Kyle’s Korner ….
Mingo Central freshman wide receiver Drew Hatfield could be back in action this week. He missed the second week of the playoffs due to a knee injury. He will be a game time decision. Hatfield has a sprained MCL and the doctors said he needed some rest for the knee.
The 12-0 Miners, seeded No. 2, are scheduled to play James Monroe (11-1) on Saturday night at Harless Stadium.
Coach Yogi Kinder announced he is retiring after this season. It would be great to see him take the Miners to their first state championship game in Wheeling next weekend.
Although he is just a 9th grader, Hatfield has been one of the team’s leading receivers and is an all-state candidate.
With basketball practice already starting, Hatfield will have to take it easy on the knee. With the addition of Hatfield and junior Jeremy Dillon, look for the Mingo Central basketball team to be greatly improved this season. New Coach Kevin Hatfield and assistant coach Stan Elkins are working out those kids who are not on the football roster.
…Mingo Central now has a new career single season rushing leader as big Joe Hunt, the “Runaway Coal Truck,” rushed for 190 yards last Friday night putting his total at 1,102. The Miners have at least one game remaining, and possibly two more, so he can add to that total. Here are Mingo’s other 1,000 yard single season rushers, according to WXCC radio announcer Joe Kinzer, 2012 Joe May 1,065; 2014 Chase Justice 1,056; 2015 Deonte Joplin 1,002.
Junior signal caller Jeremy Dillon currently has 992 rushing yards, so he is only eight yards away from topping the 1,000 yard mark.
… Meanwhile, the Belfry Pirates will hit the road for their semi-final match-up with Corbin. The Pirates have a better record, but with Kentucky’s playoff set-up, Belfry has to hit the road this Friday.
The Pirates, under Coach Philip Haywood, are going after their 4th straight Class 3A title. The Pirates fans are geared up for the road trip and this could be Belfry’s toughest playoff game in a couple of seasons.
… The Marshall-Western Kentucky football game, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26, will kickoff at either 7 or 8 p.m., ESPN announced Monday afternoon.
ESPN has informed Marshall Athletics that a decision on time and network will be made by noon on Sunday, following the outcome of Saturday’s games. In a 7 p.m. scenario, the game would air on ESPNU, while an 8 p.m. start would be carried on ESPNEWS.
… The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU’s Saturday, Nov. 26, Big 12 Conference football game at Iowa State will be televised on FS1 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Tickets remain for home games with Baylor (Dec. 3) and can be purchased online at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME.
… Five-star point guard Quade Green has committed to Kentucky. Green chose the Wildcats over Syracuse, although Villanova, Temple and Duke were also on his final list of five schools.
Green was reportedly impressed with Kentucky when he visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness. The Wildcats offered Green in June and remained heavily involved in his recruitment. Green, is a Neumann-Goretti High School (Pennsylvania) student athlete.
UK Coach John Calapari is arguably the best recruiter in college basketball. He continues to get some of the top recruits into Lexington every year.
… The Zip Zone Classic 2016 pre-season hoops event schedule, hosted by Sheldon Clark High School, has been released. The event will be held at Lawrence County High School on Saturday, November 26 since SCHS is still playing in the old Warfield Middle School gym until there new school and facility is built next year.
Here is the slate:
10:30 Sheldon Clark Lady Cards vs Lawrence County
11:55 Christian County vs Lexington Catholic
1:20 North Laurel vs Ballard
2:45 Scott County vs Louisville Trinity
4:10 Johnson Central vs Clark County
5:35 Sheldon Clark Boys vs Elliott County
7:00 Huntington Prep vs Va. Episcopal
8:25 Lawrence County Boys vs Shelby Valley
… A W.Va. WVSSAC basketball officials class will start Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 5 p.m. at the WVU Extension on Alderson Street in Williamson. For more information contact Mark Whitt.
(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.)