Alumni basketball tourney planned; short stuff

By Kyle Lovern

November 12, 2013

An alumni basketball tournament featuring teams and players who graduated from Williamson, Burch, Matewan and Gilbert High Schools has been scheduled for Friday and Saturday on November 29th and 30th at Burch Middle School.

This is the weekend after Thanksgiving. The tournament is under the direction of BMS basketball coach Melvin Cunningham and the proceeds will go toward his program.

Cunningham expects some talent from past years to play on the teams. The event is still in its planning stages, but Cunningham hopes to have two teams from each school in two separate age categories. One team would have players 29 and under, while the other would have players 30 and older.

Todd Nenni is helping Cunningham plan the hoops tourney and has started a Facebook Event page where prospective players can get more information.

The event will be a double elimination tourney, so teams are assured of at least two games.

Cunningham said if any cheerleaders are interested in participating and getting a group together to cheer for their former schools they are welcome to do so.

Cunningham expects the even to be a lot of fun and to draw good crowds. Several former players from each of the four schools have expressed interest in playing.

SHORT STUFF: Former WVU All-American Tavon Austin had three touchdowns of at least 50 yards on Sunday for the St. Louis Rams, achieving a feat only two others have ever done. He showed why he was a No. 1 pick. The other three who were 22 years old or younger to score two TDs of over 50 yards were West Virginia native Randy Moss for the Vikings in 1998 and Gale Sayers did it for the Bears in 1965.

One of Austin’s TD’s was a 98-yard punt return. Ironically the punter was another WVU alum, Pat McAfee of the Colts.

… Congratulations to the Tug Valley Cheerleaders as they won another Regional title this past weekend. The Panthers will try for another Class A state title in December.

… Congrats to the Mingo Central volleyball team for winning the Class AA sectional title last week and advancing to the regional tourney on Saturday. They lost out on a chance to make it to the state tournament in that event, but the Lady Miners had a fine season.

… Reserved tickets are now on sale in the main office at Belfry High School for the playoff game this Friday with Lawrence County at CAM Stadium. Season tickets holders have first choice of seats and those tickets may be picked up by 3:00 p.m. Thursday, November 14. Tickets that are not picked up by the deadline will become available to the public. For more info call Anita at 606-237-3900.

… The No. 15 West Virginia University women’s soccer team took advantage of its best look and walked away with its first Big 12 Soccer Championship title, defeating Oklahoma State 1-0.

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