The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest Sports

January 22, 2013

Covering Independence sports will never be the same

Coaches come and coaches go. Some of them stay at one place longer than others, leaving an undeniable stamp on their respective programs along the way.

But when you think of athletics at Independence High School, two names immediately come to mind — Scotty Cuthbert and Joe Goddard.

I’ve been working here at The Register-Herald since I was a Friday night part-timer in 1996, and Cuthbert was the only Independence football coach I ever knew. A few months later, when I was fortunate enough to earn a full-time position and got a chance to cover my favorite sport, I had the pleasure of meeting Goddard — the only baseball coach Independence has ever known.

Along the way in those 16 1/2 years, there hasn’t been a single meeting, not one phone conversation or e-mail with Cuthbert or Goddard that wasn’t pleasant. Cuthbert sometimes left me laughing at his wit, and other times he made me think with his understated intellect.

Then there’s Goddard. To say I was in awe of this former Major League baseball player would be more than fair. As I watched him coach, I eventually learned not to try to think along with him. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Eventually we simply became friends, but his knowledge of the game still made me feel at times that I don’t know as much as I thought.

All good things, as they say, must come to an end. When Cuthbert retired in November, and when Goddard did the same last week, it was truly the end of an era not only at Independence, but for Raleigh County sports.

Thanks for the memories, gentlemen. Independence athletics will never be the same.

n n n

When Nicole Goddard was a multi-sport athlete during her days at Independence, I know I typed her name more than 100 times as boxscores were reported or after I covered one of her games.

Why, then, did I call her “Ashley” in a Tuesday article about her dad’s retirement?

Old age? Not yet. Lack of sleep? Possibly.

Ignorance? Now we may be on to something.

Anyway, sorry about that, Ash ... I mean Nicole.

— E-mail: gfauber@

register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Latest Sports
  • Steelers to retire Hall of Famer Greene's No. 75

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are retiring Hall of Fame defensive end Joe Greene's number No. 75.

    July 30, 2014

  • Steelers' Bell looking for more decisive, productive season

    Le'Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw.

    July 30, 2014

  • Charges dropped against WVU RB Smallwood

    Prosecutors said all charges against 20-year-old Wendell Smallwood, who had been charged with witness tampering in the case, have been dropped.

    July 30, 2014

  • cato Word is out on Marshall's Cato

    Rakeem Cato is easily the face of Marshall football. He also has been mentioned as a darkhorse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. That status is legitimate.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • bush Bush making Saints look good

    For his first four seasons, Rafael Bush was simply looking to land on a roster — any roster.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Practice, not temps, heats up for Saints
    The temperatures may have only been in the low 70s Tuesday afternoon at the Saints new practice facility at The Greenbrier, but now a third of the way into the 15 practices, it’s clear that the heat has turned up with playing time and positions on the line.

    July 30, 2014

  • Bowles has a support system
    Colin Bowles, the 14-year-old little brother of Corey, is coming into his own as a successful athlete. The younger Bowles competed last week at the U.S. Junior Amateur in The Woodlands, Texas, making the cut before bowing out in match play. Right there beside Colin, as he has been his entire life, was older brother Corey,

    July 30, 2014

  • Terre Haute hands Miners 2-1 loss in 11 innings

    Ryan Sabo singled home Clayton Smithson in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Rex to the win and put the West Virginia Miners’ postseason hopes in serious jeopardy

    July 30, 2014

  • WVU’s Smallwood waives preliminary hearing

    West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood, arrested on a felony charge of witness intimidation in a first-degree murder case, waived his preliminary hearing Monday, his case now being moved to Superior Court, where more serious crimes are argued, according to The News Journal.

    July 29, 2014

  • Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.

    July 29, 2014

Saints Training Camp