More games to officiate on college basketball's biggest stage for NCAA hoops official and Bluefield resident Mike Eades.
Another NFL tryout opportunity for former Capital High and Eastern Kentucky star Tyrone Goard and former Scott High and University of Charleston star Jordan Roberts.
Better local fan support for Huntington Prep basketball coach Rob Fulford.
Continued recovery for former WVU great and long-time Logan basketball coach Willie Akers.
A linebacker-fullback type as good as he was for former St. Albans and WVU football star Derek Christian, now the football coach at Lincoln County.
A successful debut for Bryan Poore and his W.Va. State Yellow Jackets in the opening of our area's newest basketball arena.
A Merry Christmas for one of our area's most underrated and overlooked baseball stars, former Winfield, Kentucky and long-time major league baseball coach Jim Lett.
Continued good health for a man who never seems to age, former Gauley Bridge star and long-time Charleston High coach John Vencill. Also, one more softball game to pitch for his daughter-in-law, Laura Gresham, a former all-stater at Charleston Catholic.
Good memories and a reminder of their place in our state's basketball history of winning eight state basketball titles in a row for former Northfork Blue Demons: Mark Page, Anthony Harris, David "Duck" Riley, Scotty and Russell Todd, Eddie Ivy and others who wore the red and blue for the late Jennings Boyd.
A scrapbook of newspaper clippings, reminding him of his on-court accomplishments for former Nitro and Alderson-Broaddus basketball star Gordie McClanahan.
Finally, a miraculous recovery for long-time South Charleston area coach and administrator Bert Morris, who is now getting hospice care. Morris impacted the lives of many athletes in Spring Hill and South Charleston, such as David Potter, Jack Woolwine and Patches Strigle. He won numerous junior high championships at Spring Hill and also won national 3 on 3 basketball championships playing with former UNC star Nemo Nearman.
One of his former players, Rick Dearien, writes that "he was a coach, teacher, mentor and friend to us all. He was an incredible physical education teacher who taught us the value of staying fit and competing, as well as respect for adults and officials. We all want to thank him and tell him that we love him while we can."
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