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Prep Notebook: Salmons named coach of the year

Jul. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Cabell Midland football coach Luke Salmons picked up another honor at the North-South All-Star Football Game held June 15 at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Salmons was named Coach of the Year by the West Virginia Coaches Association. That's big because that's a vote by his peers.

Cabell Midland went 10-0 in the 2012 regular season and entered the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs unbeaten. The Knights made it to the championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium where No. 2 Martinsburg won, 38-14. It was Cabell Midland's first trip to the finals.

Salmons received the award at halftime at the North-South contest and got quite an ovation from Knights players and fans in attendance. This is not the first time Salmons has received such an honor. He was Kentucky's Coach of the Year in 2009 after taking Lawrence County from 0-11 in 2008 to 12-0 in 2009.

The Knights just wrapped up the three-week out-of-season coaching period. There were 120 players from grades nine through 12 taking part.

OHIO FOOTBALL: Here's the format for the 2013 Ohio football playoffs. Divisions II, III, IV and VI will play their regional and state semifinal games on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Divisions I, V and VII will play on Saturdays at 7 p.m. The order and game times for the state championship games will be announced after the state semifinal games, which will include a determination as to which division (II, III, IV or VI) will play its state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 5.

ALL THE SAME: Beginning with 2014, starting date for Ohio football practice will always be Aug. 1 (unless that date is a Sunday, in which case the start will be Aug. 2). This makes football consistent with the OHSAA's other fall sports. Of note, this fall football practice begins Aug. 5 except for schools that begin classes August 16 or earlier, in which case football practice can begin Aug. 1.

OFF TO RIO GRANDE: Green High School's Jenna Crawford has signed to play softball at the University of Rio Grande. She played pitcher, middle infield and outfield in 2013 as the Bobcats made it to the quarterfinals in Division IV district play. She had a .519 batting average and made first team on the All-Southern Ohio Conference squad and All-Southeast District. She received the Wendy's High School Heisman award in 2012. At school, she was Green's student body president, Salutatorian for the senior class and National Honor Society member.

KENTUCKY BOWLING: The KHSAA Board of Control approved a venue rotation for the Ebonite/KHSAA Bowling Championship. Beginning in 2013-14, the state tournament will move to Collins Eastland in Lexington. The first two championships were held in Louisville. The KHSAA will have a one-year agreement with Collins Eastland, with a provision for a second year upon review, and continue to evaluate other venues throughout the state for future championships.

"With the growth of Bowling as a sport-activity, we realize that there are a limited number of venues across the state that can hold the state championship, but we want to continue to explore those options," said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett.

David Walsh is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at 304-526-2759 or dwalsh@herald-dispatch.com.