West Virginia welcome overwhelms visitors
On Oct. 19, my sons Brent Meiser and Steve Meiser and I attended the George Washington vs. Cabell Midland football game in Ona as part of a long-planned family trip to see a part of the country we had never visited and to attend five football games in five days in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
We had a tremendous time, and our West Virginia high school football experience topped the list.
I want to express our appreciation to those who made our experience so meaningful. Rick Ryan, assistant sports editor of the Gazette, responded to my random telephone request for recommendation of a Friday night game to see in West Virginia by not only recommending games available in West Virginia but also by contacting a friend of his in Ohio regarding recommendations there on Thursday night.
Rick went out of his way and well beyond my expectations in helping, and in the process set the stage for an absolutely incredible experience. His gracious work on our behalf was greatly appreciated. Cabell Midland athletic director Chris Parsons welcomed us with open arms, made us feel warmly welcome and gave us access to the game in a manner we never expected.
My visit with Dennis Ball, who has taken statistics for over 400 consecutive Cabell Midland football games, was tremendously enjoyable and particularly meaningful to me, given my involvement in high school football and basketball in western Washington over the years.
David Riedel, the public-address announcer, spent time he probably didn't have to visit with us and extend the community's hospitality.
Last, but certainly not least, to all the Cabell Midland fans that went out of their way to shower us with West Virginia friendliness and hospitality: You and your community made a huge impression with us, and we are very grateful. Thanks to everyone, and congratulations on your exciting 49-40 upset of previously undefeated George Washington.