This Week in Sports

Just Like Old Times

            Appalachian State and Marshall University settled to renew an old rivalry that dates back to 1977, when both teams were a part of the Southern Conference. The teams will play in Boone on September 25, 2021 and then in Huntington West Virginia on September 17, 2022. The two teams battled 21 times while in the Southern Conference from 1977 to 1996. The Mountaineers have won 14 out of 22 total meetings between the two teams.

Men’s Basketball Signs Three New Faces

            Mountaineers head basketball coach Jim Fox added three new faces to the men’s basketball program this week. The trio that will make Boone their new home are Bennett Holley, Matt O’Boyle and Tyrell Johnson. All three come from outside of North Carolina. Bennett Holley, a forward, will make the trip from his home town of Roanoke, Virginia. At 6’7 and 185 pounds, Holley averaged 14 points and eight rebounds at his prep school, North Cross. He was named first-team all-State last season.   Matt O’Boyle is a 6’4, 185 pound guard from all the way in Peoria, Arizona. He played his high school basketball at Sunrise Mountain but makes his way to App from Pima Community college in Tuscon, Arizona. He averaged 15 points per game. Tyrell Johnson comes in at 6 foot 8 and 185 pounds. The forward from Atlanta averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game at Stephenson High School. All three men join a class of two men already committed to the Mountaineers. Ronshad Shabazz and Emarius Logan, two more exciting prospects signed earlier this year. All five men will join the team for the 2015-2016 season.

Charlotte Goes with Kaminsky Over Winslow

In a move that puzzled many, infuriated some, and put pressure on a rookie and his organization, the Charlotte Hornets made a tough decision at the number 9 spot in the NBA draft last night. When Justise Winslow fell out of the top 8, it seemed like a no brainer for Charlotte to pick the man with the most potential. The Hornets had other ideas, selecting Frank Kaminsky from Wisconsin. Winslow was then picked up just a few moments later by a team in the same division, the Miami Heat. Kaminsky fills a role on the Hornets team that Winslow wouldn’t have, but when a guy is being compared to Dwayne Wade, there is a risk in passing him up. The new Hornets and the old Bobcats never seemed to get it right on draft day. It won’t take long to figure out if this is just another head scratching decision, or a perfect match.