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Valley girls coach Marshall Murray and his players are among those who hope to get back up and running this week.

The winter so far has featured a major dose of white, and not much orange.

The challenging weather has — day after day — postponed schools in the area and, in turn, led to the delay of numerous basketball games.

“I haven’t seen a year like this,” said Meadow Bridge girls coach Steve Taylor. “We just try to keep practicing and keep a rhythm.”

“You can’t do anything,” Midland Trail boys coach Greg Crist said last Wednesday. “You can’t practice.

“There’s nothing you can do. We practiced a little Friday and that was it.”

Crist’s Patriots won two tournaments in late December — the John Flournoy Memorial Tournament and a Wirt County High School event. At Wirt, Trail defeated Hundred 62-47 on the first night and Wirt 62-54 in the championship.

The Pats, 4-1, had a game at Gilmer County postponed this past Friday, Jan. 8. They were slated to host rival Fayetteville last night.

“We’re playing pretty well,” said Crist. “I hate to stop playing when we’re playing well.

“Hopefully it will clear up and we can get back to normalcy.”

Taylor’s Wildcat girls have fashioned a 1-4 record against a tough slate so far, including a 52-50 loss to Class AA Oak Hill in the consolation game of the Wildcat Invitational, which was won by Covington, Va. He’d like to get back on the court and see how his team fares against smaller schools.

“We’re playing everybody tough,” he said. “We’ll be glad to get back into our single-A schedule.”

Valley High boys coach Joby Groom’s squad has played just two games, both wins over Van. He had hoped to at least be able to play last weekend’s Valley Invitational, which was to include Valley, Big Creek, Mercer Christian and Van, but poor weather shelved the event.

“We need to play,” Groom said. “This is messing up our timing and everything.

“It’s hard to get anything done.”

Valley Middle coach Joe McCoy’s boys team was 4-0 heading into a scheduled game at Collins Tuesday night.

“We haven’t practiced since Dec. 30 and we’ve got to play Oak Hill,” he said. “That ought to be interesting.”

Fayetteville High boys coach Larry Spangler called The Fayette Tribune office Monday with a long list of rescheduled games. The Pirates (1-2) last played on Dec. 29. They have four games slated for next week and three in each week thereafter. “I doubt we get ‘em all in,” he said.

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Coaches or athletics directors at local schools are urged to forward schedule changes to the Herald via fax at 304-469-4105, by e-mail at, or by calling 304-469-3373.

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