Historic time in sports

Not sure what the silver lining is just yet with this whole coronavirus COVID-19 ongoing situation, but perhaps at some point there will be one.

I sure can’t come up with any off the top of my head though.

It’s hard to fathom less than 48 hours ago as I type this I watched Parkersburg South win a regional co-final to advance to the state boys basketball tournament on Tuesday at Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

Thursday afternoon I popped over just to see what was going on.

First-year head coach Brett Rector basically had a light practice and just let his guys get shots up. Assistant coach Garrett Foggin was playing some full court five-on-five and we talked a little bit about the current situation.

As it stands now, it appears there’s a likely chance basketball teams in the Mountain State have played their final game. Hopefully, that’s not the case but time will tell.

Foggin said he was still hoping to head overseas later next month to watch ex-Patriot and current Promitheas Patras baller Chase Fieler play. However, the Greek Basketball League has followed suit with the NBA and they are currently not playing hoops.

“That’s what is crazy for me,” admitted coach Rector of possibly having the state tournament at a later date. “It doesn’t make any sense how it can happen.

“Take a month break and still play the thing. I don’t see how you do that. How does that work?”

Rector said he and his assistants along with Roger Thompson, the Patriots’ athletics director, “met after school with our team. We just told them, me and my dad (Tim) and Garrett and Roger we just said today I wanted them to come in and get some shots up.

“We’re going to start practice normal starting tomorrow and Saturday until they tell us we can’t. That’s about all we can do I guess. It’s kind of a crazy deal.”

Rector also pointed out all the logistical problems with bringing the state tournament back, which also includes the fact the girls state tournament only made it halfway through this week, because by the time things potentially could be cleared to go athletics would be well into the spring sports season.

“I told our guys today, think about PHS and some of those girls teams down there,” Rector added. “They may have already won a game and you’re in the final four and they tell you it’s done or suspended. Everyone is going through it. It’s not just us.”

It was announced Thursday evening that the Board of Directors for the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center and the Municipal Auditorium have canceled all scheduled events with more than 250 people for the next month. Of course, that’s where the state basketball tournament games are played.

As of presstime, Mike Sheppard of Dawghouse Promotions said next Saturday night’s Southside Rumble 5 at the W.Va. Army National Guard Armory is still on as scheduled for now.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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