Kyle’s Korner ….
Each Wednesday, the Williamson Daily News (WDN) will announce the Player of the Week, which will recognize a standout performance by an athlete in our coverage area.
We will also be honoring a Student/Athlete of the Week, which could come from any number of extracurricular activities at a particular school.
There were several players who deserve a shout out this week after exceptional games last Friday night.
Our first Player of the Week is Stevie Hammond, a senior at Mingo Central High School. (See photo and ad on page A6)
His senior teammates Deonte Joplin rushed for a pair of TDs and 62 yards on just eight carries, while Stephen Whitt caught three TD passes for 108 yards.
Hammond accounted for seven touchdowns in a 59-7 win over visiting Wyoming East. He threw for five TDs and ran for two more. He passed for 250 yards, completing 8-16 passes and rushed for 92 yards on nine carries for 92 yards.
Other solid performances last week were Belfry sophomore Derek Wellman, who rushed for 166 yards on 16 carries and three TDs, while senior Xondre Willis rushed for 158 yards on 10 tries and a trio of TDs. The Pirates defeated 6A Tates Creek 55-38.
Tug Valley’s senior quarterback Tyler Conley threw for three TDs. Senior Calvin Blankenship, who was celebrating his 18th birthday last Friday, caught two of those TDs for 132 yards. The Panthers ripped the Sherman Tide 36-7.
Sheldon Clark’s Brandon Butcher was the lone Cardinal offensive star, carrying 24 times for 131 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Prestonsburg.
The WDN wants to also give a shout out to the Mingo Central marching band. They have improved under the direction of band director Terrence Soltesz and their rendition of the National Anthem and other tunes was a great addition to the atmosphere at the Miner’s season opener. The Field Commander, senior Kailey Stuart, did a great job directing the performances.
There were many other good performances by athletes from several teams, just too many to list in this column.
The WDN hopes that this addition of our newspaper will be welcomed and enjoyed by our readers. We are sure that there will be weeks that it will be difficult for our sports staff to pick a certain player, but we are sure that during the course of the season that most standout athletes will be honored.
Good luck to all athletes, cheerleaders, band members and other scholars this week.
(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)