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Snow Plays Havoc With OVAC Girls

Game officials biggest hurdle in rescheduling

February 5, 2013
By JIM ELLIOTT - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A snow storm wiped out Monday's entire slate of Wheeling Hospital OVAC Girls' Basketball Tournament games.

The plan, for the moment, is for three of the quarterfinal games to be played today and the remaining seven Wednesday, according to tournament director Rick DeLuca.

The consolation games are in flux, as today also marks the cutoff date for next week's boys' tournament, meaning a full night of boys' games have already been scheduled.

''It's not so much the games,'' DeLuca said, ''but there's only so many officials.

"You have those 10 more games, and you throw those on 20 more boys' games and you're going to start running into problems.''

Many Ohio Valley officials work both boys' and girls' games, so supply could fall short of demand.

Fact Box

The revised schedule follows:

Wheeling Hospital OVAC



Championship Semifinals

Class 5A

John Marshall at University

Indian Creek at Morgantown

Class 2A

Clay-Battelle at Wheeling Central

Consolation Pool

Frontier at Magnolia

Buckeye Trail at Toronto

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Championship Semifinals

Class 4A

Oak Glen at Steubenville, 6:30 p.m.

Martins Ferry at Union Local

Class 3A

Shenandoah at River

Monroe Central at Fort Frye

Class 2A

Shadyside at Bridgeport

Class 1A

Madonna at St. John, 7 p.m.

Trinity at Conotton Valley

Monday, Feb. 11

Consolation Pool

Meadowbrook at Harrison Central

DeLuca said some schools were looking at the possibility of playing the girls' games in front of the boys' games and canceling the scheduled jayvee games.

At this point, all avenues are being discussed.

With more snowfall in the forecast, there's a possibility this problem could persist. Not to fear though, the OVAC is the type of organization that has contingency plans for its contingency plans.

In this case, if the semfinals are wiped out, they'll take the top seeds and move on to Saturday's championship games at Ohio University Eastern.

In the unlikely event they don't get any games in, the No. 1 seeds in all five classes would be crowned champions. That's customary in all OVAC tournaments.

''If we get more horrible weather, that's the way it would go,'' DeLuca said.

There is no leeway here as far as rescheduling. The Ohio girls' sectionals begin next week.

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