicks off their season with a home match vs cross county rival Hundred. Paden City will travel down to Frontier, Ohio to open the season, and the Silver Knights go on the road to St. Marys.
Friday night will be a big night for football as Tyler Consolidated will travel to Doddridge County for a big opening season matchup with the Bulldogs. Should be a good game with the Silver Knights coming home with a win 28-21. Next week the Knights will break in the new turf as they host South Harrison at their all new sports complex.
Magnolia will host what is expected to be a good Ritchie County team Friday at Alumni Field. The Blue Eagles will be trying to get a jump start on the season with a first game win. It should be a good one, but look for the BlueEagles to come out on top 21-19.
River Local coming off an opening season loss to Bellaire, will travel to Steubenville Central in what looks like a big win for the Pilots 14-13.
Valley will be at home on Saturday, beginning at 4p.m. vs Calhoun County in what could be another good game, but the Lumberjacks will pick up their initial win 34-12.
Paden City will be traveling to Federal Hocking, Ohio, where they will find the going tough as the Wildcats fall by three touchdowns 21-0.
Hundred will battle rival Cameron at home, but the Dragons from Cameron will prove to be to much for the Hornets as they pick up the win 32-18.
Soccer and Cross Country teams are also starting up this week and we hope to have game results in next weeks paper. Coaches are asked to call in their results or email them to editor@wetzelchronicle or editor@tylerstarnews. We will be covering as many teams as we can, and we hope to have pictures and scores in our sports sections each week.
As the new season gets underway we wish get luck to all the area teams and athletes. We also wish all the athletes a safe and injury free season as they represent their schools and communities. As fans, parents, friends and family members, stay safe and do everything you can to support all the area athletes as we move forward through the fall. Good luck to all. firstname.lastname@example.org