By Kyle Lovern
August 18, 2013
Former Williamson High School (WHS) athlete Eddie “Jasper” Wright passed away earlier this week.
It is ironic that Jasper passed away the same week as the WHS Hall of Fame (HOF)induction. Jasper is a member of the WHS HOF.
What is really important to remember about Jasper Wright, is that he is the first African American to play athletics for the Wolfpack. Jasper broke the color barrier back in the late 1950s.
Even though Liberty High School still had its school over the hill off from Vinson Street, Jasper elected to come to WHS after integration. Brown vs. Board of Education was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional.
Jasper was a standout athlete in both football and basketball during his scholastic days. Several of his family members were also good athletes for both Liberty High School and Williamson.
He was remembered during the WHS Hall of Fame by board members Bill Jarrell, Cecil Hatfield and Curt Philips. I have also received a couple of e-mails notifying me of his passing.
… It was nice to socialize and attend the WHS Hall of Fame “Meet the Pack” night held Friday night and the induction ceremony held on Saturday.
I was indeed a proud father as my son Matt Lovern was inducted into this class of the WHS Hall of Fame.
Matt becomes the third member of the family to be inducted. My half-brother Fred Caudill, who graduated back in 1957, is a member of the HOF. Also, my first cousin Jackie Cline, is also a member of the elite group of former WHS grads.
… It was good to see Ralph Caudill, who came all the way in from Mississippi for his induction. Caudill was a fire-balling right-handed pitcher back in the late 1960s for the Wolfpack. Caudill grew up in Chattaroy and graduated with my sister Karen back in 1968. Caudill was also a former employee at the Williamson Daily News in the Advertising Department.
…. As of Friday afternoon there was still no word on WVU 4-star basketball recruit Elijah Macon, who has attended prep schools the last couple of seasons. Macon, who hails from Columbus, Ohio, reportedly has a learning disability, which makes it difficult for him to pass the entrance test to get into college. My opinion, the ACT and SAT exams should not determine whether a kid gets into college. Macon needs the chance to attend school and play for the Mountaineers. It would be a travesty if the NCAA does not grant him a special waiver.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)