Sometimes, even the best laid plans go awry.
The West Virginia High School Soccer Tournament, held in Beckley the past eight years, has been forced to move to two Charleston-area fields.
Originally set for Friday and Saturday at the YMCA’s Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex, the two stadiums and six practice fields are filled with snow from Hurricane Sandy.
Event organizers said they cannot get the fields in playable condition, even by late next week.
Tournament co-director Dave Laraba said, “The youngsters who will be participating in the state tournament need a venue that will not impact the outcome of the game.”
Even if the snow was to be removed, the fields would quickly become a quagmire.
“There’s too much moisture. It is not warm, and there’s rain in the forecast. The players need a good surface to play on, and we couldn’t say with confidence we could give it to them next week.”
A lot of planning and hard work, by the Beckley soccer and business communities, will go by the wayside.
“It was an agonizing decision to make,” Laraba said. “A lot of people — the committee, sponsors, workers and businesses — were involved, but everybody felt we owed it to the players.
“We felt we had to tell the SSAC if they had another place with a surface that will be good, they should move the tournament.”
SSAC executive director Gary Ray accepted the recommendation and announced the games will be played Tuesday and Wednesday at Schoenbaum Stadium and Trace Fork Complex in Charleston.
“We hate having to move the tournament from Beckley, because of the effort by David Laraba and (Woodrow athletic director) Tim Carrico, but we trust their judgment and recommendations,” Ray said.
George Washington High School will host the Class AAA games at Schoenbaum. Charleston Catholic High School will direct the Class AA-A tournament at Trace Fork.
This was the first year of a four-year contract to host the state tournament in Beckley. The city has hosted the tournament 12 times in all.
“This is very hard for all of us, and for me personally,” Laraba said. “I have a real strong feeling for the tournament. A lot of people have worked hard over the years to make it happen.
“But we know what it means to play in the state tournament, and to be able to show your skills in an appropriate manner.
“We asked the coaches from Woodrow Wilson and Shady Spring at the meeting what would they want to do, and they all said play somewhere else.
“It’s in the best interest of our sport to move the tournament.”
— E-mail: dstillwell@
Weather forces state tournament out of Beckley
Sometimes, even the best laid plans go awry.
- Latest News
VIDEO: Guilty. Life without mercy.
Although Cyan Maroney’s friends and family cannot bring her back, they can rest assured that her killer will spend the rest of his life behind the bars of a prison cell.
It took a jury less than 40 minutes to find Jeremy James Lambert, 33, guilty of first-degree murder without mercy. He will spend the remainder of his life in prison without the chance of parole.
Abortion bill passes Senate Judiciary Committee
A bill that will criminalize a doctor who performs an abortion after 20 weeks of gestation passed the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Thursday evening on a muffled, split voice vote.
The bill, which sets out to protect a fetus from pain by prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks, will be on second reading on the Senate floor today.
Senator makes case to keep golf course open
Officials in Fayette County are trying to keep a landmark recreational destination away from the state chopping block as lawmakers grapple with a $265 million budgetary shortfall.
Sen. William R. Laird, D-Fayette, made his case to the Senate on Wednesday to keep Hawks Nest Golf Course open.
TWV’s plans waiting in the wings for funding
The future of Theatre West Virginia’s revival sits in the hands of officials in Charleston, TWV’s general manager says.
Lambert found guilty of first-degree murder
Jeremy James Lambert found guilty of first degree murder; no mercy recommendation given by 12 member jury.
Fayette mom facing prison time after forging doctor's excuses
A Fayette County mother faces prison time after allegedly forging doctor’s excuses to avoid a misdemeanor truancy charge.
Beckley to honor men who pulled family from fire
Two Beckley men who pulled an elderly sister and brother from a burning home Monday evening will be honored by Beckley Fire Department and the City of Beckley, Beckley Fire Chief Billie Trump announced Thursday.
Two women charged in Wednesday's stabbing
Beckley Police arrested two local women Thursday morning for the Wednesday stabbing of a Grant Street woman.
Crash kills 2 children
A three-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 52 near Deliverance Temple in Brushfork killed two youths, sent multiple victims to area hospitals and closed U.S. Route 52 for approximately three hours Wednesday evening, officials said.
Alpha Natural Resources fined $27.5 million
One of the nation’s largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and is set to spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into waterways across five Appalachian states.
- More Latest News Headlines
- VIDEO: Guilty. Life without mercy.