The arctic blast which has gripped Logan County and much of the eastern part of the United States in single digit and below zero temperatures in recent days is finally coming to an end.
After days of school cancellations, talks of the polar vortex and high school basketball game postponements the frigid cold is almost over.
That’s good news for area hoop fans and officials of this weekend’s King Coal Classic at Logan High School.
The annual Logan tourney is on tap this Saturday as the freezing cold is expected to break on Thursday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s on Thursday and in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday.
This Saturday, four games will be played at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena.
It get started with a Logan boys’ freshman game against South Charleston at 2 p.m.
Then at 4 p.m., the Fairmont State University women’s basketball team is slated to take on Concord. On Fairmont’s roster is Makenzie White, a former player at Scott High School and West Virginia University.
The 6 p.m. contest pits girls’ basketball county rivals Chapmanville Regional (5-3) against host Logan (5-3).
The Lady Cats, last year’s Class AAA state runner-ups, are coming off last Saturday afternoon’s 59-44 win at home over state power Morgantown.
Logan’s Shayna Gore and Monica Mitchell each had double-doubles. The Lady Cats beat Chapmanville earlier in the season, 53-36, at CRHS.
Then at 8 p.m. in the finale, the host Logan boys (3-3) are set to face off with fellow Triple-A team Point Pleasant.
The Big Blacks enter the contest 4-3. Point Pleasant most recently won 67-48 at St. Albans.
Logan plays the night before the King Coal Classic on Friday night at old Class AA rival Westside. The Renegades are 4-1, having lost last Friday night at county rival Wyoming East.
In addition to the games, several other events are planned in conjunction with the tournament.
A portion of the tournament proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House and Team Skyler.
All area Buddy League Basketball players will get in free on Saturday with a paying adult.
There will be lots of contests and prizes for all ages.
This year’s sponsors include: Baisden Brothers, C&W Discount, Dan & Dave’s Sporting Goods, EL Robinson Engineering, Fireball Trucking Co., Hatfield-McCoy CVB, James River Coal, Jim & Melissa Frye, Logan Bank & Trust, Logan Regional Medical Center, McCormicks Furniture Store, McCoy Dental, McDonald Land Company, Natural Resource Partners, Pepsi-Cola, Radio Shack, Southern Amusement, Stollings Trucking Company and WVOW radio Logan.
More games are on tap for Thursday night.
The Chapmanville girls are scheduled to host Sissonville at 7:30 p.m. in a Cardinal Conference matchup.
Also on Thursday night, the Man girls host Sherman at 6 p.m. In boys’ action, the Man boys go to River View in a 7:30 p.m. game.
On Tuesday, more games were called off across the county due to the extreme cold and icy road conditions.
The Chapmanville boys’ game at Lincoln County was postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 21.
The Man boys’ game at Sherman and the Man girls’ contest at home against Charleston Catholic were also wiped out. The Man-Sherman game was rescheduled for Wednesday night. No word has been given on the girls’ game.