Prep notebook: Beasts of the Southeast on tap for Saturday
One of the more-anticipated high school boys basketball events in the Tri-State is Saturday when the Beasts of the Southeast showcase is played at Chesapeake High School.
Well, it will be played weather permitting. Last season’s Beasts was postponed until February because of a heavy snowfall that made travel treacherous for the teams and their fans. The forecast is more promising this year and the lineup once again is excellent.
The day of basketball begins at noon with Fairland taking on Jackson, which began the season 9-2. At 2 p.m., Eastern-Brown plays Minford in a tussle of always physical squads. At 4 p.m., Coal Grove and its outstanding coach Kevin Vanderhoof meets Trimble and always entertaining coach Howie Caldwell, who has won more than 500 games in a 33-year career. At 6 p.m., resurgent Chesapeake and highly successful coach Ryan Davis meets North Adams in a contest of teams that started the season 6-2. The night concludes with Alexander taking on Waverly at 8 p.m.
The Beasts of the Southeast is played to help provide a $1,000 scholarship to each Chesapeake senior boys basketball player who wants to attend college. A $500 scholarship also is awarded to CHS boys and girls outside the program based on academic excellence. After that, money raised goes to improve Chesapeake’s facilities. The event raised more than $36,000 in its first nine years.
WELLMAN IN WASHINGTON: The Washington Redskins re-signed former Spring Valley High School football standout Elijah Wellman. A fullback/tight end out of West Virginia University, Wellman signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent after the 2017 season. He missed the 2018 season after suffering an injury in the preseason.
SISTER PASSES BROTHER: Kasey Kimbler set a Green High School record for 3-point field goals in a game last week when she made 11 of 14 in the Bobcats’ 55-33 victory over Hannan.
Kimbler, a freshman, scored 34 and broke the record of 10 3-pointers set by her brother Tanner. She obliterated the girls school record of seven 3-pointers shared by Emily Horsley and Megan Tackett.
Kimbler’s 11 3-pointers were two short of the state record 13 set by Eastern-Pike’s Marlene Stollings against Western-Pike in 1992.
SOUTH POINT HALL OF FAME: South Point High School will induct a stellar class into the school’s Hall of Fame at halftime of the Pointers’ home boys basketball game with Coal Grove on Feb. 15. Inductees include William Ball (1942), Penny Absher Huff (1979), James “Jimbo” Davis (1979), Vic Edwards (1961), Pete Kartlet (1944), Erica Leighty (2009) and Mike Pleasant (1972).
SHOOTOUT SCHEDULES: The Hatfield-McCoy Shootout at the Williamson Field House features an attractive Friday-Saturday lineup of boys basketball games.
Friday games begin at 5 p.m. with Wyoming East playing South Charleston, followed at 6:30 p.m. by Westside versus Scott. At 8 p.m., Tug Valley takes on Hurricane. Mingo Central and Phelps conclude the day at 9 p.m.
Saturday games begin at 10:30 a.m. with Man playing Phelps, followed at noon by Scott vs. East Ridge. At 1:30 p.m., Spring Valley plays Wesley Christian, South Charleston and Shelby Valley play at 3 p.m., followed at 4:30 p.m. by Lincoln County and Westside. at 6 p.m., it’s Sheldon Clark vs. Westside, with Mingo Central playing Belfry at 7:30 p.m. The event concludes with a 9 p.m. game pitting Tug Valley against Pikeville.
The Coach Young Classic Jan. 19 at North Adams High School features an Ohio Valley Conference flavor. The opener at noon pits Fairland against West Union, followed at 1:45 p.m. by South Point versus Ripley (Ohio). At 3:15 p.m., the lone girls game of the day has Chesapeake taking on North Adams. At 5 p.m., Chesapeake’s boys play Peebles. At 6:45 p.m., it’s Eastern-Brown vs. Eastern-Pike, followed by North Adams playing Southern at 8:45 p.m.
RECRUITING ROUNDUP: Spring Valley offensive tackle Zach Williamson signed Thursday with the University of Louisville. ... Bluefield defensive end Sean Martin received a scholarship offer from Temple University. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior also has offers from Marshall, Rutgers and West Virginia. ... Huntington High offensive lineman Darnell Wright reportedly said two of his five official visits likely will be to the University of North Carolina and West Virginia University. ... Wheelersburg kicker/punter Jalen Miller was offered by Morehead State University. ... Greenup County wide receiver Patrick Kelly picked up an offer from Kentucky Wesleyan College.
ROUNDING UP: South Point defeated Fairland 49-35 Friday night in boys basketball to end the Dragons’ Ohio Valley Conference winning streak at 44 games. ... Former East Carter High School softball star Montana Fouts, a freshman pitcher at the University of Alabama, made the USA junior national women’s softball team. ... Huntington High football coach Billy Seals coached the linebackers for Team Flash Thursday in the Under Armour All-America Football Game, in which Highlanders offensive lineman Darnell Wright played. ... Hurricane’s boys basketball team’s 7-0 start was the best in the program’s history. The streak ended Thursday with a 52-51 loss to St. Albans. ... East Carter girls basketball coach Hager Easterling won his 550th career game last week, becoming just the 15th coach in Kentucky to do so. ... Woodrow Wilson boys basketball star Bryce Radford scored 50 points last week in the Eagles’ 107-90 loss to First Love Christian Academy. ... Winfield’s boys basketball game at Sissonville was moved from Jan. 11 to Feb. 6. ... Wheelersburg’s Abbie Kallner scored her 1,000th career point in basketball Thursday in the Pirates’ 55-42 victory over Minford. She also has more than 2,000 assists in volleyball. ... Former Belfry and University of Kentucky football star David Jones resigned as head coach at Phelps to take the top job at Bourbon County. ... Point Pleasant and Gallia Academy will renew their football rivalry on Sept. 13 with the Big Blacks visiting the Blue Devils. The teams haven’t played since 2016. ... West Carter set a volleyball school record for victories (25) this season.