WVU Caravan, BMAC Event Set for May 8

WHEELING – Fans of West Virginia University should mark their calendars for Wednesday, May 8. That’s when the Belmont Mountaineer Athletic Club, a support group of the university, will be holding its Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC) caravan/18th Annually BMAC Scholarship dinner.

The event is scheduled for Oglebay Park’s Wilson Lodge and figures to have something for everyone as scheduled to appear are Athletics Director Oliver Luck, football coach Dana Holgorsen, and men’s and women’s basketball coaches Bob Huggins and Mike Carey.

Also on hand will be WVU wrestler and St. Clairsville native Dominic Prezzia, who is a past recipient of the B-MAC Upper Ohio Valley Athletic Scholarship Endowment. Mountaineers mascot Jonathan Kimble may also attend.

It figures to be a can’t-miss event for diehard WVU fans who are eagerly awaiting the start of the school’s second year in the Big 12 conference.

Reservations are required and tickets are $50, which includes admission and dinner.

In addition, the B-MAC fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit the scholarship, is two tickets to a pair of 2013 football games. Home games are scheduled with William & Mary, Oklahoma State, Georgia State, Texas Tech, Texas and Iowa State.

If you’re a golf enthusiast, the 19th Annual BMAC Hilltop Classic on Aug. 1 at Bec-Wood Golf Club is something you should check out.

For additional banquet info or to inquire about purchasing a table, contact BMAC officials John Budinscak (740) 695-2944) or John S. Marshall (695-4262.

Matt Velez WhiffleBall Tournament

If you have some spare time and are looking to get behind a good cause, how about looking into the 12th Annual Matt Velez Whiffleball Tournament. The event is scheduled for a noon start on May 19 at the J.B. Chambers I-470 ballfields.

Matt Velez was a 15-year-old Wheeling Central student who died suddenly after suffering Cardiac Arrest in gym class in November of 2001.

The tournament, which started six months after Velez’s death, according to friend Lindsay Ammirante, earns money from T-shirt sales, team registration fees, and any donations that are offered. The money each year is given to the Save-A-Life fund, which was started by Matt’s mother, Mary Velez. It’s mission is to provide CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) awareness training to staff members at schools to respond to emergencies and provide the needed CPR and early defibrillation that is critical to surviving a cardiac arrest.

“The event has become such a part of our Central tradition and is now carried on by students who never even had the opportunity to meet Matt, yet still eagerly participate every single year,” Ammirante said.

Entry fee is $20 per team, which usually consist of five-six players. T-shirts are also available for $10 and come in either neon pink or neon blue. Lettering is black with white outline.

For more information contact Lindsay Ammirante at lammirante@gmail.com.

Shawn Rine can be reached via e-mail at srine@theintelligencer.net