Cleanin’ out the sports notebook

Kyle’s Korner ….

Congratulations to Belfry offensive lineman Austin Dotson who received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky while on campus last Saturday for the Wildcat’s latest junior day event.

UK Coach Mark Stoops talked with Dotson over the weekend and he verbally committed to the coach to play football.

He becomes UK’s 8th football commitment for the recruiting class of 2017.

Dotson is a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle and was called “an under-the-radar recruit” who is still not well known outside of eastern Kentucky. He does not have a player page on any of the national recruiting websites. Major college programs are just now starting to find out about the big Pond Creek product.

Tennessee was one school showing interest, while both Marshall and Florida Atlantic recently made offers.

… Remember former Mountaineer Eron Harris? He is a starting guard for No. 2 Michigan State. He has played well for Tom Izzo’s Spartans. I watched part of his game this past Saturday for the highly ranked Spartans.

Another former WVU player, Terry Henderson, is playing for NC State. He has been hobbled by a bum ankle.

Former East Ridge player Camron Justice, who later played at Knott County Central and was Mr. Basketball in Kentucky, is a freshman guard for Vanderbilt. His dad is former Belfry and East Ridge coach Raymond Justice. Raymond was a pretty good guard in his own right back in the early 70s. I also watched part of his game this past weekend.

This Sunday is a big day in the Lovern house. It’s “selection Sunday,” a day the March Madness brackets come out. We always have fun picking our bracket and playing in the WDN office pool.

I have to say my wife Vicki does a great job every year with her bracket. She has for several years now.

WVU and Kentucky fans will have their teams to cheer for in the big dance. Both could make noise in the tourney.

… Frankie Smith, the former Sheldon Clark and Tug Valley head coach, has made it to the Sweet 16 in Kentucky. Smith left Martin County last autumn and moved to Christian County. He has led that team to the Region Two championship.

Christian County will play South Laurel in the first round of the state tourney on Thursday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Rupp Arena.

(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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