Last Friday, I decided to travel to a high school game, about ten minutes away from my home. The Tri-County North Panthers came to West Alexandria to play the Twin Valley South Panthers. TCN had a 5-2 record, whereas South had a 2-5 record.
Before you hit the close button, who might wonder why I would write about going to a game. Well, it was kind of a special game for the home team and myself. Let me give you a little bit of history.
I went to Twin Valley South until February 2000. As a little history about sports in West Alexandria: the Panthers made the playoffs for the first time ever and lost in the State Semi-Finals to Saint Henry 14-7. The Panthers also claimed three Cross County Conference titles in Men’s Basketball in 1994, 1996, and 1998. This was a time before the baseball and softball fields were constructed across from the football field.
Back then, I didn’t know anything about sports and I wasn’t a fan of sports. I didn’t follow the Panthers, I didn’t follow any teams. I also didn’t own any apparel from TVS. Granted, my family had issues with the school district with my allergies and health problems, but that’s not sports-related. The only time I went to any athletic site at TVS was for gym classes. Most of the classes were inside one of the smaller gyms (not the gym where TVS plays basketball, I believe), and we would run on the outside track sometimes. Back then, the track was nothing but gravel.
I think it was between 2003 and 2005 when I started to follow sports, when I was at Valley View.
I would return to Twin Valley South as a manager of the Valley View track team in 2006. I didn’t think much of it, back then. The main difference was the track: as TVS updated their gravel track to an artificial surface.
Fast forward to October 2011, and on an off day, I decided to attend the last home game of the season. It was Senior Night for the Twin Valley South Panthers.
One of the reasons I went to the game is that I wanted to see the rivalry of TCN and TVS. For those who don’t know, Tri-County North and Twin Valley South both lie on State Route 503. TCN is in Lewisburg, which is about three to five miles north of West Alexandria. Before 1984, the Lewisburg school was known as Twin Valley North. I’m not sure why they switched names, and I haven’t been able to find any information either. Yes, both of them are named the Panthers.
I’m not going to describe every last detail of the actual game, but here’s a great article by Chris Tilton about the game. I will say, it seemed like lots of people left in all four quarters, as I saw people drive out of the school lot in all four quarters. There were seven turnovers by Twin Valley South, and they were on key drives. Tri-County North ran the ball extremely well, but had two touchdowns called back due to offensive holding. Twin Valley South mixed it up with a passing attack. In the end, Tri-County North won 41-6.
As of now, Tri-County North is currently fifth in Division 6, Region 24. Twin Valley South has been eliminated from making the playoffs, sitting 27th in Division 5, Region 20. TCN is at 6-2, South now at 2-6 (finishing 1-4 at home.)
While it wasn’t the most important or blockbuster game in the Miami Valley, it was one I wanted to see. It was nice to return to a place where I grew up. No amounts of rain or no cold winds could keep me from seeing four quarters of the biggest Preble County rivalry. It was also nice to go to my first game at Twin Valley South, although I haven’t been inside the building for about eleven years. Maybe I’ll go to a basketball game this year at TVS.
It was good to see a game in West Alexandria. It just took me awhile to make it to one, though.
Source of information from Chris Tilton’s website.
Until next time,