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This week’s winter storm has left organizers of the West Virginia Hometown Invitational Tournament scrambling to put together a schedule for today’s final round in Summersville.

Three area teams – Tygarts Valley, Pocahontas County and East Hardy – were scheduled to play games today. But the Bulldogs and Warriors won’t make the trek down south.

“The decision was made that the road conditions weren’t safe enough for us to travel to Summersville for the tournament,” Tygarts Valley coach Tom Wamsley said.

Wamsley said the option of parents taking the players to the game was not viable.

“You never want to ask a parent to take another player to an event,” Wamsley said. “We didn’t feel this was a solution that would work for us.”

Despite the Bulldogs and Warriors not participating, along with a couple of other teams, Wamsley, who serves as vice president of the WVHIT, still believes the tournament will go on with a make-shift schedule.

“We feel pretty confident we can play six of the eight games that were scheduled, including both championships,” Wamsley said. “Some of the teams won’t be able to play who they were scheduled to play, though.”

Friday’s Division II final round was cancelled. Those games included Hundred vs. Montcalm, Hannan vs. Union and Paden City vs. Meadow Bridge in the championship game.

Wamsley said he expects the East Hardy vs. Valley Wetzel game slated for 9 a.m. today to be played.

The Division I championship will be Clay-Battelle vs. Valley-Fayette.

The WVHIT, which includes the state’s Class A public schools, started in 2011 with 16 teams. The field for this year’s event had 22 of the 37 Class A schools entered.

The girls’ tournament concluded two weeks ago at St. Marys High School.