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THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013
90 years of football By RALPH COX Sports correspondent WEIRTON — This Friday, the 3-5 Weir High football team will play its annual game with Brooke, a game steeped in tradition, so it is the perfect setting for celebrating the 90th anniversary of the school’s football program. The Weir High football program began in 1923 with a collection of 30 boys under coach and principal G. Alfred Beck. It is the finale of a year of celebration of the 90 preceding football seasons that actually began in August when the Red Riders replaced the traditional “W” on the helmets with a 90th anniversary logo that is patterned after the old Weirton Steel coil of steel logo. “We want to honor everybody,” said Carl Thompson, a member of the Red Rider football boosters and chairman of the event. “We’re inviting all the former football players at Weir High, of course, but also coaches, student mangers and ball boys, cheerleaders, band directors and members, statisticians, chain gang members and anyone who played a role in the program.” Thompson, who ironically is a gradu-
ate of Brooke, having played on the 1985 Bruin state runner-up team and the 1986 state championship team, said the festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with persons desiring to be recognized on the field registering at tents that will be erected behind the concession stand on the home side of Jimmy Carey Stadium. The actual ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. when Dan Enich, Weir High principal, calls them to order. Having Enich as a key figure in the celebration is appropriate because he is the only person who played football for the Red Riders (a 1979 graduate), was head coach (1999-2001) and served as principal (2011-present). Enich will introduce John Sorenti, who for many years broadcast Weir High football games over WEIR-AM, for introduction of the groups of participants. “It is all about bringing back the tradition of Weir High football,” Enich explained. “Earlier in the season we honored the 1973 Red Rider state runner-up football team on its 40th Staff Photo anniversary.” Then, to conclude the pre-game fes- ANNIVERSARY — In the annual game against Brooke High, the Weir Red Riders will wear a special emblem on their helmets to commemorate the 90th year of football in See WEIR Page 2B Á program history. Weir enters the game with a 3-5 record.
Parkersburg South scores 3 unanswered goals to stun Brooke girls soccer team
New-look Steelers line meshing well
By KERRY PATRICK For The Weirton Daily Times
By WILL GRAVES
PARKERSBURG — Multiple goal deficits have haunted the Parkersburg South girls soccer team throughout the regular season. However, this is the postseason and the Patriots confidently shrugged off the fact they fell behind 2-0 to Brooke in a Class AAA, Region I, Section 1 championship. Wednesday night at Erickson All-Sports Facility, Kirsten Jones scored two goals and Lexi Smith added another as South defeated the Bruins 3-2 for its first sectional title since 2008. “To be honest, I wasn’t too terribly worried because I know what my team is capable of doing and I know our girls never quit,” South coach Ron Bucholtz said. “We’ve gotten ourselves in a couple 2-0 deficits that we couldn’t come back from, so there’s the big difference between early in the season and this point in the season.” South, which defeated Brooke 2-1 in a match played the second week of September, improves to 14-6-2 and advances to Tuesday’s regional final in Wheeling against today’s winner between University and Morgantown. Kerry Patrick “This win is very gratifying as a coach because these girls COACH SPEAK — Brooke coach Lee Weppler talks to Dynah Sayre during their match with Parkersburg South on Wednesday. South See BROOKE Page 2B Á won 3-2 in a Class AAA, Region I, Section 1 championship.
