The Mingo County tandem realizes there is the potential for playing time on UC's roster following the dismissal of guards Terrell Lipkins and Robbie Dreher and forward Quincy Washington after the trio was charged following a robbery in downtown Charleston in April.
"They have some openings because of the incident that happened there,'' Newsome said. "We're still going to go there with the same mindset that we'll take the winning attitude that we had at Tug Valley to the University of Charleston.''
Tug Valley made a bit of history in March when it became the first public school to capture a Class A boys basketball title since another Mingo County school, Williamson, turned the trick in 2001.
The Panthers, however, were fed a steady diet of AAA and AA schools on their schedule the past two seasons to challenge players like Brewer and Newsome, and it paid off handsomely with a pair of championships.
Now the Tug tandem would like to show fans around the state that, hey, Class A's got talent, too.
"This is just a huge opportunity,'' Brewer said, "and we're just going to come up here and have fun, and just show everybody that single-A can compete with double-A and triple-A. We're just going to give it our all and have fun while we do it.''
"We kinda got a chip on our shoulder being in the single-A division,'' he said. "We want to show everybody we can play with anybody in the state.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.