Fists, bruises and baseball

I like the experience of being at and viewing a good baseball game on any level.

I enjoy watching golf, playing it and also taking in a fight night, whether it’s in person or on television.

Lately, I’ve been doing a little bit of all the above. However, I probably could’ve done without the golf episode last month where I happened to hit the wife in the leg with an errant tee shot. It’s a long story and I’ll leave it at that.

Anyway, on the off chance anyone hasn’t heard about this, it wholeheartedly works. Taking parsley and placing it on a bruised area while it’s being iced indeed will help take the discoloration out of the area.

Going on the theory that a lot of folks in the Mid-Ohio Valley might not know, Wirt County teacher Mike Sheppard is both promoting and fighting in the “Fishbone Fight Night I” that is set for Saturday evening on Aug. 3 here in Vienna.

Although the fight card is shaping up nicely, everything isn’t quite official just yet.

Some things are official, though, and that includes the fact guys like Sheppard, Dustin Echard, Nate Hall, Preston Wilson and Joe Paintiff will be on the card.

Also of note, professional kickboxer Chad Blevins, who works out of Sam’s Gym in Glouster, Ohio will be on hand to fight as well.

Probably the most interesting fight, at least from what I know early on about the card, will be the lightweight battle between Parkersburg twins Josh and Justin Knopp. They both reached the semifinals of this year’s Parkersburg Toughman contest, which was won by Wilson. Josh won his semifinal before falling to Wilson, who eliminated Justin in the other semifinal.

“This will be my 11th show that I’ve promoted, but the first one I’ve promoted and fought on,” said Sheppard. “It’s really stressful. I’ll have a partner who will be there to help me in Keith Barr.”

Barr is promoting a show set to take place on July 27 at the Braxton County Armory in Gassaway.

Another interesting aspect of the fight at the Fishbone Gill and Grill will be the fact it’s scheduled to take place outside.

Moving back to the baseball diamond, I had heard recently that Glenville State College is getting close to hiring a new coach for the Pioneers’ first season in the Mountain East Conference. The candidate mentioned to me is an assistant coach at West Virginia State University.

I decided to go straight to the source and talk with Janet Bailey, who is the athletics director at GSC.

The hiring process is indeed moving along swiftly.

It’s amazing to me that a Division II program would drum up the kind of interest the Pioneers received when this job was posted.

Bailey told me more than seven dozen applicants flooded Glenville State in hopes of landing the job, but that number has dwindled down to a quartet of candidates.

On campus interviews are being conducted this week and the head coach is expected to be named early next week.

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