PITTSBURGH — The names are not the ones Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin penciled in atop the depth chart when the season began. Still, unlikely starting offensive linemen Kelvin Beachum and Fernando Velasco will have a say in Pittsburgh’s fortunes. “How they do and how we do is going to determine how we move forward,” Tomlin said. No pressure or anything. Velasco was told about Tomlin’s typically blunt assessment of his team’s prospects as it tries to climb out of the franchise’s worst start in 45 years. He nodded his head and said quietly, “It starts with us.” Velasco was working out in Atlanta waiting for the phone to ring in September when Pittsburgh lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey to a right knee injury eight plays into the season. Beachum was moonlighting as a 305-pound third tight end only to be promoted to starting left tackle after Mike Adams looked overmatched in a loss to Minnesota. Now they find themselves critical parts of a unit that is starting to show signs of coming together. The Steelers (2-4) rushed for a season-high 141 yards in a season-saving win over Baltimore last Sunday. A week earlier, Pittsburgh ran for 63 yards in the second half, able to milk the clock in a 19-6 victory over the New York Jets. The numbers, at least by the Steelers’ lofty standards, are abysmal. They enter Sunday’s game at Oakland (2-4) just 27th in the league in rushing. But for the first time in 2013 the arrow finally appears to be pointing up. “You know, losing Pouncey that first game was tough, so it took us a little time to get on track and get the keys,” guard
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Sox pounce on sloppy Cards in Game 1 By BEN WALKER AP baseball writer BOSTON — Given a bit of help by the umpires and a lot more by the Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox turned this World Series opener into a laugher. Mike Napoli hit a three-run double right after the umps reversed a blown call, Jon Lester made an early lead stand up and the Red Sox romped past sloppy St. Louis 81 Wednesday night for their ninth straight Series win. David Ortiz was robbed of a grand slam by Carlos Beltran — a catch that sent the star right fielder to a hospital with bruised ribs — but Big Papi later hit a two-run homer following third baseman David Freese’s bad throw. The Red Sox also capitalized on two errors by shortstop Pete Kozma to extend a Series winning streak that began when they swept St. Louis in 2004. Associated Press Boston never trailed at any BIG PAPI — Boston's David Ortiz hits a two-run home run off St. Louis relief pitcher Kevin Siegrist dur- point in those four games and, ing the seventh inning of Game 1 of the World Series in Boston. The Red Sox won, 8-1. See SOX Page 4B Á
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After 91-0 win, unsportsmanlike conduct ... on the dad 91-0. Bullying. Really? There is a whiff of unsportsmanlike conduct here and it’s not on the coach whose team won. It’s not on the coach whose team lost. It’s on the father who filed bullying charges because his son plays on the team that lost 91-0 in a Texas high school football game. Aledo defeated Western Hills 91-0 last week. Aleda is 7-0 and has outscored its opponents 485-47.
MIKE MATHISON Western Hills is 0-7 and has been outscored 370-61, with a 49-30 loss in the fold. From the Texas Education
Agency: tea.state.tx.us/CSH— Bullying.html “Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.” So, while real discussions are going on across the nation on how to curb the growing
trend of bullying and cyber bullying, a father files these bullying charges and, what’s worse, is Texas state law mandates an investigation and a report of findings. An administrator, with nothing better to do, must take time to delve into these charges. Terrible. Dear dad, next time just take your son off the field when things get bad. Take off the helmet and shoulder pads and walk your son home. I am now waiting for the tennis dad to file bullying
charges when his child loses 60, 6-0 and barely wins a point. Or, the volleyball mom because their team lost 25-5, 25-4, 25-3. Better yet, the dad whose son strikes out five times in a baseball game. “Since, by definition, bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength, it is quite obvious the pitcher and his fastball was far more powerful than my son and his arm strength too much for my son to overcome, so I am filing See MATHISON Page 4B Á
Browns weed-out Weeden, opt for Campbell against Chiefs
THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013
