Cleanin’ out the old sports notebook

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Louisville sophomore Devin Hairston was named Tuesday as one of three finalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Devin is the son of former Williamson High School standout and 3-sports athlete Donald Hairston. Devin’s brother Dorian, plays baseball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Donald was one of the best 3-sport athletes to ever wear the maroon and white. He was great in football, basketball and baseball. He came up through the ranks of the Williamson Little League and Midget League sports programs, then he played at Williamson Junior High School. He played college basketball at Berea.

The award honors the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented as part of the annual Night of Champions celebration on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas.

Devin, of Lexington, Kentucky, hit .361 with three home runs, 45 RBIs, 16 doubles and scored 56 runs while starting all 64 games for the Cardinals in 2016. He also posted a .478 slugging percentage and a .415 on-base percentage, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team honors. Additionally, Hairston has been chosen to compete this summer with the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

The Cardinals lost in the college baseball playoffs on Sunday as they were upset by UC Santa Barbara on a walk-off grand slam homer in the bottom of the 9th inning. Louisville led 3-0 going into the final frame.

… Belfry’s football team will have at least four players who will get a chance to play Division One football after this season. There are several others who are getting looks from smaller schools, but will still have a chance to play college football. Cole Bentley, Ray Horton, Austin Dotson and Jordan Scott all have D1 offers. Bentley committed to Louisville this past weekend. Dotson had already verbally committed to Kentucky. Horton has not decided yet, and is waiting for certain offers, while Scott committed to Tennessee Tech.

Cameron Catron, Noah Corbett and Andrew Fletcher have recently gotten some offers from several colleges.

… Safety prospect Collin Smith of Ligonier (Pa.) Valley High became West Virginia’s sixth commitment for 2017. Smith also had offers from Michigan, Louisville, Boston College and others. He also played quarterback in high school and put up some lofty numbers.

Smith becomes the fourth defensive commitment for the Mountaineers’ 2017 class, joining cornerback Alex Woods of Lackawanna (Pa.) College, safety Eugene Brown of Stone Mountain, Ga., and linebacker Maverick Wolfley of Morgantown.

… And finally, Williamson High School had a good connection with this year’s Stanley Cup hockey champion the Pittsburgh Penguins. Greg Ledger, a former 3-sport athlete for the Wolfpack, works in the marketing department at their home venue, Consol Energy Center.

The Marshall grad first worked for the minor league baseball club in Charleston, W.Va., before moving up to Pittsburgh a few years back. His family proudly displayed a photo of Greg with the Stanley Cup trophy of that professional franchise on Facebook. Congrats to Greg, his parents Pedro and Rose of Chattaroy and his sister Shanna.

(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)
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