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WEEKEND WRAP: Teams Eyeing Playoffs

W.Va. squads have one more week to go

October 31, 2011
By JOSH STROPE - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Last week we checked in with the Ohio playoffs and we came away with eight OVAC teams making the annual postseason with two matchups between local teams - Steubenville vs. Indian Creek in Division III and Wellsville vs. Shadyside in Division IV.

Monroe Central, Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville will open at home, while Beallsville hits the road.

Now what about the West Virginia side? Here's a glimpse of what to expect in the Mountain State for the final week:

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Ollie Parker and Bishop Donahue need to beat Paden City this week to make the playoffs.

Class AAA

Wheeling Park got a huge boost with its victory against Parkersburg South last week and should be safe with a victory at 4-5 Hedgesville this week. Whether the Patriots can earn a home game at Wheeling Island Stadium is yet to be seen but will likely take a lot to happen.

Unofficial rankings (the official rankings come out Tuesday) have the Patriots at No. 10 facing No. 7 Elkins, with a possible rematch with No. 2 Bridgeport on tap in the second round. That, of course, depends on how things unfold this week.

Brooke is still alive and a victory against Morgantown will do wonders for its case, but the Bruins (5-4) will still need some help in their quest to make a third straight Class AAA title game.

Class AA

Oak Glen will get to sit at home during Week 10 and heal up as the 9-1 Golden Bears will return to the postseason for the second time in three seasons.

The question will be whether or not they will be playing that first-round game at Newell Memorial Stadium, giving the field one final game.

Oak Glen will have to sit and wait but will likely be ranked in the 7-10 range following this week's outcomes.

In getting its ninth victory this season, Oak Glen likely ended Magnolia's playoff dreams.

The Blue Eagles can finish at 5-5 with a victory at Grafton, but even that will probably keep Coach Mark Batton's club from defending its Class AA title.

Class A

Win or lose this week against Linsly, Wheeling Central will be one of the top teams in Class A and will start the playoffs at Wheeling Island Stadium, where so many of its seasons have ended in a positive way.

Where it gets tricky is for Weirton Madonna and Bishop Donahue.

The Blue Dons did themselves a favor with a victory against Toronto to move to 6-3 with a game against new OVAC member Clay-Battelle in Blacksville on Friday. The Cee-Bees were No. 7 last week and beat Notre Dame so a Weirton Madonna victory will surely clinch it a spot.

Bishop Donahue fell to 6-3 with a loss to Wheeling Central, but will also likely clinch a playoff spot if it can beat 3-6 Paden City at Monarch Stadium.

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Aerial Attack

Good Hands Team

Mr. Everything

Wrecking Crew

(Weekend wrap only includes teams that called or emailed their stats on Sunday).

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