The Annual Hatfield-McCoy WV/KY shootout will take place on January 17 at the Williamson Fieldhouse. As always, there is a solid lineup of games that will make for a great day of watching hoops at the historic fieldhouse. Here is the schedule for the day:
11:30 am Phelps (KY) vs. Hannan
1:00 pm Pike Central (KY) vs. Man
2:30 pm Belfry (KY) vs. Mingo Central (Girls)
4:00 pm East Ridge (KY) vs. Tolsia
5:30 pm Wesley Christian (KY) vs. South Charleston
7:00 pm Belfry (KY) vs. Mingo Central
8:30 pm Sheldon Clark (KY) vs. Valley (Fayette)
The first matchup features two tiny schools. I’m told the Hornets of Phelps are improved this year and currently hold a record of 6-9. Hannan sits at 2-7 on the season.
The Pike County Central Hawks are currently in the top half of their 16-team region with a 9-9 record. From watching them each of the last two seasons, this should be a good matchup with Man. The Hillbillies currently sit at 3-4 on the season.
The Shootout includes a girls contest this year, as Mingo Central and Belfry will meet in the Tug River Rivalry. The Miners are at 5-5, while Belfry sits at 7-8.
The Warriors of East Ridge are 7-8 and sit in the middle of the pack in their region in KY. They take on a Tolsa team that is still in search of their first win.
Wesley Christian is a prep school that no longer competes in the KHSAA. This team has played a slew of WV schools already, ranging from Huntington Prep to Ambassador Christian. Probably their two most relevant games are close wins over Tug Valley and Charleston Catholic. The Black Eagles of South Charleston are still undefeated. I expect this to be a much better matchup than when these two teams met two years ago, when SC ran them out of the fieldhouse.
Next, we have the boys’ version of the bitter Tug River Rivalry game. The Pirates sit at just 3-9 on the season but have lost a bunch of close games and also have a 2-point home win over Tug Valley. Mingo Central is 8-3. This game produced a fantastic ending a year ago, with Dalton Hatfield hitting a runner at the buzzer to give the Miners the victory in front of a packed house.
The final game will feature the 12-1 Cardinals of Sheldon Clark, who have been in control of this region in KY where most all the other teams in this Shootout play (except Wesley Christian). The Valley Greyhounds are 6-1 on the season and should match up very well with Sheldon Clark. This could very well end up being the game of the day.
If you live anywhere within reasonable driving distance, come out to the Williamson Fieldhouse on Saturday. You will get a good day of hoops at one of the most historic venues in the state.
(All above records are as accurate as I could find as of 1/14/15 before any games were played on that day.)