Rewind The Clock

Time goes by and doesn’t stop for anyone.

It’s hard to believe how horrid this spring has been, but everyone on the local sports scene just has to push on and hope for warmer and drier days ahead.

I’m unsure if anyone reading this ever has watched the 2016 movie titled “Bleed for This” or not, but I highly recommend it.

It’s a movie about former boxer Vinny Pazienza, who lost a friend in a car accident, which also caused Pazienza — aka The Pazmanian Devil — to have a broken neck and nearly end his boxing career.

As it turned out, “Vinny Paz” was able to battle through having a halo neck brace and persevered to become a world champion again.

At the end of the movie he’s being interviewed and the reporter asked him what was the biggest lie ever told to you inside the boxing circle. He simply replied it’s not that simple and the reporter asked him why not? Paz continued and told the reporter “it’s not that simple” was the biggest lie.

He continued, “it’s a lie they tell you over and over again.”

The reporter, still confused, asked him “what’s not simple?”

“Any of it. All of it,” Paz responded. “It’s how they get you to give up. They say it’s not that simple, Vinny.”

When asked by the reporter what is the truth he replied, “that it is and if you just do the things they tell you you can’t, then, it’s done. Then you realize it is that simple and that it always was.”

For some reason, that got me to thinking about Doddridge County legend Cline Stansberry, who just celebrated his 90th birthday back on March 26.

Stansberry is a true one-of-a-kind icon which Father Time never may catch up with.

Not wanting any personal fanfare, Stansberry, his family and members of the community will get together from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday at the school’s dining room in order to have a celebration for the youth of Doddridge County.

Scholarship fund donations can be made to Mr. Stansberry and sent to 70 Stuart Ave., West Union, W.Va., 26456.

Obviously, hard work and determination is the key to any sport.

Look no further than the recently-released All-USA TODAY West Virginia high school basketball teams.

Parkersburg girls head man Scott Cozzens received a huge honor as the coach of the year after leading the red and white to the Class AAA state championship. On top of that, sophomore Big Red Madi Mace was one of five first-team members. Parkersburg South senior Devin Hefner grabbed a spot on the second team.

Not to be outdone, Ravenswood’s Isaiah Morgan — the Mountain State’s all-time career record holder in free-throw shooting (92.1 percent) — made the first team for the boys.

That’s quite an honor for the Little Kanawha Conference player of the year as he was the only single-A hoopster selected to either of the five-member first or second teams.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbenett@newsandsentinel.com

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