Cleanin’ out the old sports notebook

Kyle’s Korner ….

Congratulations to former Matewan High School football AP Player of the Year and Marshall University All-American Melvin Cunningham for being named to the Herd’s Hall of Fame.

Melvin was a standout for the Tigers back in the early 1990s and then went on to have a stellar career in Huntington for the Thundering Herd.

He had a short stint with the Miami Dolphins in the NFL and was also a standout in the Arena league before injuries cut short his career.

Melvin is now the head coach at Fairland High School in Proctorville, Ohio. He coached at Tug Valley, Burch and Mingo Central before moving to southern Ohio.

Melvin was one of the all-time greats at old Matewan High School and he has done the green and white proud.

… Ot Elmore, older brother of Thundering Herd point guard Jon Elmore, is coming back to the Mountain State after a couple of seasons at Texas-Rio Grande Valley. He is eligible immediately and will have two seasons left.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Ot Elmore averaged 2.7 points in 14.7 minutes over 20 games at Rio Grande Valley.

He will be playing alongside his brother Jon Elmore, who transferred to Marshall first, from VMI. Both brothers are sons of Gay Elmore Jr., the former South Charleston and VMI star in the 1980s. Ot Elmore played at South Charleston High from 2008-12, averaging 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior.

… Speaking of Marshall basketball, Herd head coach Dan D’Antoni has offered Tug Valley junior Jeremy Dillon a scholarship. The 6-foot-5 Dillon can play point guard, on the wing or down under the basket if needed. I’m sure Dillon will get several more offers in the next couple of years. Let’s hope he stays close to home no matter what college he decides to attend.

… Belfry’s Cole Bentley is expected to get an offer from WVU this week. He has more than 25 offers for a football scholarship. The Pirates had three players at the prestigious Nike Camp. They were Bentley, Rayquan Horton and Austin Dotson. All three are being recruited by D-1 programs and will return to BHS for their senior seasons in 2016.

Practice for high school players will be here before you realize it. Many players are hitting the weight rooms.

… Congrats to Kevin Hatfield for being chosen to lead the Mingo Central Miners basketball team. My sources told me there were nine applicants. I only know of two others, but the names were not released on the others. It shows you that there are many who wanted the job to build the program at MCHS.

Hatfield’s oldest son Drew is one of the top ranked freshman players in the state. Not only is he a good basketball player, but he was the MVP the past two seasons in middle school as a quarterback.

… Joey Fields has decided to stay on as an assistant coach at Mingo Central. Earlier this year, Fields, who has been Yogi Kinder’s offensive coordinator, had accepted a job at Martinsburg High School in the eastern panhandle. But his Mingo county roots are keeping him local.

… And finally, there will be some W.Va. twang on ESPN’s NFL football coverage this season. Former state player of the year and Marshall All-American Randy Moss will join ESPN. The last couple of seasons Moss has been on FOX. Moss, a Kanawha County native, is one of the top wide receivers to ever play in the NFL.

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)
Kyle’s Korner ….
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