The 2016 Williamson High School Athletic Hall of Fame (WHS HOF) induction dinner will be held Thursday, September 22 at the Williamson Fieldhouse.
This is different from past years when the induction was held on a weekend. The reason is that this date coincides with the WHS All-Class Reunion scheduled for Sept. 23, 24 and 25.
The dinner will be held in the WHS Hall of Fame room at the historic venue in West End. The event will start at 6:30 p.m.
The 2016 class of inductees will be announced at a later date. The WHS HOF board will be meeting soon to vote on the next group.
A catered dinner by Caroline’s Catering will be featured. Tickets for the WHS dinner are $35 per person and $25 for students. Tickets can be obtained from board chairman Cecil Hatfield at the Coal House.
The annual event will unofficially kickoff the WHS All-Class reunion and will allow those traveling in for that event to attend both.
The NFL draft will be held this week. Recently ESPN ranked the top 100 prospects. Among those were WVU safety Karl Joseph and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. Joseph was ranked No. 9, despite a knee injury suffered this past season. Kwiatkoski, who finished his career with more than 275 tackles, was ranked No. 89.
… WVU received a 2017 commitment from New Orleans, La. prospect Tevin Bush, a speedy receiver\running back combo. During a recent visit to the campus, Bush said he wanted to be a Mountaineer. He stated his favorite player is Tavon Austin. That is the type of player he seems to be according to most scouts. He is short, but his speed could make him an offensive threat.
… Belfry offensive lineman Austin Dotson, a 6-foot-6, 300 pound prospect, was invited to the Alabama spring game. Dotson has verbally committed to Kentucky, but colleges are still recruiting the senior to be.
… Cole Bentley, another big lineman for the Pirates, who stands 6-foot-4 and goes more than 300 pounds, has received 21 offers from D-1 schools so far. Bentley attended the WVU spring game this past Saturday at the Greenbrier resort.
… Portsmouth (Ohio) High School’s all-time leading scorer, Ky’re Allison signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Marshall, coach Dan D’Antoni recently announced. Allison, a 6-foot-2 point guard, broke Craig Tubbs’ PHS record of 1,485 career points.
D’Antoni, a Wyoming County native and Herd alum, continues to recruit players in the region.
… Marshall’s James Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich.) accepted an invitation to play in the 64th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT). The NBA hopeful played well in the event held in Portsmouth, Va.
Kelly is the first Marshall player selected to the tournament since Greg White in 1981. Other notable Herd participants are Russell Lee (1972) – who was named MVP of the event – and Mike D’Antoni (1973).
… The first game of the new Williamson City Softball league will be May 19th. If anyone wants to get on a team, they should contact Brandon Ball at the Fieldhouse. All team rosters must be submitted by May 6th.
… The Tug Valley Road Runners Club will hold the Peace, Love, and Relay 5-K Run and 1-Mile Walk Saturday, May 7th at 9 a.m. Register now at the Coal House and the Healthy in the Hills office (located next to the Righteous Brew) in Downtown Williamson.
(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.)