Midland HOF ceremony lauded
Sunday afternoon my wife and I enjoyed the company of friends and a couple of my former coaches at the annual Midland Sports Hall of Fame awards luncheon. It was a “home run” (pun intended)! The excellent program, in the beautiful Alumni Hall venue, was again professionally emceed by Chris Shovlin, who kept the program interesting and moving at an unhurried but flowing pace. The selection committee should be applauded for its fact finding diligence in naming the awardees and choosing the caterer (5th Street Deli), whose expedient staff was also polite while serving the good food.
I want to additionally point out how impressed I was with the humbleness of the coaches, players and families in their comments of acceptance. Two student scholarships were awarded and their accepting comments were endearing as well. Each had a somewhat different story but all of them had the same modest appreciation of one type or another and that is an accurate representation of the people of Midland both past and present.
The Review did a fine job in the full page article announcing the inductees and their bios. This was a matter that was mentioned in general discussions several times during the afternoon.
Midland, like many river town communities, is steeped with positive traditions and when all is said and done this small town has a big heart and is full of humble appreciation.