By Kyle Lovern
October 20, 2013
Belfry High School basketball teams could have a new school to compete with in the 60th District as Lawrence County will most likely be added immediately. They would join the Pirates, Phelps Hornets and Pike County Central Hawks in the upcoming basketball season.
BHS first year head coach Mark Thompson said the KHSAA board of directors will vote on November 11th. He said he likes the fact there will be four teams in the district, however it will be tough for teams to arrange their schedules this close to the start of the 2013-14 season.
The change will also include the baseball, softball and the volleyball programs.
Athletic directors and coaches are currently planning on making those last minute scheduling moves to accommodate the new district lineup if it is approved.
It should be interesting in future seasons to see how this move will affect the 60th District, but having four teams instead of three should make for a more interesting tournament pairings.
…The College Football Playoff announced the members of the committee that will select the four teams to compete in the first playoff. WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck has been named to that team.
The 13 members were unanimously chosen by the College Football Playoff Management Committee, the commissioners of the conferences overseeing the new playoff. The playoff will begin at the end of the 2014 season.
… Jamie Herr, a 6’5” 275-pound prospect from Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.), is the latest commit to WVU’s football team. He turned down offers from Boston College, Florida State, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee in favor of the Mountaineers.
Rivals.com ranks Herr as a three-star prospect and one of the top five offensive tackles in the state of Maryland. He could also play guard at the next level.
… WVU also added linebacker Davonte James of Springfield, Ohio (Springfield High School) as a new commit.
James a 6’3” 220-pound prospect, is slated to play rush linebacker in Morgantown. He can also drop back into coverage in passing situations when needed. James also had offers from Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Illinois and Purdue.
… Former WVU basketball player D’or Fischer (6-11, 240) is getting a shot in the NBA after being signed by the Washington Wizards. Fischer was known for his shot blocking when he played for the Mountaineers, but his offensive game got much better. He finished his collegiate career playing two seasons at West Virginia after transferring from Northwestern State. After going undrafted in 2005, the Philadelphia native has played professionally in Poland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and Spain, as well as with Roanoke Dazzle of the D-League in 2005-06 where he averaged 5.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 26 games.
(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)