Dale Craycraft, Ceredo-Kenova: Many remember that C-K was a AA football power for many years under head coach Carl Ward. What is sometimes forgotten is that Ceredo-Kenova was also a basketball power in the 1960s under Craycraft.
Paul Greer, Oceana: Greer's 1965 team finished a perfect 26-0. In the great history of coaching names in the coalfields, Greer sometimes gets overlooked.
Dave Hamilton, Gary District: Hamilton led the Bulldogs to a Class A title and went on to West Virginia Conference greatness at State and played briefly with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Joe Pendry, Oceana: Pendry as an incredible multi-sport athlete who went on to WVU and was going to play football and basketball there before being injured. Football fans now know Pendry as one of the best offensive line coaches in college and the NFL. He is retired now, but not before he helped Nick Saban win his first national championship at Alabama. His college roommate in Morgantown was Joe Manchin.
Ellwood Pennington, Oceana: He was well known in Wyoming County as one of the stars for the 1965 Indians, but he would be best known for being the father of Chad Pennington, who earned fame as a quarterback with Marshall, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins..
Billy Pierce, Bramwell: The Millionaires lost to Fort Ashby in the Class A semi-final game. A sophomore on that team was guard Pierce, who led Bramwell to a state title the next season. He went om to play for Lefty Driesell at Davidson when the Wildcats were a top-10 program and the main Southern Conference rival for WVU.
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