Boys’ Pairings Set For OVAC Tourney

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.


Class 5A

No. 4 Morgantown at No. 1 Parkersburg South

No. 3 Brooke at No. 2 Wheeling Park

Class 4A

No. 4 St. Clarisville at No. 1 Union Local

No. 3 East Liverpool at No. 2 Steubenville

Class 3A

No. 4 Linsly at No. 1 Fort Frye

No. 3 Steubenville Catholic at No. 2 Monroe Central

Class 2A

No. 4 Bridgeport at No. 1 Wellsville

No. 3 Caldwell at No. 2 Wheeling Central

Class 1A

No. 4 Trinity at No. 1 Madonna

No. 3 Paden City at No. 2 Bishop Donahue

Championship Schedule

(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

Consolation Games


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