Another year of picking

As hard as it is to believe, some “winter” sports are already underway.

Despite the calendar saying it truly is still fall, it sure hasn’t felt like it outside the past couple of days.

Nonetheless, we continue to push on here in the sports department and we are down to our final two editions of pigskin picks.

In week 13, the Stanford at California game was postponed, which we will add in following its completion this week.

While the standings show what appears to be a comfortable 13-game lead for myself heading into the final 44 picks — everyone on staff picked Stanford — anything can still happen.

I think that especially holds true after looking at our slate which will be in Friday’s paper. It’s dicey to say the least.

Speaking of dicey, week 14 turned out to be the worst week for our grid pickers. Kudos to Jordan Holland for winning the week with a 17-5 record. However, Jim Hamric was unable to capture the glory he displayed in week 11 and posted a 13-9 mark.

Hamric, the current commissioner of the Mountain State Athletic Conference, was brought back for the postseason after his elite effort in week 11 where he went 20-2 and tied myself for the best record of the week.

To be completely fair, though, Hamric kept his allegiance to his Spencer ties and picked Roane County to upset undefeated Midland Trail, but the visiting Raiders were upended 25-0.

As it turned out, what could’ve been a 21-1 mark still was more than enough to make Hamric the best guest picker of the season.

However, Paul Beall of Ritchie County did post an 18-3 mark in week 13. Like everyone else, Beall went with Stanford and thus his record for that week will tie my current 18-3 mark one way or another. Thus, we’ve invited Mr. Beall back for our bowl edition picks.

No one managed to pull off a 22-0 perfect record yet this year, albeit Holland managed a no-loss week last season.

During the first week of the postseason, my hopes and dreams of perfection were crushed when Hedgesville rallied past Parkersburg South in the waning seconds on a kickoff return for a touchdown, which left me at 21-1 in week 12.

Props go out to Larry Block of Belpre, whose 19-3 week marked the only guest picker to be within one game of the top staff grid picker in any particular week.

Staying within two games of the best staff picker in a week were guest pickers Jay Albright (18-4), Steve Cale (17-5), Dana Spencer (16-6), Roger Brown (16-6) and Patrick Burgy, who went 16-6 in the always tough season-opening slate of games.

Also competing this year were Ed Forshey (16-6), Jeremy Phoenix (16-6), Bruce McCoy (15-7), Tom Perry (15-7) and Brandon Phoenix (12-10).

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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