Although I didn't hear about this story during the weekend, I guess it's taking on a life of its own this week.
In case you aren't in the loop, allow me to elaborate.
During this past Friday night's prep football game in Ohio between Louisville and Walsh Jesuit, an "incident" took place resulting in Louisville getting a 15-yard excessive celebration penalty following a go-ahead touchdown with 75 seconds left in the game.
What eventually transpired was Walsh Jesuit kicking a game-winning field goal as time expired.
Louisville receiver Alex Schooley, who caught the pass, was celebrating the go-ahead score along with his fellow teammates, which included a player named Gavin Lovejoy. As the group was about to break up, both Schooley and Lovejoy pointed a finger toward the sky, which ended up drawing the yellow hanky.
Earlier in the week, a 16-year-old friend named Dominic Wilgus was killed in an automobile accident and the two players pointed to the sky after the touchdown as a tribute to their friend. What makes it even worse is that Schooley was a pallbearer at Wilgus' funeral the day before the game.
I reckon it can be said Louisville shouldn't blame the referee for the penalty and the loss. The defense could've played better or the kickoff team could've not allowed Walsh Jesuit to get a big return, which helped lead to the winning field goal.
For me, though, it's something like this that just seems a little petty to say the least.
Obviously, everyone associated with the Louisville football program is disgusted at how things turned out.
Right or wrong, it wasn't my call to make, but I asked a local high school referee about this situation, specifically noting if a player scored a touchdown and pointed up toward the sky would a penalty flag be thrown.
His reply was a simple, "I say no it is not, (you) have to use common sense."
Sometimes I feel like common sense in today's society is usually thrown out the window.
Unfortunately for former longtime Parkersburg High School assistant volleyball coach Gary Crabtree, common sense is the reason he had to retire from his usual post of sitting alongside Big Red head coach Carl Harnish.
Ever since I started working at the paper, if there was ever a constant it was Harnish and Crabtree, but that's not going to be the case any longer because Crabtree is suffering from tinnitus and his doctor strongly recommended he step down in order to save his hearing.
As tough as that is to see, it's also been a very difficult week for the Williamstown community with the recent passing of Jaime Greathouse, who coached volleyball and softball for the Yellowjackets.
Jaime was indeed a kind person in all my dealings with her and was always about trying to promote Yellowjacket athletes. We have a lot of great coaches in our area, but Jaime was one of the best when it came to getting stats in a timely fashion. It's hard to fathom she's gone and undoubtedly she'll be missed.
Contact Jay Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org