Mountain State Athletic Conference sets Grid-o-rama at UC Stadium/Laidley Field


CHARLESTON – The Mountain State Athletic Conference has set its annual scrimmages in the Grid-o-rama for the weekend of August 18-19. All 12 league teams will participate in scrimmages that start on Friday evening and then go morning to late afternoon on Saturday.

The first teams to meet will be the Black Eagles of South Charleston taking on the Parkersburg Big Reds at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. Those teams will be followed by the Highlanders of Huntington under long-time Coach Billy Seals taking on the St. Albans Red Dragons at 8:10 p.m.

On Saturday, out of the gate early will be 2016 MSAC Champions and State AAA runner-up, the Spring Valley Timberwolves (coached by Brad Dingess), who will meet the Flying Eagles of Beckley’s Woodrow Wilson at 10 a.m. At 11:45 p.m., the Redskins of Hurricane, under Coach Jeremy Taylor, will meet with Riverside’s Warriors, followed by the Patriots of George Washington battling the Knights of Cabell Midland, coach by former Marshall player Luke Salmons.

Finally, the home team at UC Stadium/Laidley Field, the Capital Cougars, will meet another former Marshall player in Coach Luke Salmons and his Ripley Vikings at 3:15 p.m. The Opening week of high school football comes a week later on August 25, with

The MSAC will have another problem to solve before that event takes place, as the long-time administrator of the MSAC, Fred Aldridge, passed away on Friday, July 14.

According to a story on the sports page, Aldridge died on Friday at the age of 78. It was very sudden, George Washington High School Athletic Director Shawn Wheeler said. “We had an MSAC meeting yesterday (Thursday) and everything seemed fine. We got the news this morning from his wife Pat that he had passed suddenly,” Wheeler said.

Aldridge was a longtime school administrator and coach. He led George Washington to a Class AAA boy’s basketball title in 1971. He spent time as principal at Ravenswood High School, served on various state Secondary School Activities Commission committees along with other education career-related accomplishments. His tenure as the MSAC commissioner began in September of 1997.

“What shoes to fill. It’s going to be difficult for us to find a replacement and hard for whoever takes his spot,” he said. Aldridge was a true sports fan and often asked Wheeler if had seen a particular game the night before. “He lived it. He breathed it,” Wheeler said. “He was just a great man, a family man. He touched everybody’s life that he came in contact with in a positive way.”

About Woody Woodrum

Senior Editor and columnist/writer for Herd Insider since 2003, with Kindred Communications on radio for Marshall football/men's basketball pregame and postgame shows since 1996 and with First Sentry Bank Sportsline (Also Scott on Sports, Sideline Sports and Herd Insider Sportsline) since 1997. Married to Liz (12-22-1990) and one son, Tre' (11-7-1997). National Sportswriters & Sportscasters West Virginia Broadcaster of the Year winner for radio, 2000; won W.Va. Broadcasters Best Talk Show in 2013 with co-host Paul Swann and W.Va. Broadcasters Best Play-by-Play in 2015 with Jason Toy (Huntington at South Charleston, state AAA semifinals). Member of (College) Football Writers Association of America, (College) Basketball Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Color commentator for Marshall football (1999-2000), for Marshall basketball (2004-2016) and Marshall baseball (2004-2016). Color for high school football at Spring Valley (1999-2008), Cabell Midland (2009-2012) and Huntington (W.Va.) High School (2013-2016).

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