This week in MOV athletics

Pardon my rant at the beginning of the column…

Let me just say, if the PHS boys aren’t ranked in the Top 10 this week I really have no idea what is going on with the voters. Jeff Mennillo’s team now owns wins over the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 ranked teams in the state in a two-week time period, which is impressive and deserves recognition.

Okay … Rant over.

The Big Reds have a chance to pick up another big victory Tuesday night when the eighth-ranked team in Ohio’s Division I makes a stop at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to the fieldhouse.

Logan comes in off a tough loss to W.Va. Class AAA’s top-ranked team Saturday. Chieftain players built a 15-point halftime lead against Parkesburg South only to watch the Patriots whittle it away to nothing and grab the W in overtime.

Unlike its opponent, PHS won’t be suffering at all. The red and white are 5-1 over the last six games and claimed the Big Atlantic Classic for the second straight year with a 60-59 win over No. 4 Martinsburg Saturday.

Some may think it is too early to call this next game a must win, but when it comes to conference play it is appropriate.

Rob Strcula’s Parkersburg Catholic team welcomes LKC West rival and leader Ravenswood for a 7:30 p.m. matchup Friday.

To say this isn’t a big game, would be like calling the Super Bowl just another football game.

A Crusader victory is crucial if the team hopes to keep any hope alive in playing in the Night of Champions title tilt next week.

The blue and white’s only loss in the pod is to the Red Devils. So if Ravenswood sweeps the season series, they own the tiebreaker.

Mick Price’s team flexed its muscles with a 71-54 victory at “The Pit” on Dec. 29.

Isaiah Morgan and Stephen Dawson combined for 50 points, while Catholic’s Cade Ullman scored 30 markers.

PC stayed close in every category except shooting. Price’s squad shot 50 percent, but the Crusaders only hit on 35 percent of their shots.

Conference supremacy isn’t just up for grabs in the male LKC.

Girls still have to settle who will face LKC West winner Parkersburg Catholic in the championship game at the Night of Champions at 7:30 p.m. Saturday inside the WACO Center.

At the time of this writing, Clay County owns a one-game edge over Roane County in the East pod. However, all Frank Farrar’s Raiders have to do to take the top spot is down Doddridge Tuesday and Wirt Wednesday as they own the tiebreaker over the Panthers.

While we are talking of desirable wins, St. Marys girls’ travel to Williamstown for 7:30 p.m. tip Tuesday.

A usual Blue Devils’ hardwood season this hasn’t been, but a win over a Top 10 team would be a big stepping stone with sectionals closing in on the state.

Fred Sauro’s bunch had a tough battle on its hands back on Dec. 16, but managed to pull away for a 70-61 victory. Bethany Wager stuffed the stat sheet with 28 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals and 5 treys. Blue Devil junior Addie Furr and freshman Kylie Wright each had 18 markers.

If you are feeling up for a road trip, the Parkersburg South girls could be playing for an OVAC championship Saturday at Ohio University Eastern. Stay tuned for more details.

Last thing on the hard wood, Parkersburg High girls’ hoops celebrates Senior Night against St. Albans at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

We finish up this lookahead on the mat.

Regionals commence around the state Saturday. OVAC champion Parkersburg South and MSAC Champion PHS square off once more with the stakes just about as high as possible. Winners advance to the state tournament Feb. 22-24 in Huntington.

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Congratulations go out to all LKC wrestling champions from this past weekend, as well as the Parkersburg High girls swimming team. Terry Nisewarner’s Big Reds’ ladies crew took the Class AAA, Region I swimming championship Saturday at Brooke High School. Unofficially, nine red and white females advanced to the state tournament Feb. 15-16 in Morgantown.

Job well done everyone.

Contact Joe Albright at jalbright@newsandsentinel.com

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