Kyle’s Korner …
It was great to see the large crowds filling out the bleachers and floor seats for the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout this past Saturday.
There is so much history in the old building. Players like Jerry West, Hal Greer, Mark Cline and so many other greats played there.
On Saturday basketballs were once again echoing through the rafters, whistles were blown and fans cheered for their respective teams.
In all, seven games were played with several local teams competing including Belfry, Mingo Central and Tug Valley. The event was sponsored by Simpkins Law Office of Williamson. Other teams in the region that participated were Tolsia, Pike Central and Sheldon Clark.
Jeff Simpkins, a local lawyer, was a star football and basketball player at Matawan back in the day. His law firm was the corporate sponsor for the event.
Mark Whitt and Jarod Fletcher helped organize the event and saw that things ran smoothly. There were several other sponsors for the round robin.
Each player and their coaches got a free T-shirt.
The crowds brought back memories of years past when the Williamson Fieldhouse was filled to capacity for Williamson - Logan games and other contests with some top high school teams from the region.
I think it’s a shame the facility is not used for the Mingo County Middle School tournament and even high school sectional and regional tourneys. Yes, the old building needs some paint, cleaning and a little TLC, But, it should not be left to run down.
Hopefully there is some grant money available to fix it up. I know the Park Board applied to have it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. That might help get some much needed money to fix it up.
I would like to see the youth leagues and even adult leagues use the Fieldhouse again like in years gone by.
The Regional Christian School has been using the Fieldhouse for home games and practices. The Williamson Buddy League gets some use out of the building.
It means so much to the fans and citizens of the area, not just Williamson residents.
I hope that it can be used even more in the future.
Former WVU fullback and legend Owen Schmitt is opening a saloon and restaurant in Morgantown. The “runaway beer truck” as he was known has been playing in the NFL the last five years. He is currently a free agent. He has teamed up with a businesswoman in Mo’Town to open the restaurant. It will also have a stage for bands to play, including the one that Schmitt plays in when he can get the time and in the off season.
…Facebook lit up with messages from Williamson residents about the passing of Stan Musial. It was always a sense of pride for the folks in this area to say that one of baseball’s greatest played right here in Williamson.
…The top rated basketball player in the country plays right up the road in Huntington. Andrew Wiggins, who is being recruited by all of the top schools including Kentucky, plays for Huntington Prep. The school is ranked as one of best prep basketball teams in the nation.
… Marshall University is well represented in the Super Bowl. Randy Moss and C. J. Spillman play for the San Francisco 49ers, while Al McClennan and Omar Brown play for the Baltimore Ravens. Herd fans should be proud. At least two former Marshall players will get Super Bowl rings.
(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)