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Unfortunately, the Madison 11-12 Little League team could not mount quite enough of a comeback in the state tournament last week at Chapmanville. After falling behind, 5-0, to Morgan County, Madison stormed back to tie the game at 5-5. Still, Morgan County came up with the run it needed to win the contest, 6-5.

Nobody should ever hang their heads after making the state tournament field, though. Especially in Little League, the competition is highly-competitive and rules are enforced. Unlike some of the other amateur leagues that change regulations from year-to-year to suit the whims of a few coaches, Little League is an established organization with national standards.

As most readers know, I am not enthusiastic about amateur sports for the very young. In many of the sports, like football, young children are taught basic fundamentals that are simply not good for their careers. Dads and uncles show up as coaches, although they have no training and qualifications to do so. The idea is for Little Johnny’s dad to make sure Little Johnny is the team quarterback. When his midget football days are over, Little Johnny has no real football skills and can’t compete. But dad got some kind of thrill out of watching his son take snaps from center.

In Little League baseball, I fear that too many youngsters are pushed too hard at an early age. Arms end up ruined for future athletic activity because the child is made to pitch too many innings or in adverse weather conditions.

I advocate only having organized athletic activities where qualified coaches can be hired, paid and perform. If there are no funds to pay real coaches, leagues should not exist.

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I am undecided as to whether it is good or bad for schools such as Marshall to consider selling beer at athletic events. Herald-Dispatch columnist supreme (just ask him; he’ll tell you) Chuck Landon is a big advocate for beer sales.

Those like Landon claim that legalized beer sales can be limited, cut off at the end of the third quarter, and will actually lead to fewer intoxicated fans in the stands. They argue that tailgaters drink too much on their way to the stadium.

I will admit that I have not seen beer sales cause at problem at the Charleston Civic Center. Perhaps it is a good idea and it would surely create sales revenue for the home team.

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For those curious, I have not taken a pay-off from any coach to promote their teams. Those on social media who think that a politician can buy me with a $250 sign purchase likely believe coaches can do the same. And, for those asking, my love life is going fine. Only one current affair with a married woman is going on.

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Chapmanville Regional High School has announced it is now accepting applications for the Chapmanville Athletic Hall of Fame. The release says applications “may” be picked up at the school, meaning they might or might not be available. Anyone interested CAN call Athletic Director George Barker at 304-855-4522 to see if he MAY have an application available that day.

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Former Scott football star Jordan Roberts is still looking for a professional football home after being cut by the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa RedBlacks. Those interested can listen to a radio interview update with Roberts on the Internet. Just go to sportshark.net and look up the Raw Is Gibby program.

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Meanwhile, former Harts/Chapmanville softball pitcher Andrea Williamson raised her record to 2-1 in the National Professional Fastpitch league last week.

Williamson struck out six as her Chicago Bandits defeated the Pennsylvania Rebellion, 6-3, in Chicagoland.

Williamson is in her second season with the Bandits after also starring at Marshall University.

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Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato has been named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien national quarterback award. The Herd standout is also one of the top candidates for the 2014 Heisman Trophy award as the nation’s best college player.

Big things are expected of the Herd this upcoming season and fans will not be satisfied with anything less than a major bowl appearance. That will take Marshall running the table during the regular season.

On the other hand, word from Morgantown is that the University of Southern Pennsylvania at Morgantown School (USPMS) still intends to field a football team this fall. It is not known if there will be 11 players available to suit up, but WVU still expects to sell SOME season tickets. Watching the home team get wiped out still seems to be an enjoyable pastime up North.

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Your comments, rumors, story ideas and game scores are always welcome. Contact me via email or on my cell, 304-533-5185.

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