As we zoom toward the end of the school year and, thus, high school baseball and softball, Boone County teams remain in the running for playoff consideration. Actually, of course, all teams play in the sectionals. It is the regional and state that are the crowning achievement of any sports season.
Scott High’s baseball team has been up-and-down during the regular season and recent games have been no exception. Since April 2, the team went through a seven-game losing streak as well as a four-game winning run. Their overall record stood at 6-14 through the end of the month.
Obviously, the Skyhawks must improve in order to have a shot at making it past the sectional.
The Scott softball team, scheduled to enter sectional play this week, played .500 ball through the regular season. Thus, the Lady Hawks have a legitimate chance of making some noise in the post-season.
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While my friend, Patrick O’Reilly attempted to enter a “friend of the court” brief in the phantom Mark Hatcher case, he was apparently rebuffed by the special magistrate.
O’Reilly is a great and honest fellow, who I have written about before as one of the quality game officials in the state.
Of course, I felt from the beginning that O’Reilly was wrong on this one and I suppose the judge has no intention of considering his views. Earlier, when O’Reilly and I discussed his intention of filing a brief, he admitted he might not have “standing” in court to do so. Apparently, that is what the magistrate decided.
I keep saying “apparently” because, as regular readers know, “facts” in the case of Logan head basketball coach Mark Hatcher have been hidden from public view. The “hearing” in Logan magistrate case was held behind closed, locked doors. The last thing public officials wanted was to see the public’s business conducted in public.
O’Reilly is one of those who apparently (see, there’s THAT word again) believes game officials must “beckon” a law enforcement officer onto a playing court or field before a policeman can come onto the floor or field. O’Reilly knows that I think that argument is insane. A police officer has jurisdiction over any crime in his or her bailiwick. If O’Reilly’s argument applies, a citizen could commit a murder on his or her private property and the lawman would have to be “beckoned” there in order to investigate.
Logan Magistrate Dwight Williamson, who I believe is sincere when he says his court is “always open to the public,” apparently heard that the special magistrate had refused to accept O’Reilly’s proclamation. Since O’Reilly is not a party in the case and doesn’t live in Logan County, that is probably the appropriate ruling. It would have been neat if the special magistrate had simply left a copy of any of his orders in the case in Logan County instead of vanishing to his home Wyoming County with “all the files.”
Meanwhile, reporters and the public can only “guess” or use the best sources available to know what is going on with the case where Hatcher is accused of pushing a Chapmanville town police officer.
I will ask again: is this any way to run a court in the United States of America? Don’t shake your head and wonder how “they” get away with what “they” do in Cuba. It’s no different than Logan’s special magistrate court.
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It was great to see legendary Chapmanville baseball coach Ted Ellis at Chief Logan State Park Saturday for a picnic honoring Congressman Nick Joe Rahall. There, too, was the living legend, former Logan High boys basketball Coach Willie Akers. I said then, and will always believe, that there are no better human beings nor coaches than this pair.
Akers was simply a basketball genius and Ellis understands the intricacies of baseball as well as anyone at any level. And no finer folks have ever inherited the earth.
There, too, was Chapmanville legend Danny Godby. Like Ellis, Godby coached some outstanding basketball teams at the old Chapmanville High. Godby, who played major league baseball himself, is a gem of a human being as well.
It is always a thrill to see these former warriors, who continue to be positive influences on all they meet.
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Finally, condolences to the family and friends of former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elliott “Spike” Maynard. Justice Maynard passed away, with services held the past weekend. He was a first class Southern gentleman, as one colleague described him. Rest in peace, Your Honor.
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