Stop and smell the roses

Sports fans get so caught up in the daily results and happenings, they often forget to take Mac Davis’ advice from his 1974 song to Stop and Smell The Roses.

When it comes to local sports tams, there were a lot of moments worth savoring this weekend.

Start with the Parkersburg High School boys basketball team. A week ago, the Big Reds stood at 4-12 and appeared to be going nowhere.

Since that time, coach Jeff Mennillo’s team has recorded wins over Princeton, No. 3 ranked Huntington and crosstown rival Parkersburg South.

The Big Reds are a great example of Jimmy Valvano’s “never give up” philosophy. PHS is going to be a dangerous draw come sectional time.

Speaking of basketball, the Parkersburg South girls accomplished something no other team in the history of South basketball has done -complete an undefeated regular season.

Coach Scott Stephens team will enter sectional play on Wednesday night with a 20-0 record, the No. 1 ranking in the state polls and the opportunity to become the first basketball team at South to win back-to-back state titles.

The Patriots have played a rugged schedule that includes virtually all of their major contenders for the title.

They’re ready to make some school history.

On to that other winter sport, wrestling. Fans of Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High easily can get caught up in the red-hot rivalry between those two programs that they forget to savor their domination of the state.

In Saturday’s Region One wrestling tournament, the Patriots and Big Reds waged a day-long battle with South coming out on top. Both are in a good position to contend for the Class AAA?championship this week. If Huntington doesn’t repeat as the state champion, then either the Patriots or the Big Reds will present our city with its 40th state wrestling title.

While basketball and wrestling are high-profile sports that grab front-page headlines, bowling isn’t an officially recognized sport by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

But that didn’t bother the eight bowling squads that competed at Emerson Lanes on Sunday for the state high school bowling championship.

When the results were over, Parkersburg High’s two entries had finished first and third and Parkersburg South placed second.

That’s a tribute not only to the dedication of the coaches and team members, but also to the local bowling establishments and their strong youth programs.

This Wednesday night at Pike Street Lanes, the Patriots and Big Reds will compete for the Keener-Newberry Cup, their version of the city championship.

Finally, a tip of the hat to Russia for putting on a good Olympics. Before the Games started, there was rampant speculation this might well be a disaster.

But the venues were good and the performances spectacular.

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