Weir Continued from Page 1B tivities, the Weir High and Brooke bands will gather for the playing of the national anthem in honor of the George Mozingo family of Follansbee. “The bands are coming together in tribute to the memory of the late Hannah Mozingo, who was killed in a tragic home explosion two weeks ago, and the Mozingo family,” Enich said. “The young girl was a Brooke student and we want to help our Brooke neighbors in honoring the family.” Following the football game, the Red Rider Boosters always have a post game get together after each home football game at the SerbianAmerican Cultural Center on Colliers Way, but, of course, Friday’s affair will continue the celebration of the Weir High tradition and the public always is invited, according to Thompson, whose son, Matt, a sophomore, is a defensive tackle on this year’s Red Rider team. “We have a great booster club this year with John Frankovitch as president, and I’m proud to be a member,”
this week. “I think that looking at Jason and the things that he brings to the table, leadership, his experience, he’s been productive and he’s been successful in the league,” Chudzinski said. “I think when you look at his arm strength and you look at his mobility and some of those things, and tie it into as far as a game plan standpoint, it’s what we feel like we need for this game and gives us the best chance.” Cleveland fans have been clamoring for Weeden to be pushed aside, but Chudzinski said the lack of support was not a factor in making another change. While Weeden’s demotion didn’t surprise many Browns players, wide receiver Davone Bess said blaming him for the team’s struggles isn’t fair. “That’s the easiest thing to say, that something had to be done and we had to pretty much make a switch,” he said. “We know we’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s not just one person, starting with Brandon. We all have some accountability to own up to, and have worked hard that’s the nature of this especially the senior class,” Bucholtz said. business.” “It’s great to see them playing to their potential. They showed that on the field today with their composure and their ability to come back from two goals down.” Brooke’s Michaela Hinerman appeared on Penn State has won STATE COLLEGE, game, and it’s definitely it’s definitely going to be her way to a possible hat Pa. (AP) — Getting one of the games we a challenge, but as a two of the last three trick after scoring the caught up in the want to win,” Robinson receiver, you kind of get games played at Ohio game’s first goal with State, but the Buckeyes pregame hype surround- said. “I wouldn’t say it’s excited to play.” 38:11 still remaining Penn State is 0-9 (7-0, 3-0) lead the series ing Saturday’s game at the win streak. Even if before halftime. The No. 4 Ohio State is one they had a loss or a cou- against Top 5 teams 15-13. Ohio State used a senior co-captain tacked catch Penn State receiv- ple of losses, it’s defi- since 1999 , but the Nit- 28-16 second-half scoron a second goal at the er Allen Robinson would nitely a game you want tany Lions (4-2, 1-1 Big ing advantage to pull 22:15 mark to put the prefer not to make. to get. I mean, it’s Penn Ten) are rested and away from Penn State Bruins in front 2-0. “I’d say it’s one of the State-Ohio State, and it healthy after a bye week last season and win 35“We knew exactly bigger games I’ve doesn’t really get much that followed a high- 28 in a game marred by what to expect from pressure, four-overtime turnovers. played in, but I try not to better than that.” Brooke and unfortunatevictory over “We’re going to need think too much about Robinson leads the 43-40 ly we let their star forthat,” Robinson said. “I Big Ten in receptions Michigan. Robinson said everybody to play their ward Michaela Hinertake each practice day with 43 and is second in that win should help best level of football,” man get behind us,” and get better and pre- yardage with 705. He freshman quarterback he said. “Tight ends, Bucholtz said. “Once we pare for this game like will match up with Ohio Christian Hackenberg receivers, me getting had the mishaps early, Saturday’s open are all going to be a any other game.” State’s star-studded handle our defense played nicebig part of our trying to Still, Robinson is well defensive backfield, led atmosphere. ly. After that, Monica “We had to stay get a victory on Saturaware that a night game by Bradley Roby and Stanwick contained her focused, we had to day. in Columbus against an C.J. Barnett. beautifully and Zoe Mer“We know we’re playUrban Meyer-coached “They’re hard-nosed string plays together rill played a dynamite Buckeyes team that has corners,” Robinson said. down the stretch to give ing a good team in Ohio game in the back as she won 19 straight is typi- “They’re definitely an ourselves a shot,” he State. There have been a always does.” cally a circled game on aggressive group. They said. “It helps us going lot of good Penn StateHinerman was the schedule. The teams play fast, and they’re into a game like this, Ohio State games, but