This and that from the sports scene
Kyle’s Korner …
by By Kyle Lovern
Gridiron Alumni is putting on several area games. Games are planned for Belfry vs. Pikeville, Sheldon Clark vs. Johnson Central, and now they are seeking alumni from Williamson and Burch for an alumni football game this fall.
Williamson and Burch had about 30 players signed up, but could use a few more. If you or someone you know would like to play football one more time, please register at www.gridironalumni.com or call Chris Hall at (530) 410-6396. The Wolfpack-Bulldogs matchup is tentatively scheduled for mid-September.
… WVU basketball commit Levi Cook will be attending Huntington Prep to play for coach Rob Fulford. Cook has been playing for Liberty (Raleigh) and started to leave the state of West Virginia for prep-school opportunities. He had considered moving to either Florida or Maryland in search of the chance to play against tougher competition.
Fulford, the Mullens, W.Va., native, had said he would not take in-state players. But since Cook had already decided to go to prep school, he made the offer. Cook is a 6-10, 290-pound center and played in AA. This experience should get him more prepared to enter the Big 12 and play for WVU, rather than playing against smaller high school opponents.
… The West Virginia-Virginia Tech men’s basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 12 will tip at 1 p.m., and will be a part of ESPN’s 24-hour Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The game will be played at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va., and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Last year, the two teams met for the first time since 2004 and the Mountaineers came away with a 68-67 victory in Morgantown. WVU and Virginia Tech have met 76 times with the Mountaineers holding a 47-29 series lead.
… Hall of Fame basketball player Jerry Lucas has put his collection of personal memorabilia up for auction.
Lucas played for championship teams with the New York Knicks, the Ohio State University Buckeyes, and even his high school Middletown Middies.
But the auction house says the most valuable item is Lucas’ 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team gold medal. It has a starting price of $250,000.
The collection also includes game-worn jerseys from the Olympics, college and NBA including the long-gone Cincinnati Royals.
Lucas says he had the items stored in a closet. He decided at age 73 it was time to do something with them and couldn’t split them evenly among family.
(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)
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