WHEELING - There are some people who spend their whole lives dealing with sports and never step foot on a playing surface.
Jacob Pavilack is one of those people.
Though you may have never met, nor seen the 17 year old, if you're a fan of Wheeling Park athletics, there's a good chance you know his voice.
Pavilack is the play-by-play voice for the Patriots during football and basketball season. However, the Park senior's talents do not end there as he also runs the video operating board for Wheeling Nailers home games as well as being the Audio Director for the Washington Wild Things.
"I started my eighth grade year at AM 1600 where I was brought on as the sports director, so I started getting interested in that," Pavilack recalled. "Then when I was a freshman, I found out (Park) had a radio and TV class. I took the radio class and loved it ever since."
The Wheeling native's love of sports started long before high school where, at the age of 10, he began to play baseball.
"I'd get the giant baseball and basketball reference books and just read through them," he said. "Then I played basketball for the freshman team and called the varsity games on the radio. That was pretty cool."
Though the days of Pavilack stepping on a court again are slim to none. According to the senior, that's fine with him.
"I wouldn't have the talents to play," he joked. "I enjoy calling the game just as much, maybe even a little more."
And when it comes to calling a football or a basketball game, there's no question to which one Pavilack would rather do.
"Definitely basketball," he said without hesitation. "In football, a lot of times it could be a blowout. There are not as many blowouts in basketball. In basketball, anything can happen. I've seen in the last few minutes of (basketball) games some crazy moments. That's the thing that excites me about basketball. Anyone can win on any given day. The best shooting team can fall flat and the underdog can somehow pull off an upset."
Since attending Wheeling Park basketball games during the past four years, Pavilack isn't ashamed to admit he has a favorite player.
"Bubby Goodwin. My most memorable moment is going to the regional championship held in Preston. It's a pretty crazy place to play and Bubby hit a last-second shot to win the game. He hit a mid-range jumper off the backboard and the place went nuts."
Though after Pavilack graduates he wants to be a commercial airline pilot (he is actively involved with the Allegheny County airport in trying to get his private pilots license), he will never forget his time behind the mic.
"The feedback I've gotten over the past four years has been awesome,'' he said. ''It just goes to show that even though we're a small, high school station, there's still a great community that keeps up with Wheeling Park athletics. And whenever they can't make it to the game, they always tune in and listen. It's always nice to hear feedback."
The 25-Point Club
Mark Winters, Magnolia: Winters scored a game-high of 38 points in a victory against Greater Beckley Christian. He also had 30 in a victory against Clay-Battelle.
Cassidy McCullough, River: McCullough scored 25 points in a victory against Bridgeport.
Zack Wilhoite, Magnolia: Wilhoite poured in 33 points in a victory against Parkersburg.
Angela Staffileno, Brooke: Staffileno scored a game-high 26 points in a loss against Parkersburg South.
Cody Shau, Martins Ferry: Shau poured in 30 points in victory against Bellaire.
Bre Berryman, Indian Creek: Berryman scored 26 points in a win against Minerva.
Tanner Filben, John Marshall: Filben scored a game-high of 30 points in a victory against Barnesville.
Darren Heintzman, Tyler Consolidated: Heintzman scored 26 points in a victory against Hundred.
Caitlyn Kroll, Bridgeport: Kroll poured in 27 points in a victory against Beallsville.
The Downtown Ace
Cameron Jorris, Monroe Central: Jorris drained four 3s in a defeat of West Muskingum.
Karli Bonar, Shadyside: Bonar sank five 3s in a victory against Barnesville.
Mo Liedtke, Fort Frye: Liedtke knocked down five 3s in a victory against Martins Ferry.
Haley Robb, Wheeling Park: Robb drained four 3s in a victory against Parkersburg.
Alyssa Shingle ,Weir: Shingle hit four 3s in a loss against Fairmont Senior.
Mark Winters, Magnolia: Winters sank four 3s in a victory against Madonna.
Ross Comis, James Carnes Madonna: Comis knocked down four 3s while Carnes hit five 3s in a loss against Magnolia.
Chase Mercer, Beallsville: Mercer drained five 3s in a triumph against Paden City.
Grace Berisford, Magnolia: Berisford sank five 3s in a victory against Madonna.
David Stewart, Barnesville: Stewart hit four 3s in a loss against John Marshall.
Stephen Rogalski, Magnolia: Rogalski drained four 3s in a victory against Clay-Battelle.
Dylan Romine, Tyler Consolidated: Romine knocked down five 3s in a victory against Hundred.