It was nice to see the historic Williamson Fieldhouse alive with screaming fans the past couple of weeks.
The old building is still one of the best basketball venues in the state of West Virginia.
The last few days, the Fieldhouse has hosted the championship games of both the boys’ and girls’ middle school tournaments for Mingo County.
This past weekend, it hosted the Williamson Buddy League tourney and championships.
I would like to see the Williamson Fieldhouse be able to host the county middle school tournaments every year, like it did in the past during the junior high tournament days. It is a neutral court and it is centrally located.
It would be the best decision the Mingo County School system could make. They could mandate that all the schools have the tourney at the Fieldhouse. The tourney is hosted by a different school each year. They go alphabetically.
In the last few years, it has been held at Tug Valley High School and Mingo Central High School.
But the Fieldhouse is still the best setting for the county tournaments.
… It’s also tournament time for the high school basketball teams in the region. The Class AA girls’ tourney is being played at the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse, while the Class A schools host their sectional games at the school with the best regular record.
The boys’ sectionals start next week. The pairings should be released later this week.
Over in Kentucky, Belfry High School is hosting both the boys’ and girls’ 60th District tourneys.
The regional tournaments are the week afterwards for both states.
… WVU dedicated a statue of basketball great “Hot Rod” Hundley this past weekend. I just wish Hundley could have been alive to receive the honor. He passed away last year.
There was a ceremony held outside of West Virginia’s arena Saturday near a statue of another former Mountaineers great, Jerry West.
Among the speakers at the dedication were West, Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick, a graduate of West Virginia.
Hundley averaged 24.5 points per game at WVU from 1955-57 and still holds the school record with 54 points against Furman in January 1957.
A former NBA player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans and Utah for 35 years, Hundley died last March at age 80.
… Marshall senior forward James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was named Conference USA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
The honor is the third for Kelly this season. He is the first Herd player to earn the title more than once. He previously received the award on Jan. 11, 2016, and on Dec. 28, 2015. The award is the fifth C-USA weekly honor for Marshall this year, as redshirt freshman guard C.J. Burks (Martinsburg, W.Va.) was named Freshman of the Week twice (Nov. 30, Dec. 14).
(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.)