Weather causing hoops havoc

Not since the 1993-94 basketball season has St. Marys coach Mark Barnhart witnessed the type of wintry weather playing havoc with the schedule. That year, he was an assistant coach at Tyler Consolidated and students attended class four days in January. Yet, the Silver Knights boys basketball team managed to reach the state tournament.

“It took us a while to get in condition,” Barnhart said. “I don’t know if we played five games in one week, but I do know we played four games in a week.”

With Tuesday’s game against Parkersburg Catholic postponed, the Blue Devils have played just 10 regular season games. That leaves 12 remaining to be played in a 22-day span. Of course, Sundays are off limits.

“That puts it in perspective,” Barnhart said.

Pleasants County has a policy of no school, no play. Both the boys and girls programs can hold open gym, and fortunately for Barnhart just about the entire team lives along W.Va. 2.

“If it is not safe, we don’t want them to come,” Barnhart said. “But a majority of my kids live along Route 2, and if you know anything that is the first road to get cleared.”

As far as preparing for certain opponents, St. Marys must deal with one opponent at a time now that games will be scheduled on consecutive nights.

“Our approach is that you can’t worry what others are doing – you have to worry what you are doing,” Barnhart said.

St. Marys and Parkersburg Catholic have yet to meet and must get in a pair of games, which are vital for the LKC North standings. St. Marys will attempt to play at Ritchie County tonight and at Sherman on Friday in the West Virginia Hometown Invitational.

Then, it will return home on Saturday to play Williamstown.

Other makeup dates include Doddridge County at St. Marys on Feb. 13 and Tyler Consolidated at St. Marys on Feb. 17. Sandwiched in between those two games is yet another Hometown Invitational Tournament game on Feb. 15.

WARREN

For the third time this season, Warren’s game with Athens has been postponed.

The contest was originally scheduled for Jan. 21, but was rescheduled to Feb. 3 due to inclement weather.

The weather wasn’t much better on Feb. 3, and the game was again rescheduled for tonight.

Now, due to complications with Athens’ schedule, the game tonight has been cancelled and it doesn’t look like a new makeup date will be set. The Bulldogs have games the rest of the week leading up to Sunday’s tournament draw so they are unable to get it in before then. It is unlikely that the teams would reschedule a non-conference game following that point.

The game would have had a significant impact on the tournament seeding.

The Warriors have now moved Tuesday’s game against Fort Frye to tonight, with the JV game scheduled to tip off at 6.

BELPRE

As of Tuesday afternoon, first-year Belpre High School athletic director Stephanie Evans now has her boys basketball team playing three straight days, starting tonight. Fortunately, all are home games.

With the wintry weather, the Golden Eagles didn’t play a regularly-scheduled home contest Tuesday night versus TVC Hocking rival Federal Hocking, and already have a makeup game against South Gallia set for tonight and another game against Trimble, both league foes too, on Friday night.

So with time running out to get games in by next weekend before tournament play begins, Evans has tentatively rescheduled Federal Hocking for Thursday night. So that makes everything all fine and dandy then, right. Well, not really. Evans explained that if Gallia County doesn’t have school today, then South Gallia can’t play tonight.

So Evans broke out a contingency plan if needed, hoping that she can switch the days on Federal and South Gallia, with the Lancers at Belpre tonight and the Rebels there Thursday night.

PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC

For Parkersburg Catholic, the recent steady dose of winter weather has the Crusaders boys basketball team is in the process of playing seven games – and hopefully more – in the next two weeks before the LKC placement games and Night of Champions take place.

Five of those seven tilts, along with a makeup St. Marys at Catholic game still hanging in the balance as well, are LKC North games that will determine which team represents the North in the NOC.

And three of the seven are rescheduled games from Jan. 23, 25 and 27, plus PCHS has yet to play St. Marys even once, let alone twice.

On Monday, the Catholic at St, Marys game was weathered-out for the second time in less than a month, and hasn’t yet been rescheduled a third time.

So far, the Crusaders’ games still left in the regular season, with makeups noted, start with three in a row – tonight at Gilmer County, Thursday vs. Doddridge County (makeup) and Friday vs. Charleston Catholic – and next week has PC at Tyler Consolidated on Feb. 11, vs. St. Marys (makeup) Feb. 12 and vs. Ravenswood Feb. 14, and finally vs. Ritchie County (makeup) on Feb. 18.

If the Catholic at St. Marys game “will affect the standings in determining who plays in the Night of Champions or placement games, it will be played before that,” said PCHS head cosch Rob Strcula. “Otherwise, we will play it after the Night of Champions.”