By Kyle Lovern
October 15, 2013
Tug Valley High School will be getting a new head girls’ basketball coach for this upcoming season.
Longtime Mingo County coach Okey Smith has retired from teaching and coaching. Smith has coached for many years starting out at Williamson Junior High, Williamson High, Kermit Middle School and then on to Tug Valley.
My sources tell me that three candidates have interviewed. They were current volleyball coach Maxine Colegrove, assistant coach Aileen Perry and freshman coach Raychell Smith.
The state will make the final decision, however the interview process was done by the administration.
Girls’ basketball practice starts on Monday, November 11, while the boys will start hitting the hardwood on Monday, November 18.
That is right around the corner my friends.
… These last few games for Mingo Central will be very important for their playoff positioning. The top 16 teams in each class make the post season.
The Miners travel to Chapmanville for a game not only important for the playoffs, but also their standing in the Cardinal Conference. (See adjacent story)
Mingo Central plays host to Logan next week, then travels to Herbert Hoover for another conference game, before hosting Mt. View in the final regular season game of the year.
Mingo made the playoffs last year, but had to travel to the northern part of the state to take on No. 2 ranked Keyser. Coach Yogi Kinder, his staff and the school would love to host a first round playoff game at Harless Stadium. If the Miners can pull out some wins in these final four games, that is a good possibility.
… Cam Henderson Center will host a night of basketball on Thursday, Oct. 17 with the Marshall men’s and women’s team participating in a green & white scrimmage.
It will be the first opportunity for fans to pick up their season tickets and ask about tickets if they haven’t already purchased them. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and admission is free for those who pick up their season tickets at that time. All season tickets not picked up at that time will be mailed out.
The night will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the women doing drills and skill work before participating in an intrasquad scrimmage. The men will take the court at 7 p.m. and go through a similar routine before a scrimmage. Certified officials will be used for the scrimmage.
Students will be admitted for free with a valid MU ID, while all other tickets are $5.
… West Virginia University will tip off the 2013-14 men’s basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coke Zero on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.
A 40-minute officiated game between the Gold and Blue teams highlight just a few of the events that will occur. Other festivities include the introduction of the men’s players and staff, a speech from Bob Huggins and an autograph session with the team following the event on the Coliseum floor.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)