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Life around the world of sports on all levels

June 17, 2013
By MIKE MATHISON - Sports editor (mmathison@heraldstaronline.com) , The Herald-Star

There will be a community extravaganza from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Edison High School with all the athletic teams participating in a chance to say hello to the community and raise some money for all the sports programs.

Vanilla Sounded Chocolate will end the night with a donation-only concert beginning at 7 p.m.

This is the time for the community to show the kids at Edison they are behind them.

There really should be hundreds and hundreds and hundres of people flocking to the high school to help out the kids.

All money raised will be evenly split by the 13 programs and those programs can use the money as they see fit - new uniforms, equipment, pay-to-participate fees or whatever the deem necessary.

The high school pay-to-participate fee at Edison is $200 per student per sport and there is no family cap (I choked that part in my Sunday story).

Also new this year is that families will be able to pay that fee by credit card.

I know it is the goal of Wildcats football coach Derrick Stickles to raise enough money to no football player on any level has to pay the fee.

Sixty high school players times $200 equals $12,000 - a large chunk of coin.

In addition, you will have seventh- and eighth-grade players at $150 per player.

That is some serious coin.

Go help the kids.

Vanilla Sounded Chocolate was named the winner of the 2013 Gorilla Music Rex Theater Battle of the Bands in Pittsburgh in April. Band members include Devin Delatore, bass, of Smithfield; Matt Fitzgerald, drums, Mingo Junction; Ty Carney, guitar, Mingo Junction; and Manon Misto vocals, Weirton.

As winners, the band will receive 20 hours of studio time and will perform at Reggie's Music Joint in Chicago on July 3. They also will play at the Cleveland Music Festival in August.

After becoming the U.S. Open runner-up for a record sixth time, Phil Mickelson said, "I felt like I hit good putt after good putt and I couldn't get any to drop. I'm not sure what I would have done differently."

The only thing he really would have done differently is take back two wedges - the misclub at 13 and the poor one at 15. He bogeyed both holes. But, worse than that, was he did not give himself a birdie opportunity.

And, even though he said he really wasn't making any putts despite good putts, he never gave himself a chance to make a putt on those two greens.

But, as usual, he was all class in the interview after the round.

Another person of all class is winner Justin Rose.

This is a guy who missed 21 straight cuts after he turned professional.

A tweet from @KellyTilghmanGC said, "Spectator yells at Sergio Garcia "Did you make another 8?" Garcia walks over and hand her a signed glove #welldone."

Adults just cannot shut up.

Justin Rose was 4-over par for his first 13 holes and played the next 59 in 3-under.

Playing a U.S. Open means a whole new level of patience for everyone.

I still think it's funny listening to Penguins fans on a Pittsburgh radio station still finding excuses who Boston swept the series.

Um, how about this simple nugget, they played much better and had a far superior goalie.

From the Buffalo Grove Parks Department, a suburb of Chicago, a sign for all to read:

"Of the hundreds of thousands of children who have ever played youth sports in Buffalo Grove, very few have gone on to play professionally. It is highly unlikely that any college recruiters or professional scouts are watching these games; so, let's keep it all about having fun and being pressure-free.

"Referees umpires and officials are human and make mistakes, just like players, coaches and you. No one shouts at you in front of other people when you make a mistake, so please don't yell at them. We do not have video replay; so, we will go with their calls."

This comes on the heels of the Hoffman Estates, Ill., Park District sign that was installed next to the entrance for the Hoffman Estates ice surfaces during the winter:

"Please remember

These are kids

This is a game

Parents should cheer for everyone

Referees are human

You and your child do not play for the Blackhawks

If you don't understand this, please contact the ice department at (phone number). We would be happy to explain it to you!"

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at mmathison@heraldstaronline.com)

 
 

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