Just as winter gives way to spring, basketball's regular season gives way to the championship season. In the coming weeks champions will be crowned in Ohio girls and boys high school basketball and some Washignton County teams could be very much in the hunt.
Waterford, Warren, Fort Frye, and Frontier have already won in girls basketball sectional tournament play in the Buckeye state.
Of all the local contenders in Ohio, Waterford has to be favored to be the one to travel the farthest on the tournament trail.
The Lady Wildcats have been a force in Division IV basketball in recent years. This season they're ranked 7th in the state in the A.P. poll with an 18-2 regular season record that included a win over defending West Virginia Class AAA champion Parkersburg South.
Coach Jerry Close and his girls have worked hard and played a tough schedule with every thing pointing toward at a trip to the Division IV Final Four in Columbus in March.
A team from southeast Ohio winning a state championship in basketball would be a real life "Hoosiers" accomplishment. I can count on one hand the number of teams to just make it to the state tournament in the last 30 years. Its an incredible challenge, but this group of Wildcats is talented and may just make history in the coming weeks.
The boys high school basketball post season is set to begin in Ohio, and our area teams are ready to make their run. We've got 2 teams that are the top seeds in their sectionals, plus teams that are set to get underway.
The Marietta Tigers are the number one seeded in their Division II sectional tournament. They face their first test next Saturday in Logan. The Tigers closed out the regular season with a 15-5 overall record, including a perfect 10-0 mark at home. A strong senior class is the strength of this squad
The Fort Frye Cadets are the top seed in their Division 4 sectional. The Cadets are ranked 13th in the state. They have to wait until March 5 before they hit the tournament trail. The Cadets are 18 and 2 and were undefeated for the first 2 months of the season. They've got a solid line up or role players, and every one is capable of stepping up and having a big game. Coach Dan Liedtke knows what it takes to win in the post season and he will have a couple of weeks to get his team ready.
Frontier is a number 2 seed with a 16-4 record. Waterford is a number 3 seed a 13-6 record, including tagging their arch rival Fort Frye with its' first loss. Warren is a number 3 seed as well with 11 wins and is capable of giving people trouble on the tournament trail. While the Belpre Eagles are an eighth seed and hope to find some Cinderella magic.
There's nothing like the excitement of tournament time. Every game could be your last, and every win takes you closer to the crown. You live in the moment, and just maybe there wil be a championship moment in Columbus for an area team
Next time we blog West Virginia's tournament trail!