Greetings from The Booth!
As I write this week’s blog post, the madness known as Black Friday is underway, and shopping aside, it is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Thanksgiving weekend is always the time I get my Christmas tree and start the holiday season at the Woodward abode. By late Sunday, the house will be mostly decorated for Christmas. As for the outside, I will not be precariously teetering on a ladder, stringing 50,000 twinlking lights. Unlike Clark Griswold, last year I bought one of those “laser” light thingies that you simply plug in and point at the house. The effect is not quite the same, but as I get older, I get lazier when it comes to exterior illumination.
But I digress. In this week’s “Views”, in honor of the Thanksgiving meal that we will continue to enjoy well into next week (is there anything better than a turkey sandwich with mayo while watching the weekend football games?), here are some “leftovers…”
I do hope during yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast you took a minute to reflect on those things you are thankful for in life. We at the radio station recently wrapped up our annual “Camping For Hunger” food drive, once again sleeping and broadcasting from a hollowed-out school bus in hopes of filling it with food and monetary donations for Front Royal-Warren County C-Cap. The week was once again a success, as the community came together to feed about 2700 families in the area. In a time of much division in our country, it was heartwarming to be a part of something that takes a unified effort to be successful.
The Shenandoah University football season came to an end a few weeks ago, and although the Hornets faltered down the stretch, the passage of time has eased the disappointment, and what remains is mostly positive: SU finished with a 6-4 record, marking the first back-to-back winning campaigns since 2003 & 2004. In addition, Shenandoah played in a de facto ODAC championship game in the final game of the season. Week after week, Hornet fans enjoyed the nation’s top passer, and one of the top D-3 offenses in the country. I can’t wait for 2018!
Shenandoah fans now turn their attention to SU basketball, and my early impression of new men’s Head Coach Adam Walsh is a favorable one. His energy and passion have carried over to the team, and he appears to be letting the guys have fun and run the court. As for the Hornet women, I’ve yet to see them, but as of this writing the gals are off to a 2-1 start, and coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft has a nice scoring combo in Jordan Sondrol and Kirstyn Arcata. And of course, under the tree is the brand new Wilkins Athletic & Events Center, which should be ready for play in early 2018.
Finally, congratulations to our local high school teams this year. Clarke County, Milbrook, Central, Skyline, Strasburg, Warren County, and Sherando all made it into the VHSL playoffs this year, and as of this writing, Sherando is the lone survivor as the Warriors will play in the Group 4, Region C final tonight against Liberty. Earlier this year Sherando provided the only test this season for my juggernaut Martinsburg Bulldogs in a 31-28 Warrior loss, so this is a team capable of going all the way. Good luck tonight!
Now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to have some more leftovers and enjoy Rivalry Weekend in college football. I can almost hear Keith Jackson talking about Ol’ Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler as I wolf down another turkey “sammich.”
Until next week…Happy Thanksgiving and GO HORNETS!