LKC pods produce confusion

I guess I’m just going to come out and say it.

I don’t think I like the direction the Little Kanawha Conference is heading.

As prestigious as any conference ever assembled in the Mountain State, the way to go about things is having open lines of communication.

I’m not sure we get that too much anymore.

I still don’t understand the entirety of the new East/West Divisions with various pods for different schools.

While doing spring tab work, I ran into head coaches who didn’t even completely understand things.

Although that is one thing, I will offer some praise before I keep going on my rant.

It appears, although this is not official, the possibility strongly stands the LKC Night of Champions could have a permanent dual home.

In my younger years, I always enjoyed going to Parkersburg’s Memorial Fieldhouse to watch the LKC Night of Champions. It was an annual event on a neutral floor and rarely did it disappoint.

It seems at least a portion of league coaches want to once again have it at a particular venue, or in this case venues with the top two possibilities being the new Waco Center in Glenville and still here in Parkersburg at Memorial Fieldhouse.

I think that is a splendid idea.

Now, what I don’t consider a very swell idea by any means, whatsoever, is what has taken place this spring with the all-LKC softball team.

Ideally, the way it’s always worked – the vast majority of the time, mind you – is after the last LKC softball team was eliminated from the postseason, or won a state championship, the all-conference team would be released soon thereafter.

However, such always hasn’t been the case in years past and that definitely was far from what occurred this spring.

Obviously, coaches in the LKC – at least some of them – were not communicated with very well, or perhaps didn’t understand, how the all-LKC team is supposed to be released.

Thus, the all-LKC already has been released via another newspaper and was well broadcast – for at least a couple of the LKC member schools – on radio.

I do not begrudge those outlets, but the point here is that what I always felt was an understood agreement would hold true. Alas, it hasn’t.

So, your player of the year is Ritchie County’s Kenna DeLancey and the co-coaches of the year are Wirt County’s Aaron Hill and Doddridge County’s Wes Ezell.

Joining DeLancey on the first team are fellow Rebels Abby Burgess (catcher), Vanessa Tallman (infield), Becca Sullivan (outfield) and Moie Ray (utility).

Roane County’s Miranda Hall was the other catcher and DeLancey was joined at pitcher by Bulldog Lacy Perkins and Savana Casto of Ravenswood.

Braxton County’s Logan Frame, Roane’s Cassidy Taylor, Williamstown’s Emrie Gray and Alyssa Fetty of St. Marys – all infielders – rounded out the first team along with three other outfielders – Wirt’s Stone Cheuvront, St. Marys’ Mikaela Britton and Jessica Ellis of Braxton.

The full all-LKC squad is on today’s scoreboard page.

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