Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy”

Random thoughts: Pete, Andy, and the Muskies

It’s that time of the year again. Most males can likely relate to me saying that my mind is quite random these days as the mix of work and holiday leaves one struggling to figure out whether one is coming or going. The struggle intensified as I tried to narrow down thoughts for this column, so I just went to Plan B, a bunch of random topics that are dominating the local sports scene.

Everything sports related around here has to begin and end with the discussion of Pete Rose. As you all know, Rose’s reinstatement bid was denied earlier this week, hopefully bringing an end to that sordid personal saga for the Hit King. But you and I both know that won’t be the case. Pete won’t go away and as numerous writers have prosed since the announcement, he just “doesn’t get it.” If you watched his news conference on Tuesday that he laughed through, you will see the point.

Poor Pete. There is no doubt that he deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame for his on-field accomplishments but the inability to distinguish between that and his off-field transgressions have pretty much assured that his plaque will never appear in Cooperstown. Arrogance is not a virtue that fits Rose well and he has succeeded in turning the “important” people in baseball against him. Oh, the fans still adore him and chant “Let him in”, but that ain’t happening. Of course, we will see plenty of Pete because hypocritical major league baseball will still use him when they can make a dime off of him.

In reality, Rose is 74 years old so what would a reinstatement have done for him? Not too many teams in this age of young and bold executives would have had any kind of job for him so he’s probably better off keeping his status quo. Sit in Las Vegas four days a week and sign bats for $299 a pop, making more in a month than I will see in a career. Hard to pull off much sympathy there.

Cincinnati sports took another blow on Sunday afternoon when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a freak broken thumb trying to make a tackle on a lineman who probably weighed twice as much. Predictions of doom rained down from Bengals fans everywhere, considering it now a lost season. I say, hold your horses! I happen to have faith in A.J. McCarron as a fill-in until Dalton returns and with San Francisco and Baltimore still on the schedule, the chances that Cincinnati is in the playoffs for a fifth straight season are still pretty good. Seriously, the Browns beat the 49ers with Johnny Goofball in charge, so you don’t think the Bengals could do the same? Maybe not, but I like their chances.

Sunday’s game with the Steelers looked more like a scene from “Slap Shot” with the “chippiness” as it was called dominating play. I won’t say what I really think about those “bums’ from the Steel City for fear the Gallowitz family might cut off my privileges at McDonald’s but if those Steeler fans might take a look at the playoff standings as of today, I don’t see their name in the top six, so zip it until you are there. We all know that Pittsburgh will be back in town for a playoff game, so we will see it settled there. Enough about that, it gives me a headache to keep typing about that other team whom by the way my dislike for began in the 70s. Don’t tell us about Super Bowls, we live in a “what have you done for me lately” world.

I have to mention the college basketball scene and yes, I am still part of Big Blue Nation, but I’m not naive enough to think that this year’s team will be anywhere near what last year’s was. As I see it now, there is not one player on the UK roster ready for any part of the NBA, but that might change. The SEC is a lot stronger this season and the loss to UCLA will not be the only one the Cats suffer, but fear not, I will still be sporting my UK colors, win or lose.

I will say this, though, keep an eye on the Xavier Musketeers. This may be the best team that Chris Mack has ever put on the floor, now an unbeaten Top 10 squad. As the UC Bearcats will attest, no one wants to play the Muskies at the moment, so if the Cats can’t get there, I will be rooting for the boys on Victory Parkway.

On the local high school basketball scene, I am still trying to see all the local teams and I think I just have two left on my list at the varsity level. The editor duties make it a bit tougher for me to get away from the office on certain nights, so I have to take a moment and thank all the coaches who keep sending me the info from their games that makes it possible for me to fill the sports pages for our loyal readers. So if your favorite team isn’t in the paper as much as others, you might not want to blame me. Now, there’s a very Pete Rose like statement-total denial and lack of accountability.

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season and I hope that your bank accounts are handling it as well. I have been a bit lacking in the spirit this year and I thought it was because I was just too busy to think about it, but then I realized that’s not it. I have yet to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” I will remedy that very soon so in the meantime, I wish you all a very happy week before Christmas!

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Mark Carpenter

Sports Editor

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