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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.

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.