Two tough nights for Knights fans

By KEVIN LYNCH Staff Writer Published:

Thursday and Friday were a couple of long nights for West Holmes fans.

The Orrville Red Riders came to town and spanked the volleyball team in three games. This was the same team the Knights had already beaten twice this season.

At the same time, the Wooster Generals girls soccer team was battling the Knights out on the pitch.

The visitors kept the Knights in check and scored an overtime goal to hand West Holmes a 1-0 loss. There will be no magical mystery tour through the Ohio Cardinal Conference tournament this year.

This was the same team West Holmes had beaten 4-1 a week earlier.

Then on Friday night, the Tygers of Mansfield Senior came to town and thumped the football team, handing West Holmes its first loss of the season.

And while there were many sad and forlorn faces from the three losses, something amazing happened.

The sun still came up the next day.

That's right; losing a game is not the end of the world. Sure, it stinks to prepare hard and then go out and get beaten, but sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the opponent.

Sometimes it takes getting beaten to make a team better.

That feeling in the gut that some people experience when they lose is something they don't want to experience again, so they go out and work harder and do everything they can to avoid that feeling again.

Let's hope it works for the Knights' football team, as they have another tough game this week at Lexington.

The loss to Mansfield may not hurt the Knights too much in the computer rankings. They still control their post-season destiny,

In other news last week, the Cleveland Indians named Terry Francona their new manager. Too bad he doesn't play first base or pitch, because that's what the Tribe really needed.

It's also too bad Sandy Alomar Jr. wasn't given the chance to stay on as skipper.

He would've helped in the marketing aspect of the team, and when you field a team as bad as the Indians have the past few years, a nice marketing tool would be really useful.

I don't mean to sell Francona short. He's a proven winner with two World Series championships. I just think Alomar would've been a better fit for Cleveland.

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