Some expensive missing football equipment has the Belfry Middle School coaching staff and administration both upset and baffled.
Head coach Mark Cook says that a blocking sled and two tackling sleds were apparently stolen this summer from the old practice field up Belfry Hollow. The field is located near the current middle school, the former Belfry High School.
Cook said the 5-man blocking sled is valued at $4,500 and the two tackling sleds at $750 each.
“They took the pads off and threw them to the side and just took the sled,” Cook said. “I guess they are being used somewhere else and they just got new pads for them.”
Cook says he does not think they were salvaged for metal, but that is a possibility.
“We have no money in the kitty to replace them,” Cook said. “We could use some donations. Our funds are all gone. But, that is another story I won’t get into.”
“We would just like to get them back,” Cook said.
Like most teams in the region, the school has already started practice.
BMS has a new principal, Jeremy Howard.
If anyone has information about the whereabouts of the equipment, or who might have taken the sleds, they are asked to call the school at 606-353-9688
New AD’s for Mingo schools
The Mingo County School system now has athletic directors (AD’s) for the middle school sports programs.
There was a need to have someone in charge of scheduling, hiring officials and other game day operations.
Those hired for these positions were Julius Hatcher for Williamson Pre-K 8, Jeremy Davis for Burch Middle, David Mollette for Kermit Pre-K 8, Rebecca Keatley for Matewan Pre-K 8, Mark Dean for Gilbert Middle and Pam Chapman for Lenore Pre-K 8.
Many of these new ADs are also coaches and have experience with game preparation and scheduling.
The high school AD’s will remain the same, Ted Kinder for Mingo Central and Tony Clusky for Tug Valley.
WVU gets first 2016 commitment
West Virginia received their first 2016 commitment for football when Pennsylvania linebacker Logan Thimons committed this past weekend.
“That’s the school I wanted to go to,” Thimons told the Pittsburgh Tribune. “It was a shock to get an offer, but a dream come true. There was no use waiting any longer. I am able to get my decision behind me; stop playing games and focus on football.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thimons is projected as a middle linebacker in college, though he spent his sophomore season at Freeport High primarily on the defensive line, registering 97 tackles overall and 20 behind the line of scrimmage.
The rising junior visited Morgantown for a camp last week and earned MVP honors.
The Tug Valley Volleyball Board will be holding a class for new officials. Anyone interested in taking the class needs to contact Fred Dillard at (304)-235-1440.
(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)