Prep notebook: Boone Classic dedicated to coal miners
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This year's Boone County Grid Classic, set for Friday at Scott High's turf field in Madison, is being dedicated to the county's coal miners.
The opening ceremony of the three-team scrimmage will include a tribute to miners, with former college coaches Don Nehlen (West Virginia) and Bob Pruett (Marshall) participating in the event. They will also sign autographs and meet with the public.
Gates open at 5 p.m., with Nehlen and Pruett available for autographs at 5:15 and the opening ceremony starting at 6.
The football scrimmage pairings between the county's three high school teams are as follows - Scott vs. Sherman at 7, Sherman vs. Van at 8:30 and Van vs. Scott at 10.
"I'm very excited about the coal miner tribute,'' said Rob Nelson, the event's organizer. "Most, if not all of us, have a family member who is a coal miner. I am proud of my coal mining heritage.''
Bands, cheerleaders, majorettes and football players from Boone County's junior highs, middle schools and youth football organizations will also participate.
Admission is $7, but free for children not yet in first grade. All proceeds will be split among the three high schools. Supervised inflatable games will be available for children.
Nelson thanked the cooperation of Bill Raney (president, West Virginia Coal Association), Chris Adkins (director, Driven Knights, Inc.), Mark Sumpter (president, Boone County Board of Education), John Hudson (superintendent, Boone County schools) and Mike Day (executive vice-president, Patriot Coal) for helping the event take place.
There's something about basketball players-turned-receivers at Logan.
Three years ago, Wildcats hoops standout Deyonta Coleman came out for football and blossomed into a second-team all-stater with his receiving skills. He averaged 22 yards a catch and his 11 touchdown receptions covered distances from 28 to 85 yards.
Now, it's senior Josh Rein who could be following in those footsteps.
Rein, also a starter for the school's baseball and basketball squads, flourished as a wideout last year, catching 30 passes for 689 yards and nine TDs, averaging 23 yards per catch.
"He's one of the best I've been around,'' said Logan coach Gary Mullins. "I hope somebody [in college] gives him a look.
"He never says one word, but it's a highlight show in practice every day with the things he does. He's probably the best blocking wide receiver I've ever coached, along with everything he does in baseball and basketball. He's a tremendous kid and anytime the ball goes in his direction . . . well, our quarterbacks know they've just got to get it out to him and let him make plays.''
A few comments from Kanawha Valley coaches following their first scrimmages on Saturday:
Buffalo sits it out
The only Kanawha Valley team that doesn't have a second scrimmage scheduled this weekend is Buffalo (see schedule, Page 2B).
The Bison worked out against Clay County last Saturday, and that's going to be the team's lone scrimmage, as it opted not to hold another.
"We always seem to get people hurt in scrimmages,'' said Buffalo coach Mike Sawyer. "My feeling is one scrimmage gives us what we need.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or email@example.com.