Jump rope team hopes for TV return

Tori Boggs of Vienna is looking for a wild card to get back on television.

Although Flight Crew Jump Rope did not advance on “America’s Got Talent” TV show, team member Boggs thought the group put on a “flawless” performance.

The Flight Crew of nine jump ropers was eliminated by salsa dancers during the live performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on July 29 and 30. “We got a good response from the judges and fans,” said Boggs, 21, a world champion jump roper and third-year student at Ohio State University.

Boggs is hoping Flight Crew Jump Rope will be brought back for more performances on “America’s Got Talent.” The social media hashtag #bringbackflightcrew has been set up to garner support for the jump rope team, which has members from around the country.

In the meantime, Boggs continues her efforts to bring jump roping to the stage as an entertainment performance. This week, Boggs and Flight Crew team leader Lee Reisig of Boise, Idaho, are teaching at a jump rope camp at Jefferson Elementary Center in Parkersburg, and more workshops are planned.

Flight Crew spent a week in New York preparing for the TV show in July. Rehearsals lasted 8 to 12 hours a day, including costume fittings and makeup sessions, Boggs said. There was no time during this trip to sightsee in “The Big Apple,” she said.

“We were there to give our best,” said Boggs, a 2011 graduate of Parkersburg High School.


Josh Deem is following in the footsteps of his mother and grandfather.

Deem, 24, of Parkersburg recently was named president of the local chapter of the nonprofit service organization AMBUCS. He succeeds his mother, Cynthia (Andrews) Deem, while his grandfather, the late Jim Andrews, was a longtime member and president of AMBUCS.

The organization held its largest fundraiser last Saturday at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna – the Jim “Hoggie” Andrews Memorial Reverse Drawing and Dinner.

“I enjoy being involved with AMBUCS,” Josh said, adding that it was special being named president because of his grandfather’s involvement with the organization.

Josh said he joined AMBUCS about three years ago and has been involved in the group’s efforts to remove litter from along Dutch Ridge Road. He noted that AMBUCS will man a water stop at Marrtown during the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon next Saturday, donates money to build ramps for the handicapped, rings the bell at a Salvation Army kettle at Christmas, and provides clothes, toys, food and money for poor families at Christmas.

Josh said the local AMBUCS, open to men and women 21 and older, has added members this year and he is looking for more new blood.

Helen Jane Andrews said she was “thrilled to death” that her grandson Josh had become AMBUCS president.


A familiar name and voice in the Mid-Ohio Valley is having a blast working for a country music radio station.

Judy Eaton, former standout basketball player at Parkersburg Catholic High High and West Virginia University, is promotions director/morning show host on WTCR-FM (103.3) in Huntington. Eaton, whose married name is Musick, started reporting the news and sports at WTCR 24 years ago and is now part of a three-person morning show with Clint McElroy and singer/songwriter/comedian Cledus T. Judd. The show was syndicated more than a year ago and can now be heard from 6-9 a.m. on WNUS-FM (107.1) in Parkersburg – which makes Eaton happy.

“We have a ball” on the morning show, taking phone calls, playing country music and playing a game at 7:30 a.m., Eaton told me this week. Eaton, who lives in Huntington and has two children in college, said she has a great job, interviewing country music stars and traveling to places like Nashville and Las Vegas. She was in Nashville in 1996 when WTCR received the station of the year award from the Country Music Association.

Eaton said her father, Weller, who passed away July 28 in Parkersburg, was a huge country music fan and was thrilled she worked for WTCR. Eaton led Parkersburg Catholic’s basketball team to two state titles, was a four-time All-State selection and the 1984 West Virginia Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She averaged 13.8 points a game her senior year at WVU in 1989.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com