Possible sectional pairings; middle school tourney; so long to Skip Reynolds
Kyle’s Korner ….
By Kyle Lovern
The sectional tournaments start next week for the boy’s in West Virginia. Although nothing is official, most sports fans believe that Chapmanville will be the No. 1 seed in this local Class AA sectional.
The Tigers, coached by former Williamson High School coach Allan Hatcher, defeated both Scott and Mingo Central twice in the regular season.
From the many conversations I’ve had, most believe Scott will get the No. 2 seed, while Mingo Central will be third.
Wayne, which holds an upset over Chapmanville in the regular season, will likely be No. 4 and take on their local rival No. 5 Tolsia in the play-in game.
Then in the semi-finals, Scott will play the winner of the Wayne-Tolsia game, while Mingo Central coached by Brad Napier, will take on Chapmanville for the third time this season.
The two winners will battle it out in the sectional championship at Willie Akers Arena. All of the Class AA Sectional will be played at the Logan Fieldhouse.
We’ll get the times and dates for those games later this week.
… Meanwhile, Tug Valley has one more regular season matchup with sectional rival Greater Beckley Christian (GBC) on Thursday. This is a make-up game postponed from all of the harsh winter weather. Tipoff for the game will be earlier than usual at 6 p.m.
Regardless of the outcome, the votes for the sectional pairings already had to be in before this game. Most people I’ve talked to think that GBC will get the No. 1 seed in the Class A sectional.
This would mean that Tug Valley would have to travel to Beckley for a possible sectional showdown and a chance to advance in the super regional tournament and on to the state tournament in Charleston.
That’s a place Tug Valley has become all too familiar with over the last few years. The Panthers of coach Rabbit Thompson are coming off back-to-back state titles, one in Class AA and last March in Class A.
We’ll just have to see how it all plays out in the early rounds. We’ll get those games schedules for you later this week. The Class A teams chose to let the higher seeded teams host games.
So Tug Valley will likely be hosting at least one sectional tourney game.
… The annual Mingo County Boy’s Middle School Tournament will be played this week at Tug Valley High School. The event was pushed back a week because of the weather. The girl’s tourney was played first, after their event was canceled because of the heavy snowfall.
Lenore is a slight favorite to win over Kermit, which by the way, are the two feeder schools for Tug Valley. The two teams split in the regular season, winning on each other’s home courts.
Barring a major upset by Williamson, Burch, Matewan or Gilbert in the early rounds, LMS and KMS will likely be in the finals on Friday night, Feb. 28 at the TVHS gym.
… Red Jacket and Matewan area native, Skip Reynolds, passed away this past week. Many may remember Skip roaming the sidelines as an assistant football coach for both the Matewan Tigers and the Williamson Wolfpack.
Skip was a fixture for many seasons during the fall season. He was also a former singer in past years with a local band and more recently a pastor.
Skip had been serving as a Court Marshal security guard at the Mingo County Courthouse. He will be missed.
Our sympathy goes out to his wife Arva Reynolds, his friends and family.
(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)
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