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December 13, 2012

Alexis Clark, the great-granddaughter of the legendary Al “Bearmeat” Vipperman, who was the longtime football coach at Belfry, has been named AAU Champion of the Year.


Clark is the daughter of Tammy Vipperman Clark, a Belfry graduate and former basketball player for the Lady Pirates.


Alexis, who is 12 years old, won the award which was recently announced by the sponsor for the award.


She was one of six finalists for the distinguished honor. Clark is an up and coming track star. She throws the discus and shot put. She has been coached by her mother, who is a high school coach in Virginia. She is a 4-time national AAU champion in the sport.


… Congratulations to Isaac Parsley of Tug Valley and Joe May of Mingo Central for making first team all-state in football. Parsley made the Class A squad, while May made the Class AA team. Both are well deserving of the honor. Several of their teammates received honorable mention.


… Also, congrats to several Belfry Pirates for making the all-district squad. Belfry had eight players on the squad and coach Philip Haywood was once again voted as coach of the year.


… There is some good basketball in the region this weekend. Mingo Central travels to Chapmanville tonight. Tug Valley hosts Westside on Saturday evening. The Coalfield Shootout will be played up in Madison at their Civic Center. Belfry and Mingo Central will play in that event.


… WVU will take on No. 3 Michigan in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night in a nationally televised game. It will match former Mountaineer coach John Beilein with current WVU coach Bob Huggins. Unfortunately, this may be a tough game for the Mountaineers. They have not been paying very well and this is one of the best teams Michigan has had in several years. The game will be on ESPN starting at 8:00 p.m.


Beilein will face his former team. Beilein went 104-60 in five seasons at WVU. He led the Mountaineers to two NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the NIT. West Virginia University won the NIT tournament in his final season with the Mountaineers.


… WVU’s 2013 football recruiting class continues to grow. Junior College wide receiver Kevin White is the latest verbal commitment.


White has great size at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. He also has a great vertical leap reported to be 54 inches. White comes to WVU from Lackawanna Community College near Scranton, Pennsylvania.


(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to klovern@williamsondailynews.com)