Scott High School track and field team

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Apologies to the Scott High School track and field team and supporters for my absence from the Cardinal Conference championships last week.


After receiving a couple of phone calls asking me to attend, it dawned on me that, occasionally, someone actually wants me around. So, I said I’d be there.


Events combined to keep that from happening. A tree contractor decided that was THE day to chop trees from the electric line that runs through my property. They quickly spotted my Internet/TV cable line and whacked it into with gay abandon. Thus, I, a writer who depends on the Internet for a livelihood and communication purposes, had none.


The tree trimmers were very apologetic, telling me they had not seen the black line in the tree limbs. They also assured me that “Suddenlink will rush right out here when you call them.”


Suddenlink is one of my favorite utilities and they did get here quickly, but they came just as I was preparing to leave for the track meet. The nicest installer ever said, while I did not actually have to stay with him, if he flubbed up and didn’t get the service back on, he’d really have no way of knowing until I returned. His testers sometimes have said the service is working when it is not, he said.


Knowing I absolutely had to have Internet service (I had already driven to Madison once to use the newspaper’s computer for an on-deadline story), I decided to stay with him. Thus, the track meet was lost.


Here’s my pledge, though: I will do all that’s humanly possible to get to the next tournament meet, this week at Charleston’s University of Charleston Stadium’s Laidley Field. I fully expect to be there. That’s a promise for those who want me there; an obvious threat to those who don’t.


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It is always nice to be wanted, as the Scott fans and staff often show. Or, on the other hand, I can be invited to a Van boys basketball game to be “knocked on your a—.” That just doesn’t have the same impact. I just don’t feel the love in the latter invitation.


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West Virginia University’s gem of a football coach, Dana Holgorsen, ran his car into the rear end of Jeep Liberty in Morgantown recently. Ah, the comments I could make but will refrain for the moment.


Can I at least say Holgorsen wouldn’t know a rear end from a tight end? Probably not.


The dismal record of WVU since they backstabbed the original Mountaineer, Bill Stewart, and replaced him with Holgorsen is apparent. Car accidents may just be the symptom of the WVU “disease.”


Oh, I remember those star-studded days when Mountaineer fans talked of a coach who could lead any WVU team to “65 points against any team in the country.” That was before EVERY team in the country figured out how to stop his offense.


Those were the days, my friends, that quickly came to an end.


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Speaking of the University of Southern Pennsylvania at Morgantown School (US-PMS), it looks as if another coach whose day passed without anyone noticing it, is losing more basketball players. Whatever nucleus there was of a mediocre Mountaineer mens basketball team has departed for parts known and unknown.


As I keep saying (remember?), Huggins is simply not able to identify with modern players. Standing with hands on hips, shouting every curse word he ever heard at players does not work in 2014. If this team is to ever compete in the Big 12, Holgorsen and Huggins have to go bye-bye.


For those of us from the South, that’s a cute Yankee term for saying someone should be fired.


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With the high school baseball season coming to a close, the Scott Skyhawks were on a two-game win streak. The softball squad was 14-12.


Sherman’s softball team stands at 18-11 at press time while the baseball team sports an 8-10 mark.


The Van Bulldog baseball team was 6-14 when we went to press. The softball squad was 6-6 through mid-April, the last games reported.


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I’ll have additional comment on the baseball and softball teams in our next issue. It’s tournament time!


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Rumors, story ideas, game scores and comments are always welcome. Call my cell, 304-533-5185 or use the email address listed.

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