I responsible for eight of have played under the one of the better second- knowing we can string don’t try to hype myself Brooke’s 10 shots on plays together when we up too much. I have to go lights four times since aries we’ve played. goal. 2005, with each team “Roby is definitely need them in a big-game out there and play my “Michaela is a terrific winning twice. one of the better corner- situation and a gotta- best and try to help my player and one of the team to win.” “We know it’s a big backs in our league so have-it situation.” best forwards in the state of West Virginia,” Brooke coach Lee Weppler said. “South shut By JIM NAVEAU They’ve been almost universally lot of games together, and it’s a her down after she got For The Weirton Daily Times applauded as the most consistent lot of fun to watch them do their those first two goals, so unit for the No. 4 Buckeyes in thing out there,” Ohio State offen- credit them with making COLUMBUS — Carlos Hyde their 7-0 start. sive line coach Ed Warinner said. some changes in the immediately deflected the sugLinsley, Mewhort, Norwell gameplan and finishing Coach Urban Meyer called gestion that he is now “The Man” them his favorite guys on the and Hall are returning starters this game out.” in Ohio State’s offense and team after the Iowa game. Playing without their from last year. Decker, a sophoheaped praise on his offensive Four of the starting linemen more, is in his first year as a first-string keeper in linemen. Alexis Skinner, who sufwere graded as “champions” by starter. “I would like to give all credit OSU’s coaches and the fifth Decker has filled the right fered an injury during to my offensive line. They did an received honorable mention in tackle slot nicely after a rough unbelievable job today. I’m that game. start in the opener against Buffaproud of those guys,” Hyde said The five starting linemen — lo. But even that game might not after Ohio State’s 34-24 win over center Corey Linsley, tackles have been as bad as it looked, Iowa last Saturday. Jack Mewhort and Taylor Decker Warinner said. It’s the sort of things running and guards Andrew Norwell and “If you assess the game, it was- David DeCastro said. “I backs do all the time. It’s like a Marcus Hall — have cleared the n’t 20 bad plays, it was three. But think, right now, we’re really well reflex action or as if they’re read- way for OSU to average 45 points three bad plays for a corner or playing together and communiing from a script. and 493 yards a game. Those three bad plays for a tackle, Hyde’s words were more than numbers rank No. 1 and No. 3 in everybody knows about it. They cating really well.” Not bad for a group routine, though. the Big Ten and No. 7 and No. 20 don’t know about the other 65 that that appeared lost after He’s hardly alone in tossing nationally. were pretty decent. eels good compliments in the direction of “It’s a strong unit that has a lot about himself and so do we. Pouncey was taken off the field on a cart minOhio State’s offensive linemen. of camaraderie. They’ve played a Things are good,” he said. utes into the opener against Tennessee. Though Pittsburgh moved quickly to sign Velasco, the drop-off was significant, and the early returns were miserable. The Steelers averaged just 2.8 yards per carry during a fourgame losing streak. They couldn’t protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, either. Spending most of the first month under significant duress, Roethlisberger was careless with the ball at times and buried underneath a sea of opponents at BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jason Campbell didn’t get passed over a second time. He’s all Cleveland has left. Campbell is finally getting a chance to start at quarterback for the reeling Browns, who are turning to the veteran to settle things down and save a season that’s beginning to spin out of control. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski benched ineffective starter Brandon Weeden and will go with Campbell on Sunday against the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Campbell is the third QB to start for Cleveland already this season and the 20th — the most in the NFL — since 1999 for the Browns, who have spent their entire expansion era searching for an on-field leader. Campbell started just one game last season and knows he may have some rust to knock off. “Go get some 40-W, EW-40 or something like that,” Campbell joked, searching for the name of the well-known lubricant. “I just want to go have fun and play, and we’ll see what happens.” With Weeden coming off poor performances in losses to Detroit and Green Bay, Chudzinski decided to switch to
