Danny Heater, a Braxton County LegacyMarch 11, 2019
On January 26 1960, almost 30 years prior to when the three-point line was introduced into high school basketball, Danny Heater scored 135 points in a 173-43 Burnsville High victory over Widen. He obliterated the West Virginia state record of 74-points on his way to posting a high school mark that still stands. Along the way, he set yet-to-be-broken pinnacles for points scored in a quarter (46), field goals attempted (70), field goals made (53), free throws attempted (41), and free throws made (29). He also pulled down 32 boards and, for good measure, dished out seven assists to teammates like Charlie Smith, the Bruins second-leading scorer with sixteen. Heater came into that game averaging 27 points; he would end the season at 32 a game, his average bolstered by the huge outburst on a frigid West Virginia night.
Burnsville High still stands at 228 Kanawha Ave, Burnsville, WV 26335 and serves as the Burnsville Elementary school.