By Kyle Lovern
Once again the winter of 2014 is playing havoc on local high school and middle school basketball schedules.
Local coaches and athletic directors have had to scramble to try to make-up many games that had been postponed in January. Now more games have been postponed in February and schools are running out of dates to reschedule these games canceled by the most recent snowstorm.
Mingo Central was to have hosted Tolsia for Senior Night on Thursday. That game had already been rescheduled from a previous postponement. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 at MCHS, weather permitting.
The Miners are slated to drive to Wayne on Saturday for another Cardinal Conference game and will travel to county rival Tug Valley on Tuesday. Like most area teams, MCHS has games scheduled about every day. As of right now, they have games scheduled Feb. 19, 20, 21 and 22. The regular season ends on Feb. 25 with a home game with Tug Valley.
Belfry’s home game with Man, W.Va. on Wednesday was also canceled due to the impending snowstorm that came into the Tug Valley area that evening. Belfry had home games scheduled for tonight and Saturday, but there was no word on those contests at press time.
Tonight Tug Valley was to have hosted Greater Beckley Christian (GBC) in an important regular season sectional game on Valentine’s Day. That game has major implications on the seeding for the upcoming Class A sectional tourney.
Dan Burd, coach of GBC, said his school does not have any dates for a makeup game, unless someone else is canceled on the schedule. With about 10 - 12 inches of snow in Mingo County, and even more down in the Beckley area, that game would likely be postponed.
Panther head coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson said he called off practice on Thursday. He doubted tonight’s game with GBC would be played. Most all teams have had to call off practices because of hazardous driving conditions, deep snow and school cancellations.
Tug Valley is slated to ride up Corridor G to take on Logan Saturday, but at press time there was no word on that game. The Panthers have at least three games next week, and now maybe four, if dates can be worked out with other teams.
The girl’s teams are in the same boat. Burd said with so many games on consecutive nights, it was difficult to find enough officials to call the games.
Other games scheduled this weekend were in danger of being postponed. Some regular season games may not be able to be made up with sectional tournaments in West Virginia and district tourneys in Kentucky just a few days away.
The annual Mingo County Middle School tourney for the girl’s was supposed to have started on Wednesday night with the first round. The semi-finals were to have been played Thursday at Tug Valley High School and the championship game on Saturday. However, that will have to be rescheduled. The boy’s middle school tourney is slated to start on February 19, also at Tug Valley. One rumor was that the tourney might have to be moved to the Williamson Fieldhouse, because of conflicting dates with the high school teams at the TVHS gym.
There is little doubt that the 2013-14 season has been greatly affected by Old Man Winter. And there seems to be no end in sight.