Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 29, 2013

Don’t forget Bramwell’s hoop history


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — March is always an exciting time in basketball. The term “March Madness” is certainly appropriate as teams are scrambling to become champions. The Bluefield Beavers are to be applauded for their outstanding accomplishments this season and in winning the state title. Congratulations, to the team, their coaching staff, parents and fans.

I read with interest the recent column by your writer Bob Redd, recalling southern West Virginia’s “proud history in state hoops in tourney.” Indeed, with the 100th anniversary many fine teams have been recognized and honored, as they should have been.

 Redd’s commentary, though, only focused on Class AA or Region III schools. It’s a shame that in the course of his commentary that class A schools were not recognized. Consider Bramwell. In 1967 they were state champions. They were state runners-up in 1970 and in 1971 they were state champions.

In 1987 they were state runner’s up, and in 1988 they were state champions. By 1990 the school was closed.

As is the case with any team, the  young men and their families certainly sacrificed significantly to have a winning team. The coaching staff, schools, students and fans, were just as important and contributed to the “proud history in state hoops tourney.

I would suggest that in recognizing that “Southern WV has proud history in state hoops tourney” the writer should have considered all of the schools from this region that contributed to the proud history.

Betty Goins

Class of 1964

Bramwell High School