This week in MOV sports

It is another busy week in the Mid-Ohio Valley for high school sports. We are one week closer to the playoffs and the competition is heating up at the halfway point of the season.

As is usually the case in the MOV, Monday is not a heavy athletic day. Fans of boys basketball have a big matchup to look forward to Tuesday, however, when Class A top 10 teams and Little Kanawha Conference rivals Williamstown and Ravenswood get together at “The Pit” for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. This will be the first matchup of the year between the two schools. Two 1,000 point scorers will go head-to-head when the Red Devils’ Riley Heatherington and the Yellowjackets’ Isaac Brown square off in an attempt to get a leg up in the conference.

PHS girls basketball takes on Capital at 7:30 p.m. inside the confines of Memorial Fieldhouse Tuesday as well.

The game of the week comes Wednesday when the PHS Big Red boys travel across the river to take on Parkersburg South at 7:30 p.m. in the Rod Oldham Athletic Center.

Red and white head man Jeff Mennillo and his team are gunning for their first season sweep over the blue and white in quite sometime. When the crosstown rivals last met back on Dec. 23, 2016, Karson Snyder went off for 30 points and PHS rolled to a 93-58 win at Memorial Fieldhouse. There is little doubt South and head man Mike Fallon will be looking for a little revenge in this one.

For college hoops fans, the nationally-ranked Marietta College men welcome Mount Union to Ban Johnson Arena for a 7 p.m. start the same day. Pioneers and head man Jon VanderWal have their sights set on getting back in the win column after dropping just their fourth contest of the season, 101-91, to Ohio Northern.

Girls basketball action will be plentiful Thursday. St. Marys High School will welcome in several teams for the schools invitational tournament.

So far those scheduled to be at the tournament include an undefeated New Matamoras, Ohio Frontier team, a hot Parkersburg Catholic squad, a competitive Wirt County program and the Class A top-10 ranked Blue Devils.

Head coach Kenny DeMoss and his Big Red girls have their second home game of the week the same day when they welcome in Woodrow Wilson for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Scott Sauro and Williamstown boys basketball take the spotlight for the second time Friday when they take on another Class A top 10 team in Parkersburg Catholic. The Crusaders grabbed a huge win last week when they toppled No. 2 Clarksburg Notre Dame to earn a signature W on a already good campaign. Sauro and company could be coming in high or low depending on the outcome of their game against Ravenswood Tuesday.

It is the first matchup between the two rivals this season.

Parkersburg’s YMCA poolside will be the place to be Saturday when the Big Red swim team hosts 15 schools in the Penguin Invitational. Both PHS teams will be coming in with a lot of momentum after the boys won the Patriot Invitational and the girls finished second Saturday.

If you aren’t a swim fan, you could head over to either Parkersburg Catholic or Parkersburg South for a hardwood double-feature. Both boys and girls hoops squads have home games during the best day of the week. Ed Davis and the South girls start the action off at noon when they take on Brooke. Marty Vierheller and his Crusaderettes are next to play when they face off against a game Madonna squad in a 2:30 p.m. matchup. Finally, the two varsity boys games will tip at 7:30 p.m. PCHS head man Rob Strcula and his team welcome in Ravenswood while South’s Mike Fallon and his team play host to Wheeling Park.

The Patriots duel also is an Anna’s Army game inside the ROAC.

Contact Joe Albright at jalbright@newsandsentinel.com.

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