GLEN DALE - Speculation has arisen recently that John Marshall would have to cancel its track and field season due to the condition of the running surface that surrounds the football field at Monarch Stadium. Those rumors are unfounded, Athletics Director Chuck Duckworth said Saturday morning.
Duckworth assured the season will go on as scheduled, but the Monarchs will be unable to play host to meets, meaning they'll be true road warriors.
''We've got a full schedule in,'' he said. ''But like Willie Nelson said, we'll be 'On The Road Again.'
''In fact, Tuesday we're bringing out the pole jump pit, the high jump pit and the discus cage.''
While competing exclusively on the road would be a considerable disadvantage in sports such as basketball and football, it shouldn't have much of an effect in track. As Duckworth pointed out, the track is the same everywhere.
Besides, it's not like there are too awful many home dates to begin with. During the years track and field has evolved into a bigger-is-better mentality. In other words, many are throwing away the idea of dual meets in favor of the invitational or quad setup.
''We always did our Tweedlie Invitational on the weekend of Good Friday,'' Duckworth pointed out. ''You do lose some revenue from that.
''But the ones that are really hurt by this are the junior highs. They will probably lose $4-5,000 because of this.''
Several small schools, like your Valleys, Bishop Donahues, Wheeling Centrals, etc., have held meets at the stadium in recent seasons. Duckworth said he informed all schools during the Nov. OVAC Athletics Directors meeting, that this was a distinct possibility and they would need to plan accordingly.
Duckworth said officials have ''skimmed'' the track and it is down to the original surface so all parties can use the facility for practice.
The coaching staffs for the West Virginia Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic were announced late last week, and the North staff has an All-OVAC flavor.
Tony Filberto, who left Oak Glen recently to return to Weir High, will serve as the head coach. He'll be assisted by Dan Rovira, as well as Wheeling Central head coach Mike Young and his offensive coordinator, Jason Rine.
They'll oppose a South squad that will be led George Barker of Chapmanville. He will be assisted by Mitch Estep of Riverview, as well as Rob Dial and Bo Berry, also of Chapmanville.
The North-South game will be held June 16 at 7:05 p.m. at Charleston's Laidley Field.
A First for WJU
In case you missed it, Wheeling Jesuit's women's lacrosse team played the first game in program history Thursday. While the Cardinals came out on the short end of an 18-9 score against Waynesburg, there was obvious reason for celebration.
The first goal in Jesuit history was credited to Molly Parker, with the initial assist going to John Marshall graduate Haley Rush. A former Monarchs softball standout, Rush also scored the final Cardinals goal of the day.
Wheeling Jesuit will play its first home game today at 1 p.m.. The Cardinals play host to West Virginia Wesleyan at Martins Ferry High School.
Shawn Rine can be reached via e-mail at Rine@theintelligencer.net