EHS shows class

ELKINS — A simple reporter’s pictures could have been gone forever Saturday, if not for hospitality and kindness of a local team.

I left my camera behind by accident at Wimer Field. I was there to take pictures and interview players from many local teams, and a kid from Lewis County got there after the others had left. His coach called, and I turned around and went back to take pics and interview him like the others.

It was a beautiful day at a truly historic venue where Elkins High School hosts its home gridiron affairs. In preparation for the annual local football preview guide, several local high schools sent representatives for photo opportunities and a few questions about their senior year seasons about to unfold.

Once I left, and then later discovered that I had left my camera there, I made it to the traffic light intersection next to where Terry Biller has been faithfully changing tires for decades as fast as I could. I sped toward Wimer Stadium.

When I got to the field, I could see from afar that my Nikon was still sitting on the turf where I had left it. As I passed through the open gate, I saw a youth hanging around in front of the home stands.

It was Elkins High School sophomore football player Andrew Stewart, who said, “Is that your camera sir? I called my coach to see if he knew whose it was.”

The hospitality at Wimer Field also included new head coach Evan Hott helping out with game balls for pictures. He opened the Tigers’ field house and went to work in the equipment room. He could have put together a mixed bag of props. With class, however, he removed plastic covers and broke out 10 brand new Wilson game balls to help out with the photo shoot.

Elkins will be starting its second season in a very tough Class AA pool this year. With 57 or 58 reporting for camp this month, the Fighting Tigers have very solid numbers in the Big 10 Conference, and beyond.

I’ll be there, camera in hand, to cover Elkins and other local teams as they compete in the upcoming season.