By Kyle Lovern
August 25, 2013
Sometimes when I’m lying in bed or just sitting on the deck with my dog Petey, my mind wonders about things of the past.
Here are a few of those fond memories I’ve jotted down over the years that many of you might be able to relate to.
While practicing baseball on Lefty Hamilton Park’s baseball diamond, I can remember the aroma of freshly baked bread coming from the nearby Betsy Ross Bakery. They made it right there in the factory and the spring air would drift the smell of the bread toward the field.
Talk about getting hungry from getting a whiff of fresh baked goods, I would love to experience that smell again.
… Before practice, if you had a few coins in your pocket, you could run into Sunset Market across from the Fieldhouse and grab a cold bottle of pop and a candy bar or honey bun. We didn’t have time to go home, because practice was right after school. This gave you just enough nourishment and energy to get through practice before heading home toward Nolan. (We had to thumb a ride home, which was eight miles of curvy old U.S. 52 at that time.)
… Taking PE up on the old stadium, which for the younger readers, was located where Williamson Memorial Hospital is now located.
We had to climb the steep bank beside the old WHS brick building, walk the dirt trail up to the hilltop field, and then participate in whatever the PE teachers had lined up for us. After exercising, we played touch football, outdoor volleyball, softball and ran track. It was a great old field, with the stone bleachers carved into the side of the hill. (Those are still there behind the hospital to this day.)
… Whether it was playing basketball, softball or football on the old school yard at Nolan, there was always activity on the field or court.
Whatever season it was, we would be playing with some kind of ball while growing up in Nolan. We were known for our great Boy Scout Softball League teams, taking the championship several times back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
We loved playing softball in the spring and summer, which would turn to tackle football on the old hard clay dirt surface. Then we would hit the asphalt basketball court when that season rolled around, sometimes playing in the snow.
… WVU Notes: West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins says Huntington standout Elijah Macon has been cleared academically to enroll in school.
Friday was the last day for the 6-foot-9 Macon to enroll in fall classes. Macon, a 4-star recruit, originally signed with the Mountaineers in 2012 when he was a senior at Huntington Prep. But he didn’t qualify academically and spent last season in prep school in New Hampshire.
… Darrien Howard, a four-star defensive recruit for the football team, from Dayton, Ohio, was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center last Wednesday.
With Howard arriving to campus as soon as today and fellow freshman Isaac McDonald arriving last week after receiving his clearance, the Mountaineers saw all 26 players who signed in the 2013 recruiting class qualify and make it to campus.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)