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Mar. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Balanced calendar would hurt football

No one in Cabell County can deny the impact that having two GREAT football teams has had on this community. Never before since the consolidations have we seen such a sense of community, school spirit and pride than in the past few football seasons at both high schools.

WVSSAC rules dictate when football practice can start, and those first few weeks are crucial to the development and organization of the team. If we move to the year-round calendar, then on Aug. 4, 2014, when every other West Virginia high school football player will be on the field, our student-athletes will be in school. The same goes for our award-winning bands, whose performances are the result of hours upon hours of grueling practices before the season begins.

I can't begin to imagine the hundreds of thousands of dollars the success of these teams has brought to the schools in the form of sold-out and nearly sold-out crowds and concessions.

A vote for the "balanced calendar" would automatically put our hard-working football players, band members and coaches at a HUGE disadvantage to the rest of the state.

Please email our board members and urge them to vote "NO" to the balanced calendar proposal.

Faith Johnson

Barboursville

A message for Herd basketball

This is an open letter to the Marshall men's basketball team:

Dear Thundering Herd,

I was so excited when my parents purchased season tickets this year. We had to pay $300 for the three of us and sit in the nosebleed section, but I didn't care. I love basketball, and I've played since I was 4.

My dad always taught me, win or lose, if you try your best, give 100 percent, you can walk off the court with your head held high. I just wanted to know if you tried your best. It seemed like you didn't even care. I'm not asking that you dominated. I'm not even asking that you won. I'm just asking that you cared, that you give it your 100 percent. I want you to care that your fans spend their hard-earned money to come see you play. I want you care about the university that is giving you a free ride. I want you to care about all the kids that come to watch the game and hope to play college sports someday. I want you to give 100 percent. If you'll do that, I'll be a fan for life.

Holly Ramey

South Point

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