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Barbour All-County Sports Organization Meets Funding Goal

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The Barbour All-County Sports Organization has raised the $34,000 needed to fund middle school coaching positions in the county, but now they're preparing to support those programs as time goes on.

Nick Mayle and Marcus Johnson left Philippi on April 1 with only $6,000 left to go, and since then, the Barbour All-County Sports Organization has reached that goal and will be able to fund middle school coaching jobs through next year. Johnson is the basketball coach at Philip Barbour. His coaching position wasn't threatened, but he said his program would have been hurt without the middle school programs to build on.

"It would affect your program dramatically. You don't have the organization, you don't have the discipline, you don't have all that, and then the skill level," Johnson said.

Mayle and Johnson ended the hike on Saturday, and while that journey may be over, Mayle said there's plenty left to do to make sure those programs endure.

"We're definitely not done working with the Barbour All-County Sports Organization. We're going to keep helping with the fundraisers to make sure that opportunities are available for the kids of Barbour County," Mayle said.

BACSO's Robin Humphreys has been busy organizing fundraising events to support the organization. Humphreys said if the schools can fund the positions next year, they'll be there to provide other support to teams across the county.

"If any of the three schools, if they would need an extra themselves for equipment or uniforms or something like that then they could come to our organization and ask to do that," said Humphreys.

There's also been confusion about the use of volunteer coaches.

We spoke with Superintendent Joe Super on Tuesday. He said he could not and would not have recommended totally replacing paid coaches with volunteers, and congratulated BACSO on raising the money needed to fund those coaching positions for the next year.