CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Every Mother's Day, I enjoy writing about some of the unsung heroes in our region, the sports moms of our communities. Over the years, I have learned that there is no one quite as special as a West Virginia mom. With that in mind, here is my salute to some of the West Virginia moms in our region.
Her four sons have played a variety of sports growing up: soccer, baseball, basketball, football and even lacrosse. Whatever they have played, she has been there with her maroon shirt on with "Aluise" on the back.
She was royalty growing up in Dunbar as a former Miss Bullpup and Miss Bulldog. Now, she is even greater royalty as a West Virginia mom.
Their son plays baseball at Ohio University, two daughters play soccer at Concord and one daughter plays multiple sports at Hurricane High. Amazingly, the parents never seem to miss anything.
Amy, a Huntington East grad, has been one of the most visible sports moms in Putnam County. On Wednesday night, I saw her working the long jump at the Region 4 AAA track meet at Hurricane. That's what West Virginia moms do.
"She saw me play at the old Charleston Southern Little League where the Kanawha Mall now stands,'' Jeff said, "through my days at Charleston High and Morris Harvey/University of Charleston. We estimate she saw me play 400 consecutive games without missing. After every game, win or lose, if I played well or not, she always said that she was proud of me. When she passed away at the Hospice House, she was too weak to speak, but she wrote me a note in her last hours and told me that she was proud of me. After every game I won as a pitcher, I would toss her the game ball and she would smile and catch it. I would give anything to do that just one more time.''