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Webb's signing reminds scribe of days gone by

It seems that the older this writer gets, the balance of good news to bad news starts swinging toward the bad side and that sure doesn't make me happy.

Today was an exciting day for a large group of MacArthur High School students, friends and family as Reed Webb sat down at a table in the library and signed a letter of intent to attend Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. 

Webb is not just a fast, talented athlete, he's a great student and just a great young man. Webb has been a key fixture in the Mac baseball program for the past four years and that's the sport he's being lured to Eastern to play. That excellent speed is a great asset in the outfield and at the plate, plus he's become a solid pitcher as well.

It was in football where I noticed Webb being the ultimate team player. During last spring and summer, he knew that the football team needed a kicker, so he started working hard to handle that role and this past season he hit some big PATs and even booted some clutch field goals for the Highlanders. 

And, he was always happy and smiling. Heck, even the Voice of the Highlanders, Eric Sharum, gave him the nickname of "Smiling Reed Webb" and it was a fitting tribute.

What's somewhat sad about the signing is that some of his older relatives weren't there for the occassion, having lost their battles with life in the past years. Grandpa Ed Webb was one of the first parents I met in Lawton and he was a dandy. Ed and I sat in the bleachers on many an occassion watching Reed's uncle Mike Webb first, then watching his dad Randy Webb, a few years later. 

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