Weather once again puts the freeze on games

ELKINS – Cold temperatures mixed with snowy weather have put the freeze on area high school basketball schedules for a second stretch this season.

A full slate of area games was canceled on Friday, including seven boys games and four girls games.

Make-up dates have yet to be announced.

The Elkins boys’ varsity team is set to play at 5:30 p.m. today against Oak Hill in a regular-scheduled contest. The Tigers already have had three games postponed due to weather. Make-up dates include Jan. 27 at Lewis County and Feb. 3 at North Marion. The game against Fairmont Senior has already been contested.

“Our kids are ready to play,” Elkins coach John Lawson said. “They are tired of beating on each other and I’m tired of yelling at them. They need some game time. We’ve been in the gym a little bit, but nothing compares to actually playing. It’s hard to stay focused and not get distracted.”

Elkins High School girls’ varsity head coach Cathy Duffield is also concerned with the amount of practice time missed and the amount of school work the kids will need to make-up.

The EHS girls have had five games postponed this season, two of which have been played. Make-up dates have been announced to host Lewis County on Jan. 27 and Liberty on Feb. 1. The North Marion make-up game was scheduled to be played today, but was postponed and a new date has not been set.

“It’s just so difficult for these girls,” Duffield said. “I really feel sorry for them, but we’ll be OK. Every coach has to fight through it. What really hurts is the conditioning. We haven’t been able to get practice time in. I’m also worried about their education. They have a lot of academics to work on and make up.”

Tom Wamsley, Tygarts Valley High School’s boys’ varsity head coach, said scheduling make-up games has been difficult. Five different teams use the gym at TVHS for basketball, including the boys and girls varsity teams, the middle school boys and girls teams and George Ward Elementary School.

“It’s going to be a real challenge to get the schedules to match up,” Wamsley said. “The gym gets used five and six days a week, already. The schedules are going to get backed up and I hate to see that. The kids don’t have a chance to enjoy the season.”

Philip Barbour girls’ varsity coach Stan Fitzwater says the downtime has caused his team to lose momentum.

PB’s game against East Fairmont on Tuesday was postponed and no make up date has been announced. It’s the only game the team has missed so far.

“Just as our girls started to play good, the weather gets nasty and puts the breaks on things,” Fitzwater said. “We can’t get any better if we’re not playing. We were looking forward to a good week of practice to refine ourselves and get better, but the weather put a hamper on that. Nothing teaches the game better than playing it.”