Winfield's T.C. Kester holds a claim to fame that most high school players in West Virginia don't. He's the son of a former Kennedy Award winner.
His father, Ted Kester, took the honor as the state's top player in 1985 as the Generals captured the Class AA championship.
T.C. Kester, a 5-11, 175-pound senior safety, is a four-year regular and one of Winfield's best defensive players.
"I think I set higher expectations for myself, being the son of him,'' T.C. Kester said, "and I just try to work hard to fulfill those expectations and those shoes.''
The current Generals standout said he sometimes seeks and gets advice from his father about how to play the game, but not too much.
"There's a big difference between when he played and when I'm playing now,'' T.C. Kester said. "Speed is the big difference, and I've been working on that, and just the things he's really helped me out with.''
Riverside talent dried up?
Perhaps it isn't so surprising that Riverside has made the Class AAA playoffs just once in the past seven seasons. Not when you consider the source from which the Warriors draw their future players.
Last year, none of Riverside's three feeder schools posted a winning record - DuPont was 4-4, East Bank 3-5 and Cedar Grove 0-8. DuPont won in the last seconds of its finale against East Bank to break even.
"You look back at that, and it's been pretty much the same the last three, four years,'' said Riverside coach Ralph Hensley. "They haven't been any better than that. We're trying to take kids and mold them into players, and it's really kind of difficult.
"People can say I'm just blaming them, but you can just see it in their records the last few years. I know when Butch Hughes and Ron Christy quit at East Bank Middle, that tended to drop the quality of people we were getting.''
Hughes and Christy, both veteran East Bank Middle coaches, stepped down in 2007.
Wood County wars
You think your school's in a competitive area? Try Wood County, where all four high schools made the playoffs last season - just the second time that's happened since 2004.
Parkersburg (Class AAA), Parkersburg Catholic (A), Parkersburg South (AAA) and Williamstown (A) all advanced to the postseason, giving Wood County at least one more playoff team than any other county in West Virginia.
"Everybody wants to be competitive,'' said Parkersburg coach Don Reeves. "To be honest, we know making the playoffs is a minor goal compared to advancing and getting to Wheeling and those kinds of things.
"Just getting there [to the playoffs] is not good enough any more. Everybody in Wood County expects that every year. Everybody wants to be good and get a little ink, and to do that, you've got to win games in November.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.