Cleanin’ out a crowded, busy sports notebook


Kyle’s Korner ….

Nathan Copley, Belfry’s leading 3-point shooter last season, will be moving with his family to Gallipolis, Ohio.

Copley’s family is moving because of the local economy. His mother got a job in Ohio. Nathan will be playing for the Gallia Academy Blue Devils for his senior season.

That area is where Rio Grande College is located. There is a chance Copley could end up playing college basketball for that school. Copley will already be taking some college classes while in high school to get a jump start on his future education.

Nathan’s dad is former Williamson High School standout David Copley. His uncle John Mark Copley, who is also a former Wolfpack star, lives in Galia County and is the softball coach at that school. His uncle Michael Hagy, along with David and John Mark, are all members of the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame. John Mark will be inducted in September.

… My good friend Ireland Smith wants to remind Belfry High School football players from the decade of the 50’s and the 40’s that they will be honored during halftime of the Belfry-Pikeville game.

The former players are invited to Belfry High School on Thursday night at 6 p.m. to mingle with the present players and coaches. Smith said they can also watch some of the Pirate’s practices.

“I am sure that some of the older players will enjoy that,” Ireland said.

The date of the Pikeville game will be Friday, September 18, at CAM Stadium.

… Former Mingo Central forward Montrell Dixson, 6-foot-6, has reportedly enrolled at Chapmanville, following former Miner’s coach Brad Napier.

He had went back to the Chicago area this summer with his cousin Dikembe, who will be playing college ball in Illinois. That is where the cousins originally moved from to Bardstown, Ky. They ended up at Mingo Central helping the Miners to the Class 2A state tournament last spring.

… It appears John Calapari has picked up another gem. Power forward Sacha Killeya-Jones committed to Kentucky for the 2016 season.

Killeya-Jones is considered the 5th best power forward and the 18th overall player in the 2016 class by 247 Sports. He joins Tai Wynyard as UK’s second commitment in the 2016 class. He’s ranked a four-star by ESPN and Rivals and a five-star by 247 Sports.

… Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White could miss all or most of his rookie season. White will have surgery on his left shin to repair a stress fracture and will start the regular season on the physically unable to perform list. He will have a rod put in the tibia to stabilize the leg.

White is a former West Virginia player, who was drafted seventh overall in last spring’s NFL draft.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)

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