The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 4, 2014

Wyoming County rivals to meet today

By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer

—  Not even Mother Nature can stop basketball in Wyoming County.

After a winter storm moved through southern West Virginia Thursday night, leaving a thick blanket of snow across the coalfields, there was much debate as to what would happen with Friday’s Westside at Wyoming East basketball game.

Officials and coaches from the two Wyoming County schools spent much of the day discussing how to reschedule the battle of the two undefeated teams. After initially deciding to reschedule for Jan. 16, the decision was made to play the game tonight — only this time playing it in Clear Fork at Westside instead of the regularly scheduled Wyoming East.

Both teams go into tonight’s contest looking for not only bragging rights, but also a big early-season win.

Wyoming East (3-0) goes into the contest as an underdog to its cross-county rival for the first time in a long time. It was only a year ago that coach Rory Chapman’s Warriors had a five-season winning streak snapped by the Renegades, who have now won three in a row over East.

Westside (4-0) will play at home for the fourth straight game, after knocking off Independence, Tug Valley and North Marion in Clear Fork during December.

The freshman game will be played at 4 p.m. with the JV game at 5:30 and the varsity at 7:30 p.m.

Fans hoping to get a good seat are encouraged to arrive early.

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Wyoming isn’t the only county with a rivalry game on the docket.

A battle of Class A Fayette County schools, initially scheduled for Friday night, will also be played tonight when the Valley Greyhounds welcome cross-county rival Midland Trail to Smithers.

That game is also scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

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Also rescheduled for tonight will be a clash of Class AA Region 3 schools when Liberty (5-1) welcomes PikeView (2-3) to Glen Daniel.

The Raiders have been one of the more surprising teams of the season, with their only loss of the season coming against Chapmanville on Dec. 14.

PikeView, on the other hand, will look to build momentum going into the meat of its schedule, after losing early to Wyoming East and then going 1-1 in both the Princeton and Bluefield holiday tournaments.

That game is also scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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