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Decision can’t take hard work away

Their year didn’t end the way anyone would have liked.

With only one regular-season loss, the Oak Glen football team has spent the last few weeks battling their way through the West Virginia Class AA playoffs, with a game against Robert C. Byrd High School this past weekend the only obstacle remaining for the Golden Bears to land a spot in the state championship game. The COVID-19 pandemic and a decision by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Saturday night changed all of that.

During the last two years, Oak Glen has proven its mettle on the gridiron, with a combined 20-2 record, reaching the state semifinals during both seasons, earning an Ohio Valley Athletic Conference title and other recognition. A state championship would have capped off those efforts.

While it is a huge disappointment to not reach that championship goal this season, we applaud the Golden Bears for all of their accomplishments, and encourage the players, coaches and staff, along with the entire Oak Glen community, to hold their heads high, knowing they did everything they could. That especially is true for the 20 seniors in this year’s squad, who have been a core component in building the team to a point where it is recognized and respected throughout West Virginia.

Their work on and off the field has brought pride to the team, the school and Hancock County, and deserves to be commended.

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