Winter sports starting

Anyone who knows me or has found their way to my little spot in the sports section knows I am a nerd. Sports, video games, pop culture ­– you name it. I am an endless well of useless information.

Anyway, I am getting off track. So a few days ago, we started assembling the winter sports tab, all the stories were in and we just needed to get it done, I just wasn’t really in the mood to get it done. Don’t get me wrong I love sports but I just couldn’t find the passion and fire to get it done.

Well, in the wee morning hours of Monday morning I finally destroyed my version of the One Ring and it felt spectacular. It reminded me of Samwise Gamgee assisting Frodo Baggins in visualizing the Shire again, after the one ring had blocked his homeland from his memory, as Mount Doom was erupting all around them.

Stay with me because this eventually leads into sports.

Speaking of assisting, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel’s Winter Sports Section will release on newsstands Wednesday filled to the brim with all the information you need for your alma mater or favorite team.

Chances are if your team is close in Ohio, in the Little Kanawha Conference, or in the town of Parkersburg you will be a happy camper.

You, yes my faithful reader, I am talking to you, could read up on what the Gilmer County girls basketball team has planned for an encore after tackling seven-time defending state champion Huntington St. Joe, 42-41, in the 2015 state title game.

(Hint: Amy Chapman’s top two players got even better and the Titans reloaded from within and received a transfer post player.)

Or I am sensing you are one my Ohio readers more concerned with how the Waterford girls are going to reload after claiming the Division IV championship last season?

Back across state lines, the Parkersburg South grapplers and head coach Shaun Smith are shooting for a third consecutive state championship. The Patriots are well positioned to go for the task as they have all 14 state qualifiers back from a year ago.

Speaking of South, Steve Lutz and the Patriot boys swim team are entering the 2016 waters as state champions. Plenty of swimmers return to the pool for the blue and white with a touch of red clad. However, the big question surrounding the swimmers is how they overcome the loss of graduates Kenzie Bailey and Garrett Fink?

Kenny DeMoss and the PHS girls basketball team also have some work to do after graduating eight seniors including Division I Akron commit Brooke Kurucz. Yours truly had the opportunity to sit down and talk with the Big Red which you can read exclusively in the tab.

Although the PHS girls are under construction, the opposite is true for Jeff Mennillo’s boys squad. The Big Red boys have a legitimate shot to end their season in Charleston with depth, height and length. Mennillo stresses his players have to come together but he is confident the Big Reds will get a say in who is the last team to win at the Civic Center.

I am quickly running out of space once again but wanted to share a little taste of what our faithful readers can expect when the Winter Sports book comes out Wednesday. Also be on the lookout for the Winter Schedule book releasing one day later. Enjoy.

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