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From My View for 11/4

By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer | Nov 4, 2020

Here we go again, we just can’t catch a break here in the area sporting events. With volleyball sectionals trying to get started this week, It’s my hope they do, or we could have two of the best teams in the state in Magnolia and Paden City who won’t get to partipate.

It was so awesome to see that Hundred Hornet cross country standout Rachel Snedden placed third in the Region I and will participate if all things come together. This is the first time as a sports writer, that I haven’t been to one cross country meet, I did go to a meet earlier in the season, but it was moved to the week before and I didn’t get to cover it. I’m so sorry that I haven’t been able to cover cross country, but I also haven’t got to cover a golf match either.

So it has been volleyball and football this season. I hope they can finish out their season, including any playoffs and sectionals games and matches. The Valley Lumberjacks will host the Beallsville Blue Devils, and the Magnolia Blue Eagles will entertain the Williamston Yellowjackets this Friday with both games kicking-off at 7 pm. The Hundred Hornets will head up the hill to take on neighbor Clay-Battelle also at 7 pm, with all 3-county teams playing their last games.

Meanwhile the River Pilots was a win away from heading into the Division IV Championship, but it wasn’t to be. The atmosphere was outstanbding on both sides of the field. Even in the loss the River Faithful was a class-act and I’m so proud to have graduated from there. They have the best of everything athleticly thanks to a great Athletic Director in Mark Romick. Their sound system at Martin Flannery Field is as good as any college around and I have been to many.

With Wetzel county schools idle last week, I had some time for myself, and listened greatly to what people had to say. From ball games to prom to homecoming and graduation I heard it all and was reliving some that I had too.

The thought of reliving the past is not always a good thing, but when you surround yourself with good people it is as good as it gets. I’m not bragging about it but my younger years were awesome.

Of course I had my bumps and bruises, but after hearing about others I’m just so thankful for everything.

With the election ending today and Thanksgiving just around the corner, you wan’t to surround yourself with family and friends. But, just stay safe.

If Wetzel County goes back to school, we will have the Region I, Section I volleyball sectionals at Magnolia High School.

The #4 seed Wheeling Central Maroon Knights would have played the #5 seed Valley Lumberjills Monday, while #3 seed Madonna would have played the #6 seed Lady Hornets of Hundred. On Tuesday #2 seed Paden City Wildcats would have played #7 seed Cameron Dragons.

Tonight at 5:30 pm the #1 seed Magnolia will host the winner of Wheeling Central and Valley, while the winners of Madonna and Hundred will take on the winner of the Paden City and Cameron match at 7 pm.

The 2-winners Wednesday will play tomorrow at 6 pm Nov. 5 with both moving on to play in the Region I, Section II the following week for the opportunity to play for the WVSSAC Class-A volleyball Championship.

Like I said earlier, if they don’t have school this week, it will be the end of the road for all four Wetzel County Schools, I hope not.

With high school football all done in our area, we hope to have basketball and Wrestling, and for those interested in playing a winter sport that hasn’t played this spring you MUST have a physical and school packet.