Huntington High head coach Ty Holmes talks with players during a timeout during a game Jan. Holmes formerly coached at Huntington St. Joe, which will be the Highlanders' first opponent in the season. Joe will meet in boys basketball.
The two teams open the season on Dec. Click isupportlocal for more information on supporting our local journalists. The two sides have agreed to open the season against each other on Dec. Joe ly, said the opportunity is unique. Holmes said that Sean Hornbuckle, a 16th District member of the House of Delegates from Huntington, was one that jump-started the most recent talks between the two programs and helped to get the ball rolling on the contest.
Holmes and Huntington St. Joe head coach Ryan Taylor, a former Marshall basketball player, each made the game a priority when Taylor got the job to lead the Irish, and things have been building ever since. Holmes said it brings together a large group of kids who have spent their childhood playing against and with each other.
For St. Holmes also said that Huntington has a proud athletic tradition and the matchup will bring fans of each together while rekindling some interest building up to the season. Basketball has a rich background in the area, but there has not been a rivalry within the city of Huntington since the consolidation of Huntington High and Huntington East prior to the school year. This game provides a chance to perhaps refuel that fire within the city, which will bring the town closer through sports, Holmes said.
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