I always look forward to the Capital Classic basketball game at the Charleston Civic Center between West Virginia and Marshall.
After all, it is the closest WVU comes to our area for a basketball game. It’s much easier to drive to Huntington to see the Herd than it is to drive to Morgantown to watch the Mountaineers.
It is typically a very competitive contest between the state’s two largest universities and we all know it’s a heated rivalry.
My son Matt usually tags along with me. It’s a tradition for us and I look forward to that.
During the game I like to watch Mountaineer head coach Bob Huggins work the officials. Watching Huggs alone is entertaining.
It is also good to see former Williamson High School head coach Mark Cline, who is now an assistant at Marshall. Cline has done a good job for the Thundering Herd and is the chief recruiter for head coach Tom Herrion. He has brought in some good talent from across the country to Huntington.
There is always a huge crowd for the game and I usually see some local fans at the classic.
Some people were upset that the game was moved from mid-season to early December, but not me. For one thing, the weather is warmer now and you don’t have to worry as much about snow or cold like you do in late January or early February.
In the past, the game was smack dab in the middle of conference play for both teams. They played it during the legislative session, which was tailored toward those politicians. But the game is about the fans and the players.
It is especially better for the teams. Marshall could have to play the game after or before a trip to places like Houston or Tulane. Now WVU may have had to play the game after long plane rides to Oklahoma or Texas.
The basketball rivalry between Marshall and WVU is good for the state.
Congratulations to Mingo Central’s Austin Banks and Mitch Bobbera for making the honorable mention list on the sportswriters Class AA-A soccer team. The sport is new to the consolidated school, but they have already made great strides. Both of these players, along with others, did very well this past fall.
… Big Red Madness is scheduled for Friday night at the Belfry High School gym. See the story on this page for more details.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)