Corona: I am ever the eternal optimist.
Instead of the glass-is-half-full kind of guy, I look at it as completely full.
And it is that attitude which helps get me through, and hopefully it will others.
It’s the only way in these tough times.
A time we have not experienced with so much of the unknown still ahead.
Certainly the health and well-being for all of us is first and foremost.
For without our wonderful health, we will not be able to enjoy all the things which make us most happy.
Working in the sports business, I’m around people all the time.
So the social distancing has been a big-time adjustment in my book.
Besides sporting events, there’s nothing like sitting down in a restaurant and having a meal with friends and family.
At this moment in time, social gathering is on the back burner.
Hopefully we can see some light at the end of the tunnel in the not-so-distant future.
But in the meantime, just stay positive.
And while you may not to be able to socialize as much. Thank goodness for phones and social media.
Spring Sports: Through my rose-colored glasses, I’m still holding out hope there will be some type of spring sports season.
The extension of schools being closed in West Virginia at least until April 20 was a huge blow to those involved with tennis, track and field, softball and baseball.
But again, all one can do is hope.
If there is the chance school will resume, the possibility of spring sports in the Mountain State, albeit brief, could still go on.
As it goes each year, the State Tennis Tournament kicks off four straight weeks of state championship events for spring sports.
Tennis regionals are slated for May 4-9. The State Tournament in Charleston is scheduled May 14-16.
Track and field is next in line with regional competition for State Meet qualifying taking place May 13-16. The season-ending State Meet is set for May 22-23 at University of Charleston Stadium/Laidley Field in the capital city.
Postseason play (beginning with sectionals and then regionals) for softball gets underway May 4. The State Tournament, which moves to South Charleston this year, is on the sports docket for May 27-28.
The final sporting event of the year is the State Baseball Tournament, which is on the calendar for June 4-6 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. Sectional play (followed by regionals) can begin on May 11.
Obviously if schools were to get back into session by late April it would be a short sports season for all involved.
After all, there would need to be some form of practice period before the actual competition could begin.
One thought would be to stretch the seasons out until the end of May and then have State Tournament action in June.
As mentioned, in normal times the state events run for four consecutive weeks. In this case, you may have to conduct all of them in the same week for a variety of reasons. But maybe they could be spread out through the month of June.
Sure, there are many logistics that come into play. But one can bet any of the coaches and athletes involved would welcome the chance to compete in some form or fashion.
Senior athletes especially would be willing.
Having one final go-round in his or her sport is something they all hope to be able to do.
And wouldn’t it be great if they could crown basketball champions as well?
The Girls State Tournament had nine of its games played when the action was shut down (one of the teams yet to play is Greenbrier East in Class AAA, who is coached by Governor Jim Justice).
The Boys State Tournament had the Class AAA and Class A brackets set with Class AA regional co-finals still to be played.
Hey, it may be July or August before you could pull it off, but if so, try to make those tournaments happen as well.
Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but again let’s stay positive.
North-South Classic: In talking with North-South Football Classic Game Director Bob Mullett on Wednesday, he says as of now the hope is to have this year’s event.
The game, featuring some of the state’s top senior football players from the season of 2019, is slated for June 13 in South Charleston at Black Eagle Stadium.
The coaches and players will be announced next week.
The game is sponsored by the West Virginia Coaches Association.
Victory Awards Dinner: Like all things, the annual West Virginia Sports Writers Association Victory Awards Dinner is up in the air. But as of now, it hasn’t been postponed or cancelled.
This year’s dinner, which recognizes the state’s top athletes and coaches in addition to WVSWA Hall of Fame inductees, is scheduled for May 3 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.
Ripley running sensation Tori Starcher, who is hopeful of a senior season on the track, is set to be honored for a second straight year as the Female Ray McCoy Award winner, which goes annually to West Virginia's top runner. Starcher is bound for Stanford to run after high school.
Aaron Withrow of Winfield, who is now at the University of Kentucky, is the Male Ray McCoy Award winner.
One of the Hall of Fame inductees this year will be Mike Barber of Winfield, who went on to star as a wide receiver at Marshall and then catch passes in the NFL. Barber is in the College Football Hall of Fame.
The other is Shepherd University coaching great Monte Cater.