Cleanin’ out the crowded sports notebook

Kyle’s Korner …

There are several big high school football games this weekend. The Belfry Pirates (5-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in Kentucky will travel to the Huntington area to take on Cabell-Midland (5-0), the No. 1 ranked team in West Virginia. Someone will leave the game with their first loss of the season.

Meanwhile, Mingo Central (3-1) will play host to Cardinal Conference foe Wayne 2-2). The Miners have not beaten the Pioneers since the school was consolidated. Last year Wayne defeated Mingo two times, once in the regular season and once in the playoffs. Both teams lost to Tolsia earlier in the season.

Tug Valley (4-1) will play host to Buffalo (4-0) down at Naugatuck for one of the top Class A games in the state this weekend.

… The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers’ 45-6 win against Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Offensive Champion was running back Wendell Smallwood, the Defensive Champion was cornerback Terrell Chestnut and the Special Teams Champion was punter Nick O’Toole.

… The Big 12 Conference has announced that Fox has enacted a six-day window for the West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State game on Saturday, Oct. 10, which means game time for WVU’s home football game against the Cowboys at Milan Puskar Stadium will not be determined until next weekend.

West Virginia’s game against the Cowboys will be the ‘Stripe the Stadium’ game.

… WVU (3-)), ranked No. 23, will travel to No. 15 Oklahoma (3-0) this Saturday and the game will be televised on FOX starting at 12 noon EST.

… Tickets for WVU men’s basketball non-conference home games and mini-packages for Big 12 home games will go on sale Monday, Oct. 5, at 9 a.m.

Season tickets are still available for purchase. Fans can access the ‘Pick Your Own Seats’ feature on WVUGAME.com. Fans can utilize an interactive map and seating chart of the WVU Coliseum to select the exact seat location for their season and single game tickets.

… Riding a 9-match shutout win streak, the West Virginia University women’s soccer team ranks a program-best No. 4 in today’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Women’s Top 25 Poll.

… For the second straight season, staff from Sporting News picked the University of Pikeville as the preseason favorite in NAIA Men’s Basketball, according to a top-10 poll included in their national college basketball preview which hit newsstands this week.

In addition to the top-10, the outlet also released five-member First and Second Preseason All-American Teams. UPIKE senior guard K.K. Simmons was listed in the first group, while his backcourt classmate Macari Brooks made the second team.

The Bears, winners of 59 games in the past two seasons, ended the 2014-15 season ranked sixth in the NAIA Postseason Top-25 after advancing to the NAIA National Tournament quarterfinals.

(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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