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Mark’s Musings – March 28, 2018

| March 27, 2018

Mark Fortune

The Ashland Lady Eagles deserve to be congratulated on a tremendous season that ended with a loss in the NCAA Division II National Championship game against Central Missouri. During their two season run the Lady Eagles recorded a 73 game win streak and the nation’s highest points per game average. The Lady Eagles just couldn’t get shots that normally go in to drop despite starting the game seven for seven.

But despite the loss what the Lady Eagles accomplished over the past two seasons will not be forgotten and will go down as the greatest sports feat in Ashland University history. The Lady Eagles are the only team to ever – ever – average more than 100 points per game in the regular season. Wow. There is much more that can be said and written and I am sure it will be. One thing is for sure, they are the team that others will always strive and aspire to be.

If you didn’t already know, the link to Coshocton County of course is assistant coach Kari (Daugherty) Pickens and senior Andi Daugherty who are two of the three daughters of River View and Ohio University Bobcat legend Carolyn (Mast) Daugherty and RV and Wilmington College standout Bill Daugherty.

Did you happen to watch any of the coverage of the March for Our Lives that was held in over 800 locations around the world? You have to give these youngsters credit for their courage and fortitude to try to force change upon Washington D.C. The problem is a deep social one and somehow the advance and ease of our youngsters (and adults) to prey upon one another via social media needs to be in the discussion.

It seems that spring and the typically warmer temperatures that accompany this season are just falling behind the calendar a tad but you know that sooner or later they will arrive.

The Cleveland Indians ended the Cactus League season with 19 wins, tying them with Milwaukee and the Cubs. The Reds posted 10 wins and the Pirates had 11 wins in the Grapefruit League. The predictions for the 2018 baseball season are the Washington Nationals and the Yankees in the World Series. Predictions are not always right. Just ask anyone that filled out a NCAA March Madness bracket.

Hopefully you had time to make some bids on all the wonderful items available via the Chamber of Commerce auction last week. Thousands of dollars of merchandise and certificates were donated and volunteers gave their time to round things up for this annual event that helps your Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce. Now, if you did have the winning bid, it’s time to go get your items at the Chamber office, located inside Central Ohio Technical College in Roscoe.

It took about three weeks but the amount of water flowing down the Walhonding River finally fell several feet to allow part of the walking path and the shelters at Lake Park to dry out. That was a lot of water!

Are you ready for the big project? I am referring of course, to the construction and improvement project of the Three Rivers Bridge, cloverleaf and the related overpasses and roads. Hang on!

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