BY PAIGE CLINE
Sometimes the effects of adversity can cause positive results. It's like" whatever don't kill you makes you stronger.'
What was already looking to Wyoming East coach Jesse Lester like a bright future even after he graduates some awesome players this year, has to look even brighter. The cause for Lester's added optimism has to be the way his underclassmen have responded after having been thrown in the fray when the Warriors were hit with more than their share of injuries to key players.
True, you don't replace a horse like Travis Smith, but coach Lester has shuffled his lineup and played to the strength of the unknown players--unknown to most fans, not to Lester who sees them in practice every day and knows what they are capable of.
When East lost their first, and only, game of the season at Oak Hill, most fans were willing to give the Warriors a pass given the fact that they were playing shorthanded. The coach and the team thought they should have won anyway. That is the mindset at New Richmond these days.
A message for next year's opponents: regardless of what the Warriors do the rest of the year, don't expect them to be a doormat for anyone next year while they are rebuilding. There is a lot of evidence that they have already rebuilt.
Over at Westside, the Renegades, a team that has had some injuries of their own, are taking some thumpings but in the process they are steeling themselves for tournament time. Playing teams like Capital and Logan and Poca and, yes, Wyoming East is good preparation for the difficult games of the post-season.
The challenge for Nick Cook and the other Westside coaches is to keep up the morale of the troops. Defeats have a way of creating self-doubt and loss of confidence.
If the Renegades learn from the losses, then they will be a force to be reckoned with come March.
THE GOLF JOKE:
These two rednecks, Earl and Bubba, are playing a round of golf. When play slows down, the two good-old-boys dug in the cooler for a couple of cold ones and chatted while they waited.
All of a sudden, Bubba says," I think I'm going to divorce my wife. She hasn't spoken to me in two weeks."
Earl squints, then spits, and says," You might want to think that one over Bubba--women like that are hard to find."
THIS WEEK IN....
1970: Pineville avenged their only loss of the season by beating Mullens 68-65. The Minutemen were led in scoring by Butch Downs with 17, Eugene Warner with 13, Frank Warner with 14, Mike Boggs 12 and Morris Blankenship 11. Jerome Anderson and Mark Sandy both had 16 for the Rebels.
1984: Oceana breezed to a 122-71 victory over the Baileysville Rough Riders. Darren Whitten paced the Tribe with 27 points. Jim Dancy had 21, Toney Bowles 18, . Brown 13, Kevin Stewart 11. Todd Lusk had 10 points and 13 rebounds.