Three former Tug Valley basketball players are making changes to their future careers.
Mason Pack, a 6’9” forward, who helped lead the Panthers to the Class AA state title back in 2012, is heading to Alice Lloyd College where he will continue his education and play basketball for the Eagles.
Pack was assisting at the recent Bible Basketball Camp at the Williamson Fieldhouse. He played his freshman season at West Virginia Wesleyan for former WVU guard Patrick Beilein.
Then last year he attended the local community college and worked. Now he has decided to return to the hardwood and play at the eastern Kentucky college located in Pippa Passes, Ky.
“I’m really excited to be at a new school, especially at a good Christian based college,” Pack said. “It’s going to be good to be back out on the floor, but the most important thing is further pursuing my education.”
In the meantime, two of his former teammates, guards Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome, who played for the University of Charleston last year, have decided to leave that school.
Brewer plans to be a physical therapy assistant and will attend Mount West College in Huntington, which is a subsidiary of Marshall University. That school has the degree program that he wants for this type of career.
As many of you know, Brewer has also battled some health issues over the past few years, and that played a big part in his decision to change schools.
Newsome plans to go to work. Reportedly he may be getting a job with the Toyota plant in Georgetown, Ky.
Brewer and Newsome, who were juniors on the 2012 Panther squad, returned their senior seasons and led Tug Valley to a Class A state title. Both saw action as true freshmen for the Golden Eagles last year.
Alice Lloyd is coached by Martin County native J. R. Hammond, who is a former coach at Sheldon Clark. The Eagles play in the NAIA division and in the KIAC league.
He is pleased to get the services of Pack, who should fit in nicely at Alice Lloyd.
All three of the former TVHS players are talented and were all-state selections. Brewer was the WDN Player of the Year his senior season.
Good luck to all of these fine young men with their future endeavors.
… The 2nd Annual Kickin’ Butt for Crohn’s 5K Run/Walk is this Friday evening. The race takes place at 7 p.m. and starts at the Fieldhouse in West End. The cost is $20 for runners ages 14 and up and $10 for ages 13 and under. Race day registration prices increase to $25 for ages 14 and up and $15 for ages 13 and under. T-shirts, finisher medals and age awards will be presented.
… The Belfry High School Track and Soccer Complex has reopened. Runners and walkers have been asked to please abide by all listed rules on the complex fence. Absolutely no pets, no bicycles, or skateboards are allowed within the fenced area of the soccer, softball, or baseball fields. Please keep off the soccer field as it has been reseeded for this upcoming season.
… (Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)