CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Chris Turner first burst onto the scene as a basketball player during his sophomore season at Winfield, racking up a 14.4 scoring average.
But unless something changes in the coming months, his final burst with the Generals will come on a football field.
Turner, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior, seems to be leaning toward skipping his last season of basketball at the Putnam County school in order to concentrate on his budding football career.
"I'm probably not going to play basketball this year,'' Turner said last week following a football practice session. "I have a brighter future in football because of my frame. I had some success last year. My personal favorite right now is football, but you never know.''
Turner, who is about 200 points shy of 1,000 for his basketball career, averaged 14.7 points as a junior.
Herbert Hoover hopes to improve its fortunes from recent seasons, following records of 1-9 last year and 2-8 in 2011.
Perhaps some of that baseball magic will rub off on the Huskies, as five members of the school's Class AA state championship baseball team have come out for football.
"Absolutely,'' said Hoover football coach Tim Meyer. "They all work hard, and it shows.
"[Assistant coach Jeff Currie] stopped practice the other day before we were ready to go home and talked about the baseball team and how they put in the extra time and how they worked hard. All those kids that played baseball are living proof of working your butts off, and they ended up coming up with a state title.''
The baseball-football contingent includes running back Shaun Dotson, tight end-offensive lineman Cody Bowen, defensive backs Scooter Farmer and Tim Hopkins and wingback Tristan Fields. Fields played football as a freshman and sophomore, but sat out last year.
Dotson thinks the baseball players can spawn some carryover from that program's success.
"I sure do,'' he said. "We put in a lot of work in the weight room. People actually want to be there. They actually try.''
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