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Memories welcome for two football stadiums

August 8, 2011
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mmathison@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

The final year of Jimmy Carey and Newell Stadiums are upon us.

Both will become memories at the end of the season. Weir High and Oak Glen are scheduled to open new stadiums, both on campus, next year at this time.

Although there are a handful of questions that come with the new facilities, parking being the obvious one at both places, the time is here to move forward and the passing of the levy to make this happen was the catalyst.

Therefore, we are seeking your fondest high school football memories of either stadium.

All submissions are to be e-mailed to me (my e-mail is at the end of this column), with your name, address and a phone number to reach you to verify your submission, much like a letter to the editor.

We will run the stories throughout the year.

Keep it clean, please.

Rumor has it thousands of people have suffered broken ankles the past two weeks from jumping off the Pittsburgh Pirates bandwagon.

The wheels on the bus are no longer going round and round.

They're off.

The Pirates were two games over .500 when the homestand started and people were looking at a 6-1 mark to stop the small skid and get right back into the thick of things.

Oops.

The Bucs set team history and, unfortunately, it wasn't good.

But, that's sports.

Ohio State's big meeting with the NCAA is Friday.

I don't know what is going to happen, but I do know that colleges can no longer continue to fire their coach, make that coach fall on the proverbial sword, give themselves sanctions and lay claim to the NCAA that everything is just fine.

It is no big deal when teams forfeit wins from a certain year, like the Buckeyes did from last year's 12-1 team, when those same programs, under no circumstances, forfeit the monies gained from those wins.

I am still not sure how Gene Smith gets out of this thing with his job.

The PGA Championship is this week at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Here is to TNT not showing every shot by Tiger Woods.

Yep, he's back. But, he is pedestrian.

Would have been a lot of fun, though, to see the PGA show some backbone and pair Tiger with Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson the first two rounds.

Scott's four-shot win at Firestone Sunday showed just how good Steve Williams is as a caddy.

Yes, he's that good.

But, he needed to shut up and not say a word when David Feherty approached him for an interview after the win.

The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference had 50 teams, then Zanesville and Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans departed. But, East Richland Christian School and Clay-Battelle have knocked on the OVAC door wanting in. That vote will happen Wednesday.

I would expect both schools to get the thumbs up, giving the OVAC 50 again.

That would mean, with enrollment in parenthesis, in Class 1A: East Richland (27), Paden City (73), Trinity Christian School (75), St. John Central (83), Hundred (83), Beallsville (103), Bishop Donahue (107), Madonna (140), Conotton Valley (144) and Valley (145).

Class 2A: Cameron (159), Frontier (179), Toronto (183), Shadyside (185), Wellsville (192), Wheeling Central Catholic (206), Caldwell (207), Clay-Battelle (209), Linsly (220), River (223) and Steubenville Catholic Central (224).

Class 3A: Bridgeport (227), Barnesville (230), Buckeye Trail (256), Shenandoah (257), Fort Frye (259), Monroe Central (288), Bellaire (306), Tyler Consolidated (324), Magnolia (328) and Martins Ferry (341).

Class 4A: Union Local (368), St. Clairsville (413), Harrison Central (422), Meadowbrook (485), Oak Glen (490), Weir High (490), Edison (492), East Liverpool (515), Steubenville (518), and Buckeye Local (519).

Class 5A: Beaver Local (522), Indian Creek (546), Cambridge (559), Brooke (803), John Marshall (899), University (988), Parkersburg South (1,210), Morgantown (1,246) and Wheeling Park (1,310).

Those enrollment figures mean 11 schools are in Class 3A, nine in 5A and 10 in the other three.

Five classifications means a double header on Friday and a tripleheader on Saturday for the baseball championships at Vaccaro Field.

The softball championships will be a five-game affair at the I-470 Complex.

The basketball championships will have a quintupleheader at Ohio University-Eastern on two Saturday's beginning at 9:30 a.m., with the last game scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.

There will now be swimming qualifiers at Wheeling Jesuit, Brooke and Linsly with the finals still at Big Red. Swimming will have two classes - 1A-3A, 4A-5A.

Volleyball finals will be held at Brooke (Classes 1A and 2A) and Big Red (Classes 3A, 4A and 5A).

There will be a wrestling dual meet title for Classes 1A-2A and 3A, 4A and 5A in February.

The girls soccer quarterfinals have been moved to St. Clairsville from Harding Stadium. Soccer will have three classes - 1A-3A, 4A and 5A.

The track and field championships will be held at St. Clairsville with Classes 2A-5A holding the preliminaries on the same track. Class 1A prelims will be at Shadyside for the first year.

Golf will have Classes 1A and 2A on the Crispin Course and 4A on the Jones Course one day and Class 3A at Crispin and 5A at Jones two days later.

Tennis will have two classes - 1A-4A and 5A.

Cheering and cross country will have four classes - 1A-2A, 3A, 4A and 5A.

Baseball, basketball, football, golf, softball, track and volleyball will be in five classes for championships.

Some really good things going on in the OVAC.

OVAC Executive Secretary Tom Rataiczak said officials are needed in soccer and volleyball, with football and basketball on the horizon.

I understand why soccer officials are needed - the fans.

By the time 15-year-olds get to be of age to officiate in high school, they are already tired of being the whipping post by fans in youth soccer.

Don't believe me, go to a youth soccer Saturday and listen.

It's terribly sad - but true.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com)

 
 

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