Some of the weight room equipment from the old Williamson High School Athletic Complex has been reported missing.
Since Williamson High School was consolidated three years ago, and then Williamson Middle School was moved to West End and merged with Riverside Elementary, the facility has not been utilized.
Williamson Middle School did not field a football team last season due to not having enough players. They could have used the complex to work out and the adjacent field and track for preseason conditioning. (The word is they will have a team this season.)
I’ve been told that the case of the missing equipment has been reported to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and it is under investigation. If anyone has information about the weight room equipment they should contact the Mingo County School System office at Cinderella or the sheriff’s department.
The building is now owned by the Mingo County Commission and the weight room currently is being used by the deputies so they can work out and stay in shape.
… Pikeville, Ky. now has a direct link to the MLB Hall of Fame. This past weekend former pitcher Greg Maddux was inducted into the distinguished group.
Maddux played his first year of professional baseball for the old Pikeville Cubs minor league team back in 1984. He was a 2nd round pick by the Chicago Cubs and was sent to Pikeville as an 18-year old. Two years later he was pitching in Wrigley Field as a late September call-up. His first full season in the majors was in 1987.
The rest is history. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves and is one of the most consistent pitchers ever to take the mound. He was the first pitcher in major league history to win the Cy Young Award for four consecutive years (1992–1995).
Maddux is the only pitcher in MLB history to win at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons. In addition, he holds the record for most Gold Gloves with 18. A superb control pitcher, Maddux won more games during the 1990s than any other pitcher and is 8th on the all-time career wins list with 355.
In his Rookie League stint with Pikeville in the Appalachian League, Maddux was 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA. Obviously he continued to improve and became one of the best pitchers in the history of the game.
… WVU received two weekend verbal commitments. One was from Martinsburg safety Deamonte Lindsay and the other was offensive guard Jah’shaun Seider of Glades Central, Fla. With these two commits, West Virginia’s 2015 recruiting class ranks 26th nationally, according to Rivals.com.
Seider, who’s the brother of WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider, had scholarship offers from LSU, Louisville and Ole Miss.
Lindsay plays for one of the state’s top Class AAA programs at Martinsburg. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Lindsay finished the 2013 campaign with 1,200 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns, helping lead the Bulldogs to their fourth straight Class AAA state championship.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)