The Putnam Standard Community News Tuesday,October 1,2013 – Page 5 Christian's Sports Beat: From the College Ranks to the Pros By: Christian Deiss COLUMBUS, OH - For four seasons (2009 – 2012), Daniel Withrow starred as the goalie for the Marshall University Thundering Herd men’s soccer team. Now, the 23-year old is a member of the Columbus Crew in the Major League Soccer (MLS). I recently talked to Withrow after the Crew played the Chicago Fire at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, with the home team shutting out the visitors 3 – 0. The Conference – USA 2012 Co-Player of the Year told me what’s it like playing professional soccer, “A dream come true really. Just playing soccer as a job and getting paid for it is really cool.” Withrow was selected in the second round (66th over- all) in the MLS supplemental draft earlier this year, becoming the third Marshall player to be drafted into the league. Someday I would like to play in the pros, so I asked him how much effort and training does it take to play in the big leagues, “It takes a lot, as you have to give it 100 percent all the time, everything you have mentally and physically during every practice. We play soccer every day and I come home every night just really tired, really exhausted, just trying my hardest ever time. So that’s a good thing for young players to do every time you step on the field, whether it’s a game, a practice, give everything you have.” Over 19,000 fans were in the stands for the game I attended. “You can look at any sport, when you have that many people cheering for you, it helps you take it to the next level,” Withrow said. I play soccer for the West Virginia Soccer Club’s U-10 Rowdies and I asked the MLS rookie what advice did he have for young soccer players, “Have fun, I know everyone tells you that, your parents and coaches, but it is true. At the end of the day soccer is still a game and the games are supposed to be fun, whether you win or lose, whether you play well or don’t play well, make sure you are having fun because that’s all that really matters.” Withrow attended high school at Rochester Adams in Rochester Hills, Michigan and was first-team all-ConferenceUSA his sophomore, junior and senior seasons for the Herd. On the sidelines during Withrow’s college career was Thomas Olivier, Assistant Marshall Men’s Soccer coach (also my Rowdies coach), “Daniel had a great career at Marshall and I think the best thing that happened to him was that he redshirted and didn’t play his first year, so he got to learn how to play in college and as he got into his second, third and fourth years, he became stronger, stronger and stronger. The biggest thing was that he was a great leader and had a good head on his shoulders. He understood he had to work hard every single day to keep his starting spot and now a chance to play in the pros.” Withrow has not made a regular season appearance in 2013 for the Crew, but has three starts in the reserve league with a 2 – 1 record. Daniel Withrow taking a goal kick during his days as a member of the Marshall men’s soccer team The young goal keeper is the son of Charles and Lisa Withrow and spoke to me about the important role of parents of young soccer players, “Make sure your kid is having fun. If soccer is not something they want to do, then you and them need to figure out what else they might want to do. Try to keep their heads up so don’t let them be upset if they have a bad game or they lost a game. Make sure everyone is all smiles at the end of the day.” To follow Withrow and the Columbus Crew, go to www.thecrew.com, to follow the Marshall Thundering Herd go to www.herdzone.com. Christian interviewing Daniel Withrow of the Columbus Crew after a recent match County Approves 2013 Financial Statement By Justin Waybright email@example.com WINFIELD - Commissioners learned of Putnam County's financial state during their Sept. 24 meeting. County Accountant Lisa Copley worked 90 days to finish the statement for the fiscal year 2013. "The fund balance is in the negative again this year and the lease under the building commission has increased due to the animal shelter," she said. "It was easier this year because the auditor gave me a lot of helpful tools." Commissioner Steve Andes asked, "The system you use - can you license it to the Fire Board?" Copley explained the issues with the system. "I do not like this software - it's difficult and out-of-date," she said. "It's also very limited as to what it can do." Copley continued, "More modern software would allow for better things." Upgrades cost upward of $150,000, she said. "It's based on bridges - it communicates with the Tax Department - that's a bridge, and if we got new software, then there would need to be a new bridge," Copley explained. County Administrator Brian Donat responded, "I'm sure there are other less expensive options out there." The accountant said she plans to check with neighboring counties to see what other officials are using. Donat agreed that would be a good idea and new software would help save time and money in developing budgets and financial statements. Andes made a motion to ap- prove the 2013 financial statement. The commission approved. "This goes to the state Auditor's Office," said Commissioner President Joe Haynes. Next, Commissioner Andy Skidmore informed the audience about the Regional Intergovernmental Council receiving funds for city and county projects. "We'll receive $33,000 per year for trails and sidewalks in city municipalities and county parks," he said. Andes updated commissioners on the Putnam County Fireboard. He informed them about the Route 34 Fire Department's recent acquisition of a new fire truck. Moments later, Project Manager Dusty Hurley told commis- sioners about various grants awarded to the county. The Putnam County Sheriff's Department was recently awarded a grant to purchased seven new bullet proof vests called "outervests." "Now, we can order even more because we've received more money," she said. Commissioners ended the meeting with one executive session to discuss litigation and another to discuss personnel. Putnam County Commission meetings are at 9 a.m. every second and fourth Tuesday unless otherwise announced.