Belfry High School continues to be a football factory for college prospects.
More Belfry players have been getting college offers to play football.
Austin Dotson, a 6-foot-6, 295 pound offensive lineman, has received offers from Tennessee Tech, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Morehead State and Marshall University. He is also visiting Kentucky and Tennessee in the near future.
Another big lineman, Jordan Scott, listed as 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, visited Tennessee Tech this past weekend. He is getting looks from several other schools.
Junior defensive back Cameron Catron and junior kicker Austin Woolum are reportedly also getting interest from several programs.
Senior running back Xondre Willis signed with NAIA UPike earlier this year and senior defensive back T.J. Dotson signed with the University of the Cumberlands.
… Nominations are being taken for the 2016 induction class of the Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The deadline for this year’s nominees is March 31st. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Coal House in Williamson.
A date for the induction dinner and ceremony has not been decided yet by the committee, but that will be released after the next committee meeting on Saturday, April 2.
… Former Mingo Central all-state forward/guard Dikembe Dixson has had a successful first year in college. The UIC freshman was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Year on March 1. The Freeport, Ill., native was also named to the All-Horizon League Second Team. Dixson also set the freshman scoring record for the league.
… The area only has one basketball team left in tournament play. That is the No. 3 ranked Tug Valley Panthers of Coach Ed May.
The Panthers have a legitimate shot at winning the state tourney this year in Class A. Although they are young, TVHS has enough talent and experience to make a run in Charleston in a couple of weeks.
Tug Valley is set to host No. 7 Van on Friday night. From that point they will play in the super-regional and should make it to the Civic Center.
The W.Va. Boys’ State tournament will be played from March 16th to the 19th.
… Troy Clemons, a senior sport management major from Greenbrier County, has been named the West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot for the 2016-2017 school year. Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, who served as the first female Mountaineer Mascot, extended her congratulations to Clemons.
… And finally, a rare find of baseball cards that experts say could fetch $1 million. From a crumpled paper bag in a dilapidated house came a baseball-card find of a lifetime – seven of them actually. Experts in Southern California said Wednesday that they have verified the legitimacy and total value of seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911. Before the recent find, there were only about 15 known to still exist.
(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)