Among Our Youth ...

"Who Is Curtis Ash?"

Albert E. Farley

The above question was posed in the headline on the sports page of the Clarksburg newspaper following another outstanding performance on the court by the quiet, but prolific, scorer for the Doddridge County High School Bulldogs during the West Virginia high school basketball season. I would like to write a few words in answer to this question.

Curtis Ash is the oldest son of Galen and Becky Ash, members of the Salem church of Christ. Curtis is also a member of the Lord's church, having been baptized into Christ on April 27, 2004. His younger brother is Cody, who will be in the eighth grade at Doddridge Middle School next year.

Curtis graduated from Doddridge County High on May 30, 2004. During his four years of high school basketball, he has compiled an impressive record and has provided some of the most thrilling and exciting moments of basketball of his school's athletic history.

Although not tall by current high school standards (5-10), Curtis, playing the guard position, was, many times, unstoppable by his on-court opponents. He was often double - and even triple teamed, but, somehow, he was able to work himself free for a shot and, amazingly, was often able to score. One opposing team's coach was quoted as saying, "Ash just hit some unbelievable shots for them. It wasn't like we weren't playing good defense. The basket looked like an ocean to him." His own coach said of him, "Curtis will find a way to score whether it is on the foul line or in the open floor. He comes up with a sneaky 20 or 30 points consistently." His high score per game was 42 points. He averaged 27 points a game during his Junior and Senior years and broke his school's all-time scoring record during his senior year.

Curtis was a three-year letterman in basketball. During his high school career he was selected two times to the First-Team Class "A" All-State basketball team. He was also selected Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year and was nominated as a McDonald's All-American. This year he was an all-star on the West Virginia team, playing in the third annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Basketball Classic at Parkersburg.

In addition to basketball, Curtis is also an avid fisherman and hunter. While in high school, he was active in the Archery Club and was a two-year letterman in Cross Country. He also studied the masonry trade at United Technical Center.

Who is Curtis Ash? The achievements listed above help answer the question, but they are not the whole answer. Curtis has faithfully attended the services of the church all of his life and, from a child, has known the holy scriptures that have made him wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15. He is a good student, working hard for his teachers. He is a faithful son, helping his father in the family business for several years. He is a quiet, unassuming young man with a heart of gold a heart full of faith, strong resolution, and commitment. It is not surprising that he was selected male Student of the Month in April by his school.

We are thankful for Curtis and for all of our young people who are walking worthy of their Christian vocation in the footsteps of Jesus, their Lord and Saviour. In this season of graduation and of making decisions for life, our thoughts and prayers go with them. We bid them God speed. Editor.

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