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December 2, 2007 - Seth Staskey
Well, the fall sports season officially came to an end this past week as the state football champions in both states were crowned. I had the pleasure of taking in the first two Ohio state title games and the Class AAA game on Wheeling Island. The biggest wins of the weekend came in Ohio where the Mighty Midwest Athletic Conference slayed the parochial dragons from Youngstown. Coldwater edged Mooney, 28-27 and Maria Stein Marion Local got past Youngstown Ursuline, 20-14. This goes to show me that there doesn't need to be any changes made in the classifications of parochial and public schools. These teams can be beat. Coldwater and Marion Local are tradition-rich programs and showed that you can have all of the Division I recruits you want, but in the end it comes down to 11 guys playing as one on both sides of the ball. Wheeling Central demonstrated just how good it is in Saturday's title game, but that was expected. The Knights did it that way all year, so there was no need to think that would change in the state final. One last thought, the West Virginia Mountaineers are still sulking today after that embarassing 13-9 loss to Pitt Saturday night. Here's a couple of ideas to think about: Has there even been a worse loss in the history of the Mountaineers' program, and also, why can't WVU's football program handle prosperity. I have been trying to figure the second one out for many years. It'll be interesting to see how well this team rebounds.
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