For extra credit, Hurricane has a date against Parkersburg South in the Big Atlantic Classic in Beckley on Jan. 31. Coach Lance Sutherland likened it to an NBA schedule.
"It's like six road games in a row,'' he said. "And it doesn't get any easier after that, with George Washington, South Charleston and Winfield the following week. A fun, fun, fun schedule.
"Like I've said, we'll get there. We'll be OK. It's just being fundamentally sound.''
A third Mountain State Athletic Conference team, Ripley (1-8), also appears in a 12:30 p.m. Hatfield-McCoy game against Pike County Central, Ky. (8-5).
Frankie Smith, who coached Tug Valley to the 1999 Class AA state title, returns to Mingo County as coach of Sheldon Clark, Ky. (10-4), and will go against his old team. Tug (4-3) is a two-time defending West Virginia state champion.
Mark Whitt serves as tournament director.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.