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Sturm’s journey continues with Herd

May 20, 2019

Ty Sturm brings an impressive basketball lineage to Marshall University.

The Cabell Midland High School standout is a relative of former Thundering Herd guard Andy Paul Williamson, who played for Marshall from 1987 through 1990. Both are from Harts, West Virginia, long a basketball hotbed before consolidation closed Harts High School. Sturm transferred to Cabell Midland and thrived, earning a preferred walk-on offer from Thundering Herd coach Danny D’Antoni.

“It’s been a journey,” Sturm said, with a chuckle after finishing sixth in the Class AAA high jump at the state track meet Saturday. “Buddy League, middle school, AAU, high school. It started getting real when Fairmont State showed interest. Then Bluefield College offered and Lenoir-Rhyne reached out.”

Sturm liked what he saw at Bluefield, but when Marshall offered he couldn’t turn it down. Sturm has the Promise Scholarship and other grants that will ease the financial challenges of walking on. He hopes to earn a scholarship at some point.

“Coach D’Antoni isn’t afraid to play walk-ons,” Sturm said. “I look up to him and to (assistant) coach (Cornelius) Jackson.”

Sturm thanked Knights coach Rick Chaffin, who resigned last week to spend more time with family. Chaffin revamped Sturm’s jump shot, giving the 6-foot-2 guard a strong weapon in his basketball arsenal.

“My walking on at Marshall wouldn’t have been possible with coach Chaffin,” Sturm said.

CONDOLENCES: Longtime Athens (Ohio) Messenger newspaper sports writer Tom Metters, 80, died last week.

A member of the Ohio Sports Writers Hall of Fame, Tom accumulated too many awards to fit in this column. Anyone who covered a game at Ohio University’s Convocation Center from the 1960s through the 1990s likely encountered Tom, a consummate professional and true gentleman. He will be missed.

HURRICANE HAMSTERS: The Hurricane softball team hasn’t changed its mascot, but has adopted a team pet.

Coots the hamster was coach Meghan Stevens’ reward to the squad for winning the Class AAA, Region IV championship. Stevens said junior pitcher and “resident critter expert” Harlie Vannatter will be the lead caretaker for Coots.

RECRUITING ROUNDUP: Spring Valley defensive back David Livingston and Huntington High offensive lineman Terrance Pankey each received an offer from Concord University. Livingston also was offered by West Virginia State University. ... Ashland offensive lineman John Stone picked up an offer from Glenville State College. ... Boyd County baseball star Austin Mullins committed to Shawnee State University. ...

Huntington St. Joe baseball and basketball standout Noah Bolton signed with Ohio Valley University. ... South Point boys basketball star Tayshaun Fox signed with Shawnee State. ... Cabell Midland softball shortstop Kirya Kingery signed with Morehead State University. ... Hurricane cheerleader Tylee Oldham signed with the University of Kentucky. ... Johnson Central baseball player Blake Delong committed to Eastern Kentucky University. ... Hurricane track and cross country standout Bryer McPherson committed to the University of Charleston.

NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES: Rock Hill won the Ohio Valley Conference boys track title. ... Coal Grove’s girls OVC track championship was the first in the history of the program. ... Fairland’s Parker Wyant won the OVC middle school golf championship. ... Jesse Muncy, who averaged 17.7 points per game in a sensational freshman basketball season at Tolsia, has transferred to Sheldon Clark. Muncy was a Class A third-team all-stater. ...

Former Huntington High track star Mariah Harmon of Wheeling Jesuit University earned track all-region honors in the heptathlon. ... Fairland hired Mary Haynes as it volleyball coach. ...

Wheelersburg’s Paige Emnett set an Ohio Division III, Region 11 record in the shot put throw last week with a heave of 43 feet, 8 inches. ... Ashland’s Robbie Francis threw his second no-hitter of the season last week as the Tomcats blanked Greenup County 14-0. Francis no-hit East Jessamine earlier in the season and was part of a combined no-hitter against Cabell Midland. ... Former Hurricane track star Abby Watson of the University of Charleston earned all-region honors in the shot put. ... Wheelersburg finished the year with Southern Ohio Conference Division II championships in baseball, boys basketball, boys soccer, football, girls basketball, girls soccer, softball and volleyball. ...

Tug Valley hired Garland “Rabbit” Thompson as its new boys basketball coach. Thompson won state titles with the Panthers in 2012 and 2013. ... Sarah Jude is the first girl in Tolsia history selected for the West Virginia North-South game basketball game June 9 in Fairmont, West Virginia.

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