This week in MOV sports

During football season, we here at your News and Sentinel sports department provide a space in the Friday paper for a section on some of the top football matchups of the night around the Mid-Ohio Valley.

I have received a lot of positive feedback on these sections as long as I have been at the paper. The great reception got me thinking how I could do this for winter and spring sports; then one night while I was lying in bed it hit me … I could write a column.

So without further ado here are some of the bigger matchups taking place in the Mid-Ohio Valley for the week starting Dec. 18.

Monday is always a pretty good place to start and there are two good hoops matchups in Wood County for fans of high school basketball. First up, 2015 state tournament participant Clarksburg Notre Dame will be in town to take on a rejuvenated Parkersburg Catholic girls basketball squad.

Led by Alexis Saunders, Olivia Ullman, and Maddie Huffman, PCHS is off to a 3-0 start on the young season. The Fighting Irish will provide a good early season test for the Crusaderettes when the game gets underway at 7 p.m.

Thirty minutes after the two girls teams get underway, the St. Marys and Williamstown boys squads will tip-off. Mark Barnhart’s Blue Devil squad are coming into the contest off a tough 82-70 loss over Wheeling Central. Sam Kincaid exploded for 31 points and Will Billeter put up a double-double in the defeat.

Scott Sauro and his squad on the other hand have yet to lose a contest and are 3-0. The Yellowjackets had their hands full with a scrappy Paden City squad in a 55-50 win, and it will be interesting to see how Sauro attacks Kincaid. WHS surrendered 28 points to the Wildcats’ Aaron Heasley in the victory.

Next up?

You guessed it … Tuesday when the girls take center stage with the big matchup coming at Williamstown High School. Ravenswood and the Yellowjackets will get together for a compelling early season Little Kanawha Conference matchup.

The Red Devils take the spot light again Wednesday when the boys hoops squad travels to St. Marys for a matchup with the Blue Devils.

Class AA state tournament participants a year ago, Ravenswood and head coach Mick Price will get their first real challenge in Class A ball when they take on SMHS. Judging by the Blue Devils performance against the No. 3 ranked Maroon Knights, this game should be competitive throughout.

A good old-fashioned rivalry game comes in as the top matchup Thursday. Parkersburg South girls basketball and head coach Ed Davis will travel to Morgantown for a matchup with the three-time defending Class AAA champion Mohigans.

South is sure to be brimming with confidence after an early season upset of the No.1/No. 2 team in the state with Huntington.

Led by Devin Hefner, Lexi Moore, and Jordan Johnson, the Patriots can add another impressive stamp to their era with an upset of Jason White and his squad.

I almost forgot but two of the best wrestling squads in the state will be in action against each other too when Huntington comes to PHS for a dual match.

Surely you didn’t think I was going to leave this last matchup off the list of must-see games this week?

Any time PHS and Parkesburg South get together for any sporting event it is big. The matchup Friday is no different. Though the Big Reds come into the contest winless, it isn’t for lack of a tough schedule. Jeff Mennillo and company hung tough with No. 3 GW then had a difficult time with No. 1 Capital in a loss.

Plenty of questions surrounded their opposition but the Patriots have looked sharp in their first two games, both wins. South will have to come up for an answer for their lack of height all over the court against the taller Big Reds and if they can’t this game may get ugly. However, you can’t forget the rivalry factor that comes with these games and what adrenaline does during the matchup.

Wow, this is the first time I am looking over the slate of games this week and I am getting excited. Of course I will be at two of them but on vacation for the rest. Hope all you prep sports enthusiasts enjoy the jam-packed week ahead.

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