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

The challenging weather has 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 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 stand at 4-1 with their next game slated at Gilmer County this Friday, Jan. 8, a date that’s “not looking too promising.”

“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 boys coach Joby Groom’s squad has played just two games, both wins over Van. He hopes to at least be able to play this weekend’s Valley Invitational, which includes Valley, Big Creek, Mercer Christian and Van and is set for Friday and Saturday in Smithers. Postponement Friday could lead to a possible Saturday-Monday event, Groom said.

“I’m hoping we get to play; we need to play,” he said. “This is messing up our timing and everything.

“It’s hard to get anything done.”



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