IT'S A time for memories in the Mingo County town of Williamson. This is the last year for one of our state's most storied high school basketball programs, the Williamson High Wolfpack.
From 1960 to 1990, Williamson was a basketball hotbed. The Memorial Field House in Williamson was usually packed to the rafters. The Logan-Williamson basketball rivalry was the best in the state.
Williamson produced many great players. I can't name them all, but here are some that made Williamson basketball special, along with a couple of schools in the area that shouldn't be forgotten.
Cline and teammates Bobby Fletcher, Julius Hatcher, Kenny Schwartz and Curtis Townes lost to Princeton and Jimmy Miller in the 1981 Class AAA title game. Schwartz went on to play at James Madison and Townes had a great career at West Virginia State.
In 1983, Cline teamed with Jamie Phillips to lead Williamson to the Class AA state title with a win over Northfork.
Craig was also an incredible baseball player, pitching the Wolfpack to the 1965 state title over Parkersburg. At the time, the state only had one class in baseball, so this was a true state champion. Craig's son Billy later pitched at Huntington East, Marshall and UCLA.