As I write this column on Friday afternoon for the Sunday edition, I have no idea who will win the rubber match between Tug Valley’s boys’ team and Greater Beckley Christian. The game was being played at the Raleigh County Armory, so the Crusaders had the home court advantage.
The two teams split their regular season matchups, both winning on their home courts.
My prediction is that whichever team loses, they will still make it to the state tournament. I think Tug Valley, even if they have to go on the road for the co-finals of the Region 3, Section 1 tournament will be back in Charleston in two weeks to play in the state tournament. I also believe that if the Crusaders lose, they will also win and make it back to the Civic Center. These two teams are definitely the best in the region.
… Congratulations to the Lady Panthers and their coaches of Tug Valley High School for making it to the state tournament. They will be playing Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. TVHS will have a tough task going up against top ranked St. Joe, but at least Cinderella made it to the dance.
… Congrats to the WVU women who won a share of the regular season Big 12 championship and finished ranked No. 7 in the country. The Lady Mountaineers should get a good seed in the upcoming NCAA tourney.
… In the meantime, WVU’s men’s team will likely be in the NIT. That might be better than going to the Big Dance and going one and done. They might fare well in the NIT and even get a home game or two in Morgantown. Plus, they can get some much-needed post season experience.
The Mountaineers return everyone next season, plus big men Elijah Macon and Jonathan Holton should be eligible. They also have top recruit Daxter Miles, a 6-5 guard coming in to add depth.
… Joey Fields, an assistant coach at Mingo Central, wanted me to remind Matewan and Gilbert alumni that there is less than a month away from the signup deadline for the Gilbert vs. Matewan Alumni game. If they do not get enough signed up by April 1st they will have to cancel the game. They are looking for no less than 25 per roster on each side for the game to be played.
As far as signing up, you can download the file from Facebook and send money to the address noted on the paper work from Field’s page. If that’s a problem for some you can bring the money and info to Mingo Central High School or the MCHS Football Complex to Coach Yogi Kinder during school hours.
… It looks like Tug Valley will have a new head baseball coach this spring. Seth Ooten, who helped Jeff Varney last year, is set to take over the Panther’s program. Varney resigned to spend more time with his family.
Meanwhile, Mingo Central is looking for a head baseball coach too. Walt Cline recently resigned. He had taken a leave of absence last spring. Roger Staton was the interim head coach last year and may do so again this season.
… WVU will hold the annual Gold-Blue Spring Game presented by Kroger on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m., at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Tickets are available in advance for $10 each and can be purchased online at WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVU GAME. WVU students will be admitted free with a valid ID. Stadium parking and television broadcast information will be released at a later date. The proceeds from the Gold-Blue Game once again will benefit WVU Children’s Hospital. The Mountaineers have donated more than $700,000 to WVU Children’s Hospital during the past 29 years.
(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)