The Press Box: Spring Sports Winding Down
West Virginia spring sports season is winding down and baseball and softball playoffs will begin soon along with track regionals. It looks like the area will have several athletes competing in the state track meet June 10, 11, and 12 in Charleston. When looking at baseball, Tyler Consolidated is ranked up there with the best in the state. They are a young team with no seniors and only one junior on the team. The next few years look real bright for the Silver Knights. Don’t count them out this season as they have good solid pitching, hitting and base running and are on a winning streak.
Last week Magnolia pulled off a big win with a 5-4 victory over a solid St. Mary club when coach Cisar pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with some excellent play calling which worked to perfection. That wasn’t the first time he’s came up big for his kids and probably won’t be the last. The Blue Eagles are a nice ball club, senior Silas McKeever had three home runs last week including a grand slam.
Turning to track, I like the chances of several of our athletes to pick up the gold in certain events once they get to the state meet. Best chances seem to be sprinters and the relay teams from Magnolia, Tyler, and Paden City. The Silver Knights could also do well in the high jump.
In last weeks Press Box Randy Rutherford wrote about coaching milestones. It was a great article and if you didn’t read it, you should. The job of a coach is to not only win games but to mentor kids as they go through the learning experience of participating in athletics. Some coaches, especially those who have been around awhile are skilled at what they do and know how to get the best out of their athletes. However as with everything else, they find out you can’t please everyone all the time!
A major trait to success of a coach is the influence he or she has on their athletes. While not all kids will like their coaches, once they decide to participate in a sport and train hard to be the best they can be, they should never give up because they are not satisfied with coaching qualities or decisions.
According to Randy’s article last week, three area coaches have earned their reputations. They have put in the time, worked with hundreds of local athletes, and are successful because they never gave up and continued to learn and get better. All are still coaching and continuing to accumulate milestones. It is sad and disappointing when athletes give up because they don’t like a coach or feel the coach is not doing a good job.
A coaches job is to create the best team that he can. In order to accomplish that he needs the cooperation from his athletes and everyone involved. I like the old saying, “a quitter never wins and a winner never quits.” Another good one is, “when the going get tough the tough gets going.”
I have seen good teams and bad teams, good athletes and bad athletes. I’ve seen great coaches and some not so great coaches, however the best of them all are the ones who stick it out even when times are tough.
I loved the story last week of the boy from Paden City who worked his way up from manager to make the team. In the last game he got an opportunity to shine. His teammate threw him the ball and he hit a 3-pointer. What a nice ending to a great story of a kid who just wanted a chance.
We have had several athletes named to the WV ALL-STATE basketball team. We offer congratulations to each one. Earning first and second team in basketball were Magnolia’s Mady Winters first team Class AA basketball. Tyler Consolidated’s Caleb Strode first team basketball Class A. Magnolia’s Trevor Williamson second team Class AA basketball, and Paden City’s Ty Cain second team Class A basketball receiving honorable mention
We have received some calls lately about not covering certain schools. With winter and sports seasons running together this season it was difficult to get to all the schools. It is impossible to cover all the different events going on at the same time. We ask again for score book keepers, coaches, A.D.’s and interested people to send in your stats and we will publish them.