Youth football is coming back to Pineville.
The sport disappeared for a while after Shuff Field, where the Pineville teams played their games, was torn down to make room for the new elementary school.
Bev Cook says bringing the sport back started with a Facebook conversation.
“We’ve always been a football family,” Cook remarked. “My friend said (on Facebook) that they could practice at the Senior League Field at Pinnacle.”
They also discussed playing home games at the Wyoming East High School field in New Richmond.
“I called my husband and asked if he would call Coach (Gary) Poindexter (to ask about playing games there,” she commented.
Poindexter, she says, “was excited because as these kids get older, they will be in his program.”
In a meeting with Poindexter and WEHS Principal Barry Smith, both men were supportive of the idea.
“We started out with zero and started fundraising,” Cook remarked.
Jeff Mullins, a Wyoming County native and candidated for State Senate, “spoke to the board of directors, and his donation is what got the youth football program off the ground,” said Cook.
“The parents are really excited about having youth football,” she remarked. “We’re really happy to have it back, and everyone has gotten on board to make it happen.”
There are four teams, one each for 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
“There are four teams and four cheerleading squads,” Cook said. “We play games with Mullens, Westside, Shady Spring and other teams within the Southern West Virginia Youth Football League.”
Registration will continue through August 8. The first game will be played on August 16.
“We’re excited and nervous and really happy for the kids,” Cook said.
“We do thank Coach Poindexter and Barry Smith for their cooperation and helping us along with the use of their facility,” she remarked.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.