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It can't be true

June 8, 2009 - Seth Staskey
The calendar indicates it's the second week of June and yes, the high school sports year is over, but what a year it's been.

Whether it was the fall, winter or spring, area athletes performed at a high level. Yes, some sports weren't as good or as deep as others, but this past weekend, the Ohio Valley showed once again it can compete with anyone at the OHSAA State Track Meet.

River High's D.J. Duke and Barnesville's Stephanie Morgan have firmly written themselves into Ohio Valley history as the very best ever in their respective events and both will be sure-fire OVAC Hall of Fame locks when their 10-year wait is over.

Duke re-wrote shot put history with an incredible throw of 68-8 1/4, while Morgan won the state for the third straight season in the 1600 and the 800 title for the second straight year.

Those were just the caps to the year, which yielded numerous memories, which will live in our minds for many years to come. But with the end of a year it means the graduation of some of the people you've become accustomed to seeing. The likes of Duke, Morgan, Jordan Barbina from Union Local and the list goes on and on. These kids have become mainstays in the paper and in the Ohio Valley Sports World, but something tells me that there's a new batch of players just awaiting their chance.

The chance arrives in about two months when prep sports resume. Hard to believe isn't it?

Well, I am heading to Nashville, Tn for CMA Music Festival (Yes, I do have interests other than Sports) for the next week and will be away from my desk, but may be able to squeeze in some time for a blog to let everyone know how the trip and concerts are.

Anyway, I would like to wish good luck to all of the recent high school graduates and express my appreciation for the work done by the coaches and athletic directors for the past school year. There's not been a time when I called and needed something that I got shot down and I appreciate that because I realize how valuable time can be.

Well, it's time to get on the road to Music City. Enjoy the summer everyone. There's only 81 days from the time I am writing this until kickoff of high school football.


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