Kyle’s Korner ….
Belfry High School can now be considered a dynasty.
Now that they have won three straight Class 3A state titles, the Pirates of Coach Philip Haywood continue their reign in the Bluegrass State.
Haywood and his staff continue to develop young players. They don’t rebuild, they just reload.
As always, Belfry loses some good seniors, however they return several key starters next season. The Pirates have to be favored again next season to win yet another state championship in their classification.
… WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen’s seat was hot up in Morgantown and there wasn’t even any couches burning. After losing to an inferior Kansas State team in the final regular season game, many thought he would be sent packing.
The Mountaineers (7-5) went 0-4 in October, but those were against some of the best teams in the country like Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
But it appears that his job is safe for one more season. Many fans were calling for his head. They don’t feel like WVU can compete for a championship in the Big 12 with Holgorsen, let alone a national title.
However AD Shane Lyons issued this statement on Wednesday.
“Dana Holgorsen will return as our head football coach in 2016. After evaluating our football program after the close of the regular season, I believe that continuity is best for our program.
“I know that Dana, his staff and everyone who supports Mountaineer football was disappointed with how our regular season ended, following a four-game winning streak.
“Dana and I will continue to work together to strengthen our football program. No one wants to win more than Dana and I, and we will work together to ensure success.”
… Congratulations to several players from Mingo Central, Tug Valley and Tolsia who recently were voted to the All-State teams in the Mountain State. If you haven’t seen those stories, check out our website and read the Class A and Class AA all-state articles. These teams are voted on by sports writers and editors across the state.
… We have gone straight from football season right into basketball season in the area. There are games about every night between the high school boys and girls squads, the middle school teams and even the Buddy League squads. Get out and support these young athletes.
… The West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is partnering with the Veteran Tickets Foundation to distribute unused tickets for WVU’s Cactus Bowl allotment to active duty soldiers and veterans in the Phoenix area.
Fans interested in purchasing $40 or $30 tickets to support this program can purchase tickets online at WVUGAME.com or by calling the Mountaineer Ticket Office at 1-800-WVUGAME.
(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)