Scott Jarrell Field at Pioneer Stadium.
Chris Dickerson likes the sound of that and so do nearly 1,300 other people who have signed his petition to rename Wayne High School's football field after the beloved coach of the Pioneers for 18 years before retiring in 1983. Dickerson, a 1988 graduate of WHS, plans to present the proposal to the Wayne County Board of Education on Jan. 8.
"The current field opened in 1968 and coach Jarrell built that field," said Dickerson, editor of The West Virginia Record and former sports writer at The Herald-Dispatch and Charleston Daily Mail. "He tilled it, flattened it, sowed grass. He took such pride in that field."
Jarrell, who died eight years ago Monday at 73, went 101-74-5 at Wayne. The Pioneers went undefeated in 1968 and 8-1-1 in 1969.
"I think it's important for people to remember their roots and the groundwork that made things possible," said Dickerson, who played baseball and basketball, but not football, at Wayne where Jarrell was his guidance counselor.
Jarrell's influence on football players and non-players alike is what Dickerson said makes the coach worthy of the honor.
"The impact he made on so many football players and students in general was immeasurable," Dickerson said, pointing out that numerous facilities in Wayne County and the Tri-State are named for former coaches.
"When I'm coaching, I have tried to emulate how coach Jarrell and (baseball) coach (George) Brumfield did it," said Dickerson, who coaches volleyball at Hurricane Middle School. "They had a rapport with their players and made it fun. But the players also knew they were there to get a job done, whether it was improving during practice, preparing for an opponent, winning a game or learning a life lesson through sports."
TACKETT'S SCHEDULE: The lineup is set for the Tackett's Body Shop Shootout Feb. 2 at the Conley Center in Ironton. The event is one of the better girls basketball showcases in the Tri-State.
At 11 a.m., Ashland takes on Vinton County, followed at 12:45 p.m. by Wheelersburg versus West Carter. At 2:30 p.m., Russell plays Minford. At 4:15 p.m., Portsmouth Notre Dame plays Waynesville (Ohio). The host Fighting Tigers play Franklin (Ohio) at 6 p.m., followed by Tecumseh (Ohio) versus Parkersburg at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets are $6 and good for all six games.
ROUNDING UP: Former Ironton St. Joe girls basketball star Hannah Miller scored her 1,000th career point at Shawnee State University last week in a game with WVU Tech. ... Wheelersburg basketball standout Tanner Holden scored a school-record 50 points Friday in the Pirates' 80-67 victory over East Liverpool. Holden also grabbed 20 rebounds. He has signed with Wright State University. ... Fairland's football team was named Academic All-Ohio by the state coaches association. Dragons quarterback Joel Lambiotte was honored individually as Academic All-State. Lambiotte also was selected to play in the Ohio North-South All-Star football game. ... Fairland's girls basketball team won the Cleveland Clinic Tournament varsity and junior varsity titles last week in Garfield Heights, Ohio. ... Spring Valley's Graeson Malashevich was named as the West Virginia high school football offensive player of the year by USA Today. ... Ashland girls basketball player Julia Parker committed to the University of Pikeville. ... Boyd County girls basketball star Savannah Wheeler is the first player in Kentucky's 16th Region to score 3,000 points. Wheeler has signed with Marshall University.