Curtis Price - He was "King Curtis" and one of the greatest basketball players in our city's history from 1966-68. We just lost him in May and the pain is still fresh among his friends and teammates. Charleston High and WVU have never had a classier athlete, musician or citizen. He was a hero to many.
Dennis Reed - Reed was a defensive back on the 1969 football team that beat St. Albans to win the AAA title.
Melvin Riggins - He was one of the greatest football players in our city's history when he played from 1965-67. He was a speedy, powerful bowling ball who went on to be a national track sprint champ in junior college and led the NCAA in kickoff returns when he played for the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Jerome Sales - Sales played football and basketball from 1970-73. He was a sophomore on a state football championship team and a senior reserve on the state basketball title winner in 1973.
Mark Stewart - One of the great quarterbacks in CHS football history, Stewart was the leader of the 1963 Mountain Lions. He went on to play at Georgia, where he was a starting safety and team captain.
Mike Tyson - He was an NFL-caliber talent and a world-class sprinter. One of the fastest athletes in state history, Tyson is one of the best running backs the KVC has ever seen. He was a sophomore on the 1970 team that won a Class AAA state title and went on to play at Iowa State. He is also a state track legend, and only a pulled hamstring kept him from making the 1976 U.S. Olympic team.
No doubt there were many stories this weekend about some of the former coaches who have passed away such as Frank Vincent, Lou Romano and Jim Jarrett. All were larger-than-life figures in the classic old building that was across from CAMC General.
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