PARKERSBURG -The 13th annual BACF (Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis) Ohio vs. West Virginia Basketball Classic is set for a 5 p.m. start today at Parkersburg South High School.
The girls game tips off the evening at 5 o'clock in the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, followed by the boys game at 7 p.m. Both contests pit seniors from area Ohio high schools against their counterparts from West Virginia.
The girls series is now tied at 6-6 as Ohio has won six of the last eight meetings after W.Va. was victorious in the first four.
For the boys, West Virginia has dominated to lead by an 11-1 margin, with Ohio's only win coming in 2011 by a 110-100 score.
The game's motto is "It's not just a game -It's a battle for a cure." All proceeds from the evening go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research into finding a cure for the inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 worldwide.
Tickets are $5 at the doors, which will open at 4:30 p.m.
Head coaches for West Virginia are Amy Chapman of Gilmer County for the girls and Josh Williams of Point Pleasant for the boys, while the Ohio head coaches are River's Mark Romick for the boys and Proctorville Fairland's Jon Buchanan for the girls.
The most local athletes are on the West Virginia boys roster, which numbers 14 and includes players from Parkersburg High, Wirt County, Ravenswood, Wood County Christian, Doddridge County and Gilmer County as well as a combined five from state-tournament teams Parkersburg South (Logan Lawrentz, Dylon Rippeto) and Parkersburg Catholic (Jake Ullman, Joe Padden, Payton Sturm).
The Ohio boys squad features players from Marietta (Braden Riley), Belpre (Nick Therriault), Frontier (Drew Schneider), Fort Frye (Chandler Lang) and Waterford (Wyatt Porter).
The West Virginia girls have two players from Class A state runner-up St. Marys in Kendra Walker and Mikaela Britton as well as two others, Asia Pettite and Rachel Lee, from Class A state champion Huntington St. Joseph along with single selections from Wirt, Ripley, Doddridge, Tyler Consolidated and Gilmer.
The Ohio girls' local talent consists of players from Fort Frye (Brooke Borich, Chantel Parsons), Warren (Sarah Proctor), Marietta (Starr Johnson) and Frontier (Corisa Fickiesen), plus a pair from Ohio Division IV state champion Eastern in Katie Keller and Erin Swatzel.