The First Baptist Church of McConnell Summer Basketball League, also known as “Godbyball,” celebrated 33 years of existence this summer.
The league began in 1982, with four teams playing in different colored T-shirts at the Stollings Grade School Gym.
The league has grown over the years to include players from Logan, Boone, Wyoming, Lincoln, Mingo and Kanawha counties, as well as Pike County, Ky.
It changed from a winter league to a summer league 20 years ago when it expanded to the old Logan East Junior High School at Coal Branch.
This summer’s games were played in the months of May through July on Monday and Tuesday nights, with 12 teams participated in two divisions, the Old Testament and New Testament.
Each team played an approximately a 12-game schedule.
There were more than 130 players ranging from middle school to a few “old timers.”
The average team consisted of eight members that played by high school rules.
The teams wore a preferred color with the name of a local business that gave financial support on the back side of the jerseys.
The purpose of the league is to occupy the youth of our area with a supervised, drug-alcohol free, wholesome, spiritual and recreational environment.
Each evening, a Bible-devotion was given between select games.
An extra event for the league took place on June 19, called Midnight Madness.
The teams participated in the eight-hour event with the Logan County Commission Team winning the championship. The team consisted of Jackson Elkins, Eugene Spurlock, Tyler Woolsey, Joey Adkins, Jordan Calandros, Seth Barker and Dylan Woolsey.
An annual All-Star Game, including a lower division game and an upper division game, was played on Tuesday, July 21.
The special awards were won that day by Codey Tomblin (Mr. All-Star Free Throw), Donte Adams (Mr. All-Star Three Point and Mr. Ball Handling Skills) and Mr. All-Star Slam Dunk (Jordan Calandros).
The league is sponsored by a variety of people and businesses in Logan County including John Dardi Distributing, Southern West Virginia Physical Therapy, International Industries, Dr. Sean Senator, Holden Machine, Honaker Funeral Home, H&R Block, Logan County Commission, Family Discount Pharmacy of Stollings, Logan Motorcycle Sales, Keefer’s Quality Sports, Eddie Glass, Dr. Hobert Mack, APCO, Trinity Health Care, Thornhill Superstore, Elite Security and Patty St. Lawrence.
The league also received offerings and love gifts at the games for maintenance.
The Elite Security Team won the regular season league title, finishing atop the league with an 11-1 record. The young men who played on that team were: Jared Adkins, Grant Adkins, Brett Sorrell, CB Green, Anthony Perrin and Ricky Lee Thomas.
The first-place tournament team was the Logan County Commission.
The runner-up team was the Crawley Creekers (Adam Dingess, Jeremiah Butcher, Jody Harless, Stephan Ball, TF Deskins, Gary Burgess and Kenny Plumley.)
The referees for the league were: John Gardner, John Dardi, Steve Browning, Scottie Ellis and Mike Tothe.
The official scorekeeper and clock management were operated by: Rob Ellis, Cliff Jarrett and Joni Godby.
The concession stand was run by: Pam Ellis and Brenda Napier.
The following won league awards:
Star of Tomorrow – Scotty Browning.
Mr. Defense – Eugene Spurlock.
Mr. Swat – Seth Barker.
Mr. 3 Point – Tyler Woolsey.
Mr. Free Throw – Braxton Goff.
Most Improved Player – Seth Barker.
Top Gun of the League (leading scorer Old Testament) – Christian Adkins.
Top Gun of the Leagure (leading scorer New Testament – Jordan Calandros.
New Testament Rookie of the Year — Codey Tomblin.
Old Testament Rooke of the Year — Kenny Plumley.
Gym Rats – Alex Lusk, Will Adkins, Zack Lusk, Tomas Blankenbeckler and Jonathan Adkins.
Ron Vance Memorial Sportsmanship Award – Ryan Hicks.
John Coleman Memorial Most Valuable Player of the League Award – Grant Adkins.
All-League Team (Old Testament Division) – Corey Barber, Christian Adkins, Donte Adams, Codey Tomblin, Jacob Vance and Jimmie Vance.
All-League New Testament Division – Adam Dingess, Stephan Ball, TJ Deskins, Ricky Lee Thomas, Kenny Plumley, Brett Sorrell, Jared Adkins, Jordan Calandros, Tanner Bledsoe, Braxton Goff, Trevor Abbot, Tyler Woolsey, Jackson Elkins and Seth Barker.
All Tournament Team: Jordan Calandros, Kenny Plumley, Braxton Goff, Stephan Ball, Donte Adams, Jeremiah Butcher, Tyler Woolsey, Jackson Elkins and Seth Barker, Clyde Keaton.
Honorary Most Valuable Player of Tournament and Captain of All Tournament Team – Jordan Calandros.
Second Place Tournament Team – Crawley Creekers and First Place Tournament Team —Logan County Commission.
Pastor John E. Godby appreciates all the folks that assured the success of the league by volunteering time.
A special thanks to those who donated money to support the financial needs of the league, to the Logan County Board of Education, Kelly A. Stanley, principal of Logan High School for the use of the facility and the Logan County Commission.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).