The Sherman Lady Tide softball team remains the heroines of Boone County this week after their appearance in the state Class A tournament at Vienna’s Jackson Park.
The local girls met two veteran, talented teams and gave both a battle before losing two games to be eliminated. As veteran Coach Jim Henderson said later, “when you get here (the state tournament), everybody is good.”
Losing only two players from this year’s squad makes the Lady Tide an early favorite to return to Vienna next year. With more experience and maturity under their belts, these gals could go far.
There is nothing to be ashamed of in losing a state title and every Sherman player and coach should hold their heads high. They were a quality, class act — as is Henderson, his staff, the parents and supporters.
All hail, Sherman High!
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Although The Charleston Gazette more or less declared that former Chapmanville and Chapmanville Regional High School assistant football coach Josh Barker had conceded defeat in the recent Democrat primary for house of delegates, that appears to be no more true than the assertion that CHS still exists. A Barker spokeswoman said the current delegate from the 22nd District will likely contest and/or challenge the results of a one-vote loss to Gary McCallister.
In typical Gazette fashion, the paper’s former “investigative reporter,” Paul Nyden, reported that Barker has been coaching at Chapmanville High for the past ten years. That might be plausible IF there WAS a Chapmanville High. There hasn’t been one for seven years now since CHS and Harts High consolidated to form Chapmanville Regional High School. I have often pointed out here that Charleston media enjoys referring to CRHS as “Chapmanville High School.” Barker was actually an assistant and strength coach at both CHS and CRHS, but he left his uncle George Barker’s staff two or three seasons ago. So, he is not even a coach at CRHS — or any place else unless he’s been hiding it pretty well.
But Barker is town manager of Danville, a fact that apparently escaped Nyden’s investigation. Barker has regularly told reporters at the capitol about his job in Boone County. I have yet to hear him tell anyone he is a “coach at Chapmanville High School.”
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I have reluctantly decided why Charleston writers prefer Chapmanville High School to Chapmanville Regional High School. By referring to the new school properly, Charleston writers would have to string four words together coherently. As far as I can tell, that might be a major task for them.
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A few readers were upset last week that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey had “made a deal with Mingo County school officials” that proved he had “sold out.” There is no truth to that at all, although a plan to at least address, for the time being, the issue of school officials covering up sexual misconduct has been agreed upon. If it were not for Morrisey, a well-known coach and other school officials might have gotten away with covering up misdeeds. Morrisey stepped in and said he would not tolerate that.
The AG remains the real hero in this battle to stop a cover-up at Burch Middle School.
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