Campbell, who was leapfrogged earlier this season by Brian Hoyer. When Weeden sprained his right thumb in Week 2 against Baltimore, Chudzinski picked Hoyer, who was No. 3 on Cleveland’s depth chart, over Campbell to start against Minnesota. Hoyer led the Browns (3-4) to wins over the Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals before his season ended in the first quarter Oct. 3 against Buffalo. But Weeden’s struggles, coupled with a perceptible loss of faith by Cleveland’s offensive players, left Chudzinski with little choice but to start Campbell. “It’s a tough decision,” Chudzinski said. “I believe that this is in the best interest of the team, ultimately, and gives us the best chance to win. I’m excited to see what Jason will do with this opportunity.” Campbell is pumped, too. But talk about a brutal assignment. The undefeated Chiefs not only have one of the NFL’s top defenses — they lead the league with 35 sacks — but play in rowdy Arrowhead Stadium. “They are No. 1 in third down, No. 1 in the red zone and No. 1 in
points allowed, so it is definitely a challenge,” said Campbell, who signed with the Browns as a free agent in March. “Arrowhead is one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, and that means even more we need to be on the same page.” Weeden’s fate was sealed after Sunday’s 3113 loss against the Packers. He completed just 17 of 42 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown and one interception, a 48.6 rating. He dropped to 0-4 as a starter. His 66.5 rating is 30th overall, and he’s 32nd in completion percentage. The second-year QB, who must have known his demotion was coming after Chudzinski failed to offer his support Monday, politely declined to speak with reporters at his locker. “I’m not going today, guys,” he said. Now, the question is whether Weeden, barring an injury, will ever play for Cleveland again. Chudzinski said his decision to switch to Campbell was based on “consistency and production.” The nine-year veteran has made 71 career starts. The coach would not commit to the 31-yearold Campbell beyond
said Thompson, who likely will be rooting for both sides during the game. “We have a cake donated by Gus’ Goodies for the occasion and we also want to especially invite all members of the Weirton Steel 25Year Club, which is the only organization left from the original steel company. Weirton Steel played a huge role in the Weir High football program through the years.” The Weir High tradition includes a .578 winning percentage over the 90 years and includes state championship seasons in 1935, 1942, 1949, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1998 and 2005. In addition to 1973, the Riders were runners-up in 1938 and 1945. Three former Red Riders have been named Kennedy Award winners in recognition as the top football player in West Virginia. They are Bob Kelley (1960), Keith Jeter (1998) and Quincy Wilson (1998). In addition, Zac Cooper (2004) is the only former Rider to win the Sam Huff Award emblematic of the state’ best defensive player.
Penn State, Robinson ready for atmosphere in Columbus
Band of blockers leading No. 4 Ohio State
Continued from Page 1B practice on Tuesday, the Patriots stuck with Olivia Carpenter despite the two early goals and the freshman responded with eight saves for the match. While Carpenter was posting a shutout over the final 60 minutes, the Patriots’ offense relied on Kirsten Jones, who received a pair of assists from her younger sister Alli Jones. The duo hooked up for South’s first goal with 3:56 remaining in the first half. They struck again with the score knotted at 2. “We have Alli on the field for a particular reason — for her finesse, control and ability to make passes,” Bucholtz said. “Her vision on the field is outstanding.” In between the sister act was Smith’s gametying goal at the 26:10 mark of the second half thanks to an assist from Taylor Life, who injured her knee and had to be helped off the field late in the match. “I shot it around the corner and was praying the ball would go in,” Smith said. Brooke ends the campaign at 16-4-2. “We had those two early goals — everything was looking good then we let them get back into it with a (firsthalf) goal and they got the momentum,” Weppler said. “South came out in the second half, played hard and won a majority of the 50-50 balls from that point on.”
Continued from Page 1B others. The seas are beginning to grow calmer. Rookie Le’Veon Bell returned, and the players who spent weeks trying to figure out how to work together are now more cohesive. The group that pounded away at the Ravens last weekend looks like the one the Steelers thought they were getting when the season began. Pouncey’s injury forced Pittsburgh to ditch the outside zone blocking scheme it spent a large portion of the offseason installing. In its place the Steelers have returned to a decidedly more direct approach. They gashed Baltimore between the tackles, relying on DeCastro, Velasco and Ramon Foster to clear a path.