Looking back at football

Sadly, it appears Mother Nature is going to win out this weekend when it comes to the prep sports scene.

As of press time Friday, there were still several events fans can take in throughout today, including a still currently scheduled Class A boys basketball showdown featuring Notre Dame at Ravenswood tonight.

Although all of the basketball games at Parkersburg South’s Rod Oldham Athletic Center are off today, the annual Parkersburg Penguin swimming invitational is still set to take place. The start time has been moved to 12:30 p.m. at the YMCA.

Wrestling fans can opt to take in some action at the fourth annual Blue Devil Alumni Tournament, which will get underway at 11 a.m. Aside from host St. Marys, locals Wirt County, Marietta and Fort Frye are still expected to be in the field.

Friday night’s Eastern at Belpre boys game has been moved to Wednesday, Jan. 24, while tonight’s Parkersburg Catholic at Wheeling Central boys hoops tilt has been pushed back to Friday, Feb. 2. Also of note, the Roane County girls basketball game set for this afternoon at Lewis County now will take place starting with a 1:15 p.m. junior varsity tip on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Another place to take in some hardwood action today will be at Ohio Valley University’s Snyder Activity Center. The Fighting Scot women are set to tip at 2 p.m. against fellow Great Midwest Athletic Conference foe Kentucky Wesleyan with the men’s game beginning at 4 p.m.

While we are in the heart of basketball season, I wanted to give a big thanks out to all of our guest pickers from this past football season who attempted to match wits with us in the Friday Pigskin Picks.

Despite going just 11-11 in the final 22 bowl games , one more big congratulations goes out to Ed Forshey, who back in week five went 19-3 and was the only guest picker to beat all of the regulars.

I also have to give a tip of the cap to Williamstown assistant boys hoops coach Ross Mullenix, who went 20-2 in week seven and tied for the best mark. Not to be outdone, Mountain State Athletic Conference commissioner Jim Hamric’s 17-5 effort in week 11 also tied for the best record on the final regular season slate.

When it came time for the final 22 picks of the year, the college football postseason bowl games were not overly kind to us.

I entered the finale with a one-game lead on Mike Morrison, a two-game lead on last year’s champion Evan Bevins and a four-game lead on Jordan Holland, who had the only perfect effort when he went 22-0 back in week eight.

As it turned out, only two people went 14-8 overall and that was myself and Joe Albright.

In the end, my 267-83 mark was three games better than Morrison and four ahead of Bevins. Holland finished all alone in fourth place.

I’m already looking forward to warmer weather and trying to defend the title come football season.