Kyle’s Korner ….

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Dikembe Dixson, who is a 6’7” junior guard from Bardstown, Ky., has recently moved to the Matewan area with his family.

Dixson is attending Mingo Central High School.

He has received interest from WVU, Louisville, Kentucky, UConn, Iowa State, Illinois, Memphis and Marshall,

He has a cousin, Montrell Dixson, a 6’6” guard-forward, who has also enrolled at Mingo Central and lives with the Dikembe’s family.

He reportedly has a brother who has been accepted in the nursing program at SWVCC. Dikembe’s sister plays basketball for Marshall University.

The two need to get a few practices in before they are eligible. But, they should be wearing the Miner’s jersey soon.

“They are learning our system and getting used to playing with our guys,” Miner’s coach Brad Napier said.

Dikembe made a name for himself at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational camp this past summer. He is definitely on the radar of several Division One schools.

Area hoops fans should be seeing the Dixsons on the hardwood in a few days. They should really help the Mingo Central program with depth and they will also be entertaining to watch.

Hatfield-McCoy Shootout Notes:

The Williamson Fieldhouse was packed for the evening session of the event. There were a total of eight games played. The first started at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, with the last one tipping off around 10:30 p.m., about an hour behind scheduled.

Mark Whitt, the H & M Shootout organizer, thanked all of his sponsors, especially corporate sponsor, local attorney Jeff Simpkins.

There was a lot of good talent displayed during the games. Much of the talk from fans centered on Knott County Central junior guard Camron Justice, who didn’t disappoint, firing in 38 points in a tough loss to South Charleston.

Justice is the son of former Belfry head coach Raymond Justice, who is an assistant to B. B. King at Knott Central. Justice has a “strong verbal commitment” to the University of Tennessee, according to his dad. However, many local fans are hoping that Kentucky, West Virginia and Marshall might sneak in and still get the local standout. However, Justice really likes the SEC and apparently John Calapari and the Wildcats have not come calling - yet.

One of the interesting games was Sheldon Clark versus Tug Valley. The game featured two of the area’s top coaches, Frankie Smith and Garland ‘Rabbit’ Thompson. Smith formerly coached at Tug Valley and led that school to its first-ever state championship back in 1990. The Cardinals pulled out the win over the slumping Panthers, who are rebuilding this season after losing several top players from the last couple of seasons when they won back to back state titles under the tutelage of Thompson.

Most local fans agree, it was good to see the old building packed out again for basketball games. It is indeed one of the best venues in West Virginia for high school basketball games.


WVU has lost three games in a row following a 2-0 start in Big 12 play. The Mountaineers are now just 10-8 after going 13-19 a season ago. Most likely WVU will miss the NCAA tourney again this year. They do have a shot at the NIT, but will have to start winning some conference games.

Mountaineer fans should not fret. The team returns everyone from this season, plus they should have 4-star recruit Elijah Macon and JUCO transfer Jonathan Holton eligible next season. Those two players will make a difference.

… Josh Hinkle recently received a call from Eugene Lyons of Pike County Central. He is going to be inducted in the Pike Central Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony is January 31st. Josh was a freshman when PC began their wrestling program.

He was the first 4 year wrestler, team captain and won many matches over his career. He is now a yard master for CSX railroad.

(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at klovern@civtasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)

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