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Marshall Memo: Moundsville’s Sonny Allen Inducted Into Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Four Moundsville residents, along with 36 others relatives of the late William “Sonny” Allen, were present for the 49th annual induction ceremony of Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum held at Virginia Beach.

Although Allen is a Moundsville native, he was “adopted” during his 10 years in the Commonwealth, turning Old Dominion University men’s basketball program into a winner.

The hall of fame brochure reads about Allen as follows:

“Allen came to Old Dominion University in Norfolk as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach in 1965. Over the course of 10 seasons he built the Monarchs into one of the most entertaining and successful teams in the country. His fast-paced offensive style saw Monarch teams average more than 85 points per game during nine of his 10 seasons as head coach, and his 1967-68 team finished the season averaging 98.2 points per contest. His fast-break offense was pioneering, and Allen is credited with being the first coach to number the positions on the basketball court beginning with No. 1 as the point guard, a practice that carries on to this day. During his decade on campus at ODU, Allen led teams won 181 games, made six appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament and two Final Fours, culminating with a 1975 NCAA Division II Championship. The 1975 National Coach of the Year, Allen’s impact extended beyond the court as well. He became the first coach at a predominantly white school in Virginia to offer a scholarship to an African America athlete, when he recruited Arthur “Buttons” Speakes to ODU in the late 1960s. Allen has previously been inducted into the Old Dominion University Athletics, Marshall University Athletics, and University of Nevada, Reno, Athletics Hall of Fame.”

At the induction ceremony, Sonny’s son, Billy, accepted the plaque along with proclamations from the Virginia State Senate and the Virginia State House.

The Cameron High School Alumni Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 28 in the CHS gymnasium with advanced registration due no later than May 13. Contact alumni president Kelley Pettit at 304-685-4621.

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The Cameron Public Library will have preschool story time on May 9 and May 23, both at 1 p.m.

Sherrard Middle School 8th grade students Brodie Baker, Morgan Messner, Jasper Murrin and Lila Roman were recently named as 2022 West Virginia Golden Horseshoe winners in Marshall County.

Given every year since 1931, the Golden Horseshoe test assesses student knowledge of state government, history, economics, geography and current events.

During a formal pinning ceremony students were inducted as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society.

The four students from SMS will be honored during a banquet at the WV Culture Center in Charleston on June 14.

Sherrard Middle School’s Team One won the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History’s 13th annual West Virginia State History Bowl Championship held at the Culture Center held at the State Capitol Complex.

Lila Roman, an 8th grader, was named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

The all-tournament team, comprised of students who demonstrated exceptional knowledge and teamwork during the day-long tournament, included Morgan Messner also of Sherrard Middle School.

The double-elimination contest featured questions about state and county history, culture, heritage, tourism, geography, government, and sports prepared by the staff of the department’s Archives and History section

Eighth graders from public, private and home-school education programs were eligible to compete as four-person teams.

Sherrard’s championship team in addition to Roman and Messner, included Avery Etzel and Joell Gonchoff. The team sponsor was Dan Gatts.

In addition to the winning SMS team, also representing Marshall County was Team 2 from SMS as well as a team from Cameron High School.

On Thursday, Cameron American Legion Post No. 18 and the Cameron Blue & Gold Christian Center hosted Cameron’s observance of the National Day of Prayer held at the American Legion Annex.

The Blue & Gold’s Acteens and Challengers presented the colors as well as leading the pledges to the American and Christian flags.

Local pastors Steve Jumper, Dave McCombs, Danny O’Neil and Mike Dunn offered prayers as well as community members Jason Courtwright and Chuck Matthews.

The theme was, “Exalt the Lord Who Has Established Us,” based on Colossians 2:6-7.

The Cameron Ministerial Association will hold the annual Cameron High School Baccalaureate Service at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Presbyterian Church.

Graduation will be at 7 p.m. May 17 at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling.

The Marshall County Commission on Tuesday approved Community Development Fund requests in the amount of $60,000.

Twenty-six organizations submitted requests with all but four being approved by the commission with the funding ranging from $500 to $6,000.

The organizations receiving funds were as follows:

City of Benwood, City of Glen Dale and City of Moundsville, all $6,000.

Big Run Community Association, Graysville Community Association, Limestone Community Association, Maxwell Acres Community Association and Roberts Ridge Community Building, all $4,000.

Dallas Community Association. $3,500.

Mt. Olivet Community Park, $3,000.

Marshall County Concerned Citizens Association, $2,500.

American Legion Baseball, McCreary Cemetery, $2,000.

Sons of the American Legion Squadron Post 3, $1,400.

American Legion Post No. 5 and Cameron Post No. 18, both received $1,300

Benwood Baseball/Softball, Glen Dale Baseball/Softball, Marshall County Flag Football and M&M Athletics, all received $1,000.

Little Prince Lodge No. 79 Knights of Pythias, Pageantry Speaks; End the Stigma, both $500.

The Marshall County Commission approved the employment of Suzie Waugh for E-9Il, and Herman Lantz for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In addition, Commissioner Michael Ferro was appointed to another term on the Marshall County Health Department Board.

The Cameron, Dallas, and Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Departments were authorized $50,000 each by the commissioners.

It was announced that May 15-21 will be Emergency Medical Services Week.

There has been a change in Saturday’s Marshall County Spring Cleanup, as the Dallas community’s dumpster will not be provided, instead it will be on May 14 at the VFD Headquarters.

In addition to the Dallas community, next weekend there will be dumpsters at the Glen Dale City Garage, the Moundsville Walking Trail, on Friday and Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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