By Kyle Lovern
March 10, 2014
Mikey Newsome and Austin Brewer are used to winning championships at the Charleston Civic Center.
The two helped Tug Valley win back-to-back titles for the Panthers during their high school careers.
Now the two are members of another team to win a championship in Charleston.
They now play for the University of Charleston Golden Eagles. That squad won the MEC Tournament title this past weekend.
Brewer, who had played significant minutes during the regular season, was not able to play in the tourney. However, his teammate since Buddy League, Newsome, had a career game in one of the tourney games, firing in five 3-pointers. That was his specialty when he played at Tug Valley and when his number was called on at the Civic Center, Newsome rose to the occasion.
… Congratulations to WVU’s Juwan Staten for making the First Team All-Big 12. The junior point guard deserves the honor. Sophomore Eron Harris was named honorable mention.
… WVU is coming off a big win over No. 8 Kansas this past Saturday in Morgantown. They will play Texas going into the Big 12 Tourney as the No. 6 seed. The Longhorns defeated the Mountaineers both times during the regular season. Coach Bob Huggins team is now 17-14 heading into the tourney.
They will likely need a couple of wins in the Big 12 tourney to make it to the Big Dance and March Madness. Most likely the Mounties will be a high seed in the NIT where they should fare well. They may even get to host a couple of games at the Coliseum. The NIT will give them plenty of post season experience for next season.
WVU returns all of their players next year and will have some help coming in low post next year.
… I didn’t witness the final seconds of the Chapmanville-Scott Class AA sectional championship game this past weekend. But, it sounds like it was quite a controversial ending to a game between the two Corridor G rivals, only a few miles apart.
Chapmanville won 54-53 winning the hard-fought game in a close call.
Chapmanville has never made it to the state tournament in the history of the school. They have a good chance of doing that this year if they defeat visiting Nicholas County this Thursday at home. Coach Alan Hatcher, the former head coach for the Williamson Wolfpack, could make history for the Tigers.
Meanwhile, Scott has the tough task of going to Poca in the co-finals of the regional. That is a tough draw for the Skyhawks. However, with the new super- regional format implemented back in 2009 in West Virginia, at least they have one more shot at making it to Charleston. If it were the old days, they would be down and out.
… For the first time in school history, a West Virginia University athletic team visited the White House and met with the President of the United States for NCAA Champions Day. Members of the WVU rifle team met with President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon, March 10, at the White House, in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the squad’s 2013 National Championship.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)