The Lough Down


Good morning Grafton sports fans! I know it’s been a few months but it is time again for the Lough Down.

I will do my best to make this a weekly article, but with the number of school sports that we cover, there is seldom enough room on the sports page.

I want to give a shout out to all of the athletes and coaches that participated in winter sports at GHS and TCMS. It was a pleasure watching all of the teams mature throughout their seasons. It was great seeing the swim team continue to send more swimmers to states, as well as the wrestling team finishing sixth in Huntington.

We even had Noah Hodges winning a state championship for his school this winter.

TCMS sports also had outstanding season, with more coverage than ever coming from the Mountain Statesman.

With that said, it seems we need to move on to our spring sports. It looks like many of the teams have already moved outside to practice in the cold weather. I sure hope that these kids don’t get sick from being outside to early, but with the improvements to the Clair Bee they were not able to use the gym this year. I will have a complete spring sports preview coming up in a future edition of the Mountain Statesman.

I have also been talking with GHS football coach, Rich Bord, and he is very excited about the turn out, for off-season football weight-lifting. I know for a fact that they have been working hard and will be a stronger team next season.

In case you were not aware of the change, GHS boys soccer coach Bryant McCarthy, will not return as the head soccer coach next season for the Bearcats.  He will be missed by everyone associated with the program. Thank you Bryant for all that you had done for the boys and the soccer program.

Don’t forget about the Grafton 5 mile run. The GHS track team will once again help with the race, and will receive all the proceeds from the race for the purchase of a new high jump mat.

The 5 Mile Run will take place on March 19, with the kid’s race starting at 1:30 p.m., and the actual race will begin at 2:00 p.m. They will also have a 2 mile walk this year and it will also begin at 2:00 p.m.

Any questions or if you wish to make a donation you may contact, Coach Norris at GHS.

I have been able to run a couple of sports stories that you, the reader, have sent to me. But I need more ideas.

I know your kids, as well as yourselves, put tremendous time and effort into these non-school sports. I know you run your kids to the batting cages, to basketball instruction, to soccer training. I know it takes a lot, because we do the same. So let us know about them and their teams. We are proud of these kids and want to get them some recognition. Please send all information to [email protected].

I promise I am still working on the “Where are they now” articles for upcoming issues of the Mountain Statesman. I just have had some scheduling issues.

I ran into Bobby Beltner ,the other day at a basketball game, and he reminded me how much people liked hearing about former GHS athletes.

One of biggest “hot-topics” with parents, coaches and players is the discussion of playing time. I have seen the issue from both the coaches and parents perspective, and many times it’s not a tough decision.

As former Duke basketball and NBA standout, Shane Battier said on Proactive Coaching, “I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well the coach can’t sit me.”

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