Church basketball league celebrates 76 years of getting kids playing

FAIRMONT, WV – The Greater Fairmont Council of Churches celebrates 76and year of their basketball league.

Children playing in the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches basketball league (WBOY Image)

Every Saturday and Sunday, teams representing different area churches face off in a friendly basketball game at the Barnes Learning Center. The league has 11 teams made up of boys and girls.

All the players are in high school, and officials said the league was a good way to get kids playing.

“Lots of good ball players,” league umpire Reverend James Saunders said of the league’s kids. “A lot of kids don’t even know the game, so it gives them the opportunity to go out and learn the game and the mates get on board with each other. The kids on the east side, the kids on the west side, the kids on the north of Marion, all together, it’s awesome.

Saunder and fellow referees Dave Tucker, Cedric Harbert, Charles Echols and Jim Tobin are all certified and follow WVSSAC rules.

Some of the churches represented in the league are Life United Methodist Church, The Baptist Temple, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic, H&H Chapel in Meadowdale, Valley Chapel United Methodist, Walnut Grove, Central Nazarene, Covenant, and Cornerstone Church.

A free throw during the Greater Fairmont Council of Churches basketball league game (WBOY Image)

The league’s co-directors are the Reverend Dr Allan Copenhaver and the Reverend James Saunders. Reverend DD Meighen helps them with special help from Travis Oates, director of the Barnes Learning Center, goaltender Tiger Price and Marion County Deputy Superintendent Andy Neptune.

The league ends in March with a double-elimination round to crown a champion.

There is also a junior league of 4and up to 8and graders with 4 churches involved.

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