EDITOR’S NOTE: Eighth in a series. Staff writer Rick Ryan has seen a lot come and go in his newspaper career. Following are recollections from his days at the Wheeling Intelligencer (1978-90), Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times (1990-94) and Charleston Gazette-Mail (1994-2020).

ONA — Cabell Midland High School’s boys basketball team returned just one starter from its 2018–19 Class AAA state tournament semifinalist team. Although that one returnee is all-state first-team guard Chandler Schmidt, winning a second consecutive Region 4 title appeared to be a monumental …