BABL sign-ups, mini-camps planned

FAYETTEVILLE — The Ben Argento Basketball League in Fayetteville invites all players in kindergarten through sixth grade to register for the league’s 2006-07 season.

Registration, along with instructional mini-camps, are scheduled as follows:

-- Thursday, Nov. 16 — Division I, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Division II, 7 to 9 p.m.;

-- Friday, Nov. 17 — Division I, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and Division II, 7 to 9 p.m.; and

--n Saturday, Dec. 2 — Division I, 9 to 10 a.m.; and Division II, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mini-camps should be attended by all players.

For more information, contact Bill Fenton at 304-574-3002.

Tech to host ‘Skills for Kids’ hoops clinic

MONTGOMERY — The WVU Tech men’s basketball staff and players will host a one-day Skills for Kids basketball clinic on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Neal D. Baisi Athletic Center in Montgomery.

The clinic is open to boys and girls in grades 1-8 and will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The clinic fee is $15 per student.

Fundamentals of the game will be taught and drilled, with a special emphasis on shooting. Prizes also will be awarded for shooting contest winners.

Following the clinic instruction, members of the WVU Tech Golden Bears will put on a slam dunk show and autograph session. Also, each student attending the clinic will receive a ticket to a Golden Bear basketball game during the 2006-07 season.

Reservations for the clinic can be made by calling the WVU Tech men’s basketball office at 442-3250.

Golden Bears claim first grid win

MONTGOMERY — WVU Tech won its initial football game of the season Saturday, a 43-37 verdict over visiting Union College.

Micah Brown completed 16-of-28 passes for 217 yards and three scores, in addition to rushing for a 17-yard TD, to power the Golden Bear triumph. For his efforts, Brown was named Mid-South Conference offensive player of the week.

Gary Joshway snared three passes for 71 yards and two of the scores, while Cory Cushinberry caught five balls for 65 yards and another score. Joey Jude caught four passes for 61 stripes.

Eric Putmon spearheaded the Tech defense, returning an interception for a six-pointer and being in on 16 total tackles. Kendrell Fuller also picked off a Union pass.

Tech (1-9 overall, 1-6 MSC) hosts Pikeville College (3-6, 3-4) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Both teams sport 1-3 marks in the MSC’s East Division.

Admission is free.

Ambassadors take to court in Montgomery tonight

MONTGOMERY — The internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will play a charity basketball game at WVU Tech’s Baisi Center at 7 p.m. Thursday. The game will mark a stop on the team’s 2006-07 tour, which is scheduled to cover more than 40 U.S. states as well as Canada and Asia.

The Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines. Ladè Majic, the Queen of Show Basketball, is the creative force behind the team’s success. In her 9th season as the Ambassadors’ player/head coach, Ladè Majic continues to spread laughs and a positive message for kids wherever the Ambassadors play.

“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team, too,” Ladè Majic said. “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front-row seat during the show and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”

The Ambassadors set themselves apart from other “Harlem” teams by working with local not-for-profit and service organizations and holding shows as community fundraising events. For Montgomery’s event, the Ambassadors have partnered with the Montgomery Lions Club to help members raise money for their charities, including the Sight Fund. That type of arrangement is something of which Ambassadors President Dale Moss is very proud.

“It feels good to be able to provide quality entertainment and create memories that the fans will take with them,” Moss explained. “We’re able to give even more when we can help provide funding for a Habitat for Humanity house or new computers for the school library, and that feels great.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance ($5) or at the door ($7). Children under four will be admitted free. Tickets are available at the following town halls: Montgomery, Gauley Bridge, Ansted, Fayetteville, Oak Hill, Mount Hope and Clay, as well as the United Bank location in Montgomery or from members of the sponsoring Montgomery Lions Club.

For more information or to buy tickets, contact one of the following: Leon Newman, 442-5000; Snookie Hess, 442-5907; Dosha White, 779-9335; or James Ford, 779-9336.

The Montgomery Lions are assembling a large collection of performers, including several past area athletic stars and current political figures, to join together as the Roarin’ Lions and face the Ambassadors on the court. Among those who have signed up to represent the locals against the touring team are Montgomery General Hospital CEO Vickie Gay, who lit up the nets for the Fayetteville Pirates a few years back, and former Valley standouts Chiquitta Walker, of Powellton, and Lesley Cavalier, of Smithers.

Men who are slated to play include Bill Laird, Jim Akers, Jim Higgins, Matthew Wender, Gordy Mitchell, Frank Armstrong, Ken Eskew, David Perry, Pete Kelley, Marshall Murray, Derick Dukes, John Argento, Dan Smith, the Rev. Terrance Hamm and Lenny Ware.

The Ambassadors will also stage their “Stay in School, Stay off Drugs” assembly program at Valley elementary and middle schools during the day on Thursday.

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