What a big week for sports

The calendar on my desk says we rapidly are approaching the end of the high school sports year.

But before that happens, we’ve got a lot of major events to contest and a lot of championships to be won.

Most of the baseball sectionals around the Mountain State already have gotten under way. For instance, Parkersburg Catholic and Williamstown opened their best-of-three sectional on Monday and will continue today.

Speaking of today, Wood County’s two Class AAA schools, Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South, will begin their best-of-three sectional at Hank Greenburg Field. The Big Reds and Patriots will continue their series on Wednesday at Bennett Stump Field, and, if necessary, conclude it at Hank Greenburg on Thursday.

Thursday also is the day, weather permitting, we should learn the identity of the 12 teams that will be in Vienna next week to participate in the West Virginia State High School Softball Tournament, the only state championship contested in Wood County.

It’s always a plus when local teams qualify for the event, as it creates more interest and bigger crowds. Local teams participating in regional finals include Ripley in Class AAA, Ritchie County in Class AA and Magnolia in Class A. Still alive in regional semifinals are St. Marys, Wirt County and Williamstown in Class A.

The only state championships to be decided this week will be the six schools who are crowned the state track champions on Saturday at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field.

The Mid-Ohio Valley has a great chance to bring home four of those six titles as the boys teams from Parkersburg High (AAA), Ritchie County (AA) and Doddridge County (A) and the girls team from Williamstown (A) go into the meets as the highest-rated teams. The margins between the Doddridge boys and the Williamstown girls and their nearest small-school competitors is so great it’s a virtual certainty the Little Kanawha Conference will witness a pair of team titles.

In addition to the team titles, individual crowns will be up for grabs. Several Mid-Ohio Valley athletes are in line to win multiple events.

Their timing couldn’t be any better as they will performing in front of West Virginia track’s all-time greats, thanks to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission going to the effort to recognize 100 years of state high school track. The best coaches and athletes of the past not only will be introduced to the crowd, but also will assist SSAC officials in handing out awards.

Speaking of awards, I noticed once again the pettiness of Little Kanawha Conference softball coaches in shunning Dave Mossor of Ritchie County, whose teams dominate the league virtually year-in and year-out. I told Mossor if he was feeling left out we would name him the News and Sentinel Coach of the Year.

Contact Dave Poe at dpoe@newsandsentinel.com