RED JACKET — Do you miss the glory days?
After the demise of both the Hatfield-McCoy Senior Bowl and the East-West All-Star game, Mingo Central High School is starting up a new tradition.
This weekend, Mingo Central will be hosting the inaugural Simpkins Law Office Alumni Weekend.
“We have had a good turnout for the last two years but we changed up the format a little bit to keep people excited in what we are doing,” said Joey Fields, one of the event coordinators.
The Miners will be hosting an alumni football and basketball game that will take place this weekend with all of the proceeds going to the Mingo Central football team to help with the costs of the upcoming football season.
On Friday, the Mingo Central High School gymnasium will host alumni teams from Belfry (Ky.), Tug Valley, Burch, Gilbert, Matewan, Mingo Central and Williamson. Last year, the Tug Valley Panther alumni won the tournament. Each team is promised two games and ticket will be sold at the games — $5 for adults and $3 for students.
On Saturday night, the Mingo Central football field will be the site of an alumni football game featuring one team full of Mingo Central alumni and one team full of alumni from the consolidated schools (Gilbert, Burch, Matewan and Willaimson). Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. with tickets being $7 for adults and $5 for students.
The Miners have also decided to boost the nostalgia by selling game worn jerseys and helmets at the football game on Saturday from the earlier years of the program.
The following jerseys will be available for purchase; 2011 Black, 2013 Blue, and 2014 digital camo. All jersey will be $25 apiece and helmets will be $75 each.
The Miner boosters will also be taking orders for the 2016 season shirts at the game on Saturday.
The shirts will feature a unique logo on a dark grey shirt. The design will showcase the schedule one the back. All shirts will be $15 apiece and money will be collected at the time of order. They are promised to be delivered by the first home game of the season.
“Everyone is very excited,” Fields said. “We are predicted to have good weather and we have recieved a very good response from this so far. I know some of the old players are ready to suit back up and give it their best one more time. We encourage everyone to attend the events and cheer on your favorite team. We would like to thank Jeff Simpkins for being such a great sponsor. He has been a real help to us at Mingo Central.”
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2274 or at email@example.com or on twitter @sidplaster)