Football news and notes from the opening week

High school and college football got started with a bang this past weekend.Here are some news and notes.The Belfry Pirates started out strong with a win in their season opener over Class 6A Lexington Henry Clay. Mingo Central also got off on the right foot with a good road win over Wyoming East. Tug Valley got a nice win at Sherman.Some of the stars of those games were:Senior running back Austin Hatfield of Belfry, who scored three touchdowns and ga...

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Sheldon Clark golfers make history

By Ronnie HickmanFor the Daily NewsPAINTSVILLE, Ky. - History ! That is what will forever be written in the Sheldon Clark High School sports book as the Sheldon Clark girls golf team became the first SC girls golf team in school history to won the All A 15th region tournament.Sophomore Laken Newsome also became the first SC girls golfer to win the All A individual title and over on the boys side junior Roger Maynard became the...

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Leap of Faith

Wes Wilson PhotographyMingo Central senior running back Chance Lester (26) is shown leaping over a Wyoming East defender in this photo. The Miners won their season opener and will host Cardinal Conference foe Tolsia in the John Fry Bowl this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Tug Valley wins season opener over Sherman

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comSETH – The Tug Valley Panthers got their season started off on the right foot as they downed Sherman 20-14 for a good road win at Seth, W.Va.Coach Tony Clusky’s squad hit pay-dirt first as senior fullback Phillip Lucas scored on a 2-yard run. The XP pass try failed, but the Panthers led 6-0 with 8:23 left in the opening quarter.Later in the first quarter Tug Valley&#...

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Country boys can survive

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comGOODY, Ky. – Country boys can survive.The Belfry Pirates showed why they are one of the top football schools in the Bluegrass State, regardless of classification and school size.On a hot and muggy Friday night, the Class 3A Pirates took on Lexington Henry Clay, a Class 6A city school. Many felt that the Blue Devils were favored, even some of the Belfry fans thought it was ...

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Miners outwork Wyoming East

By John Conleyjconley@civitasmedia.comNEW RICHMOND - Mingo Central’s punishing ground game delivered a key opening season victory.Three Miners rushed for over 100 yards-led by Stevie Hammond’s 160 yards on 12 carries to lead No. 8 Mingo Central to a 37-28 win over No. 9 Wyoming East at New Richmond on Friday night.“Conditioning was the difference,” said Warriors running back Nik Walker. “They just outplayed us.”...

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WVU alum Mike Slater recalls 4 interception game vs. UK

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comWilliamson High School Hall of Famer Mike Slater still holds the single game record at West Virginia University for the most interceptions in one game.Back in 1969 Slater and his WVU teammates went up against a border rival, the Kentucky Wildcats.When the game was over, Slater had picked off four passes from his defensive back positi...

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Sani Warren leads UPIKE over Bluefield

BLUEFIELD, Va. – University of Pikeville freshman quarterback Sani Warren wasted no time showing he could play at this level, throwing for 346 yards and five touchdowns, including a school-record 90-yard strike to Shawntez Johnson, as the Bears outlasted Bluefield (Va.) 62-40 on the road Thursday.Warren was efficient, completing 16-of-20 passes, and added a six-yard rushing touchdown as well in the third quarter. He took a seat for the fourth quarter with the Bears leading 62...

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WVU vs. Crimson Tide

MORGANTOWN - There’s been a different aroma in the air this week in Morgantown.While Mountaineer Nation has always been one to show its full support for their beloved Mountaineers, the intensity level has risen this week.You see, this week is the one they’ve been waiting for since the game was booked in May of 2012.It’s more than just a regular game week. It’s Alabama week.As West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen enters his four...

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Friday night football starts tonight

By Kyle Lovernklovern@civitasmedia.comThe regular season begins in the Mountain State tonight for high school football, while in the neighboring Bluegrass State they enter into week one.Locally Belfry, Mingo Central and Tug Valley all open their seasons.The Pirates will once again play host to the Community Trust/WYMT Pike County Bowl. This is the 30th annual event and Belfry has a tough task as they ente...

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The boys of fall will hit the football fields tonight

Each year there is always a certain excitement when the first high school football games are played in late summer.I have been attending and covering games either for newspaper, radio or free-lance writer now for more than 35 years. I still get excited to go out and cover the games along those sidelines.With the feel of fall in the air, even though many times warm, muggy summer temperatures linger, it is great to see all of the fans out for the games. You can still get t...

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