By Kyle Lovern
February 18, 2014
Because of the horrible winter weather the area has seen this season, many games have been postponed this year, including the local rivalry between Mingo Central and Tug Valley.
Those games have been canceled multiple times.
The two are finally supposed to meet for the first time this season tonight at the TVHS gym. This is a much anticipated match-up between the two local high schools.
Tug Valley is coming off a tough one point defeat at Logan on Saturday. Mingo Central had two more games postponed on Friday and Saturday because of the most recent snow.
This is a young rivalry, featuring Mingo County’s only two high schools. Since the consolidation formed Mingo Central from four existing high schools (Williamson, Matewan, Burch and Gilbert) the Miners have not defeated the Panthers in basketball.
The first season both teams were in Class AA, but Tug Valley dropped to Class A last season. The Panthers won back to back state titles and had some of their best teams in the school history.
Mingo Central has not yet defeated Tug Valley in basketball. The game should be much closer than in past years.
MCHS is coming off a 71-57 win over Tolsia from last week, to put them at the 8-7 on the season while TVHS is now 10-6.
The two teams are scheduled to meet at Mingo Central on Tuesday, Feb. 25. – weather permitting.
As usual a capacity crowd is expected at Naugatuck with the tipoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
2/8/13- (37-56)-Tug Valley (at TV)
1/15/13- (45-66)-Tug Valley (at MC)
2/29/12- (52-69)-Tug Valley (at Logan-Sectional)
2/10/12- (53-88)-Tug Valley (at TV)
1/17/12- (50-71)-Tug Valley (at MC)
(Thanks to Wes Wilson for providing the series history.)
SHORT STUFF: Last week’s hit of severe winter weather caused the postponement of the Mingo County Girl’s Middle School Tournament. The tourney was slated to start last Wednesday night at Tug Valley High School, with the semi-finals on Thursday and the consolation and championship games this past Saturday, Feb. 15.
However, all of the snow and school cancellations changed those plans.
The girl’s tourney will now be played this week, with the same schedule. (See related story on this page.)
The boy’s tourney was slated to start this week, but has been pushed to next week. The dates for it are probably Wednesday, Feb. 26, Thursday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, March 1. But, that schedule has not been set in stone. Any changes to either tournament will appear in the Wednesday edition of the WDN.
Lenore is the host of the tourney this year, thus that is why Tug Valley’s gym was chosen to host the event.
… 1997 Williamson High School graduate, Terry Jackson, will be sponsoring a Free Mingo County Basketball Clinic, in partnership with the Williamson Park Commission. Terry has received All-State honorable mention, he was part of an All-Tournament team in 1996, and received a basketball scholarship to WV Tech. This clinic will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2014 and will be open for any Mingo County students from 3rd Grade to 8th Grade. First session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. and the second session will be from 3 - 5 p.m.
… The Tug Valley Road Runners Club will hold the Cause for Pause 5K & 10K on Saturday, February 22 at West Williamson. Proceeds from the race will benefit Save Our Strays (SOS). The race will begin at 1 p.m. and you can pre-register at the TVRRC web-site. Pre-registration fees are $20 per runner and $10 for children. Race day registration is $35. Runners will meet at the Fieldhouse. Paid runners will receive a T-shirt.
… Belfry Area Youth Soccer will hold Spring 2014 Registration at Southside Mall, South Williamson, KY on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 1 – 4 p.m. Registration fee is $45. New players will need to a bring copy of their birth certificate and have the last 4 digits of their social security number available. Eligible players should be 4-18 years of age.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)