Weather plays havoc on local basketball schedule
by JEFFREYREYNOLDS SPORTSEDITOR
The cold, snowy weather forced the postponement of several basketball games in the area this past weekend.
Coaches have also found it difficult to schedule practice times with the inclement weather and school cancelations.
Tug Valley’s girls, Mingo Central boys and girls and Belfry’s boys and girls teams all had contests postponed on either Friday or Saturday this past weekend.
Mingo Central already had two games to make up, one at Herbert Hoover from earlier in the season and a recent contest at River View.
“We are running out of dates we can play,” said coach Brad Napier. “We really have to try to make up the conference games.”
Mingo was scheduled to play a boys-girls doubleheader at Wayne on Saturday night, but it was canceled because of the inclement weather. The Herbert Hoover game is also a Cardinal Conference matchup. The River View game might not get played if there is more snow cancelations and a common date cannot be found.
Mingo Central’s Lady Miners had a makeup game with Belfry scheduled for Monday night. That game was postponed and will be played on Thursday night at MCHS. It will be Senior Night for the Lady Miners, according to coach David Hanshaw. (See the adjacent story for change in girls middle school tourney.)
The Lady Miners head to Sissonville tonight, Lincoln County Wednesday, Belfry on Friday and Chapmanville on Saturday.
Belfry was slated to go to Knott County Central this past Saturday. That game is not being rescheduled. The Pirates were scheduled to play Logan, W.Va. on Monday night in a makeup game. That game was originally scheduled the weekend before last, but the weather forced the delay in that contest at Willie Akers Arena. It was postponed again and has been rescheduled for February 14.
Belfry is scheduled to host South Floyd tonight, motor down to Tug Valley on Friday and then entertain Sheldon Clark on Saturday.
Belfry’s Lady Pirates were scheduled to play Pike Central and Pikeville this past weekend, but those games were postponed. No makeup dates have been released.
Luckily, Tug Valley’s boys did not have any games scheduled this past weekend. However the girls had two games postponed, Cross Lanes Christian at home on Friday and a road game Saturday at Chapmanville.
The make-up date for the Lady Panthers game with Cross Lanes will be February 12, while a date for the Chapmanville matchup had not been set at press time. Coach Okey Smith’s squad was scheduled to play Man on Monday night. The James Monroe game, which was canceled a few days ago, will not be made up, according to Smith.
Some big local games that are on the regular schedule this week include Belfry at Tug Valley on Thursday, February 7 and then Mingo Central at Tug Valley this Friday, February 8. This gives the Panthers two big home games in back to back nights with a pair of local rivals.
The Panthers will then travel to Greater Beckley Christian on Friday night for a big game that will determine sectional pairings. Next week coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson takes his team to Charleston Catholic on Wednesday, February 13 and plays host to Pendleton County on Friday, February 15.
Besides the Tug Valley game on the road Friday, Mingo Central has a full slate of games. They are scheduled to travel to Sissonville tonight for a conference matchup. On Tuesday, February 12 they will host Chapmanville and then play host to Scott on Friday, February 15. Both of those games next week will have a huge influence on the sectional pairings and the Cardinal Conference standings.
Phelps is slated to drive over to East Ridge on Friday and host Fairview on Saturday.
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