Catholic Central senior Teddi Jo Maslowski is a no-nonsense person.
She's rarely mad, but incredibly stubborn.
She's highly organized and is not fond of people who are lazy.
I wouldn't say her work ethic is the best in the world, but taking roll in that classroom doesn't take long.
She's got a great smile, loves to laugh, but will tear your heart out on the track.
She sports a 4.5 GPA and longs to do better.
Tell her she can't and she will - or try her best to do so. You want her on your side.
Yep, I'm a Teddi fan.
But, I am also a fan of any teenager who does things the right way with no excuses.
She makes no excuses and welcomes challenges.
She relishes competition.
It's not about winning all the time.
It's about the process.
It's about working hard, working on her start just one more time to shave .01 off her time.
It's about running hundreds of hurdles per practice.
It's about perfection in a sport where perfection is hard to come by.
That 42.61 could have been 42.57 if ...
She is a four-time Division III state champion with four more titles in her crosshairs in June.
The Burgettstown farm kid is the two-time defending state titleholder in the 100 hurdles. She also won the 300 hurdles in a meet and Division III state record time and teamed with Cassy Stevens, Katrina Vosteen and Margaret Beigel to grab the 4x200 relay crown. Stevens graduated, but Vosteen and Beigel are back.
Maslowski has a chance to stand in rarified air.
And even if she does, she'll still be Teddi.
She won't have her nose in the air or head in the clouds, she will still be grounded because she will still have chores to do on the farm with her brother Doug, whom she loves and adores.
When I talked to her last week she had about a zillion people to thank who have helped her along the way to signing a letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at Duke University, where she will be a member of the track and field team and educate herself to be a pediatric oncologist.
Yet, when I wrote the story on her I choked.
I missed people who she thanked on record.
I missed the handoff.
So, here is the rest of the story.
"I want to thank Mrs. (Dolores) Michnowicz, my guidance counselor, because she helped me list all the decision factors going into this," said Maslowski. "She helped me get everything together for Harvard and everything for Duke. She was really on the ball in getting things done.
"I also want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Rine (Rick and Karen) of Rine Karate Studio because they've taught me self discipline and motivation that have helped me apply myself to track. There are a lot of aspects that go into sports that I've learned from them.
"I'm sure I would have still been driven and motivated, but being in karate with them has allowed me to see how much you can achieve and accomplish, especially with the black belt test standing in front of a board of advisors and you know how much you've worked to be in that position.
"You put 100 percent in, you get 100 percent out."
Why is it so easy for teenagers to make excuses?
Dear teens, we don't want your excuses. Just acknowledge the mistake and move forward.
Dear adults, teens don't want our excuses. Just acknowledge the mistake and move forward.
The Indian Creek girls basketball team has an opportunity to do something unique.
The Redskins are the only Class AAAA champions in the Wheeling Hospital Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Basketball Championships.
They have a chance to get back to the final for the fourth time when it hosts Wheeling Park tonight.
All you want is a chance and they have given themselves the opportunity.
The Hancock County Board of Education will approve the hiring of the Weir High football coach sometime soon.
It will be an interesting choice, to say the least.
The Madonna boys basketball team, ranked No. 4 in the West Virginia Class A ranks, visits Weir High, No. 8 in Class AA, Thursday for the city championship.
That, folks, will be a really good basketball game.
The Blue Dons are coming off a win over No. 3 Bishop Donahue, while the Red Riders have won seven in a row since a Jan. 4 loss to Indian Creek.
Before they meet, Madonna hosts Oak Glen and Weir High visits Brooke on Tuesday.
I didn't watch the halftime show Sunday, but early returns say I did not miss a thing.
How about putting together 300 of the best musicians from college marching bands and let them entertain the crowd for 20 minutes?
It sure would be more entertaining.
Some of the Green Bay receivers allowed Braylon Edwards to invade their bodies.
Can the NFL please get someone to sing the national anthem quickly, correctly and respectfully?
Will Desmond Howard and Phil Simms please shut up?
So much for taking the under in the Super Bowl.
Is it just me or did the Steelers look a bit confused on that fourth down? And, what is the reason for keeping a timeout in your back pocket? Wasn't that play kinda important?
Dearest Steelers fans. Don't give me the "We made it farther than your team." That is old and childish and tired.
Aaron Rodgers has as many Super Bowl wins as No. 4. Can Brett Favre now go away?
(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org).