WILLIAMSON – The annual Hatfield-McCoy Shootout will have nine competitive high school basketball games at the historic Williamson Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Highly ranked South Charleston will return to the event with WVU recruit Brandon Knapper and coached by former Logan and WVU player Vic Herbert. The Black Eagles will take on Wesley Christian Academy (Ky.), a team with several college prospects.
The No. 1 ranked Poca Dots come to town with two Division I prospects. Noah Frampton and Elijah Cuffee lead the top Class AA squad. Cuffee has already committed to D-1 Liberty, while Frampton is being sought by several school including Marshall University. The Dots have not lost a game to a West Virginia school in two seasons.
The other two featured contests will be Tug Valley, coached by Ed May, and led by all-state candidates Jeremy Dillon, Tyler May and Calvin Blankenship. They will be taking on Class 3A George Washington.
The big Tug River rivalry between Belfry, coached by Mark Thompson, and Mingo Central, coached by Garland “Rabbit” Thompson, will highlight the shootout in the last game of the day. The Pirates are led by senior Garrett Fannin and the Miners by senior Dalton Hatfield. Hatfield hit the last second shot that won the game last year for MCHS.
The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with Hannan playing Ambassador Christian Academy. Then at 11 a.m. Sheldon Clark (Ky.) will take on Sissonville. The Man Hillbillies will face Betsy Layne (Ky.) at 12:30 p.m., while East Ridge (Ky.) will then battle Hurricane at 2 p.m.
Chapmanville, led by all-stater Drew Williamson and coached by former Mingo Central coach Brad Napier, will take on the Pikeville (Ky.) Panthers at 5 p.m. Then comes the South Charleston contest, followed by Tug Valley and GW at 8 p.m. and the Miners and Pirates ending the long day with tipoff slated for 9:30 p.m.
Mark Whitt is once again the organizer and promoter of the shootout.
Each player will receive a T-shirt and a hospitality room will be available for the players, coaches and cheerleaders.
The shootout’s main sponsor is Jeff Simpkins Law Office of Williamson. Whitt has several other smaller sponsors for the annual event.
The teams will have 20 minutes to warm up between each game.
Cost for the all-day hoops event is $8. There will be pass outs for the all-day event and persons will get a hand stamp when they enter.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)