Big week for ’Eers, Patriots
It’s been a good sports week for both of my alma maters.
Start with Parkersburg South.
The 23-0 girls basketball team is on its way to the state tournament, where it not only is the defending champion, but it also is the top seed.
It has a chance to be not only the first undefeated basketball team in school history, but it also could win the school’s first back-to-back state basketball titles.
The Patriots received a favorable draw that put Morgantown and Greenbrier East -perhaps its two most dangerous opponents -in the other bracket.
The amazing thing is this is a team without a single senior on the roster.
So this year, the key term is back-to-back. Next year, three-peat?
For now, we’ll forego the hyperbole and just say the future of South girls basketball looks bright.
On to the boys basketball team. The Patriots were considered by many to be the underdog in their sectional championship game on Friday night at Wheeling Park. Although the two teams had split their two previous meetings this season, each had managed to successfully defend its home court. Since this game was in Wheeling, the northern Patriots had the edge. But somebody forgot to tell South, which got a career-high 34 points from Logan Lawrentz and not only won the game, but did so by a 14-point margin.
The Patriots reward is a Tuesday night regional title game against Preston, whose roster includes one of the state’s top individual players in Jimmy Galusky, who lit up Parkersburg High for 35. Not bad for a guy whose best sport is baseball. He’s already committed to play baseball for West Virginia University.
Speaking of WVU, it’s been quite a week for Mountaineer sports. The rifle team not only won the national title (isn’t it a little scary that West Virginia University can outshoot the Army and Navy?), but it also will be honored at the White House on Monday. That’s like icing on the national championship cake.
While rifle performs in virtual anonymity, that certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday when the University of Kansas brought its men’s basketball team and ESPN brought its cameras to the rowdy Coliseum for a game in which 99 percent of those on ESPN’s Streak for The Cash took Kansas. That was the wrong call as West Virginia played one of its best games of the year and not only won, 92-86, but earned the No. 6 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, meaning it doesn’t have to play in one of the early play-in games.
Meanwhile, the Mountaineer women’s basketball team shared the conference regular season title with Baylor and is participating in the Big 12 Tournament, where a rematch with the Bears is quite likely. Coach Mike Carey’s team not only is ranked No. 7 in the nation, but it also is slated for a No. 2 seed in March Madness.
It’s a good time to be a Patriot and a Mountaineer.
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