Anxious to view South scoreboard

It was finally nice to have some warm weather on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week as the temperatures felt a little more like spring than what we’ve been accustomed to so far.

We’re smack dab right in the middle of the spring sports season and although it was a little too windy on Wednesday afternoon, it was still good to get out and see some tennis action at City Park as rivals Parkersburg South and Parkersburg competed.

Although Big Red Saaman Ghodsi came up short against Patriot Brandon Galici, 9-8 with a 9-7 tiebreaker, it was by far the best match of the afternoon. The good news for Ghodsi is that he’ll soon get his chance at revenge on Galici at No. 1 singles as the two rivals are scheduled to go at it once again in less than a week on Wednesday at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

With the weather looking a little on the not so good side today, it appears PHS and Parkersburg South might have to once again postpone the annual baseball rivalry game, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first pitch at Hank Greenburg Field for the varsity. I for one can’t wait to see what the new scoreboard at Hank Greenburg Field looks like during a night game.

On Tuesday evening, I was able to take in the second game of the softball season series between the Patriots and Big Reds. Having watched both games of the season series, I still have to tip my hat to the girls from Parkersburg South. Although the Big Reds very easily could’ve and probably should’ve won either or both games, the Patriots found a way to stick together as a team and come out victorious both times.

Moving to area track and field, I got a call late Tuesday evening from Roane County head boys coach John Gray.

The Raiders had just finished conducting the seventh annual Lindsey Mann Memorial meet in Spencer and he wanted to fill me in on a couple of details.

Raider senior Kyle Raines had quite the evening for the hosts. All he did was go 13 feet, 7 inches in the pole vault to set a new Roane County school record. He broke the 13-6 mark of ex-Raider Chris Garrett, which had stood since 1996.

On top of that, Raines also ran the second leg on the winning 4 by 200 meter relay team along with lead man Alex Pavalok, third runner Troy Fisher and anchor Steven McGinnis. The quartet crossed the finish line in 1:34.61 to establish another Raider school record. Back in 1995, a time of 1 minute and 35 seconds flat was turned in by Chad Fry, Zach Brewer, Patrick Nicholson and Brian McCoy.

“Those were two pretty long standing records at Roane County,” Gray said. “They’ve had their sights on them and it was nice for Kyle to be a part of both of them.”

Also, a reminder to area Mid-Ohio Valley softball and baseball coaches, I’m taking stats every Monday so please send updated stats each week.

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