When the 67th annual Victory Awards Dinner takes place on Sunday, May 5, in Clarksburg, the West Virginia Sports Writers Association will be honoring six area coaches whose teams won state titles as well as 17 athletes who earned first team all-state honors.
Heading the list of local honorees is St. Marys High School senior distance runner Maggie Drazba, who will receive the McCoy Award as the West Virginia Female Trackperson of the Year. Drazba, who has dominated both the small school cross country and track competitions since her freshman season, already has signed to continue her running career at West Virginia University.
St. Marys, by the way, is one of two Mid-Ohio Valley schools who will have four persons recognized at the banquet. Joining Drazba among the Blue Devils honorees are all-state players Derek Barnhart, Allen Platt and Audra Clark.
Parkersburg South also has four persons who will be recognized. In addition to Patriot girls basketball coach Scott Stephens, who led South to its third state championship in March, all-state players Wes Mitchem, Logan Cox and Taryn McCutcheon will join their fellow all-staters from around the state.
Other area coaches and athletes who will be recognized include:
Parkersburg High: Adam Lindamood
Parkersburg Catholic: Jake Ullman, Leah Hughes
Williamstown: Coach Zach Hall, coach Rachelle Pallini, Garret Butler
Roane County: Coach Jim Kendall, Hunter Bradley
Doddridge County: Coach Bobby Burnside, Daniel Plaugher
Ritchie County: Coach Rick Haught, Sam Hall, Tristan Toman
Ravenswood; Brad Titus
Wirt County: Scott Lowe
Tickets are available through Monday, April 29, from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel sports department. Call Jim Butta at 304-485-1891, ext. 315.
West Virginia University's football program recently unveiled 27 (that's twenty-seven) different uniform combinations.
Whatever happened to having a home uniform and a road uniform?
It's frustrating to turn on a football game between two traditional powers and have to look twice before figuring out which team is which.
Past uniform combinations have made WVU look like the Tweety Birds, among other bizarre combinations.
Whatever happened to Old Gold and Blue?
When an alumnus can't recognize their alma mater at first glance, something's amiss.
Of course, like everything else in the college football world, this is all about the money.
Nike comes up with numerous uniform combinations which it provides to the university and sells to the general public. After a few years, it repeats that scenario.
I'd settle for a Beat Pitt sweatshirt. Oh, that's right, WVU doesn't play the Panthers any more.