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Park’s Day of Champions

Six Wheeling Park High School students marked an amazing feat last Tuesday, as they were crowned individual state champions.

It started Tuesday morning in Morgantown, when junior Owen Leary captured the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle titles at the West Virginia State Swimming Championships. That afternoon, senior Abby Turner captured her fourth individual state title by setting a new state record in the 200 freestyle, and senior Jenna Bopp successfully defended her 100 breaststroke title.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the state in Huntington, Park wrestlers Stevie Mitchell and Charlie Tamburin, both seniors, and sophomore Erik Brothers grappled their way to individual titles in the state Wrestling Meet.

What an amazing accomplishment — particularly given the physical demands and training both sports demand. We congratulate them and their coaches for their success.

But we would be remiss if we didn’t also acknowledge those who do the behind-the-scenes work with sports: parents and grandparents. Without them, this success wouldn’t be possible.

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