In a statement last Friday, that shocked many in the Mountain State, West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice announced winter sports like boys’ and girls’ basketball were being pushed back until January 11, 2021.

That means, no basketball in the state of West Virginia until next year.

Tug Valley athletic director Clyde Farley, who, is also the Lady Panthers head basketball coach, said he was surprised by the governor’s change on Friday.

“I think it was a big surprise to everyone because we got no warning. It wasn’t talked about,” Farley said.

As COVID-19 continues it’s uptick, even neighboring Kentucky and its equivalent to the WVSSAC, the KHSAA (Kentucky High School Athletic Association) has moved its basketball seasons for boys and girls back to next year as well, as the Bluegrass State will begin January 4.

“It’s disheartening and disappointing. But this has hit everyone hard. Not just the county and our state, but the whole country,” said Farley.

Mingo County schools have been is session only eight days since school started. That’s really hard to wrap your head around.

“What’s sad is the seniors. Two softball players lost their last seasons, we had numerous seniors on our baseball team and I think we had quite a few seniors on our volleyball team as well.”

As a coach, Farley said he touched base with his players this week.

“Well, I didn’t want them to panic. I told them don’t lose hope,” Farley said.

Even though he described our current situation as “terrible times,” he says the Lady Panthers are ready to hit the ground running.

“As the athletic director, it is my job to defend all of our sports, but this is also personal to me because of basketball and my team,” Farley said.

Farley says he stays in constant contact with the governing body, the WVSSAC.

Recommended for you