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Some things I will never understand, this is one

May 20, 2013
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mmathison@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

The fact that there was talk of Mike Collopy not being back as the Edison baseball coach next year is unacceptable.

The fact that, from what I was told, more than 100 people showed up at the Edison school board meeting last week to back Collopy is highly acceptable.

Dear Edison school board, you have a lot of tough decisions on your collective hands to ensure the future of that district. Since a levy hasn't been passed since what seems like Noah started on the ark, your fiduciary responsibility is enough to keep you busy.

To even entertain any thought for one second of not renewing Collopy as the baseball coach should not even be on your top 1,000,000 things to do to help all the students in the district.

All Collopy has done since taking over for current superintendent Bill Beattie is win.

But, far more important than that, he turns out quality, respectful kids who do nothing but represent their families, the school and the community rather well.

If you want to talk about things between the lines, Collopy has led the Wildcats to three straight Ohio Valley Athletic Conference crowns in three classifications.

In his seven years at the head coach, Collopy's teams are 147-46 and 51-8 the previous two seasons.

The team had 16 wins two years ago, when rain and bad weather ruled April and May.

Edison has made it to the state semifinals, regional finals, regional semifinals and district championship games.

So, obviously, not winning enough wasn't the problem with Collopy.

And, obviously, losing too much wasn't the problem with Collopy.

So, what was the problem?

Has every player loved playing for Collopy?

Probably not.

That, as a coach, is virtually impossible.

But, those kids are far in the minority.

If you have a successful coach leading a successful program where the large majority of kids would lace them back up for that coach in an instant, leave that coach alone.

Let that coach continue to represent his family, the school and the community really well.

Let that coach continue to make those players work hard, do the right thing and represent their families, the school and the community really well.

Any program is more than one person.

It's about the head coach, the staff and the players.

It's that not one player can put himself above the team.

It's that one player has to be willing to do whatever if asked at any time, whether it's one pitch, one at-bat, one-third of an inning, one inning or one game ... whether it's a sac bunt, a grounder to the right side, diving so a seeing-eye grounder doesn't make it to the outfield, not dodging from the curve and taking one for the team or taking a seat on the bench because that's what coach wants.

I know Beattie, Edison principal Matt Morrison (a former baseball coach) and athletic director Joanne Stagani (whose son played for Collopy) are huge fans of the current baseball coach.

And, they are not alone.

The Edison school board found that out.

To make this a math equation:

Strong character plus positive role model plus winning games equals a no-brainer.

Enough said.

Just me, or does anyone else find it rather amusing that Ronaldo was red carded due to the flop of an opponent?

Can we please stop with this Michael/Kobe/LeBron talk? Combined, they have one more NBA championship than Bill Russell.

From a yellow card to a punch to the death of a soccer official, once again proves that sports can get way out of hand too quickly. A 17-year-old punched 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo of Salt Lake City in the head and, after a week in a coma, Portillo passed away in early May.

There are no words.

Courtney Baker just finished her freshman year at Asbury University, an NAIA school in Wilmore, Ky.

But, it was far from the freshman year she had expected.

The volleyball player fell asleep at the wheel driving home for the holidays and her left leg was crushed in the accident.

Three surgeries later, Baker had to make a brutal decision - keep the leg and never play volleyball again, or amputate and try to play again.

"Am I ever going to be able to play volleyball again," she told television reporter Nick Beres about her thoughts after the crash.

The 5-foot-10 middle hitter had her leg amputated below the left knee and is now back on the court.

"Different muscles have to take over. Courtney will have to use her hip because she doesn't have an ankle," physical therapiost Mardys Hewgley said to Beres.

She now has two prostethic legs - one for every day use and one for the volleyball court. The one for the court is the blade, similar to those used by sprinters.

Expect her in uniform in August.

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

 
 

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