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PRESTONSBURG — Sophomore guard Sal Dean scored a game-high 22 points to lead visiting Belfry past Prestonsburg 83-62 in a boys’ high school basketball season opener on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

As our nation goes through one it’s most turbulent times, we must look to our future and how it has been affected by the pandemic. While we missed nearly our entire spring, the virus has continued on past the first day of fall. The normal everyday things we take for granted are restricted an…

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The states of Kentucky and West Virginia sit on their respective sides of the Tug River. So close in geography that many move from West Virginia across the river into the Bluegrass State.

If there is one thing we know, it’s that 2020 has been anything, but typical. When we first saw the effects of the novel coronavirus emergency plans were quickly put in place to combat it.

Even though Tug Valley’s volleyball season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic and just being able to play four games on the season, one of the Tug Valley Panthers was recognized for her play on the hard court. Tug Valley senior standout Makayla May was recently named to the tradition…

Tug Valley’s cheerleaders are no strangers to the big stage as the school has won the Class A state title the past three years.

With the latest West Virginia color coded metric, Mingo County was labeled as orange on a rare Tuesday release of the metric. That all but closed the door on the Tug Valley Panthers playoff hopes.

Since the beginning of sport, fans have always had a soft spot for kids who never get to play. Whether it be ability, injury or through no fault of their own, our hearts break at the sight of a child missing out on something they love. With the COVID-19 pandemic, its doubly sad because playe…

In what looked like the absolute doom of any chances for teams to be able to participate in the postseason in West Virginia, the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission or the WVSSAC, has given one last glimmer of hope to coaches and teams that there still might be a chance to pl…

The Tug Valley Panthers are no strangers to good football teams. During former head coach Tony Clusky’s tenure, the Panthers were always in the hunt in Class A.

As the fall sports season seems to be ever so slipping away for schools in Southern West Virginia, the next hopeful glint we can hope for is for winter sports to be unhindered.

Ever since Mingo Central’s inception as a school they been looked to produce to athletically. Former Miner head coach Yogi Kinder left some big shoes to fill once he left.

Mingo County as a whole was once again in the orange in the Mountain State’s color coded metric. When a school finds itself in the orange, the team is permitted to condition, such as workout and train however, they cannot perform ball-to-ball drills or any kind of any type of scrimmage.

The COVID-19 pandemic looked as though it was beginning to slow in our area, but that window was very short as the region witnessed a sharp increase of cases as of late. In Kentucky, things starteded to return to normal from a sports perspective, with many local teams across the Tug River  p…

Mingo Central didn’t get much rest last week as the Miners traveled to Oak Hill Friday night after taking on Man Wednesday.

As our nation goes through one it’s most turbulent times, we must look to our future and how it has been affected by the pandemic. While we missed nearly our entire spring, the virus has continued on past the first day of fall. The normal everyday things we take for granted are restricted an…

Pikeville put together a complete game Friday night against Belfry to help the Panthers pull out a 20-14 win over the Pirates.

Since the pandemic began, athletes from across the country have witnessed their season’s canceled or being modified on the fly as the season progresses.

Tug Valley Panther head football coach Hady Ford promised a no-huddle, hurry up offense. The Panthers put it on display for real Friday night as they made the trip up to Seth to take on Sherman in the season opener.

Mingo Central head coach Josh Sammons and his Miners have yet to play an official game on the season, as they were set to host Logan Friday night for their home opener.

The Tug Valley Panthers finally got onto the field last Friday night, ending a long hiatus from high school sports. Coach Hady Ford and his squad traveled up to Scott High School for the team’s first on-field scrimmage before the season gets underway.

The Mountain State is very unique in it’s own way. With some of the most picturesque scenery in the country and hospitality that can’t be matched anywhere, West Virginia is becoming a leader on the national stage.

Wes Wilson wears many hats in the Tug Valley area. He is not only the Director of Tourism for the Tug Valley area, he’s also the the team photographer and media director at Mingo Central.

Now that we’ve reached August, teams in Mingo County are looking forward to the start date on the 17th. That is the day most fall sports can officially start practice. Athletes have had to adapt to a whole new conditioning and workout plan during the historic Covid-19 pandemic. However, Augu…

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.

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