Call it Fabulous February, Mingo County’s version of March Madness. It is the annual middle school basketball tournaments for both the girls’ and boys’ teams.
First up is the girls’ tourney, which will start Wednesday, February 10 for the opening round. The semi-finals will be Thursday, Feb. 11 and the championship on Saturday afternoon Feb. 13. Matewan is the host school this year and the tournament is being played at Mingo Central High School.
The middle school boys’ tournament will be Wednesday, Feb. 17, Thursday, Feb. 18 and Saturday, Feb. 20.
… The Class AA Sectional dates for the girls’ teams are scheduled to be played on Monday, Feb. 22, Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday Feb. 25. This sectional includes Mingo Central. These games will be played at the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse. The game times are 7:00 p.m. for the 22nd and 25th and for the two games on the 24th, the times are 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
For the boys’ AA sectional, the play-in game will be on Saturday, Feb. 27, Tuesday March 1st and Friday March 4th. The game times are 7:30 p.m. on the 27th and the 4th. There will be two games on Tuesday, March 1st with the first game tipping off at 6:00 p.m. and the nightcap at 8:00 p.m.
… For the Class A girls’ sectional, the games are Monday, Wednesday and Friday on February 22nd, 24th and the 26th. The local Class A teams play at the home gym of the school with the best record.
For the boys’ tournament, the dates are Saturday, February 27th and Tuesday, March 1st and Friday, March 4th.
Admission to all sectional games is $5 for everyone, and only official WVSSAC passes will be accepted at the gate.
SHORT STUFF: … I was sad to hear of the passing of Elizabeth “Snookie” Sartin, a local longtime educator and former girls’ basketball coach at Tug Valley and Kermit Middle. Snookie was loved by her players and the fans. She was a class act and will be missed by her family, friends and former players.
… Jaysean Paige, of West Virginia, a 6-foot-2, 210 pound senior guard, was named Player of the Week for the Big 12.
Paige led the Mountaineers to two victories last week over squads ranked in the top 15 nationally. The senior guard scored a game-high 23 points with six rebounds in 23 minutes at No. 13 Iowa State, including a 3-pointer with under two minutes left to give WVU the lead for good. He followed that performance with 17 points in 20 minutes in a win over No. 15 Baylor. Paige shot 57 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc, while making all six free throw attempts. For the week, he averaged 20 points in 21.5 minutes. He ranks fourth in the Big 12 for conference games with 17.6 points per contest.
… And finally, my thoughts on Super Bowl 50. Peyton Manning seems like a great guy. He is a class act and has been great for the NFL during his career. I am glad he got one more Super Bowl ring. I hope he retires and goes out a winner. That said – Denver’s defense won the game.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)