NEWTOWN – The atmosphere was fantastic Tuesday night for the Belfry versus Mingo Central basketball game played up on the mountain at the MCHS gym.
The game, the third since Mingo Central was formed due to consolidation, was exciting and hard-fought.
The student bodies from both schools had their respective cheering sections adorned in school colors, costumes and body paint.
There was a Spiderman in the Mingo Maniacs section.
There was plenty of red body paint in the Belfry student section.
Cheers, chants and applause were plentiful from both sides.
There were plenty of adult fans on hand for the contest too.
But, for the most part – it was just a friendly, boisterous crowd as both sections cheered for their respective schools.
There were occasional boos, but that is to be expected. For the most part the excitement the students sections brought to the game made for a college-like ambiance.
Free-lance filmmaker Wes Wilson had the debut of his 2012-13 Miner basketball film for the crowd prior to the introduction of the Mingo Central squad. Wilson does not disappoint and his talents are enormous.
Both coaches seemed pleased to have the fan support. It was coach Brad Napier’s first taste of the Belfry-Mingo Central rivalry. He wasn’t disappointed.
He called the game “intense.”
Randy Casey, the longtime Belfry coach, was also pleased to have such a huge number of Pirate fans for a road contest.
By the way, the game was good too. It has been dubbed the Tug River Rivalry. In the end Mingo Central pulled away to win 75-54victory.
The series between MCHS and BHS was tied (1-1) heading into this season. The Miners won on the first-ever meeting, 65-51 on December 13 of last year, while the Pirates edged the Miners at Belfry 70-69 last February.
The two squads will meet again on Tuesday, February 19 for the rematch.
It is sure to be another exciting game for these two new rivals.