By: Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
January 16, 2013
WEST WILLIAMSON – The historic Williamson Fieldhouse will once again have basketballs pounding off the hardwood as the 10th annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout is slated for Saturday, January 19. The corporate sponsor is Simpkins Law Office of Williamson.
Mark Whitt, a longtime basketball official and sports enthusiast, is organizing the event. Several good high school basketball teams have been lined up to participate in the one day round robin.
“We have a lot of good athletes coming in and some of the top high school basketball teams from Kentucky and West Virginia,” Whitt said. “Several college coaches have committed to coming to the event.”
The first game is scheduled to start at 12 noon as Phelps, Ky. of coach Bobby Varney will take on Hannan.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Pike Central takes on River View.
At 3:00 p.m. Wesley Christian will take on South Charleston, coached by former Logan and WVU star Vic Herbert..
The Tolsia Rebels will play at 4:30 p.m going up against Sheldon Clark coached by Frankie Smith.
At 6 p.m. it will be the Belfry Pirates taking on Hurricane. The Pirates are coached by Randy Casey.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Ripley comes to Williamson to take on Mingo Central coached by first year head mentor Brad Napier.
The final game of the night will feature the defending Class 2A state champion Tug Valley Panthers of coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson facing off with Riverside.
“For the price of a movie the fans can see seven basketball games. They can get a hand stamp and only have to pay once. They can come and go as they please with the hand stamp after paying the admission for the first time,” Whitt said.
Tickets will be available at the door.