Civitas News Service
Hensley retires, Moss moves: This and that in sports
Kyle’s Korner …
Williamson High School graduate and current Riverside football coach Ralph Hensley is retiring, according to W.Va. Preps message board. Hensley is a WHS hall of fame member, who was a 3-sport star for the Wolfpack. He graduated back in 1968.
Ralph started his coaching career as an assistant coach at the old East Bank High School back in 1973 and later became the head coach at that Kanawha County school. When the school was consolidated with Dupont to from Riverside, he was the assistant and later the head coach. He has also coached track and wrestling during his long career.
Ralph, a class act, led the Pioneers of East Bank to several state championships and playoff appearances.
After 39 years of coaching, Ralph is hanging it up the cleats. His mother, who still lived here in Mingo County, passed away last year.
… Thad Moss, the grandson of WHS hall of famer Frank Offutt, has enrolled at St. Albans High School, according to a story in the Charleston Daily Mail. Thad is the son of Randy Moss and Kanawha Valley native Libby Offutt, who is Frank’s daughter. Thad Moss is one of four children to Randy Moss and Offutt. They also have two daughters, Sydney and Senali and another son Montigo.
Sydney is a freshman basketball player at the University of Florida. She was the Kentucky prep player of the year last season.
Thad just completed his freshman football season at Boone County High School in Florence, Ky., where he played tight end. He also has played basketball and is expected to play for St. Albans.
… Basketball practice begins for the boy’s squads in West Virginia on Monday. Tug Valley head coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson will begin his quest for back-to-back titles for the Panthers. TVHS will drop down to Class A this season. They won the AA title last year.
Mingo Central starts a new era for its program with firs year head coach Brad Napier. In Kentucky, Belfry head coach Randy Casey has already started working out some of his players. He always has a few players that have to come out late for basketball because the Pirates usually have a deep run into the football playoffs.
The girls’ teams have already started practicing in both states. In mid-December the Williamson Daily News will have team photos, rosters and schedules in a special basketball edition.
FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT:
Belfry’s Justin Johnson scored three more touchdowns and had 137 yard rushing on only 10 carries in the Pirates playoff win over Lawrence County.
His teammate Josh Robinson scored two touchdowns. Madison Ghormley once again led the Pirates on defense with 12 tackles. Belfry will host Breathitt County this Friday, which should be a great regional championship game.
West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that freshman receiver Travares Copeland has left the team for personal reasons. Holgorsen will have no further comment.
Because of the early press deadline for the WDN on Saturday’s, the Tug Valley-Madonna game story will be in our next print edition, which is on Tuesday. The WDN apologizes for any inconvenience.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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