The Herald–Dispatch reports that Maddie Morris, a star junior forward/guard at Spring Valley High School, verbally committed to play at Marshall.
They report that Morris is a “versatile, athletic player who averages 24 points and 13 rebounds per game.”
Their story says that the “Thundering Herd is getting an individual who figures to be an asset off the court. Morris, a 6’0” junior, is known as a stellar teammate who values God, family, friends and grades.”
Morris is the daughter of former Marshall University basketball player Bruce Morris, who is famous for making the longest shot in the history of basketball when he rebounded a blocked shot and heaved it 89 feet, 10-inches into the basket at the east end of Cam Henderson Center just before halftime against Appalachian State on Feb. 7, 1985. Morris’ feat is commemorated by feet. His footprints grace the court at Marshall, recognizing the world-record shot.
… Former Marshall basketball player DeAndre Kane has helped lead Iowa State to a top 10 ranking and a team to be reckoned with.
Kane, who was recently named Big 12 Player of the Week, is a senior. I’m sure Herd fans wished Kane would have stayed in Huntington. With the recent problems Marshall has had, Kane could have helped lead this team to a few more wins.
He is averaging 15.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game for the Cyclones. WVU fans will see Kane twice this season as the Mountaineers will play their conference foe at least two times in the regular season. Of course Kane is familiar with WVU. He played against them when he was at Marshall.
Kane received his degree from Marshall, making him eligible under the graduate transfer. Kane nearly committed to Pitt, his hometown program, after getting dismissed by Marshall coach Tom Herrion, but backed off during his visit to the campus. He then ended up at Iowa State, a decision that is looking pretty good about now.
… Greg Maddux is now in baseball’s Hall of Fame. The all-star pitcher, who had his best years with the Atlanta Braves, was voted to the exclusive group this week.
Many of our young readers may not know but Maddux started his professional career with the Pikeville (Ky.) Cubs. That was back in 1984 when Pikeville had a rookie league team in the Appalachian League.
I’m sure many who watched Maddux as a young 18-year old just out of high school had no idea he would go on to become a major league hall of famer and World Series champion.
Maddux won more games during the 1990s than any other pitcher and is 8th on the all-time career wins list with 355. In his season at Pikeville he went 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA.
… The recent blast of bitter cold temperatures and icy/snow covered roads has hampered the high school and middle school basketball schedules. Several games will need to be made up.
Coaches are encouraged to send in the make-up dates to the Williamson Daily News sports department. Teams began playing last night as Mingo Central traveled to Herbert Hoover and the All ‘A’ Classic got back underway at the Expo Center in Pikeville.
Hopefully old man winter will let up for a few days and teams can get back into a regular schedule of games and practices.
… (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)