There are several former local student-athletes that are now in college getting an education and playing sports.
It’s great to see our local kids not only playing at the next level, but getting their college education.
Some of them are Tug Valley graduates Jordan Mounts, WVU Tech baseball, Austin Brewer and Mikey Newsome, University of Charleston basketball, Chuck White, W.Va. Wesleyan football and Elizabeth Evans, WVU Tech basketball.
Isaac Parsley, another Tug Valley grad, is at West Virginia Wesleyan as a redshirt freshman on the football team.
Matewan product Brandon Burgraff is at WVU Tech playing basketball.
Matewan graduate Josh Sammons, is at the University of Pikeville playing football, while Jeffree Pruitt, who played at both Belfry and Matewan, is also playing football for the Bears.
Gabe Vinson, who played at Burch and Mingo Central, is playing baseball at WVU Tech.
Mingo Central’s Chrissie Farmer is playing hoops at West Virginia State this year.
Austin Banks, who played at Mingo Central the last two seasons and at Williamson his freshman and sophomore seasons, is playing basketball at Alderson Broaddus.
Marcus Cunningham, who graduated at Mingo Central last spring, is at Alice Lloyd and will play basketball.
Former Gilbert High and Mingo Central quarterback/punter Ashton Cline is in his second season at Emory & Henry playing football.
Davey Jude , who was an all-state golfer at Tug Valley, is now a redshirt freshman for the Marshall University golf team.
Belfry product Tony Messer is redshirting at Louisville. (Messer had previously signed with EKU, but at the last minute took an offer from the Cardinals.) He was an all-state football player last season for the Pirates.
If there are others that I have left out, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
… WVU’s Ford Childress was named National Freshman of the Week by Athlon magazine. Childress threw for over 360 yards and three touchdowns in his first start for the Mountaineers this past Saturday.
… West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck announced today that the WVU-Penn State football series will be renewed for two games beginning in 2023. The series resumes at Penn State, on Sept. 2, 2023, and the second game will be played at West Virginia on Aug. 31, 2024.
… The Big 12 Conference has announced that WVU’s Sept. 28 football game against Oklahoma State at Milan Puskar Stadium will have a noon kickoff. The game will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPNU, and the network designation will be announced following the games on Sept 21.
… University of Pikeville quarterback A.J. Graham was the Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week, league officials announced on Monday.
Graham accounted for five UPIKE touchdowns in the Bears’ 47-41 overtime win at Edward Waters (Fla.) on Saturday to earn his first weekly honor and the first for Pikeville since 2011.The Tallahassee, Fla., junior completed 20 of 32 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns and added 44 yards and two scores on the ground to help the Bears remain perfect at 3-0. Graham had originally signed with Marshall, but things didn’t work out for him in Huntington so he transferred to Pikeville.
… Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC) is hosting the 1st Annual Mike McGraw Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic, Thursday, October 3 at Twin Falls Resort State Park. There is a $65 green fee which includes lunch. Tee off time is at 10 a.m. To RSVP e-mail David.Lord@southernwv.edu. Send checks to Southern Foundation, HC 89 Box 423, McGraws, WV 25875.
… The Tug Valley Shrine Club will hold its 7th Annual Poker Run today, September 22 starting at the Southside Mall. Registration starts at 12 noon to 2 p.m. Registration is $10 for the rider and $5 for a passenger. Musical entertainment will be provided. For more info contact Benny Sawyers at 304-475-3556 or Bob Preece at 304-475-4580. There will also be door prizes and event T-shirts for $10.
… West Virginia cornerback Brodrick Jenkins has left the team. Coach Dana Holgorsen on Tuesday declined to give a reason for Jenkins’ departure, saying it was “internal.” Jenkins played in two games this season without a tackle and was held out of last week’s 41-7 victory over Georgia State. The senior had 11 career starts, including seven last season.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)