Weather plays havoc on local hoops schedule

By Kyle Lovern

January 5, 2014

Kyle Lovern

Sports Editor

The snow and cold temperatures that hit the region have played havoc on the local high school basketball schedule Friday night.

Mingo Central was scheduled to play at Poca, but head coach Brad Napier said he called to cancel the game.

“We were not able to practice on Thursday or today,” he said on Friday. “They wanted to makeup the game on Saturday, but I told them we had not been able to practice.”

“Some of our kids live in some areas where the roads are still bad,” Napier said.

The same goes for Tug Valley head coach Garland “Rabbit” Thompson. His team was slated to travel to Cross Lanes Christian on Friday night.

The two Mingo County rivals are scheduled to play on Tuesday night at the Panther’s gym at Naugatuck. That game is expected to be another competitive matchup.

Many of Thompson’s players live in very rural areas also and it is tough for them to get out to practices or games.

Belfry was still scheduled to play at Pikeville on Friday and host Shelby Valley on Saturday.

The “All A” Classic was scheduled to start at the Expo Center on Friday and Saturday night. It was postponed on Friday, but games were scheduled on Saturday, weather permitting.

Warmer temperatures were predicted for Saturday and Sunday, but more snow and single digit temperatures are expected to reach the area on Monday.

Several games are scheduled for this week, including many girls’ games.

Editor’s Notes: The Mingo Central Lady Miners basketball team will be holding Middle School Night on Thursday, Dec. 9th when they host the Belfry Lady Pirates. Players from on four feeder schools to Mingo Central will be admitted free and their teams introduced at halftime.

… The area schedule for the boy’s teams is on this sports page. … Several girl’s games are also scheduled this week … No makeup dates were released for the games that were postponed this past Friday.