By Kyle Lovern
Needless to say, the heavy snowfall and bitter cold temperatures have forced the postponement of high school basketball games in the area.
Not only has the severe winter weather caused cancellations of games, but it makes it tough for coaches to even practice. Many players live in rural areas and it makes if difficult for them to get out to the gym.
Tug Valley was scheduled to play Logan at home Tuesday night, but that game is being rescheduled. No date was available at press time.
The Panthers were supposed to play Man on Wednesday night, but that game has been moved to next Wednesday, Jan. 29, according to assistant coach Tyler Hodge.
The Sheldon Clark vs. Johnson Central boy’s basketball game that was scheduled to be played this Friday, Jan. 24th at the Williamson Fieldhouse has been moved to Martin County Middle School gym at Warfield, according to head coach Frankie Smith. They will host Phelps on Saturday night at the WMS gym.
Belfry was slated to host district rival Pike County Central on Tuesday night. It was tentatively moved to Wednesday, but the weather did not cooperate. So the makeup date will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. at BHS. Since it is a district game, it is very important for that game to be made up. Weather permitting, the Pirates are slated to host Man Saturday night at the BHS gym. The Pirates are slated to travel to Tug Valley on Friday night.
The Lady Pirates of Belfry will play host to Shelby Valley tonight after the boy’s game. It is scheduled to tip off around 8:00 p.m.
Mingo Central was not scheduled to play on Tuesday, but has a pair of regular season games at home on Friday and Saturday. The Miners will host Herbert Hoover on Friday and Tolsia on Saturday, both Cardinal Conference games.
All of the girls games in the area have also been postponed. At press time, the Williamson Daily News has not received any makeup dates from any of the girl’s coaches of area teams.
Many middle school games in the area have also been canceled.
Many coaches know that with January coming to a close and plenty of winter weather ahead in February, there could be more postponements. With the dwindling number of dates available, it could be difficult to make up all of the regular season games.
In the Kanawha Valley, many games were postponed because of the recent chemical spill into the Elk River. That environmental disaster forced schools to close and several games to be rescheduled. Many schools in southern West Virginia, especially Mingo Central, which plays in the Cardinal Conference, plays several schools in that region.
Tournaments for high schools start in late February and early March, while middle school post season play begins in late February. High school sectional tournaments begin February 24 for girls and March 3 for boys in the Mountain State.
In Kentucky, district tournaments start at the end of February and first week of March too.
The 60th District Tournament is scheduled to start Monday, Feb. 24, at Pike Central. Other districts in the Bluegrass State will start their tournaments that week too.
School was cancelled for Mingo and Logan Counties, and in fact, all 55 West Virginia counties Tuesday because of snow. All of the eastern Kentucky counties also called off school. It’s likely Pike and Martin Counties could be closed the rest of the week.
I’m sure coaches and school administrators will do their best to make up all of the games that have been canceled, but many teams could be forced to play four or five games in a week.
Old man winter has gripped the Tug Valley area this year. It seems as though it will be a season to remember in regards to the weather.
(Contact Kyle Lovern at firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or follow him on Twitter@KyleLovern.)