CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County schools were released one hour early due to weather on Monday afternoon, resulting in several more postponements for area high school basketball games.All four scheduled boys games among Kanawha Valley teams were postponed, including Princeton at George Washington, Woodrow Wilson at Nitro, Capital at Spring Valley and St. Albans at Point Pleasant.Woodrow and Nitro will make up their game on Feb. 3. The Princeton-GW game is reset for Feb. 10, while no make-up date has been determined for the other games.On the girls side, Herbert Hoover's home tilt against Scott was postponed, as well as Capital at Lincoln County and George Washington at Princeton.No make-up dates were known for any of those games at press time.The Poca girls home game against Mingo Central was still scheduled to be played.Later Monday came word of the cancellation of school today for Kanawha County as well as the majority of neighboring counties, including Boone, Jackson and Putnam.Kanawha's policy of no games or practice when school is canceled will likely force the postponement of most if not all of games involving the county's public school teams today, barring special permission from the county's board of education.While Putnam does not have the same policy, most neighboring counties share Kanawha's policy, which also restricts those teams from traveling to play schools in other counties.
Longtime basketball and golf coach B.J. Calabrese, now the coach for the Capital girls, said the plethora of postponements so far this season has been unlike anything he's ever seen."In my 25 years [of coaching] this has been the most bizarre year I've ever seen in my life," Calabrese said. "Between the snow, cold weather and the water situation, just the whole nine yards. I lost seven of my top nine players from last year and this is a year we really need to be practicing and playing on a consistent basis in order to get better. It's just going to make February unbearable."February could especially be strenuous for coaches and teams within the Mountain State Athletic Conference as the days tick down to the deadline to have all league games played before the Night of Champions and place-winner games.For the girls, the tournament is scheduled for Feb. 20 with all games needing to be played beforehand.But squeezing that many games over the next few weeks is becoming harder and harder to realistically make happen as the available days in February fill up. "You've got to be fair to the kids," Calabrese said. "How many nights a week are you capable of playing? Sure, you can pick a week and have four games, which is really tough, but you can't do it back-to-back weeks or three weeks in a row, it's just mentally and physically tough to do.
"You're trying to find an open date on your schedule, but you're also trying to find one the opponent also has open and then you're trying to figure out if the gym is available because you've got to deal with boys games going on at the same time. It's a juggling act right now."I don't know what's going to happen, we still have February to go and if it's anything like December and especially January has been, I don't know what we'll do."Reach Ryan Pritt at 304-348-7948, firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him at twitter.com/RPritt.