HITTING THE COURSE: Both Ravenswood High and Ripley High golf teams are in action.

How refreshing.

In fact, I was in Ohio late last week and drove by a high school tennis match (the Buckeye State has the sport in the fall).

Again, another welcomed site.

It means that sports are happening and hopefully events will continue.

All of us have dealt with a lot in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have all come out stronger and hopefully more appreciative.

Other area athletic teams are gearing up for their seasons.

Ravenswood and Ripley will soon be competing in the likes of football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and cheer.

There will be challenges along the way, that is almost a given.

But following the guidelines sent down due to the pandemic from those in charge of things will hopefully make things better in the near future.

COLLEGE GOLF: Ravenswood High School has enjoyed a lot of success in the sport of golf.

And it shows with the amount of former Red Devil players competing on the college level.

Of course, some seasons were shut down this fall due to the pandemic, but it is so nice to see young men and women move on to play a sport they have a great passion for at the next level.

Chatting with Ravenswood High golf coach Kevin McClung, a truly class act, it was noted how helpful it is for his program to have those who once wore the red and black playing collegiate golf.

Regardless of the sport, I’ve always said young high school graduates should consider trying giving it the old college try at the next level.

It’s a lot of work, but in the end can be so, so rewarding.

VIKING HALL OF FAME: Ripley High School will be honoring another outstanding group this football season.

The Class of 2020 Ripley High School Viking Football Hall of Fame will consist of Charles Chancey, David Heis,

Randy Hudson, Matt Parsons and

Ronnie Steele.

The dates for the newest class members to be honored are certainly tentative at the moment.

Parsons is set to go during the September 11 showdown with Lincoln County.

Chancey will be honored September 18 when Ripley entertains Lewis County.

Hudson’s night of honor will take place October 2 as Ripley hosts Marietta.

The October 23 game with Shady Spring is when Heis gets inducted.

Steele will go into the Hall of Fame the night of October 30 when Ripley squares off against Point Pleasant for the Old Oaken Bucket.