Hoops Hysteria....I use that term because somebody has the proprietary rights to "March Madness".
But in any event, there's alot to be excited about for area teams in the days...and hopefully weeks to come.
Last week we focused on our Ohio teams, and ths week we turn our attentions to the Mountain State's basketball fortunes.
We begin with the girls.
Parkersburg South is now one win away from a return trip to Charleston to defend their Class AAA championhip. The Patriots won their sectional championship with wins over George Washington and Ripley. Now they get ready to host Woodrow Wilson on Tuesday with a trip to Charleston on the line. The Patriots have talent, depth, and experience....all valuable commodities come tournament time.
The Class A sectional story had 3 great local teams in Williamstown, Parkersburg Catholic, an St. Marys all in the same tournament. Fortunately this year, thanks to the new rule change, 2 of those teams still have a chance at making the state tournament. Williamstown defeated Parkersburg Catholic in the sectional finals. So the Yellowjackets will host Wheeling Central in the Regionals on Thursday. The Crusaderettes season is not over. Catholic plays at Bishop Donahue on Thursday.
Another LKC power, Ravenswood, is still in the hunt in the Class AA ranks. The Red Devilettes wll host a regional championship game on Wednesday
West Virginia boys teams begin their post season run this week. In Class AAA the Parkerburg Big Reds open up at home against the Ripley Vikings tonight. The Big Reds have been hurt by inconsistent play over the second half of the season, losing 7 of their last 8 games.
Parkersburg South begins the post season on Wednesday. They face their first test at home against Capital. The Patriots are a top five team with alot of weapons on offense, and a tight defense.
Just like the girls, Parkersburg Catholic, St. Marys and Williamstown find themselves in the same sectional. And Wirt County, Calhoun County, Gilmer County and Paden City have been thrown into the mix as well.
The Crusaders, Yellowjackets, and Blue Devils are all ranked in the top 10 after successful seasons, but only 2 will have the opportunity to move on.
The Crusaders are the number 1 seed and they will face St. Marys in an opening round game on Tuesday. Catholic won the 2 regular season meetings between the 2 rivals.
Williamstown is the number 2 seed in the sectional and will face third seeded Gilmer County on Tuesday. The Yellowjackets are coached by alum Scott Sauro and they go into the post season with a 5 game winning streak.
Ohio Tournament update:
There are still 6 Washington County teams remaining on the Ohio tournament trail. I can't remember having that many teams still in contention this far into the tournament.
Old rivals Marietta and Warren are on a collision course in Division II. The top seeded Tigers opened up with a 10 point win over Jackson on Satuday. Next up the Tigers face McClain High school in the sectional semifinals on Thursday at Convo in Athens.
The Warriors were a 20 point winner in their opening round game with Athens, and they face Chillecothe in the other semifinal at 8 o'clock on Thursday at the Convo. So if things playout like they're seeded the Tigers and Warriors would face off for a third time this season for the right to move on in tournament play.
The Fort Frye Cadet boys had a bye in the first round of their Division III sectional, and they face their first test against Buckeye Trail on Thursday at Meadowbrook high school
Waterford also had a opening round bye and they're set to take on Trimble tonight at 8:00 at Wellston high school
Frontier won by an incredible 51 points in their sectional opener and they will face Bridgeport on Saturday
Waterford is the on girls team still alive from Washington County. The top seeded Wildcats have rolled through the first 2 rounds with an average margin of victory over 38 points. Next up they face Valley this coming Saturday at 11am at the Convo in Athens
Hopefully area teams find themselves in Charleston and Columbus in a few weeks.