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Powerful 1-2 punch threatens to KO prep schedule

• Jan 20, 2016 at 9:45 PM

The powerful 1-2 punch of back-to-back winter storms has high school athletic directors on the ropes, scrambling to get this week's full slate of basketball games in the books.

The first snowfall of 2016 wiped out the small slate of Wednesday games with Union at J.I. Burton postponed until Feb. 3. Twin Valley at Northwood, Honaker at Grundy and Twin Springs at Lee were also postponed with makeup dates to be determined.

The second, and perhaps more ominous, snow of 2016 is expected to hit the region later this week. In an attempt to get ahead of it, two Southwest Virginia supers are being moved up a day. J.I. Burton will travel to Eastside on Thursday (Jan. 21) instead of Friday (Jan. 22), as originally scheduled, with tipoff slated for 4:30 p.m. Castlewood will also hit the road for a super with Rye Cove on Thursday (Jan. 21) instead of Friday with a 3 p.m. tipoff.

Gate City and John Battle will attempt an early start on Friday (Jan. 22) with the JV girls tipping off at 4 p.m. in the high school gym, while the varsity girls do battle at 5 p.m. in the Gate City Middle School gym. The boys’ games (both JV and varsity) will immediately follow with JV at the high school and varsity at the middle school.

The Central Wise at Ridgeview game, originally planned for Friday (Jan. 22), has already been postponed and will be played on Feb. 3.

Depending on the timing and impact of this weekend's forecasted winter storm, additional changes are expected and will be updated as soon as possible at TimesNews.Net and through our social media accounts. Follow us on Twitter (@tnsportslive) or Like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tnsportslive) for all the latest.

Here is what we know as of 9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20:

Wednesday, Jan. 20
Union at J.I. Burton (ppd. to Feb. 3)
Twin Springs at Lee (ppd., makeup TBD)
Honaker at Grundy (ppd., makeup TBD)
Twin Valley at Northwood (ppd., makeup TBD)

Thursday, Jan. 21
Daniel Boone at Sullivan North (boys)
J.I. Burton at Eastside (super)
Castlewood at Rye Cove (super)

Friday, Jan. 22
Dobyns-Bennett at David Crockett (G/B)
Science Hill at Daniel Boone (G/B)
Volunteer at Sullivan Central (G/B)
Sullivan East at Tennessee High (G/B)
Elizabethton at Johnson County (G/B)
Unicoi County at Sullivan South (G/B)
Happy Valley at Sullivan North (G/B)
J.I. Burton at Eastside (moved to Jan. 21)
Wise Central at Ridgeview (ppd. to Feb. 3)
Castlewood at Rye Cove (moved to Jan. 21)
Thomas Walker at Twin Springs
John Battle at Gate City (super)
Union at Lee (G/B)

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