Category Archives: Dave Speak

Program snub spurs Lincoln to upset over Bluefield

By Dave  Morrison ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket CHARLESTON – Lincoln wasn’t even in the official program of the 2017 state tournament. Safe to say that Bluefield now recognizes the Cougars. Chase Riley scored 28 points and No. 7 Lincoln (13-13) upset No. 2 seed Bluefield Thursday in the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals. Class…more »

Chapmanville tops Wyoming East in AA quarterfinals

By Dave Morrison ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket CHARLESTON – Wyoming East coach Derek Brooks knew that Chapmanville’s guards could score. He knew that the Tigers size inside would be a matchup problem. He saw that on film. It was what he didn’t see that turned the tide in Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup. Chapmanville turned turnovers…more »

Fayetteville falls in Charleston, finishes 24-1

By Dave Morrison ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket CHARLESTON – Those drinking from the glass that is half full can certainly find a lot behind Fayetteville’s basketball season. None of that matters at the moment. It will, but not right now. Madonna saw to that. The Blue Dons took advantage of Fayetteville’s ice-cold shooting in…more »

Opportunities at BAC in a wide-open Region 3

By Dave Morrison ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket It is nearly impossible to rank the area’s double-A schools, most which make up the area we know as Region 3. It’s a fluid situation, changing daily, sometimes hourly, depending on the schedule. In the past, you could pencil in Bluefield and either Wyoming County school –…more »

Region 3 owns impressive girls resume in 2000s

By DAVE MORRISON ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket Every year there is a lot of static about which region is the best. Like polls, rankings, indexes and everything else, there is subjectivity about the issue. Every season is different.  You can have a year with a lot of great teams, you can have a down…more »

Fayetteville showed its resolve; Wyoming East opening eyes

By DAVE MORRISON ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket Fayetteville scored all of 19 points in the final 20 minutes of its game with Shady Spring Thursday. Not the production coach Matt Boyd was hoping for coming off an 83-point outing in the Pirates opener against Valley (83-44 final). He will take the end result, a…more »

Region 3 report: Fenton to 1,000, two top 100

By DAVE MORRISON ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket Fayetteville’s Will Fenton threw for over 1,000 yards on the football field the past two seasons, including this year, when Fayetteville went 12-0 en route to the Class A semfinals, falling to eventual state champion St. Mary’s. On Tuesday night 1,000 was again associated with the 6-foot-5…more »

Area Basketball notebook

By DAVE MORRISON ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket Given foresight, the litany of things that went wrong for Westside Friday in its opener at PikeView, coach Shawn Jenkins probably would have been thinking he wouldn’t walk out later that night with a victory. What happened, in a 66-64 victory, seemed unrealistic. It started bad, behind…more »

Renegades complete comeback, beat PikeView 66-64 in OT

By DAVE MORRISON ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket GARDNER – Shawn Jenkins told anyone who would listen this summer that he was excited about apair of sophomores, R.J. Hood and Hunter Walters. He said that they would play a major role at some point for the No. 3 Renegades. It didn’t take long. Hood hit…more »

Area Hoops Report: LeRose has rare freshman debut

By DAVE MORRISON ESPN Radio 102.3 The Ticket You stay in this business long enough, it’s hard to come across many situations you haven’t seen or heard of in the past. Yesterday was an exception. Nicholas County’s Luke LeRose, making his freshman debut against Nitro last night, scored 34 points. I don’t think I’ve ever…more »

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