Hubbub of spring activity

As the calendar nears the beginning of May, the prep and college sports seasons are beginning to wind down.

But before summer break arrives, there will be a hubbub of activity in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

It starts this week. From Thursday through Saturday, the final West Virginia Conference softball tournament will be conducted at the Rosemar Road Softball Complex.

Only the top eight teams based on regular season performance will participate. That includes Glenville State, but does not include Ohio Valley University, which made an incredible tournament run a year ago.

Although this is the last WVIAC Tournament, representatives of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, which OVU will join this fall, will be on hand to observe the three-day event.

There is little doubt they will be impressed with the facilities and the huge commitment the city of Vienna makes to the tournament.

The WVIAC is one of two major softball tournaments set for Vienna this month as the state high school softball tournament will take place May 22 and 23. Last year, with local schools Parkersburg South, Ritchie County and St. Marys in the field, the tournament drew record crowds.

Prep spring sports will begin tournament play, starting with softball and tennis this week. Both Parkersburg tennis facilities will be the site of regional tournaments as two of the four Class AA-A regions will take place here Friday and Saturday. The Erickson All-Sports Facility will be the site of the Region 1 tournament, featuring St. Marys, Ritchie County, Ravenswood and Magnolia as part of a 13-team field while the Parkersburg City Park will see 14 teams compete including Parkersburg Catholic, Williamstown, Wirt County and Wahama.

Track conducts its conference championships this week, with Ritchie County the site of the Little Kanawha Conference meet on Friday. Next week, regionals will take place with Erickson conducting a Class A meet featuring Williamstown and St. Marys.

Several other sports-related events also will take place locally. On Thursday, May 9, the Mountaineer Caravan will make its annual local stop at JP Henry’s Restaurant. It’s a great opportunity for local West Virginia University fans to get a chance to meet and greet Mountaineer athletic administrators and coaches.

Then there are the numerous charity golf tournaments that raise money for worthy local causes. Sunday’s edition featured an article on the May 18 and 19 Mid-Ohio Valley Golf Classic, which splits its proceeds between Stadium Field and the Erickson All-Sports Facilities, two vital community entities both of whom have major ongoing construction projects.

Other May charity golf tournaments include the SW Resources Classic on May 14 and the Dave Couch Tournament To Benefit ALS on May 25, both at the Parkersburg Country Club.

The merry month of May will be a busy one.

Contact Dave Poe at dpoe@newsandsentinel.com