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KHS releases winter sports schedules for 2021

Mineral Daily News-Tribune
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By Chapin Jewell

Tribune Correspondent

KEYSER - Better late than never, they say. Normally, the winter sports season in West Virginia interscholastic sports sees games, contests and meets in sports like basketball and wrestling in early to mid-December. Thanks to the COVID-affected calendar, this season, practice won’t even begin until Feb.15, with actual games beginning just as March begins.

Again, better late than never. In neighboring Allegany County, for example, winter sports have been scrapped all together; there will be no basketball or wrestling for Fort Hill, Allegany or Mountain Ridge.  

In Mineral County, athletic directors Shawn White at Keyser and Jay Hesse at Frankfort have been hard at work putting together schedules for both winter and spring sports.

The schedules look a little different this year. For starters, in winter sports, Keyser and Frankfort’s schedules are more compact and condensed, and there will be no games against neighboring Fort Hill, Allegany, Mountain Ridge, Northern and Southern.

This article identifies Keyser High School’s winter sports schedules to include wrestling, boys’ varsity, junior varsity, and freshman basketball, and varsity and junior varsity girls’ basketball.  An article containing Frankfort’s winter schedules will come later.

In wrestling, coach Colin Rotruck’s mat men will open the season at Berkeley Springs on March 5 and March 6 at Berkeley Springs for the Potomac Valley Conference tournament.  Next will be a trip to Petersburg on March 10, followed by a quad match at home against Weir Hedgesville and Jefferson on March 13.  A match for March 17 is to be determined, then the Golden Tornado will travel to East Fairmont for a quad.

March 24 will bring a tri-match at home with Moorefield and East Hardy, then comes a March 27 tri-match at Oak Glen against St. Mary’s and Morgantown.  On March 30, Keyser will travel to Musselman for a quad with the host Applemen, Hampshire and Martinsburg. The regular season will wrap up on April 3 at home with a quad matchup against Berkeley Springs, Cameron and Frankfort. The regional wrestling tournament will be held on April 10 with the state tournament to follow on Apr. 21 and Apr. 22.

Boys’ basketball action for the varsity, junior varsity, and freshman will tip-off on Mar. 5 against Berkeley Springs at home.  The Golden Tornado has seven additional games in March at the varsity level against Hampshire, Moorefield, Frankfort, Berkeley Springs, Petersburg, Hampshire and Pendleton.

Johnny Haines’ crew will then compete in a total of nine regular season games in the month of April against Tucker County, Lincoln, Pendleton, Petersburg, Frankfort, Trinity, Tucker County, Moorefield and Trinity again.  Sectionals will take place the week of April 17 to Aprl 24, followed by regional and state tournament action.

Girls’ basketball action for the varsity and junior varsity will tip-off on March 4 against Petersburg at home. The Lady Tornado has 10 additional contests scheduled in March against Berkeley Springs, Union, Washington, Frankfort, Hampshire, Berkeley Springs again, Moorefield, Bridgeport, Frankfort again, and Hampshire again.

Josh Blowe’s squad will then compete in a total of five regular season matchups in the month of April against Moorefield, Pendleton, Union, Petersburg, and Pendleton again.  Sectionals will take place the week of April 10 to April 17, followed by regional and state tournament action.