Mitchell boys coach Daron Williams was hard at work Thursday, but it was constructing a snowman in the lawn with his family.
That’s about the best that Western North Carolina basketball can ask for lately.
“This guy is gettin (sic) more practices and games than we are the last couple weeks!” Williams tweeted along with a picture of the snowman in Mitchell garb.
Williams said it was the idea of his 7-year-old daughter, Jacee, to dress up the snowman.
The Williams family had a whimsical way of dealing with Thursday’s latest postponement for the NCHSAA basketball playoffs.
But things are getting serious.
Some of the area’s teams have not played in two weeks or more.
Thursday night was supposed to be the second round of the NCHSAA basketball playoffs, but plans have changed.
Only seven WNC boys or girls basketball teams have gotten in their first-round games so far, with the Smoky Mountain boys and girls, Highlands girls, Madison girls, Polk County girls and Robbinsville boys all advancing.
Snowfall that accumulated Wednesday evening and overnight Thursday prevented anyone in WNC from playing a makeup game Thursday afternoon or evening.
The Western Regional tournament is scheduled for March 3 (Tuesday) through March 7 in Winston-Salem.
The NCHSAA has not yet announced what course of action it will take to ensure no delay in next week’s regional schedule.
A memo to schools on Thursday reiterated that the state association is still exploring its options.