Cleanin’ out the old sports notebook


Kyle’s Korner ….

Former local coach Melvin Cunningham is now coaching high school football at Fairland, Ohio. Cunningham made the move this season, after coaching at several schools here in Mingo County the past few years.

Cunningham most recently coached basketball at Burch Middle School (BMS). The Bulldogs won the county title last year.

With Cunningham gone from BMS, the word is that former Burch High School head coach Kevin Hatfield has applied for the position. His son Drew was the county’s MVP last year as a 7th grader. Hatfield has another son, Devin, who is a 6th grader this season, and will also be on the Bulldog’s squad.

Kevin Hatfield played on a state championship team at Burch High back in the early 1990s and then became an assistant at his alma mater under his old coach Mike Smith. Then when Smith retired, Hatfield coached the Bulldogs the last eight years of the school’s existence before the consolidation moved the school into Mingo Central with Williamson, Matewan and Gilbert.

… Larry “Giddle” Johnson will guide the Williamson Middle School basketball team. Johnson, who is not a teacher, had been bumped from that position during the summer. However the person who was hired has now elected not to take the job and Johnson, the longtime coach, will be back on the bench for the maroon and white.

… West Virginia University freshman James “Beetle” Bolden is expected to miss the 2015-16 men’s basketball season after suffering a torn ACL and sprained MCL in his right knee on Saturday.

Bolden, a 6-foot guard from Covington, Kentucky, averaged 10.7 points in three games during WVU’s trip to the Bahamas in August. He had 10 steals and eight assists during those three contests.

“Obviously, our thoughts are with Beetle as he prepares for surgery and begins the rehabilitation process,” said Coach Bob Huggins. “Beetle’s a great kid, and I know he will put the time in with Doc (Coordinator of Athletic Training Services Randy Meador) and come back stronger and hungrier than ever.”

… Former West Virginia University men’s basketball standout Juwan Staten has signed with the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

Other terms of the deal were not immediately released. Staten began his collegiate career at Dayton before transferring to WVU, where he averaged 13.4 points, 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 94 games with the Mountaineers.

… The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU’s Saturday, Sept. 26, football game versus Maryland at Milan Puskar Stadium, will be televised on Fox Sports 1 at 3 p.m. ET.

The Maryland game is designated a Gold Rush, presented by GoMart. All fans are encouraged to wear gold for the matchup with the Terps. The game is sold out.

Tickets remain for West Virginia’s other home games with Oklahoma State (Homecoming – Oct. 10), Texas Tech (Nov. 7), Texas (Nov. 14) and Iowa State (Nov. 28).

(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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