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Editor’s corner: Winning formulas lead to full fall seasons in sports

What would have been considered a minor feat in years past is definitely quite an accomplishment. Fall sports, which brought plenty of successes and memories, scored big with team members, fans and the community.

Never mind the all the wins — in which there were plenty for our football and soccer teams. Just getting through an unprecedented season during the COVID-19 pandemic was victory enough.

Accomplishments are far too many to mention. From the Eisenhower Knights terrific football team to the high-scoring and stingy Warren Dragons boys and girls soccer teams. These, in trying times, were seasons to remember.

Even the Dragon football team showed its resiliency. After a 1-3 start, it was a fantastic four-game finish that ended with a comeback 34-28 win against Sharpsville. “The seniors deserve this,” Coach Mark Morelli said. “This is going to be one of those games they remember the rest of their lives.”

Morelli said it all. These seniors, like the Class of 2020, are missing some important events that previous 12th-graders could always count on.

Life, however, remains changing. This week has been one of the hardest during the pandemic. Warren County has topped more than 150 cases — and positive cases show no signs of slowing down.

These students and athletes, however, have kept their head’s up. And they also were a bit fortunate that if a virus outbreak occurred, it did not shutdown the season.

Chautauqua County also recently completed its fall sports season, but there were some sports that were not played.

Senior members of football teams there are still waiting to hear if they will have a season. There was hope they may play in late winter or spring, but no one is quite sure about how this virus will play out during the holidays.

Last week we noted Chautauqua County numbers are about 14 times that of Warren County.

Consider this. In the last week, our New York state neighbor had 140 cases. That’s close to the total number since March here.

Our rural setting has some benefits. We automatically are socially distant.

John D’Agostino is the regional editor of the Times Observer, The Post-Journal and OBSERVER in Dunkirk, N.Y. Send comments to jdagostino@observertoday.com or call (716) 487-1111, ext. 253.

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