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March 19, 1925: First Black State High School Basketball Tournament Begins  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On March 19, 1925, the state's first basketball tournament for black high schools kicked off on the campus of West Virginia State College (now University)

Smith honored as 'West Virginia Sports Legend'  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Generations of people have known that McDowell County native Ergie Smith is a legend.

Gary's Bell, Iaeger's Wolfe to be enshrined in McDowell  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The late Jerome Bell of Gary and Iaeger's Calvin Wolfe will round out the eleven new inductees into the McDowell County Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday, ...

Barrel Bowl gives back to McDowell | Sports |  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The Welch vs. Gary Barrel Bowl charity golf tournament started out primarily as a double-barreled high school reunion, but in its fourth year it has grown into an ...

McDowell County Hall of Fame to host 7th induction ceremonies  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

The third of three installments on the McDowell County Hall of Fame, which will host its induction ceremonies today in Welch.

Stories of pride, humor punctuate McDowell sports hall induction  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — Nearly 300 were in attendance on Sunday for the McDowell County Sports Hall of Fame induction at Mount View High School.

Column: Ergie and his mentors, the people behind a legend  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

There is much more to Ergie Smith Jr. than a compilation of his football accomplishments, coaching honors and multiple halls of fame (four).The McDowell ...

Frank Giardina: A look at some black sports pioneers in the Mountain State  Charleston Gazette-Mail

February is Black History Month. At the risk of leaving out some great names, here are some of our state's past and present pioneers. Their contributions to our ...

McDowell honors its best on 'Champions Night' | Sports |  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — “Oh, What A Night,” was a hit song by the Dells nearly 50 years ago, and that title fits perfectly the “Night of Champions” Friday as featured by.

Frank Giardina: Some memorable sports nicknames from the past  Charleston Gazette-Mail

For some reason, nicknames are not used much in sports anymore. When I was growing up, it seemed that everybody had a nickname. Here are some sports ...

More 'firsts' to be enshrined in McDowell Hall of Fame  Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — In addition to the “firsts” chronicled in last Sunday's story on the upcoming McDowell County Sports Hall of Fame induction that will take place this ...

Innerviews: Success story rooted in McDowell County coal camp  Charleston Gazette-Mail

He can tell you about buying silk sheets for Madam Chiang Kai-shek and dancing in Japan with Gen. Douglas MacArthur's wife.

Mark Martin’s Top 5 Viking football teams  Jackson County Newspapers

In the fall of 1968 I headed out to the Spencer-Ripley football game with my dad, mom and brother.It was the start of something special in my life.I had played ...

Frank Giardina: Annual Sports Legends dinner set for Saturday in Beckley  Charleston Gazette-Mail

The annual West Virginia Sports Legends Reunion Dinner will take place on Saturday, July 7 at the Beckley Moose Lodge. A sell-out crowd of 600 people ...

Homer Hickam's mother passes away  The Huntsville Times -

Elsie Gardener Hickam, 97, of Garden City, S.C., the mother of renowned local author Homer Hickam and featured in the book/movie "October Sky" and ...

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