Exciting time for sports

Baseball, softball, track and field… oh my!

Things are busy and exciting on the West Virginia prep sports front.

Seasons are winding down and state titles are being awardes. Speaking of titles, congratulations to the Parkersburg High School boys track and field team on their first championship in 49 years. The team had a fantastic second day at states and earned their championship.

Kudos also to the Doddridge County boys and the Williamstown girls teams, who also claimed championships in Charleston.

Moving over to the diamond, Parkersburg South recently captured a sectional title to advance to a AAA regional final against Wheeling Park today and Parkersburg Catholic took two from Williamstown winning their section as well to set up a meeting with Gilmer County in a regional bout today.

Not only are regional baseball finals scheduled this week but the softball state tournament will begin Wednesday at Jackson Park in Vienna.

With all the excitement taking place in the Mountain State, it is easy to forget what is happening around the nation.

We begin on the NBA hardwood, where new commissioner Adam Silver couldn’t have asked for a better first playoffs to preside over. With a possible 84 games to play to reach the conference finals, 72 of them were played and five of the seven first round series went seven games. Happy has to be an understatement given that the four teams expected to emerge (the Heat, Pacers, Thunder and Spurs) to the conference finals did so.

Sliding on to the ice, the NHL playoffs have produced plenty of excitement.

In round one, the 2012 champ L.A. Kings fought back from a three games to none deficit against the San Jose Sharks to advance to the second round, then followed that up by taking the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks to a seventh game to advance to the Western Conference finals against the defending Stanley Cup champion, Chicago Blackhawks.

Over in the Eastern Conference, both top seeds (the Bruins and Penguins) fought hard, but fell in both series’ Game 7 of the second round.

Meanwhile in the college ranks, the Duke Blue Devils captured their second straight lacrosse championship Monday, beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 11-9. The game was everything you would expect in a title match taking until the final minute to name a champion.

Also in the college ranks, the road to Oklahoma City and the college Softball World Series is ongoing with the Oklahoma Sooners looking to win a second straight national championship while the Road to Omaha will name a new baseball champion with the absence of UCLA, the 2013 champions.

While some would say any time of year is busy for sports, spring has been exceptionally chatoic.

I didn’t have enough space to include the NFL draft, the NBA draft lottery or the NBA draft itself but one thing is for sure … it is a hectic and exciting time to be a sports fan not only in West Virginia but across the nation.

Contact Joe Albright at jalbright@newsandsentinel.com