City rivals battling in four sports

By the time this week is over, city rivals Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South will have met in all four winter sports.

Although the annual dual wrestling meet between the Big Reds and the Patriots isn’t scheduled to take place until Jan. 9 at Memorial Fieldhouse, when both teams won their pools at the Wheeling Park Duals on Saturday, they found themselves paired against one another.

South emerged victorious, 38-27, and went on to claim the tournament title for the sixth straight year while PHS finished second in the 25-team field.

They could meet yet again this week as the W.Va. Duals take place Friday and Saturday.

This looks like one of those years where the Class AAA championship is up for grabs and both city teams -as is their tradition -will be among those doing the grabbing.

On to basketball.

Tonight, we’ll get our first glimpse of the city rivalry when the boys teams meet at the Rod Oldham Athletic Center, where South will be playing its third home game.

The Patriots are off to an impressive 4-0 start with wins over Linsly, Brooke, Point Pleasant and Lewis County.

What’s so impressive about those victories is that a different player has led the team in scoring in each game. In those four games, eight different players have scored in double figures. The Patriots have a strong starting lineup and a deep bench, which fits right in with their philosophy of playing fast and substituting freely.

Perhaps the biggest mystery team in town is the Parkersburg High boys team, which won’t make its home debut until Jan. 9. The Big Reds are 1-2 in three road games, downing Cabell Midland while losing to Brooke and Preston. PHS is a junior dominated team with just two seniors on the roster but has the potential to grow as the season progresses and make some noise come tournament time.

On Thursday night -again at the Oldham Center -girls basketball will take center stage.

South, the defending state champions and the state’s top-ranked team, is off to a 5-0 start, all double-digit wins.

The most amazing statistic regarding this team is there are no seniors on the roster.

The Big Reds, meanwhile, are 2-3 following a win over Hurricane on Friday. The Big Reds are a young team that should improve by leaps and bounds as the season progresses, but faces an uphill battle versus South.

Parkersburg’s biggest wins so far this winter have come in the swimming pool, where both the PHS boys and girls won the Brooke Invitational on Saturday, with South coming in second in both divisions, the first time the Patriot boys have bee outscored.

It looks like a season-long battle will be waged by the Big Red and Patriot boys, both of whom are title contenders, as are the PHS girls.

Both schools may soon need larger trophy cases.

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