WHEELING - While the Wheeling Hospital Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Girls' Basketball Championships to be decided Saturday at Ohio University Eastern, the boys' semifinals were announced Wednesday. Some extremely intriguing matchups are on tap, beginning Tuesday at the higher-seeded teams.
The foursome in Class 5A couldn't be more competitive, with No. 1 Parkersburg South (12-2) playing host to No. 4 Morgantown (5-6) and No. 2 Wheeling Park (10-3) welcoming Brooke. All four of these teams meet twice each in the regular season.
In Class 4A, No. 1 Union Local (16-0), which is also the top-ranked team in the state of Ohio, will welcome No. 4 St. Clairsville (10-7), a team it just beat 46-34 on Tuesday night. In the other half of the bracket, No. 3 East Liverpool (11-4) travels to the Crimson Center to face No. 2 Steubenville (14-3). Big Red earned at 62-61 victory against the Potters earlier this season.
Perhaps the best matchup of them all will occur in Class 3A, where a deceiving No. 4 Linsly (11-3) will travel to Beverly to tangle with No. 1 seed Fort Frye (15-2). No. 3 Steubenville Catholic (13-5) is at No. 2 Monroe Central (12-4).
Class 2A finds No. 4 Bridgeport (11-6) at No. 1 Wellsville (15-1) and No. 3 Caldwell (12-6) making the trip to East Wheeling to take on No. 2 Wheeling Central (11-3). The Maroon Knights cemented a home game with Tuesday night's victory against Shadyside.
As usual, Class 1A appears to be tough, with No. 1 Madonna (9-4) welcoming No. 4 Trinity (5-10) and No. 2 Bishop Donahue (9-4) playing host to No. 3 Paden City (7-5). Trinity and Madonna are no strangers, having met frequently in the West Virginia Class A state tournament. Meanwhile, the Bishops own a pair of victories against the Wildcats this season, winning by scores of 75-54 and 82-55.
The standings were so tight that teams like red-hot Martins Ferry, Beaver Local, Magnolia, and Clay-Battelle were unable to get in.
No. 4 Morgantown at No. 1 Parkersburg South
No. 3 Brooke at No. 2 Wheeling Park
No. 4 St. Clarisville at No. 1 Union Local
No. 3 East Liverpool at No. 2 Steubenville
No. 4 Linsly at No. 1 Fort Frye
No. 3 Steubenville Catholic at No. 2 Monroe Central
No. 4 Bridgeport at No. 1 Wellsville
No. 3 Caldwell at No. 2 Wheeling Central
No. 4 Trinity at No. 1 Madonna
No. 3 Paden City at No. 2 Bishop Donahue
(Saturday, Feb. 15 at Ohio University Eastern)
Class 3A, 10 a.m.
Class 4A, 12:30 p.m.
Class 5A, 3 p.m.
Class 1A, 5:30 p.m.
Class 2A, 8 p.m.
10 a.m. - Class 3A
Valley at River
St. John at Cameron
Conotton Valley at Beallsville
Frontier at Clay-Battelle
Buckeye Trail at Shadyside
Hundred at East Richland Christian
Bellaire at Shenandoah
Toronto at Weir
Magnolia at Harrison Central
Oak Glen at Indian Creek
Beaver Local at Edison
John Marshall at Buckeye Local
Barnesville at Martins Ferry
University at Magnolia
East Richland Christian at Valley
Shadyside at Bellaire
Weir at Barnesville
Edison at Oak Glen
Martins Ferry at Beaver Local
Clay-Battelle at University
Indian Creek at Buckeye Trail
Harrison Central at John Marshall
Buckeye Local at Toronto
Shenandoah at Conotton Valley
Cameron at Frontier
River at St. John
Beallsville at Hundred