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Rotary Donates to Magnolia Basketball

By Staff | Feb 17, 2021

The New Martinsville Rotary met in person on February 10, at Quinets Restaurant with several members attending by zoom also. The program for the day was under the direction of Rotarian Tim Haught. The speaker for the meeting was Magnolia Basketball Coach Dave Tallman who presented an overview of sports starting back up in West Virginia schools. Tallman mentioned there will undoubtedly be some schedule and game conflicts with Winter and Spring sports overlapping.

According to Coach Tallman the boys state basketball tournament will be sometime in early or mid-April. He said the team has been doing conditioning since they were allowed to get back in the gym earlier in the week. He said at the present time he has 14 boys out for the team with a possibility of more if they become eligible.

“I have four seniors, four juniors, one sophomore, and five freshmen. We have some hard workers and a lot of talent. I’m looking forward to a good season,” said Tallman. Magnolia boys basketball is scheduled to kick off on March 6, at home against Williamstown beginning at 1 p.m.

Speaking for the Rotary, coach Tallman said the annual Buddy Light golf tournament will be held on May 22. The tournament is an annual event fundraiser for the Rotary that is held in honor and memory of past Rotarian Buddy Light.

Also at the meeting Rotary President John C. Mensore presented Coach Tallman with a check from the Rotary for $500 to be used for the basketball program. The Rotary usually sponsors the annual Rotary Basketball Classic, but, it has been cancelled this year due to the virus and other restrictions. The event is one of the major fund raisers for the club and helps support the basketball team. Tallman thanked the Rotary for the donation and said they will use it to help with expenses.

The Rotary meets each week at noon at Quinets and by zoom. Individuals interested in becoming a Rotarian can attend a meeting or contact any member for more information.