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Smiles abound for state champs By MIKE MATHISON Sports editor CHARLESTON — JoJo Rice couldn’t wipe the smile from his face. “This is unbelievable,” he said on more than one occasion. At the same time, teammates Cole Slates, Clarence Bennett, Nate Masters and Kenny Muhart were also wearing huge grins. Yet, the same could be said for Oak

Glen’s Alex Burch, Megan Collins, Christen Mangano and Alex Arnott, Weirton Madonna’s Gianna Anile, Chloe Conner, Cameron Dowiak and Hannah Bargar, Weir’s Alexis Virtue, Kristen Mastrantoni, Chantelle Harper and Stephanie Pennacchio, along the Golden Bears’ Micah Swiger. They are all now called state champs. Of the 18 state champions from the trio of schools, a dozen will return next

year seeking the same fate, the same smile, the same pose atop the podium. Burch, Collins, Mastrantoni, Virtue, Masters and Muhart all graduate. “This is a great feeling,” said Burch, who finished her career with four state titles. The other five agreed. Burch also finished second in the 200, 400 and sixth in the 100. “Today was a day of ups and downs,” she said Saturday. “I let it all

out, got mad for a second, and then got happy again. I had more races to come and I couldn’t let that affect me. I had to get over it.” The half-dozen seniors left Laidley Field at the University of Charleston with that coveted possession — a gold medal. And, that piece of jewelry is never guaranteed. See TRACK Page 2B Á

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STATE CHAMPS — State champions were crowned at the West Virginia State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field. From left, Weir High’s Cole Slates runs the 200 en route to the victory. He also teamed with JoJo Rice, Nate Masters and Clarence Bennett to win the 4x100 and Rice, Bennett and Kenny Muhart to win the Class AA 4x200; Oak Glen’s Megan Collins (facing) hugs teammate Alex Burch after they won the Class AA 4x400 with Christen Mangano and Alex Arnott; Weirton Madonna’s Gianna Anile, left, and Chloe Conner celebrate after capturing the Class A 4x400 with teammates Cameron Dowiak and Hannah Bargar.

Astros locked up Solo blast by Alvarez only run in Pirates win

Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Jeff Locke didn’t have his best stuff Sunday. He didn’t need it to shut down the majors’ worst team. Locke allowed three hits over seven innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the eighth time in 10 games, 1-0 over the Houston. Locke (4-1) won his fourth straight decision and gave up one run or fewer for the fifth time in his past eight outings. He struck out four and walked three. “’Pitched’ is the imperative word,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Locke. “He was behind a number of counts, his firstpitch strikes were below 50 percent... but, that being said, he didn’t give up anything. He was able to put a foot down, get balls on the

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CLOSE WIN — Pittsburgh starting pitcher Jeff Locke throws a pitch during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros at PNC Park.

Some things I will never understand, this is one The fact that there was talk of Mike Collopy not being back as the Edison baseball coach next year is unacceptable. The fact that, from what I was told, more than 100 people showed up at the Edison school board meeting last week to back Collopy is highly acceptable. Dear Edison school board, you have a lot of tough decisions on your collective hands to ensure the future of that district. Since a levy hasn’t been passed since what seems like Noah started on the ark, your fiduciary responsibility is enough to keep you busy.

MIKE MATHISON To even entertain any thought for one second of not renewing Collopy as the baseball coach should not even be on your top 1,000,000 things to do to help all the students in

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the district. All Collopy has done since taking over for current superintendent Bill Beattie is win. But, far more important than that, he turns out quality, respectful kids who do nothing but represent their families, the school and the community rather well. If you want to talk about things between the lines, Collopy has led the Wildcats to three straight Ohio Valley Athletic Conference crowns in three classifications. In his seven years at the head coach, Collopy’s teams are 147-46 and 51-8 the previous two seasons.

The team had 16 wins two years ago, when rain and bad weather ruled April and May. Edison has made it to the state semifinals, regional finals, regional semifinals and district championship games. So, obviously, not winning enough wasn’t the problem with Collopy. And, obviously, losing too much wasn’t the problem with Collopy. So, what was the problem? Has every player loved playing for Collopy? Probably not. That, as a coach, is virtually impossible. But, those kids are far in

the minority. If you have a successful coach leading a successful program where the large majority of kids would lace them back up for that coach in an instant, leave that coach alone. Let that coach continue to represent his family, the school and the community really well. Let that coach continue to make those players work hard, do the right thing and represent their families, the school and the community really well. See MATHISON Page 2B Á


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