The first annual Consol Energy WV-KY All-Star basketball games being held Saturday at Mingo Central High School could be the start of something big.
The games should be exciting. I had the chance to watch the Mountain State boy’s squad practice on Monday. If you like the high scoring, run and gun style of basketball, then you should love this game. Dunks should be plentiful along with some great 3-point shooting.
Then they have attracted some of the best senior players from southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Several all-state players line the rosters and then the two players from the nationally ranked Huntington Prep are playing for the Mountain State squad.
There is an outside chance that the top ranked recruit in the country, Andrew Wiggins, who played at Huntington Prep, might be in attendance to watch his teammates. Wiggins is perhaps the biggest recruit since LeBron James. He has still not decided where he will play his college basketball next season. He has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas.
He has a busy schedule and may not be able to attend, but one of the coaches said some of the other players are coming to support their two teammates. So it is possible that Wiggins might make the drive down to Mingo County. That would be awesome for local basketball fans.
The MCHS basketball boosters hope this even will grow each year. They have a great sponsor in Consol Energy. This is something that will solidify the future of the event.
Williamson High School graduate Ken Stollings, who owned a successful sign company in Norfolk, Virginia, passed away on Monday. Stollings has made generous donations to the WHS Hall of Fame and other alumni functions. He also donated the sign for Brother Reid Little League Park in West End. He also donated the signs for the Williamson Police and Fire Departments that hang on the Grover C. Phillips Emergency Services Building across from city hall on 4th Ave.
… Former WDN sports writer Scott Hamilton will become the sports columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal. Scott has served as a news reporter since taking that job in December. His background is primarily in sports, including the Wilmington (NC) Star-News, the Sporting News and Golfweek magazine. He played football and baseball at Matewan High School. He’ll begin his new role on June 3.
… Marshall’s final regular-season football game in 2013 against East Carolina has been moved up one day to Friday, Nov. 29. Conference USA says the move from the original Nov. 30 home date was done to accommodate television.
… Marshall Basketball junior guard D.D. Scarver has decided to leave the Marshall men’s basketball team and will seek other playing options. “Coming off the end of the 2012-13 season, we knew there would be the possibility of change to our roster and that has been the case over the last two weeks,” said head coach Tom Herrion. “My staff and I are confident about the team that we have in place for next season along with the future additions that will continue to improve our program.”
… Two Marshall University students will share the role of the school’s mascot for the 2013-2014 school year. Judges chose both Ben Heil and Drew Navy to fill the role of “Marco” following tryouts this past weekend at the Memorial Student Center. Heil and Navy were the only students who showed up for the auditions. But they both impressed the judges. It’s not unusual for Marco to make 60 to 70 appearances during the school year, including groundbreakings, homecoming festivities, private functions, student recruitment events, and football and basketball games.
… Cincinnati rookie pitcher Tony Cingrani tied an old record with four strikeouts in one inning. Of course you only get three outs in an inning, unless the catcher misses the ball on a third strike or it ends up being a wild pitch. That’s what happened last Sunday against Washington.
Cingrani started the 4th inning with a strikeout, but the batter reached on a wild pitch. The next hitter doubled, and after striking out Bryce Harper, another batter walked to load the bases. Cingrani kept attacking. With the bases loaded, he threw only one ball while striking out Ian Desmond and threw only one more ball while striking out Adam LaRoche for the Reds rookie’s fourth K of the inning.
Cingrani struck out a career-high 11 and the Reds beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)