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Tug Valley softball coach Rocky Hall and his Lady Panthers were really looking forward to being on the diamond this season after a 22 win record last year.

The Tug Valley Lady Panther volleyball team finished 16-14 a year ago, and coach Greg Chapman is hopeful this season will go on as scheduled.

Tug Valley athletic director Clyde Farley has had a full plate since the pandemic started. As student-athletes in the Mountain State have witnessed their seasons cancelled or in limbo due to Covid-19, they’re anxiously waiting for sports to return. Tug Valley’s boys basketball team missed ou…


With coronavirus cases started to spike once again in our region, many in the mountains have been left wondering when, and if we will have sports return. There are a lot of unknowns out there regarding the pandemic, however, West Virginia and Kentucky have laid out their plans in hopes teams…

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Bernie Dolan, executive director of the state’s Second School Activities Commission (WVSSAC), announced dates for high school athletics statistics Friday afternoon, July 10, despite serious spikes in West Virginia’s COVID-19 statistics.

With teams back together and Phase II in full swing, the WVSSAC and the state of West Virginia is one step closer to getting student athletes back on the field or court in which we enjoy seeing them entertain the masses.

In accordance with last week’s issue of the Mingo Messenger that released the WVSSAC’s two phase plan to restart sports.

West Virginia, like other states in the United States in trying to get back to normal while dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 virus that has spread throughout the world.

Low contact summer youth sports such as Little League baseball and soccer will be allowed to resume practices on Monday, June 8, and games can begin on June 22.

Sports Editor’s Note: This is the third and final chapter  about Tug Valley’s Dream Season.

Belfry Elementary’s large cheer division captured the top honors at the regional Cheer Max competition in Mason, Ohio, February 18th and 19th.

The All Mountain team is voted on by the Appalachian Newspapers Sports department. Voting members included Randy White, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker and Joshua Blankenship.

The All Mountain team is voted on by the Appalachian Newspapers Sports department. Voting members included Randy White, Steve LeMaster, Trevor Thacker and Joshua Blankenship.

On Thursday Feb 13th, the Mingo County Championship for the middle school girls’ teams was set to take off.

On Tuesday, the Tug Valley Panthers took on the Buffalo Bison to see who would take part in the Class A Region IV, section 2 Championship.

The Tug Valley Lady Panthers are on an eight-game winning streak and seem to be on a collision course with greatness.

Wednesday, February 5th was National Signing Day in regards to finding out where the nation’s top football players were going to play college football at.

Tug Valley has been returning to form in the midst of a tough season schedule and this last part of their schedule being one of the season’s toughest yet.

The Mingo Central Miners are 12-7 on the year and have been overly impressive in the last three games coming away with an 81-39 win over Wayne and a 78-71 win over Man.

On Tuesday, the Tug Valley Panthers picked up a 57-47 win over the Mingo Central Miners proving last week’s article true.

The Tug Valley Panthers basketball team has had a rough first half of the season sitting at 5-9 currently, but one of its stars knows that it will take every member of the team to reach their end goal.

The Mingo Central Lady Miners have been rolling out the red carpet for tough competitors and have done nothing, but strut past them in noticeable fashion. The matchup against Man proved to be a monumental night for not only the team, but also Scarlette Thomason as the Lady Miners came away w…

Tug Valley’s Tara Wolford has won the NFHS Sectional Cheer Coach of the Year, which is selected out of eight states (WV, OH, KY, VA, DC, DE, MD, and PA). Wolford was presented with the award Tuesday night during the Tug Valley game against Mingo Central.

Tuesday was an epic night in high school basketball for both boys and girls. Not only that, but Mingo County may as well of become the scene for one of greatest cross-mountain rivalries to date.