The final West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament featured an incredible performance in the women's final between Seton Hill and Fairmont State University.
Seton Hill had the game well in hand, seemed to have the most balance and talent, and was well on its way to securing the championship.
With about five minutes left in the first half, they led by six points when I noticed one Lady Falcon seemed to be gathering every loose ball and swooping in from every angle to snarl rebounds and caused notice in the stands that the outcome might still be in doubt.
Seton Hill still was able to maintain their lead to halftime and for a portion of the second half.
I have been attending the WVIAC tournament since 1973 and have been witness to many outstanding performances. I have seen only two instances in which a player seems to not only impart their will on the opposing team, but the entire arena, transcending and lifting the game by sheer personal grit.
In 1996, Bluefield's David Clark dominated and controlled the ball in such a way that no fan doubted the outcome.
In 2013, Kaitlin Snyder was the Lady Falcon who stood out as the player getting every loose ball, swooping from every angle for every rebound, and leaving me with the impression at halftime that the game would be won by Fairmont.
She was named to the All-Tournament Team, honored as the MVP, and of course, given the Heart and Hustle Award by the commissioner of the WVIAC.
Her efforts and undeniable will to win are a credit to her university, her hometown and especially her family.
Inspired by her performance, I have read of her desire to become a neo-natal nurse. How fitting it is for the best among us to be called to a life of service.
I am sure that all newborns who come into her care will benefit from and feel that same spirit and skill demonstrated at the Civic Center.
George Bossie III