WHEELING - As another school year and prep season winds down, perhaps it's time to think how lucky we have it in the Ohio Valley. Writers don't root for teams, of course, but it doesn't mean we don't appreciate and enjoy watching our area's youth succeed.
The Harrison Central baseball team is two victories away from winning an Ohio Division II state crown. To date, Ohio Valley Athletic Conference teams to bring home championship hardware are the Brooke cheerleaders, University in golf, Morgantown girls' cross country, and Oak Glen volleyball.
No pressure, boys.
The last school year for no SSAC or OHSAA champs was 1974-75, though Bishop Donahue won the state Catholic boys' basketball title that year.
The 1969-70 school year was the last time there were no OVAC champs for SSAC, W.Va., Catholic or Ohio.
That doesn't mean this hasn't been a banner year. On the contrary, actually.
I mean, look at Magnolia alone. The football team lost in the state semifinals, the baseball team in the state title game, and the boys' basketball squad fell in the quarterfinals.
Way back in December, Weirton Madonna and St. Clairsville played in their respective state-title football games. Wheeling Park finished as the Class AAA runner-up in golf, with Cole Hand winning medalist honors, and Tyler Consolidated ended up second in Class A volleyball.
I guess what I am trying to say here, is that winning a championship is the ultimate goal but it doesn't mean our athletes have failed if they don't bring one home. This has been an extremely enjoyable school year and hopefully, win or lose, you all took as much pride in it as much as we did delivering it to you.
The Ohio Valley is a hub for summer tennis and the season is about to kick off.
The Oglebay Tennis Center will play host to "Tennis Across American Summer Tennis Play Day" from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. There will be instruction and games, pizza, hot dogs and drinks, and a grand door prize of a Head Tennis raquet.
The best part, is it's all free. The rain date is Sunday.
Also, the 2013 Oglebay Junior Tennis Summer Fun Camps are approaching. The camps will be held during the following weeks - June 10-13, June 17-20, June 24-27, July 15-18, July 22-25, July 29-Aug. 1, Aug. 5-8.
The camps are designed for Elementary, Middle and High School ages of all skill levels. Each camp will run Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. daily, and will feature on-court professional instructions in a fun environment under the direction of USTPA and PTR professional Marc White.
In addition, each participant will learn the fundamentals of tennis, with game base drills and modern-day stroke production, along with new USTA game. Each camp will also include the Director's Tip of the Day.
All this helps participants improve fast and have fun, and to provide a tennis experience of a lifetime.
The cost is $135 per child, which includes 10 hours of instruction, free use of demo racquets and a camp graduation party. Clinic times may be adjusted and the indoor tennis bubble at Wheeling Park may be used in the event of bad weather.
For more info, contact White at (304) 243-4039 or (304) 830-1705.
Nailers Protective List
ECHL teams released their protective lists Monday and there were no surprises in terms of the Wheeling Nailers. Twenty-seven names appear, completing the first of four key dates in June.
For a player to be included on the Protected List, his ECHL rights must be owned by that team, as defined under Article I of the ECHL/PHPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, as well as ECHL Playing Rule 48. A player is not allowed to be on the Protected List, if he was placed on team suspension or signed to an NHL or AHL contract prior to October 12, 2012 (the first day of the 2012-13 regular season). There is no limit to the amount of players that may be listed on each club's Protected List.
On June 13, all trades, including those for future considerations, must be completed. Two days later season-ending rosters are due to the league and cannot contain more than 20 players.
On June 16, teams have the opportunity to sign layers who are either on their season-ending rosters or are unrestricted free agents.
Wheeling's protective list includes forwards Chris Barton, Cody Chupp, Paul Crowder, Bobby Farnham, Ben Farrer, Cam Fergus, Matt Germain, Chris Higgins, Peter Lenes, Denver Manderson, Christiaan Minella, Chris Rooney, Jeff Ryan, Zack Torquato and Jordy Trottier. Defensemen were Tim Corcoran, Richie Crowley, Zach Hansen, Andrew Hotham, Peter Merth, Todd Orlando, Adam Ross, Joe Tolles, Alex Velischek, Cody Wild and Gentry Zollars. The lone goalie was Scott Darling.
Shawn Rine can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org