Cleanin’ out the sports notebook


Kyle’s Korner ….

Williamson Wolfpack fans from the 1970s remember Coach Frank Marino as the Coach of the Maroon Wave of the old Welch High School.

Marino was the head coach for both the football and boys’ basketball teams at the McDowell County high school from 1970-77.

Marino died this past Saturday at age 78.

Marino coached Welch to the 1973 Class AAA state basketball tournament, which was led by future West Virginia University standout Maurice Robinson. Marino then moved on to coach football at Ripley High School from 1977-2002, where he recorded 204 wins on the gridiron during his career.

He had a combined 550 total victories in all sports, which also included baseball, wrestling, golf and track.

Marino’s final Ripley Vikings team in 2002 went 9-1 in the regular season and finished 10-2, earning a spot in the quarterfinals before losing to Riverside.

… Kentucky high school football teams are already going through conditioning. The first day to go in full pads is the week of August 1st. The Belfry Pirates had their first practices on July 20.

In neighboring West Virginia, fall practice cannot officially start until the first Monday of August, which is August 3rd this season. This will be the first week players are in shorts, T-shirts and helmets.

Then players cannot don full pads until the following week.

The Mountain State is always about two weeks behind the Bluegrass State when it comes to starting two-a-day practices to get ready for the grid iron season.

Kentucky schools can start their season on Friday, August 21; however Belfry does not have its first game until Friday, August 28, hosting Lexington Tates Creek in the annual Pike County Bowl at CAM Stadium.

West Virginia schools start on Friday, August 28, one week after schools in the Bluegrass State.

Mingo Central will host Wyoming East in their season opener at Harless Stadium, while Tug Valley will host Sherman at the newly renovated Bob Brewer Stadium.

… — Ambassador Christian Academy sports physicals have been scheduled. There will also be an “Athletic Open House” and question and answer session for July 28. All prospective athletes for the 2015/2016 school year must have a sports physical prior to participation. Dr. Nancy K. Clay will be at ACA Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Sports physicals will be for the fall, winter & spring sports. Physical forms will be provided the day of examination. Donald Lafferty, Athletic Director, Gina Henson, School Principal and Brenda Roberts, Secretary Student Records will be there to field questions and guide returning and prospective new students with any questions they may have.

… Matt Jewell, a catcher for the top ranked Nitro High School baseball team, has verbally committed to Wright State University.

Jewell has followed in the footsteps of his uncle Larry Jewell, who was a standout catcher in Babe Ruth League baseball and for the Williamson Wolfpack in the mid-1970s. Matt’s father, Gary, was a star left-handed pitcher in baseball for WHS and in summer leagues in the area. Larry and Gary are well-known twin brothers from Chattaroy.

Matt will be a senior this coming season.

… Jay Kuntz, who has spent the last seven years with the Mountaineer basketball program, has been named Coordinator of Player Development, coach Bob Huggins announced.

Kuntz spent the last three years as a graduate assistant in men’s basketball and was a four-year student assistant from 2008-12. He also served as an assistant camp director for the Bob Huggins Basketball Camps and coordinated the men’s basketball manager staff of 16 individuals.

(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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