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“From My View” for 11/18

By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer | Nov 18, 2020

We don’t know for sure yet if there will be a winter sports season in the local area for 2020-2021, so as we find out information we will let our readers know.

As a part-time sports writer, I don’t have as much time as I would have if I was still working full time. So If we get to have some sports during the winter I will need your help finding out what is going on with sports in your neck of the woods, so I can follow-up and make sure I get in as many events as I can.

If we do have sports this winter, I will need to get all the information as it becomes available so we can publish the games and matches for the week.

As soon as they give the okay to practice, we will start getting to the schools to get previews. In the past we have put together a Winter Sports schedule for each of the local schools, however with the uncertainty of winter sports this season we are holding off on it for now.

In the mean time I will try to relive some of the area’s greatest winter sport games from the past, starting with boys basketball. If you have a favorite game you would like to bring back to life please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to get it in for you.

You can reach me here at the paper at bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com or call the office at 304-455-3300 and leave a message and a phone number and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

In the mean-time I want to refresh the 2019 boys basketball Region-I, Section II championship game with Magnolia and St Marys.

Setting up this game, I want to refresh how in my opinion it was one of the greatest sports wins ever at Magnolia. In their regular season final game the Blue Eagles lost 95-60 to these same Blue Devils.

This time around Magnolia was without a starter and would lose another later in the first half, but that seemed to bring out the best in the rest of the team

Magnolia junior Trevor Williamson opened the scoring with an inside bucket for the games opening points, while fellow classmate Gavin Postlewait sank two points off a nice assist by senior Jake Gamble to extend its lead.

The Blue Devils sophomore Grant Barnhart (who led all-scorers with 24-points, including 5-bonus bombs) tallied the Devils opening points, swishing one of two free throws, however Williamson knocked down his first of 3-treys to give the home team a 7-1 early lead.

However, the Blue Devils senior sharp-shooter William Steele who lit the flame in their win over the Eagles the last game with 30-points and 8-baskets from beyond the arc, knocked down a triple at the 5-minute mark to ignite the huge St Marys crowd.

The Eagles Trenton Scheibelhood followed that up with a rebound put-back, but Steele knotted a deuce to narrow the gap to 3-points. However, Williamson would not be denied as he went 1-up with a 3-point rainbow that ignited the standing sixth-man student body.

The Devils and Eagles traded baskets and when the dust settled Magnolia held a 16-12 advantage after one quarter of play.

Magnolia senior Jake Gamble took over in the second stanza scoring 11 of the teams 13-points, including 4-4 at the free throw line and a triple to push Magnolia to a 29-21 halftime lead.

The Blue Eagles Levi Cecil opened the second half scoring with a basket from beyond the arc, however the Devils caught fire and out-scored Magnolia 18-16 in the period, that included 5-triples to close the gap a bit at 45-39 with 8-minutes remaining in the game.

Williamson, opened the fourth with 2-free throws, while Postlewait drained a 2-pointer to give the Big Blue a 10-point advantage, and the Devils called a time-out to cool down the Eagles.

Barnhart, then swished one from beyond the arc, but a short time later Gamble sank 1-2 free throws, and would later pick up foul #4 with 5:08 remaining in period four.

The Blue Eagles defensive pressure was at its best, and you could see Blue Eagles diving after every loose ball, and milking the clock all the while.

Schelibelhood scored a nice short jumper, but the Devils Ben Long came off the bench and scored 1-2 free throws, but Gamble would score his last points as he fouled out at the 3:20 mark and St Marys called time-out to work on a game plan, with the Eagles captain on the bench the rest of the way.

Barnhart, netted 2-straight from the free throw line, and tickled the twine from the rail-road tracks to start their rally. After two straight one-and-ones misses, St Marys would go 4-4 from the line. With 1:44 remaining in regulation both Scheibelhood and Postlewait exited with five fouls.

The Devils also lost a pair of players on fouls, but still tied the game up at 59-59 with .28.4 left.

The Eagles ran the clock down to the wire, and Williamson launched his 3-point rainbow that sealed the deal, and the MHS Student body rushed the floor in celebration. After getting the MHS student body back to their seats the referees put 1.1 seconds on the clock, giving the Devils one last chance to send the game into over-time with a basket from bonus bomb territory.

The Eagles tipped the ball on the throw in, and the Devils couldn’t get a shot as the referee’s called the game. They noted that the ball was tipped and the clock was to start on first touch and didn’t even get a chance to send it to OT.

“What a game, said MHS Head Coach Dave Tallman. “Our sixth man (The MHS student body) was a big factor in our win.

“Our defense has played a solid half-court defense all season, but St Marys was solid couldn’t miss last week. Cecil played an inspired game defensively on Steele and what can I say about the way Trevor handled the defensive pressure.”

“Gavin and Trenton deserve a lot of credit, we have split their time all season, and we asked them to do more and they did both offensively and defensively.”

“I can’t believe it, I’m a loss for words,” said Trevor Williamson. “My best friend Jake was on the bench and I just had to make that last shot. We win as a team and we lose as a team. And everyone played a role in this win. What a thrill, our student section came to life and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

“This is a community win, as well as a team win” said Jake Gamble. “Our fan base has been great all season, and I’m glad they were here again once more.”

Williamson paced the Big Blue with 21-points, including 3-bonus bombs, while Gamble followed with 20-points, and Postlewait 10-points. Scheibelhood posted 6-points, while Cecil tallied 3-points, and Campbell Toman a deuce.

With that win, the Blue Eagles would host and win to a very good Cameron team the following week in another barn-burner at Magnolia High School in what would be their final game.

This to me, is only one of many, many heart-throbbing boys basketball games that I have covered in my career hear at the Wetzel Chronicle. I will put together again the Eagles win over the Cameron Dragons that finished the boys basketball.

I want my readers to help me with not only exciting boys basketball games, but girls basketball and wrestling matches too in the weeks ahead if we don’t get the Winter season going.