This and that from the local sports scene

By Kyle Lovern

December 26, 2013

Duke Jewell, who is a candidate to fill the vacant seat for the Mingo County Circuit Judge, is a former Williamson High School basketball standout.

The 6’5” Jewell played for the Wolfpack back in the early 1990s and for coach David Hatfield. He is currently a public defender in Williamson, a position he accepted after he returned home when he finished law school.

Jewell played some NAIA college basketball in Boston, MA before entering law school at Northern Kentucky.

… The local Elks Lodge in Williamson will hold its Hoops Shoot on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. It will be for kids ages 8-13. Trophies will be awarded and winners can advance to regional and state competition.

… There is plenty of high school basketball action now that the Christmas Holiday is over. The big event locally is the Mountain Schoolboy Classic at Belfry. See the Area Hoops Schedule on this page for the lineup of games for the 3-day event.

… Mingo Central’s basketball team headed to Florida for a tournament this weekend at Disney World. The Miners will be playing some tough competition during the event.

… Charles Sims a senior running back from West Virginia has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl. Sims was the Big-12 Newcomer of the Year, first team All-Big 12, ran for 1,095 yards (5.3 average) and 11 touchdowns in 2013.

A total of 92 players overall (out of 110) have committed to the play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, set for January 25, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.

… West Virginia’s basketball team plays Sunday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center. They will take on William and Mary and the tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.

… Former WVU basketball star DeSean Butler is playing again in Belgium. Butler is averaging 17 points per game and was Player of the Week for his team. Butler was a graduate assistant for Coach Bob Huggins last year, after rehabbing his knee. He suffered a serious knee injury in his final game at WVU against Duke in the Final Four. He later re-injured the knee after trying to make it in the NBA and playing in the “D” League.

Hopefully Butler will get one more chance in the NBA, after getting back in game shape in Europe. Butler is a class act and I’m sure all WVU fans wish him the best.

… (Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to klovern@williamsondailynews.com or klovern@civtasmedia.com)