By Kyle Lovern
October 8, 2013
If you didn’t make it out to Lefty Hamilton Park this past Saturday night – you missed out on a lot of fun and excitement.
Gridiron Alumni sponsored another local alumni football game between former Williamson Wolfpack grads and some who played for the Burch Bulldogs.
It was a standing room only crowd of fans wearing maroon and white and blue and white. It was like the good old days.
There were wives, kids, parents, grandparents and just fans from both schools that packed the old wooden bleachers of the historic field.
I was lucky enough to be a part of it – having graduated from Williamson High School, it was fun to see so many former players I knew from both schools. Having covered sports over the years – I also knew many of the players and coaches from Burch.
I’m not going to mention names, because I know I’ll leave someone out. Each squad had about 30 players.
There were a couple of scuffles, but the refs and coaches were able to break them up before anything escalated. After all, it was all about having fun and letting guys put on the pads and strap up the helmets one more time.
In the end, the Wolfpack had a little more speed and pulled away 32-0.
But, there was some hard –hitting from both teams. I’m sure on Sunday there were a lot of men nursing injuries. Ice packs, muscle rub and Tylenol sales went up. There are still guys with bruises, abrasions, aches and pains today.
However, I’m sure if you ask them - they would say it was worth it.
Donkey basketball is coming to Mingo Central High School this Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00 pm. Two games will be played, including a team from Tug Valley, and a junior and senior team from MCHS. Tickets can still be purchased in advance by contacting Tib Cook, or any Boys Basketball Booster. Advance tickets are $6, while tickets at the door will be more. Concessions will be sold, and donkey rides will be given to children ages 12 and under for a small fee. The boosters encourage you to come out and join them for an evening of entertainment at the Miners’s gym., while supporting our Boys basketball program.
… …The Sheldon Clark High School Boys’ Basketball 5-K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, October 12, sponsored by Pink Dogwood. Registration is 8 a.m. to 8: 45 a.m. Race begins at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $20 and $10 for kids 12 and under. The first 75 participants will receive a free T- shirt.
… University of Pikeville men’s basketball tickets for the away game against Louisville at the KFC Yum Center on Nov. 6 are now available online at upikebears.com by credit card or locally at the UPIKE Gym by personal check. A limited number of tickets are available, order online or stop by the athletic office soon to reserve your spot. Tickets are $39 each and available in the upper-level, end-court area. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST in Louisville, Ky.
… Donte Grantham, one of the Mountain State’s most highly sought basketball recruits of late, is apparently ready to make his college choice. Reports say his final choices were between Michigan and Clemson. He has chosen the Tigers of Clemson. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward was the state’s player of the year in 2013.
… WVU coach Bob Huggins has officially offered a scholarship to junior Esa Ahmad of Shaker Heights, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland.
In addition to WVU, Miami and Xavier have offered and Michigan and Michigan State are in on him as well. Ahmad is a 6-7, 222-pound forward. One report said he was in the Da’Sean Butler mold.
(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)