Canon-McMillan's Mike Hull was selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic the same day Hull started for the East team at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Hull will also play in the upcoming USA vs. The World football game on Jan. 30 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The game will be televised by the NFL Network.
High school football players are permitted to play in two all-star games, so how can Hull be named to three?
Well, the USA vs. The World game is not considered an all-star game so the Penn State recruit can suit up for the Big 33.
* Take away the Carmichaels girls and it's not a stretch to say basketball in Greene County has rarely been worse.
Let's look at the boys teams from Waynesburg (4-4), Mapletown (3-4), Carmichaels (2-6), Jefferson-Morgan (1-6) and West Greene (0-8).
Waynesburg's lone win against a team not from Greene County or rural West Virginia came against Class A Beth-Center. For Mapletown, the lone win against non-Greene County competition came against something called Eden Christian. Jefferson-Morgan's lone win is against West Greene, which enters tonight on a 33-game losing streak.
Carmichaels, which lost every starter from last year's WPIAL quarterfinals team, beat Quigley Catholic from Beaver County.
Now, let's examine the girls teams from Waynesburg (0-9), Jefferson-Morgan (5-5), West Greene (2-6) and Mapletown (1-9).
Waynesburg has lost 18 straight and is averaging 14.3 points per game this year. The scary thing is seven of those games were against Class A teams, including three games against J-M and two against West Greene. The last time the Raiders beat a WPIAL team outside of Greene County came on Feb. 9, 2006 against McGuffey.
As stated, three of the Rockets' wins came against Waynesburg. The others were versus West Greene and Hundred, W.Va. Both of West Greene's wins were against Waynesburg and Mapletown's lone win came against the Raiders.
Mapletown, at least, ventures outside the area to play non-section games. The same can't be said for Waynesburg, J-M and West Greene.
So, are there any solutions to improve the state of basketball in Greene County? Not sure. There's not much tradition in this wrestling-rich region.
One suggestion might be to avoid scheduling so many games against each other, particularly on the girls side. Venture out. Find a tip-off tournament in Connellsville or Beaver. Try a holiday tournament in Washington or Greensburg. Yeah, it might result in a blowout but it might make the team a little bit better.
* With Ringgold senior Alina Selby out for the year, The Varsity Letters asks, "Who is the frontrunner for Girls Player of the Year?"