In the late 1960s, Charleston native Hugh Thompson sent a letter to nationally known tennis teacher Nick Bollettieri asking if a young pro would be interested in relocating here. Pilsbury answered the call and stayed around for 32 years.
Pilsbury took the Tennis Indoor Center and produced over 100 nationally ranked players, who went on to accept scholarships in the sport. In 2001, he moved back to his native Florida, where he passed away last Friday. One "tennis fan" in a letter to this desk said "from the time [Pilsbury] arrived from the University of Wisconsin until he left, he taught tennis with all his heart and allowed no misbehaving on the court, no bad language, and had the patience of a saint."
He'll obviously be missed.
In all my years of covering sports I don't believe I've ever seen an opening football schedule like that of UC.
The Golden Eagles will play three consecutive road games before opening the home slate on Sept. 28. Then, in the next week, they are off to Shepherdstown.
West Virginia State's schedule isn't much better. The Yellow Jackets are away three of the first four weeks.
The bottom line for Division II football fans in the Kanawha Valley? Through Sept. 28 there are but two dates - out of eight possibilities - to check out local college football action.
Simply go to the Gazette website and click on the Huddle for updated scores, stories, videos ... you name it. I promise it will be unsurpassed in this state.
A hearty, happy birthday wish to Mullens basketball legend Lewis D'Antoni, father to Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike, Lakers assistant Dan, Charleston attorney Mark and assistant state superintendent Kathy Jo.
Back in 1913, Lewis D'Antoni was born in McComas.
When a crowd gathers on Saturday night at the American Legion building in Mullens, he'll be 100 years old.
It's a heck of a milestone for a heck of a guy.
Enjoy your party, Coach.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.