Nearly a full week has passed since the City Cup took place between Parkersburg South and Parkersburg, and still curious where Big Reds golf coach Don Snider stored the plate intended for the traveling trophy signifying this year's champion.
Know for certain it didn't end up with World Vision, which takes misprinted shirts and hats donated from the four major American sports following their respective championship games and delivers them to families in impoverished nations and disaster areas.
You see, Snider prepared for this year's sixth annual City Cup exactly how merchandisers approach the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup and NBA Finals.
After South clinched a 5-3 victory at Woodridge Golf Club and snapped the Big Reds' two-year winning streak, the two teams gathered at the clubhouse for the awards presentation. Snider handed Patriots coach Sherry Morris a plate ready to be attached to the trophy declaring her school as the 2012 champions.
As a backup, Snider had in his other hand possession of another plate which signified the Big Reds as the 2012 champions.
"I'm smart enough to have two of them made up," said Snider, who pointed out one option is to leave the incorrect plate on his refrigerator at home.
Among the other leftovers from that event, South junior Garrett Dailey pulled out his never-been-opened pack of "Big Red" chewing gum from his golf bag following his win against Remy Toncray and added to his successful triumphs of City Cup matches, which includes his freshman year against Ryan Anderson and last year against Michael West.
The pack of chewing gum has remained in his bag for all three years, even when he fell behind by three with nine holes remaining against West.
"You just go into these City Cup ma at the same venue, Shears played No. 1 for the Patriots.
"She is our rookie sensation," Morris said.
There there is South senior Trent McCutcheon, who finally played somebody not associated to the Astorg family. After losing his freshman year to Mason Humphrey and the past two years to Alan Cooke, McCutcheon held off Lucas Prine 2 and 1.atches with an open mind and take it one hole at a time," Dailey said. "You can't get down if you have a bad hole. Every hole is a new opportunity, just like coach says."
Another South golfer who enjoyed immediate success and could be a force in this Ryder Cup format for years to come is freshman Adeena Shears, who accounted for the team's first point this year with a 7 and 6 win in the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
The following day in a tri-meet with PHS and Mariett
"I didn't really have much of a chance against Big Al there at Parkersburg Country Club," said McCutcheon, who was nursing a sore hip.
The injury, however, is not golf-related. Rather, he owes it all to playing basketball and preparing for his cheerleading stint at South's Powder Puff game.
"I've been working on my back tuck," McCutcheon admitted.