Cleanin’ out the old sports notebook

Kyle’s Korner …

The local sports world has lost one of its biggest fans. Earl Howard, 89 of Chattaroy, passed away this past weekend.

Howard was a big Williamson Wolfpack fan and kept the scoreboard clock the last few seasons for the WHS basketball team.

Howard could be seen at other local sporting events, including baseball games, football games and many others. He was also a big Cincinnati Reds fan.

He will be missed.

… The Mingo County Middle School football playoffs are scheduled for this week.

The semi-finals will be No. 4 Matewan vs. No. 1 Burch and No. 3 Lenore vs. No. 2 Gilbert and both games are scheduled for Thursday, October 22.

The championship game is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 29. However that is the same night as Trick or Treat in the county so that date may be changed. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out. I’ve been told it could be moved to Tuesday night or Saturday afternoon.

The Burch Bulldogs are the defending champions and are the top seed again this year in the county.

… The Mingo Middle School soccer tournament semi-finals will be held Monday, October 26. Burch, the defending champs, will play Gilbert in one game and they play the winner of Williamson vs. Lenore on Wednesday, October 28.

… It appears that Brian Stacy will be the new boys’ basketball coach at Burch Middle. Many thought that Kevin Hatfield, the former head coach at the old Burch High School, may get the position.

According to the Mingo County BOE meeting agenda, Stacy was listed to be approved for hiring at Tuesday’s meeting.

Other coaching hires are Darrell Farmer as an unpaid assistant for Mingo Central High School’s (MCHS) girls’ program. Robert Hammond will be the wrestling coach at MCHS and also the softball coach at Burch Middle.

… Many local fans feel that Dana Holgorsen’s seat is getting even hotter up in Morgantown as the WVU Mountaineers were embarrassed at No. 2 Baylor this past Saturday. Yes, the Bears could end up in the national playoffs and even in the championship game, but many fans believe if WVU would have scored touchdowns in the red zone in the second quarter, the game could have been much different.

WVU is on a 3-game losing streak, after starting the season 3-0 and cracking the top 25 in both polls.

The road doesn’t get much easier for the Mountaineers (3-3) as they take on No. 3 TCU this week back in the Longhorn State. After that, they have more Big 12 games with Texas Tech and Texas visiting Morgantown, then they travel to Kansas, host Iowa State and end the regular season at Kansas State.

… There were several outstanding performances this week on the local level in regards to high school players. Sophomore Jeremy Dillon proved why he is one of the best athletes in the state in Tug Valley’s easy 48-0 win over Calhoun County.

Then seniors Stevie Hammond and Deonte Joplin both had outstanding performances against undefeated Chapmanville in Mingo Central’s 69-21 conference win.

The Player of the Week will be a tough decision by our sports department.

(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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