Tug Valley begins its quest for another state basketball championship Wednesday. Very few teams from this area have won back to back crowns. The Panthers have a very good shot at winning the Class A title.
They won in Class AA championship last year, but the Single A division is very tough this year. As usual, it should be an entertaining state tournament.
Good luck to Coach “Rabbit” Thompson and the Panthers. Tipoff for their game is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
There is radio coverage on both WXCC 96.5 FM and on WVOW 101.9 FM.
… Mark Winters, a 6-6 four-year regular senior forward at Magnolia and Wheeling Jesuit recruit, became the 20th state player in history to surpass 2,000 career points by scoring 22 points in Friday’s Class A sectional final 75-50 win over Wheeling Central, according to longtime Wheeling sports writer Doug Huff. Magnolia is one of only two schools (Harman is the other) with two 2,000-point scorers. Magnolia’s Ted Talkington scored 2,024 from 2001-04.
Talkington walked on at WVU and played some for the Mountaineers, before pursuing a medical degree.
According to stats Huff has compiled to date, Winters leads the state in scoring average this season with a 28.6 average (686 points in 24 games).
… I look forward to watching several talented in-state players at the state tournament. Donte’ Grantham, a 6-7 wing from Martinsburg High School, is being recruited by several Division One schools – including WVU. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play right after the Tug Valley game today.
The Panthers play at 5:30 p.m.
… I’m sure U.S. 119 from Mingo County to Charleston will be heavily traveled the next few days. With Tug Valley in the state tournament, look for the “Naugatuck Nightmare” fan base to head to the Civic Center for the Panther games. Be safe in your travels Mingo County fans.
… The annual Pepsi Twin Rivers Classic basketball game featuring seniors from southern West Virginia will be held at the Harless Center in Gilbert on Saturday, March 23. The girl’s game starts at 6 p.m., while the boy’s teams will tipoff at 8 p.m. Several all-state players are scheduled to suit up for both squads.
… With the first WVU baseball series in Charleston less than two weeks away, single game tickets for the Mountaineers’10 regular season home games at Appalachian Power Park are now on sale.
Single game tickets are priced at $7 for reserved seats and $5 for general admission when purchased in advance through the West Virginia Power Box Office by calling 304-344-BATS (2287). Tickets are priced at $9 and $7 on game day.
WVU’s games at Appalachian Power Park include matchups with Big 12 foes Texas Tech (March 22-24), Oklahoma (May 3-5), TCU (May 10-12) and one non-conference game with Morehead State on Tuesday, April 16.
…. WVU football season ticket holders can now renew their 2013 season tickets online at www.WVUGAME.com. By renewing online, fans will save $10 on the order fee. The priority renewal deadline is Wednesday, May 15, and ticket renewal statements for the 2013 WVU football campaign will be mailed to current season ticket holders later this week.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to or firstname.lastname@example.org)